Jones Day continues to expand and invest in its successful German practice. The opening of a new office in Düsseldorf, the industrial heartland and center of corporate activity in Germany, closely follows the promotion of seven new German partners from Jones Day's internal ranks just a month ago. Jones Day has been in Germany for 21 years. In 1991, the firm opened an office in Frankfurt, the center of German banking activity, followed by the 2003 opening of the office in Munich, the home of the German and European patent offices and patent courts. Both offices have grown steadily and now combined have more than 70 lawyers. The opening of a third German office in Düsseldorf is a recognition of the critical role Germany will play in the global economy and its status as one of the most important and sophisticated legal markets in the world.
The new Düsseldorf office will initially focus on corporate matters, M&A, private equity, antitrust, and patent litigation as well as growing Jones Day's client base in the region. As the home to the most important patent infringement court in Europe, Düsseldorf is a natural choice for Jones Day's strong global patent practice. Antitrust will play an important role, since the close vicinity to the German cartel office and Brussels has made the Düsseldorf region one of the main centers for antitrust work in Europe. Düsseldorf has one of the largest Japanese communities in Europe and is the European and German headquarters to many Japanese corporations. The combination of Jones Day's offices in Tokyo, Brussels and Düsseldorf will offer Japanese clients all of the services required in connection with their investments into Europe.
Partner-in-charge of the new Düsseldorf Office will be Ansgar Rempp, the current partner-in-charge of the Munich office and Jones Day's top deal maker in Germany. Mr. Rempp has been with Jones Day for almost 20 years and has been named as a leading partner in both M&A and private equity in JUVE's Handbook 2011/2012, one of only eight lawyers in Germany to be so recognized. In each of 2010 and 2011, Mr. Rempp was the lead partner on landmark transactions in Germany, including the auction sale of the Wittur Group for Goldman Sachs, Cerberus, and CSFB and the acquisition of VAC Group for OMG.
Mr. Rempp has also been appointed as the coordinator of Jones Day's German corporate and transactional practices overall. He will initially be joined by Tom Mahlich, a litigation partner from the Munich Office and Johannes Zöttl, an antitrust partner from the Frankfurt Office. For more than 10 years, Mr. Mahlich has been leading Jones Day's German litigation and arbitration practice. Mr. Zöttl is an experienced antitrust lawyer who will lead the antitrust practice in Düsseldorf.