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Hengeler Mueller

BOCKENHEIMER LANDSTRASSE 24, 60323 FRANKFURT, GERMANY
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Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Munich

Germany

Antitrust
Antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Recognised for being ‘unparalleled in antitrust law’, Hengeler Mueller offers ‘plenty of experience and excellent guidance’ for a broad client portfolio, which includes renowned German and international companies in equal measure. One area of specialism is fine proceedings which often have an international component. Markus Röhrig represented Japanese company Calsonic Kansei in EU fine proceedings relating to vehicle air-conditioning and engine cooling systems. The ‘pragmatic’ Thorsten Mäger succeeded in gaining full immunity from fines for MAN in connection with lorry antitrust proceedings on the basis of a leniency application, and the instruction still includes defence against claims for damages within the EU and beyond. It also defends Jacobs Douwe Egberts against claims for damages. The ‘very experienced’ Christoph Stadler and Thomas Paul defend the client against claims of the insolvency administrator of Schlecker. Flagship instructions in merger control law include acting for Knorr-Bremse in phase-II proceedings related to the takeover bid for Haldex, as well as advising Carl Zeiss Vision, as an intervening party, on the proposed merger between Essilor and Luxottica. Internal investigations are another strength and the group advises the Bosch Group on emissions with regard to diesel vehicles. Ralf Willer, who specialises in dispute settlement, was made counsel.

Leading individuals

Christoph Stadler - Hengeler Mueller

Thorsten Mäger - Hengeler Mueller

Next Generation Partners

Thomas Paul - Hengeler Mueller

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 3

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller has great expertise in advising on compliance violations, for example fraud, corruption, insider trading and market manipulation, but also insolvency offences, regulatory violations and sanctions violations. The firm works closely with other practice groups on regular cross-border instructions, and is active across a wide range of industry sectors. Vera Jungkind advises on the data protection obligations of a Department of Justice monitor under German law, while corporate law expert Maximilan Schiessl was instructed by a DAX 30 company to assist the supervisory board with antitrust allegations and with the compliance structure. In addition, Wolfgang Spoerr advises a number of banks on various issues and assisted, together with Jan Bonhage, Nord Stream 2 AG with questions pertaining to US sanctions and foreign trade law. Dirk Uwer is also recommended.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 6

Hengeler Mueller

Hendrik Bockenheimer and Christian Hoefs jointly head the ‘very good’ team at Hengeler Mueller, which routinely handles restructuring work alongside remuneration, transactional and senior management-related matters. It advised French PSA Group on cross-border employment law aspects concerning the acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall, and assisted Tata Steel Group with its merger with thyssenkrupp. The team also advised technology group Linde on remuneration matters and company pensions. Adidas and Metro are also clients.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller provides advice on tax compliance and contentious tax requirements, tax matters related to financial products and assistance with tax law matters involved in M&A transactions. It acts for banks, asset management companies and financial service providers. Recent work includes assisting the Bank of America with the acquisition of a Europe-wide office property portfolio and Deutsche Asset Management with the transfer of an international property portfolio – led by Martin Klein – from the previous portfolio manager PGIM Real Estate to a new investment fund managed by Deutsche Asset Management. Several financial institutions and companies also contacted the firm with regard to criminal proceedings, tax inquiries and defending financial management claims. Transactional tax highlights include Matthias Scheifele advising on the spin-off of various business segments of Robert Bosch, as well as other acquisitions in the energy sector.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations
Internal investigations - ranked: tier 4

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s practice combines expertise in the areas of compliance, internal investigations and white-collar crime; it also works closely with other areas, such as criminal procedural law, corporate, antitrust, data protection and insolvency law. It is conducting internal and external investigations for the Robert Bosch group globally in connection with the alleged manipulation of nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles. In addition, Hans-Jörg Niemeyer’s team recently successfully completed the representation of Calsonic Kansei; following the EU Commission’s antitrust investigation, the firm defended claims for damages. Daniel Weiß assisted an international retail group with investigating suspected fraud. The group was strengthened at the senior associate level: Ralf Christian van Ermingen-Marbach, who has expertise in white-collar crime and internal investigations, joined from the Düsseldorf public prosecutor’s office. Dirk Uwer and Wolfgang Spoerr also deserve special mention.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate
Corporate - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Corporate and shareholder disputes - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s 40-strong corporate law team is not only one of the largest and most stable in the market, but is also regarded as the ‘clear market leader’. A highlight was advising Metro on a group split including a carve-out. In other work, the group assisted numerous family-owned businesses with the ​​change of legal form and advised the parent company of a global technology group, which converted into a KGaA. Other areas of focus, in addition to advising on corporate structures, is assisting with annual general meetings for clients including innogy, Osram Licht, Porsche, United Internet and Linde. The group advised Linde on the question of whether the merger of equals agreement between Linde and Praxair should have been submitted to the general meeting for approval. This instruction was handled by Jochen Vetter, who works alongside the ‘highly esteemed’ and ‘very dedicated and exceptionally intelligentSimon Patrick Link in Munich. Daniela Favoccia is based in Frankfurt; Thomas Meurer, Maximilian Schiessl (one of the leading lawyers for board level and supervisory law consulting) and Andreas Austmann, who provides ‘practical and useful advice’, are key names in Dusseldorf.

Leading individuals

Andreas Austmann - Hengeler Mueller

Maximilian Schiessl - Hengeler Mueller

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M&A: large deals (€500m+)
M&A: large deals (€500m+) - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Outstanding legal competence, business acumen and unambiguous binding statements, especially in crucial, critical situations’ lead clients of major German law firm Hengeler Mueller to have ‘the greatest confidence in its advice’. The transactions handled often have an international component, as advising Vitol on the €1.37bn acquisition of Petrol Ofisi shows. Another highlight was assisting innogy with the merger of npower, innogy’s UK distribution business, with SSE’s end customer and EnergiePlus business to create an energy distribution company in the UK. Maximilian Schiessl, Martin Ulbrich, Nicolas Böhm and Daniela Favoccia are noted. Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain has ‘excellent business acumen’ and Matthias Hentzen stands out for his ‘ingenuity and negotiation skills’. Daniel Möritz and Sebastian Schneider made partner at the beginning of 2018. Steffen Oppenländer joined Milbank in August 2017.

Leading individuals

Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain - Hengeler Mueller

Maximilian Schiessl - Hengeler Mueller

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M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)
M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

At Hengeler Mueller, 32 partners, who ‘are in an absolutely unique position in terms of quality, cost awareness and cooperation’, provide transactional advice. The firm regularly acts as lead counsel in international transactions with a German target, but has also recently built up its outbound portfolio. Highlights included assisting Carl Zeiss with the €25m acquisition of Optec and advising Siemens on the sale of Siemens Convergence Creators, a provider of digital transformation solutions, to Atos. Key partners include Daniela Favoccia, Georg Frowein, Jochen Vetter and Peter Weyland. Sebastian Schneider provides ‘an excellent and comprehensive service’, and has ‘the whole transaction in mind’; he and Daniel Möritz were promoted to the partnership in early 2018. Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain has ‘excellent business acumen’ and Matthias Hentzen is noted for his ‘acumen and negotiation skills’. Andreas Hoger is recommended as a next generation lawyer, Steffen Oppenländer joined Milbank in August 2017.

Leading individuals

Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain - Hengeler Mueller

Next Generation Partners

Andreas Hoger - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Arbitration (including international arbitration) - ranked: tier 2

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s ‘prompt and competent advice’ also extends to the representation of clients, often from the energy and pharmaceutical sectors, in arbitration proceedings. Philipp Hanfland, for example, who is valued for his ‘outstanding legal expertise’, successfully defended a biotech company in proceedings concerning contractual claims. In another highlight, the highly regarded Carsten van de Sande and counsel Susan Kempe-Müller represented a foreign conglomerate in ICC arbitration proceedings with a value in the hundreds of millions. The ‘very goodHenning Bälz and the ‘efficientMarkus Meier are also central figures within the team. Peter Heckel retired.

Next Generation Partners

Philipp Hanfland - Hengeler Mueller

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Clients appreciate Hengeler Mueller’s ‘excellent level of service and prompt, competent advice’; the team has experience in representing clients in post-M&A, corporate, banking, finance and capital market disputes, which increasingly extend across multiple jurisdictions. The team also has strong ties with the antitrust practice. A long-standing highlight is the representation of Porsche in several Investor Sample Procedure Act proceedings – an area where the group is particularly experienced – concerning claims for damages in connection with the emissions scandal. Philipp Hanfland, who has ‘outstanding legal expertise’, recently acted for an Asian company in claims for damages. Other clients include Vodafone Kabel Deutschland, Uber, Toll Collect and Linde. Markus Meier is ‘one of the best and best-known litigators in Germany’; Carsten van de Sande and Johanna Wirth are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Markus Meier - Hengeler Mueller

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Financial services: litigation
Financial services: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller has an ‘excellent’ market reputation for handling disputes in the financial services sector, not least due to its good networking and positioning in the representation of banks, private equity funds and financial institutions. The group has strong experience handling Invester Sample Procedure Law procedures; in recent work, it represented Deutsche Bank and, under the lead of ‘good tacticianMarkus Meier, Porsche in this space. Arbitration experts Henning Bälz and counsel Ralf Willer represented Achmea Holding before the German state courts under the bilateral investment agreement between the Netherlands and the Slovak Republic. Philipp Hanfland, appreciated for his ‘very strategic approach’, is defending a bank in a variety of cross-border disputes.

Leading individuals

Markus Meier - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Hengeler Mueller

Transactions - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller offers a multifaceted spectrum of energy law advice with its 14-partner strong team, which covers regulatory matters, disputes and M&A projects, joint ventures and financing. From its Berlin office, the practice often handles projects in the renewable energy sector. Dirk Uwer assisted Centrica with the establishment of joint ventures with Bayerngas Norge in the area of exploration and extraction of crude oil and natural gas, while John Flüh and Nicolas Böhm acted as lead counsel for 50Hertz Transmission on the 20% acquisition of shares by State Grid of China. In other work, Thomas Meuerer and Andreas Austmann advised innogy on the merger of its British distribution business with SSE’s retail energy and ‘energy plus’ business for the creation of an independent energy distribution company. In the contentious space, highlights included representing DB Energie in the pursuit of repayment claims and claims to future adjustments of long-term power supply contracts with a large energy provider. Sebastian Schneider was promoted to partner at the start of 2018.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Hengeler Mueller

Transactions - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller expanded its healthcare practice with significant growth at associate level. The firm frequently handles transactional matters, but also has considerable expertise in regulatory and compliance issues. Recent highlights include Dirk Uwer representing AOK Bayern in several social law disputes concerning fundamental legal questions in the area of GP-centred care, including two appeal trials at the Federal Social Court, and the firm’s advice to Oaktree Capital Management on the acquisition of nursing home operator Vitanas, which was led by social security expert Wolfgang Spoerr and corporate lawyers Annika Clauss and Peter Weyland. Counsel Susan Kempe-Müller demonstrated her advertising law expertise in her advice to Euro Diagnostica regarding medical device advertising. Other clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly Deutschland and Bioscientia Institut für Medizinische Diagnostik.

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Hengeler Mueller

Albrecht Conrad, Wolfgang Spoerr and counsel Fabian Seip are key names at Hengeler Mueller, which has the resources to handle regulatory issues and transactional matters in the telecoms industry. The team acts for telecoms providers, where it handles disputes with network operators surrounding requirements according to service provider contracts, and advises on mobile frequency tenders. In another highlight, it assisted Vodafone Kabel Deutschland with new TV transmission contracts with public service broadcasters.

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Germany: Insurance

Advice to insurers
Advice to insurers - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s multi-faceted offering includes assistance with regulatory, corporate and insurance supervisory law matters but the team also covers transactions, which are frequently handled in co-operation with its antitrust team in Brussels. Daniel Wilm led the team’s advice to AXA on the reorganisation of Roland Rechtsschutzversicherung’s shareholder structure, acted for Assicurazioni Generali in proceedings following the squeeze-out of Generali Deutschland, and advised a German insurance group on the sale of a life insurance company in the course of a bidding process. Highlights on the corporate side included Jochen Vetter assisting with the restructuring of a German insurance company to facilitate the expansion of its offering to include non-insurance services, while, in Brexit-related work, the practice advised an English life insurance provider on the transfer of its German branch’s business to an Irish company under a Part VII Transfer. Hannover Rück, Swiss Life and Talanx, including the majority shareholder and parent company HDI, are other key clients.

Leading individuals

Daniel Wilm - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Intellectual property

Patent litigation
Patent litigation - ranked: tier 3

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s patent law practice, which is led by Düsseldorf-based practice head Wolfgang Kellenter, has profound expertise in the pharmaceutical and telecoms sectors. It has niche expertise representing collecting societies: the team acted for Fipa in infringement proceedings concerning Hitachi patents and also handled infringement proceedings pertaining to patents in the mobile communications area. The group also handled various matters for IPCom, including various infringement and nullity proceedings between IPCom and HTC. In the automotive space, the firm’s defence of Piaggio against six infringement actions stands out. Other work includes representing Saint-Gobain Abrasives in leave to appeal proceedings at the Federal Court of Justice, following the team’s successful representation of the the client in appeal proceedings.

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Germany: Media

Entertainment
Entertainment - ranked: tier 4

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller advises media and telecoms companies and platform and cable network operators on contract and copyright matters. The team also handles transactions and disputes in the media sector. Highlights included the advising CTS Eventim on copyright fees for music playback at concerts and assisting Google with ancillary copyright matters for publishers, including acting for the client in landmark proceedings against VG Media and in proceedings concerning copyright compliance relaing to the new Google image search. Vodafone Kabel Deutschland and Deutsche Telekom are also clients. Key figures include the highly regarded Albrecht Conrad, Wolfgang Spoerr, who has expertise in media regulation, and M&A partner Christof Jäckle. Counsel Fabian Seip advises on copyright and data protection matters and Christoph Stadler is the main contact for media matters at the intersection with antitrust law.

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Germany: Public sector

PPP
PPP - ranked: tier 4

Hengeler Mueller

The core areas of Hengeler Mueller’s state aid law advice are contract negotiations, project financing, the implementation of PPP projects and representation in proceedings and legal disputes. The group continues to focus on the infrastructure and healthcare sectors, and is also experienced handling energy, telecoms and broadband expansion work. Recent highlights include representing Deutsche Telekom and Toll Collect in arbitration proceedings concerning the truck tolling system, which resulted in a settlement. Jan Bonhage advises National Express on contract negotiations with the public sector concerning transport contracts with transport associations active in rail transport, and on PPP projects. Other clients include Motorola, Median and 50Hertz Transmission.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Hengeler Mueller

Product-Related Advice - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 5

Hengeler Mueller

Jan Bonhage divides his time between Berlin and Brussels and heads the procurement practice at Hengeler Mueller. The team’s core competencies are in the fields of transport, infrastructure, energy and defence. Among recent highlights are the representation of a consulting firm in the award procedure of the German Armed Forces Procurement Office; advising Deutsche Telekom on the award procedure for the expansion of the toll system; and assisting Nord Stream 2 with procurement law matters relating to construction work in the ferry port of Sassnitz. National Express, Komnexx and the Median group are also part of the client portfolio.

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State aid
State aid - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

The state aid team at Hengeler Mueller frequently acts on matters touching upon public procurement and antitrust law. Jan Bonhage heads the practice group in Berlin, while Hans-Jörg Niemeyer handles state aid matters from the Brussels office. The nine-strong team’s expertise includes advising aid recipients and donors on matters relating to state aid and subsidies, and representing them before national authorities, the European Commission and European and German courts. It is particularly active in the energy and transport sectors (local public transport, road, rail and air transport). Recent highlights include representing an EU energy utility in arbitration proceedings with various municipal utilities regarding gas supply contracts. In addition, the group acted for an EU member state in an EU Commission state aid case concerning a nuclear power project. Komnexx, National Express and the Hungarian Government are also part of the client portfolio. Ralf Willer made counsel in January 2018.

Leading individuals

Jan Bonhage - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller stands out for its clear international focus: the team has a core focus advising foreign funds, especially those from the US, on the full spectrum of real estate law. Martin Geiger advised the Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the financing of the acquisition of a Europe-wide portfolio by Ares Management, and Daniel Kress, who divides his time between Frankfurt and London, assisted Goldman Sachs with the acquisition of the 42-property Artemis portfolio from Savills Fund Management. Thomas Müller advised Axel Springer on the sale of the new Axel-Springer building to Norges Bank Real Estate Management for €425m and on the sale of Axel-Springer-Passage. It also advised Blackstone Group on the acquisition of the Goodman Azurite portfolio for €640m.

Leading individuals

Thomas Müller - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring
Restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller acts on distressed transactions, financial restructurings and is also active in the enforcement and defence of claims. A highlight was the enforcement of claims arising from deliveries and services as well as the defence against rescission claims for kitchen appliance manufacturer Bauknecht against the insolvent Alno Group. As in previous years, Daniel Kress is advising Lufthansa on a number of issues, including the insolvency of Air Berlin. Daniel Weiß assisted insolvency administrator Frank Kebekus with regard to the effectiveness of articles of association, loan agreements and loan collateral in favour of bondholders concerning the insolvency of textile group Steilmann.

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Legal Developments by:
Hengeler Mueller

  • Hengeler Mueller advises Blackstone on acquisition of Dream Global

    Hengeler Mueller, together with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London and New York, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto and various other European local counsel, advises funds managed by The Blackstone Group LP on the acquisition of Dream Global REIT ("Dream Global"). The Canadian real estate investment trust listed in Toronto and Frankfurt holds a pan-European real estate portfolio with the majority of the properties located in Germany. The all-cash transaction is valued at CAD 6.2 bn (appr. EUR 4.2 bn) and is subject to customary conditions. It is expected to close in December 2019.
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