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Germany: Leading Firms

This year, we feature seven firms in this section owing to standout performances in our research. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the undisputed giant in the German market, particularly in relation to corporate and competition law. Hengeler Mueller, Noerr and Gleiss Lutz feature as the pre-eminent national firms, each with listings in over 15 practice areas and offices across the country; while CMS Hasche Sigle is noted for its performance in TMT and arbitration law. Global firms Clifford Chance and Hogan Lovells are also singled out for recognition for their prevalent positions in the German legal market.  To view the full results of our research, please click here.

Germany: Practice Areas

In our analysis of the German legal market we feature 851 leading lawyers across 33 distinct practice areas.  The newly amalgamated technology, media and telecoms chapter lists more experts than any other practice area. This is indicative of the industry's key status in the German economy, driving a number of M&A deals in particular. The life sciences industry is also performing strongly with a growing demand for contentious, regulatory and transactional lawyers in this space. Meanwhile, tougher regulations in the wake of the financial crisis have dramatically increased the number of companies under investigation by regulatory authorities; as such, our inaugural investigations chapter takes a look at the leading German lawyers in this area of law. We also feature a special life sciences practice area review. Christine Kanz and Florian Gerhardt of Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft provide an analysis of major activities in Germany‘s life sciences sector over the last year, featuring landmark rulings from the European Court of Justice, the Federal Supreme as well as the Düsseldorf court. Click here to view the results of our research.

Marketplace Overview

The German legal market’s distinguishing feature is its multiple centres for different practice areas: Frankfurt, as the largest financial centre in continental Europe, has been long established as a hub for German leading banking and finance lawyers, while Munich is home to major multinational life sciences clients. The distribution of key sectors across several cities is central to Germany’s economic strength, and the corresponding demand for quality legal services is reflected by the country-wide distribution of leading individuals in our research. Frankfurt is home to the highest number of listed lawyers (237), while the strong representation of lawyers in Munich and Düsseldorf (164 and 152 respectively) demonstrates the cities’ continuing status as prime locations for the leading German and international firms. To read more please click here.

Dentons expands life sciences practice with key hires in Paris

Life sciences expert Anne-Laure Marcerou has joined the Paris office of Dentons, alongside another partner and a team of associates, all of whom arrive from Dechert.

Morgan Lewis adds almost 700 staff from Bingham McCutchen

After several months of negotiation between both firms, Morgan Lewis has absorbed about three-quarters of Bingham McCutchen’s 300-strong partnership as well as 525 other lawyers and legal professionals from their Hartford, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC, offices.

Jones Day hires top healthcare duo in Brussels

Healthcare and life sciences specialist Cristiana Spontoni has joined the Brussels office of Jones Day as a partner. She brings with her a fellow colleague from Squire Patton Boggs in Brussels, where they served in the life sciences practice.

Flavia Amaral opens IP focussed boutique in Sao Paulo

Leading franchise lawyer Flavia Amaral has left Trench Rossi e Watanabe Advogados to start her own practice, along with three other partners from a major firm in Brazil.

Hong Kong based litigator joins Debevoise & Plimpton

Debevoise & Plimpton has welcomed top litigator Mark Johnson as a partner in Hong Kong.

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