A&L Goodbody sets up German group to target investment

Irish firm A&L Goodbody has established a team of lawyers dedicated to advising German clients on doing business in Ireland, as well as Irish clients doing business in Germany.

The group of lawyers is headed by partner Adrian Burke and includes lawyers Keary Ryan, Ciara McLoughlin and Kathi Ó Riain, who all speak fluent German and already spend a significant amount of time working in the country.

A&L Goodbody has previously advised clients on inward investment from Germany to Ireland, as well as work going in the opposite direction. Trade between the two countries totals €12.5bn (£10.2bn), German companies employ 20,000 people in Ireland and Irish companies employ around 10,000 people in Germany.

Burke said in a statement: “A significant number of Irish owned companies are actively pursuing growth in Germany with exports to the country rising in excess of 20% last year. Our German group will support these companies with a full range of legal services, spanning a number of specialist practice areas and industry groups.”

A&L Goodbody has been expanding its international reach in the past year, launching a Palo Alto office in December (22 December 2011) and setting up a secondment programme with Chinese law firms (29 March 2012).