Ashurst raids magic circle again for German hire

Ashurst has continued its strategy of poaching magic circle lawyers in Germany by taking on an Allen & Overy (A&O) international capital markets associate.

Christoph Enderstein will join Ashurst in October as counsel in the Frankfurt office’s structured finance group.

He pushes Ashurst’s banking and finance group in Germany to 15 lawyers, including three partners.

German-qualified Enderstein has been at A&O for the past five and a half years, on secondment to the London office since 2006.

His arrival follows last week’s hire by Ashurst of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer tax partner Matthias Kuhn (, 31 August).

Enderstein will also join former Freshfields senior associate Tobias Krug, joined last year as a partner, in Ashurst’s Frankfurt office. The firm has made other notable lateral hires in recent times from Lovells and Siemens.