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The soon-to-be-merged Hogan & Hartson and Lovells have scored a coup in Berlin by holding on to Hogan’s main rainmaker in the city despite most of the office spinning out into a standalone practice.
Christoph Wagner, who counts BSkyB as one of his main clients, will take on the role of Berlin managing partner at the merged Hogan Lovells as one of eight Berlin partners who chose to remain at the firm.
In total 18 Hogan & Hartson Raue partners are leaving to launch independent firm Raue, citing the potential for conflicts as the main reason for the move.
Wagner was one of a group of Oppenhoff & Rädler partners who launched Hogan’s Berlin office in 2001 after choosing not to be part of the German firm’s merger with Linklaters & Alliance. Wagner in particular felt that being a partner in Linklaters would conflict him out of working for BSkyB.
Hogan’s relationship with a range of Rupert Murdoch-owned companies and Lovells’ longstanding relationship with ITV are expected to create conflict issues for the merged firm.