Troubled German firm Wessing continues to be plagued by departures, as three more partners resign from its Düsseldorf office.
Corporate partners Alexander Loos, Christoph Louven and Petra Malsbenden are believed to be joining a UK firm, although it is not yet clear which one. The defections come just four months after the firm lost its former chief executive Wolfgang von Meibom and four partners to the Düsseldorf office of Andersen Legal's German arm Andersen Luther. Wessing is one of the last leading independent law firms in Germany, but it has close links with a number of UK firms including Andersen Legal, Bird & Bird, Eversheds, Hammond Suddards Edge, Nabarro Nathanson, Speechly Bircham, Theodore Goddard and Wragge & Co. Relations within the firm hit rock bottom because of dissent between nationally and internationally-minded partners. Düsseldorf is the most internationally-orientated office, but following the departures of internationally-minded partners, the firm may find it even harder to secure a merger.