Allen & Overy rebuilds in Germany with Linklaters hire

Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired Linklaters’ Germany IP head, boosting its depleted team following a raid by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

Jens Matthes will join A&O as a partner in its Düsseldorf office and will lead the firm’s German IP team, spearheading its planned expansion. Matthes joins from Linklaters, where he established and led the firm’s German IP group, though no start date has yet been announced.

The news comes after Quinn Emanuel raided A&O for IP and antitrust litigation partner Nadine Hermann and a team of six associates for the launch of its Hamburg office (1 May 2012).

Matthes specialises in trademark, design and patent law. Speaking about his move, Matthes said: “Obviously both [Linklaters and A&O] are very exciting places to be, with strong international coverage. But what’s appealing about A&O is its expansion on the global level, and in particular the footprint in IP, with experts in important markets like the US, Europe and China, which makes them unique among the heavyweight IP firms.”

A&O’s Germany senior partner Neil Weiand added that the timing of Matthes arrival coinciding with the departures to Quinn Emanuel was coincidence.

“We have a clear mandate to grow and it’s not easy finding partners that have the right profile,” he said. “What was going to be an expansion is now a substitution.”

He added: “In Jens Matthes, we’ve gained a very successful and esteemed specialist in the field of intellectual property who has both the knowledge and experience to build one of the leading IP practices in Germany.”