Dir, Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG
Martin was a key member of the team that launched McDermott’s Frankfurt office in 2012 under the leadership of Joe Marx and Philipp von Ilberg. Martin focuses his practice on equity capital markets (ECM). In 2017, he joined long-time Firm client Berenberg, a German investment bank with more than 1,600 employees. Berenberg had the largest volume of completed deals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the period from 2015 until today.
Tell us about opening the Frankfurt office.
I was part of a team at another international law firm in Frankfurt that included Joe Marx and Philipp von Ilberg, and when that firm went through some upheaval, the team agreed that it wanted to stay together, if possible. Around that time, Peter Sacripanti (then McDermott co-chair) made some inquiries about opening a McDermott office in Frankfurt, and we were connected with him and began discussions. It really was perfect timing and a great match to make the move to McDermott and open the office.
Your practice is in the ECM arena. Tell us about some of the work the Frankfurt team focused on in the early days.
We worked on IPOs, many corporate transactions and some takeovers. We hired other colleagues, including our international arbitration lawyers, to round out the Frankfurt office skillsets. I primarily worked with Joe on my matters, and we really had a lot of fun working together. We still try to get together once a week for lunch, and we look for opportunities for McDermott to work with Berenberg.