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Jones Day expands banking and finance practice in Düsseldorf

Jones Day's Düsseldorf office, opened in March 2012, has added a banking and finance team led by Claudia Leyendecker.

Leyendecker and her team join a number of other lawyers who have moved to Jones Day's Düsseldorf office in the past few months, including the transactional team of Dr Ulrich Brauer, Dr Kerstin Mast, and Dr Ralf Recknagel; an employment law team led by Dr Markus Kappenhagen; and an IP practice led by Kai Rüting.

The team led by Leyendecker includes three additional attorneys with experience in regulatory and capital investment law: Mathias Raabe and Marc von Ammon, joining the firm as European counsel, and Markus Brusch.

Concurrent with the arrival of Leyendecker and her team, Sandra Kamper, the partner-in-charge of the Munich office and a recognised leading lawyer in transactional and real estate finance, is transferring into Jones Day's banking and finance practice. Through the addition of Leyendecker's team and Kamper's transfer, Jones Day more than doubles the number of attorneys in its German banking and finance practice.

Leyendecker, 44, has been an equity partner at Luther since 2008 and headed that firm's banking, finance and capital markets service line, which she significantly expanded during her time there. Prior to her tenure at Luther, Leyendecker was a banking and finance partner at Beiten Burkhard.

Through the addition of Leyendecker, Jones Day now has seven partners in Düsseldorf and eight lawyers in its banking and finance practice in Germany.

"The addition of Claudia and her team is another important step in the rapid and successful expansion of our new office as well as our strategically important Banking & Finance Practice," says Ansgar Rempp, partner-in-charge of the Düsseldorf office and head of Jones Day's transactional practice in Germany. "We are very happy to have found a team with strong acquisition finance capabilities in Claudia and her three colleagues. I am certain that she and Sandra Kamper will grow our practice significantly."

"Jones Day has ambitious plans for the Düsseldorf office and the expansion of the banking and finance practice across Europe; we are looking forward to participating in the achievement of these goals and believe that we have found an ideal platform for the further expansion of our practice," says Leyendecker.

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