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  1. Insurance: advice to insurers
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Wessel Heukamp - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Winfried Schnepp - CMS
    • Jan Schröder - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Daniel Wilm - Hengeler Mueller

Next generation lawyers

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    • Anne Fischer - Allen & Overy LLP

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Allen & Overy LLP has extensive expertise in corporate and M&A work as well as insurance supervisory and capital markets law matters. The team is particularly active in the transactional space and frequently involved in many headline deals, which includes Jan Schröder’s and counsel Anne Fischer’s advice to the Frankfurter Leben Group on its acquisition of a majority shake in ARAG Lebensversicherung; this constituted the first-time sale of an entire run-off life insurer by a German insurance group to a run-off platform and thus it took on particular significance in the market. In the non-life sector, the team advised AXA Liabilities Managers on the acquisition of a reinsurance portfolio from Provinzial Rheinland. Hochrhein Internationale Rückversicherung also received advice on the acquisition of a reinsurance portfolio, while Schweizer Lebensversicherungsgruppe received assistance with issues pertaining to the cross-border sale of insurance products in several EU member states. In the internal group restructuring space, the team has been acting in a cross-border merger of insurance holding groups. Jan Erik Windthorst was elevated to the partnership and Alexander Behrens joined the team in March 2017 from Mayer Brown LLP.

Much of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s work pertains to corporate and M&A-related matters alongside insurance supervisory law and contractual issues, which frequently include cross-border elements. Team head Wessel Heukamp advised the Viridium Group on the acquisition of Mannheimer Lebensversicherung’s life insurance portfolio from Protektor, and assisted another insurer with a winding-up and reorganisation plan. With notable experience in the regulatory sector, which now also includes Brexit strategy planning capabilities, the team advised AIG and Lloyds, among others, on Brexit strategy matters, while assisting various insurers of the German Zurich Group with Solvency II issues concerning capitalisation and group structure. With the ability to call on colleagues from the banking and finance departments, Patrick Cichy and Lars Westpfahl advised a major German insurance group on the loan financing of Germany’s second largest online travel portal. Gunnar Schuster is recommended.

Clifford Chance has corporate law assistance at its core and is able to draw on extensive expertise in cross-border mergers, internal restructurings and transactions. Thomas Krecek advised Legal&General on the sale of its German insurance portfolio to Canada Life by means of a portfolio transfer. Frequently acting related to real estate law, the team advised Allianz Real Estate as part of the joint venture between Allianz Group and Hammerson on the acquisition of Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin. Other key areas of strength stem from the team’s regular co-operation with the tax, banking and capital markets practices, leading to regular instructions on investment and fund structuring. Stefan Bruder was made counsel.

DLA Piper’s handling of instructions is based on a tight co-operation with the corporate and employment teams, which results in a particular strength dealing with matters at this interface, while handling pension insurance mandates, frequently including life insurance and product design elements, constitutes an increasingly significant portion of the practice’s workload. Recently, the team advised the Baloise Group on the sale of a closed life insurance portfolio held by the German branch of Basler Leben to the Frankfurter Leben Group, and on the sale of a 100% stake in the German insurance brokerage group Assekuranz Herrmann to the German Artus Group including related due diligence. In other work, Gunne Bähr assisted a client from the pension insurance sector with regulatory and contractual issues including executive board obligations in the face of the zero-interest rate environment. Jan Eltzschig is recommended.

Gleiss Lutz’s client portfolio includes several well-known national and international insurance groups, such as Allianz Deutschland and Munich Re, which receive regular advice on M&A transactions and restructurings alongside antitrust, corporate and insurance supervisory law matters including compliance. Team head Ingo Brinker advised ERV on antitrust matters, while Munich Re instructed Michael Arnold and Tobias Harzenetter with corporate matters and issues arising from the 2017 annual general meeting. As another significant element of the practice, the group is well versed in advising national health insurance companies: Versicherungskammer Bayern receives regular corporate and insurance supervisory law advice, while AOK Baden-Württemberg routinely instructs the team with tenders in the medicinal products and provision of aid sectors, and WMF BKK has been receiving health insurance law advice. Other key member of the team include Hansjörg Scheel and Maximilian von Rom.

Hengeler Mueller’s strength lies in advising on corporate and insurance supervisory matters, while, in co-operation with the Brussels office, the team is also adept at handling antitrust matters, leading to regular instructions from Allianz, RheinLand Versicherungsgruppe and Talanx, among others. In regulatory work, the team receives a steady flow of Solvency II-related instructions, while also having expertise in fund law as recently demonstrated in advising an international asset manager on the structuring of fund products for insurance companies. In other highlights, Daniel Wilm assisted Protektor Lebensversicherung with the spin-off of its run-off life insurance business into a legal entity for the purpose of sale, and Kai-Steffen Scholz advised Wüstenrot & Württembergische on the group-wide implementation of an employee share programme for employees and sales representatives. AXA Group, Continentale Krankenversicherung and Generali Deutschland received general corporate and insurance supervisory law advice, while the team also represented the former in court proceedings following a squeeze-out, and assisted Baloise with setting up a digital insurance business in Germany.

Handling corporate and M&A work constitutes a key area of Hogan Lovells International LLP’s expertise with the team demonstrating particular experience in cross-border restructurings. Dealing with insurance supervisory law, governance, liability and coverage matters are other core strengths. The team assisted Generali Deutschland with restructuring matters pertaining to a cost reduction programme, and Allianz Global Investors received advice on a global outsourcing project. Christoph Küppers and Christoph Louven are the main contacts.

Linklaters provides a broad range of services with a specialism in corporate and insurance supervisory law alongside M&A transactions and banking law. Highlights included Frederik Winter’s advice to AGI on structured fund products, and assisting SV SparkassenVersicherung with the structuring of bundling vehicles for real estate investments. In other work, the team led by Wolfgang Krauel acted for Allianz Global Investors in the acquisition of 80% of an onshore wind farm portfolio from PNE Wind, and assisted Bayerische Versorgungskammer with the structuring of investment vehicles and regulatory investment tax reform matters. Also in the regulatory space, the team advised a major German life insurance company on Solvency II-related issues, while, in different work, Athene Deutschland Lebensversicherung received corporate and employment law advice. Other clients include Helvetia und Hannover Re.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s expertise incorporates transactional and insurance supervisory law capabilities alongside distribution law and brokerage know-how, leading to regular instructions on outsourcing, capital raising, risk mitigation techniques and capital investment matters, among others. As highlights in the transactional space, Eva-Maria Barbosa advised Hyperion Insurance on the acquisition of a majority stake in Euroassekuranz Versicherungsmakler, and assisted Wüstenrot & Württembergische with the acquisition of 75% of the shares in treefin. In the regulatory space, the team provides regular advice to the Compre Group, frequently including corporate law elements. The team is also well versed in carrying out risk assessments of warranty & indemnity policies as demonstrated by Andreas Börner’s advice to an insurance company with regards to a transaction. He also advised China Re on regulatory matters pertaining to the operation of its reinsurance business in Germany. Recently promoted partner Sven Förster has been advising a reinsurance company on a reinsurance claim review for a liability case.

Bach Langheid Dallmayr is well versed in dealing with insurance supervisory and distribution law alongside contractual matters. The team advises several insurance companies on regulatory group structuring issues and the introduction of products alongside reinsurance and compliance matters. Martin Schaaf along with life and accident insurance expert Joachim Grote advised a German life insurance company on regulatory matters, and together with Theo Langheid, Grote assisted another insurance company with product design issues in the nursing care insurance sector. Tobias Britz was elevated to the partnership, while Eva-Maria Goergen, who is experienced in the international property insurance industry, left the firm in October 2016 to open Ince & Co Germany LLP’s second German office in Cologne.

Recognised for its broad offering, CMS advises national and international insurance companies and insurance brokers on issues related to entering the German market alongside product design, regulatory and M&A matters. Team head Winfried Schnepp advised Delvag on insurance supervisory, corporate and employment law issues pertaining to the merger with its subsidiary Delvag Rück, and assisted a private-customer insurer with insurance law matters concerning its entry into the German market. Similarly, JLT Risk Solutions has also been receiving German market entry advice and advice on setting up a German branch, while Lombard International Assurance receives regular assistance with product design matters. Insurance supervision law specialist Stefan Segger left the firm in October 2016 to open Ince & Co Germany LLP’s second German office in Cologne.

Standing out for its ‘extraordinary industry knowledge’, Noerr focuses on corporate and regulatory work, frequently acting for D&O insurers. Recently, practice head Thomas Heitzer advised an English D&O insurer on liability and coverage matters pertaining to a major damage claim, and the ‘very competentHelmut Katschthaler assisted a Swiss branch of a German liability insurer on coverage issues concerning a pecuniary damage liability insurance of a sports association. In other significant work, the team acted for a US insurance group in insurance supervisory, corporate and employment law matters related to its German branch. Tanja Schramm and Henning Schaloske joined Clyde & Co LLP in September 2016.

Insurance companies frequently instruct Oppenhoff & Partner with matters pertaining to insurance products alongside corporate and insurance supervisory issues but the team is also experienced in providing investment advice. Peter Etzbach advised Zurich Deutscher Herold Lebensversicherung on its co-operation with an asset management company including the introduction of a new insurance product, and assisted Arch Insurance with corporate and insurance supervisory issues. Generali Deutschland instructed the team to advise on several investments including promissory note loans, bonds and structured finance products. Rolf Koerfer and Hanno Goltz are also key individuals of the team, the clients of which include Hannover Rück and Prudential International Assurance.

Taylor Wessing’s team is particularly strong in insurance supervisory law and insurance agent matters including compliance. Recently, HUK-Coburg received advice on the implementation of the new requirements under distribution and commercial law, while advising insurances and reinsurances on run-offs constitutes another key element of the team led by Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn. She advised Crédit Agricole Assurances on the amendment to its sales co-operation with CreditPlus Bank and FCA Bank resulting from a business expansion.

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