17 December 2015

DWF and Pinsents announce German moves

UK-based DWF is to merge with a German practice on 1 January, taking the combined group to a joint turnover of £194m and a team of 2,360 people.

By Neasa MacErlean

Oleksiy Mark

The merger with Munich and Cologne-based BridgehouseLaw is driven by client demand, according to DWF. Bridgehouse, says DWF, is 'supported by a strong international network focused on the Middle East, particularly Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the US.'

German clients

DWF's managing partner Andrew Leaitherland said: 'DWF has a large number of German clients, as well as clients who do business in Germany, the EU and the US, and this strategic acquisition provides a platform to access many of the sectors and markets which are important to our clients’ business objectives and which support DWF’s own strategic plans.'

Capital markets at Pinsents

Meanwhile, Pinsent Masons is taking on a four-lawyer team from boutique firm Mayrhofer & Partner on 1 January. The Munich-based team specialises in capital markets. Sources: DWF and Pinsents

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