Hogan Lovells loses entire Berlin partnership

September 25, 2013 US firm Morrison & Foerster is set to launch in Berlin, after hiring the entire nine-partner cohort from Hogan Lovells' Berlin office. It is not yet clear how many of the team of more than 20 associates and counsel will follow them.

The new hires include former Berlin office head, Christoph Wagner, and the head of the firm's German tax practice, Jens-Uwe Hinder. Corporate partners Karin Arnold, Jorg Meissner and Dirk Besse, competition partner Eckhard Bremer, antitrust partner Andreas Grünwald, litigation partner Thomas Keul and employment partner Hanno Timner complete the Berlin team.

Hogan Lovells is clearly unhappy about the move, with the firm’s co-CEO David Harris stating: "Christoph Wagner's move earlier this month was planned and agreed. At the time of his departure, the Berlin office partners expressed their strong desire to stay with the firm and we supported that. Despite that support they have now gone back on their commitment and have said that they want to leave. We understand they have accepted offer letters from a competitor, however, they have yet to resign letters or deal with the usual formalities. Until they do so, we expect them to uphold all their responsibilities as partners in Hogan Lovells."

"Each of our other offices in Germany is significantly larger than Berlin, which represents less than 10% of total German revenues. Germany overall is performing very well and is a recognized and significant strength of the firm. None of this changes that."

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