Careers in our Munich office

The Munich office is the most recently opened German Simmons & Simmons office. Opened in March 2013, it rapidly gained a foothold and the feedback from our clients has been overwhelmingly positive. The office is located in the very popular “Lehel”, which is part of Munich’s beautiful old town.

River Isar, “St.-Anna” Square, “Maximilianstraße”, the English Garden and Prater Island are some of the most famous landmarks of Munich and are next door to the office. Munich’s unique urban planning does not allow any sky scrapers in the city centre which creates a homely atmosphere, although you find yourself in the middle of Germany’s third biggest city.

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

Our Munich based Corporate/M&A team has a focus on private equity where they are involved in some of the largest private equity deals in Europe as well as on real estate related M&A transactions. The Intellectual Property group in Munich concentrates on leading international life sciences companies as well as technology companies which they advise on complex, international patent litigation in relation to some of their most important products.

Please see profiles to learn more about some of our lawyers in Munich and around the network to understand more about why they chose Simmons & Simmons and how their careers have developed at the firm.

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, the 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

As a small but growing office, the Munich business services team is currently comprised of a small number of people. Core services, such as billing, human resources and library services, are provided centrally from the Dusseldorf office and, as for all our offices, central services support is provided from 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 Munich 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 soccer tournaments

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