Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to close in Cologne
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has opted to close its Cologne office, relocating most of its 18 partners and 60 associates to Düsseldorf. The move was widely expected after the firm confirmed a month ago that it would be merging the two offices, without naming which one would close down.
The firm will begin the shift in the new year and is planning to occupy a larger premesis in Düsseldorf by the year 2018. In addition to those moving from Cologne, corporate head Rick van Aerssen and corporate partner Andreas Fabritius will be relocating from the firm's Frankfurt office.
The private equity team in Cologne will however move to the firm's base in Munich. That includes corporate duo Ludwig Leyendecker and Kai Hasselbach, who lead that group. The firm intends to make Munich a center for its private equity practice.