A&O bolsters German disputes practice with Hogan Lovells hires

Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired two litigation partners and a team of associates from Hogan Lovells in Germany.

Litigation partners Wolf Bussian and Marc Zimmerling will join A&O’s Frankfurt office by April 2013 and bring with them a team of associates comprising senior associate Charlotte Willemer and associates Almut Koy, Andreas Schmidt, Torben Schwartz and Eva Schwittek. All join from Hogan Lovells.

At A&O Zimmerling will focus on commercial and corporate litigaiton, professional indemnity and directors’ liability. Bussian, meanwhile, will concentrate on financial services litigation. Their arrival will also allow Germany disputes head Daniel Busse to concentrate on national and international arbitration.

These latest hires quickly follow that of IP specialist Joachim Feldges, who joined the Munich office from Field Fisher Waterhouse where he was the German managing partner (6 November 2012). In May, A&O added another IP lawyer – former Linklaters partner Jens Matthes – in Düsseldorf (2 May 2012).

A&O’s moves to boost its IP practice in Germany were a result of successive raids on its partnership by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in 2010 (23 February 2010) and 2012 (1 May 2012).

Commenting on the latest hires, A&O’s German senior partner Neil Weiand said: “The growth of our German dispute resolution team is an important part of Allen & Overy’s global strategy. The appointments of Marc Zimmerling and Wolf Bussian, who are renowned dispute resolution experts, and their teams, will put Allen & Overy’s dispute resolution practice on a par with the German market leaders also in terms of size.”

Patrick Sherrington, co-head of the litigation and arbitration group at Hogan Lovells, said: “We have a leading global litigation practice, with a strong presence in every major centre, attracting some of the most complex, high-value international business disputes. We are sorry to see Marc and Wolf move on and wish them well.”