B&M plucks litigation expert from Austrian rival

Baker & McKenzie has snatched a litigation expert from Austrian local firm and Allen & Overy (A&O) ally Wolf Theiss.

Alexander Petsche, previously a litigation partner and a business economist at his former firm, is joining Baker & McKenzie as a partner.

The hire brings the number of partners in Baker & McKenzie’s Viennese office, which operates as Baker & McKenzie-Kerres & Diwok, to five. Earlier this year A&O transferred its two-lawyer Albanian office to Wolf Theiss after deciding that the office no longer fitted with its strategy.

A&O had inherited the Tirana office when it merged with Italian firm Brosio Casati e Associati in 1998. It will be the seventh office for Wolf Theiss.