Bird & Bird picks up Frankfurt partner from Dentons

Bird & Bird has appointed Dentons partner Bernhard Gemmel as a partner in its banking and finance team in Frankfurt.

Gemmel joins Bird & Bird after two years at Dentons and legacy firm Salans, having joined the firm in 2011 from Beiten Burkhardt.

He advises on domestic and international project, real estate, trade and acquisition finance, covering in particular real estate, energy and infrastructure sectors. He is also qualified in France.

Gemmel joins Bird & Bird with associate Stanislav Schmidt, who will help strengthen the firm’s focus on outbound Russian transactions.

Bird & Bird previously hired Dentons senior associate Malgorzata Darowska as an IP partner in Warsaw (13 June 2013).

Since the completion of the tripartite merger between SNR Denton, Salans and Fraser Milner Casgrain at the end of March (22 February 2013) Dentons has lost a number of partners and other lawyers in several offices.

Stephenson Harwood picked up rail partner Tammy Samuel in London (1 May 2013) and Addleshaw Goddard hired Qatar-based partner Martin Brown (28 May 2013). In Paris, Bryan Cave hired a duo of litigators including local litigation head Constantin Achillas (4 June 2013). Non-partners who have joined other firms as partner include litigator Alistair Abbott, who moved to offshore firm Forbes Hare in London (30 April 2013) and Munich-based Stefanie Greifeneder, who joined Field Fisher Waterhouse (18 April 2013).

Meanwhile Dentons’ first lateral hires following the merger came in Germany, with partners Michael Graf and Robert Bastian joining from Haarmann (7 May 2013).