Gleiss Lutz pulls out of Eastern Europe and expands in Germany

December 5, 2008 Gleiss Lutz has revealed plans to open in Düsseldorf and a new partner hire in Frankfurt as the firm reinforces its domestic German practice following the withdrawal from Central and Eastern Europe.

The new office is set to open in the first half of 2009 to focus on corporate matters. Partners Stefan Mutter, Alexander Schwarz, Thomas Bopp, and Matthias Sonntag will be relocating to Düsseldorf.

Gleiss Lutz has also recruited Patrick Kaffine from Lovells. Kaffine will join the Frankfurt office of the German firm as a partner in the corporate practice.

On 1 December Gleiss Lutz announced that Austrian firm Schönherr will take over Gleiss Lutz’s Prague and Warsaw offices from 1 January, 2009.

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