Linklaters raids Clifford Chance for German restructuring star

Linklaters has again turned to its magic circle rivals for a key German hire, snaring a leading restructuring partner from Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office.

Kolja von Bismarck

Kolja von Bismarck

Kolja von Bismarck, who has had a leading role advising General Motors on the restructuring of its European business, will join Linklaters’ Frankfurt office as a partner.

In Frankfurt, Bismarck will join a team that includes partner Sven Schelo, who has been key in developing Linklaters’ German restructuring group.

A partner at Clifford Chance since 1997, Bismarck had led the firm on a number of deals, including acting for Andreas Ringstmeier on administration and insolvency proceedings against AgfaPhoto in 2006.

Linklaters German senior partner Michael Lappe said: “We’ve built a very successful restructuring and insolvency practice in Germany. We’re definitely in growth mode. We’ll be looking at building a good associate team to work in Kolja’s team.”

The hire comes less than two years after Linklaters raided magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, hiring corporate partners Ralph Wollburg and Achim Kirchfeld to launch an office in Dusseldorf (27 September 2007).