Bird & Bird takes Norton Rose German partner

Bird & Bird has recruited an M&A and capital markets partner from Norton Rose to join its burgeoning German operation.

Erich Michel is moving from Norton Rose’s Frankfurt office and will join Bird & Bird, which set up in Germany in 2002, on 1 November. Michel is leaving Norton Rose after three years after joining from White & Case Feddersen in 2001.

Michel leaves Norton Rose as the firm steps up a realignment of its German operation. The firm’s Cologne operation is currently in the throes of talks with CMS Hasche Sigle.