Frankfurt, May 3, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Law Newswire – Dewey Ballantine LLP, a leading international law firm, announced today that it has further strengthened its Frankfurt office M&A and corporate capability with the arrival of lateral partner Dr. Thomas Schmuck from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Dr. Schmuck marks the second addition to Dewey Ballantine’s Frankfurt office from Freshfields this year. In January, Dr. Frank Tschesche also joined Dewey Ballantine as a local partner with a focus on tax advice in the areas of M&A, capital markets and reorganizations.
Dr. Schmuck’s recent transactions include advising: ING DiBA on the sale of Degussa Bank to a consortium of M.M. Warburg; ING Group on the sale of its shares in Deutsche Hypotheken Bank AG; and, BGAG Beteiligungsgesellschaft der Gewerkschaften AG on the sale of BHW to Postbank. He has also advised WPP Group on numerous acquisitions.
Dr. Hanno Berger, managing partner of Dewey Ballantine’s Frankfurt office, said of the arrival, “With Dr. Thomas Schmuck we will significantly strengthen our corporate/M&A team as the third important pillar of our practice, alongside banking and finance and tax law. We are gaining an experienced partner who will help us maximize the potential flow of corporate business from our already strong client connections in the fields of tax and finance law.”
“Dewey Ballantine has developed an excellent reputation in Germany in a very short period of time. The firm now has a solid base in the market and is continually looking to expand,” said Schmuck. “I am excited to join such a dynamic team, and look forward to contributing to the expansion of the office and, in particular, to supporting the growth of the M&A practice in Frankfurt.”
Also joining Dewey Ballantine’s Frankfurt office in early May is Kai Andreas Schaffelhuber from Latham & Watkins. The 37-year old lawyer focuses on corporate, banking and capital markets law and joins the firm’s corporate and corporate finance team as a senior associate.