Thomas Knipp, who has worked at the paper for 11 years, is to join Brunswick’s Frankfurt office as senior partner later this year. He will be an equity-holding member of Brunswick’s planned limited liability partnership.
Knipp will take over the reigns of the 20-partner Frankfurt office from Brunswick partner Christian Weyand, who will remain at the firm.
Knipp said that he had decided to make the move because of uncertainty in the German publishing industry: ‘It is a particularly hard time for the German press at the moment and like other industries there is likely to be a lot of consolidation over the next few years. I hope to build the German business into what it already is in the UK.’
Knipp left Handelsblatt in January and is currently writing a book on Vodafone’s takeover of German rival Mannesmann. He began his career at Germany’s biggest financial daily, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in 1989.
He was bureau chief of Handelsblatt from May 1998 until 1999, when he was made deputy editor of Handelsblatt and associate editor of Wall Street Journal Europe, taking over the editorship of the former in January 2002.
Brunswick founder Alan Parker said that Germany was ‘integral to our plans in Europe’.