Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler has taken on a senior in-house lawyer from Commerzbank to head its German securitisation practice.
Kurt Dittrich will join Linklaters' Frankfurt office as a partner. He will be followed by Jasmin Kölbl-Vogt, who joins as an associate from Clifford Chance Pünder, and Sabine Felix, who joins from Deutsche Bank subsidiary Eurohypo. In the last year the number of banking lawyers at Linklaters in Germany has doubled. However, these hires are among the first senior appointments since the firm's merger with Oppenhoff & Rädler earlier this year. German head of banking and capital markets Berthold Kusserow said that he expects the growth in banking to continue. Linklaters is making a number of changes in Germany. Corporate partner Peter King is returning to London after a year working on the integration process in Germany, while banking partner Stuart Thomas is to move to Frankfurt.