Freshfields to close Cologne with bulk of partners moving to Duesseldorf

Magic circle firm pulls plug on Cologne as it beefs up Duesseldorf with 16 Cologne partners and its Frankfurt based global corporate head Rick Van Aerssen

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has confirmed it is to close its Cologne office with all 18 of the partners there set to relocate to other offices. 

The closure will see 16 partners moving from Cologne to Duesseldorf, while the final two partners – private equity specialists Ludwig Leyendecker and Kai Hasselbach – will move to Munich alongside six associates.

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