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    • Rupert Bellinghausen - Linklaters
    • Uwe Hornung - Clifford Chance
    • Thomas Kreifels - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Markus Meier - Hengeler Mueller
    • Stefan Rützel - Gleiss Lutz

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s litigation practice has a focus on class actions and internal investigations. Energy sector clients regularly rely on the team’s prowess in contentious matters, such as when the practice acted for RWE Power in damages proceedings against the State of Hesse and the Federal Republic of Germany due to the allegedly unlawful closure of the nuclear power programme. Class action work included defending Scottish Widows (formely Clerical Medical Investment Group) against hundreds of claims brought by policyholders. It advised Volkswagen on a global product recall in the wake of its diesel emissions scandal and assisted the DFB (German Football Federation) during internal investigations regarding alleged irregularities. Recommended partners include practice head Boris Kasolowsky, Christian Duve, Martina de Lind van Wijngaarden and Rolf Trittmann.

Hengeler Mueller continues to act for an extensive list of household names and has again attracted complex work; it defended Porsche against damages claims totalling €6.4bn and acted for a Japanese listed company in claims for damages proceedings. Markus Meier, Henning Bälz and Carsten van de Sande are the names to note.

Hogan Lovells International LLP has in-depth product liability expertise. It represents clients from a wide range of industries, frequently advising on matters with antitrust aspects, such as representing Air Canada in damages claims proceedings. Jürgen Witte ‘gets to the bottom of matters and proactively outlines issues and practicable solutions’, Detlef Haß is ‘competent and convincing’, and the ‘very resilient’ Ina Brock is ‘confident in court and has a good instinct for where a matter is going’. Matthias Schweiger made partner.

Allen & Overy LLP’s focus areas are corporate disputes and internal investigations and the team has extensive insurance sector expertise. It won a number of new clients across different sectors, including an international insurance company and a global construction company’s subsidiary. The renowned Daniel Busse is a name to note, along with Marc Zimmerling and Wolf Bussian.

CMS is charting new territory, advising on disputes resulting from partly lifted Iran sanctions, particularly acting for clients from the automotive and energy sectors. It also acted for a commodities trader in cross-border commodity contracts disputes and assisted a hospital with D&O liability issues. Torsten Lörcher, Claus Thiery and Matthias Schlingmann are recommended.

Clifford Chance’s broad practice regularly acts for industrial companies, service providers, international banks and private equity houses. It defended Moravia Steel in €800m claims for damages actions brought by Deutsche Bahn, and represented a technology company in a joint venture dispute. Uwe Hornung ‘can rely on his gut feeling when it comes to tricky questions’, and Burkhard Schneider gives ‘practical advice and recommendations’.

Gleiss Lutz’s recent caseload includes representing Deutsche Telekom and DeTeMedien against the Federal Network Agency and defending Infineon against actions brought by Qimonda’s insolvency administrator. Stefan Rützel is recommended along with Stephan Wilske and Gerhard Wegen. Wolf von Bernuth left in March 2017 to found his own boutique.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s team in Germany frequently works with other offices in the network, including its defense of an airline in a series of disputes globally and acting for Facebook in abuse proceedings, where the matter was handled by teams in Germany, the US and London. Christoph Baus is ‘a very powerful opponent’, Carsten Witzkequickly gets to the heart of a matter’, and Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert is also recommended.

Linklaters defended an automotive supplier against recourse claims resulting from a vehicle recall in the US. Rupert Bellinghausen, Alexandros Chatzinerantzis and Wilhelm Haarmann are recommended.

Noerr has a strong track record in product liability cases, with regulatory and insurance disputes being other focus areas. It represented a company in a €2.5bn supply chain contract dispute and acted for Fresenius in product liability proceedings. Michael Molitoris and Oliver Sieg are the names to note.

Baker McKenzie is ‘very efficient, target-oriented, knowledgeable and strategic’; it has a focus on plant engineering and infrastructure projects, as well as on post-M&A proceedings and compliance. It represented a television manufacturer in a supply contract termination dispute. Jörg Risse, Ragnar Harbst, Günter Pickrahn and Heiko Haller are all highly recommended.

DLA Piper provides ‘a very good service level’. It represented a market-leading food company in enforcing €15m claims for damages against a logistics services provider. Daniel Sharma acted for a company in a post-M&A matter involving Germany, Singapore and India. Thomas Gädtke focuses on D&O liability proceedings; Frank Rothgives great tactical advice during proceedings’.

Taylor Wessing displays ‘excellent subject matter expertise’ and ‘high commitment’. It continues to represent Grünenthal in product liability claims regarding alleged birth defects caused by thalidomide. Henning Moelle is ‘refreshingly straightforward’ and Harald Bechteler is ‘professional, experienced and strategic’. Dirk Lorenz heads the team.

Wach + Meckes LLP gives ‘swift and precise’ advice. It has a growing workload for international clients and has attracted a number of high-value post-M&A matters and D&O-related mandates. Karl Wach and Frank Meckes are ‘very measured, strategic lawyers with good instinct during complex proceedings’.

White & Case LLP has energy sector and insolvency disputes expertise and a particular automotive sector focus. It assisted clients with enforcing D&O claims during insolvency proceedings and represented EnBW in complaints proceedings regarding the allocation of grid connection capacity. Markus Burianski, Markus Langen, Gerd Lembke and Marlene Maesch are recommended.

Haver & Mailänder Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB shows ‘strong client focus’ and ‘excellent know-how’. It has attracted a number of mandates in the automotive and mechanical engineering sectors. Kai Graf von der Recke, Gert Brandner and Roland Kläger are recommended.

Well-established market playerKantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner recently handled several cross-border matters, including disputes in the automotive and technology sectors. Alexander Kröck and Marcus van Bevern are ‘brilliant lawyers with attention to detail and the necessary tenacity’. Thomas Kantenwein and Annett Kuhli are also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly acts for a number of household names. Jamie Nowak’s team represented a market-leading car manufacturer in e-discovery proceedings resulting from damages claims filed in the US. Sven Förster made partner.

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