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Noerr appoints four new equity partners

Noerr has appointed four new equity partners, effective 1 January 2019 with the promotions of Sebastian Fischer, Arun Kapoor, Maurice Séché and Stephan Schulz.

In addition, Karsten Fink, Christoph Rieken and Evelyn Schulz have been made new senior counsel (non-equity partners). The firm has also promoted ten other lawyers to the position of associated partner and five to the position of counsel. “The new partners and counsel are outstanding colleagues and reflect our standing as a premium law firm,” says co-leader Alexander Ritvay.
With the start of the new year, the terms of the new co-speaker duo Torsten Fett and Alexander Ritvay also started. The two of them will jointly lead the firm over the next three years. Noerr’s equity partners reaffirmed Ritvay’s appointment last April and elected Fett as successor to Tobias Bürgers, who stood down after 15 successful years as co-head of the firm. Bürgers will continue to be closely involved in client work and academic activities.
“Tobias has made a major contribution to the successful position enjoyed by Noerr at the top of the European market. We plan to maintain our concentration on qualitative growth going forward,” says Fett.
Alongside his new role as a co-speaker of the firm, Fett will carry on advising management boards and supervisory boards on corporate, capital markets and financial regulatory law, with a special focus on compliance matters. He will head the Compliance & Internal Investigations practice group jointly with Frankfurt-based partner Sophia Habbe in the future. As a corporate litigation expert, her practice focuses on advising corporate bodies and their members on liability issues.
There were also personnel shifts in the Litigation, Arbitration & ADR practice group. Anke Meier and Oliver Sieg, two internationally leading litigation lawyers, have taken charge of the practice, which comprises more than 100 experts. Frankfurt-based partner Anke Meier specialises in international arbitration proceedings and litigation and has extensive experience notably in trade and investment arbitration. Oliver Sieg also acts for clients at an international level before courts and arbitral tribunals and is himself an arbitrator. He is one of the best-known experts on issues involving managerial liability and D&O proceedings.
Michael Molitoris, who has headed the practice group for many years, will devote himself completely to client work in the future. “Michael is a superb litigation lawyer and product liability expert. He has made his mark on the practice group and a great deal of credit is due to him for our firm’s excellent standing in the field of litigation,” highlights Alexander Ritvay.
There was also a change in roles at the top of the Antitrust & Competition practice group, where Fabian Badtke has taken over from group head Alexander Birnstiel. “The practice group has seen sustainable growth under the lead of Alexander Birnstiel and is one of the first calls of port for national and international antitrust and competition law,” says Alexander Ritvay. This is also illustrated by the successful positioning of the firm’s office in Brussels, which Noerr opened in 2014.
New practice group head Fabian Badtke, who is based in Frankfurt, advises primarily on merger control, antitrust investigations, defending against and enforcing claims for damages under competition and antitrust law, and compliance issues.

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