A pair of King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) partners have quit the newly-merged firm for local firms in France and Germany.
French real estate partner Vincent Lassalle is taking a team of two lawyers with him to local firm SBKG & Associés, while finance partner Thomas Schrell is joining Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Frankfurt office on 1 January 2014.
For Heuking Schrell is the eighth partner lateral hire in the last 12 months. The firm has also picked up Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe partners Michael Alberts and Peter Zimmerman (5 February 2013) and four equity and one salaried partner from Frankfurt boutique Berger & Steck, all with a focus on finance issues.
At SBKG managing partner David Gordon-Krief said the arrival of Lassalle and his team fitted with the firm’s aims of growing its real estate expertise.