Helge Heinrich and Jan-Oliver Schrotz have joined Addleshaw Goddard's (AG) Corporate & Commercial Division, further strengthening AG’s practice in Germany.
Heinrich and Schrotz are former Noerr LLP colleagues – Schrotz joins from BDO Legal and Henrich from Noerr LLP. Together they will bolster and provide a comprehensive regulatory practice that further cements AG's credentials as an integrated full-service law firm in the German market. Their move to AG will enable them to leverage their local market expertise on a global scale, given AG have twelve offices across six countries. This now takes the number of German partners to seven, with nineteen fee earners in total.
Heinrich, a renowned expert on German / EU competition law and lecturer on state aid issues at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, and Schrotz, who is well known for all aspects of state aid / public procurement and well published in a range of journals on framework agreements within this field, will further leverage AG's existing domestic and international clients. By adding expertise in the following areas, they will extend the Firm's range of services, particularly: German and EU competition law, compliance, litigation, state aid and public procurement where there are significant growth opportunities for such services in the German market. Both have worked for some of Europe's largest companies on complex and multi-jurisdictional matters. Together they will focus on and cover a number of highly relevant practice areas and leverage AG's international footprint and client base by engaging in cross-border work and projects.
Michael Leue, Partner in corporate & commercial & Head of AG's Hamburg Office said:
"Jan-Oliver and Helge are a perfect addition to our transactional corporate M&A practice, our finance practice and in particular our transport practice where we really have a market edge, particularly in rail. Helge and Jan-Oliver's recruitment will further enable us to access important German & European companies in the insurance sector, public transport, other regulated industries, health care, consumer electronics and automotive."
AG's corporate practice has significant experience handling all forms of corporate finance and commercial transactions throughout the European market which includes advising some of Europe's largest transport and energy companies on significant joint ventures, development, financing and operational mandates within the sector.
Leue further added:
"Germany remains one of the world's largest importers and exporters and has a strong manufacturing base and significant infrastructure investment opportunities and is a key interlocutor for large multinationals to access continental European business. We have achieved some great success to date in Germany since opening our office in May last year, but we have ambitious growth plans for the next three years and we are all focused on achieving these objectives. Our business pipeline remains strong, and we are absolute in our determination to attract the best talent and continue to win credible and market-leading mandates which will further enhance the AG brand in Germany. I am very confident that we now have an exceptionally strong market position and integrated regulatory practice and Jan-Oliver and Helge hires fit perfectly with that ambition."
Our Hamburg practice is established in the German market, providing local expertise on a global scale to clients with business interests across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the US as well as Africa and other emerging and frontier markets.