In the midst of the Corona crisis, the law firm Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner (FGvW) is sending a courageous signal as the partnership pursues its growth strategy with the inauguration of a new office in Berlin on 1 May, 2020.
FGvW has been able to win Dr. Alexander Hartmann (43) and Oliver Ehrmann (47), previously partners of the Berlin office of BRL, to manage the expansion in the capital. They will move together with two associates and a team in the area of tax compliance. In the coming months, Jörg Michael Siecke (52), a further partner from BRL specialized in real estate transactions, will also move to FGvW together with an associate.
With the establishment of its fourth office in Germany, FGvW continues its consistent growth strategy of recent years. In close association with the other offices in Freiburg, Cologne and Frankfurt, the Berlin office will provide international advisory and in particular a hub for startup consulting, venture capital and participation through private equity funds. In addition, the FGvW team around Oliver Ehrmann will in future offer a full range of services in the area of tax structuring and tax compliance. The practice areas of private equity and company law will also be further strengthened.
"Berlin is the focal point for the startup scene, private equity and venture capital investors in Germany. The establishment of our own office in Berlin is therefore an important step to further expand our dynamic M&A business. The same is true for our strongly growing transaction practice in the area of real estate. We are very happy that we have been able to win an experienced team for this area with excellent market connections", explains Dr. Barbara Mayer, Managing Partner of FGvW. "The Berlin office will also be a focal point for the policy-relevant consulting services of FGvW, which in particular plays an increasingly decisive role in the areas of public commercial law (Dr. Olaf Konzak) and pharmacy law (Dr. Morton Douglas)", adds Co-Managing Partner Carsten Laschet.
The new partners from the reputed law firm BRL had played an important role in the reestablishment of the Berlin office since 2014. "At FGvW we will be in a position to offer our clients a diverse range of international expertise at a national level ", Dr. Alexander Hartmann and Oliver Ehrmann were pleased to explain. "We were especially convinced by the entrepreneurial orientation, flexibility and dynamism at FGvW together with its commitment to quality which is well known in the field. In the area of transactions, FGvW enjoys an excellent reputation especially with startups and the same is true for financing in a national and international context."
Edited by Aude Ghespière