SJ Berwin commits to German growth

SJ Berwin commits to German growth” />SJ Berwin has vowed to beef up its German operation over the next two years despite the resignation of Uwe Steininger, its joint managing partner in the region.

The firm wants to employ between 15-20 lawyers in the four key areas of banking, corporate, funds and property. Rüdiger Knopf, joint head of the German practice, told The Lawyer that the firm expected around four of the appointments to be at equity partner level. “We’re 55 lawyers at the moment. We want to increase by 20 to 30 per cent,” he said.

Steininger has decided to leave the firm at the end of the year. As first reported in German legal publication Juve Rechtsmarkt, Steininger is stepping down from his position to pursue new challenges. Steininger joined SJ Berwin in 2000 and was responsible for opening the firm’s third German office in Munich. He specialises in fund structuring, venture capital investments and buyouts.

His role as head of the German funds practice, based in Munich, will transfer to tax partner André Gloede. Knopf will continue to lead SJ Berwin’s German operations. Knopf said: “Steininger made a good job of running the Munich office over the last five years.”

SJ Berwin has around 55 lawyers spread across four offices in Bonn, Berlin Frankfurt and Munich.