DLA Piper hires Cleary’s Sieger in coup for German corporate practice

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton corporate partner Jürgen Sieger is moving to DLA Piper, taking up the role of German corporate head in a significant boost for the firm.

Sieger will begin work at DLA Piper’s Cologne office on 1 July. Cleary lawyer Jan Eltzschig is also moving to DLA Piper, and will begin work as a counsel in April.

He joined Cleary Gottlieb in 2006 after 23 years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and its legacy firms (3 July 2006).

Sieger advises clients on corporate and M&A deals across a range of industries, notably the insurance and technology sectors.

The appointment continues the growth of DLA Piper’s German presence. Last year the firm hired a team from Dewey & LeBoeuf in Frankfurt (29 May 2012) and two partners from Salans’ Frankfurt office (13 December 2012), as well as appointing Munich IP partner Jan Geert Meents as its new German managing partner (21 June 2012).

DLA Piper currently has 15 partners in Cologne office and 12 corporate partners overall in Germany.

Cleary Gottlieb has a number of other partners in Germany practising corporate law, predominantly based in Frankfurt.