McDermott Germany splits over strategic differences

McDermott Will & Emery’s Munich office has suffered a four-partner exodus from its tax department.

Oliver Kachele, Joachim Giehl, Marcus Roth and Claudia Sendlbeck-Schickor have all left McDermott after just 18 months with the firm, reports Juve today.

The team all arrived from KPMG in early 2005. Two of the team’s associates have also left the firm.

McDermott’s management cited differences in strategic vision as a reason for the split.

The firm’s tax capability in Germany has suffered various blows recently, with Richard Schmidt leaving for Shearman & Sterling in autumn 2005, and partner Ralf Eckert and senior associate Christoph Gebhardt both leaving the Munich office earlier this year.

This week’s departure leaves McDermott’s tax team in Germany with just five lawyers led by Dirk Pohl and Arndt Raupach.

Roth and Sendlbeck-Schickor are understood to be joining Deloitte, while Kachele and Giehl are considering their next move.