Eversheds has finally found a German firm to join its alliance in the shape of Heisse Kursawe, the Munich arm of defunct firm Arcon.
Arcon split in three in November 2004 citing strategic differences. The three new firms are Avocado, Heisse Kursawe and Sibeth.
"We wanted an international focus. Being independent does not mean that you cannot be part of an international organisation," Heisse Kursawe managing partner Matthias Heisse told The Lawyer.
Eversheds has been searching for a German ally for some time following the breakdown of talks with Beiten Burkhardt, Gaedertz and others.
When Arcon split, Heisse looked to his close relationship with Eversheds' German business head Carsten Rumberg and the alliance grew from there. The two firms have already worked together on radio applications group Stanelco’s £25m acquisition of German company Biotec Holding.
Heisse Kursawe has 11 partners and 38 lawyers in total. Its key practice areas are corporate and tax, labour law and IP/IT.