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Freshfields opts for Bruckhaus merger

Freshfields and Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober, two of the leading international and European law firms, announced recently that they are to merge on 1 August 2000. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, as the merged firm will be known, combines Freshfields’ international experience and local practices around the world with Bruckhaus’ leading corporate and financial practice in Germany, Austria and central Europe. Established on shared professional values, a similar partnership culture and a perfect regional fit, the merger will create a top European law firm.

17 July 2000

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Freshfields and Bruckhaus Westrick
Heller Lober, two of the leading international and European law firms, announced
recently that they are to merge on 1 August 2000. Freshfields Bruckhaus
Deringer, as the merged firm will be known, combines Freshfields’ international
experience and local practices around the world with Bruckhaus’ leading
corporate and financial practice in Germany, Austria and central Europe.
Established on shared professional values, a similar partnership culture and a
perfect regional fit, the merger will create a top European law firm.


The merged firm will
have a total of 30 offices in 19 countries and over 1,850 lawyers. Anthony Salz,
Freshfields’ current senior partner, and Christian Wilde, a partner from
Bruckhaus’ Hamburg office, will be senior partners of the merged firm.
Konstantin Mettenheimer, a partner in Bruckhaus’ Frankfurt office and Ludwig
Leyendecker, a partner in Freshfields Deringer’s Cologne office, will be joint
managing partners in Germany. Alan Peck, currently Freshfields’ Chief Executive,
will be Chief Executive of the merged firm. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will
be a fully merged partnership from day one, with full economic
integration.

Commenting on the announcement, Anthony Salz said: “Germany is the
pre-eminent economy within Europe and of vital importance to our clients. This
is a unique opportunity for us to build on the success of our merger with
Deringer to meet our clients’ needs for top quality German law advice and
strengthen further our integrated service across Europe.”

Christian Wilde added: “It is no
longer enough to be one of the best German law firms. Our clients need access to
a strong international network and this merger makes that possible. We believe
that it will be successful because both firms are committed to building a single
international firm of outstanding quality which provides a full range of
services to all our clients.”

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