Linklaters has shored up its German competition and EU law practice following the departure of group head Dirk Schroeder for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, as revealed by The Lawyer (3 November).
The magic circle firm has announced that Wolfgang Deselaers will replace Schroeder. Although he is currently based in Brussels, Deselaers will divide his time between the firm’s Cologne and Brussels offices.
Among other high-profile deals, he is known for his work advising on the creation of Arcelor, the world’s largest steel company, and advising Duales System Deutschland in European Commission and European Court proceedings.
Linklaters tax partner Conor Hurley is set to quit for Arthur Cox, where he will spearhead the Irish firm’s push into tax advice.