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Herbert Smith Opens German Office With Gleiss Lutz Lawyer

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Herbert Smith Freehills LLP will open a German branch and hired Ralf Thaeter, a corporate partner from Gleiss Lutz, its former alliance partner in the country.

The law firm will open an office in Frankfurt during the second quarter, it said in a statement on its website today. Thaeter will move to the firm in April, he said in an interview.

“At Herbert Smith Freehills I see the chance to expand my practice further on a global and international platform,” said Thaeter, who last year advised Germany in its role as shareholder in European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. during the largest revamp in the company’s ownership since its creation. “Setting up the German presence is a really exciting job.”

Herbert Smith ended a decade-long alliance with Gleiss Lutz after the German firm rejected a merger offer. The London-based firm merged with Australia’s Freehills last year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Karin Matussek in Berlin at kmatussek@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@Bloomberg.net.

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