Ditched FFW firms rebuild Euro presences

Field Fisher Waterhouse‘s (FFW) ex-alliance firms in Belgium and Germany have hit back with partner hires and new offices following the collapse of the network.

FFW took one partner and three associates from former alliance partner Buse Heberer Fromm, but the German firm now intends to pursue its own international strategy.

Buse plans to open five representative offices this year in London, Paris, Brussels, Milan and Moscow. The offices will be small, staffed by no more than one or two partners, who will split their time between their outposts and Germany.

Belgian firm Verhaegen Walravens lost three partners in FFW’s drive to open its own offices, but has hired two.

Corporate partner Jean Pierre Renard is joining the firm from Elegis, along with Henry Hachez from Loyens & Loeff. Associate Hachez will join Verhaegen as a partner.