The law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough grew to include 220 lawyers in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., four cities in South Carolina and Munich, Germany, when it merged with the firm of R¸ckel & Collegen on May 1.

Although R¸ckel & Collegen had only five attorneys, their addition to the staff of Nelson Mullins will significantly expand its international practice.  The move makes Nelson Mullins, which was founded in Columbia, S.C., the first Southeast-based law firm to open an office in Munich.

Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is the international or German headquarters for companies such as BMW, Siemens, Allianz, Hypo Vereinsbank, Munich Re, Microsoft, Advanced Micro Devices and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Bavaria is also home to automotive manufacturing and supply activities.

Christoph R¸ckel founded his firm in Munich in 1977. When he opened its Atlanta office in 1994, it became the first German firm with an office here.

Dr. R¸ckel will join Nelson Mullins as a partner in the Atlanta office and will continue to supervise the Munich office. Carsten Alting and Reinhard Von Hennigs will join as associates in the Atlanta office and Stefan Lode and Alexandra Coates will join as associates in the Munich office.

Nelson Mullins will support former R¸ckel & Collegen clients as well as new German clients doing business in the U.S., particularly with real estate investment, the creation of U.S. real estate funds, debt and equity financing in the U.S., international commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. and immigration.

For more information, call Phil Moise at (404) 817-6000.