09 January 2019

Pinsent Masons hits bullseye with Frankfurt presence

Pinsent Masons Frankfurt opening third location in Germany, expands network and hits a bullseye headcount of 180.

The Frankfurt office will focus on the technology, energy and real estate sectors initially as well developing a financial services offering. It is the firm's newest location in Germany and will be founded by six partners drawn from the Frankfurt market.

Third office

This will be the third office that Pinsent Masons has opened in Germany in the last six years, following the launch of Munich in 2012 and Düsseldorf in 2016, growing to a headcount of over 180 people, consisting of 38 partners and over 100 lawyers. Rainer Kreifels, head of Pinsent Masons in Germany explained ‘establishing a presence in Frankfurt has been part of our vision for Germany from the outset. 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. Our team in Germany has deep sector specialism, which is a core component of the commercial and legal advice we provide to clients.’ Richard Foley, senior partner of Pinsent Masons, commented ‘our success in Germany over the last six years demonstrates that our clients value the sector specialism that we bring to the market.’

New partners

Dr Volker Balda joins from KPMG Law where he was M&A head for Germany and co-head of the global corporate law practice. Dr Markus J Friedl joins from Dechert, where he advised clients on national and cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings. Ronald Meissner joins from Oppenhoff & Partners where he advised German and international clients on cross-border M&A and joint venture projects. Dr Tobias Nuss joins from Beiten Burkhardt where he was a real estate transaction. Dr Nils Rauer, joins from Hogan Lovells where he led the global copyright group. Sven Schulte-Hillen was previously at Dechert where he advised German and international clients on complex multi-jurisdictional acquisition and finance transactions.