Clifford Chance is to lose the head of its Munich office next April. IP specialist Joachim Feldges is leaving to set up an independent boutique.
Feldges said he was leaving for personal reasons. The firm is yet to appoint a replacement.
Feldges, who is expected to take a number of clients with him, said: “We will continue to co-operate [with Clifford Chance] and where I can, I will refer work back to the firm.”
He is also expected to work with other international firms.