Hamburg is the economic capital of the north. Firms here have always fostered close links to the UK and Scandinavia and the trend toward investment from China has led to larger emphasis on trade links. Home to a number of major publishing houses and the third-largest port in Europe, Hamburg is also a center for media and maritime law. It is also the focus for the renewable energy market in Germany.

Significant developments:

- In early 2016, almost the entire Hamburg office of Bird & Bird around media and unfair competition lawyer Dr. Stefan Engels and corporate partner Dr. Jörg Paura left to join DLA Piper, doubling the latter’s Hamburg headcount in one fell swoop.

- Two Taylor Wessing partners launch boutique firm Pier 11 Göthel Rossbach Schmitz together with an in-house lawyer.

- Dr. Ulf Renzenbrink leaves what was considered to be one of the most successful startups of recent years to establish Renzenbrink & Partner.