Dewey hits back with W&C hire

Dewey Ballantine has strengthened its Frankfurt office with the hire of a capital markets partner from White & Case.

Partner Matthias von Oppen, whose clients include Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and HVB, will join Dewey Ballantine’s Frankfurt office in March.

He spent seven years at White & Case, where he worked in both the firm’s London and Frankfurt offices. He joins Dewey as a partner.

Dewey Ballantine’s German office managing partner Hanno Berger said in a statement: “Adding Mr von Oppen to the team means we are gaining an excellent lawyer with an impressive track record whose expertise perfectly complements our capital markets practice.“

In January, the planned merger between Dewey Ballantine and Orrick was abandoned amid wrangling over management control, ending one of the most anticipated combinations of the year. (8 January thelawyer.com).

In the run up, the pending merger suffered a number of setbacks as a number of key Dewey partners left the firm and most recently the firm lost New York-based compensation and benefits partner Paul Wessel to Milbank Hadley Tweed & McCloy. He was the 12th partner to leave Dewey since its proposed merger with Orrick was announced last October.

Dewey is now rebuilding with hires such as this, which were put on hold by the merger.