HSF echoes JFK in proclamation of love for German capital
Herbert Smith Freehills has continued its planned expansion into Germany by announcing the opening of offices in Berlin and Frankfurt.
Jonathan Scott, Herbert Smith Freehills’ senior partner commented:
“We are delighted to announce the opening of our offices in Germany; it is an important milestone for the firm and the latest step in our plans to develop our global presence. As our first partner in Germany, Ralf Thaeter’s calibre and outstanding track record as a leading M&A lawyer will be a strong attraction for existing corporate and financial services clients with operations in Germany, and those clients looking to invest in Germany. Our enhanced global platform will also benefit German businesses with whom we can work on cross-border initiatives.”
The epilogue is pleased to augment this story with a selection of key facts:
1. Ralf Thaeter worked for Herbies’ former alliance partner, Gliess Lutz.
2. There is an annual tax of €150 to own a dog in Berlin.
3. Herbies are in the market for some senior hires to work in the as-yet unpopulated Berlin office.
4. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
5. Last year, HSF opened a New York office.
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