BRUSSELS—Less than two years after Washington, D.C., lobbying firm Cassidy & Associates opened in the capital of the European Union, its senior executives, including chief executive Andreas Geiger, have left to launch a new government relations law firm, Alber & Geiger, apparently taking most of Cassidy’s staff with them.
Cassidy arrived in the EU with much fanfare, suggesting in the Financial Times that lobbying in Europe had much to learn from its counterpart in Washington, D.C.
Alber & Geiger will be led by Geiger, an attorney who previously worked at the law firm Wessing and was head of the EU law center of Ernst & Young; and Siegbert Alber, a former vice president of the European Parliament and advocate general at the European Court of Justice.
“This step gives us the opportunity to set up a fully lobbying focused law firm, something common in Washington D.C. but completely new in Brussels,” says Geiger. “We believe that this kind of legal lobbying provides more value to our clients.”
The firm will combine former top EU officials and politicians and high profile EU attorneys and will lobby on issues such as competition, taxation, health care, and intellectual property.