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Germany’s M&A market has been stable and active at a relatively modest level, but with US investors capitalising on improved borrower conditions for takeovers in Germany, lawyers are optimistic about the market in 2014. Concurrently with this, the implementation of Basel III is expected to lead to an increase in distressed M&A. In banking and finance, lawyers remain busy with loan refinancings; large-cap transactions have reached an unprecedented level of complexity. In capital markets, the space has been characterised by aborted or postponed IPOs. Lawyers have also been busy advising clients on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).
In a sign of the market’s relative stability, there were fewer large corporate crises but existing large restructuring mandates such as Pfleiderer and Qimonda kept firms busy in 2012 and 2013. On the insolvency side, the modernising ESUG legislation has been widely used and is regarded as a tool to enforce creditors’ rights. In real estate, new investments have been made as the market has been driven by low interest rates and an influx of foreign capital, both of which prompted substantial transactions and led to demand for real estate assets outstripping supply.
Public sector work has again been shaped by the topics of energy turnaround, grid extension and connection, and the politically charged subject of fracking. Public procurement practices are increasingly setting up a Brussels office as most legislation is being driven by EU law.
Tax lawyers have been busy advising clients on touchy topics such as tax avoidance and compliance, fuelled by recent heated political discussions. The antitrust legislator has also been cracking down on businesses, which sparked an increased need in the mid market for advice regarding compliance and internal investigations; the market has seen unprecedented levels of cartel proceedings.
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