Gleiss Lutz elects co-managing partners
Gleiss Lutz has elected a pair of partners to succeed its outgoing managing partner, Rainer Loges. Alexander Schwarz and Michael Arnold will become co-managing partners beginning 1 January 2016. Loges steps down after eight years as the firm's head.
The pair ran as a duo so that each could maintain capacity to continue fee-earning. The firm had not otherwise specifically ordained a co-management structure. Schwarz is a corporate lawyer and based in Düsseldorf, in an office he helped to launch in 2009. He has managed human resources matters for the firm since 2011 and will continue to oversee them going forward. Arnold is a corporate and litigation partner who joined the firm in 1999 in Stuttgart. He has served as a member of the partnership council at the firm for the past three years.
Under Loges leadership, the firm among other strategic moves turned down its UK ally Herbert Smith when it pursued a merger, leading to the end of its alliance. Arnold and Schwarz have signaled their intention to keep the firm independent.