Eversheds Sutherland

Comment: A good two years after the merger with the British global outfit Eversheds, the firm, which used to operate under the name Heisse Kursawe, is hardly recognizable. The client base rapidly internationalized: the firm generates almost one third of turnover in Germany today with clients from the global network.
Worldwide, Eversheds – like Heisse Kursawe in Germany previously – positions itself as a relatively reasonably priced all-round advisor. The strategy is working, as evidenced by frequent new spots on the panels of corporates like Avis, Budget, Boeing, Eaton, Shell and Tyco. It would make sense, given its price concept, if Eversheds were hired for routine tasks above all, but this is not the case. Some high-profile projects advised on this year show that the German lawyers are playing in a higher league: from the Chemtura takeover by Lanxess to the million-euro Kempinski acquisition by an investor from the Gulf region, right through to a major Chinese deal for regular client Messe Munich, the lawyers were involved in a number of instructions where they faced competitors like Skadden Arps or Baker & McKenzie.
Other practices also enjoyed an upward trajectory. The renowned Berlin employment team, for instance, welcomed a new member from K&L Gates. And the growing antitrust practice acted as a doorway to a broad, international clientele and deeper connections.
See also: ?Munich.
Lawyers in Germany: 100
International network: In 2017 Eversheds merged with US firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. The German offices are a fully integrated part of the international firm, which is present in France, eastern Europe and the Gulf region, alongside its British domestic market. All other offices belong to the international ES network, but are economically independent.
Developments: Former name partner Dr. Matthias Heisse took up a seat on the firm’s international executive committee and for the next few years Eversheds has committed to expansion in Germany. It took another step in summer 2017 by opening its Düsseldorf office, where it joined forces with real estate and insurance specialist Grooterhorst. Here, and at the Hamburg and Berlin offices, the firm must now focus on further integration and growth as their visibility is nowhere near that of the Munich powerhouse.
Eversheds is increasingly attracting young lawyers from top firms who hope for good partnership prospects within the expansive platform, which is a positive sign. Just a few years ago, the internal climate was sometimes considered harsh, and equity partner level impregnable – both together were one of the firm’s biggest weaknesses. Now it has not only professionalized its development of young talent: there is a new generation of lawyers at the helm of many practices who barely resemble the previously dominant inner Heisse Kursawe circle at all.
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