Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Helmut Bergmann new Managing Partner for Germany, Austria, and Central and Eastern Europe, taking over from Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt, who held the role since 2010, and who returns to full-time client service.
Bergmann, who is based in Berlin and who specializes in antitrust and competition law, joined the firm 1987 as a trainee and made Partner in 1996. He chaired the Berlin office from 1996 to 2006 and led Freshfields’ global Antitrust practice from 2006 to 2009.
Speaking of the change, Bergmann said: "Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt has also led the firm through difficult times to brilliant success. We will continue the course he set, and continue to attract the best lawyers. Together with the global management team and the management in the regions, we will also continue to advance the internationalization and global integration of the firm. This benefits our market position and our clients.”
Hohenstatt was equally complimentary of his replacement: “Freshfields, in Germany and Austria, continues at the peak of the market. I'm sure Helmut Bergmann will perpetuate our success and expand the position of our firm as the first choice for complex and cross-border mandates."