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Clifford Chance’s German IP practice has been hit by the loss of yet another partner.
Thomas Reimann, an experienced IP and patents partner in the firm’s Düsseldorf office, is preparing to quit Clifford Chance to set up an IP boutique. He takes with him rising star Klaus Haft, an IP associate.
Reimann was a partner at Pünder Volhard Weber & Axster prior to its merger with Clifford Chance in 2000.
Clifford Chance is in discussions with another partner, Christian Osterrieth, who may join Reimann and Haft. If Osterrieth does leave Clifford Chance, the Düsseldorf office will be left with no IP partners, seriously denting the firm’s German IP capability.
A spokesman for Clifford Chance confirmed that the firm is actively looking for a replacement for Reimann.
Earlier this year, Clifford Chance’s Munich head Joachim Feldges, also an IP partner, left to start an office of his own. Clifford Chance’s US IP practice also suffered the departures of partners Leora Ben-Ami, Kaye Scholer and Eric Lobenfeld last year.