Covington continues European expansion with Frankfurt private equity launch

Covington continues European expansion with Frankfurt private equity launch

Global 100 player Covington & Burling is taking a shot at the German private equity market, launching an office in Frankfurt after taking a six-partner team from Heymann & Partner, which has shut down after 12 years.

Focusing on private equity, tech and healthcare, the firm’s third European base opened on 3 April and counts eight partners and ten other lawyers, led by former Heymann corporate partner Henning Bloss, among its ranks. Continue reading “Covington continues European expansion with Frankfurt private equity launch”

Covington strengthens in Europe with Frankfurt launch as Dentons takes chunk of ailing Australia player

Covington strengthens in Europe with Frankfurt launch as Dentons takes chunk of ailing Australia player

Covington & Burling is to deepen its European footprint with the opening of a new office in Frankfurt – the firm’s third office in the region – while Dentons has taken on 17 partners from domestic Australian firm DibbsBarker.

The US firm has announced today (28 March) the opening of a new Frankfurt branch, which will be led by eight partners, including six from Heymann & Partner and two Covington partners from the firm’s Brussels and New York offices. Continue reading “Covington strengthens in Europe with Frankfurt launch as Dentons takes chunk of ailing Australia player”

Letter from… Frankfurt: Where political deadlock is fine for business… but not all lawyers

Letter from… Frankfurt: Where political deadlock is fine for business… but not all lawyers

What a difference a few hundred miles can make: an election not resulting in a clear majority; a government polling much worse than expected; a leader weakened; and complicated negotiations ahead. In London, such headlines spell uncertainty, prudence, even panic.

While any poll in the UK fills its legal community with trepidation, the Germans reacted to the results of the federal election on 24 September by either stressing that no-one should overestimate the impact of politics on business or by saying it was good news. Says Georg Seyfarth, veteran corporate partner of German blueblood Hengeler Mueller: ‘Building the coalition will be difficult and it will take time. However, eventually we will see a “Jamaica coalition”, which will be good for businesses. The M&A market will not be affected.’ Continue reading “Letter from… Frankfurt: Where political deadlock is fine for business… but not all lawyers”

As rivals retrench Linklaters retains expansive German form as A&O veteran becomes third lateral of 2017

As rivals retrench Linklaters retains expansive German form as A&O veteran becomes third lateral of 2017

Linklaters is following up on its recent investment in Germany by strengthening its finance practice with a lateral from Magic Circle rival Allen & Overy (A&O).

Neil George Weiand will join Linklaters’ Frankfurt arm, leaving A&O after 19 years, including 17 of them as a partner. Weiand, who has previously served as German senior partner for A&O, has worked on a series of major deals, including last year acting for Bayer on its $62bn bid to acquire agricultural group Monsanto. Weiand, whose practice covers restructuring, leveraged finance and general loans, worked at Deutsche Bank for seven years before joining A&O. Continue reading “As rivals retrench Linklaters retains expansive German form as A&O veteran becomes third lateral of 2017”

Eversheds opens fourth German office in Düsseldorf

Eversheds opens fourth German office in Düsseldorf

Eversheds Sutherland expanded in Germany in August, opening its fourth office in the country after acquiring Düsseldorf-based firm Grooterhorst & Partner.

The new office, which is focused on real estate and insurance, opened with three partners: Johannes Grooterhorst, Marc Christian Schwencke and Ralf-Thomas Wittmann. The trio were joined by a team of 11 lawyers.

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