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Leading individuals

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    • Thomas Emde - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Frank Herring - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Thomas Paul - Hengeler Mueller
    • Marco Simonis - Clifford Chance
    • Alexander Vogt - Linklaters
    • Patricia Volhard - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    • Edgar Wallach - Hengeler Mueller
    • Markus Wollenhaupt - Linklaters

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One of the biggest names in the market’, Clifford Chance’s broad practice ranges from asset management and alternative investments to institutional fund management, including regulatory and tax law aspects. The ‘strong team’ advises on classic investment law, fund structuring and transactions across mutual funds and special-purpose funds, as well as real estate, hedge and closed-end funds, and has notable expertise in the insurance sector. Recent work includes assisting Union Investment Real Estate with the sale of the pan-European Aqua portfolio to Amundi, advising an insurer on the structuring of a pan-European real estate fund and handling the launch of the first closed-end public fund for an alternative investment manager. ‘Tough opponent’ Marco Simonis has ‘a legally watertight way of working’. Gregor Evenkamp is a particularly active figure in the practice and ‘outstanding’ of counsel Sven Zeller is highly experienced.

Rated as ‘number one’ by some clients, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides broad expertise in the structuring and implementation of funds, including on the tax, regulatory and distribution aspects. Konrad Schott has been advising a fund provider on the structuring of an aircraft investment for institutional investors in Germany via an alternative investment fund. Thomas Emde has been assisting an international real estate service provider with setting up a special alternative investment fund (AIF) and advised Luxembourg-based management company IP Concept with the re-approval of a foreign microfinance fund in Germany for distribution to private investors. Alexandra Dreibus joined State Street Bank.

Excellent at all levels’, Hengeler Mueller’s investment law practice assisted Allianz Global Investors with the buyout of 100% of shares in Rogge Global Partners from Old Mutual. Regulatory work included Christian Schmies advising Commerz Real on the implementation of MiFID II. The team also acts for depositaries, advises asset managers on loan funds and assists many foreign asset managers with ongoing portfolio management under outsourcing contracts with German Master-KVGs (capital management companies). Thomas Paul is ‘a big player in the market’ and the ‘very competent’ Edgar Wallach is also ‘highly esteemed’.

Linklaters is ‘very visible in the market’, particularly in alternative asset classes, where the ‘stable team’ advises non-EU fund managers on distribution in the European market, the structuring of classic loan funds and club deals, and large investment transactions. Recent work includes advising IVG Institutional Funds on the sale of a pan-European portfolio of 30 assets to Ares Management Real Estate, assisting Allianz with debt investments, and acting for MPC and Fereal in relation to closed-end funds. Other clients include Credit Suisse Asset Management, Bilfinger, Deutsche Bank and international real estate fund managers such as CBRE Global Investors. The team has been increasingly active in the Swiss market. Alexander Vogt and Markus Wollenhaupt are the key figures.

The ‘highly active’ Frank Herring heads the ‘very well-known’ investment funds practice at Allen & Overy LLP, which advises clients from product conception to transactions and focuses on complex and cross-border matters. The practice acts for asset managers and banks; key clients include AVIVA Investors, Allianz Global Investors and Union Investment. The firm recently advised three large German capital management companies on the sale of a fund administration business to one of the largest global providers, the implementation of MiFID II, and the setting up of a debt fund and contracts with a US asset manager, respectively. The team also assisted a large German regional bank with establishing a Luxembourg loan fund.

Dechert has a focus on investor support, including institutional investors, companies and family offices, mainly regarding alternative asset classes. Advice ranges from legal and tax due diligence to the assessment of regulatory, including insurance regulatory, issues and the setting up of investment platforms. Benedikt Weiser advised new client Bouwfonds on the setting up of an IT infrastructure fund in Luxembourg. Notably, the team also advised AMP Capital regarding the structuring of a European parallel fund structure vehicle for a $2bn infrastructure debt fund. Achim Pütz is recommended for fund structuring, as is Hans Stamm for investment tax law.

Considered to be ‘one of the leading firms in Germany for closed-end funds’, P+P Pöllath + Partnersacts not only as a service provider but also as an economic partner’. The ‘solution-oriented’ team has a growing body of regulatory work in addition to handling fund formation, asset management and related litigation. It advised Talanx Asset Management on fund investments in the US, Asia and Europe. Other clients include foreign fund managers, such as Adveq, Carlyle and Bain Capital, on distribution issues in Germany. Newly promoted partner Peter Bujotzek and Andreas Rodin are ‘innovative in fund structuring’; Amos Veith and Philip Schwarz van Berk ‘for many years have worked error-free under high time pressure’; Uwe Bärenz is ‘strong in tax matters, particularly regarding cross-border fund structures’. Regulatory expert Patricia Volhard and her team joined Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in March 2017.

Simmons & Simmons LLP advises investment, hedge and closed-end funds and their asset managers and is ‘strong in international advice’. Harald Glander has expertise in cross-border licensing procedures, the distribution of funds and fund products, and Master-KVG structures, while Jochen Kindermann covers compliance issues. The rest of the team has experience in investment tax law, regulatory law and fund transactions. Besides the setting up and structuring of funds, the firm also advises on the implementation of European regulations, such as AIFMD. Clients include large German capital management companies such as Allianz Global Investors, as well as asset managers such as MFS, First State Investments and GoldenTree.

CMS advises on fund structuring in various asset classes and has seen an increase in investor and transactional advice. Clients include family offices, various open-end fund managers such as Universal Investment and Alceda, and closed-end fund managers including Jamestown and Seafort Advisors. In collaboration with colleagues in the Luxembourg office, the team advised Universal Investment Luxembourg on the launch of two special assets for a group of German institutional investors. A prominent highlight was its advice to Savills Investment Management on the integration of SEB Investment into the Savills group. Practice head and regulatory expert Daniel Voigt ‘does a proper job’ and Tillman Kempf advises on tax law aspects.

GSK Stockmann is ‘recommended without reservation’ for real estate investment law. It regularly advises a leading provider of residential property investment assets on the launch of closed-end mutual funds and closed and open-ended special alternative investment funds. Other work includes acting for numerous US investment funds regarding AIFM distribution notices in Germany. The team shows ‘deep expertise and client orientation’ and is ‘always up to date’. Oliver Glück has ‘in-depth industry knowledge and outstanding expertise in banking and investment law’; Robert Kramer is also recommended. The firm opened an office in Luxembourg in March 2016.

K&L Gates LLP’s rapidly growing investment funds team does a ‘first-class job’ in providing ‘legal, tax and regulatory advice’. It covers fund structuring, the distribution of funds and various asset classes. It advises key client WealthCap on its entire mutual funds business bar real estate funds. Another regular client is Nord Holding. Till Fock is ‘an outstanding expert who treats complicated legal situations in a manner that permits sound economic decisions’. After the arrival of Frankfurt-based counsel Henning Starke from King & Wood Mallesons in March 2016, Hilger von Livonius followed in July 2016 and is the main contact in the recently opened Munich office.

With ‘excellent knowledge of the real estate fund sector’, King & Spalding LLP is noted as providing ‘innovative and creative solutions’. Advice ranges from fund formation through to the liquidation of real estate funds, while the team also represents large institutional investors and other clients in fund-related court actions and arbitrations. The team regularly assists BMO Real Estate Partners with the regulatory and corporate structuring of funds and their transactions. Other clients include La Française, Cornerstone and Prudential. ‘Extremely successful’ practice head Mario Leissner has ‘an excellent reputation’. Andreas Böhme and newly promoted partner Sven Wortberg are also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright has established ‘a good reputation’ for its advice to asset managers, investment banks and issuing houses regarding open and closed-end funds. It covers the structuring of funds, including regulatory and tax aspects, ongoing operational matters and the distribution of funds. Other work includes fund investments and secondary transactions and the team has been increasingly involved in mandates related to failed investments, specifically the defence against investor lawsuits. Martin Krause focuses on advising institutional investors and Ludger Verfürth has expertise in asset-based products, particularly in the maritime sector.

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