Mayer Brown expands German PE team

The US firm has appointed two King & Wood Mallesons private equity partners in its German practice.

US law firm Mayer Brown has hired two King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) partners, Julian Lemor and Brigit Huebscher-Alt, to its corporate and securities practice in Germany.

Lemor has worked for KWM for more than eight years. Most recently as partner and head of KWM’s corporate department in Germany, according to a statement from Mayer Brown.

He will lead the firm’s German private equity practice and specialises in national and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and joint ventures. Last year, he was involved in advising Sino-German Ecopark, a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned company Sino-German United Group, on its public takeover of German Brokers AG.

Huebscher-Alt joined KWM in 2007 and will move to Mayer Brown as partner, alongside Lemor, in spring. During her tenure at KWM, she advised private equity funds, corporates and managers in the automotive supplier, food and drink, and fashion sectors, according to KWM’s website.

The appointments closely follow the hire of Parry Yam as partner and head of the private equity practice in the firm’s London office.

Mayer Brown said that Perry's appointment was part of an ongoing global initiative to expand the firm's private equity offering.

“Adding Julian and Brigit to our team continues our expansion of Mayer Brown’s transactional capabilities in Germany, particularly in the private equity arena,” said Guido Zeppenfeld, partner-in-charge of the firm’s German offices. “The new partners further strengthen our private equity competence on a European and global level.”

Mayer Brown operates out of offices in 27 cities across the US, Europe and Asia. Within the last year, the firm has strengthened its transactional capabilities in Germany with the hires of partner Klaus Riehmer as leader of the firm’s corporate and securities practice in September last year and Tax partner Volker Junge in February 2016.

In April 2016, partner André Schwanna, Benjamin Büttner and Alexander Täumer will also join Mayer Brown’s corporate and securities practice in Frankfurt, according to the statement.