Eversheds has merged with its German arm, Heisse Kursawe Eversheds, over a year after first mooting a full tie-up between Germany and the UK-headquartered LLP.
Heisse Kursawe will now trade as Eversheds Deutschland LLP. It was previously part of Eversheds International, the grouping of international offices which are not financially-integrated with the LLP.
The firms have been in discussions over the merger for over a year, with Eversheds chief executive Bryan Hughes confirming talks last April as Heisse Kursawe launched in Berlin (2 April 2014).
Heisse Kursawe first joined Eversheds’ international network in 2005 (14 June 2005), a few months after the firm was created when Munich firm Arcon split into three. It launched in Hamburg in 2011 (9 June 2011).
The firm’s managing partner Matthias Heisse said the firms had “got to know each other very well” through a “very long courtship”.
“We share a common strategy with Eversheds to continuously strengthen our position in our domestic market whilst expanding our reach internationally, both across Western Europe and globally,” Heisse added in a statement. “We have thought long and hard about agreeing to this marriage. Ultimately the decision has been made by reference to what is best for our clients as well as for us.”
He said the firm believed it could improve its services by being part of Eversheds LLP.
Hughes added that Germany was a “hugely important market strategically and a crucial part of any international legal services offering”.
Eversheds’ recently-appointed international managing partner Ian Gray will have oversight of developing the firm’s offering in Germany as well as in other key jurisdictions (16 March 2015).