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German law firm Boesebeck Droste is losing partners as it continues todiscuss a mergerwith Lovell White Durrant, as revealed in The Lawyer (5July).Dr Manuel Lorenz, a partnerin Boesebeck Droste's banking and financegroup, has quit the partnership and isunderstood to be heading for Baker &McKenzie.He follows hot on the heals of Dr ClaudiaSeibel, who joined Baker &McKenzie as an international partner on 1 July. She is now apartner in the11-lawyer property department of Baker & McKenzie's Frankfurtoffice.Seibel, who has brought blue chip and banking clients with her, says: "Themainreason is certainly the strategic ideas and visions of Baker &McKenzie in Germany."Butshe admits the merger discussions were a factor in her decision to move."I did not verymuch appreciate the idea of being a Lovells partner," she says.Seibel practised atBoesebeck Droste for 16 years, weathering two domesticmergers within the last 10 years.She says law firms in Germany arebecoming increasingly international. But she adds thatlinking up with a UKlaw firm presents certain structural problems."The structures of lawfirms in Germany and in England have very differentways of doing business. The leveragebetween partners and associates, andthe culture, is very different," she says.Lorenz hasalready handed in his notice but has still to negotiate withBoesebeck Droste with regardto the partnership termination.
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