Ashurst strengthens its German Corporate Practice by appointing Gerrit Clasen as a partner

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    Ashurst has promoted German lawyer and counsel Dr. Gerrit Clasen to partner, with effect from 1 May 2019. The German partnership now consists of 22 lawyers.

    Dr. Gerrit Clasen (46) joined Ashurst as an associate in 2005. He is a corporate lawyer and has vast expertise in advising listed companies, investors and investment banks on stock corporation law, corporate governance related matters, public takeovers and capital markets transactions as well as the preparation and execution of shareholder meetings. Dr. Gerrit Clasen also advises companies on all aspects of corporate law in particular supporting companies with the structuring and execution of structural measures such as conversions, spin offs and company agreements. 

    Dr. Gerrit Clasen is the sixth partner in the German corporate group alongside Dr. Thomas Sacher, Reinhard Eyring, Dr. Benedikt von Schorlemer, Jan Krekeler and Matthias von Oppen. 

    Dr. Tobias Krug, managing partner of Ashurst Germany, said:

    "I would like to congratulate Gerrit on his promotion to partner. He is an excellent lawyer with exceptional services skills, capable of advising clients in a pragmatic and solution-oriented way."

    Dr. Thomas Sacher, head of corporate in Germany, adds:

    "We are very pleased that Gerrit is joining the partnership and strengthening our corporate group in Germany. Gerrit has remarkable experience in advising on complex stock corporation law, including corporate governance matters, as well as in the preparation and execution of shareholder meetings. Gerrit has already made a strong contribution to the corporate practice and the wider firm, and in his role as partner he will play an important role in helping us to achieve our growth ambitions and deliver great value for our clients in Germany."

    Overall, Ashurst has promoted 21 partners across nine offices and 10 practices, with 48% in Asia Pacific and 52% in Europe. By country, nine of the new partners are in Australia, eight in the UK, and one in each of Germany, France, Hong Kong and UAE. 52% of the partners promoted this year are female.

    Paul Jenkins, global managing partner, commented: 

    "The firm is delivering an impressive level of performance and this has enabled us to make a good number of promotions across our offices and practices. And with 2019 marking 100 years since women's entry into the legal profession in the UK, this is also the first time in Ashurst's history that the total number of female partners globally will now exceed 100. From 1 May, 25% of our partners will be female, as we continue to work toward our financial year 2022 target of 33% of the global partnership being female. I am confident that all our new partners will play an invaluable role in the future growth and leadership of our business."


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