Clyde & Co plans to open an office in Hamburg, Germany, with a four-partner shipping team poached from Ince & Co.
The firm has recruited Ince’s head of English law in Hamburg, Daniel Jones, insurance litigation partner Tim Schommer, Hamburg energy and admiralty head Eckehard Volz, and shipping and insurance partner Volker Lucke, to open the new office—its second in Germany. The firm opened an outpost in Dusseldorf in 2016.
“The hiring of this top marine, trade and energy team and the opening of our second office in Germany is in line with our strategy to build and strengthen our global platform by hiring the best lawyers across our core sectors,” said Clyde & Co senior partner Simon Konsta. ”Germany is a hugely important market for our clients and is the biggest economy in Europe, so we are excited about building on the success of our Dusseldorf office, which launched 18 months ago.”
Clyde and Co partner Andrew Preston added that the new team is one of the top marine groups in Germany, giving the firm a strong presence in a key European shipping hub.
Ince senior partner Jan Heuvels said it is not surprising that some partners would choose to leave, given that the firm has over the last two years restructured its business, adopting a hybrid lockstep remuneration model that rewards its highest performing partners. “This will inevitably result in certain partners seeking other opportunities,” he said.
Following the resignations, Ince confirmed it has promoted three Hamburg-based lawyers to partner, including Goetz Rahne, Christian Reinert and Martin Malinowski. Rahne will co-lead Ince’s English law offering alongside energy and shipping partner Simon Spark, who is currently on secondment in Hamburg from London. Reinert will lead the firm’s energy and infrastructure team, while Malinowski will head the yachts team.
Clyde & Co has been on an expansive recruitment drive in the United States in recent months, hiring a 10-strong team in Miami and a nine-lawyer team in Washington, D.C. It also hired a 90-strong insurance and litigation team from collapsed insurance firm Sedgwick, including 15 partners, in December.
Meanwhile, Ince has seen changes in its management with the appointment of HR director and former Royal Navy barrister Andrew Jameson as its first London head.