ST. LOUIS – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Bryan Cave LLP announced …

ST. LOUIS – LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Bryan Cave LLP announced today the opening of an office in Hamburg, Germany. The office is expected to be open and operating by Aug. 1. This follows the May 17 announcement that Bryan Cave is opening an office in Milan, Italy.

The Hamburg office will be led by Dr. Michael Leue, currently a partner with the German firm Buse Heberer Fromm. It is anticipated that a group of four lawyers also will initially join Bryan Cave’s Hamburg office, with additional partners and associates joining in the near future. Lawyers in the Hamburg office will provide a broad range of legal services to the firm’s business clients, including an initial focus on commercial transactions, corporate, finance and mergers and acquisitions.

“The opening of offices in Milan and Hamburg underscores our commitment to Europe,” said Don Lents, chairman of Bryan Cave. “Michael Leue and his team provide us with a great start in the German market. I am confident that Michael, together with our partners in Milan and London, will help Bryan Cave continue to grow our capabilities throughout Europe.”

“Bryan Cave has a long history of practicing in the German market, as well as German-speaking partners in Italy, the UK and the US who have substantial experience with German clients,” said Fred Bartelsmeyer, Bryan Cave partner who will serve as liaison between Bryan Cave’s new Milan and Hamburg offices and the remainder of the firm. “Consistent with our one-firm philosophy, the Hamburg office will be supported by teams formed across practice groups and between offices.”

Germany is the largest economy in Europe, and the third largest worldwide. Hamburg has the fastest growing port in Europe. The city is the second wealthiest in the European Union after London, and is a center of international trade.

Leue received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the Universities of Mainz and Potsdam, his LL.M. in 1994 from the University of Edinburgh, and he completed his law studies at the Universities of Mainz and Freiburg. Leue was the first German member on the executive committee of the European Legal Alliance, a 700-member exclusive law firm alliance. He recently was the leader of the corporate practice group of the Alliance and has been the German member of the North American initiative of the Alliance.

Bryan Cave LLP has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave’s more than 800 lawyers in 15 offices across the United States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, the Middle East, and Asia efficiently serve clients’ needs in the world’s leading business and financial markets.

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