Brazilian firm Felsberg, Pedretti, Mannrich e Aidar Advogados has brought in German lawyer Christian Moritz to launch a German desk at the firm. Christian Moritz The new practice – the result of a cooperation agreement with German law firm MMlaw – aims to help companies from Germany to do business in Brazil, as well as Brazilian clients entering the German market. Areas the practice advises on include competition, intellectual property, consumer relations, labour law, trade law, transport and distribution law, banking and insurance, and tax law. Moritz has joined Felsberg in São Paulo as of counsel, and remains a partner at MMlaw. He focuses on labour law, international trade law and commercial contracts. He has advised countries hoping to access to the EU, and the Nato-led Stabilization Force in Sarajevo. Moritz says the creation of a German desk will enable Felsberg to tailor its services to the German-Brazilian business community. “Our aim is to make the Brazilian market even more accessible for German clients than it already is,” he says. “The desk can provide guidance and support to German-speaking clients, ensuring that their interests are adequately protected in Brazil.” The new desk, which the firm sees as a first step in the firm’s plans to expand in the European market, comprises four German-speaking attorneys. Moritz is joined by the firm’s founder and managing partner Thomas Benes Felsberg, and associates André Luiz Soares Costa and Vitor Rhein Schirato. Germany is a key market with respect to Latin America, Felsberg says, with German companies focusing their investments on Brazil and already generating some 6.5 per cent of the country’s industrial GDP.