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Simmons & Simmons opens office in Munich

International law firm Simmons & Simmons is opening an office in Munich.

The new office will open in March 2013 and will be the firm's third office in Germany.
It will support the legal requirements of clients in the life sciences and TMT sectors, particularly with regards to patent litigation, and clients in the asset management and investment funds sector.
The office will initially have two intellectual property partners and a corporate partner, as well as a number of associates. The partners will work closely with the Düsseldorf and Frankfurt offices to provide an integrated service in Germany and throughout Europe.
The initial three partners in the Munich office will be:
Rowan Freeland, intellectual property - Freeland has worked at Simmons & Simmons since 1980, and will be relocating to Munich from the London office. Freeland specialises in disputes and strategic advice related to intellectual property. His main focus is on strategic advice on multi-jurisdictional and substantial patent litigation for research-based pharmaceutical companies.
Dr Thomas Adam, intellectual property - Adam joins from Field Fisher Waterhouse, where he co-founded its Munich office, and is an Intellectual Property partner focusing on patent litigation and licensing agreements with more than 15 years of experience in patent infringement proceedings. The specialist lawyer for intellectual property also represents clients in trade mark disputes and is a co-author of the renowned commentary “Benkard – European Patent Convention”.
Dr Oliver Beyer, corporate - Beyer joins from RBS RöverBrönnerSusat, where he is a partner and co-head of their Munich office. He is advising his clients on corporate/mergers and acquisitions, real estate and finance work. He has expertise in advising institutional as well as strategic investors on both national and cross-border corporate and real estate transactions. Before this, he worked for Paul Hastings and McDermott Will & Emery in London and Munich for a number of years.
Simmons & Simmons' Managing Partner Jeremy Hoyland says: "Germany is the fourth largest global economy and Munich is one of the most important commercial centres in the country. As such, our new office is an important step in expanding our offering to clients in our market-leading practices in the life sciences, TMT and asset management and investment funds sectors."

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