London 22 July 2004 – LAWFUEL – Read PRESS RELEASES for all today’s law announcementsDLA announced today that Dr Ulrich Jüngst, Managing Partner of GÖRG Rechtsanwälte until very recently, will join DLA to build the firm’s presence in Germany. Dr Jüngst will head up DLA’s new office in Cologne, which is expected to open on 1 September 2004. DLA and GÖRG will continue to work closely together until the opening of DLA’s new office in Germany, at which point both firms have amicably agreed that GÖRG will withdraw from DLA Group.
Ulrich Jüngst will become Regional Managing Partner in Germany for DLA which will expand across the country by establishing offices in other key cities. DLA is in ongoing discussions with other lawyers with regard to its German practice and further details will be announced in due course.
Nigel Knowles, Managing Partner, DLA LLP, said: “We have always enjoyed a good working relationship with GÖRG, but it has become clear over time that both firms have different ambitions for the future. While it has always been part of DLA’s vision to achieve a fully integrated presence in Germany, GÖRG wishes to maintain its status as an independent national firm. It is therefore a natural decision by both firms for GÖRG to withdraw from the Group and for DLA to build its own presence in Germany under the leadership of Ulrich Jüngst.
“I am very pleased that the joint decision has been reached so amicably and that we will continue to work closely with GÖRG until the opening of our new office in Cologne. I would like to thank the partners and staff at GÖRG for all their co-operation to date and to take the opportunity of welcoming Ulrich Jüngst into DLA. Ulrich has been instrumental in making GÖRG the leading German law firm that it is today and I am confident that he will be every bit as successful in building up DLA’s practice in Germany.”
Ulrich Jüngst, Regional Managing Partner, DLA in Germany, said: “Having a strong presence in the strategically important German market is essential for an international law firm with DLA’s reputation. The need for a DLA presence has also escalated since the firm’s integration with Weiss-Tessbach and the Milan office, as Germany is an important jurisdiction for Central and Eastern Europe and Italy. I am proud that GÖRG has developed so well as a national firm over the years and look forward to heading up what is clearly the start of an exciting new chapter for DLA in Germany.”