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The Allen & Overy (A&O) German IP litigation partner leaving the firm to launch Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges’ first Continental Europe outpost is taking over the magic circle firm’s entire office.
German-qualified patent litigation specialist Marcus Grosch has taken over the lease on A&O’s Mannheim office as well as hiring the lawyers and support staff. The move leaves A&O without a home in the city, although it is understood to be in the process of fitting out a new base there.
The UK firm originally gained its Mannheim office in 2007 when it hired Grosch from IP boutique Schilling & Grosch, where he was a name partner.
“It had been our previous office, so we’re staying where we are,” said Grosch.
A&O is understood to have kicked off the search for new offices earlier this year to coincide with the relocation of M&A partner Hans-Christoph Ihrig.