Ashursts tax hire makes quick exit

Ashurst Morris Crisp’s Frankfurt office has lost a high-profile tax partner just two months after he joined the firm.

Richard Engl was taken on to provide tax advice to the corporate department at the beginning of May, but then resigned at the end of June. Previously, Engl was a partner at Oppenhoff & Rädler, but left to set up his own practice following its decision to merge with Linklaters & Alliance.
Ashursts managing partner in Germany Nick Angel said that Engl found it difficult to adapt to being in a large firm again. “He’s older than most of the other partners here and was used to working on his own. It just didn’t work out,” he said.
Ashursts opened in Germany in 1997 and there are now 45 lawyers in its Frankfurt office. It is currently bringing together private equity, corporate and tax and will be looking to replace Engl.