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BEITEN BURKHARDT

MAINZER LANDSTRASSE 36, 60325 FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY
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Germany

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

BEITEN BURKHARDT

‘Providing an excellent service’, Beiten Burkhardt’s ‘strong’ team has ‘extensive knowledge and very broad experience in employment law’ and is also praised for ‘understanding the practical needs of businesses’. Wolfgang Lipinski acts for Sky Deutschland in proceedings concerning equal representation on supervisory boards, and team head Christopher Melms assisted Swissport with the formation of a special negotiating body. Metzler Pension Management and Pandora Jewelry are also clients. Personnel changes include the departure of Katja Hinz to vangard in January 2018 and Ralf Symhardt leaving the firm for an unknown destination; Thomas Lambrich and Benjamin Butz joined the firm from Prinz, Neidhardt, Engelschall in early 2018 and Maike Pflästerer was a new arrival from HWW Hermann Wienberg Wilhelm in August 2017. Daniel Hund and Johannes Allmendinger were promoted to the partnership in January 2018.

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Non-profit
Non-profit - ranked: tier 2

BEITEN BURKHARDT

Due to its ‘very quick and professional advice in foundation and tax law and beyond’, the ‘very cooperative’ team at BEITEN BURKHARDT is considered by many as ‘an ideal partner’; without the ‘aloof manner found in certain other firms, but with clear communication and a pragmatic approach’ the team works closely with notaries, the tax practice and the business valuation practice, has a ‘good network and industry expertise’ and ‘exactly understands the needs of foundations’. Advice ranges from the establishment of foundations and gGmbHs, succession planning, including company succession planning, to foundation administration. Working in close cooperation with the M&A practice, the team saw an increase in instructions to relating to shares in foundations, which are to be either expanded or sold. It advises long-term client Else Kröner-Fresenius Stiftung; other foundations in its client portfolio include Anneliese-Brost-Stiftung, NRW Stiftung, Familie Schambach-Stiftung, Dagmar Westberg Stiftung and Helga Ravenstein-Stiftung. Gerrit Ponath, who ‘not only has an outstanding knowledge of the foundation scene, but is also highly approachable and always develops excellent and tailor-made solutions’ and ‘excecutes his job with great passion’. He leads the practice together with Lucas van Randendorgh. Katharina Fink, who was promoted to salary partner at the start of 2018, is also noted by clients.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 6

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Clients of BEITEN BURKHARDT are ‘in good hands’ thanks to its ‘well-established specialist expertise’ in tax law, ‘professionalism’ and ‘high level of service’. The team provides comprehensive project advice, including tax structuring and asset optimisation, and also has expertise in property tax law, compliance with tax law regulations and matters concerning transfer pricing. It advises a foreign steel group on tax law matters related to its entry into the EU market, private equity companies on tax law issues related to property portfolios and burger chain Five Guys on the taxation of income from a long-term incentive plan. Volker Szpak joined from HauckSchuchardt in May 2017 and Teresa Werner made salary partner. Practice heads Birgit Faßbender and Helmut König stand out for their ‘extensive expertise’.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)
M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) - ranked: tier 6

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Beiten Burkhardt’s ‘decisive team’ provides ‘a high level of professional competence at competitive prices’ and is a popular choice for German medium-sized companies in particular. It advised the family owner of SieMatic on the sale of a majority stake in the company to the Nison Group. The group is increasingly involved in venture capital exit transactions including advising ING-DiBa on the purchase of online credit marketplace Lendico. Axel Goetz is ‘very client oriented’, has ‘good market knowledge’ and is recommended alongside Christian von Wistinghausen, Detlef Koch and Hans-Josef Vogel. Sebastian Weller was a new arrival in early 2019 from FPS.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Arbitration (including international arbitration) - ranked: tier 5

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Beiten Burkhardt’s dispute resolution practice consists of a group of specialised lawyers: Holger Peres focuses his arbitration work on the hotel and leisure industry, while Ralf Hafner specialises in the automotive and energy sectors. The latter recently represented an automotive service provider in arbitration proceedings concerning retroactive purchase price adjustment claims and valuations of company shares. In other work, the group was involved in the long-standing Toll Collect arbitration proceedings on the side of the Federal Republic of Germany. It attaches great importance to cross-practice group cooperation, frequently collaborating with its criminal, labour, corporate and M&A practices.

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 4

BEITEN BURKHARDT

BEITEN BURKHARDT’s seven-partner strong energy law practice is distinguished by its ‘responsiveness, high service level and know-how and a good price-performance ratio’. It has a core focus on regulatory advice and contentious matters but the team, which is led by practice head Maximilian Emanuel Elspas, also covers transactions in the energy sector, including advising Energiedienst Holding on the acquisition of 60% of shares in Messerschmid Energiesysteme. In another highlights, it assisted an international syndicate comprised of financial investors and project developers with the planned construction and operation of an interconnector between Germany and the UK. Munich-based Sebastian Rohrer, who has ‘the willingness and ability to comprehensively familiarise himself with complex, sometimes technically difficult matters’, advised Caterva on the development of the Swarm storage power plant, while Berlin-based Guido Brucker acted for European Commodity Clearing in contract negotiations in the context of the implementation of the European network code Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management.

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 3

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BEITEN BURKHARDT has a strong presence in the mobile sector, where it advised on multiple new matters for international providers, as well as those operating in Germany. It is increasingly sought out to advise on matters at the intersection of telecoms and data protection, including on business models based on data analysis, and is gaining traction in matters pertaining to telecoms infrastructure. Practice head Mathias Zimmer-Goertz provided comprehensive advice to MobiChord on its market entry in Germany, including assisting with the data protection compliant processing of telecoms data and the cooperation with a large German telecoms service provider regarding the management of communication infrastructure. Other clients include Verivox, Dimoco Europe and Axcom. Claudio Chirco joined PwC in March 2018.

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Germany: Information technology

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

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BEITEN BURKHARDT’s data protection team ‘stands out for its short response times and pragmatic and clear opinions’ and provides ‘excellent customer service’ with a ‘practical approach’. The firm’s advice ranges from GDPR and digital business models to data security, data protection infringements and disputes with data protection authorities. The team advises on data protection issues in connection with clients’ daily business as much as on individual questions and handles international and domestic data protection projects. In the context of its international advice, clients particularly note ‘the firm’s understanding of the mindset of Anglo-Saxon clients’. The team is assisting expert Warenvertrieb with various GDPR issues; provides comprehensive advice to Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank on GDPR requirements and measurements; and acts for Chinese internet company Tencent on the market entry of its various platforms in Europe. Axel von Walter is recommended for his ‘technical expertise and client orientation’ and many clients call on Andreas Lober as ‘one of the first contacts in the IT area’; he ‘finds entirely practical solutions including for the most complex challenges’. The ‘reliable and resilient’ Susanne Klein was promoted to salary partner at the start of 2018 and is ‘a proven expert in data protection law’. Salary partner Claudio Chirco left for PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in March 2018.

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Germany: Intellectual property

Trade marks and unfair competition
Trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 2

BEITEN BURKHARDT

At the start of 2018, BEITEN BURKHARDT opened a new office in Hamburg, where the IP practice is now led by Angelica von der Decken, who divides her time between that office and Munich. The firm is particularly renowned for its niche expertise in the gaming and cosmetics industry. A highlight in this area is Andreas Lober’s advice to Bandai Namco Entertainment on the trade mark, competition law and copyright law protection of the Pac Man brand. Christina Hackbarth and von der Decken together represented the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory in various disputes concerning the use of Bavarian emblems. Deutsche Fußball-Bund, Estée Lauder and NIO also sought the firm’s advice. The team, which is led by practice head Matthias Stecher, also includes Tanja Hogh Holub and Axel von Walter, and Wojtek Ropel and Gudrun Hausner, who were both promoted to salary partner in spring 2018. Claudio Chirco joined PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in April 2018 and Tilmann Lührig left for Lexton Rechtsanwälte in May 2018.

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Germany: Media

Entertainment
Entertainment - ranked: tier 4

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Gaming - ranked: tier 1

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Matthias Stecher heads the combined IP, IT and media practice at BEITEN BURKHARDT, which focuses on digitalisation, broadcasting law, sports marketing and gaming. Holger Weimann in Munich is the main contact for all media law matters relating to the sports sector; he recently advised DFB on an invitation to tender for the design competition for the Euro 2024 application logo and, in another highlight, handled the negotiations and the closing of a sports contract for the third league with bwin. Axel von Walter’s expertise lies in broadcasting law and electronic media; he assists Antenne Bayern and 40 private broadcasters in appeal proceedings against the Bavarian broadcasting service Bayerischer Rundfunk concerning the planned distribution of the youth programme Puls. The key figure in the gaming segment is Andreas Lober in Frankfurt: he advises clients, including Bandai Namco, Microsoft and ZeniMax, on youth protection, trade mark and copyright issues. With the promotion to partner of Susanne Klein, Wojtek Ropel and Gudrun Schumacher in January 2018, the firm bolstered its digital media and gaming practices in particular. In February 2018, the team welcomed Johannes Baumann, formely at Bird & Bird, as a new arrival in its Munich office.

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Germany: Public sector

PPP
PPP - ranked: tier 3

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With an explicit focus on advising the public sector, Beiten Burkhardt’s team is regularly involved in major projects in the fields of defence, transport, infrastructure, IT, healthcare and energy. Recent highlights include practice head Hans Georg Neumeier advising the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure on the implementation of the State Treaty between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Denmark concerning the Fehmarn Belt Tunnel. Michael Brückner assisted the Free State of Saxony with the conception and awarding of a new administrative data and voice network in the form of a PPP. In January 2018, Sascha Opheys, Christopher Theis and Christian Kaufmann made salary partner. The Hamburg office was strengthened in March 2018 by the addition of procurement and antitrust expert Jan Christian Eggers from Hogan Lovells International LLP. In July 2017, Lars Hettich joined LLR Legerlotz Laschet Rechtsanwälte GbR’s Düsseldorf office.

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 4

BEITEN BURKHARDT

Under the direction of Hans Georg Neumeier, Beiten Burkhardt’s public procurement practice explicitly focuses on advising contracting authorities. The team is active in the fields of health, energy, IT, infrastructure and transport, and increasingly in the defence and armaments sector. A recent highlight was assisting the Federal Agency for Digital Radio of Authorities and Organisations with Security Tasks (BDBOS) with the preparation and implementation of procurement projects for the modernisation of the digital radio BOS. Stephan Rechten advised the Federal Foreign Office on the preparation and implementation of several Europe-wide procurement procedures. Other clients include the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Bavarian State Office of Finance and Olympiastadion Berlin. In January 2018, Sascha Opheys, Christopher Theis and Christian Kaufmann were made up to salary partner. Lars Hettich joined the Düsseldorf office in July 2017 from LLR Legerlotz Laschet Rechtsanwälte GbR, while the Hamburg office was strengthened in March 2018 by the addition of Jan Christian Eggers from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Next Generation Partners

Jan Christian Eggers - Beiten Burkhardt

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

BEITEN BURKHARDT

Beiten Burkhardt is dedicated to assisting foreign investors with transactions and tenancy law matters. Since 2010, Florian Baumann, who clients recommend for his ‘quick response times, extensive expertise and excellent advice on difficult issues’, and Frank Oprée have been advising a leading asset manager on various real estate transactions and asset management issues pertaining to a portfolio of 30 properties. In other highlights, the team assisted Mohammad Omar Bin Haider Group with the acquisition of a former US barracks and Stefan Fink advised a client on the acquisition of a commercial property for circa €150m. In 2017, the team added Claudia Wirth from Gleiss Lutz and a team from HauckSchuchardt consisting of three partners and one associate.

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring
Restructuring - ranked: tier 6

BEITEN BURKHARDT

Beiten Burkhardt acts on non-performing M&A proceedings and insolvency proceedings, on financing issues in restructurings, and on appeal proceedings and claims for damages. The group is currently advising an industrial group on the insolvency and financial risks relating to a pension fund arising from a potential merger in the client’s industry. It also acts, together with Frank R. Primozic, as adviser in insolvency administrations, in appeal proceedings and in claims for damages, some of which are also directed against other law firms involved in the restructuring advice. Guido Krüger and Heinrich Meyer jointly head the practice, which saw the addition of salary partner Torsten Cülter from Schultze & Braun.

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