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

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Allen & Overy LLP’s market-leading practice assists clients with supervisory law issues and transactions, with a focus on regulatory advice during transactions; it is well briefed on current market trends. Recent work includes various high-value transactions and restructurings, such as advising AXA DBIO on acquiring Globale Rückversicherungs-AG, and Berkshire Hathaway on reducing its stake in Münchener Rückversicherungs-AG. Practice head Jan Schröder has particular expertise in corporate, M&A, company insurance and insurance supervisory law. Renowned counsel Anne Fischer acts for domestic and international insurance and reinsurance companies in corporate matters, transactions and supervisory law matters.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advises on the entire gamut of topics and continues to act for a global insurer in insolvency and restructuring matters. In other work, it advised Heidelberger Leben on the sale of Skandia’s Austrian life insurance business. The team also acted for a group of 20 insurers and Talanx Asset Management on investments in offshore wind energy. Wessel Heukamp focuses on transactions and regulatory issues; Gunnar Schuster adeptly covers insurance and related finance law.

Hengeler Mueller has been busy advising on the new insurance industry equity requirement legislation. It has particular strength in capital markets law pertaining to the insurance industry, recently including advising Allianz on the capitalisation of its independent agents’ pension entitlements. The team recently advised a foreign insurance group on a potential cross-border merger. Daniel Wilm is the name to note; he has a focus on supervisory law and is experienced advising on transactions. Thomas Paul has been promoted to partner.

Hogan Lovells International LLP has been busy advising on restructurings, such as acting for Generali Deutschland. It assisted Talanx with HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG’s transformation to HDI Global SE. Global head of the insurance group Christoph Küppers is recommended along with Christoph Louven, who has extensive transactional and compliance law expertise; both provide ‘detailed and practical responses’ and have ‘unrivalled sector knowledge’. Birgit Reese, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP, focuses on insurance sector transactions.

DLA Piper counts ‘among the most well-established players’ but also adeptly covers novel products such as warranty and indemnity policies, as well as compliance work. The practice advised Bâloise on selling Basler Leben’s German business to Frankfurter Leben; Gothaer Versicherungsgruppe received advice on acquiring a stake in an offshore wind farm. Gunne Bähr is ‘an excellent lawyer with tremendous sector expertise’ and is among ‘the best insurance supervisory advisers in Germany’. Jan Eltzschig is also recommended.

Gleiss Lutz gives comprehensive advice to its extensive insurance industry client roster, which includes Allianz and Munich Re. Ingo Brinker is recommended along with Hansjörg Scheel, who is co-head of the firm’s compliance and investigations group. The departure of Stefan Mutter and Carsten Kruchen to set up Mutter & Kruchen Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB was a loss, but Rainer Loges now dedicates his time to advisory matters after eight years as managing partner.

Linklaters’ team ‘not only points out issues, but finds solutions’. It has a strong transactional record and impresses clients with its ‘excellent, swift and proactive advice’, which is always ‘precise, creative and easy to implement’. Run-off transactions were a major source of work; it advised Athene on acquiring Delta Lloyd Group’s German business. Advice on investments in assets is another strength and the team acted for AG Insurance Group and its real estate division AG Real Estate in two portfolio acquisitions. The ‘excellent’ Wolfgang Krauel heads the practice in Germany and is global co-head; Frederik Winter is ‘a very solid, up-and-coming partner’.

Norton Rose Fulbright has seen an increase in transactions and supervisory law matters; it advises the HUK Coburg group on the latter. The team advised AIG Europe on warranty and indemnity policy risk assessments in relation to 30 transactions valued at a combined €10bn. The team regularly works with colleagues internationaly, such as when advising DARAG on pan-European supervisory law issues. Transactional expert Eva-Maria Barbosa is recommended along with the ‘sharp-mindedAndreas Börner, who has experience with advising domestic and foreign insurance companies on transactions, cross-border restructurings, run-off projects and on amending foreign insurance products to be compliant with German legislation.

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