Morrison & Foerster is opening an office in Germany through the acquisition of a legal team from Hogan Lovells which includes nine partners.Morrison & Foerster announced the acquisition today in a press release. The partners are currently working with more than 20 associates and counsel, though it’s unknown how many will jump to Morrison & Foerster, according to the Lawyer.The move apparently came as a surprise to Hogan Lovells. Its co-CEO David Harris told the Lawyer in a statement that the only partner who had handed in notice was Christoph Wagner, the head of its Berlin office.“Christoph Wagner’s move earlier this month was planned and agreed,” Harris said in the statement. “At the time of his departure, the Berlin office partners expressed their strong desire to stay with the firm and we supported that. Despite that support, they have now gone back on their commitment and have said that they want to leave. We understand they have accepted … [Read more...] about Morrison & Foerster opens Berlin office; is Hogan Lovells miffed?
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In what it says is the first such move by a U.S.-based firm specializing in labor and employment law, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart has announced that it will soon be opening two offices in Europe.Its new Berlin office, which is expected to open Dec. 1, will be staffed by a group of seven lawyers from Salans, the law firm explains in a Wednesday press release. It is headed by Hendrik Muschal, who co-chaired the labor and employment department at Salans. He will serve as managing shareholder of his new firm’s Berlin office.The London office, which will be up and running soon afterward, is to be headed by founding partner Michael Webster of Webster Dixon.The move is a significant step toward greater global practice by the Ogletree firm, which presently has no other international offices, according to its website.“There is no question that today we all operate in a global marketplace,” said Kim Ebert, who serves as the firm’s managing shareholder, in … [Read more...] about Ogletree Deakins to Plant Flag in Europe with Offices in London and Berlin
POLICE in Germany have reportedly foiled a terror plot to carry out an ISIS-inspired knife attack at the Berlin half-marathon today. Officers swooped on six men aged between 18 and 21. At least four of them are reported to have alleged links to Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri who killed 12 in December 2016. German newspaper Die Welt said the main suspect was known to Amri and had planned to stab to death spectators and runners at the half marathon. He was arrested in possession of two knives which had been sharpened, the report said. Berlin police said the arrested men "may have been involved in the preparation of a crime in connection with this event" but did not elaborate on details in the Die Welt report. Amri's attack in Berlin in 2016 had prompted German lawmakers to call for tougher security measures. MOST READ IN NEWSHE'S LOVIN' IT Mum 'accidentally' sent son to school in this VERY rude T-shirt BOTCHED OP Woman, 27, dies in agony after being 'embalmed … [Read more...] about German cops foil KNIFE ATTACK on Berlin half-marathon and arrest suspects with links to Christmas market massacre
World International Affairs One of Israel's most prominent theatre actors has left his home country to live in Germany and has voiced support for those behind the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, an economic protest against Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. Award-winning actor Itay Tiran, who has received acclaim for his roles both on screen and stage, said his move was not necessarily politically motivated, but he has a history of supporting left-wing, pro-Palestinian causes and has been targeted by campaigns critical of his stances. In his latest revelation, Tiran said that BDS—a movement that Israel has devoted up to $72 million to combat—was a valid way for people to express their grievances against the state. "BDS is a perfectly legitimate form of resistance. And if we want to preach for a certain kind of political discussion that isn’t violent, we must strengthen these voices, even if it’s difficult," Tiran told Israeli … [Read more...] about Israel’s Leading Theatre Actor Moves to Berlin, Says BDS Is ‘A Legitimate Form of Resistance’
Boris Johnson's deputy at the Foreign Office has said there could be a second referendum on Britain's exit from the European Union, plunging Theresa May's government deeper into chaos. Sir Alan Duncan MP, a minister of state at the Foreign Office, made the comments in a speech in Berlin today. He said: “As for the second myth, another referendum is not going to happen either. If it did, it would be significantly more politically divisive than the first referendum, and it would create lasting political distrust. "It would, I suppose, just be possible to ask the people in a referendum if they liked the exit deal or not. “But that would mean the choice would be between the exit deal on offer... Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on Westminster and Brexit Register Log in … [Read more...] about Foreign Office minister calls for second referendum leaving Theresa May’s grip on Brexit in chaos