Fieldfisher launched a dedicated unit in Berlin for legal technology and operations, targeting and anticipating the growth of the mass litigation market in Germany.
The unit, Fieldfisher X, is launching with 10 professionals, including five attorneys and three partners, in legal technology, data science, operations and litigation, the firm said in a statement Friday. He expects the unit to grow to 50 people in the coming months,
It will be led by Jan Wildhirth, who joined Fieldfisher earlier this year as a technology and legal operations partner.
Prior to joining Fieldfisher, Wildhirth founded eagle lsp, an alternative legal services provider focused on mass litigation and legal technology based in Hamburg.
He previously practiced as a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and worked for German media and technology company Axel Springer as COO of digital consultancy Axel Springer hy.
Other partners on the team are Philipp Plog, Germany Managing Partner and Intellectual Property Enforcement and Litigation Specialist, and Jonas Mark, Dispute Resolution Specialist.
The unit will enable Fieldfisher to provide “scalable legal services to businesses and public institutions threatened or already facing significant mass litigation in Germany,” the firm said.
Areas of litigation include antitrust damages, data breaches, capital markets misdisclosures, consumer revocation and personal health insurance premium adjustments, the firm said.
“Companies and public institutions are increasingly faced with challenges such as mass litigation, cyber risks and increasingly complex regulation, which require a combination of intelligent legal advice and tailor-made technological solutions. “, the firm said in a statement.
“Fieldfisher X is a radical step for Fieldfisher and for the mass litigation market in Germany,” Wildhirth said in a statement. “We are not just creating an internal center of excellence, but a new entity that will work directly with customers and actively engage with the market.”