Dentons to expand in Germany with new Munich office

Date: 05/11/2016
Source: Dentons
The three partner team around Alexander von Bergwelt, future Munich Office Managing Partner, brings significant experience in Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions and Tax.

May 11, 2016 - Global law firm Dentons will open a new office in Munich on July 1, 2016, with the hire of three partners. This will be Dentons’ third office in Germany, adding to its significant presence in Berlin and Frankfurt. The team joins from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Dr. Alexander von Bergwelt will serve as Dentons’ Managing Partner for the Munich office and will be responsible for building and leading the new team. Dr. von Bergwelt is a Corporate partner with extensive experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, business restructuring, and litigation. He joins along with Dr. Michael Malterer, a Corporate, M&A and Securities partner as well as Igsaan Varachia, a Corporate and Tax partner.

Tomasz Dąbrowski, Chief Executive Officer of Dentons Europe, commented, “This reputable team will complement our strong capabilities across Germany to meet the growing needs of our clients. Our new office in Munich is an important milestone in our strategy for Germany and Europe and will provide a solid platform for future growth.”

"Germany is the largest economy in Europe and a critically important market for our clients around the world," said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman. "As Germany’s third largest city, driving much of the country’s economic activity and serving as a hub for cross-border deals within Europe, Munich has been a clear growth priority to place us in the best position to meet clients' needs."

Elliott Portnoy, Global Chief Executive Officer, noted, "The opening of our Munich office is just one in a series of strategic growth initiatives in the Europe Region made possible under Tomasz Dabrowski’s leadership. The Firm has attracted significant talent in every region over the past year, but Europe has been a particular standout and these important hires show that the momentum continues."

Andreas Ziegenhagen, Germany Managing Partner, added: “Our established practice in Germany has been hugely successful in driving organic growth. Launching a new office in Munich is a major step forward in our strategy. Moreover, Alexander von Bergwelt is a great addition to our German leadership team.”

Alexander von Bergwelt commented, “When hearing about the development of Dentons worldwide, I was very much attracted to the Firm’s polycentric model and ambitious strategy. I look forward to working with the German team to build a market-leading office in Munich.”

The Munich office is the Firm’s latest investment into the German market. Since the beginning of 2015, Dentons has hired 12 new partners in Berlin and Frankfurt and now has more than 100 fee earners in Germany. Through these hires, the Firm has strengthened its existing practices in Corporate and M&A, Employment, as well as Restructuring and Insolvency, while adding new capabilities in Compliance, Public Procurement, Banking Regulatory, Real Estate Finance and IT.

About Dentons
Dentons is the world's first polycentric global law firm. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2015 Global Elite Brand Index, the Firm is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value in new and inventive ways. Driven to provide clients a competitive edge, and connected to the communities where its clients want to do business, Dentons knows that understanding local cultures is crucial to successfully completing a deal, resolving a dispute or solving a business challenge. Now the world's largest law firm, Dentons' global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 125 locations serving 50-plus countries.

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