Ashurst beefs up Frankfurt practice with pair of Dewey partners

Ashurst has picked up two Frankfurt partners from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf, with corporate lawyer Benedikt von Schorlemer and employment specialist Andreas Mauroschat both joining the UK firm.

Von Schorlemer is set to join Ashurst as a partner, while the City firm is also taking on Dewey corporate senior associate Jan Krekeler. Mauroschat, meanwhile, will head Ashurst’s German employment practice as its only employment partner in the jurisdiction.

All equity partners at the Frankfurt office of the US firm have now found new homes, according to German legal news website JuVe, with litigator Tanja Pfitzner setting up her own practice, according to the site.

Von Schorlemer said in a statement: “Ashurst’s international reach and integrated teams offers the ideal platform to further develop my practice.”

Ashurst Germany managing partner Peter Junghänel added: “The corporate team now comprises seven partners. We’ve achieved some great results in recent years and won major instructions – Commerzbank, Robert Bosch GmbH amongst others. Benedikt will play a key role in broadening and deepening our client offering.”

Dewey’s Frankfurt partners have ended up at a range of firms, with DLA Piper taking on Dewey’s corporate co-head Thomas Schmuck last month (29 May 2012), while SJ Berwin hired Dewey derivatives partner Walburga Kullmann (15 May 2012).

Simmons & Simmons hired a partner trio consisting of Volker Holl, Bernulph von Crailsheim and Jochen Terpitz (14 May 2012), with US firm McDermott Will & Emery attracting capital markets partners Philip von Ilberg and Joseph Marx and local partner Martin Kniehase (7 May 2012).

The Lawyer first reported that Dewey’s Frankfurt base, its only German office, was likely to split up and head to a number of different firms as the global collapse of the US giant neared (2 May 2012).

The firm filed for bankruptcy in the US and administration in the UK at the end of last month (29 May 2012).