Ashurst hires DLA Piper Frankfurt head arbitration partner

Ashurst has hired DLA Piper’s Frankfurt office managing partner and a former Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) arbitration partner.

DLA Piper’s Michael Holzhaeuser joins as a competition partner in Ashurst’s Frankfurt office. The office head had been at DLA since 2012 and was previously head of the German antitrust and regulatory practice at Weil Gotshal & Manges.

He advises clients on all aspects of EU and German competition law and his practice includes defending international antitrust proceedings for cartels or abusive practices.

DLA confirmed that Frankfurt IP partner Burkhard Fuehrmeyer has been appointed as the firm’s new office head.

Ashurst managing partner Tobias Krug said: “Germany is one of the most important markets for antitrust in the EU, and in the last three years we have witnessed high growth in antitrust investigations and competition litigation issue. Michael’s appointment therefore comes at a critical and exciting time. I am sure he will make a significant impact to our pan-European competition offering.”

Meanwhile, the firm has also recruited former HSF arbitration partner Emmanuelle Cabrol as it continues to rebuild its Paris offering following several departures last year.

Cabrol, who left HSF in September, specialises in commercial disputes across sectors including energy, mining, infrastructure and defence, will lead the firm’s international arbitration team in Paris.

She was part of the legacy Herbert Smith team that acted for Eurotunnel in its arbitration against the French and UK governments in 2007 and was made up to partner at the firm three years later.

Global head of international arbitration Matthew Saunders told Legal Week: “The significance of having a specialist arbitration partner in what is one of the leading global arbitration seats is very important. It’s also important to bolster the significant investment treaty arbitration experience at the firm because of our leading position in the energy and resources sector, particularly in mining work. It’s key that the disputes practice is outward looking and recruiting Emmanuelle is a testament to how strategically important Paris is for the firm.”

An HSF press spokesperson said: “We would like to thank Emmanuelle for her contribution and we wish her every success in the future.”

The move follows several defections from Ashurst’s base in the French capital last year.

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