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News 2020

November 2020


We are proud to announce that we have been certified with the new Global Quality Seal Plus by EuRA (EGQS+) in 2020, audited by EuRA´s accreditation partner DQS (German Society for Certification of Management Systems).

In this challenging year, Clapham Relocation Services also mastered the integration of a new office in Munich (formerly Elisabeth Sommer Relocation). Due to the COVID-19 restriction the EGQS Audit was carried out as a remote audit session and terminated with successful results.

We started this journey in the relocation industry 26 years ago and in 2008 Clapham GmbH received the EGQS certification as one of the first relocation companies in Germany and worldwide. Since then we received every 2 years the EQGS certification successfully.

The EGQS is the world´s first accreditation program for Destination Service Providers and has been extended to EGQS+, which includes Relocation Management Companies and Relocation Related Service Providers.  

April 2020


The Clapham team hopes that you are all staying safe and healthy!
The government has announced the relaxation of the social distancing measures entering into force today and within the next few weeks.
Clapham is your partner for relocation services in Germany, therefore please don´t hesitate to reach out to us with your individual questions and concerns via our switchboard or email.
Stay safe and let´s keep in touch!


Covid-19 Clapham Update

On behalf of the entire Clapham Team in Frankfurt and Munich, and our consultants Germany-wide, we would like to extend our best wishes in these challenging times.

The Clapham team have been working mainly remotely for almost 2 weeks now, within the framework of the legally given possibilities, and are constantly able to provide advice and support to our corporate clients and to the transferees and families we serve.
We are at your disposal for questions and support at any time.
We  are doing our best to ensure we can work around the current Coronavirus situation and difficulties and find an individual solution for you and your employees and assignees.

Impacts on Destination Service, Departure Service and Authority Service

Destination Services:

We are able to support the settling-in and homefinding with few restrictions only. Clapham will, inspite of everything, always try to make our client`s  arrival in Germany as pleasant as possible.

Departure services:

We can confirm that we can provide our departure services smoothly and with few restrictions.

Authority services:

We can ensure we are in contact with the authorities on a case-by-case basis and can provide latest news about their actions and current procedures.

Clapham is your partner for relocation services in Germany, therefore please don`t hesitate to reach out to us with your individual questions and concerns via our switchboard +49 6192 9511 500 or via email to our dropbox, or directly to your Clapham contact. We are happy to get you the information you need during these challenging times. If we can help you in any way, just let us know.

We are convinced that will get through this soon and that we are stronger together!

Stay safe and let`s keep in touch!

Very best wishes from the entire Clapham team.

News 2019

December 2019

Merry Christmas

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Expat Management Conference: Optimal Integration of Experts in Munich

This is one of the aims of the Expat Management Conference taking place at the Hotel Mandarin Oriental in Munich on November 26th, 2019. The conference is organized by the agency Expat in the City, in cooperation with us, as a local relocation company, the TK Techniker Krankenkasse, the Department of Labour and Economic Affairs and the District Administration Department of the City of Munich (Kreisverwaltungsreferat).

The conference with the motto "Worldwide Talent Management: Exploring the Ecosystem of international specialists in Munich" is primarily aimed at Human Resources representatives of international companies. This is the place for them to network and to compare notes on expat topics. They can devise new approaches and discuss trends. All participants in this conference may have the possibility to create a future link between expatriates and international companies in the city of Munich.

This conference aims to support the optimal integration of specialists and to establish a local network of experts that understands and focuses on the needs of expats and their families. This should not only effect successful integration, but also a long-term commitment of the expats to their new environment in Munich.

Elisabeth Sommer and Oliver Clapham as partner of the Expat Management Conference are looking forward to lively and constructive talks on the topic of expatriates in Munich.

Expatmanagement Conference Munich 2019

January 2019

Oliver Clapham & Elisabeth Sommer

Clapham GmbH Relocation Services takes over Elisabeth Sommer Relocation

Oliver Clapham, Managing Director of Clapham GmbH Relocation Services, has recently announced the successful acquisition of Elisabeth Sommer Relocation, Munich with the beginning of January 2019.

"Demand for relocation service providers is increasing. The expansion with our own office in Munich strengthen our position and relationship with our customers in that region. Customer needs are getting more and more diverse and ambitious. The combined teams in Frankfurt/Main-Kriftel and Munich ensure our potential for further growth", Oliver Clapham comments the take-over, underlining the readiness of the joint company to meet the trends and needs of the relocation industry.

Service- and client portfolios of both organizations complement one another in an ideal way and provide the opportunity to tap the teams⤙ full potentials, to unite efforts and thus create synergies, according to Clapham. The well-established brand "Elisabeth Sommer Relocation" will be maintained.

The take-over is the result of intensive dialogue, showing the identity of company philosophies throughout the process: both companies are owner- respectively family owned companies, based on common values and have been industry leaders for more than 20 years.

"We have known each other for many years and I am very happy to hand over my longtime customers and my team to a trustworthy partner", Elisabeth Sommer comments on the satisfying completion of the take-over.

She is far away from withdrawing from business though: Elisabeth Sommer will continue working for the Munich office as a consultant in Business Development. As a member of the Board of EURA (European Relocation Association), she will go on designing the development of the relocation industry in Europe ⤓ a task which has also been executed by Ileana Clapham, Managing Director of Clapham Group, until a few years ago.

A getting to know of both teams is currently being prepared, the outcome of which will be the creation of initial synergies and the design of strategies in a common future.

Frankfurt-Kriftel / Munich, January 2019


Clapham Team Christmas 2019

Clapham Team Christmas 2019


November 2019

Expatmanagement Conference Munich 2019

(c) Expat in the City


On 26 November, Elisabeth Sommer, representing Elisabeth Sommer Relocation, a brand of Clapham GmbH presented the topic Global Talent Relocation: First phase of integration challenges and expectations.

The conference was hosted by Expat in the City with the primary topic of "Global Talent Management: Exploring the Ecosystem of International Professionals in Munich".  Presenting along with Ms. Sommer, were representatives from the Department of Labor and Economic Development of the City of Munich, Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR),  Mercer, Die Techniker (TK), with a keynote address from Dr. Tina Ruseva.

Held at the Hotel Mandarin Oriental Munich, the conference attendees were over 70 HR representatives of wide ranging industries in Munich, which are seeing a growth of expat talent arriving in the city.  The presentations covered how the city of Munich is attracting new business and assisting in existing business expansion; how the registration and work permit process is being streamlined to meet the high international demand, and why Munich is a business friendly world-class city.

After the presentations there was a reception in which Elisabeth Sommer and Oliver Clapham had the opportunity to meet with and discuss challenges that HR departments are facing.  

This was the first conference of which the hosts Expat in the City (EitC) hope will be come a regular event.

News 2018

November 16th, 2018

Today Clapham GmbH Relocation Services achieved successfully the certification for the EGQS (EuRA Global Quality Seal) since 2008 in a row.
For more information, please see following link:

June 2018

Rheingau Musik Festival

(c) Woody T.Herner - Woodworks

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Rheingau Music Festival, Clapham GmbH Relocation Services has decided to sponsor this worthy project. The Rheingau Music Festival features events by great solists and orchestras of various genres: classical, jazz, crossover and others.


News 2017



Clapham GmbH recognized with BGRS Platinum Award 2017!

We are proud to announce that Clapham GmbH Relocation Services has been awarded with the Platinum Award for outstanding performance at the BGRS Supplier Partner Forum in Chicago.

Also, as the only Destination Service Provider from EMEA we have ranked under the best 10 suppliers worldwide for the ⤞Supplier of the Year⤜ Award.

We feel honoured and would like to thank all of our employees, colleagues and clients for the good collaboration over the years.

Best regards,

Ileana and Oliver Clapham
Managing Directors

BGRS Award 02
BGRS Award 01



Work and residence permit for

  • Each country in Europe
  • Intra-corporate transfer
  • International exchange of personnel

European Union's Intra-Corporate Transferees Directive --> ICT Card

For more details please see PDF file here: