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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB

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Berlin, Brussels, Chemnitz, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and 4 more

Germany

Antitrust
Antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek covers all areas of antitrust law with a particular strength in merger control proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office and at the EC. Recently practice head Rainer Velte advised VTG in connection with the acquisition of the rail freight cars company CIT RH and handled the application procedures in Germany and Austria. The team also enforces damage claims against a truck manufacturer for a wood-based products manufacturer and defends a manufacturing company against claims arising from cartel damages. Regular clients regarding antitrust matters include companies such as HSE24, Audi and AGCO. Reinhard Siegert is the contact for distribution antitrust law.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Covering a broad field of employment law, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s ‘strong team’ stands out for its ‘quick and good quality advice’, provided across its various office locations, but also demonstrates localised expertise such as the Hamburg team’s sweet spot for employment law work in the sports industry, which leads to regular instructions from the German Football League (DFL) and FSV Mainz 05. In other work, the practice advised RTL Mediengruppe on restructuring matters, while Aquila receives regular assistance with international employment law issues and with remuneration structures. Bernd Weller ‘has detailed knowledge of niche areas and a good understanding for company processes’, while the ‘solution-oriented’Andreas Urban is praised as ‘being easy to work with’. Astrid Wellhöner and Andreas Walle co-head the practice.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 5

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek was once again involved in a number of mid-cap deals throughout Germany: working from Hamburg, Peter Christian Schmidt advised long-term client DPE Deutsche Private Equity on a number of transactions, such as the acquisition of FISCHER surface technologies, while Munich-based Boris Dürr assisted Actus and its portfolio company medaktiv with the acquisition of Therapiezentrum Winterberg. In Cologne, Pär Johansson regularly works for Odewald KMU, most recently in connection with the acquisition of the Betten-Duscher-Gruppe. In Stuttgart, Rainer Herschlein is particularly recommended.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtekdelivers excellent work results in a timely manner’ and strengthened its partner league in early 2017 when Stephan Degen and Fabian Gaffron were elevated to the partnership and Hanno Kiesel joined from Ernst & Young; with the arrival of the latter, the Stuttgart office further developed its white-collar crime and criminal tax law capabilities. The team’s focus on corporate tax law leads to a steady flow of M&A and restructuring mandates. Recent work includes advising Dereco Fund Services on the establishment of a joint venture with the project developer S W Invest Finance Trade and the acquisition of two construction sites in Bad Honnef, and assisting House of HR with the acquisition of the German TimePartner Group, including tax structuring, tax due diligence and contract negotiations. Marion Sangen-Emden heads the team, which includes Dieter Bohnert and Marc Scheunemann.

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Trade and distribution
Trade and distribution - ranked: tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Led by Reinhard Siegert, the team at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek handles a wide range of commercial and distribution law matters but also provides distribution antitrust law advice. With particular expertise in the automotive sector, the teams acts for a number of renowned manufacturers, including Audi, and various suppliers. On the retail side, the team acted for the food retailer Netto in matters pertaining to a purchasing co-operation.

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Germany: Banking and finance

Investment funds
Banking and finance: Investment funds - ranked: tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s investment fund practice provides advice on the conception of funds as much as on transactions and regulatory matters. A focus lies particularly on real estate funds, such as advising AVANA Invest on the launch of a special open-ended hotel property AIF. A recent highlight was assisting new client HTB Hanseatische Fondshaus with the establishment and structuring of two closed-ended mutual AIFs and the firm also continues to act for WealthCap, including regarding the structuring of the closed-ended domestic mutual AIF WealthCap Immobilien Deutschland 39 and in connection with the structuring of a closed-ended special AIF for a single investor. Michael Dröge in Hamburg heads the practice and Christoph Gringel in Frankfurt is considered ‘very good in investment regulatory law’.

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Lending and borrowing
Banking and finance: Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 5

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

With a focus on advising lenders and firm roots in the German mid-sized sector, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek covers acquisition finance, corporate finance, including financial restructurings and the optimisation of financings, and also occasionally real estate financings. Recent highlights include advising Vetter Pharma on a €210m refinancing and Railpool on several financings of rolling stock. The team is also often active in the public sector due to advising savings banks and state banks, for example advising Helaba regarding the financing of the acquisition of a minority share in the BGM corporate group from a market leading DIY chain; another client is the district savings bank (Kreissparkasse) Hannover. Thomas Schrell is the key figure.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate
Corporate and M&A: Corporate - ranked: tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s ‘swift processing times’ impress medium-sized companies, which make up the majority of the firm’s client base. Its breadth of practice can be illustrated with just a few instructions: It converted Datagroup from a public limited company (AG) to an SE, acted on the annual general meeting of Elanix Biotechnologies and advised the Duisburg port on founding a joint venture with Arkas Container Transport for the construction and operation of a bimodal container terminal in Turkey. Another highlight was assisting wholesale company for building hardware VBH with the implementation of a merger-related squeeze-out and subsequent change of legal form. Numerous partners such as Mathias Schröder, Helge-Torsten Wöhlert and Stefan Duhnkrack – to only mention a few – have corporate law expertise. Also recommended is the ‘remarkable’ Karsten Kühne, while Volker Holl left the group in late 2016. At the beginning of 2017, Fabian Gaffron and Stephan Degen joined the partnership.

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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 2

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

A German full-service firm with M&A capacities at all eight national locations, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is a sought-after player in mid-cap transactions, setting standards with ‘high-quality advice, direct availability and fast turnaround times’. Boris Dürr advised the technology group AL-KO on the acquisition of Steca Elektronik and Anne de Boer led advice to Krauss Maffei on the acquisition of component manufacturer for mechanical engineering IBS Plamag Maschinenbau. Other recommended partners include practice head Stefan Duhnkrack, Mirko Sickinger and Mathias Schröder. Oliver Treptow joined from Taylor Wessing in July 2016 and Bodo Dehne from Noerr in early 2017. Simultaneously, Fabian Gaffron and Stephan Degen made partner, while Volker Holl left the group at the end of 2016.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

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

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Well versed in handling contractual disputes, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek acts for a broad client base including various companies in the energy, plant and mechanical engineering sectors. With Wolfgang Kühn, Walter Eberl and Ulrike Gantenberg as the main contacts for arbitrator instructions, a recent highlight includes acting in an ICC arbitration between a contracting authority and a construction consortium. As a highlight on the party representation side, Gantenberg defended a European manufacturer of offshore wind turbines against a wind farm operator claiming contractual penalties. In other significant work, Elke Umbeck and Stefan Bretthauer represented an energy supplier in a DIS arbitration procedure on damage claims and the price adjustment from a leasing agreement.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s ‘very competent’ practice frequently works in conjunction with the antitrust and finance departments when handling contractual and commercial disputes, and is experienced in acting in post-M&A disputes and D&O claims alongside matters related to construction and insurance law. Sebastian Jungemeyer has been acting for a foreign mail-order business in the entertainment sector in asserting payment claims, while Stefan Osing represented AXA in liability proceedings against several architects, engineers and construction companies. HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment instructed the team to assert warranty claims as part of a purchase and construction contract for a large construction project in Düsseldorf. Clients single out Ulrike Gantenberg and Elke Umbeck. Martin Karwatzki and Christopher Marx were made salaried partners.

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Germany: IT and outsourcing

Information technology (including contracts)
IT and outsourcing: information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s IT practice continues to expand: After lateral partner hires in 2016 Thomas Jansen and Britta Hinzpeter also joined from DLA Piper in summer 2017, who particularly strengthen the team with regards to data protection, IT transactions and contract law. The practice already saw an increased workload in these areas before the new arrivals: It advised Thalia, Hugendubel and Weltbild on the sale of the tolino system by Deutsche Telekom to Rakuten Kobo and Datagroup on the acquisition of the SAP and application management services of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Germany. It also assisted tesa scribos with the introduction of a product authentication system at a global petroleum company and provided VDE with advice on an electronic content platform. At the intersection with procurement law, the practice also assists numerous administrative districts with the preparation and execution of tender procedures for the expansion and operation of an NGA (next generation access) broad band infrastructure. Other clients include FinnAir, DekaBank and Autobahn Tank & Rast.

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

At Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, ‘processing time and industry-specific knowledge is very good and the value for money is reasonable’. Particularly recommended is the Hamburg-based Stefan Bretthauer, who is ‘excellent in energy law’ and recently handled gas industry and plant construction instructions. Practice head Marc Baltus advised a company on its own generation of energy in several plants according to 2017 rules in the Renewable Energy Act. In another matter, he advised a wind farm operator on financial assistance for wind farm plants as well as on a transmission network operator’s entitlement to provision of data. Capital markets experts Thorsten Kuthe assisted various energy and natural gas exploration companies with IPOs and multimillion share placements. Senior associate Tobias Woltering, who joined from Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in January 2017, advised industrial companies on European state aid guidelines pertaining to the granting of subsidies and assisted several municipal utilities and trading companies with the design and amendment of contracts. Munich-based Felix Siebler was promoted to partner in the beginning of 2017.

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Germany: Insurance

Insurance litigation
Insurance: insurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

The strength of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s team lies in handling liability and property insurance matters and in defending against recourse claims, which are frequently dealt with by Rüdiger Schnug, who acts for well-known clients such as Allianz and Atradius Kreditversicherung. In other work, Markus Rabe has been acting for an insurance company in matters pertaining to revoked life insurance contracts and loan agreements. The team also acts for policyholders in D&O and freelancer liability matters including financial loss liability insurance issues, which constitute another significant area of expertise. Michael Lauterbach and Herbert Palmberger are among the main contacts along with recently promoted salaried partner Martin Karwatzki.

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Germany: Intellectual property

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

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s practice based in Düsseldorf advises numerous international clients under the lead of Anton Horn. The already in 2016 important matter for the French technology company Echosens surrounding the enforcement of a patent and the representation in parallel nullity proceedings continued to keep the team busy in 2017. Danish company EnerDry remains a client in disputes around an installation for the drying of biomass and sports surfaces provider Sisgrass, Bakker Holding and EGGER also sought the firm’s advice.

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Trade marks and unfair competition
Intellectual property: trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Since the departure of Florian Geyer to Fresenius Medical Care, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has managed to re-strengthen its practice with the hire of three senior associates and three associates and at the start of 2018, the firm gained Andreas Schabenberger from Menold Bezler. In a recent highlight practice head Dominik Eickemeier represented APASSIONATA World in a trade mark and competition dispute with a minority shareholder concerning the continuance of trade mark licences, work title rights and competition rules against attempts to transfer parts of the business to another company. The team also advised COMPO Expert on trade mark demarcations of a newly formed company as the result of a demerger and Dunlopillo Deutschland in connection with trade mark takeovers by the Bettzeit group. The firm also acts as a legal emergency service at events at the Frankfurt trade fair. Other clients include Tommy Hilfiger, Viessmann Werke and Cirque du Soleil.

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Germany: Media

Entertainment
Media: Entertainment - ranked: tier 6

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has expertise in copyright, media and contract law and longstanding experience in media regulation. The practice is led by Michael Schmittmann and besides numerous national and international TV channels also advises online platform operators and state media authorities. Highlights in 2017 include the defence of the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (the regional office for communications in Baden Würtemberg) in a frequency rights dispute surrounding terrestrial broadcasting in the broadcast area against Radio 3 Lokalfunk Ostwürttemberg, and the continued advice to Al Jazeera regarding the management of copyright, cable transmission and IPTV/OTT platforms. Other clients include Euronews, Bloomberg TV and CNBC.

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Germany: Public sector

Public procurement
Public sector: Public procurement - ranked: tier 1

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is a ‘competent and reliable partner in all services pertaining to procurement matters’ providing ‘short processing times and an impressive knowledge even without prior consultation of general comments’. ‘Strongly focused on time and goals’, the group works ‘very accurately and designs extensive documents, which are technically sound and describe all legal possibilities exactly’. Frequently recommended is Ute Jasper, an ‘unbeaten star in procurement matters’, who ‘develops creative and at the same time legally sound solutions in difficult procedures and is also able to immediately respond to exotic legal questions’. For many years, she has been advising various ministries (including the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport) and transport associations on the development and implementation of annual billion-dollar vehicle financing models in public network traffic and the related procurement of services and vehicles. Another large project is the "Innovation City" concept, the energy rehabilitation of 20 districts in the Ruhr area; the project’s management company retained the group for state aid, procurement, subsidy and contractual matters. Laurence Westen, who made salaried partner in Düsseldorf at the beginning of 2017, is also recommended. Other names to note are the ‘highly flexible’ Ulf Christiani, who ‘works on schedule’, and Isabel Langenbach; both are based in Cologne and regularly assist NiedersachsenPorts and the JadeWeserPort Realisierungsgesellschaft with tenders. Frankfurt-based senior associate Ute Klemm is recommended for her ‘extensive knowledge in public procurement’. Senior associate Susanne Monsig offers ‘professional, legally sound and comprehensive advice in procurement law’, including for the district government of Cologne concerning support and security services in refugee accommodation.

Leading individuals

Ute Jasper - Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Next generation lawyers

Laurence Westen - Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

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Germany: Real estate and construction

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

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Much of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s work pertains to project development, infrastructure projects and the construction of energy-related facilities. Since 2014, Juliane Reichelt has been advising Allianz Real Estate on the Cologne-based office building project Coeur Cologne and the residential and commercial development An der Alster in Hamburg. Since late 2016, Stephan Freund has been assisting Gascade Gastransport with construction law contracts pertaining to the construction of the EUGAL pipeline, and Armin Freiherr von Grießenbeck acts for long-term client Edeka Grundstücksgesellschaft Nordbayern-Thüringen in construction matters concerning the new distribution centre Berbersdorf. In other work, he advised Niedersachsen Ports on the renewal of various port facilities. Munich-based Steffen Wilberg was made salaried partner in January 2017.

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Real estate
Real estate and construction: Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s ‘responsive’ team provides ‘high-quality advice at reasonable prices’. Düsseldorf-based Peter Zimmermann is an ‘excellent real estate lawyer’, who ‘creates a positive climate for negotiations and manages to get to the heart of difficult matters’. Recently, he assisted Corpus Sireo with the acquisition and partial re-letting of Zurich Insurance’s company headquarters in Cologne and Bonn. In other significant work, Marc Scheunemann advised Benson Elliots on the sale of Berliner Volksbank’s central office, via a share deal, to Barings Real Estate Advisers, while Peter Vocke acted for Domicil Beteiligungsgesellschaft in the acquisition of two residential property portfolios consisting of a total of 1800 units. Michael Dröge and Sönke Görgens assisted the multi-family office Dereco with the acquisition of a project development and an associated joint venture set-up with the project developer S W Invest Finance Trade. At the end of 2016, Volker Holl left the Frankfurt office for an unknown destination, while Steffen Wilberg was made salaried partner in early 2017.

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring
Restructuring and insolvency: Restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is ‘a highly qualified, imaginative, assertive and goal-oriented firm’, which is experienced in giving advice on restructurings outside of insolvency, distressed M&A transactions and contentious cases. The broad team is comprised of over 20 partners and is known in particular for its litigation expertise. It predominantly advises investors and insolvency administrators. Peter Ladwig and Hermann Ali Hinderer assisted Portuguese Sodecia with the acquisition of the automotive supplier Kemmerich out of insolvency. In another highlight practice head Georg Streit advised VfR Aalen on the restructuring preparations and the negotiations with lenders and guarantors. The ‘very competent and eloquent’ Johan Schneider, who is noted for his ‘steady hand in complex situations’, has particular expertise in the maritime sector. Marcus Tischler and David Loszynski are also recommended. The practice saw the departure of Benjamin Kurzberg to Dentons in December 2016; Stephan Degen, however, was promoted to counsel in January 2017.

Leading individuals

Georg Streit - Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

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Germany: White-collar crime

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

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is one of few major law firms that managed to establish itself in the individual defence space; an area otherwise dominated by boutiques. Andre Szesny’s team, which gained further impetus with the arrival of Hanno Kiesel from Ernst & Young, represents managing directors and executive boards of large and medium-sized corporations in various criminal tax and white-collar crime proceedings: recently, the team defended a former board member of a financial institution in preliminary proceedings for tax evasion initiated by the public prosecutor’s office of Düsseldorf, and, also on the defence side, it acted for a former member of the supervisory board of a trading and tourism company in a criminal procedure for breach of trust with respect to various bonus payments granted to members of the executive board. In other work, a private exchange trader instructed the team to act in various criminal, penalty and sanction-related proceedings, in defence against allegations of market manipulation brought by the public prosecutor’s office of Frankfurt, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) and the sanctions committee of Eurex. Susanne Stauder defended a managing director in preliminary proceedings for gang and commercial smuggling.

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