(Julian Herzog)

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has opened an office in Stuttgart—its ninth in Europe and its fourth in Germany.

The new base, located in the capital of southwest Germany’s Baden-Wuerttemberg state, will be overseen by the firm’s Germany managing partner, Marcus Grosch.

The firm has also hired Rudiger Lahme, a domestic and international competition litigation associate from Latham & Watkins, who was previously based in Hamburg and Brussels. He will join Quinn Emanuel as counsel.

Jesko Preuss, counsel with Quinn Emanuel’s patent litigation team in Mannheim, will also be working from the office in Stuttgart.

“The more we looked into it, the more attracted we were to the local economy in that area, Quinn Emanuel managing partner John Quinn told sibling publication Legal Week. The state of Baden-Wuerttemberg leads Germany in exports. We have an opportunity here to get into the most active export state and most active export country in the world. A lot of our litigation practice is cross-border and international.”

Grosch said that Lahme and Preuss are both experts in two of the firm’s core areas of expertise: competition law and patent law. “We expect dramatic growth in both areas both in Germany and elsewhere as we look to the future,” he said.

Quinn Emanuel currently has three other offices in Germany—in Hamburg, Mannheim and and Munich.

Earlier this month, Quinn said the firm was also looking to expand in London and Paris. The firm is weighing up whether to add a patent litigation practice in London. In Paris, it is considering adding traditional litigation capability alongside its existing arbitration practice.

Quinn Emanuel also opened an office in Zurich, Switzerland in May of last year. That office consists of one partner and one associate.

In 2014, the firm also launched a new competition practice in Brussels, led by EU and Germany competition chair Nadine Herrmann.

Worldwide, the firm has 21 offices in 10 countries and more than 720 lawyers.