Pinsent Masons ramps up German presence of Vario with leadership double hire

20 Jul 2020 | 08:18 am | 1 min. read

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has recruited Dr. Carl Renner and Dr. Michael Zollner in Munich as it advances Vario's German capabilities.

The pair, who will co-head Vario in Germany, will join the firm in October from contract legal services business Lawyers on Demand (LOD) where they launched and have led the company's German business since 2018.

The recruitment follows the expansion of Vario into Germany in December 2019 when Pinsent Masons acquired freelance legal services company Xenion Legal GmbH and its sister company, managed legal services business Xenia. Since its expansion in Germany, Vario has secured a number of high profile clients within sectors such as automotive, technology and energy

Managing Director of Vario, Matthew Kay, said: "Following a period of rapid international expansion for Vario, building out the leadership team on the ground in Germany has been a key priority. Both Carl and Michael bring with them a wealth of private practice, in-house and alternative legal services experience which makes them an excellent fit for Vario. As the largest provider of law firm-led flexible legal services across Europe and Asia-Pacific we are confident that both will play a vital role in embedding our capabilities in Germany, boosting our domestic German and global mandates. This experience will be critical as we respond to intensified demand for contract legal services in Germany and further enhance Pinsent Masons' reputation as a professional services business with law at the core."

Carl Renner and Michael Zollner both have many years of experience as commercial/IT lawyers in international law firms and inhouse departments of large corporates.

Carl Renner said: "I am looking forward to joining Pinsent Masons at such an exciting and critical stage in its expansion, as it embeds its recent acquisitions in Germany. Flexible legal resourcing is new to much of the German market and businesses increasingly recognise the value that Pinsent Masons can provide through their law firm backed model as the market adapts to new demands on legal service providers."

Michael Zollner said: "German in-house legal teams are under increasing pressure as they adapt to growing legislative and compliance demands. Pinsent Masons' law firm-led flexible legal services approach has been a game changer for many businesses already and I am excited to work with the team as it further develops in Germany and in other global markets."

Since its UK launch in 2013, Vario has expanded in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Vario forms part of a wider group of professional services offered alongside legal expertise by Pinsent Masons. In October last year Pinsent Masons also launched its project management consultancy services in Germany. Over the last three years, Vario has experienced year-on-year revenue growth of between 30% and 45% and works with in excess of 1000 legal professionals across Europe and Asia Pacific making it the largest law firm-backed provider of flexible legal professionals.

Key Contacts

Rainer Kreifels

Rainer Kreifels

Rechtsanwalt, Partner, Head of Germany

View Profile

Latest press releases

Show me all press releases

Pinsent Masons advises NTR plc on 54MW portfolio of co-located solar and battery storage projects in Ireland

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised NTR PLC on the acquisition of a 54MW portfolio of co-located solar and battery storage projects in County Wexford, Ireland, from renewable energy developer RES.

Pinsent Masons advises on Four Seasons Care Homes portfolio migration

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised propco investor LDC Care Homes and its asset and investment manager Elevation Advisors on the migration of a care homes portfolio from Four Seasons Health Care Group (FSHC) to new operators.

Pinsent Masons advises Teva Pharmaceuticals on €84m sale of its consumer healthcare brand portfolio to Karo Pharma AB.

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Teva Pharmaceuticals’ subsidiary, Actavis Group PTC, on the successful €84m sale of a suite of consumer healthcare products to Karo Pharma AB (Karo).

People who viewed this press release also viewed

Show me all press releases

Pinsent Masons advises NTR plc on 54MW portfolio of co-located solar and battery storage projects in Ireland

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised NTR PLC on the acquisition of a 54MW portfolio of co-located solar and battery storage projects in County Wexford, Ireland, from renewable energy developer RES.

Pinsent Masons advises on Four Seasons Care Homes portfolio migration

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised propco investor LDC Care Homes and its asset and investment manager Elevation Advisors on the migration of a care homes portfolio from Four Seasons Health Care Group (FSHC) to new operators.

For all media enquiries, including arranging an interview with one of our spokespeople, please contact the press office on

+44 (0)20 7418 8199 or 

Location contacts