DLA hires seven-strong Hogan Lovells Munich team

Hogan Lovells has seen further losses in Germany with the departure of seven Munich lawyers to DLA Piper.

Counsel Thomas Gädtke and senior associate Thilo von Bodungen are the latest in a string of names to leave the firm in Germany following the merger of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells, which went live last May. Both join DLA Piper in Munich as partners.

They bring with them litigation counsels Jan Bunnemann and Jonas Mark, real estate senior associate Jan-Ulf Suchomel, associate Peter Ruttmann and commercial and trade associate Silke Hesse. The date for their move has not been confirmed.

Gädtke, a disputes lawyer specialising in insurance and banking, said: “DLA Piper’s full-service approach provides an ideal platform for further expansion of the firm and I’m convinced that, as a team, we’ll make a great contribution to DLA Piper’s national and international litigation practice.”

Von Bodungen – not be confused with his father, an of counsel at Hogan Lovells, who shares his name – focuses on consumer goods, the automotive industry and chemicals.

He said: “With its internationally established network, which is geared towards further expansion in Germany and elsewhere, DLA Piper offers very good opportunities for development. We’re looking forward to working with a dynamic team to further develop the strategically important Munich office.”

The departures follow the announcement earlier this month that IT supremo Wolfgang Büchner is to leave Hogan Lovells for Jones Day. Insurance partner Jan Schröder and employment partner Hans-Peter Löw both left the firm for Allen & Overy earlier in the year.