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  1. Corporate and M&A: M&A: Large domestic deals (€500m+)
  2. Leading individuals

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    • Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain - Hengeler Mueller

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Excellent from a legal and economic perspective’, Gleiss Lutz is one of the top tier firms for large-cap transactions, with a particularly broad client base at a national level, which includes numerous MDAX and DAX30-listed companies from all industries. The German firm has M&A expertise at all six locations. In Stuttgart, Jochen Tyrolt advised United Internet on the financing of its voluntary public tender offer for Drillisch. In Düsseldorf, Thomas Menke assisted Henkel with the sale of the Western European construction chemicals business to BASF; this included the flooring business with the Thomsit brand name and the floor and tile laying systems business with the Ceresit brand. Within the group, which is led by Christian Cascante and Ralf Morshäuser,

Martin Viciano Gofferje made partner at the beginning of 2017.

German law firm Hengeler Mueller is undoubtedly one of the leading M&A firms on the national level, not least because of the sheer number of deals. Clients such as Axel Springer, Knorr-Bremse, thyssenkrupp and rail logistics and wagon hire company VTG recently retained the group for transactions. Emanuel Strehle and Christof Jäckle advised Deutsche Telekom on the €600m sale of internet provider Strato to United Internet; and Maximilian Schiessl assisted Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology’s public takeover bid for Busch Vacuumpumpen und Systeme, with the second takeover bid exceeding €1bn. The majority of the firm’s lawyers are regularly involved in M&A transactions, with Daniela Favoccia, Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain and recently made-up partner Martin Ulbrich particularly recommended.

At Latham & Watkins LLP, a group of 17 partners regularly acts on cross-border and domestic high-end transactions. An example is assisting Osram with the spin-off of its lamp business Osram Licht to Ledvance for over €400m plus royalty payments for the use of trademark rights. In another instruction, the family shareholders of ARAG Lebensversicherung retained the group for the sale of the company to Heidelberger Leben. In Düsseldorf, Harald Selzner, Rainer Wilke and Martin Neuhaus are recommended, in Munich Rainer Traugott. Nikolaos Paschos joined the Düsseldorf office from Linklaters in October 2017. In Hamburg, Henning Schneider, who leads the practice together with Neuhaus, is recommended. Nils Röver made partner in January 2017 and Leif Schrader in March 2017.

Indispensable for a national M&A ranking is Noerr. Christian Pleister is leading advice – since late 2015 – to Bremer Kreditbank concerning the acquisition of Bankhaus Neelmeyer from UniCredit and Michael Brellochs’ assistance rendered to ARAG Lebensversicherung concerning the sale of the company to Heidelberger Leben is well known in the market. Florian Becker and Alexander Hirsch co-lead the group, which recently saw the addition of Martin Haisch from Dechert and Volker Land from White & Case LLP.

With six partners, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Frankfurt-based M&A group is comparatively small, but still regularly involved in large-cap transactions. Especially with regard to the defence against hostile takeovers, the group made headlines recently: it advised Deutsche Wohnen on its successful defence against the intended hostile takeover by Vonovia with a transaction volume of €14bn. Managing partner Wolfgang Feuring, Konstantin Technau and York Schnorbus were involved in this matter and Carsten Berrar is also recommended.

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