MoFo Launches Berlin Office With Hogan Lovells Defectors

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After considering a move into Germany for more than a decade, Morrison & Foerster announced Tuesday that it is opening an office in Berlin by hiring a group of transactional lawyers from Hogan Lovells.

All nine partners in Hogan's Berlin office, led by media, M&A, and regulatory lawyer Christoph Wagner, have agreed to make the move, according to Morrison & Foerster, with up to 20 associates and counsel and roughly 30 staff expected to follow. Negotiations over when and how the bulk of the team leaves Hogan Lovells are still under way, Wagner says. The Berlin office will be MoFo's third in Europe—the others are in London and Brussels—and its 17th all told.

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