03:24, July 27 342 0

2017-07-27 03:24:15
Linklaters hires Clifford Chance Frankfurt partner

Linklaters has added Christopher Kellett to the German arm of its private equity practice just months after his retirement from magic circle rival Clifford Chance.

Kellett was based in Frankfurt as Clifford Chance’s head of private equity before retiring from the firm earlier in the year. Anselm Raddatz was named as his successor in what a spokesperson for the firm described as a “natural move”.

He joined Clifford Chance in May 1996 and spent 21 years with the firm. Kellett starts at Linklaters’ Frankfurt office on 1 September.

Kellett will work under Linklaters Germany head of private equity Ralph Drebes who said: “Christopher is an excellent addition to our team. He has played a key role in developing the private equity market segment in Germany over the past two decades and has profound knowledge of numerous sectors relevant to our growth.

“His know-how and experience are a great asset to both us and our clients.”

Clifford Chance has seen significant attrition since the firm announced it would be reviewing its German operations in 2014. At the time, nine partners faced the axe and has seen a number of departures to rival firms such as Pinsent Masons, Latham & Watkins and White & Case.

On the move, Kellett said: “Linklaters offers an excellent platform for successfully advising highly demanding clients on complex transactions. As a member of both the national and international teams I want to use my knowledge to support our clients in a very targeted manner.

“At the same time, I look forward to the challenge of continuing to expand this very successful practice.”

Linklaters currently has four offices in Germany with senior partner Andreas Steck overseeing operations. It has locations in Munich, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Berlin.

Research from The Lawyer Global 200 placed Linklaters 18th on the list of partners based outside of ts home jurisdiction. 283 partners, 58.5 per cent its total, were based outside of the UK with Europe being only marginally behind the UK as the highest concentration of partners.

Clifford Chance declined to comment on partners who have retired from the firm.