Pinsent Masons is poised to launch a new office in Frankfurt, adding to the firm’s existing German bases in Munich and Dusseldorf.
Focusing on technology, energy and real estate, the new office will see the addition of six new partners, including Volker Balda who joins from KPMG Law where he was M&A head for Germany and global corporate law co-head; Dechert corporate partners Markus Friedl and Sven Schulte-Hillen; Hogan Lovells intellectual property partner Nils Rauerand; and local German lawyers Ronald Meissner and Tobias Nuss who were partners at Oppenhoff & Partners and Beiten Burkhardt respectively.
The office, which will also look to develop a financial services offering, follows the firm’s earlier office openings in Munich in 2012 and Düsseldorf in 2016, with the firm now growing its German head count to more than 180 people, including 38 partners.
Pinsents has in recent months sought to hedge against possible Brexit fallout by expanding its European presence, and last month nearly doubled its partner head count in Dublin.
“Establishing a presence in Frankfurt has been part of our vision for Germany from the outset, said Pinsent Germany head Rainer Kreifels. “The new office, in addition to our Munich and Düsseldorf locations, will increase the strength and depth of our offering for clients locally and internationally.”