THE CLIENT

In January 2016 Adamson & Partners was retained by a Fortune 500 diversified manufacturing business to recruit a Legal Counsel for its European HQ. The company derives more than 30% of its revenues from the EMEA region which is head-quartered in Paris.

THE ROLE

Our client was seeking to recruit an experienced German-qualified lawyer to support the company’s operations in Germany and German-speaking countries. The EMEA legal function is centralised in Paris with various legal counsel dedicated to key European jurisdictions. The key responsibilities of the role included a broad range of commercial agreements, product liability, employment and dispute management, supporting all the business units, with a focus on work emanating in Germany. Our client had a particular interest in candidates who had been trained within private practice in Germany, preferably having also gained international exposure.

OUR APPROACH

It was a fundamental requirement that the successful candidate be based in Paris. German candidates are typically resistant to relocation even within Germany, let alone internationally, and this was clearly a major challenge. Equally, private practice salaries in Germany are amongst the highest in Europe, so moving a candidate to the in-house market in France was also a challenge on a financial level. Nonetheless, the appeal of the role lay in the originality of the opportunity, with a world-leading company offering excellent long-term career prospects. By focusing on these benefits we were able to present a shortlist of four strong candidates to the client in March 2016, with the successful appointment made in July.

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Chris Adamson

Managing Partner