( 2 votes, average: 3.6 out of 5)
What do you think about this article? Rate it using the stars above and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Sidley Austin Considering Closing Office in Germany

Sidley Austin LLP is considering closing down its only office in Germany, its Frankfurt office. The law firm has taken the stance after a spate of partner exits left only one partner at Frankfurt and a few lawyers. The firm's management is reviewing whether it is justified to continue maintaining the office they opened in Frankfurt in 2006 with two attorneys from Lovells - Jens Rinze and Oliver Kessler.

Kessler, who was the regional managing partner of the law firm quit in 2012 to open an office in Frankfurt for German firm Oppenhoff & Partner. He was joined next year by corporate partner Jerome Friedrich who left Sidley Austin to join Oppenhoff.

Right now, Sidley Austin's Frankfurt office is being supervised by capital markets specialist Jens Rinze. Sidley Austin's current situation in Europe brings to mind what Fried Frank went through earlier this year after the Paris office was left without a partner, and the Frankfurt office was manned only by a single partner, corporate specialist Juergen van Kamm.

Sidley Austin's European region managing partner, George Petrow, said in a statement, "We are reviewing a number of alternatives in relation to our four-lawyer Frankfurt office and are seeking the solution that will best serve the interests of our clients and staff."

Germany keeps proving a tough market to US law firms for establishing a permanent presence. Last April, Shearman & Sterling stopped the functioning of two-thirds of its German office network. However, Cleary Gottlieb gained from the action and hired Shearman's Frankfurt litigation partner Richard Kriendler.

While lateral movements, defections, departures, and additions will continue in all law firms across the world, foreign law firms moving into Europe mainland find it extremely unsettling when key partners, hired to drive expansion and consolidation in new territory, leave.

Earlier this year, the Paris office of Fried Frank was in essence wiped out after Eric Cafritz, who had established the Paris office for Fried Frank in 1993, left without much ado. Cafritz's departure had Fried Frank thinking of almost winding up their presence in Europe, though they are holding on through their Frankfurt office. In Fried Frank's case, Cafritz had been indispensable and the only permanent partner at the Paris office, and the office along with Cafritz had been the major reason that a merger between Ashurst and Fried Frank failed to work out in 2003.

Sidley Austin LLP

  3 reviews   

Popular tags

Frankfurt Office      Fried Frank      Sidley Austin     

Featured Testimonials

LawCrossing has the best job listings, not found anywhere else. Amazing website!


LawCrossing Fact #186: LawCrossing has virtually the largest collection of job listings in the world.

New York City, NY
Diversity and Inclusion Manager Duties: Executes upon strategic initiatives designed to advance the...
Apply now  



Testimonial of the Week

LawCrossing has the most listings of any job board I have used. It's actually a great site. The website had a lot of detail. It’s nice that you don't have to go through a recruiter if you don't want to. You can actually contact the law firm directly for the positions listed. LawCrossing had a ton of great features.
  • Brian McMillan San Francisco, CA
Job of the Day

Junior Litigation Associate Opportunity

Philadelphia, PA

Center city litigation firm is looking for an junior level litigation associate for a busy and growing practice. Seeking...

Employer: JuriSolutions, Inc.

Job Search Tip

Hand out a business card with your name, phone number, and field or area of specialization on it. It works.