Dentons makes first post-merger hires in Germany

Dentons has announced its first lateral hires since the tripartite merger which formed the firm a month ago, picking up a duo of partners in Germany.

Michael Graf and Robert Bastian both join the firm from Haarmann. Graf is a tax specialist and Bastian a private equity partner.

Corporate litigator Friedrich Toepel is also moving to Dentons as a counsel.

The hires follow several departures from Dentons legacy firm Salans before the merger with SNR Denton and Fraser Milner Casgrain, which took effect at the end of March (22 February 2013).

A pair of restructuring partners left Salans’ Frankfurt office for DLA Piper (13 December 2012), followed by regulatory specialist Ivana Mikesić who left for Watson Farley & Williams (14 December 2012).

More recently, IP partner Stefanie Stefanie Greifeneder moved to Field Fisher Waterhousein Munich (18 April 2013).

Haarmann founder Wilhelm Haarmann was recruited by Linklaters in February (19 February 2013).

Dentons’ German managing partner Andreas Ziegenhagen said there was indication of growth in Germany and the hires would enable the firm to increase the quality of its work in Germany and globally.