Jones Day raids rivals for Munich

Four senior German partners will lead Jones Day Reavis & Pogue's push into Munich

For the launch of its new intellectual property (IP)-focused office, the US firm has hired lawyers from Frankfurt rivals including Ernst & Young's law firm Luther Menold.
Christian Meister joins from Luther Menold's legacy merger partner Andersen Luther. Miester is joined by Mathias Ricker, a lawyer from patent firm Bardehle, and Richard Schlotter who has worked for both Bardehle and Andersen Luther. Jones Day has also picked up Hans-Werner Moritz, Frankfurt managing partner of second-tier local firm Graf von Westphalen Bappert & Modest.
Jones Day's Munich office will be run by M&A partner Ansgar Rempp, but will have a strong IP focus. A Jones Day spokesman said: “We're combining patent and IP lawyers in the office. No other firm in Germany has done that yet. This will create a trend.”
The new partners will join between now and the beginning of January, when the office will be officially opened. Nine associates from Luther Menold and Bardehle will move over with the partners and several associates will relocate from Jones Day in Frankfurt, giving the office a total of around 20 lawyers.