WFW continues German growth with employment hires

Watson Farley & Williams has turned to German independent Heuking Kühn Lühr Wojtek for employment partner Anne Kleffmann as it continues to expand its German offering.

Kleffmann joins the firm’s Munich office on 1 March. She focuses on employment law-related restructuring issues, but also advises on transactional employment matters.

Meanwhile, the firm has also recruited employment associates Jan Beckmann and Andreas Wiegreffe for its Hamburg office from Beckmann & Massmann and Glauder & Partner respectively. The firm said additional associate hires are planned.

The news follows Watson Farley’s establishment of a Frankfurt office earlier this year (14 December 2012) with the hire of Salans partner Ivana Mikesić.

Watson Farley set up its German employment practice in 2011, hiring Clifford Chance counsel Nikolaus Krienke as a partner (28 March 2011). Krienke and Kleffmann previously worked together at Clifford Chance, before Kleffmann quit for Beiten Burkhardt in 2007.

Managing partner Michael Greville said client demand for employment advice was growing in Germany and Kleffmann’s hire was part of the firm’s strategic growth plans in the country.