FRANKFURT and LONDON, March 8 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — Global law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. is expanding into Germany and doubling the size of its London office with the addition of lawyers from Haarmann Hemmelrath. The move builds on Squire Sanders’ longtime presence in Europe and marks the
firm’s third significant expansion in less than a year.
“Squire Sanders was one of the first US law firms to open European
offices, and Europe remains an important market to the firm. Our global
clientele has come to expect we will be on the ground where they need us.
Germany, as well as expanded capabilities in London, has been a strategic
target of the firm. The additions in Frankfurt and London bolster our already
strong European mergers and acquisitions practice while adding depth in
finance, insolvency, tax, capital markets, energy, and private equity,” said
Squire Sanders chairman R. Thomas Stanton.
“Joining Squire Sanders makes us part of an integrated international firm
that reaches across the United States and from Beijing and Hong Kong to
Central and Eastern Europe and Russia to Latin America,” said Andreas Lehmann,
former co-leader of Haarmann Hemmelrath’s banking and finance practice.
“Our clients in Germany and in London will benefit from Squire Sanders’
extended global reach, which is among the broadest in the world,” Lehmann
said, adding that lawyers joining Squire Sanders serve clients with business
interests in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin
America as well as the United States.
Mark Cusick, who coordinates Squire Sanders’ European practice, has been
looking to add a strong practice in Germany and said the Frankfurt office team
is a perfect fit for the firm’s client needs in Germany.
“This team brings expertise in banking and finance, corporate mergers and
acquisitions, equity capital markets and tax, and gives Squire Sanders a
strong position in one of Europe’s most significant financial centers,” Cusick
Cusick said the lawyers joining Squire Sanders’ London office include
noted tax lawyer Peter Vaines, the former managing partner of Haarmann
Hemmelrath’s London office, and Andrew Visintin, who led Haarmann Hemmelrath’s
insolvency and restructuring practice in London. All told, eight lawyers are
joining the Frankfurt office and 20 lawyers are joining Squire Sanders’ London
office, he said.
“The London team has done extraordinary work since that office was
established in 2000. They are an ideal complement to our existing London
office and we are delighted that this much sought-after group of lawyers is
joining Squire Sanders,” Cusick added.
The move into Germany and expansion of the firm’s London office is Squire
Sanders’ third expansion in less than a year. In May 2005, the firm opened an
office in Poland, combining with the Wiater sp. k. law firm. In September,
Steel Hector & Davis LLP combined with Squire Sanders, expanding the firm’s
capabilities in Latin America and reinforcing its position as one of the
strongest global law firms.
Founded in 1890, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. is one of the largest
international law firms, with offices in North America in Cincinnati,
Cleveland, Columbus, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Palo Alto,
Phoenix, San Francisco, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tysons Corner, Washington DC and
West Palm Beach. The firm’s offices in Latin America are in Caracas, Rio de
Janeiro and Santo Domingo. In Europe, offices are in Bratislava, Brussels,
Budapest, Frankfurt, London, Moscow, Prague and Warsaw. In Asia, offices are
in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Associated offices include
Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Kyiv, Milan and Santiago.
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Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.