Regulation & Law

Gowling WLG Expands in Germany

In addition to its existing office in Munich, Gowling WLG has opened a second office in Stuttgart, which is its first European office opening since its 2016 merger.

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In addition to its existing office in Munich, Gowling WLG has opened a second office in Stuttgart, which is its first European office opening since its 2016 merger.


While Gowling’s Munich office focuses on IP and IT, the new Stuttgart office will focus on corporate law and M&A, capital markets and commercial law. So far the team includes corporate partner Andreas Woelfle and counsel Petra Beyer, and the firm plans to add a principal associate over the next few months.

 

According to the firm’s head of international projects Quentin Poole, this move aims to better serve US clients in sectors such as automotive, technology and advanced manufacturing based in Detroit and Chicago. 

 

During a recent interview with Canadian Lawyer Magazine, CEO Peter Lukasiewicz confirmed that the firm is actively working on two further mergers, to eb completed by 2020 at the latest, targeting Europe and Asia, especially Germany: “Certainly, an area we’re very much looking at is Germany in terms of identifying another combination member firm.”

 

Another European jurisdiction targeted for expansion is France. Gowling has an office and around 50 lawyers in Paris. The tax team recently welcomed two new partners: Julien Monsenego from Olswang, as well as Céline Bey, ex-of counsel of Herbert Smith Freehills.

 

Regarding Asia, in February it formed an association with the Singaporean IP and corporate law specialist JurisAsia, led by Sheena Jacob, a former head of IP at Bird & Bird.

 

 

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Photo: By Matthias Zepper - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

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