The Berlin-based music publishing company Rolf Budde Musikverlag has launched a U.K. subsidiary, which began operations on Jan. 2. Budde Music U.K. is based in London and will partner with Chelsea Music Publishing, former sub-publisher of Budde Germany.

Eddie Levy, managing director of Chelsea Music, will continue to be in charge of the existing catalog under the partnership.

Budde Music U.K. will build up its own repertoire and acquire new sub-publishing catalogs. Maximilian Paproth has been appointed the managing director of Budde Music U.K and he reports to Prof. Dr. Rolf Budde. Paproth was responsible for business affairs and licensing at Budde Germany.

"In addition to our already established companies in Germany, France, U.S.A., Switzerland and Austria we are looking forward to the new challenge on the most important music market in Europe", said Rolf Budde in a statement.