Gowling WLG will be working on two further mergers by 2020 at the latest, with hopes at least one of the two be solidified by next year. The firm confirms this is part of a strategy to boost its footprint in Europe.
“Certainly, an area we’re very much looking at is Germany in terms of identifying another combination member firm,” says Peter Lukasiewicz, CEO of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.
The firm has an office in Munich, and it recently opened a smaller office in Stuttgart that currently has two partners and a plan to add a senior associate there shortly. But Lukasiewicz says they think they should have a greater presence as “we have a lot of clients in Germany — both from Canada, from the U.K., from the rest of our firm — and equally we have a lot of clients in Germany who do business in Canada, so it makes sense for us to have a bigger footprint in Germany, both from the Canadian perspective and from the U.K. perspective.