MUNICH - On January 2, 2002, the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery opened the doors of its first German office, located in Munich. Founding the office are six partners and five associates from the German firm of BBLP Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener. Adding this physical German presence will greatly expand the Firm's already considerable services to the German market and companies with interests therein.
"The Munich office is an important strategic move that establishes McDermott Will & Emery's position in continental Europe," said Larry Gerber, Firm Chairman. "This addition continues McDermott, Will & Emery's exponential growth that began in London nearly three years ago, and advances the Firm's substantial international capabilities."
McDermott's Munich office will initially handle client matters involving general corporate activities, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity, capital markets, taxation, antitrust and regulatory, and telecommunications, media and information technology.
Christian von Sydow, partner, who recently advised on the first merger of two companies listed on the Neuer Markt and on a number of IPOs on the Neuer Markt, focuses on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.
Dr. Ralf Weisser, partner, practice in the field of telecommunications, media and IT. The Munich office represents clients in the fixed line and mobile telephony, fiber optics, cable TV, media, entertainment, IT, software, internet and e-commerce industries with respect to mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, strategic and regulatory matters, and litigation.
The Firm's Munich office advises on a variety of regulatory matters in all industries, including merger control. Dr. Oliver Steffens, partner, advises clients on German and European competition law and will focus on antitrust, regulatory matters and IT.
"The integration of our German and international practices into the McDermott environment is a tremendous opportunity which will add an exciting new dimension to the provision of legal services both in Germany and worldwide," commented Christian von Sydow.
The Firm and its international corporate practice, has been advising European clients for many years in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital markets transactions and the full range of commercial legal services.
The offices of McDermott, Will & Emery will temporarily be located at the following address:
Tel + 49-89-5908-2111
Fax + 49-89-5908-1333