Dentons is set to launch a Dusseldorf office next year—its fourth in Germany—with the hire of two partners from Taylor Wessing.
The international firm has hired Taylor Wessing competition, EU and trade head Andreas Haak and employment partner Sascha Grosjean for the new base, which is set to open in April 2019.
Haak will lead the office as managing partner and also co-head Dentons’ German competition, antitrust and regulatory practice, alongside Jorg Karenfort.
“As the capital of the largest and most densely populated region in Germany, and the country’s number one city for FDI, Dusseldorf is a hotspot for investment and a priority market for our global clients,” said Dentons chairman Joe Andrew. “It is the natural choice as the next phase in our German market positioning strategy.”
Dentons currently operates in three German cities: Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich. With the new office, the firm will have more than 200 lawyers in the country.
Dentons chief executive Elliott Portnoy said that between 2015 and 2017, the firm’s German revenue grew by more than 60 percent and the firm is ”on track to achieve double-digit growth again this year” in the country.
In 2016, Dentons European chief executive CEO Tomasz Dabrowski identified Germany as a “top priority for growth” for the firm.
The firm has also continued expanding its global reach via tie-ups. Earlier this year, Dentons announced combinations with seven firms across Africa, Mauritius, the Caribbean, Indonesia and Malaysia. It also added an office in northwest China. In 2017, Dentons also expanded into Central America with a combination in Costa Rica, added to its presence in Mexico, and announced a strategic alliance with Brazilian firm Vella Pugliese Buosi Guidoni.