Kirkland & Ellis has hired an Allen & Overy partner to its Munich office, as European partner moves show no sign of slowing down.
Dr. Michael Ehret, who was a tax partner at A&O’s Frankfurt office for almost four years and prior to that at fellow U.K. headquartered firm Linklaters for a decade, will join Kirkland’s tax practice as a partner in the Munich office, according to the firm’s statement on Tuesday.
Ehret’s start date at Kirkland is not yet set, according to a spokesperson for the firm.
As a tax lawyer and advisor, Dr. Ehret’s practice at Kirkland will focus on tax law issues related to mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and financings, the firm said. In particular, he will advise on domestic and international M&A, private equity, acquisition financing, capital markets and real estate transactions.
Kirkland executive chairman Jon A. Ballis signalled that Ehret’s hire was part of the ongoing plans for firm growth in the region.
“We are excited to add a lawyer of Michael’s caliber to our tax practice in Germany as our Munich office continues to grow and attract complex and high-profile mandates from leading private equity sponsors and corporations,” he added in a statement.
Moves between elite international firms have continued apace since the start of 2022 across Europe.
In London, A&O itself added longtime Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partner David Herlihy to its London arbitration group earlier in March, while Jones Day hired partner Mark Jones from Hogan Lovells in the city also during the month.
An A&O spokesperson said in a comment: “We thank Michael for his contributions to our success and wish him well.”