Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is launching offices in Berlin and Frankfurt after poaching a team of lawyers from Linklaters.
The offices, which will focus on high-end real estate work and represent BLP’s first foray into Germany, are slated to open before the end of the year. BLP has hired two partners and two associates from Linklaters’ German offices to staff its new outposts, which will advise clients investing in and out of Germany.
The partners joining from Linklaters are Roland Fabian and Hanns-William Mulsch, who are both based in Frankfurt. Fabian and Mulsch will be joined by Berlin-based Carsten Bremer and Frankfurt-based Fabian Hartwich – both of whom were associates at Linklaters but have been made up to partner at BLP.
BLP aims to exploit Germany’s position as a base for international real estate investors and its links to the emerging markets where the firm already has lawyers on the ground.
In a statement, BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “The internationalisation of our real estate practice and the increasing levels of international real estate work we’re doing led us to conclude that it was necessary for us to have a multidisciplinary team on the ground in Germany.
“In addition to the focus on German real estate work, we also anticipate significant synergies with our offices in major emerging markets, which enable us to provide the German investor community with expert local advice on the ground, especially in Russia and China, through our Hong Kong office.”
The hires in Germany are the latest raid that BLP has made on Linklaters. BLP launched its office in Hong Kong in June 2011 with a hire from Linklaters (17 June 2011) and in the same month hired Oleg Khonhlov – a banking and finance focused managing associate at Linklaters – for its Russia office, Goltsblat BLP. The following month, BLP hired Linklaters construction associate Richard Davies in Abu Dhabi.