Careers in our Frankfurt office

The Frankfurt office was opened in 2002 as Simmons & Simmons’ second German office. It is situated close to the trade fair and main railway station. The office is based on the 43rd and 44th floor of the MesseTurm, one of the landmarks of the city, and its second tallest building, forming part of Frankfurt’s world famous skyline.

By foot or via a short ride on the underground you can reach the city centre and financial district with the headquarters of Germany’s major financial institutions, as well as the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The “Alte Oper”, the shopping area “Zeil”, the “Fressgass”, famous “Römer” and “Paulskirche” in the old town, and the river Main, are also easily accessible.

With offices also in Düsseldorf and Munich, we are located in Germany’s most important business capitals. Our German offices work closely together and connectivity is a strong feature of our everyday work and working environment. Business updates are held on a regular basis, streamed to all German offices and include all staff. In all of our locations, the office infrastructure makes it easy for our people to reach out and refer to each other for sharing knowledge and expertise.

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Legal Practice Areas

Our Frankfurt office reflects the overall firm structure: there are four main international practice groups, and we have qualified lawyers working in the following areas:

Our Frankfurt Corporate/M&A group receives particular recognition for its energy & infrastructure related work as well as for large real estate related transactions. The Financial Markets group in Frankfurt is especially well known for advising in the areas of banking, debt capital markets and financial services where they advise some of the largest financial institutions and asset managers on their most complex matters. The tax group has a focus on financial institutions and asset managers and is highly praised for their investment tax law advice.

We aim to be a first choice law firm for clients in the world’s fastest growing industries and therefore take time to understand the distinct demands that each client faces in order to provide a meaningful and valued service. We do this by offering deep commercial knowledge of each of our key sectors which underpin our four international practice groups. For more information, see our sector focus.

Associates start working on challenging cases for international clients from day one with Simmons & Simmons. Depending on aptitude and availability we also offer secondments for our associates to either our clients or other Simmons & Simmons offices in the international network.

In terms of training opportunities, Frankfurt’s associates meet on a monthly basis in a self-organised forum called the “Associates Breakfast” to discuss cross-departmental topics of interest. The German lawyers also take part in the firm wide international retreats of their respective practice groups, which are usually arranged on an annual basis.

In all of the above practice areas and across our core sectors we welcome applications from exceptional qualified candidates.

Business Services

The Frankfurt office has its own office manager and clients services team, and a team of legal secretaries. Other services, such as Billing, Human Resources and Library Services, are provided centrally from the Dusseldorf office, in addition to the central services and wider support provided by our core business services teams in London.

The business services teams work very closely with the legal practice groups. Due to our moderate size we all know each other well, which facilitates open and easy communication, not only in Frankfurt but across the various German offices and with the wider international network, with regular department meetings and calls ensuring strong links across teams.

Please see our employee profiles for some insight into why some of our business services staff chose Simmons & Simmons and their experiences since joining.

Rewards and Benefits

We offer a generous rewards package in line with our position as a leading international law firm.

Community

The working culture and environment in the German offices is best characterised as friendly yet demanding. Our employees are left with the responsibility to organise their work load in the most suitable way. With a very welcoming, open-minded and trusting atmosphere, we pride ourselves on having a collegiate culture you may not expect of a large international law firm.

Recently we started offering pro bono services in our German practice, including advising Frankfurter Kunstverein and FRIEZE art magazine on some tax and employment related issues. Our passion for art can also be seen in our office premises where we showcase selected pieces from the Simmons & Simmons contemporary art collection.

A variety of social events and group activities has been established over the years in Germany including:

Social events

  • Summer festival
  • Annual company outing
  • Client Glühwein party in Düsseldorf
  • Christmas party

Sports and socialising

  • Corporate charity run in Frankfurt
  • Corporate soccer event in Düsseldorf
  • Table socer tournaments

There are a number of international networking options within Simmons & Simmons, including our LGBT network.