According to SKALING, a decisive factor for the formation of the new firm was the perception of an increasing need for top-level advice on partner level outside the expensive and rigid structures of large law firms. Another factor was the realisation that many colleagues would like to continue working at a high level, but not in a large unit.
Christian Schultze (42) and Tino Ludden (41) as well as 42-year-old Caspar von Schönfels have been working together on a case by case basis for four years. The cooperation has intensified further since 2018, so that the idea of a joint founding has matured.
Schultze and Ludden have been Associate Partners at the Berlin law firm SES for the past five years and advise in particular start-ups, companies in the digital economy and venture capital investors. Caspar von Schönfels, a lawyer and tax advisor based in Hamburg, has worked for the past six years at Buschmann, a spin-off of Buse Heberer Fromm.
Another part of the core team is Christoph Schaper (41), a specialist in restructuring and litigation. He has been a member of the Litigation Department of Latham & Watkins since 2011. Constantin von Schöning (36) and, from October, Dr. Michael Lampert (34) will strengthen the Corporate, Venture Capital and Private Equity department. Von Schönig was Senior Legal Counsel in the Corporate & M&A department at Axel Springer since 2016, prior to that he worked for several years at the Berlin law firm Raue. Lampert also worked for Raue, currently he is in-house counsel for corporate law at IAV Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr in Berlin.
SKALING Partners announced a further partner joining the firm in the first half of 2021; up to two further partners are being searched for the Hamburg office.