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Four lawyers from firms including Eversheds and Taylor Wessing have joined forces to launch an IP boutique in Munich.
Heisse Kursawe Eversheds partner Hosea Haag, Taylor Wessing partner Morten Merx and Alexandra Heÿn and Thomas Schafft from IP firm HK Krüger Rechtsanwälte are the four founding partners of Ampersand Rechtsanwälte.
The LLP is set to go live on 1 January 2012 and will cover all fields of IP law along with each partners’ specialisation, including areas such as life sciences, patents, advertising and media law.
“Probably the areas that are the most active in IP are pharmaceuticals, IT and data protection,” said Haag, adding that the new venture will focus on the areas that are the most “economically interesting” at the moment.
All four founding partners have worked in IP for approximately 10 years, spending some of this time at international firms.
“We think that we can combine this experience with a little bit more of a client-focused approach,” added Haag. He said patent law was dominated by boutique firms founded mostly in the 50s, which had a conservative approach to practising law.
The firm will begin with four partners, with the possibility of growing to 10 lawyers in due course.
Merx explained that the name Ampersand signals the connection between clients and their businesses.
“It represents team spirit and solidarity,” he said.
Haag focuses his practice on patent law and has been a partner at Eversheds since 2010. He previously worked at Bird & Bird and Hammonds.
Taylor Wessing partner Merx is a member of the life sciences and healthcare group at the firm. Before joining the Munich office in 2006 he worked at Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells.
Heÿn concentrates on copyright and media law and previously worked in the IP, media and technology practice group at Lovells. She joined HK Krüger Rechtsanwälte along with Lovells colleague Schafft, who specialises in IP and IT law.