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Noerr

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Germany

Antitrust
Antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

Under Alexander Birnstiel’s lead Noerr primarily advises German clients on merger control, antitrust proceedings, sanctioning proceedings, damage claims and compliance with ‘great competence, a quick service and pleasant level of communication’. The firm also enjoys a good reputation in distribution antitrust law. It represents baked confectionary producer Bahlsen and its former sales manager in administrative offence proceedings regarding the exchange of sensitive information; the team also appealed the fine notice imposed by the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf in the context of the confectionary cartel. As a result of the fine notice against the picture tube cartel the firm also claimed damages for electrical equipment trading company EP:Electronic Partner against LG, Philipps and Technicolor. For Fresenius Kabi it developed an antitrust compliance programme in various jurisdictions and also advised on its implementation. Well regarded Karsten Metzlaff is based in Hamburg, while Fabian Badtke, who was promoted to partner, is building and expanding the antitrust practice in Frankfurt.

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Providing a ‘first-class service’, Noerr regularly acts for listed companies, banks and manufacturing groups. With particular expertise in cross-border internal investigations, noteworthy instructions included advising a German listed company on an internal investigation with Lars Kutzner in the lead, and Christian Pelz’s assistance of a German mechanical engineering company with an internal investigation pertaining to suspected antitrust violations and the betrayal of company and trade secrets. In other work, the team represented a company in an administrative customs and energy tax audit. Team head Torsten Fett is singled out for his ‘ability to process complex and technical issues quickly’ and for his ‘in-depth knowledge and quick comprehension’, while clients appreciate the ‘pragmatic solutions’ provided by ‘client-oriented’ senior associate Laura Görtz. Sophia Habbe and Fabian Badtke were elevated to the partnership in early 2017.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Noerr’s ‘exceptionally good’ employment law team demonstrates ‘deep economic understanding’ and is noted for its ‘partner-focused approach with fair hourly rates’. Having specialist expertise in the aviation, food, financial, insurance, health, automotive and technology industries, the team advised ERGO Versicherungsgruppe on a major restructuring project, and assisted a technology company with the co-ordination of an employee participation procedure in several countries as part of a Societas Europaea (SE) transformation. Team head Andreas Butz has ‘a good sense for feasible solutions, which he then implements with a high degree of assertiveness’. Other key individuals include the ‘objective, competent and target-orientedHans-Christoph Schimmelpfennig, Patrick Mückl, who ‘always goes the extra mile to find practical solutions’, and the ‘reliable, quick and very experienced’ Tillmann Hecht. Apart from having a strong team at partner level, the practice also expanded its junior level significantly.

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Non-profit
Non-profit - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Under the lead of Lutz Schmidt and Wolfram Theiss, Noerr’s practice continues its close integration of advice on foundation law, tax matters and asset succession. The team has particular experience with the use of non-profit-making limited liability companies in succession planning and the establishment of foundations.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

Noerr

Noerr’s ‘proactive and service-oriented approach’ when acting on mid-cap transactions is particularly noteworthy. However, the practice has a broad foundation and includes growth instructions as well as high-volume private equity property transactions and fund structuring. Current highlights are advising VR Equitypartner on the acquisition of a shareholding in Grundig Business Systems with a reverse holding of the seller and management, as well as assisting Bridgepoint Development Capital with the acquisition of Kreuzfahrtberater.de. An example for an exit is advising AURELIUS Equity Opportunities on the €185m sale of the SECOP group to Nidec. The ‘excellent’ Georg Schneider, Hans Radau and Dominik Rompza are particularly recommended.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

Providing full-service advice, Noerr frequently handles transactions and tax structuring matters. Auditor and tax advisor Georg Edelmann co-heads the team with tax advisor Carsten Heinz; the former assisted the Dutch real estate investment group Geneba Properties with the sale of its 93% share in the leasing company MoTo Objekt Campeon to Infineon Technologies, while the latter advised Patron Capital Partners on tax law matters involved in the sale of Campus West in Munich and the sale of the office building Connect, also in Munich. As another area of expertise, the team is well versed in dealing with compliance and criminal tax issues: significant instructions included assisting a major German bank with the full audit of its tax compliance system and Christian Pelz’s assistance to a DAX company with a tax self-disclosure pertaining to the violation of deduction prohibitions at a subsidiary including the subsequent representation of the client in a criminal investigation. Martin Haisch joined the team from Dechert LLP in March 2017.

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Trade and distribution
Trade and distribution - ranked: tier 1

Noerr

Foreign trade law - ranked: tier 1

Noerr

Noerr’s commercial and distribution law team is noted for its strong national client base and its ‘service-oriented’ approach. Recently, franchise expert Karsten Metzlaff represented Wax in the City against an Austrian franchisee in a dispute about the extraordinary termination of a franchise contract. In Frankfurt am Main, Albin Ströbl predominantly acts for automotive sector players in various commercial and distribution law matters, while compliance advice is becoming increasingly important in the foreign trade law space. Bärbel Sachs advised an international compressor manufacturer on compliance and customs law issues, and, together with Christian Pelz, she also advised SIG Sauer on issues pertaining to alleged illegal arms deliveries. Internal changes include Sylvia Kaufhold’s and Tilmann Walz’s departure to work independently and Tom Billing’s elevation to the partnership.

Leading individuals

Albin Ströbl - Noerr

Karsten Metzlaff - Noerr

Next generation lawyers

Bärbel Sachs - Noerr

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Germany: Banking and finance

Financial services: regulatory
Banking and finance: financial services: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

Noerr’s growing regulatory practice has particular expertise in the area of payment services, often advises on digitalisation in the banking area and thereby also focuses on the FinTech sector, such as providing comprehensive assistance to FinTech start-up Joinesty with its German and European roll-out, including regulatory matters. Expertise also lies in giving compliance advice in the area of investment services with increased work in connection with MiFID II, and another prominent topic in recent mandates was Brexit. Occasionally the firm advises in the context of transactions, such as advising Volkswagen Financial Services on all regulatory matters concerning the fuel card payment system in the course of the acquisition of a strategic participation in LogPay Transport Services. The ‘active’ Jens Kunz has ‘good knowledge’ and heads the practice together with Torsten Fett. The team has been strengthened significantly in recent times: in November 2016 it gained Stefan Gebauer, previously at the Vereinigung Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse, the umbrella organisation of the Stuttgart Stock Exchange group, as of counsel with expertise in compliance and regulatory law; in March 2017 Martin Haisch joined from Dechert LLP, who besides investment tax law also has regulatory expertise; and in April 2017 financial regulatory lawyer Kai-Michael Hingst arrived from White & Case LLP’s former Hamburg office.

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Lending and borrowing
Banking and finance: Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

At Noerrthe complete package is just right’: The ‘very innovative’ team, which places a focus on real estate financings but also handles corporate and acquisition financings, is ‘very competitive with high personal engagement of all lawyers’, ‘extremely competent and yet pragmatic’ and was able to ‘take a big step forward’ and gain ‘much visibility’. The firm was able to position itself particularly on the banking side, such as by advising LBBW and Siemens Bank on the financing of the acquisition of the Dieter Braun group by DBAG, and recently also assisting LBBW with the financing of a high-volume real estate transaction, the takeover of the City Carré in Magdeburg by the British investor REVCAP. Other clients include NordLB and BayernLB. On the corporate side the team advised Scout 24 on the signing of a new syndicated loan agreement with new credit lines over €800m, and handled an international financing transaction for Novelis. Andreas Naujoks (‘high competency; very pragmatic and systematic in his approach; good ideas’) heads the expanding team, which also includes the frequently recommended Tom Beckerhoff and the ‘very pragmatic and resolute’ Nikolai Warneke, who was promoted to partner at the start of 2017. The practice furthermore gained Kai-Michael Hingst in April 2017 with the takeover of White & Case LLP’s former Hamburg office; associated partner Torsten Werhahn is also recommended.

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Germany: Capital markets

Equity capital markets
Capital markets: Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 5

Noerr

With a ‘big readiness to assist clientsNoerr provides ‘excellent advice’ on equity capital markets matters and was again able to position itself in advising on IPOs: The firm assisted trivago with its €430m IPO and listing on the NASDAQ in New York. Other expertise lies in public M&A transactions and delistings. Besides key client Oddo Seydler, the practice also gained Berenberg Bank and Baader Bank as two further banks in its portfolio. Additionally the team was significantly strengthened with the takeover of White & Case LLP’s Hamburg office in April 2017, which included the arrival of capital markets expert Volker Land. Holger Alfes is considered an ‘experienced lawyer, who identifies potential problems’.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations
Internal investigations - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

The ‘focussed and well-functioning’ team at Noerr is well equipped to guide clients through cross-border internal investigations which was demonstrated by Lars Kutzner advising a listed German company on internal investigations, and by Christian Pelz assisting a German engineering company with an internal investigation following suspected antitrust violations, submission fraud and the betrayal of business and trade secrets. Equally noteworthy, the team led by the recommended Torsten Fett acted for a company in an administrative customs and energy tax investigation. In January 2017, the practice expanded its pool of partners by promoting Sophia Habbe and Fabian Badtke. Senior associate Laura Görtz is recommended.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate
Corporate and M&A: Corporate - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

By offering ‘in-depth legal knowledge’, a ‘strong partner participation’ and ‘excellent strategic advice’, Noerr establishes close relationships with clients. The corporate law group is increasingly active in corporate liability matters and has recently handled numerous conversions, such as Hello Fresh’s change of legal form into an SE. The ‘creative’ and ‘solution-oriented’ Christian Pleister led advice on this matter as well as on the client’s extraordinary general assembly; he and Alexander Hirsch are ‘ver y well versed in international business’. Other 2016 highlights are advising trivago on the corporate reorganisation in connection with the client’s IPO and assessing the Commerzbank executive board’s liability for penalties incurred in the US. Team changes include the arrival of Volker Land with his team from White & Case LLP in April 2017 and the promotion of Sophia Habbe to equity partner and of Katrin Andrä and Sebastian Schürer to associated partners in the beginning of 2017.

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M&A: Large domestic deals (€500m+)
Corporate and M&A: M&A: Large domestic deals (€500m+) - ranked: tier 2

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Indispensable for a national M&A ranking is Noerr. Christian Pleister is leading advice – since late 2015 – to Bremer Kreditbank concerning the acquisition of Bankhaus Neelmeyer from UniCredit and Michael Brellochs’ assistance rendered to ARAG Lebensversicherung concerning the sale of the company to Heidelberger Leben is well known in the market. Florian Becker and Alexander Hirsch co-lead the group, which recently saw the addition of Martin Haisch from Dechert and Volker Land from White & Case LLP.

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M&A: Large international deals (€500m+)
Corporate and M&A: M&A: Large international deals (€500m+) - ranked: tier 2

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With Noerr, a German law firm is also at the top of the international large-cap ranking, as the quality of the advice is ‘measured against international standards’. Therefore, some clients highlight the ‘very good value for money’ offered by the group led by Alexander Hirsch and Florian Becker. One of the largest transactions handled by the group in 2017 was the $2bn sale of Johnson Controls subsidiary Scott Safety to 3M, with the group advising the seller. Assistance to the former Lazada shareholders concerning the $1.5bn sale to Alibaba was rendered, among others, by Christian Pleister; he is recommended along with Gerald Reger. In the first half of 2017, the group added two partners: Martin Haisch came from Dechert and Volker Land from White & Case LLP; in addition, Katrin Andrä and Sebastian Schürer made associated partner.

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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

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Alexander Hirsch and the ‘very efficient and pragmatic’ Florian Becker lead Noerr’s M&A practice, which impresses with a ‘very good service level, high competence and good industry knowledge’. Becker led advice to Passauer Neue Presse in a much-noticed transaction in the newspaper industry, the acquisition of Donaukurier Verlagsgruppe. Another highlight was assisting Volkswagen Financial Services with the acquisition of around 51% of shares held in LogPay Transport Services. With six German offices and expertise in a broad range of sectors, the firm is well positioned to handle national transactions. Additions to the team include Martin Haisch, who came from Dechert in March 2017, and, a month later, Volker Land from White & Case LLP. Internally, Katrin Andrä and Sebastian Schürer were promoted to associated partners at the beginning of 2017.

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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 5

Noerr

Noerr sets high standards in advising large German companies as well as assisting financial investors with cross-border transactions with ‘high competence and good industry knowledge’. A core client is Daimler, for example. A joint venture was established on behalf of Kieser Training, which teamed up with the project developer ESI Euro Sino Invest in order to enter the Chinese market. The ‘very efficient and pragmatic’ Florian Becker advised Shanghai Electroc on the €174m acquisition of the Broetje Automation Group from Deutsche Beteiligungs AG and other co-investors. He and Alexander Hirsch co-lead the M&A group, which grew with the additions of Martin Haisch from Dechert in March 2017 and of Volker Land from White & Case LLP in April 2017. Also recommended are Christian Pleister and Christoph Spiering; Katrin Andrä and Sebastian Schürer made partner in early 2017.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Dispute resolution: arbitration (including international arbitration) - ranked: tier 4

Noerr

The ‘good’ team at Noerr handles party representation and arbitrator mandates and expanded its pool of partners by elevating Julia Sophia Habbe to the partnership. As another key individual of the team, Anke Meier focuses on national and international trade and investment arbitration.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Noerr frequently handles bank and capital markets-related litigation alongside contentious product liability and insurance law matters. Christine Volohonsky has been representing an international trading group in various contentious issues pertaining to a joint venture, and acted for Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig before the Court of Appeals in London for payment claims from derivatives. Stefan Blum defended Sal. Oppenheim against several damage claims brought by investors for alleged faulty investment advice provided on Oppenheim-Esch fund matters, while team head Michael Molitoris represented various companies of an international automotive supplier in product liability proceedings for airbags including recall negotiations and recourse claims. Other key individuals include Oliver Sieg and newly promoted partner Sophia Habbe.

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Financial services litigation
Dispute resolution: financial services litigation - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

Acting for a number of well-known clients including Deutsche Bank and Sal. Oppenheim, Noerr has been representing the former financial institution in capital markets proceedings concerning alleged prospectus errors of the real estate fund IVG EuroSelect 14 (The Gherkin) with Hans Christian Kirchner, Kolja Dörrscheidt and team head Michael Molitoris in the lead. The latter bank instructed Stefan Blum to act in several defence proceedings against claims for damages brought by a number of investors for alleged erroneous investment advice related to the so-called Oppenheim-Esch funds.

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Product liability
Dispute resolution: Product liability - ranked: tier 1

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Noerr has a fine reputation in the market and is particularly rated for its automotive sector expertise: team head Michael Molitoris represented the German and EMEA companies of an international automotive supplier in a product liability procedure concerning passenger protection systems, including proceedings on recalls and recourse claims. The team also acted for another global automotive supplier in out-of-court negotiations and mediation with a car manufacturer for product liability and warranty claims on air conditioner condensers, and, with Thomas Klindt and associated partner Susanne Wende in the lead, the practice also assisted a home appliance manufacturer in a worldwide product recall. MAN Diesel & Turbo received advice on product liability matters including product recalls for the two business units Truck & Bus and Diesel & Turbo, while a major German toy manufacturer instructed the team to defend against recall requests brought by German and French market surveillance authorities for supposedly dangerous toys.

Next generation lawyers

Susanne Wende - Noerr

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Germany: IT and outsourcing

Data protection
IT and outsourcing: data protection - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Noerr combines ‘outstanding expertise’ in data protection matters with an ‘excellent service level’: The ‘always ready and available’ team assists domestic and international industry giants across various sectors with GDPR questions, international data transfer, IT security and data protection compliance and saw recent highlights particularly in healthcare and finance and here especially in connection with digital business models. The ‘strategic, clever, extraordinarily competent and friendlyDaniel Rücker advised an international tobacco corporation on various data protection matters. Senior associate Sebastian Dienst is considered an ‘outstanding young talent’ and is noted for his ‘business focus and good networks’.

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Information technology (including contracts)
IT and outsourcing: information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 1

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Noerr increasingly focuses on digital matters, but also continues to handle traditional IT matters with a ‘high level of expertise’ and provides its international client base with ‘good and business-oriented results both at partner and associate level’. The team led by the ‘well-versed’ Thomas Thalhofer recently demonstrated its regulatory, transactional and contractual law expertise in mandates surrounding the digitalisation of business processes in the agricultural, finance and automotive industry, addressing questions about blockchain, IoT platforms and digital IT infrastructure as well as large complex IT projects and IT disputes. It advised a leading automotive manufacturer on the digitalisation of ordering processes with the integration of electronic signatures; assisted an international medical device manufacturer with the conception and implementation of an electronic market place for apps; and prepared and negotiated cooperation agreements with an international agricultural machinery manufacturer in the area of smart farming for a DAX corporation. Peter Bräutigam is well regarded and Torsten Kraul is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Peter Bräutigam - Noerr

Next generation lawyers

Torsten Kraul - Noerr

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Outsourcing
IT and outsourcing: outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

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Noerr gives ‘flexible and quick’ advice on outsourcing matters. The team surrounding the renowned Thomas Thalhofer regularly advises on ITOs and BPOs, such as assisting Bertelsmann with the global tender for the outsourcing of WAN services; advising a facility management service provider on the preparation and negotiation of a BPO contract and regarding the migration; and handling three IT outsourcing and web hosting projects for Hapag-Lloyd. Other matters stemmed from the chemistry, finance and retail sectors.

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Utilising its public law, project finance, construction, concession agreement and dispute resolution expertise, Noerr’s energy group focuses mainly on transactions. Constitutional law expert Holger Schmitz advised the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on negotiations for the financing of the dismantling of nuclear power plants and nuclear waste disposal, which resulted in the establishment of a €24bn sovereign wealth fund in 2017. Another highlight, led by practice head Christof Federwisch, was advising Iberdrola Renovables on the acquisition of offshore wind farm project Baltic Eagle. Energy law expert Cornelia Kermel is representing EWE Netz in federal court litigation concerning the ordinance on concession fees for electricity and gas. Tibor Fedke has been acting for STEAG New Energies in procurement and commercial matters since 2016 concerning the cooperation with HEAG for the operation of a cogeneration unit and a district heating network for the electricity and heat connection of Technische Universität Darmstadt. Munich-based Christian Mayer specialises in handling energy projects in the mobility and infrastructure sector. Tom Beckerhoff joined the Frankfurt office from Ashurst LLP in the summer of 2017 and advised the European Investment Bank on the €950m refinancing of the offshore wind farm Butendiek. Fabian Raddatz left to join Labor Berlin – Charité Vivantes in November 2017, while Berlin-based Katrin Andrä made partner in early 2017.

Leading individuals

Cornelia Kermel - Noerr

Next generation lawyers

Christian Mayer - Noerr

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Telecoms
Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 1

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Transactions - ranked: tier 1

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In the telecoms sector, Noerr is particularly known for its transactional capabilities, while extending its regulatory practice as evidenced by increasingly acting on standard bidding procedures, broadcasting law and representation in regulatory procedures. The group assisted the Africa Internet Group with several financing rounds totalling over €300m, and advised Bertelsmann on the worldwide call for tenders for the outsourcing of WAN services. On the regulatory side, advising Inmarsat on a contract with the Lufthansa Group concerning the provision of broadband services was a highlight. The group’s expertise in connection with media law is showcased by advising the German society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights (GEMA) on negotiations concerning the cable retransmission remuneration and representing the client in related disputes. In other work, it continued advising NFON on contracting cloud-based telephone services. Microsoft and Easynet Global Services are also clients. Hanno Schaper and Sebastian Schürer made associated partner. Tobias Frevert handles commercial and transactional work, while Tobias Bosch is experienced in handling regulatory matters.

Leading individuals

Tobias Bosch - Noerr

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Germany: Insurance

Advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 3

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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.

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Insurance litigation
Insurance: insurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

Noerr stands out for its ‘excellent industry knowledge’, which, after Tanja Schramm’s and Henning Schaloske’s move to Clyde & Co LLP in September 2016, is predominately called upon by policyholders, while the team still maintains its close contacts with primary insurance and reinsurance companies. Oliver Sieg has been acting for an international energy company in asserting claims against fidelity insurance companies for unauthorised speculative transactions in the derivatives trading business. This competence in insurance, corporate and banking law proves to be a particular strength of the team, which is also played out in D&O, product liability and major damage sector work. In the latter segment, the team assisted an international company in the energy industry with the enforcement of a claim for damages to a hydroelectric power plant against a company and liability insurer. Thomas Heitzer heads the team, which includes the ‘very competentHelmut Katschthaler.

Leading individuals

Oliver Sieg - Noerr

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Germany: Intellectual property

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

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Noerr’s Munich-based patent law team surrounding Ralph Nack and Thomas Gniadek focuses on IT and telecoms, but also acts for clients in the life sciences sector. It has been handling patent licence disputes for Thomson Licensing against Pioneer since January 2017 and represents ParkerVision in infringement proceedings around several patents in the mobile communications area and RFID chip technology. Other clients include Data Scape, WiLAN and Japan Aviation Electronics Industry.

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Trade marks and unfair competition
Intellectual property: trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 4

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Noerr’s group ‘works perfectly together as a team’ and consists of ‘pragmatic problem solvers and strategy developers’ whose ‘service level is at the highest level’; the practice group co-led by Tobias Dolde, who leads the Alicante office, and Ralph Nack advises ‘honestly and competently’ and has a ‘good overview of relevant competitors’ thanks to its ‘broad industry knowledge’. Recent highlights include assisting Sony Pictures Animation with litigation strategies and with a trade mark licence agreement pertaining to multiple support contracts for the use of the emoji brand portfolio prior to the merchandising programme for The Emoji Movie. The group also acted for BVB Merchandising on brand matters. Christiane Zedelius is now of counsel. Associated partner Sandra Sophia Redeker and senior associate Sascha Pres have announced their departure to SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte.

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Germany: Media

Entertainment
Media: Entertainment - ranked: tier 1

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Digital content - ranked: tier 1

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Noerr conveys ‘the impression that its lawyers have the best knowledge in their areas of expertise’ and therefore provides media law ‘advice at the highest level’. The subject of digitisation featured prominently in most highlight matters of 2017, but the renowned team also continued to focus on cross-border film financings, production advice, gaming law, copyright disputes and broadcasting law as traditionally important pillars of the practice. In a recent highlight the well known Johannes Kreile issued an opinion on the legal ownership of cable retransmission rights in Germany and abroad for collecting society AGICOA Urheberrechtsschutz. Ulrich Michel, who leads the practice together with Tobias Dolde, assisted a German and an international film production company with various German film productions and also advised a private company within the framework of a cooperation regarding the development of virtual reality productions. Christian Alexander Mayer advised a German media company on various gambling services and represented a German TV channel in summary proceedings regarding the removal of apps from the app store due to alleged unlawful advertisement about sports betting. The team also demonstrated transactional expertise in its advice to A&E Television Networks concerning the acquisition of 50% of company shares in The History Channel Germany from NBC Universal. Besides his activity in media transactions and film financings Hans Radau is also particularly known for his tax expertise.

Leading individuals

Johannes Kreile - Noerr

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Germany: Private equity

Venture capital
Private equity: Venture capital - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Noerr’s excellent relationship with Rocket Internet leads to the firm’s handling of numerous financing rounds, exits and sometimes also IPOs of more mature start-ups. In this area, assisting Delivery Hero with its IPO – which had a placement volume of just under €1bn – is particularly noteworthy. The group also acts on numerous financing rounds and growth financings, such as advising the Dresden-based solar company Heliatek on a series D financing round and assisting the fintech start-up Joinsty with financing rounds. The ‘proactive’ group includes the ‘extremely service oriented, pragmatic and technically strong’ Felix Blobel, the ‘excellent’ Georg Schneider, Hans Radau and Dominik Rompza. It grew with the addition of Christoph Thiermann, who came from P+P Pöllath + Partners in September 2016.

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Germany: Public sector

Planning and environment
Public sector: Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

Noerr

Noerr handles energy and construction projects as well as product law and waste management in environmental and planning law. Christian Mayer advises a European retail group on regulatory and planning law matters concerning the development of a logistics complex on the site of the former Opel plant in Bochum, while Christof Federwisch has been assisting Iberdrola Renovables Deutschland with a planning approval procedure for the offshore wind farm Windanker since the start of 2016. Practice head Holger Schmitz also acts for the city of Potsdam with regards to the revitalisation of a barracks site for a new city district with more than 1,900 apartments. Another highlight was Florian Becker’s advice to Orlando Management, which acquired all shares in ScholzAlu Stockach; during this transaction the group also advised the client on waste disposal permits and agreements. Product law specialist Martin Ahlhaus advises Deichmann on the requirements for handled goods, according to biocide regulations. Fabian Raddatz left the firm in November 2016 and joined Labor Berlin.

Next generation lawyers

Martin Ahlhaus - Noerr

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Construction (including construction litigation)
Real estate and construction: Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 3

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Much of Noerr’s workload pertains to plant engineering and building renovation matters: Dirk Lentfer and Volker Bock continue to advise an international sports and music entertainment company on the construction of an entertainment district in Berlin. In new work, Bock is providing an international insurance company with a legal opinion for a failed power plant project. Stefan Weise handles various plant engineering and contractual matters for a number of building construction projects.

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

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Since early 2017, Annette Pospich has been co-heading Noerr’s international real estate investment team with Alexander Goepfert. She advised Art-Invest Real Estate on the acquisition of the media harbour property Wolkenbügel in Düsseldorf and the purchase of Sal Oppenheim’s office properties, while Christoph Brenzinger and René Dubois advised Allianz Real Estate and another investor on their targeted investment of €1bn into the new student housing fund The Fizz, and their acquisition of a launch portfolio. In August 2016, Michael Eggert moved to Kiermeier Haselier Grosse and Marco Winterer to Ernst & Young Law.

Leading individuals

Alexander Goepfert - Noerr

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring
Restructuring and insolvency: Restructuring - ranked: tier 3

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Noerr’s ten-partner strong practice is ‘goal-oriented and works in the interest of its clients’ and regularly handles pre-insolvency and restructuring-related matters. Since April 2017 the firm has strengthened its presence in Hamburg with a new office and expanding restructuring practice in the shipping sector. The team is also increasingly active on the banking side and in the bond segment; Thomas Hoffmann recently advised the bondholders of AEG Power Solutions on the restructuring via protective shield procedings. In another highlight Christian Pleister assisted A.T.U with the restructuring and sale to Mobivia. Marlies Raschke and Ingo Theusinger ‘work extremely well on liability matters’; Martin Kleinschmitt is another key figure. Patrick Mückl and Nikolei Warneke were promoted to partner in January 2017.

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Germany: White-collar crime

Advice to companies
White-collar crime: Advice to companies - ranked: tier 3

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Noerr’s ‘strong and dedicated’ team has considerable clout in the white-collar crime and criminal tax law arena and ‘always strives to find practical solutions’. It acts for companies as injured parties and in defence against various allegations, while, on the non-contentious side, it also possesses strong compliance capabilities, leading to regular instructions at this interface including advice on criminal risk and the implementation of compliance programmes and assistance with internal investigations. The recommended Christian Pelz defended a listed company in a preliminary investigation into allegations of corruption in various Asian and African states, while the ‘very professional and efficient’ Lars Kutzner represented a manufacturer of connectors in criminal employment, tax and social security proceedings for the potential incorrect implementation of partial retirement schemes. In other recent work, recommended senior associate Steffi Kindler acted for an international automation technology company in criminal proceedings on suspected corruption offences committed by sales associates.

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  • New Top Level Domains – Noerr expert warns against trademark infringements

    On June 13, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the names of those who have applied for a new top level domain the ending of which may be geographic, such as "munich", industry identification such as "insurance" and even all trademark names and company descriptions such as "canon" and "adidas".
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  • LAG Düsseldorf: Dismissal with immediate effect valid in response to threat

    Anyone who seriously threatens their employer or superior should expect to be dismissed with immediate effect. This was confirmed by a ruling of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Düsseldorf [Regional Labour Court of Düsseldorf] from June 8, 2017 (Az.: 11 Sa 823/16).
  • Tax evasion: Only voluntary disclosure affords protection from severe penalties

    Anyone who has been caught for tax evasion should expect to be faced with severe penalties. Voluntary disclosure is the only way of returning to a state of normal tax affairs and avoiding penalties.
  • GSK Update: AIFM Marketing in Germany - The clock is ticking for U.S. and other non-EU fund managers

    Our GSK Update informs about the impact of recent German investment fund legislation (UCITS V Implementation Act) for AIF managers, who are not domiciled in the EU (“non-EU-AIFM”) and who seek to market AIF shares in Germany in accordance with applicable German investment fund law under the EU-AIFM Directive (2011/61/EU).
  • GSK expands Luxembourg presence with a new tax partner

    Opened at the beginning of March 2016, GSK Stockmann + Kollegen continues to expand its Luxembourg office. Mathilde Ostertag recently joined the Luxembourg team of Equity Partners Dr. Marcus Peter, Andreas Heinzmann and Dr. Philipp Mößner as Local Tax Partner.
  • EIA - Strengthening the role of the public

    Among other things, the recent amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act has broadened the rights of (what is termed) the "affected public". The affected public consists primarily of various citizens' initiatives pursuing environmental or public-health purposes. It may for instance file an appeal against a negative decision at the screening stage (i.e., a decision according to which the given project does not require the issuance of an EIA report), and seek its annulment in court. The affected public has been granted a stronger voice also in subsequent procedures in which the fate of a building project is being decided: zoning proceedings and the proceedings on the issuance of a building permit. Taken together, these legislative changes may make it more difficult to implement projects which require an EIA report; in particular, the length of permission proceedings may be substantially extended.
  • New Top Level Domains – Noerr expert warns against trademark infringements

    On June 13, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the names of those who have applied for a new top level domain the ending of which may be geographic, such as "munich", industry identification such as "insurance" and even all trademark names and company descriptions such as "canon" and "adidas".
    - Noerr
  • No obligation to set up filtering systems in order to prevent copyright violations

    ECJ, decision of February 16th, 2012, ref. C-360/10 – SABAM
  • Further ECJ Ruling concerning NGO’s right of action under German environmental law

    For the second time within a short period of time, the non-governmental organisations right to challenge administrative decisions under German law is going to be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In January 2012, the German Supreme Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) referred a case to the ECJ for a preliminary ruling concerning the NGO’s right of action.
  • Lessons in Cross-Border M & A Transactions

    The fundamental advice for international business transactions is obvious and easy to understand: different countries have different laws, business habits and cultures. These differences may range from minor nuances, such as lengthy French business lunches or unusual Spanish office hours, to significant legal roadblocks, such as strict European employment laws.
  • Priority rental rights in insolvency

    Parties to rental contracts for commercial premises often agree priority rental rights. In practice, this concept is used to cover a whole series of legal structures. These range from fixed options for the tenant to a promise made by the landlord as a business policy that if any additional premises become available, they will be offered to the tenant. In 2010 the Berlin Court of Appeal issued a ruling on such priority rental rights in insolvency; the decision has recently been published.