Houston-based Fulbright & Jaworski has opened an office in Munich, giving the firm its first presence in Continental Europe
The move also makes it the first Texan-based firm to open an office on the Continent. The office will not compete with German firms but will instead advise its German-speaking clients on US law. It will be headed by partners Craig Redinger and Robert Wilson, who will relocate from London and Houston respectively. Redinger will focus on international business transactions and foreign investment into the US, while Wilson will concentrate on corporate and securities law including initial public offerings and venture capital. However, while the office will focus initially on corporate, the intention is to build up an intellectual property (IP) practice. According to the head of the firm's international department Steve Pfeiffer, there is huge amount of German investment in Texas. Current clients include banks and financial institutions in Bavaria and other parts of Germany as well as German companies investing in the US. "Munich is considered by many to be one of the most dynamic business centres in Germany and Europe," said Pfeiffer. "We'll now have on the ground in Germany experienced American lawyers who have lived and been educated in Germany and who speak the language. "The UK and Germany are the largest areas for investment into the US economy and involvement in the US legal system, so Munich was the obvious next step." Fulbright already has offices in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Antonio, Washington DC, Hong Kong and London. It is known mainly for corporate and commercial work and is particularly strong in energy and litigation. However, in the last 10 years the firm has built an IP practice and now boasts around 120 lawyers.