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DLA Piper has boosted its Hamburg office with the appointment of a high-profile professor from the city's Bucerius Law School.
Professor Dr Erich Samson, who specialises in business law and tax defence, is set to join the firm as of counsel on 1 July with the aim of growing the German regulatory and governmental affairs practice group. Samson will bring his assistant Dr Marc Langrock with him and, while the former will continue to teach at the university, the latter will join DLA Piper on a full-time basis.
The firm's German managing partner Ulrich Jungst said: "Bucerius is the first private law school in Germany and has a very good reputation. Every law firm goes after the candidates graduating from there. If you study criminal law and tax law in Germany then you know Professor Samson because he is one of the leading guys.
"We’ve hired him because we’re building up the regulatory practice, which we already have in the UK, in Germany. We couldn't find someone better qualified to do this."
Jungst pointed out that regulatory issues are becoming a far greater focus in Germany than they have been in the past, with corporate governance and corporate crime major considerations. He added that companies, particularly listed companies, will increasingly seek legal advice in this area.
Samson and Langrock will work alongside the firm's Hamburg-based head of regulatory practice Carsten Grau.