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GSK Stockmann

KARL-SCHARNAGL-RING 8, 80539 MÜNCHEN, GERMANY
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Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Luxembourg and 2 more

Germany

Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 7

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmannhas substantial expertise in providing tax law assistance with real estate transactions’, while handling M&A and corporate restructuring mandates alongside tax litigation constitute other core strengths of the practice. Petra Eckl advised Union Investment on the tax law aspects involved in the acquisition of a residential complex in Düsseldorf consisting of 84 units. The ‘pragmatic and confident’ Dirk Koch assisted LVS-Capital with the structuring of its investment in South African companies.

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Germany: Banking and finance

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

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann’s broad regulatory practice ranges from advice on Brexit and in connection with banking M&A transactions to questions surrounding the newly emerging European Capital Markets Union (CMU) and topics such as the digitalisation of the banking sector and crowdfunding. Recent clients include German and international banks, international infrastructure providers for financial markets, associations in the finance sector, capital management companies and credit card and payment services providers, but also DAX companies and start-ups. Oliver Glück has particular FinTech expertise, including with regard to payment services and blockchain matters. The practice is led by Markus Escher in Munich and the ‘knowledgeable, service-oriented and commercial’ Peter Scherer in Frankfurt, who focuses especially on regulatory matters relating to capital markets law. A strength of the practice also lies in advising on cross-border mandates with Luxembourg, since the firm has benefited from a local office since 2016.

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Investment funds
Banking and finance: Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmannalways adheres to various quality and time standards’ and clients are therefore ‘entirely satisfied’ with its investment funds practice, which retains its strong position in the area of real estate funds, and also in connection with private equity and securities funds, and increasingly provides advice regarding hedge funds. The firm also covers tax matters in the context of fund constructions and benefits from a growing Luxembourg-related practice in close collaboration with its Luxembourger office. Practice head Robert Kramer, who has particular expertise in closed-ended special and mutual AIFs, and Dennis Stenzel, who focuses on open-ended real estate funds and was promoted to partner at the start of 2017, are both considered ‘highly competent, confident in their legal statements and strong communicators’. They advise ZBI Fondsmanagement on its extension of their business portfolio and licence of a real estate capital management company to the area of open-ended mutual AIFs and the launch of a debut open-ended mutual AIFs in the area of residential property. The firm also handles the liquidation of four closed-ended mutual AIF in the leasing area on the instructions of BaFin. The client portfolio also includes Deutsche Finance Investment, Publity Performance and HPG Capital.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate
Corporate and M&A: Corporate - ranked: tier 5

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann often collaborates with other practice groups such as supervisory law, tax, real estate and finance when handling corporate issues. A highlight was advising Colliers International on the merger of five German subsidiaries into the Deutschland Holding. Adler Real Estate retained the group for the cross-border change of legal form into a GmbH of a Dutch subsidiary to Germany. Lead advisor was Max Wilmanns, who took over the practice lead from Michael Stobbe in November 2016. Another internal change was Raoul Kreide’s promotion to local partner in the beginning of 2017. Additions include Thomas Derlin’s move from K&L Gates LLP in June 2016 and Katy Ritzmann’s move from FPS in January 2017. However, Matthias Dau left the firm in August 2016 to join Dr Mittelstein & Partner. Hendrik Riedel’s unfortunate death in late 2016 was another loss for the group.

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Germany: IT and outsourcing

Information technology (including contracts)
IT and outsourcing: information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 5

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann’s broad IT expertise encompasses Industry 4.0 matters such as IoT, autonomous driving and FinTech, but also IT procurement law and the implementation of complex IT software projects. Practice head Jörg Kahler recently advised HOWOGE as contracting entity in a large IT project contract; represented Panorama Fashion Fair Berlin in connection with a failed IT project and assisted Pro Potsdam with the procurement of a new real estate IT system. Other clients include Ryanair in contentious IT proceedings and Datagroup. Katy Ritzmann strengthened the team with her arrival from FPS.

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Germany: Intellectual property

Trade marks and unfair competition
Intellectual property: trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 6

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann noticeably expanded its trade mark and competition law team by welcoming Katy Ritzmann from FPS. In recent highlights, the team represented Ryanair in contentious key word advertising and domain law matters, and has been providing ongoing advice to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on rights concerning the Oscar award with a focus on product piracy. ‘Client-oriented’ team head Jörg Kahler ‘provides efficient, practical and business-oriented advice’ and ‘is always eager to advance the client’s business’.

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Germany: Public sector

Planning and environment
Public sector: Planning and environment - ranked: tier 4

GSK Stockmann

The seven-strong ‘professional and competent’ group at GSK Stockmann, which ‘pairs specialist expertise with a fun approach to legal tasks’, is highly recommended for its expertise in the area of planning law. The ‘open-minded and skilful negotiator’ Wolfgang Würfel advises FH Innova on the procurement of building approval for the major project moun10 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, while Frank-Florian Seifert together with Berlin-based Jan Kehrberg (‘always abreast of the latest professional developments’) is assisting formart with the establishment of a residential development project in Treptow-Köpenick. The ‘distinguished, experienced expert’ Andreas Geiger acts in several planning law instructions for Deutsche Bahn. Jan Hennig advises the Krieger Group and CMC Center Management on the expansion of Thüringen-Park Erfurt.

Leading individuals

Andreas Geiger - GSK Stockmann

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

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann offers a ‘very good price-performance ratio and keeps processing times to the agreed amount’. The group focuses especially on construction, IT, energy and waste disposal services. Christian Schmidt and Jenny Mehlitz have been advising BIM Berliner Immobilienmanagement since 2013 on the tender procedure for the sale of an old town bath with a refurbishment and use obligation. Jan Kehrberg is especially recommended as an ‘excellent expert in the real estate market, who shows good negotiation skills even in difficult situations’; he advises the state of Berlin and housing association HOWOGE.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

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

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann’s client roster includes a number of new clients in the residence and office property sectors. This includes Oda Wedemeyer’s instruction to advise the MassMutual Financial Group, Barings and Barings Real Estate Advisers on the Budapester Straße 35 project in Berlin, including its demolition and redevelopment. In other significant work, Jan Kehrberg assisted Hendrik van Caems with the development of a city district in Berlin-Lichtenfeld consisting of 900 residential units, one school and other facilities. Munich-based Stefan Schlapka and Berlin-based Philip Huperz were made local partners in early 2017.

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

GSK Stockmann

The ‘business-oriented’ team at GSK Stockmann is noted for its ‘quick response times and appropriate team size’. Clients frequently single out practice head Dirk Brückner for his ‘fast perception of the content matter and strong negotiation skills’ as well as Michael Eggersberger; they jointly advised the Zech Group, including its subsidiaries Art-Invest, Phoenix Real Estate, Wohnkompanie and Deutsche Fonds-Holding, on asset management and construction law matters. In other work, Eggersberger frequently works alongside the recommended Monique Franke: recently, the pair assisted IVG Immobilien with the due diligence for the site The Squaire in Frankfurt with regards to the sale of OfficeFirst properties to Blackstone. The ‘pragmatic’ Maximilian Schilling assisted a joint venture consisting of Bayerischen Versorgungskammer, Hammer and GLL with the acquisition of office spaces in Munich. Frankfurt-based investment fund expert Rainer Werum is also recommended.

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