23 October 2012

International Law Firm Osborne Clarke Opens New Office in Hamburg, Germany

23 October 2012 - Osborne Clarke, the international law firm with an annual turnover of €150m, is about to open a new office in Hamburg. The office brings the firm's sector expertise to a city that is Northern Europe's most important economic centre and the gateway to Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic regions. 

The Hamburg office opens with four Partners: 
  • Dr. Christoph Torwegge who joins from his role as Head of Legal at Hamburg based trade, oleo and production group CREMER. 
  • Prof. Norbert Aust, lawyer, entrepreneur, consultant and former president of Hamburg University of Economics and Political Sciences, who joins from his own specialist consultancy. 
  • Dr. David Plitt, who joins from White & Case in Hamburg, where he built a reputation as one of the city's leading employment lawyers 
  • Dr. Isabella Niklas, a specialist energy lawyer who joins from boutique energy law firm WKN and was previously with White & Case and PwC Legal. 
The team also includes two new associates: Dr. Thorsten Behle, who joins with Isabella Niklas and Dr. Sebastian Stütze, who joins with David Plitt. Torwegge, who will head the new Hamburg office, originally trained with Osborne Clarke in its Cologne offices in 2002. 

The new office expands OC's sector capabilities, with the highly respected Energy team of Isabella Niklas and Thorsten Behle focussing on renewable energy projects and transactional work. Additionally, the four new partners bring expertise in Automotive & Transport, Digital Business, Health Care & Life Sciences, Real Estate & Infrastructure and Retail to the office. 

Osborne Clarke's German Managing Partner, Stefan Rizor, says, “Hamburg is a strategically important base for OC: it's the most important North European commercial centre and acts as a gateway to Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic regions. This is a real opportunity for us to leverage our sector expertise in a new market, where energy companies, digital businesses and transportation providers in particular are growing rapidly. 

"We've been growing organically in Germany for more than 10 years, expanding our Cologne and Munich offices through lateral hire programmes. Our new office in Hamburg gives us a presence in Northern Germany in addition to our presence in Western and Southern regions. It also gives us a greater national presence, allowing us to offer our clients services across a much larger geographical area. 

"The Hamburg legal market has traditionally been a closed shop, and given that around 10,000 companies have relocated to the city recently, year on year, some new competition is long overdue. We're going to be bringing our sector expertise to our new office, along with our business friendly, cost-effective approach that has proved so popular in other cities. 

Source: Osborne Clarke