Clifford Chance Pünder's former co-head of its global China practice, Sabine Stricker-Kellerer, has resurfaced at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Munich office as senior China counsel. Stricker-Kellerer left Clifford Chance in February 2002, following a disagreement over the firm's strategy in Asia. She was originally from Pünder Volhard Weber & Axster in Frankfurt where she established the firm's Beijing office in 1985, before becoming managing partner of the China practice, based in Munich. Following the merger with Clifford Chance, Pünder's focus changed to concentrate more on Asia, building resources there as opposed to creating more Chinese specialists in Germany. Stricker-Kellerer's forte is to advise European companies on their investments in China, dealing with a range of legal issues from foreign investment and M&A to dispute resolution. She is highly regarded in the marketplace for her expertise on Chinese law. Freshfields' only other German-based Chinese specialist is Lutz Kinprath, who is due to go on secondment to the Shanghai office. Freshfields' corporate partner Christian Bunsen said: "Although Stricker-Kellerer will sit in Munich, she will not be part of the Munich office. Her team will essentially be in China." Freshfields' selling point is that Stricker-Kellerer will be in a European time zone and therefore will be in a position to provide on-the-spot advice. Freshfields' China group is the largest specialist group within the firm, with more than 50 specialists based in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Europe and the US.