DWF opens in Germany through local acquisition while Pinsents strengthens Munich with four-partner team

DWF opens in Germany through local acquisition while  Pinsents strengthens Munich with four-partner team

Just a week after launching its first office in continental Europe in Brussels, DWF has acquired the four-partner German arm of commercial and tax outfit BridgehouseLaw to establish a footprint in Europe’s biggest market.

Continue reading “DWF opens in Germany through local acquisition while Pinsents strengthens Munich with four-partner team”

‘Challenging to maintain’: German market has volatile November

‘Challenging to maintain’: German market has volatile November

Germany saw a flurry of activity last month, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case pulling out of several markets and consolidating their operations, while Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) went the other way and set up shop in Düsseldorf.

Freshfields announced plans to cut one of its six offices in the region, with its Cologne and Düsseldorf bases set to merge in 2016. The cut means 240 fee-earners will be located in one office – which is yet to be decided, though Cologne is regarded as more likely to shut – as the Magic Circle reconfigures its German operations. A spokesperson at the firm said the merger is ‘not driven by cost or a requirement to downsize’, but to create ‘greater efficiency’ and have ‘more lawyers in a single location to offer a stronger and more specialist platform’.

Continue reading “‘Challenging to maintain’: German market has volatile November”

Olswang’s new German focus, Munich, sees team of five exit for US IP firm

Olswang’s new German focus, Munich, sees team of five exit for US IP firm

Olswang’s German offering has been served a further blow after losing its entire Berlin office, with intellectual property (IP) partner and head of the filing and prosecution team, Herbert Kunz, leaving the firm’s Munich outpost along with one other lawyer and three staff.

Continue reading “Olswang’s new German focus, Munich, sees team of five exit for US IP firm”

Olswang to lose Berlin team in strategy reversal

Olswang to lose Berlin team in strategy reversal

Freshfields among firms in talks to take over the office

The last 12 months have been quite a whirlwind at Olswang. Following the surprise exit of chief executive David Stewart last autumn, the firm had only just appointed intellectual property (IP) partner Paul Stevens as its new chief executive in May, when last month its entire Berlin outpost announced it was splitting off.

Continue reading “Olswang to lose Berlin team in strategy reversal”