KWM snaps up German boutique

A former top partner from legacy SJ Berwin, who left before the merger, ends up at KWM

KWM snaps up German boutique
King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has added the five-lawyer team of a boutique firm in Mainz, Germany.

The integration of the RoosLegal team into KWM Germany goes live on 1 November, with the lawyers of the smaller firm moving into the Frankfurt office of the global firm on that date.

RoosLegal was established by Michael Roos, who was the head of the corporate practice of legacy SJ Berwin in Frankfurt. Roos left SJ Berwin in 2009 ahead of the doomed merger of SJ Berwin and KWM in 2013.

Not long after the collapse of the Europe, UK, and Middle East arm of the firm, however, KWM formed a new European business.

Roos’ team includes Dr Johannes Reitzel, Markus Herz, Floris Schilling, and Dr Katrin Thoma.

“We decided to take this step to continue keeping pace with future challenges of the legal service industry as well as changing client demands and to continue to guarantee optimal legal advice in an increasingly international environment,” RoosLegal said in a statement.

The team said that their focus will remain on mid-cap mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity transactions, advisory of managers, employment law, and M&A-related litigation. The firm said that there will be no changes to existing clients.

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