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US firm Bryan Cave is expanding its European presence with the launch of an office in Frankfurt and the recruitment of two Haarmann partners to lead the venture.
Tobias Fenck and Veit Denzer will take the helm at the Frankfurt office. They will be fully integrated with the firm’s Hamburg office and provide services on matters including employment, general commercial, antitrust, litigation, technology and intellectual property.
Fenck joined Haarmann when it was created in early 2006, while Denzer joined in 2010. Both focus on serving private equity clients, mezzanine funds and banks, providing legal counsel principally in the areas of corporate mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and finance.
“Although from the existing Hamburg office we work all over Germany, it makes sense to be based in more than once place,” said the firm’s Hamburg managing partner Michael Leue.
“Frankfurt has a strong focus on finance, banking and capital markets issues and that’s what our team does.”
Leue added that the move is a “perfect match” between the new team’s capabilities and what Frankfurt has to offer.
“We see Germany and the people of Germany as one market and one team.”
The news follows the opening of Bryan Cave’s Hamburg office in 2007 and forms part of an overall strategic plan to substantially broaden the firm’s legal team in Germany during the next five years (11 June 2007).