The industrial powerhouse of the Ruhr Valley is why Düsseldorf has developed into one of the nation’s principal legal markets; its flagship has always been high-end advice on corporate and stock corporation law. Düsseldorf is also home to one of the world’s most respected patent courts. There is barely a leading firm which does not have an office here.

Significant developments:

- Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe closes its offices in Frankfurt and Berlin.

- A large part of Clifford Chance’s energy team moves to White & Case but the firm secures M&A heavyweight Dr. Anselm Raddatz from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.