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Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired Shearman & Sterling corporate partner Hans Diekmann as a partner in its Düsseldorf office.
Diekmann will join A&O later this year, although his start date is yet to be confirmed.
Shearman has lost a number of partners in Germany since the start of 2012. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom hired three partners from Shearman over the course of the year (6 February 2012, 8 October 2012) and a duo of partners quit a year ago for independent Glade Michel Wirtz (13 April 2012).
A&O said Diekmann’s hire was an important step in the development of the Düsseldorf office, bringing the number of partners there to six. He is the third lateral hire in corporate for the office in four years, following the 2010 appointment of Christian Eichner and the arrival of Jan Schröder the following year, both joining from Hogan Lovells.