Invest Europe’s chief executive to join German law firm

Dörte Höppner is leaving the industry group to join P+P Pöllath + Partners as its first managing director in October.

After stepping down from her role of chief executive at industry advocates Invest Europe, Dörte Höppner will join German-based law firm P+P Pöllath + Partners as managing director in October.

Höppner has been appointed to a newly created position and will work across its three offices in in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich, Andreas Richter, partner at Pöllath told pfm.

P+P Pöllath + Partners is currently structured like a typical law firm with partners and associates, and has no other managing directors. According to Richter, the firm requires a managing director to coordinate its rapid growth.

Höppner has been very active in private equity at Invest Europe and will continue to be visible in the private equity industry in her new role, he added.

Höppner has served as chief executive at Invest Europe for the past five years and will continue in this role until the end of September. Deputy chief executive and public affairs director Michael Collins will take over as chief executive following her departure.

During her tenure she has spearheaded a number of initiatives including the association’s rebrand from the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) to Invest Europe – The Voice of Private Capital. Höppner was also involved in the creation of Invest Europe’s 2015 Professional Standards Handbook and Investor Reporting Guidelines.

“Dörte has been the driving force behind successful initiatives across the board and it is with regret that the board accepts her decision to leave,” said Invest Europe’s chairman and founding partner of Quadriga Capital Max Römer in a statement.

Pöllath + Partners is a global business and tax law firm with 119 lawyers and tax advisors. The firm’s private funds team consists of over 30 lawyers.