Francis Bellen joins Deloitte Legal in Frankfurt as Partner
Frankfurt am Main — Deloitte Legal strengthens its cross-location Dispute Resolution & Litigation team at its Frankfurt/Main office. Francis Bellen (54) will be appointed partner at Deloitte Legal as of May 1, 2022.
Francis Bellen has represented clients in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution for over 20 years. Most recently, he was with Reed Smith. His work focuses on disputes in the areas of corporate, commercial and business law, antitrust claims for damages, post‑M&A disputes, and banking and finance law.
At Deloitte Legal, Francis Bellen will in particular support the Dispute Resolution & Litigation service line led by Michael Falter. Francis Bellen joins together with Iris Kruse, who joins Deloitte Legal as Counsel. With this addition, the Dispute Resolution & Litigation service line grows to over 15 highly specialized attorneys.
Michael Falter, Head of Service Line Dispute Resolution: “We are very pleased to welcome Francis Bellen and Iris Kruse. With their outstanding experience as litigators and arbitrators, we are further expanding our service offering at the Frankfurt office and adding expertise in important areas of international commercial law, such as aviation and banking.”
Thomas Northoff, Managing Partner Deloitte Legal, adds: “I am convinced that the addition of Francis Bellen will again significantly support and strengthen the already very successful development of our advisory services in the area of litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. His focus on corporate, commercial and business law disputes, post‑M&A disputes as well as banking and finance law is an excellent fit with our Frankfurt office and our local expertise.”
Commenting on his motivation for the move, Francis Bellen says, “What attracts me to Deloitte Legal is its compelling strategy to expand its Dispute Resolution service offering, particularly in the innovative management of mass litigation and complex disputes. I am very much looking forward to working with an outstanding cross-functional team.”
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