Former Denton International firm launches in Zurich

Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) former German network firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is set to open an office in Zurich in April.

This makes Heuking the second major German firm to open in Zurich, joining former Field Fisher Waterhouse ally Buse Heberer Fromm, which is also established in the city.

Heuking’s managing partner Dieter Bohnert told German magazine Juve: “Instructions for German clients in Switzerland have grown to such an extent that we were unable to deal with the demand by merely travelling [to Switzerland].”

Heuking hired former Frankfurt-based Haarmann partner Holger Erwin, who will join Heuking as an equity partner and will launch the Zurich office.

Heuking’s Zurich office will advise on German law only, reported Juve, and will therefore not compete directly with local firms. The office will focus primarily on high net-worth individuals from Germany and private Swiss banks.

In 2003 DWS’ European alliance Denton International collapsed, after DWS’ exit, leaving Heuking as an independent.