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Herbert Smith Freehills opens in Germany with one partner

Plans to announce further partner appointments in ‘the coming months’ 

2 April 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Herbert Smith Freehills has opened its first two offices in Germany, in Frankfurt and Berlin.

The offices have launched with only one dedicated partner for Germany, Ralf Thaeter, previously a partner at Herbert Smith’s former alliance firm Gleiss Lutz.

Thaeter, who is based in Frankfurt, will be heading up both offices at Herbert Smith Freehills Germany.

Said Patrick Mitchell, global co-head of the firm’s corporate division: “Our recruitment efforts are continuing and we hope to be able to announce the appointment of additional partners in the coming months.”

“Over time, our Frankfurt office will be a full-service offering, with our presence in Berlin focusing on corporate and regulatory work.”

Herbert Smith Freehills has said that it will “shortly” be joined by a team of dispute resolution, finance and real estate lawyers, but its spokesperson could not confirm when the new appointments would join the firm.

The top-20 global law firm was formed on 1 October 2012 following a merger between international law firm Herbert Smith and Australian law firm Freehills.

Herbert Smith Freehills has said its presence in Germany, Europe’s largest and strongest economy, will “greatly enhance the firm’s delivery of origin-to-destination legal services across a single global platform”.

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