CMS Germany swoops for Haarmann’s Moscow office

Germany’s CMS Hasche Sigle has bolstered its Russian operation by taking the entire Moscow team of Haarmann Hemmelrath.

The move was agreed between Hasche Sigle and the liquidators of Haarmann Hemmelrath on Monday. Around 28 lawyers will join forces with Hasche Sigle making it the largest Russian office of any German law firm.

Gerd Lenga, lead partner of Haarmann Hemmelrath in Moscow said: “Joining forces with CMS Hasche Sigle and being integrated into the CMS Alliance put us in a position to meet the growing need for advice in Russia from our clients.

“By establishing this joint office, CMS Hasche Sigle, one of the leading German law firms has gained the resources and competence to handle major transactions on the Russian market for its clients. This is the right strategic move. We look forward to working together.”

Lenga, along with partner Irene Engel join Hasche Sigle as equity partners. Eugen Zentner, Falk Tischendorf, Swetlana Tobanowa und Anton Wagner will join the firm as salary partners. Hasche Sigle is the German alliance firm of CMS Cameron McKenna.

Since the dissolution of Haarmann Hemmelrath at the start of the year, the various offices have been left to decide their own futures. In January, name partner Wilhelm Haarmann quit the firm he founded to launch a new practice with other members of the Frankfurt office.

Fellow name partner Alexander Hemmelrath also set up his own practice which included the Bielefeld, Hamburg, Leipzig, and Shanghai offices.