Ashurst Germany corporate chief to join Gibson Dunn in Munich

Ashurst German corporate head Lutz Englisch is set to join US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Munich.

Englisch took over as practice head from Ashurst Germany chief Reinhard Eyring six months ago after joining from Siemens in 2007.

While working in-house at Siemens he advised on its €16bn joint venture agreement with Siemens (19 June 2006) and left for Ashurst’s Munich base the following year (24 April 2007).

His replacement is unconfirmed, with the practice head role understood to be an informal position. His exit – the timescale of which is unclear – leaves Ashurst with two corporate partners in Munich in the shape of Nikolaus von Jacobs and Lars Jessen, as well as four corporate partners in Frankfurt.

Englisch advised private equity group Candover on its €1.2bn sale of nappy maker Ontex to TPG Capital and the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs in 2010, according to German legal website JuVe. London partners David Carter and Simon Beddow led for Candover.

The move follows the resignation of Ashurst Madrid partner Jesús Almoguera, who led the firm’s corporate offering in the Spanish city until late 2012 (30 January 2013). His destination is unclear.

Last year Ashurst recruited corporate partner Benedikt von Schorlemer as part of a double hire from Dewey & LeBoeuf in Frankfurt (13 June 2012), while Jessen joined the firm from Norton Rose in 2011 (28 September 2011).

Gibson Dunn chairman and managing partner Ken Doran said in a statement: “Lutz is an experienced M&A attorney with an exceptional reputation in the Munich and German corporate market. He has 20 years of experience in handling German and international corporate and M&A transactions, and his arrival will enhance our ability to serve our corporate clients locally and around the world.”