Wolf Theiss replaces managing partner role with three-person board

Wolf Theiss has replaced its managing partner with a three-member management board as the firm looks to Poland for the next stage of its expansion in Central and Eastern Europe.

Horst Ebhardt, who has been the firm’s managing partner since 2008, has been replaced with a three-member board comprising Bratislava managing partner Erik Steger, corporate and capital markets partner Richard Wolf and banking partner Nikolaus Paul.

The new management team tales over today.

“To achieve its strategic goals going forward, the partnership determined that it’s time to create a management structure that better reflects the firm’s larger size and its position as a leading law firm in the CEE/SEE-region,” said Ebhardt, who has returned to his corporate practice.

“With the firm eyeing new markets and strengthening our existing offices, we believe that this new management structure will best support our goal of becoming the go-to firm in the region,” says Steger.

Steger added that the firm is “looking closely at the Polish market” and that he hopes to have something solid worked out in 2011. Steger’s first choice is to find a complete team to assimilate into the firm, but added that given the relatively strong performance of the Polish market teams have been hard to find.