07 March 2017 at 09:35 BST

German Offices at McDermott Will & Emery boosted

International law firm McDermott Will & Emery has announced new hires in Germany and a new head in Italy.

Sean Pavone

Alexa Ningelgen, PhD, is to join the firm’s Regulatory Practice Group as partner in its Düsseldorf office. Joining Ms Ningelegen in Düsseldorf will be Eva Schöneich, PhD. Ms Schöneich will serve as counsel in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. The two lawyers represent the latest arrivals at McDermott’s growing Düsseldorf office.


Ms Ningelgen focuses her practice on issues of public law and has significant experience with administrative proceedings and disputes, particularly in the areas of energy, infrastructure, food law, public institutions and immigration. She also focuses on public development planning and building regulations. Ms Ningelgen will be joining McDermott from Hogan Lovells. Ms Schöneich has experience advising national and international companies and banks on issues of corporate law, focusing, in particular, on M&A transactions. Moreover, she has advised private equity firms and companies operating in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and material manufacturing. She was previously employed by another international law firm and most recently served as a Minister of State for Cultural Affairs.


Earlier this year, McDermott added former managing partners at King & Wood Mallesons and Michael Cziesla, PhD, as a partner in the Firm’s Frankfurt office. Mr Cziesla was joined by his long-standing colleague, Normann Wasse, who joined the firm as counsel. Their arrival expanded the Frankfurt office’s operations in corporate law. A few weeks later, the Frankfurt office was further reinforced by the addition of Markus Hill, as partner in the Firm’s Tax Practice Group.

New Italian head

Meanwhile, the company also revealed that Carlo M Paolella is to head its Italian offices with immediate effect taking over from Massimo Trentino who was a founding partner of the McDermott offices in Italy. As head of the Italian tax practice, Mr Paolella will advise Italian and multinational companies on domestic and international tax issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, cross-border transactions, transfer pricing, capital markets and collective investment vehicles, and tax controversy. He also regularly advises on the tax profiles of employee incentive plans, debt restructuring and financial instruments.


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