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Allen & Overy has expanded in Germany, taking a capital markets expert from Linklaters.
Berthold Kusserow will join A&O’s Frankfurt office on 1 March. Kusserow, a specialist in bonds, structured capital markets products, built and led Linklaters’ capital markets practice. He was a partner at the firm and previously at legacy firm Oppenhoff & Rädler for almost 20 years, but became an of counsel two years ago. Kusserow joins A&O as an equity partner.
A&O’s senior partner in Germany, Neil Weiand, said in a statement: “We’ve succeeded in attracting one of the most highly regarded experts for bonds and structured capital markets products in Germany. This hire mirrors the high demand from clients for legal advice not only in the fields of bonds and structured finance products but also in banking restructuring. Berthold Kusserow’s appointment is part of our strategy to keep enhancing our capital markets capabilities and being recognised as one of the leading firms in the field in the German market.”
In May 2011, The Lawyer reported that A&O Germany had been given the go ahead to expand aggressively in the country (16 May 2011).