A former Linklaters partner in Germany has been sentenced to three years and three months in prison for sexual assault.
Thomas Elser, a former tax partner at the Magic Circle firm, was sentenced Thursday in a Munich Court for the assault that took place after a Linklaters Oktoberfest party in 2014.
Another former partner at the firm, Laurenz Schmitt, received a seven-month suspended sentence in 2016 for punching Elser in the face later on that same evening.
Both partners left Linklaters in 2014 following the incident.
“We have always been mindful that there is a young student at the center of this case,” a Linklaters spokesperson said. “That concern has guided our behavior and priorities throughout.”
Linklaters conducted its own internal investigation of the incident, which was led by London-based litigation partner Christa Band and former senior partner Robert Elliott.
A number of current and former Linklaters partners were called as witnesses during the trial including Band, Frankfurt banking partner Carl-Peter Feick, Frankfurt tax partner Jens Blumenberg, Munich tax partner Rainer Stadler and former German private equity head Rainer Traugott, who left the firm for Latham & Watkins in early 2016.
The verdict follows revelations of an alleged sexual assault of an associate by an unidentified Baker McKenzie partner in the U.K. The incident purportedly took place several years ago. However, the partner only left Baker McKenzie this year after the allegations came to light. The unnamed associate received a payout from the firm and entered into a confidentiality agreement before leaving.
Earlier this month, Dentons ousted another partner from legacy Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens, which combined with Dentons last summer, after allegations of inappropriate behavior. The unidentified partner had been placed on a leave of absence while the firm conducted an internal investigation.