White & Case has hired Allen & Overy Duesseldorf corporate partner Murad Daghles—the latest German departure from the magic circle firm.
Allen & Overy has lost two other partners in Germany in recent months.
Daghles joined Allen & Overy in 2010 from Hogan Lovells, where he was an associate before making partner at the magic circle firm last year. He speaks Arabic and has experience working in the Middle East. His practice covers national and cross-border M&A transactions, as well as corporate litigation matters.
Earlier this year, he advised Saudi Arbian Oil Co. on its €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) acquisition of German chemicals company Lanxess’s 50 percent stake in their synthetic rubber joint venture, Arlanxeo.
“Murad’s focus on transactions involving German and Middle Eastern organizations, and his Arabic background, knowledge and experience, position him as a unique talent in the German legal market,” said White & Case executive committee member Oliver Brettle.
Daghles’ move marks the third partner departure from Allen & Overy’s German offices in recent months; Legal Week, Law.com’s U.K.-based publication, reported in October that two senior partners were leaving the magic circle firm’s Frankfurt base. Global head of employment and benefits Tobias Neufeld left to launch a consulting business, while German litigation head Daniel Busse will leave the firm early next year to launch his own boutique.
The Germany departures came after senior figures from Allen & overy—including Germany senior partner Thomas Ubber—met with the U.S. firm O’Melveny & Myers in Frankfurt earlier this year to discuss their potential transatlantic merger.
For White & Case, the hire of Daghles is the latest in a series of expansive moves across Europe.
Last month the firm recruited a Paris-based private equity team from rival Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. It also has recently boosted its London base with the additions of Taylor Wessing financial services regulatory head Jonathan Rogers and Weil, Gotshal & Manges London banking head Mark Donald.