Fladgate Fielder could be on the verge of winning Apple Computer as a client with the hire of the company's senior European counsel
Rolf Stein, who is English and German qualified, will join the firm as a partner and intends to take some of Apple's big ticket work from main UK and US corporate adviser Baker & McKenzie. He also intends to reactivate contacts, such as BMW, from his time as a partner in a German technology boutique.
Stein told The Lawyer: "Apple mainly used Baker & MacKenzie in London for UK corporate work as it is also the main adviser in the US. I will be mainly doing commercial work for Apple. But I am hoping to get some corporate work, although that, as well as the intellectual property work, is strictly controlled out of the US office."
Stein will work mainly in Fladgates' corporate department, but he will also contribute to the firm's German desk. Fladgates has a sport, media and technology group, which Stein will also play a role in. "I will mainly have a corporate role with an IT focus, but I will use my experience in Germany to work with German speaking clients," he said.
Stein is Fladgates' first significant lateral hire since October 2001, when Shoosmiths rebel David Bickford defected to the West End firm because of a "lack of strategic planning" at the Midlands outfit (The Lawyer, 15 October 2001). Fladgates also scored an impressive coup in March 2001 with the hire of planning star Moira Fraser from McGuinness Finch.