DWF has six offices in mainland Europe with more than 35 partners or partner equivalents and more than 80 other fee earners across Belgium, France, Germany and Italy. This includes seven partners appointed in these offices in the past 12 months. Ulrich's appointment follows that of Mark Hickey, who joined as Chairman of DWF Asia Pacific in June last year, as the business continues to strengthen globally. DWF's International division saw revenue growth of more than 130% in the first half of FY19, with revenue increasing to £25.8m, compared with £11.1m for the first six months of FY18.
Stefan Paciorek, CEO of DWF's International division, said: "Our International business has grown significantly in the last two years and further expansion within Europe and around the world is central to our future strategy. We have created this new position to further strengthen our leadership team. Ulrich's experience of building a very successful practice in Europe's largest economy and of driving collaboration and growth across the continent more broadly will be of great value."
Ulrich Jüngst added: "This is an exciting new challenge. DWF is a fast-growing business and has a strong existing network in a number of European markets, but there are significant opportunities to further develop its capabilities and presence."
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- DWF entered the Belgian market in December 2015 in order to provide a Brussels base for its competition and procurement practice. It has one partner and two other fee earners in Brussels.
- DWF acquired Heenan Paris in January 2017 to establish a presence in the French market. The office specialises in commercial legal services and arbitration, with a team that has considerable experience in Africa. The team in France includes 12 partners and 17 other fee earners.
- DWF has had offices in Germany since December 2015 when it acquired Bridgehouse Law. It now has offices in Berlin, Cologne and Munich and primarily advises German organisations in local and international projects across a broad range of sectors, including real estate, financial services and insurance. There are 16 partners and 41 other fee earners in Germany.
- DWF entered the Italian market in October 2017 with the recruitment of 12 people, including three partners. Through its office in Milan it primarily advises on commercial services, with a focus on private equity and commercial transactions, real estate and tax, as well as litigation. DWF now has seven partners and a further 27 fee earners in Italy.