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LINKLATERS & Paines junior corporate finance partner Casper Lawson has been chosen to replace Tony Hickinbotham as joint head of the firm's practice in Frankfurt.
Lawson, currently working in London, is expected to head out to Germany in January to work in the firm's new joint venture practice with Hamburg and Berlin lawyers Schon Nolte Finkelnberg & Clemm (SNFC).
The venture, Linklaters & Schon SNFC, was announced in October - two months after Linklaters returned Hickinbotham to its London office.
SNFC has chosen partners Dr Joachim Von Falkenhausen and Nikolaus Lorenz to work with Lawson. The two, who will take assistant Dr Klaus Kamlah with them, are expected to start in Frankfurt on 1 February.
Linklaters managing partner Terence Kyle said Lawson was chosen because the office would concentrate on his speciality area of mergers and acquisitions and finance work.
"He is someone who is a mergers and acquisitions specialist and he's also a very bright and energetic partner," said Kyle. "We want somebody who is going to put a lot of energy into it and who is also going to provide the necessary advisory skills on the English side."
Kyle said the size of the office was "yet to be decided", but it was likely at least six lawyers would initially work in the practice. "We'll wait and see what the level of business generated is."
SNFC partner Christoph Von Teichman said Von Falkenhausen and Lorenz, who worked with Linklaters in London for six months, were well suited to the practice because their financial services background matched Frankfurt's profile as a financial centre.
"The two partners who are going are simply very well-qualified to do the job we expect them to do."