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Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

ANNA-SCHNEIDER-STEIG 22, 50678 COLOGNE, GERMANY
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Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt and 9 more

Germany

Antitrust
Antitrust - ranked: tier 5

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

In addition to merger control and compliance advice, fine proceedings and actions for damages are key areas of focus at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. The firm is also well versed in distribution antitrust law; this area is overseen by practice head Anne Wegner, who has ‘astounding expertise at the interface between antitrust law and the automotive industry’. Together with Guido Jansen, she provided advice on merger control law to a manufacturer of braking systems concerning the expertise of a competitor. Holger Stappert defended Carcoustics International against claims for damages brought by car manufacturers arising from antitrust fine proceedings regarding acoustically efficient parts and heat shields. Its other specialities are in the areas of energy, healthcare, the media and chemicals. Thomas Kapp left the firm in October 2017 and is now counsel at Allscout.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Rated for its ‘speedy response times’, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH stands out for its expertise in collective bargaining law, particularly in the restructuring context and in healthcare industry-related matters. The team recently assisted a financial services provider with nationwide restructuring issues and advises Metro Cash & Carry on a complex reorganisation. In other work, the practice assisted a telecoms company, a new client of the firm, with employment law matters pertaining to the re-tendering of building management contracts. Paul Schreiner heads the practice, which includes Klaus Thönißen, who was promoted to the partnership in summer 2018.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 6

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises on group tax law issues pertaining to transfer price systems and transaction tax, balance sheet tax and VAT concerns. The five-partner group, which is led by practice head Elisabeth Lepique, is also known for handling tax structuring related to capital markets. Recent highlights concerned property transactions, including the tax law advice provided to the medical care associations of several federal states on the acquisition of a Hamburg property by a joint project company for around €400m. Gernot-Rüdiger Engel advises on the tax restructuring of two chemical companies for the purposes of minimising the levy arising from the law on the development of renewable energy. The firm also provides an external tax audit service to several private higher education institutions and clients in the healthcare sector.

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Trade and distribution
Trade and distribution - ranked: tier 2

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

The ‘reactive’ team at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH ‘thinks outside the box’ and ‘always takes economic aspects into account’. The group has expertise in the automotive sector, an area in which it frequently acts for car manufacturers on matters touching upon competition law. It also further expanded its reach in the textile industry and now counts Olymp Benzer, Vaude Sport and Schöffel Sportbekleidung as clients. Anne Caroline Wegner advised various printing press dealers on competition and distribution law matters regarding an exclusive distribution agreement with a printing press manufacturer. One of Steffen Gaber’s highlights was assisting Gemeinnützige Werkstätten und Wohnstätten with the product launch and the establishment of a national and international dealer network for eBikes.

Leading individuals

Anne Wegner - Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

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Germany: Banking and finance

Lending and borrowing
Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 5

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Praised for its ‘cost-efficient approach’, ‘quick response times’ and ‘straightforward manner’, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH handles the full remit of banking and financing matters, including related areas such as insolvency and tax. This leads to regular instructions on real estate and acquisition finance alongside factoring matters but the team also increased its bench strength in project finance with the addition of Alexander Wojtek from Watson Farley & Williams LLP in December 2017. This broad offering is matched by an equally broad client portfolio consisting of numerous borrowers, showcasing the team’s strong SME sector focus, while it also acts for lenders such as banks and credit funds. The ‘solution-oriented and pragmatic’ Christoph Schauenburg ‘has excellent expertise in financing law and always focuses on the relevant issues’. He advised the English debt fund Beechbrook Capital on the financing of the acquisition of the Beinbauer Group by private equity fund H.I.G., and credit fund Idinvest Partners on the financing of the acquisition of shares in Auvesy by Brockhaus Private Equity. Fakt instructed the team to assist with the acquisition of real estate-secured loans.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate
Corporate - ranked: tier 4

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

As advisoe to German family businesses, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH has ‘good contacts with law firms in other countries’. The group advised AVW Immobilien, Deutsche Real Estate, IFA Hotel und Touristik and wind turbine manufacturer Nordex on annual general meetings; the Digital Business Group instructed it for its restructuring including contribution, non-cash capital increase, qualified share exchange and merger; and Konzept Gruppe, which manages energy framework agreements, retained the team for a change of legal form into a GmbH. Klaus Schaffner, Jörgen Tielmann and Thomas Weidlich are recommended. In July 2018, Guido Wenzel made partner and Michael Bormann joined from Simmons & Simmons.

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M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)
M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) - ranked: tier 3

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Providing ‘short processing times’ and ‘good value for money’, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is a good choice for clients looking for advice on mid-cap deals. The group regularly advises larger medium-sized companies, including several automotive suppliers. A recent example is assisting the International Consolidated Airlines Group with the acquisition of Air Berlin subsidiary Niki. On the sale side, it acted for TÜV Rheinland on the sale of its Food Labs business units in China and Taiwan in a bidding process. Philipp Dietz, Michael Krömker and Thomas Weidlich regularly advise on transactions related to Asia. Christian Horn, who joined from K&L Gates LLP in June 2017, has ‘a good understanding of business’. Thomas Kuhnle leads the team, which was strengthened by the addition of Denis Bacina from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in September 2018.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Arbitration (including international arbitration) - ranked: tier 3

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH does ‘excellent work’; the German law firm, which has offices in Europe and Asia, focuses its arbitration practice on investment matters and the energy sector, but also has expertise in commercial disputes. Under the leadership of the experienced Richard Happ, the group achieved a favourable outcome for PreussenElektra, an E.ON subsidiary: the arbitral tribunal ruled that the client did not have to pay the Belgian nuclear fuel tax of €321m. In addition, Jutta Wittler has considerable expertise in international construction arbitration proceedings. Christoph von Burgsdorff and up-and-coming senior associate Georg Scherpf are also recommended. Borbála Dux joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in October 2018.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is experienced in acting for companies from the energy and plant construction sectors; the dispute resolution team, which is also known for its arbitration and product liability expertise, often works in a cross-practice manner. In high-profile work, it is representing Volkswagen in mass proceedings in the context of the diesel scandal. Stephan Bausch and Anne Caroline Wegner are noted. Sabine Kröger made partner and Borbála Dux joined the team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in October 2018.

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Product liability
Product liability - ranked: tier 4

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises on product recalls, product safety law obligations and insurance claims. Instructions frequently have an Asia reference and often concentrate on the areas of mechanical and plant engineering as well as the automotive sector. Volker Steimle, who is particularly experienced in supply and distribution contracts, advised a manufacturer of acoustic components on product safety liability risks. Together with counsel Guido Dornieden, Steimle also represented Same Deutz-Fahr in a product liability case. Other clients include Harley-Davidson and Transdev.

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s group is noted for its ‘outstanding work’, ‘optimal price-performance ratio’ and the ‘practical relevance’ of its advice. The team surrounding Holger Stappert, who is recognised for his ‘longstanding experience in the energy sector’, advises clients including TenneT, Open Grid Europe and Vattenfall, and stands out for its ‘very good industry expertise’. The client base not only includes energy providers but also industrial companies and the firm advises on various types of energy law issues, including regulatory law, public law and planning regulations. Another focus lies at the intersection with antitrust law: Michael Krömker acted for Meag on its acquisition of 49% of Steag Fernwärme, including providing merger control advice. The practice is also visible in contentious matters: Richard Happ is representing E.ON in an ICSID arbitration against the Kingdom of Spain on the basis of an energy charter contract, while Stefan Altenschmidt is acting for Uniper in legal proceedings against the Free State of Bavaria regading the use of hydropower plants. Other highlights include assisting a listed energy provider with a restructuring in the context of the German Energy Act’s unbundling requirements and advising Dutch energy supplier Eneco on the acquisition of green energy provider Lichtblick. Project finance expert Alexander Wojtek joined from Watson Farley & Williams LLP and Michael Bormann was a new arrival from Simmons & Simmons LLP. Angelo Vallone, who focuses on the regulation of gas and electricity networks, was promoted to partner in June 2017.

Leading individuals

Holger Stappert - Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Next generation lawyers

Angelo Vallone - Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

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Germany: Information technology

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 2

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s ‘absolutely professional advice’ on data protection is ‘reliable and trustworthy’ and of ‘a very high standard’. The firm provides ‘very good professional and also interdisciplinary teams’ and advises listed corporations, mid-sized companies and public authorities on IT compliance and IT security. The team advises clients including thyssenKrupp, Miele, E.ON, IKB, Klosterfrau and longstanding client Evonik on GDPR issues and implementation. For gematik (Gesellschaft für Telematikanwendungen der Gesundheitskarte), the team prepared an expert opinion on data protection responsibilities in the telematics infrastructure space in accordance with the GDPR and the new Federal Data Proection Act (BDSG). The firm also advised E.ON Business Services on SAP standard cloud services and the assessment of the data protection admissibility of the use of various tools. Other clients include InfoSys and Landesbetrieb IT.Niedersachsen. Peers and clients alike recommend Michael Rath, who has ‘excellent expertise and is very service oriented’; he is also an ISO/IEC 27001 certified lead auditor and therefore an expert in information security management systems. Silvia Bauer acts as external data protection officer for a multitude of companies.

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Information technology (including contracts)
Information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 4

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s ‘outstanding’ IT practice provides listed corporations, mid-sized companies and the public sector with advice ‘at a very high level’ and stands out for its ‘breadth and good bench strength’. Contract matters are one pillar of the practice, with IT compliance and IT security two others, while the firm also advises on IT procurement projects. The team is handling the drafting of contracts for agile projects for a prominent German automotive manufacturer; is assisting Infosys with agreements for the provision of IT services; and is advising Landesbetrieb IT.Niedersachsen on the drafting of contracts for the project IT.N WAN 3.0. In other work, it is assisting new client Klosterfrau with the audit of license agreements, various IT contracts, an agreement for the provision of streamline services, the centralisation of the Klosterfrau communication systems and the introduction of a contract management software. Other clients include Miele and thyssenkrupp. ‘Very good IT law and data protection specialist’ Michael Rath ‘finds entrepreneurial solutions together with clients’.

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises on German and international ITOs and BPOs and acts on the side of IT service providers, such as InfoSys, and for corporations, including BASF. Recent highlights include advising thyssenkrupp on its global IT outsourcing with T-Systems. The team also assisted new client Klosterfrau with the global outsourcing of its HR system and is advising the holding companies of several airlines on data protection matters concerning the outsourcing of business divisions. Michael Rath is ‘excellent’, according to peers.

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Germany: Intellectual property

Trade marks and unfair competition
Trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 6

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH successfully expanded its work for Warsteiner and Geert Johann Seelig now advises on the client’s entire trade mark portfolio. The team also assists the client with the strategic development of trade marks and designs and handles its license agreements. Detlef Mäder was able to utilise his expertise in product piracy cases in acting for Daniel Wellington in numerous proceedings. Mäder and Seelig, who jointly head the team, act for a diverse client base, which includes Imperial Tobacco, Saint Gobain Glass and Harley Davidson.

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Germany: Public sector

PPP
PPP - ranked: tier 3

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

The PPP team at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH acts for investors, sponsors, banks and the public sector and provides ‘sound, reliable and pragmatic advice’. Stephan Finck and practice head Henner-Matthias Puppel ‘can offer practical solutions even to complex problems’. One of the 2018 highlights was advising the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Agency for Real Estate on the federal government’s first civil PPP rehabilitation project. The group also assisted the transport company of a large city with the tender for the procurement of vehicles. The state of Hesse, Hochtaunus-Kliniken and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research are also part of the client portfolio. Ulf-Dieter Pape is another key figure in the practice group.

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 2

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Clients of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s environment and planning group benefit from its ‘outstanding professional competence, good advice and a high level of assertiveness’. The range of services includes construction and housing, environmental and energy-intensive industries, real estate, emissions trading and construction planning law, and project development. Martin Fleckenstein, who is ‘competent and strong in negotiations’, advised gsp Städtebau on public and building law issues concerning the Grand Tower residential building in Frankfurt. The ‘well-connected’ Stefan Altenschmidt, who ‘always keeps an eye on economic efficiency’, counts BP Europa, Evonik, Salzgitter, ArcelorMittal and other large corporations among his clients. Practice head Stefan Kobes is representing the Federal Railway Authority in a case before the Federal Administrative Court concerning the Stuttgart 21 development project and Gernot-Rüdiger Engel advises Mondelēz on electricity and energy tax law matters. Clients also include ThyssenKrupp, Steag and E.ON. Claudia Schoppen joined Aulinger Rechtsanwälte at the end of 2017. Public lawyer Herbert Willems was a new arrival in February 2018.

Leading individuals

Stefan Altenschmidt - Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 4

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

The four-partner group at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH focuses on acting for contracting authorities in procurement procedures in a variety of sectors such as construction, healthcare, IT, broadband supply, transport infrastructure and services. Ulf-Dieter Pape heads the practice, which also includes Henner-Matthias Puppel, Karsten Köhler and newly appointed partner Stefan Finck. Recent highlights include advising the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Agency for Real Estate on tender procedures concerning the general refurbishment of two landmark buildings. The group also assisted a city’s public transport company with the procurement of vehicles. Klinikum Braunschweig, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and LNVG are among its other clients.

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State aid
State aid - ranked: tier 4

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

The team of three partners at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is primarily instructed by public authorities and large companies to deal with issues relating to state aid law. Helmut Janssen splits his time between Brussels and Düsseldorf, while Ulf-Dieter Pape leads the team from Hanover. Among the 2018 highlights is the representation of steel groups (including AcelorMittal, Deutsche Edelstahlwerke and Saint-Gobain) in litigation against the European Commission’s final decision against the EEG 2012 law, as well as advising a municipal company on the state aid aspects of the financing of a stake in an energy supply company and the purchase of the water supply network. Uniper, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe and the City of Dresden are also part of the client base.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 3

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Achim Meier’s team at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH provides ‘extensive and practical advice’ alongside ‘good and thoroughly thought-through solutions’ on the full spectrum of construction law but focuses on health sector work. The group advised several Lörrach district clinics on the construction of a new central hospital for approximately €280m and assists the University Hospital Jena with contractual matters pertaining to the development of a number of new hospital buildings. Christian Zanner, who joined the team in June 2017 from Wollmann & Partner GbR, assisted a DAX-listed company with the renovation of a high-rise building, and acted for Cloud N° 7 in construction law and contentious issues arising from the development of a high-rise construction project in Stuttgart. Michael Kunkel was made up to partner in July 2017.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Achim Meier’s ‘excellent’ real estate practice at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH handles transactions alongside tenancy law matters and receives praise for its ‘balanced strategies to resolve issues’. In recent highlights, the practice assisted Ärzteversorgung Niedersachsen with the acquisition of the Springer Quarter in Hamburg, and advised Real I.S. on the sale of the office property Holle-Karree. Michael Kunkel was made up to partner in July 2017 and Stephan Finck in July of the following year.

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring
Restructuring - ranked: tier 5

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH has ‘outstanding knowledge’ and is valued for its ‘very good service level’ and ‘excellent price-performance ratio’; the practice primarily advises on insolvency administrations, restructurings and distressed M&A transactions, and advises claimants on the enforcement of claims. Klaus Schaffner assisted a football stadium operating company with its restructuring, and Denis Ullrich represented an insolvency administrator in arbitration proceedings brought by a plastic product manufacturer in Beijing. The group was also involved in the renegotiation of purchase agreements between an insolvent supplier and a product buyer in the transport industry. Reinhard Willemsen and Marcus Backes lead the practice.

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Germany: Transport

Maritime and shipping
Maritime and shipping - ranked: tier 3

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Ship owners, charterers, shipyards and investors instruct the eight-strong team at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH to handle all questions of maritime commercial law, including shipbuilding contract disputes and insolvency law issues. The group is also experienced in ship financings and transactions as well as in the offshore sector. Clients also value its experience in the related areas of environment and planning law. Florian Schulz assisted Hanseatic Unity Chartering with the preparation of a cluster pool contract for 30 container ships, while Benjamin Hub advised Marenave on the sale of the entire fleet of 13 ships to partially repay outstanding loans and restructure the company. The team was further bolstered by the addition of financing expert Alexander Wojtek, who joined from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, and by the partner promotion of Lars Frohne, who focuses on newbuilding processes and the purchase and sale of merchant ships.

Next generation lawyers

Benjamin Hub - Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

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Germany: White-collar crime

Advice to companies
Advice to companies - ranked: tier 4

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH’s combined white-collar crime and compliance practice handles the full spectrum of white-collar crime and administrative offences law, including internal investigations and compliance matters, and frequently works in conjunction with colleagues from other practices, most notably the antitrust law team. Key figure André Große Vorholt is particularly well versed in advising companies on recovery issues, such as the enforcement of claims for damages. In recent work, the team represented an investment company in cum-ex-related proceedings, and defended a construction company against a financial penalty.

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