Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer undertakes major German expansion

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is establishing a team in Germany to tackle large-scale mass claims litigation in Europe.

Posted Friday, January 7th 2022
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer undertakes major German expansion

Freshfields is already established in five German cities and will set up four new offices in Germany in the first half of 2022, starting with a branch in Münster in February. The firm is still looking at locations for the other three offices.

Between 100 and 200 lawyers are expected to be recruited by the Magic Circle firm for this purpose.

The new team will be integrated into the dispute resolution department and will be overseen by Hans-Patrick Schroeder, a Hamburg-based partner.

Schroeder commented that after working with partner law firms on litigation arising from Volkswagen's dieselgate emissions scandal, Freshfields decided to set up its own internal unit to better staff and coordinate work on such cases.