Hemmelrath secures four-way merger

Four European firms including Germany’s Hemmelrath & Partner have merged under the new brand name Marccus.

Four European firms have merged under the new brand name Marccus and will make up a multidisciplinary practice of more than 100 lawyers and 30 tax advisers, focussing on M&A, tax, real estate and financing.

Germany’s Hemmelrath & Partner, France’s François Sagasser & Associés, Italy’s Albertazzi & Associés and Spain’s Mazars y Associados make up the alliance of firms, managed by Antonio Bover and Bernd Sagasser.

Marccus partner Christoph Maurer told The Lawyer: “We do want to be ambitious and will surely grow in several markets with quality hires.”

Maurer said this may include entering other jurisdictions in future, including the US.

The firms are the preferred suppliers for the Mazars Group, the largest auditing company in France, and a lot of the French and Spanish work derives directly from this association.

The merger was stalled by legal wranglings over the name Arccus, the alliance’s original choice, which German firm Arqis claimed would cause confusion with its brand. Arqis obtained an injunction preventing the use of Arccus and the alliance eventually settled on Marccus.

However, the German and Italian legacy firms are likely to retain their original names next to Marccus, reported German magazine Juve.