DLA rolls into Germany with Görg link-up

National law firm DLA is expanding its international network, giving it a presence in Germany for the first time.

Cologne-based firm Görg will join DLA & Partners (D&P) on 1 March.

Görg, which had a relationship with UK firm Eversheds until the beginning of last year, is a full-service firm.

However, despite offering M&A, banking, employment, property and tax advice, it is especially well known for its insolvency and media work.

Name partner Klaus Hubert Görg himself worked on the corporate rescue of Philipp Holzmann last year, one of the biggest collapses Germany has ever seen.

Görg advises an important international manufacturer as well as a number of film and television production companies. It has 17 partners altogether, with 14 based in Cologne, two in Frankfurt and one in Essen.

DLA managing partner Nigel Knowles says the firm has been looking for a German partner for some time. He says: “Large firms in Germany often aren't large firms but a large number of people practising on their own. Görg is the only fully integrated firm we've found. It has clients of the firm rather than clients of individual partners.

“It's a significant move for DLA because we have a large number of clients in Germany, including banks, private equity houses and corporates. In the past we've had to refer work to a number of other German firms.”

Görg clients include Deutsche Bank and production company Endermol, the producer of Big Brother.

Cologne partner Ulrich Jüngst says that Görg has a distinct strategy. It has grown organically, resisting the temptation to join a German network or to merge with a German firm.

“There are only about seven firms in Germany that are fully integrated. The others are profit organisations that often split at the first hurdle,” he says.

Görg is currently recruiting for all three offices, and it expects to double its size in Frankfurt over the next two years.

“The firm is nearly full service. It already has a very good media practice but we want to expand in corporate, banking and litigation,” says Knowles.