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When much of the world’s attention is focused on developing markets it’s sometimes easy for international firms to take the eye off Europe. But this week US firm Morrison & Foerster has made a commitment to the continent by appointing its first-ever European managing partner.
Global investigations and competition partner Paul Friedman has got the nod and is relocating from San Francisco to London to take up the role. His remit is to improve communication and relationships between MoFo’s three European offices in London, Brussels and Berlin.
The move comes on the back of the firm’s German launch last year, which Friedman says has been extremely successful. But MoFo wants its European offices to do more, and to work more closely with the rest of its international network – notably Asia.
Of course MoFo isn’t the only US firm to be keeping the focus on Europe. Others, such as Latham & Watkins, have also been expanding their European presence recently, while Baker & McKenzie – as we reported earlier this year – has the largest continental European presence of any firm, international or independent.