Berlin

Berlin may be the nation’s capital but it is far from being an economic hotspot and the local legal community learned long ago that it has to be creative – or travel a lot – in order to survive. Although the venture capital scene in Berlin has become one of the liveliest in Germany, a firm with an office in Berlin does not necessarily focus on this kind of work. For many, an office here serves as an attractive base, with firms either pursuing national and international work or very specific specializations, such as regulatory work. This area thrives on the proximity to federal government institutions.

Significant developments:

  • The real estate boom and the public sector are providing ample work for established practices and increasing demand for notaries.
  • The Berlin market has seen a number of spinoffs of late: Hyazinth (from Wegnerpartner) and Schnittker Möllmann Partners (from Flick Gocke Schaumburg) venture onto the scene.
  • US firms are honing their strategies in the German capital: WilmerHale continued to streamline its focus, resulting in the loss of six lawyers to K&L Gates, which is taking the opposite course and increasing its breadth.