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Germany Special Report

The 5th edition of Who’s Who Legal: Germany recognises 930 listings from across 40 practice areas, resulting in one of the most in-depth guides to the country’s legal marketplace.

Germany 2016: Practice Areas

The edition features a unique combination of 40 distinct practice area chapters for Canada, with each chapter providing an overview of the respective legal market and the leading lawyers and experts featured within it.

An Introduction to the German Legal Marketplace

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.

Sorainen in Vilnius strengthens competition practice with rapid growth surge

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.

Froriep in Geneva acquires the expertise of top dispute resolution lawyer

Franz X Stirnimann Fuentes

Leading arbitrator Franz X Stirnimann Fuentes has joined the partnership of Froriep in Geneva. He arrived at the beginning of November from Winston & Strawn.

Leading Mexican law firm strengthens M&A and tax practices with strategic hires

Ramón Bravo and Manuel Tron

SMPS Legal in Mexico has expanded its services with the hire of former Hogan Lovells partner Ramon Bravo Herrera and independent practitioner Manuel E Tron.

Cecil Abraham & Partners opens for business in Malaysia

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. 

White & Case announces its first white-collar partner in London

Jonathan Pickworth has joined White & Case becoming their first white-collar partner in London. 

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