Hogan & Hartson's Berlin office splinters ahead of merger with Lovells
As the 1 May launch date for mega firm Hogan Lovells draws closer, Hogan & Hartson's Berlin office has split in two. Eighteen partners have decided to break away to set up their own firm rather than being absorbed into the merged Hogan Lovells.
The new firm, Raue, will launch on the very day as the Hogan Lovells merger, and will have an 18-strong partners supported by 22 other lawyers.
Christoph Wagner, who is set to become the managing partner of the Berlin office, said: "We wish every success to our long-term friends and partners who are now choosing another professional future. Our close friendships will not be affected by this professional separation."
Hogan & Hartson's Warsaw office has also opted out of the merger, and joined with K&L Gates last month.
The founding partners of Raue are:
Christian von Hammerstein
Friedrich Tobias Schoene
Annette Christine Feissel
Stephan Bernhard Koch
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