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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

Very good expertise and industry knowledge’ are attributed to Hengeler Mueller’s antitrust practice; the team surrounding the renowned Thorsten Mäger covers the entire spectrum of antitrust law and advises domestic and international companies. Recent merger control highlights include assisting Carl Zeiss with the sale of its subsidiary SMT to ASML at the Federal Cartel Office and handling Federal Cartel Office proceedings for SGL Group in connection with the sale of its graphite electrodes business division to a Japanese chemical company. A particular strength also lies in damage claims that follow fine notices, including defending British Airways against claims arising from the air freight cartel, MAN against claims arising from the truck cartel and Nordzucker against claims arising from the sugar cartel. The firm also defends the umbrella association of a German financial group against threatened claims for damages resulting from EC debit card charges. Thomas Paul, who is ‘technically and legally immaculate’, often acts as leading litigator. Christoph Stadler is considered ‘very experienced’ and a ‘good communicator’.

Leading individuals

Christoph Stadler - Hengeler Mueller

Thorsten Mäger - Hengeler Mueller

Next generation lawyers

Thomas Paul - Hengeler Mueller

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 3

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller covers a wide range of compliance topics such as fraud, corruption and money laundering alongside antitrust and sanction violations. It is also well versed in assisting with worldwide internal investigations as demonstrated by acting for Robert Bosch in an internal investigation into allegations of diesel engine emission manipulations including criminal and product liability elements. Equally noteworthy, the practice advised an international provider of engineering and planning services on a compliance investigation into procurement violations and corruption issues, and assisted a client with an investigation by the World Bank on corruption and submission fraud. In sanctions-related work, Vera Jungkind and Dirk Uwer assisted several German and international companies with the expansion and resumption of their Iran business. Christoph Stadler advised C.Thywissen and De’Longhi on antitrust compliance. In early 2017, Fabian Alexander Quast was made partner.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 6

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller has restructuring, regulated industries remuneration, corporate co-determination and senior executive issues at its core and benefits from the firm’s robust transactional team. Bosch Solar CISTech instructed the team with issues pertaining to a site closure, and Hugo Boss receives regular advice on various matters, including, most recently, on dismissal protection proceedings and litigation before the labour court. Hans-Joachim Liebers and Christian Hoefs are recommended. Christian Häußer was made counsel.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

With an excellent deal flow in the large- and mid-cap arena, Hengeler Mueller has long stood out; in fact, competitors recently considered the practice so ‘unbelievably successful’ that it is now a top tier firm in the private equity sector. It advised Lone Star on the acquisition of Xella International from PAI Partners and Goldman Sachs – a transaction which, according to media reports, had a volume of €2.2bn and was thus a highlight of 2016 in terms of volume. The group also assisted KKR with transactions worth billions, such as the sale of the WMF Group to Groupe SEB and the acquisition of the defence electronics business segment from Airbus. In addition to traditional buy-out business, it also frequently advises strategic investors. A number of partners are involved in private equity transactions, however, Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain, Maximilian Schiessl, Emanuel Strehle and Christof Jäckle stand out thanks to their many years of experience and regular involvement in transactions. Martin Ulbrich was made partner at the start of 2017.

Leading individuals

Christof Jäckle - Hengeler Mueller

Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain - Hengeler Mueller

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s strength lies in dealing with matters at the intersection of tax, corporate and finance law. Utilising this expertise, the team advised State Street Bank International on the takeover of the fund accounting and fund administration operations alongside its technological infrastructure from Dealis Fund Operations. In co-operation with the corporate team, Matthias Scheifele assisted DO Deutsche Office with changing its legal form from AG to GmbH & Co. KG with alstria office Prime Portfolio as a personally liable partner. Martin Klein took the lead in assisting Groupe PSA with tax law mattes pertaining to its acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors. In compliance, the team advised a large international commercial vehicle manufacturer on issues concerning alleged fictitious payments to offshore companies. Stefanie Beinert is the main contact for contentious matters.

Leading individuals

Martin Klein - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Banking and finance

Financial services: regulatory
Banking and finance: financial services: regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Well anchored’ in banking regulatory law with a sector-based approach, Hengeler Mueller advises banks and financial services providers on transactions, handles regulatory stand-alone mandates and gives ongoing day-to-day regulatory advice. Pillars of the practice continue to lie in pillars lie the European central banking supervision, measures through the Single Resolution Board (SRB) and the execution through the German resolution authorities, but also in advice around Brexit. The well regarded Dirk Bliesener advised PSA on the €1.3bn takeover of Opel and Vauxhall from GM. He furthermore acted for Commerzbank and Hypothekenbank Frankfurt regarding the regulatory winding-up of Hypothekenbank Frankfurt by means of a spin-off with subsequent absorption into Commerzbank after the change in responsibility from the German Federal Financial Services Regulatory Authority (BaFin) to the European Central Bank (ECB). Thomas Paul advised on the regulatory aspects of the establishment of Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG as 100% subsidiary of Credit Suisse AG with its own banking licence, while the firm led the worldwide coordination of legal advice by firms in 20 jurisdictions together with Bär & Karrer Ltd.. The ‘very experienced and very sociable’ Christian Schmies is recognised as a rising star; he ‘does his work well’ and has particular expertise in FinTech.

Leading individuals

Dirk Bliesener - Hengeler Mueller

Thomas Paul - Hengeler Mueller

Next generation lawyers

Christian Schmies - Hengeler Mueller

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Investment funds
Banking and finance: Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s ‘outstanding’ investment fund practice continues to occupy a ‘top position’ in the market, particularly in ‘advising on complex matters with regard to open-ended funds’. A strength lies in regulatory advice, including the implementation of MiFID II, but the team also fully makes use of the firm’s expertise in other practice areas, especially M&A and transactional advice, such as assisting State Street with the takeover of business divisions (fund accounting and fund management) and supporting Dealis Fund Operations GmbH and Dealis Fund Operations S.A with data management. It was moreover able to expand its work for foreign asset managers in their activities for German investment funds in the context of outsourcing agreements with German AIFM: It advised a large US asset manager on its first outsourcing agreement with a German capital management company. The firm’s portfolio furthermore consists of numerous derivatives-related mandates in the asset management sector, including advising a British clearing broker on clearing services for a large German AIFM. ‘Quantitatively and qualitatively always very good’ if not ‘excellent lawyer’ Christian Schmies is ‘very quick, contentwise always on the ball, has good connections with the supervisory authorities and is willing to represent the opinion of clients’; according to competitors he will ‘shape investment fund law’. Thomas Paul is a ‘UCITS expert’ and Edgar Wallach is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Edgar Wallach - Hengeler Mueller

Thomas Paul - Hengeler Mueller

Next generation lawyers

Christian Schmies - Hengeler Mueller

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Lending and borrowing
Banking and finance: Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s ‘excellent’ financing team is noted for its ‘very good, very professional collaboration’ and ‘good advice primarily in the areas of syndicated loans, acquisition finance and Schuldschein loans’. It advises on carve-outs, for example advising Waterland Private Equity on the financing aspects of the carve-out of MEDIAN Akutkrankenhäuser into the newly founded and independent emergency hospital group ATOS, which is held and developed by Waterland, and also in takeover situations, for example assisting KION with the €3bn syndicated bridge loan for the financing of the acquisition of Dematic. Expertise furthermore lies in bank bond financing; the firm advised Braas Monier on the refinancing via a syndicated loan and a high-yield bond with collateral security ranking pari passu. Also in complicated market environments, such as solar and steel, the team handles syndicated loans for clients including SMA Solar Technology and Schmolz + Bickenbach. Also noteworthy is its advice to a banking syndicate consisting of Citigroup Global Markets, Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Bank Luxembourg regarding a €3.5bn term loan and revolving credit facilities with currency option for ZF Friedrichshafen under Thomas Cron and Nikolaus Vieten’s lead. The practice saw increased work in the issuing of Schuldschein loans and here advised mobilcom-debitel, freenet and Phoenix Pharmahandel, amongst others. Johannes Tieves has an ‘excellent sense for the economic side of finance structures and considerations’ and is ‘somebody who always looks carefully at how to reach a result and in the process has outstanding ideas’. Ralph Defren is also recommended and the ‘rising’ Daniela Böning, who was promoted to partner at the start of 2017, is considered a ‘name to note for the future’.

Leading individuals

Johannes Tieves - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Capital markets

Debt capital markets
Capital markets: Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s debt capital market practice is ‘excellent overall’ and particularly noted for the ‘generally high level of quality’ and ‘good out-of-the-box thinking’. The team advises both on stand-alone and programme issuances and saw another increase in hybrid bond matters, such as assisting Lanxess with the issuance of a €500m hybrid bond for the financing of the take-over of Chemtura. With expertise both on the banks’ and issuers’ side, the firm also advised the banking syndicate on the issuance of a €300m bond of TUI and acted for Braas Monier regarding a €435m bond. A highlight was advising NatWest Markets on the transfer of 18 of the bonds issued by RWE at a total nominal value of €10bn to innogy after an approval resolution of the bond holders had taken place in 16 cases, the largest liability management transaction of a company outside of the financial sector in Europe to date. Also noteworthy is the firm’s advice to agent Deutsche Bank Luxembourg regarding the placement of a €3.6bn-equivalent PIK toggle bond for IHO Holding (a group of holding companies indirectly owned by the Schaeffler family). Hendrik Haag is considered ‘an institution’ in capital markets law. Dirk Bliesener is also recognised as ‘leading’; Daniela Böning was promoted to partner at the start of 2017.

Leading individuals

Hendrik Haag - Hengeler Mueller

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Equity capital markets
Capital markets: Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Also in equity capital markets matters Hengeler Mueller’s ‘practically oriented transactional lawyers’ provide a ‘high service level’ marked by ‘high standards, professional cooperation and a solution-oriented approach’. The team recently demonstrated its expertise in IPOs when advising innogy on its prominent IPO with a total placement volume of €5bn in collaboration with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Slaughter and May. On the banking side it also assisted J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley with the plans and preparations for the IPO of BSN Medical, which in the course of a dual-track procedure was not completed due to the acquisition by Svenska Cellulosa. The firm also advises in the context of public takeovers, such as for Linde regarding its planned merger with Praxair via share exchange under a new holding entity, and in connection with capital markets restructurings, for instance for METRO concerning the division of the METRO Group with the planned subsequent IPO of the new METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist. Clients who sought advice on capital increases include KION and Brass Monier and the firm advises the syndicate banks on Deutsche Bank’s proposed capital increase with subscription rights at a volume of €8bn. The team is ‘effective, precise and matter-of-fact’ and is centred around Reinhold Ernst, Dirk Busch, Wolfgang Groß and the ‘very prudent and pragmatic’ Alexander Rang.

Leading individuals

Reinhold Ernst - Hengeler Mueller

Wolfgang Groß - Hengeler Mueller

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Rang - Hengeler Mueller

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Structured finance and securitisation
Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller continues to be considered one of the first addresses for innovative, complex transactions in the area of structure finance and securitisations. A focus lies on the development, restructuring and expansion of asset-based commercial paper programmes and other forms of asset-based financings. The firm often advises on the securitisation of trade receivables, frequently at the pan-European level and with a private equity context, and on the securitisation of leasing receivables and also consumer credits, such as advising abcbank regarding the securitisation of leasing receivables of the bank and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on the securitisation of consumer credits of CreditPlus Bank. Another highlight was assisting Bank of America Merrill Lynch with a CMBS transaction: the securitisation of the loan to Lorac Investment via Taurus 2016-2. Other expertise lies in RMBS transactions, structured covered bonds and synthetic securitisations. Stefan Krauss gives advice ‘at the highest level’ and is recognised as a ‘strong name’ in the market. Martin Geiger is also recommended, but is mainly based at the London office.

Leading individuals

Martin Geiger - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations
Internal investigations - ranked: tier 5

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s expertise covers fraud and corruption, antitrust and sanction violation matters alongside money laundering and social security status checks. In prominent work, the practice assisted Robert Bosch with an internal investigation into alleged emission manipulation in diesel cars, which included criminal and product liability issues. The team also advised an international engineering and planning services provider on a compliance investigation into procurement violations alongside corruption matters, and acted for another client in World Bank investigations on corruption and submission fraud. Key figures include Vera Jungkind and Dirk Uwer as well as Fabian Alexander Quast, who was made partner in January 2017.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate
Corporate and shareholder disputes - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Corporate and M&A: Corporate - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Recognised as a ‘market leader’, Hengeler Mueller handles numerous court proceedings and stands out for its advice on corporate structures. A highlight in this area was advising RWE on a comprehensive carve-out by bundling the renewable energy, grid and infrastructure segment with the sales business to enable the IPO; the instruction, which was led by Hartwin Bungert, included 60 intragroup mergers, spin-offs, changes in legal form, buy-ins and divestments. After already advising Metro on the spin-off of its wholesale business the client now retained the firm for assistance with the founding of the joint venture RTG Retail Trade Group with five other trading companies to bundle central functional areas. Porsche is a long-term client of Gerd Sassenrath and Markus Meier, who assist it in both contentious and non-contentious corporate matters. Key figures of the strikingly large team are also the Düsseldorf-based Andreas Austmann, Rainer Krause and Maximilan Schiessl and the Munich-based Jochen Vetter and Simon Patrick Link. In Frankfurt, Lucina Berger made partner in early 2017.

Leading individuals

Maximilian Schiessl - Hengeler Mueller

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M&A: Large domestic deals (€500m+)
Corporate and M&A: M&A: Large domestic deals (€500m+) - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

German law firm Hengeler Mueller is undoubtedly one of the leading M&A firms on the national level, not least because of the sheer number of deals. Clients such as Axel Springer, Knorr-Bremse, thyssenkrupp and rail logistics and wagon hire company VTG recently retained the group for transactions. Emanuel Strehle and Christof Jäckle advised Deutsche Telekom on the €600m sale of internet provider Strato to United Internet; and Maximilian Schiessl assisted Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology’s public takeover bid for Busch Vacuumpumpen und Systeme, with the second takeover bid exceeding €1bn. The majority of the firm’s lawyers are regularly involved in M&A transactions, with Daniela Favoccia, Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain and recently made-up partner Martin Ulbrich particularly recommended.

Leading individuals

Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain - Hengeler Mueller

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M&A: Large international deals (€500m+)
Corporate and M&A: M&A: Large international deals (€500m+) - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

The German full-service firm Hengeler Mueller is also in demand on the international stage: The group acted in over 70 countries in recent years. For example, Fresenius Helios retained the group for advice on the €5.76bn acquisition of the largest private hospital operator in Spain, Quirónsalud, from CVC Capital Partners and its managing director. A sale with Chinese participation was handled for Robert Bosch: The company sold the previously spun-off business unit Starter Motors Generators to a Chinese buyer consortium for €545m. An example of a merger is the €38.18m merger of equals of Linde, the firm’s client, and Praxair through a share exchange under the umbrella of a new holding company. In addition, the group assisted some private equity funds with large-cap deals, for example KKR with the €1.1bn acquisition of Airbus’ defence electronics business. Advisors on this instruction include Martin Ulbrich, who made partner in early 2017, and Maximilian Schiessl. Also recommended are Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain, energy expert Nicolas Böhm and Matthias Hentzen, who specialises in restructuring-related M&A transactions.

Leading individuals

Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain - Hengeler Mueller

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M&A: mid-sized domestic deals (€100m-€500m)
#Corporate and M&A: M&A: mid-sized domestic deals (€100m-€500m) - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

A ‘top law firm’ for M&A transactions, Hengeler Mueller enjoys a strong reputation among competitors, while clients attest to a ‘good selection of lawyers both in terms of number and seniority’. Recently, the MEDIAN group was advised on the acquisition of and the merger with AHG Allgemeine Hospitalgesellschaft; LEG Immobilien on the joint venture with B&O Service und Messtechnik; and Knorr-Bremse on the acquisition of the electrical systems business from Vossloh. Lawyers with M&A expertise are available at all four offices: in Munich, Jochen Vetter is recommended, Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain is considered a ‘strong negotiator’ and Martin Ulbrich made partner in early 2017, while Andreas Hoger is considered a next generation lawyer in Frankfurt.

Leading individuals

Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain - Hengeler Mueller

Next generation lawyers

Andreas Hoger - Hengeler Mueller

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M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m)
Corporate and M&A: M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m) - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

With a very high dealflow, Hengeler Mueller once again secures a leading position. The German firm has a strong network of international law firms, with whom it cooperates as needed; for example, it advised Konecranes on the €230m sale of Stahl CraneSystems to Columbus McKinnon, which involved a total of ten countries. Another seller-side instruction was the assistance rendered to SGL Group concerning the €350m sale of the graphite electrodes business to Showa Denko, while the firm acted for the seller, the Chinese Dare group, in the €139m acquisition of automotive supplier Carcoustics from AlpInvest Partners. An example for a merger is advising Epigenomics, which accepted a voluntary public tender offer made by Summit Hero Holding for all outstanding shares. While a large number of partners are involved in M&A transactions, Daniela Favoccia, Andreas Hoger and Peter Weyland are particularly recommended in the Frankfurt office. In Munich, Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain is a ‘skilled negotiator’ and Georg Frowein regularly acts on share deals in the energy, raw materials and real estate sectors. Annika Clauss and Martin Ulbrich made partner in early 2017.

Leading individuals

Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain - Hengeler Mueller

Next generation lawyers

Andreas Hoger - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Dispute resolution

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

Hengeler Mueller

Handling party representation and arbitrator instructions, Hengeler Mueller’s Henning Bälz and Johanna Wirth have been representing Deutsche Telekom and Toll Collect in arbitration proceedings pertaining to the German truck toll system and its delayed start including contract infringements and IP matters. In other significant work, Markus Meier filed an arbitration claim for a German client to enforce payments following a private equity transaction, and Carsten van de Sande acted for a German bank in a DIS arbitration pertaining to tax refund claims. In ICC arbitration, Philipp Hanfland defended a biotechnology company against claims under a co-operation and licensing agreement. Peter Heckel is described as ‘excellent’.

Leading individuals

Markus Meier - Hengeler Mueller

Next generation lawyers

Philipp Hanfland - Hengeler Mueller

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller provides ‘a very high service level and keeps deadlines reliably’. Noted for its ‘structured and convincing arguments’, the team has a strong profile for class actions, including antitrust damage claims, and for liability claim enforcements in the automotive sector. In recent work, the team defended the sugar producer Nordzucker against damage claims following antitrust procedures, while Markus Meier and Gerd Sassenrath have been representing Porsche Automobil Holding in several prominent proceedings including the defence against dieselgate-related damage claims, various corporate disputes and in criminal proceedings against former board members. Together with Philipp Hanfland, Meier has also been representing the car manufacturer in legal actions brought by investors regarding emissions manipulation allegations resulting in falling stock prices. In other work, Hanfland defended a real estate company against claims made in connection with a loan agreement. Other clients include Uber and Sal. Oppenheim. Henning Bälz and Carsten van de Sande are recommended. Vanessa Wettner moved to WilmerHale.

Leading individuals

Markus Meier - Hengeler Mueller

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Financial services litigation
Dispute resolution: financial services litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Praised for its ‘strong practical sense’, the ‘excellent’ team at Hengeler Mueller stands out for its expertise in capital markets disputes and has a strong profile for class actions. Recently, ‘very experienced litigator’ Markus Meier acted for Morgan Stanley in prospectus liability claims brought by approximately 400 investors concerning the open-ended property fund P2 Value, while Peter Heckel represented Deutsche Bank in a class action on the prospectus liability of Deutsche Telekom. Philipp Hanfland defended the same client against claims made in conjunction with the takeover bid for Deutsche Postbank, while the bank J. Safra Sarasin continues to receive assistance with matters pertaining to the sale of Cum-Ex products including the defence against investor claims and the assertion of insurance law compensation claims. Carsten van de Sande’s defence of a German financial institution against several investor claims for index-based financial products in Germany and Austria is equally noteworthy. Johanna Wirth is recommended.

Leading individuals

Markus Meier - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

Hengeler Mueller

Transactions - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

At Hengeler Mueller, energy companies receive a ‘fast and technical service at a high level’, characterised by an ‘extremely high level of business sense and advice by perception’. Clients particularly appreciate the working structure consisting of ‘small teams with a high level of commitment and expertise’. ‘Precise’ Düsseldorf-based commercial lawyer Hartwin Bungert is a ‘good analyst’ with ‘extremely good legal knowledge and a phenomenal memory, which is particularly positive for long-term clients’. Recently, he advised RWE and innogy on their €5bn reorganisation in over ten countries; innogy’s first IPO was handled by Frankfurt-based capital markets experts Wolfgang Groß and Alexander Rang (the latter has ‘extraordinarily good prospectus law knowledge’ and is regarded as ‘extremely strong in financing matters’). Also involved in the restructuring was corporate lawyer Andreas Austmann, who ‘offers pragmatic and swift solutions’ and is highlighted for his ‘extraordinary company law knowledge’. Another highlight, led by the Berlin-based Nicolas Böhm, was advising China Three Gorges on the €1.7bn acquisition of BCP Meerwind Luxembourg, owner of Meerwind wind farm. On the regulatory side, energy lawyer Dirk Uwer represented TenneT in several cases concerning the grid connection of offshore wind farms as well as complaints against the exemption from network charges determined by the federal network agency.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Hengeler Mueller

Transactions - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Traditionally strong in transactions, Hengeler Mueller has an excellent track record in the health sector. For example, it advised the Dutch HAL Investments on the sale of the entire share capital held in AudioNova International to Sonova. It was lead counsel on the acquisition and integration of MEDIAN Gruppe, of which Waterland Private Equity is the major shareholder, with Allgemeine Hospitalgesellschaft. Other areas of focus are pharma, hospital, medical products and laboratory regulations. Dirk Uwer led representation of Sanofi Aventis in administrative proceedings concerning the early commercialisation permission. Wolfgang Spoerr represented several clients in social and criminal law proceedings concerning bogus self-employment. Other highlights included assisting Sonic Healthcare with acquiring laboratory group Staber and Medizinisches Labor Bremen as well as advising health insurance provider AOK Bayern on the provision of general practitioner care. In the e-health field, the group acted for the Dutch Royal Philips concerning its health and lifestyle app market entry.

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Telecoms
Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Hengeler Mueller

In the telecoms sector, Hengeler Mueller is particularly rated for transactions: Albrecht Conrad assisted freenet with the acquisition of a stake in Swiss telecoms provider Sunrise Communications, which also included handling questions concerning the Swiss frequency allocation. He was also lead advisor of mobilcom-debitel on the establishment of a strategic partnership with Capita Customer Services through the outsourcing of business processes in customer service. Regulatory matters are covered by Wolfgang Spoerr, who recently represented Tele Columbus in a dispute with the media authority of Berlin-Brandenburg concerning feed-in tariff conditions.

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Germany: Insurance

Advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 2

Hengeler Mueller

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.

Leading individuals

Daniel Wilm - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Intellectual property

Patent litigation
Intellectual property: patent litigation - ranked: tier 4

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s patent practice led by renowned Düsseldorf-based practice head Wolfgang Kellenter was again active in numerous matters for collecting societies. It represented IPCom in three infringement proceedings against Nokia, Apple and HTC and advised FIPA in patent infringement proceedings against Sony Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. Other highlights besides acting for General Electrics in several infringement proceedings also included advising Saint-Gobain Abrasives and Piaggio. The client portfolio is furthermore comprised of Sisvel, BRITA and N&W Global Vending, among others.

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Germany: Media

Entertainment
Media: Entertainment - ranked: tier 4

Hengeler Mueller

Also in the media segment Hengeler Mueller’s ‘service is outstanding, both in the quality of the advice and the uncomplicated collaboration’. Recently the team surrounding the well regarded Albrecht Conrad, which is ‘big enough to also handle extensive mandates within a reasonable timeframe while maintaining a top quality’, particularly focused on contractual and copyright advice for content platforms and media and telecoms companies, such as assisting the Federal Association of Organisers of Musical Performances with negotiations with VG Media regarding the public broadcast of radio and TV and representing CTS Eventim in extrajudicial negotiations with GEMA concerning copyright remuneration for music playback at concerts. Another client is Vodafone Kabel Deutschland Unterhaltungsshow regarding the declaration of rights for new TV and OTT products during negotiations with collecting societies and broadcasting companies. Wolfgang Spoerr is also recommended.

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Germany: Public sector

PPP
Public sector: PPP - ranked: tier 3

Hengeler Mueller

At Hengeler Mueller, PPP projects are mainly handled by Berlin-based public sector expert Jan Bonhage and Düsseldorf-based regulatory lawyer Dirk Uwer. Bonhage handles advice and representation of Deutsche Telekom as shareholder of Toll Collect regarding the truck toll system and represents Wall in proceedings concerning the new concession contract for advertising on the city of Mannheim’s publicly held spaces between 2019 and 2022. Uwer advises Kohlberg Kravis Roberts on security-relevant and confidentiality contracts with the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the acquisition of Airbus’ defence electronics division.

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Planning and environment
Public sector: Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Hengeler Mueller

In the area of environmental and planning law, Hengeler Mueller mainly deals with instructions from the energy industry concerning infrastructure operations, with product and waste legislation being an area of focus. Berlin-based partners Jan Bonhage and Wolfgang Spoerr advise the company behind the project Nordstream 2 on the approval documents for the environmental impact assessment. The latter also represented the municipality of Freigericht during a mediation procedure regarding an urban development contract, after a referendum sought a ruling on guidelines against the dismantling plan. Environmental and product law specialist Fabian Quast, who is based in Berlin and was made partner in 2017, together with Thomas Schmidt-Kötters and Vera Jungkind in Düsseldorf, advises Robert Bosch on product and criminal law with regards to allegations of exhaust emission manipulation in diesel vehicles. Another highlight was advice on the German drink deposit law in the context of recycling, where Dirk Uwer acted for BHJ Corporate Finance.

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Public procurement
Public sector: Public procurement - ranked: tier 5

Hengeler Mueller

Public sector: state aid - ranked: tier 1

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller is ‘excellent’, as the group ‘convinces above all with expertise, high-quality work results and short processing times’. Jan Bonhage has a ‘very good understanding of corporate processes and the clients’ concerns’; most recently, he represented Deutsche Telekom as a shareholder of Toll Collect, which participated in the Federal Republic of Germany’s award proceedings for the truck toll and in the related review proceedings before the Federal Procurement Chamber. Other work included assisting DONG Energy with tendering offshore large-scale wind farm projects. The JCDecaux-Gruppe’s subsidiary Wall is a long-term client.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate and construction: Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller’s clients appreciate the firm’s ‘excellent work attitude and top expertise’; it provides a ‘very good service’. Daniel Kress, who divides his time between Frankfurt and London and is recommended for his ‘expertise in handling share deal transactions’, assisted Frasers Hospitality Asset Management with the acquisition of the Maritim hotel in Dresden, which constituted the company’s entry into the German market. In other significant work, Thomas Müller advised several real estate funds managed by Blackstone on the acquisition of OfficeFirst Immobilien from IVG Immobilien, and, in a separate matter, he assisted Blackstone with the purchase and the financing of a German-Dutch commercial property portfolio from Hansteen Holdings. Frank Burmeister acted for FDM Management in the acquisition of the nine-piece Interhotel portfolio in eastern Germany from Starwood Capital and Brookfield for over €800m.

Leading individuals

Thomas Müller - Hengeler Mueller

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring
Restructuring and insolvency: Restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Hengeler Mueller

Well established firmHengeler Mueller is recommended for its ‘high quality, sound and focused working methods’ and able to ‘efficiently handle large restructurings’. The team enjoys a prominent presence particularly in Frankfurt and is well versed in financial restructurings, restructuring opinions and, due to its close cooperation with the offices in Brussels and London, in distressed cross-border M&A transcations. The client portfolio includes banking syndicates, companies, financial investors and insolvency administrators. In one of the most recent highlights Daniel Weiß advised US financial investor Blackstone as sponsor in connection with the restructuring of the Jack Wolfskin group. He also assisted an international automotive supplier with the corporate restructuring and sale of its assets. The team has additional expertise in the restructuring of non-performing loans; it advised a banking syndicate on the restructuring of a syndicated loan. Nikolaus Vieten and Johannes Tieves are two other key figures.

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Hengeler Mueller

  • Hengeler Mueller advises hGears on refinancing

    hGears Holding GmbH has successfully concluded a group financing by way of a syndicated loan in replacement of existing facilities. Syndicate banks are HSH Nordbank AG and SEB AG.
    - Hengeler Mueller

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