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Finn Zeidler, a dispute resolution and white-collar defense expert at Latham & Watkins in Frankfurt, has left the firm to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s new office in the German financial services center.

Gibson Dunn opened in Frankfurt last year after hiring Latham’s local managing partner Dirk Oberbracht and corporate partner Wilhelm Reinhardt. Zeidler, who will now reunite with is two former colleagues, joined Latham’s litigation and trial group in 2006. Gibson Dunn has another German office in Munich, as well as European outposts in Brussels, London and Paris.

“[Finn] has a broad-based practice that covers complex commercial litigation, as well as white-collar defense, investigations and enforcement matters, particularly in the financial services industry,” said a statement by Gibson Dunn chair and managing partner Ken Doran. “His arrival will enhance our practice in Germany and complement our premiere litigation and white-collar defense practice.”

With the addition of Zeidler, 48, Gibson Dunn’s Frankfurt office will now consist of seven lawyers, including four partners, according to the firm’s website. Gibson Dunn has heavily invested in its European operations during the past few years.

In January, Gibson Dunn added a four-lawyer technology team in Paris from Allen & Overy led by the Magic Circle firm’s local telecommunications, media and technology head Ahmed Baladi, counsel Vera Lukic and two associates. Gibson Dunn has also targeted London for growth, with recent hires including Proskauer Rose private equity partner James Howe.