Germany possesses one of the leading but most complex legal markets in Europe, which is spread across large and small cities alike. Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf are centres of great and highly competitive legal activity; however, with regards to the development of various law firms, the country has seen many expand and others shut down operations entirely over the past year. Olswang, for example, has ceased business in Berlin, having lost 13 equity partners in June 2015. This leaves the firm with just one German base: Munich. Other firms have opted to strengthen their Frankfurt office and close down others, as exemplified by Hogan Lovells and Shearman & Sterling back in 2013. Clifford Chance has also suffered the departure of multiple partners to competitors.
Daivis Švirinas, former managing partner and head of competition at Borenius, has joined Sorainen in Vilnius. He joins with three competition associates and nine lawyers.
Cecil Abraham, one of Malaysia’s most highly regarded arbitrators, has launched his own boutique in Kuala Lumpur after eight years’ heading the dispute resolution team at Zul Rafique & Partners.
Jonathan Pickworth has joined White & Case becoming their first white-collar partner in London.
Taylor Wessing has announced the appointment of David McCluskey as partner in the firm’s disputes and investigations practice in London.
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