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    • Barbara Keil - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Sascha Leske - Noerr
    • Thomas Meyding - CMS
    • Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain - Hengeler Mueller

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Gleiss Lutz’s large team, led by Christian Cascante and Ralf Morshäuser, has an impressive track record, particularly in the energy, life sciences, technology and insurance sectors. It acted for Delta Lloyd on the sale of its German life insurance business to Athene and recently advised E.ON Kraftwerke and Stadtwerke Bielefeld on the sale of Netz Veltheim to TenneT. Hoimar von Ditfurth and Thomas Menke are recommended. Stefan Mutter left to set up Mutter & Kruchen Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, but Eike Bicker joined from Pohlmann & Company. Martin Viciano Gofferje made partner.

Hengeler Mueller’s ‘incredibly experienced’ team has a focus on the banking, finance, utilities, telecoms, automotive and pharmaceuticals sectors. It assisted Viessmann Werke with setting up the Digital Energy Solutions joint venture with BMW, and advised Erdgasversorgungsgesellschaft Thüringen-Sachsen on selling its shares in Stadtwerke Jena-Pößneck to Stadtwerke Jena. Jochen Vetter is recommended along with Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain, who ‘strikes the perfect balance between a pragmatic, commercial approach and rendering detailed legal advice’. Andreas Hoger made partner.

Noerr is able to ‘assemble a team of specialists within short timeframes’ at ‘reasonable value for money’. Alexander Hirsch and Christian Pleister head the team, which has notable expertise in regulated industries, particularly financial services, automotive and e-commerce. It advised Volkswagen Financial Services on acquiring a stake in sunhill technologies and acted for Deutsche Telekom during the purchase of 7,700 mobile telephony towers from Telefoìnica Deutschland. Felix Blobel, Jens Liese and Maurice Seìche are recommended. Dominik Rompza joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Martin Nigl and Andrea Zwarg made partner. Sebastian Wulff joined Watson Farley & Williams LLP.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP is very well regarded for its expertise in energy, infrastructure, and maritime and transport transactions. It advised WKN on the sale of Westerengel wind farm to CEE and acted for EWE on an offshore wind farm development joint venture. Malte Jordan and Marcus Bechtel are recommended. Christoph Naumann joined from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Baker McKenzie’s team gives ‘commercial advice’, is ‘always available and provides responses and analyses swiftly’. It advised GFKL Financial Services on the sale of Proceed Portfolio Services. Hochtief and Lufthansa are key clients. Ingo Strauss and practice head Andreas Lohner are recommended. New hires include Peter Wand from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Heiko Gotsche from Hengeler Mueller. Christian Vocke made partner.

CMS’ team led by Maximilian Grub, Hilke Herchen and Ernst-Markus Schuberth handles a high volume of transactions and has a focus on regulated industries. It frequently acts for financial institutions and companies from the technology, media, telecoms, energy, and healthcare sectors. Recent work includes advising the chief executive of an automotive electronics company on selling a majority stake to an automotive supplier. Karsten Heider is recommended. Richard Mayer-Uellner and Daniel Kamke both made partner.

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbHimpresses with its broad knowledge and experience’. The team focuses on the energy, banking, media and IT industries, recently acting for Hannover Finanz on acquiring a controlling stake in Deurotech. Refresco received advice on taking over Pepsico Deutschland’s Punica brand plant. Harald Stang and Michael von Rüden are recommended.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg is ‘particularly strong in domestic matters’ and can bring to bear its ‘highly specialised tax practice’ when advising clients, which include mid-cap companies, family offices and high-net-worth individuals. The practice advised Döhler on acquiring Molda. Dieter Leuering is recommended, Matthias Schatz joined from Meilicke, Hoffmann & Partner and Ingo Fuchs made partner.

Görg Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB’s team, led by Wolfgang König, focuses on acting for German mid-cap companies from the automotive, media, energy and trade sectors; distressed M&A is another strength. It advised Imtech Deutschland’s insolvency administrator on selling the company’s subsidiaries and its core business to several buyers, and handled a number of restructuring transactions for DuMont media group. Frank Evers and Michael Dolfen are recommended.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s team is recommended for its ‘high-quality advice, availability and swift replies, even in complex and unforeseen situations’. Mathias Schröder heads the practice, which advised EWE on taking a majority stake in start-up Grünspar and assisted Westgrund regarding Adler Real Estate’s public takeover offer. Jörg Schewe and Mirko Sickinger are recommended. Volker Holl and Frank Hollstein joined from Simmons & Simmons LLP along with Jens-Hendrik Janzen from Menold Bezler.

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