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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has opened its third office in Germany, launching in Munich with the firm’s Mannheim-based patent litigation partner Marcus Grosch.
The new base follows a Hamburg opening last year with Allen & Overy (A&O) IP and antitrust litigation partner Nadine Herrmann (1 May 2012), a launch that followed the move into Mannheim in 2010 (23 February 2010). Grosch brought with him A&O’s entire Mannheim office (1 March 2010).
Grosch will lead the move into Munich, splitting his time between that office and Mannheim. No lateral hires had been made at the time of writing, but insiders say the base will be a prelude to laterals.
Grosch said: “For a long time we have been representing our clients in a multitude of infringement and validity proceedings before the Munich infringement courts as well as the Federal Patent Court and the EPO. The opening of an office in this location follows this development. I envisage Munich as one of the most relevant European venues for legal advice extending over and above IP. The Munich office offers an ideal platform for the further development of our practice beyond IP and competition law.”
Last year Grosch told The Lawyer the Hamburg launch was “primarily because of Nadine”, as the duo had known each other at A&O. However, he added that Hamburg is also a major centre for German IP work with significant activity in the courts and a strong client base to tap into.
“It’s very likely that we’ll open a third German office later this year,” Grosch said openly at the time. “The medium-term goal is to broaden our coverage to exactly mirror what we cover in the US.”
Expansion across Europe and Asia has already been flagged by Quinn Emanuel, with London co-managing partner Richard East speaking of the need for an international litigation profile earlier last year (9 March 2012).