Herbies continues German growth with Bakers partner

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has added to its German capabilities with the hire of a litigation partner from Baker & McKenzie in Frankfurt.

Mathias Wittinghofer becomes the fourth partner at HSF in Germany, following the firm’s launch in Frankfurt last April (13 February 2013). He is the first litigator to join the firm in Germany since the launch.

HSF opened in Germany following the dissolution of its alliance with Gleiss Lutz at the end of 2011 (24 November 2011), and after recruiting Gleiss partner Ralf Thaeter to head up the new operation appointed Norton Rose Fulbright corporate partner Nico Abel (16 May 2013) and legacy SJ Berwin real estate partner Hans Kessler (2 July 2013) to add to its team.

Wittinghofer focuses on finance disputes in addition to corporate litigation.

Global litigation head Sonya Leydecker, who is shortly taking up the role of co-CEO of the firm (19 December 2013), said having an on-the-ground disputes capability in Germany was a “central part” of the firm’s European strategy.