Quinn Emanuel seals hire of A&O partner for Germany office launch

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges is set to launch its second office in Europe with the hire of a German partner from Allen & Overy (A&O).

The US litigation firm has chosen to set up its first continental European office in Mannheim, Germany, with the hire of local A&O patent litigation partner Marcus Grosch, who will join Quinn Emanuel along with a team of associates.

A&O launched in Mannheim in 2007 with the hire of Grosch from intellectual property (IP) boutique Schilling & Grosch.

Last month the magic circle firm relocated Frankfurt corporate partner Hans-Christoph Ihrig and his team to Mannheim, and following Grosch’s departure, Ihrig will be the sole partner in the office along with three associates.

In a statement A&O said: “We can confirm Marcus Grosch has left A&O. We thank Marcus for the contribution he has made to the development of the German IP practice and wish him all the best.”

Quinn Emanuel set up its first European office in London in October 2008 and has made a strong start on the City litigation scene, with the office posting a net profit in its first year after advising on a number of high-profile cases.

The global economic crisis proved a success story for Quinn Emanuel, with a raft of litigation mandates helping it to achieve the rank of the third-most profitable US firm in the 2008 calendar year.

The firm recently published its 2009 financial results, with profits per equity partner down by 6% to $3.1m (£2m), while revenue at the firm declined 5% to $420m (£272m).

The Mannheim launch will come as a surprise to the market as few international firms have recently chosen to enter Germany via the city.

US firm Shearman & Sterling lost its Mannheim office in 2008 after nine partners left to form their own firm, Schilling Zutt & Anschuetz, after a clash over market fee rates.

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