Significant Events

New Neighbors

Hamburg and Düsseldorf still attracting new players

Multiple locations: 

  • CBH Rechtsanwälte is expanding: The Cologne firm has opened four more offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Munich. The majority of the 14 new lawyers came from Preu Bohlig & Partner. In Berlin CBH merged with Merz Jacobsen (more…).


  • Noerr opened an office with three partners from White & Case, as well as Noerr partners from Berlin and Frankfurt (more…).
  • The M&A boutique Lupp + Partner launched here with a lawyer from Hengeler Mueller (more…).
  • The media law firm Lausen opened an office with a Cologne partner (more…).


  • The Ruhr Valley firm Aderhold has moved into west Germany with an experienced general counsel from Paypal (more…).
  • The Stuttgart employment law firm Naegele opened a small outpost with a partner (more…).


  • Eversheds Sutherland absorbs Grooterhorst & Partner (more…).
  • The US litigation firm Hausfeld landed a Jones Day lawyer for its new office (more…).
  • The insolvency firm Anchor opened an office in Berlin with a partner from BBL Bernsau Brockdorff (more…).


  • McDermott Will & Emery moved into the Cologne-Bonn region with a small office (more…).
  • The Berlin energy law boutique Boos Hummel & Wegerich opened in Cologne with a partner from Becker Büttner Held (more…).


  • The Canadian firm Gowling WLG is the first international firm to open in Stuttgart (more…).
  • The US litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan launches a Stuttgart outpost with a lawyer from Latham & Watkins (more…).


  • British IP firm D Young & Co. opened in Munich with a small team (more…).
  • US firm Smith Gambrell & Russell landed an IP lawyer from SSP Schiessl for its return to the German market (more…).

Over the border

  • Rödl & Partner became the third German firm to open in Tehran (more…).
  • Transaction boutique GLNS opened an office in London (more…).
  • US outfit Sullivan & Cromwell opened in Brussels with a German partner from Wilson Sonsini (more…).
  • Beiten Burkhardt withdrew from Shanghai (more…).


Spinoffs and New Outfits

New Names

Spinoffs and new outfits abound


Partners from Brehm & v. Moers launched new outfit Riverside (more…).


  • Renowned partners from Flick Gocke Schaumburg launched Schnittker Möllmann Partners. A short while later they opened a second office in Hamburg (more…).
  • A long-standing Gleiss Lutz partner started the litigation firm von Bernuth (more…).
  • Four partners from Wegnerpartner  founded the firm Hyazinth (more…).
  • British firm DWF opened in Berlin with two lawyers from DLA Piper (more…).


  •  A Luther team around two corporate partners opened an office for Andersen (more…).
  • The public procurement team from Osborne Clarke founded the firm Esch Bahner Lisch (more…).


  • Following the insolvency of the European arm of King & Wood Mallesons, the Chinese-Australian outfit made a fresh start in Frankfurt under the banner KWM Europe (more…).
  • Two former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyers founded the telecom boutique Neuland (more…).
  • A former partner from Milbank Tweed Hadley &McCloy started the transactions firm Memminger (more…).
  • Employment law firm Bluedex Fausel + Kollegen emerges from Beiten Burkhardt (more…).


  • Three partners from Kleiner joined forces to form Avantcore (more…).
  • CMS Hasche Sigle litigation expert Anton Maurer went solo (more…).


  • An experienced Allen & Overy corporate lawyer joined up with the former general counsel from Bilfinger to launch Ihrig & Anderson (more…).


  • The employment law boutique Kliemt announced its intention to open in Munich (more…).
  •  Berlin IP boutique Lubberger Lehment opened an office in Munich (more…).
  • Gronefeld dissolved, Graf von Westphalen took on the lawyers (more…).
  • Olswang lawyers launched a European IP litigation firm named Taliens following the merger between CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang (more…).


  •  Six lawyers from Rödl & Partner founded Theopark (more…).
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