Latham boosts Munich with Shearman hire

Latham & Watkins has boosted its Munich office with the hire of Shearman & Sterling finance ace Andreas Diem, who becomes the firm’s third European partner hire this month.

Diem’s practice focuses on real estate finance, banking and acquisition finance. He joined Shearman & Sterling in 2002 as a partner from Gleiss Lutz.

Christopher Hall, vice chair of the firm’s global finance department said: “We have set our sights on becoming one of the leading finance teams in Europe, and the arrival of Andreas is another step forward in achieving this goal.”

The Munich office swooped on Dechert private equity partner Volkmar Bruckner earlier this month. In Spain, the firm raided Lovells for energy specialist Antonio Morales.

Latham & Watkins now has 13 lawyers in Munich, four of which are partners.