Merger forms top German firm

A NEWLY-MERGED law firm has become Germany's largest legal practice following this month's linking of RNdler Raupach Bezzenberger and Boden Oppenhoff Rasor Raue.

The new tax and corporate firm – Oppenhoff RNdler – now includes more than 90 partners and 130 additional fee-earners. It has offices in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Leipzig, and operates foreign practices in New York, London, Prague and Brussels.

Formed in the 1920s, Boden Oppenhoff is the older of the two practices. RNdler Raupach is the resultant firm from Germany's first-ever law firm merger which took place during 1991.

Mergers and acquisitions partner Hans Joachim Holzapfel, who formerly worked with RNdler Raupach, says the merger was agreed “because we both thought we would benefit from it”.

“We are complementary in our services,” says Holzapfel. “It works very well geographically and it puts together two international networks.”

The firm's resident London partner Michael Lappe, who previously worked with Boden Oppenhoff, says there were a number of reasons behind the move, which was the result of a year of talks between the two practices.

“The benefits are the combined strength of the offices in Berlin and the larger size and broader range of services available,” says Lappe.

“Also, there is the tremendous tax background of the Munich office. That's something that fits very well into the international corporate work of Boden Oppenhoff overall.”

Oppenhoff RNdler will be overseen by a committee with two speakers, one from each of the merged firms. A preliminary committee is currently in place.