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January 11, 2010 1:12 PM

Milbank Partner Quits Firm One Week after Joining

Posted by Richard Lloyd

In a dramatic series of events, a partner in Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy's Munich office has quit amid allegations of personal misconduct, just one week after joining from German firm Hengeler Mueller.

On January 4, Milbank announced that it had hired Wolfgang Grobecker, a corporate specialist who made partner at Hengeler in 2005. He joined Milbank's Munich office, bringing the total number of partners in the U.S. firm's German practice to 11, with a total of 36 fee-earners (the firm also has an office in Frankfurt).

Hengeler is generally viewed as the strongest local practice in Germany. It rarely loses partners to competitors, so Grobecker's move appeared to be something of a coup for Milbank, which has had a presence in Germany since 2004.

It then emerged, in a report today in The Lawyer, that Grobecker had been asked to leave Hengeler last November for alleged misconduct. Following this revelation, Milbank confirmed today that Grobecker resigned from the partnership, effecitve immediately.

The London-based publication Legal Week has the story here.

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