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Hogan Lovells International LLP


Germany

Antitrust
Antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP shows ‘good industry expertise’ and has a strong reputation for advice at the interface between antitrust law and IP. It has been particularly active in damage claims and administrative offences, recently defending a manufacturer in the compressor antitrust proceedings before the EC. Other clients include Air Canada and eBay. Practice head Martin Sura shows ‘courage to give practically feasible recommendations for action’; Falk Schöning relocated to the Brussels office.

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

As part of the global investigations, white-collar crime and fraud practice, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s compliance team is particularly well known by clients in the IP, media and technology space, as well as in life sciences, banking and the public sector. The group adeptly advises on the full spread of preventive and investigative employment, corporate, tax and antitrust compliance, in addition to which it has and has been increasingly active in advising clients on data protection and product liability compliance, sanctions, embargoes and money-laundering prevention. The team recently assisted Lego with internal investigations related to potential antitrust violations. Sebastian Lach heads the team, which includes the highly regarded Jürgen Johannes Witte.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP places ‘great emphasis on client orientation’; the team has ‘a strong business sense and is reliable even during high workloads’. Expertise includes advising insurers, financial service providers and clients in the energy and healthcare sectors. Recent work includes advising The Federal Ministry of Defence on the employment aspects of the takeover of LH Bundeswehr. Practice head Kerstin Neighbour and newly promoted partner Tim Gero Joppich are ‘pragmatic’; Hendrik Kornbichler and Tim Wybitul are also recommended.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP stands out for its regulated industries tax expertise and attracted a number of cross-border structuring and M&A mandates. It handled tax aspects of 3M’s $1bn buyout of Polypore’s Separations Media business unit, as well as Cimpress’ acquisition of WIRmachenDRUCK. Ingmar Dörr focuses on compliance and tax litigation. Michael Dettmeier heads the practice.

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Trade and distribution
Trade and distribution - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles contract negotiations in ‘a very pragmatic, efficient and cost-sensitive’ manner. The team has particular expertise in international contracts drafting. Practice head Patrick Ayad also leads the firm’s global automotive group and advised a number of automotive companies on regulatory issues. It acted for Daimler on contract design and contract negotiations for supplying materials to a new factory in Brazil. Jörg Schickert has extensive experience in the healthcare and life sciences sectors; Thomas Salomon regularly acts for clients from the consumer goods and renewable energy sectors.

Leading individuals

Patrick Ayad - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Banking and finance

Financial services: regulatory
Banking and finance: financial services: regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is frequently sought out for regulatory advice, with the payment services sector providing a strong source of work thanks to the expertise of the ‘knowledgeable, thorough and well-connected’ Richard Reimer; he advises the Federal Association of Payment Institutions (BVZI) on financial regulatory issues. Michael Leistikow excels in compliance matters and money laundering prevention. Another focus is banking restructurings through Tim Brandi – he has been working for bad banks FMS Wertmanagement (Hypo Real Estate) and Erste Abwicklungsanstalt (WestLB).

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Investment funds
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Lending and borrowing
Banking and finance: lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles a mix of acquisition and corporate finance, as well as real estate finance; a particularly active client was Grand City, in the hotel sector. The team assisted Fressnapf with its first syndicated financing and advised HNA Group on the €1.5bn debt and equity financing relating to its takeover by Swissport. It also has experience in advising insurers as alternative lenders and covers trade and export financings, where it has substantial experience relating to Latin America. Practice head Katlen Blöcker is noted for ‘constructive cooperation’ with clients and real estate finance expert Patrick Mittmann ‘distinguishes himself with a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach’.

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Project finance
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Capital markets

Debt capital markets
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Showing ‘high competence, reliability, innovation’ and ‘a pronounced business sense’, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team is ‘absolutely recommended’ by clients. The ‘eager’ and ‘trustworthy’ Michael Schlitt ‘masters the entire range of products from IPOs and capital increases to equity-linked matters’, and shows ‘an outstanding motivation and dedication’. He advised the joint bookrunners, Bankhaus Lampe and Deutsche Bank, on the placement of Hella shares held by family shareholders with institutional investors by means of an accelerated bookbuilding procedure and assisted Deutsche Telekom in its role as selling shareholder during the IPO of Scout 24. After some departures in 2015, the team was quickly strengthened with the hire of counsel Susanne Lenz from Allen & Overy LLP.

Leading individuals

Michael Schlitt - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Structured finance and securitisation
Capital markets: structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With clients such as BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Ford, Hogan Lovells International LLP continues to ‘concentrate on securitisations in the automotive sector’ and international matters. Sven Brandt advised Volkswagen Financial Services and Volkswagen Leasing on the €820m securitisation of automobile leasing contracts and Dietmar Helms acted for Mercedes-Benz Auto Finance in its first securitisation of auto loan receivables in China. The team has also been advising NordLB on a €1.3bn privately placed ship financing securitisation and has expertise in real estate, renewable energy, insurance, retail and financial services, where new clients include Kreditech and Portigon.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP gives a ‘client-oriented service of very high quality’. Lutz Angerer’s team displays ‘great personal commitment’ and has ‘very detailed’ knowledge of the law and the market environment. Corporate compliance, corporate investigations and corporate governance are key areas for the team. A particular strength is advice to clients from regulated industries, where it acts for insurers Hannover Rück and Allianz, oil and gas company ExxonMobil, and the Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilisation (FMSA). Contentious work included representing Burger King’s former franchisee Kolobov in a dispute regarding new franchise contracts, and acting for Media-Saturn in a shareholder dispute. Michael Rose is recommended. Two new hires were Matthias Jaletzke from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Birgit Reese from Allen & Overy LLP.

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M&A: large international deals (€500m+)
Corporate and M&A: M&A: large international deals (€500m+) - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘cost-efficient’ team provides ‘high-quality advice and seamless communication’ and operates to ‘short response times’. The team, which is led by Lutz Angerer, acts for investment banks, financial institutions, governments and public organisations as well as listed corporations from the energy, life sciences, telecoms and insurance industries. It advised Alstom on its €9.7bn energy business sale to General Electric, and assisted 3M with the takeover of Polypore’s membrane division. Tim Brandi and Christoph Louven are recommended. The team has been bolstered by the arrivals of Matthias Jaletzke from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Birgit Reese from Allen & Overy LLP.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Dispute resolution: arbitration (including international arbitration) - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP benefits from its international network and distinct industry sector focus, particularly in the plant engineering, energy, projects und international trade sectors. Post-M&A arbitration is another strength. Karl Pörnbacher is ‘excellent’ and Inken Knief is recommended for her ‘short turnaround times and strategic approach’.

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has in-depth product liability expertise. It represents clients from a wide range of industries, frequently advising on matters with antitrust aspects, such as representing Air Canada in damages claims proceedings. Jürgen Witte ‘gets to the bottom of matters and proactively outlines issues and practicable solutions’, Detlef Haß is ‘competent and convincing’, and the ‘very resilient’ Ina Brock is ‘confident in court and has a good instinct for where a matter is going’. Matthias Schweiger made partner.

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Germany: IT and outsourcing

Data protection
IT and outsourcing: data protection - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is one of the first addresses for comprehensive data protection advice and is frequently instructed by high-profile clients in the automotive, life sciences, financial services and insurance sectors; the group is particularly experienced in assisting with international data transfer, data protection compliance and data protection matters related to online marketing and the Digital Single Market. In recent highlights, the team advised Texas Instruments Germany on internal data transfer matters and assisted German Tote with data protection issues related to the sale of majority stakes to French company Pari Mutuel Urbain. Marcus Schreibauer is the key contact for cybersecurity and the very visible Stefan Schuppert has expert knowledge of data protection matters in the context of digital healthcare sector and connected cars.

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Information technology (including contracts)
IT and outsourcing: information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

As part of the international IPMT practice, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s German IT team mainly assists established companies as well as innovative start-ups in the automotive, life sciences, financial services and insurance sectors with the entire spectrum of traditional and digital IT matters. Recent work includes several large-scale, cross-border IT projects, software licensing and maintenance agreements as well fintech mandates and connected car issues. Contentious work included representing Nagravision as joint plaintiff in criminal proceedings concerning the card sharing for illegal access to pay-TV services. Marcus Schreibauer heads the German cybersecurity practice and Stefan Schuppert is the key contact for software and licensing matters. Henrik Lehment and Alexander Reetz were appointed as counsel.

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Outsourcing
IT and outsourcing: outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises domestic medium-sized companies and clients in the technology and financial services sectors on the entire spectrum of outsourcing issues, including a growing body of cloud-related mandates. Stefan Schuppert assisted Fidelity Information Services with core banking systems service outsourcings to India. Nils Rauer heads the practice.

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLPworks very quickly and efficiently’ and is especially strong in transactions and projects in the offshore wind energy sector. The practice has been advising Merkur Offshore on matters relating to its Merkur Offshore wind farm, including financing and the general contractor agreement with GeoSea. Other recent work includes assisting Volkswind with the sale of 31 wind farms to Axpo Power and acting for Repower regarding a gas and steam power plant project. Practice head Matthias Hirschmann ‘has excellent expertise and is an extremely good negotiator’. Christian Knütel adds ‘broad knowledge’ and vast project experience.

Leading individuals

Matthias Hirschmann - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Healthcare and life sciences
Drug advertising law - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Transactions - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘legal advice at the highest level’ for researching pharmaceutical firms and medical devices manufacturers. Practice head Jörg Schickert has ‘outstanding expertise in reimbursement matters’, and is ‘very experienced in contract negotiations’. He assisted Eli Lilly during the AMNOG benefit assessment of an insulin product and advised MorphoSys on clinical trials and licensing transactions together with counsel Arne Thiermann, a compliance expert who is noted for his ‘equal consideration of clients’ needs and the legal framework’. Product liability expert Ina Brock has been defending TÜV Rheinland against liability suits arising from the scandal over PIP’s faulty breast implant products. Andreas von Falck focuses on pharmaceutical patent work for clients such as MSD. Tanja Eisenblätter has ‘noteworthy expertise’ in drug advertisement law.

Leading individuals

Jörg Schickert - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Insurance

Advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has been busy advising on restructurings, such as acting for Generali Deutschland. It assisted Talanx with HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG’s transformation to HDI Global SE. Global head of the insurance group Christoph Küppers is recommended along with Christoph Louven, who has extensive transactional and compliance law expertise; both provide ‘detailed and practical responses’ and have ‘unrivalled sector knowledge’. Birgit Reese, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP, focuses on insurance sector transactions.

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Germany: Intellectual property

Patent litigation
Intellectual property: patent litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘first-class’ patent team shows ‘excellent quality’ and ‘promptness’, particularly in the coordination of complex cross-border disputes, most notably in the pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors. The practice represented MSD in compulsory licence proceedings against Shionogi regarding the active ingredient raltegravir for HIV treatment; the Federal Patent Court for the first time granted a compulsory licence in summary proceedings. The team also acted for ZTE in a dispute with Huawei surrounding standard-essential patents in mobile communications and Steffen Steininger defended LG Electronics against an action by a non-practising entity (NPE) regarding a telecoms patent. Practice head Andreas von Falck and Miriam Gundt are life sciences experts, with Martin Fähndrich and Martin Chakraborty standing out in telecoms work. Alexander Klicznik was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Andreas von Falck - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Trade marks and unfair competition
Intellectual property: trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLPbelongs to the best firms’ in trade mark and competition law; the ‘very competent and quick’ team is ‘extremely broad’ and noted for its ‘outstanding collaboration’ with other offices globally. It has been representing Merck & Co, Inc in the prominent dispute with Merck KGaA regarding use of the Merck name on the internet, including concurrent proceedings in Germany, France and the UK. For ThyssenKrupp, it organised the worldwide application of its new logo and slogans, including representation in various opposition proceedings. Other clients include Mars for portfolio management and Novartis in competition law. Andreas Bothe, Yvonne Draheim, Morten Petersenn, Erhard Keller and Nils Rauer are recommended.

Leading individuals

Andreas Bothe - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Private equity

Transactions
Private equity: transactions - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP attracted a range of mid-cap transactions such as advising Odewald & Compagnie and Cobepa on the sale of d&b audiotechnik to Ardian. Matthias Jaletzke, Joachim Habetha, Volker Geyrhalter and the ‘forward-thinking’ Lars Benger are recommended.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP mainly assists venture capital houses and family offices with investments and exits. It advised Berlin Ventures BG on selling a stake in Scarosso and acted for Conduit Ventures on TouGas’ financing round. Holtzbrinck Ventures is a key client on the investor side, but the team also acts for start-ups and founders. Nikolas Zirngibl and Volker Geyrhalter are recommended.

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Germany: Public sector

PPP
Public sector: PPP - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is recommended for ‘complex contracts matters with highly technical requirements’. The team has distinct motorway extension expertise and regularly acts for the financing banks in PPP projects. Christian Knütel is recommended along with the ‘very experienced and competent’ Tobias Faber.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s advice is ‘targeted and shows detailed subject matter knowledge’. Thomas Dünchheim has a focus on municipal law and policy consultation; he advised Sanifair on regulatory matters, federal building law and public law issues regarding the installation of rest rooms in train stations and shopping centres. The highly regarded Patrick Ayad and Sebastian Polly focus on product-related advice, an area where the team has been busy with advising car manufacturers on exhaust emissions. Bernhard Kuhn covers the gamut of environmental law. Norbert Heier has been promoted to partner.

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Public procurement
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Real estate and construction

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses on plant construction, energy and infrastructure matters; it has expertise in ongoing projects, claims managements and other disputes. Clients note the firm’s strength in ‘complex contractual matters with technical requirements’ and appreciate its ‘international network between the lawyers and important stakeholders’. Practice head Ulrich Helm and ‘strategist’ Tobias Faber have ‘deep expertise’ in plant construction. Clients include Merkur Offshore and Talanx.

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Real estate
Real estate and construction: real estate - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLPhas an expert for every subject matter’ in real estate and ‘good in-house connections’. Practice head Roland Bomhard provides ‘very good team leadership’ and has ‘a solution-oriented working method’, particularly in the leisure sector. The wider team is increasingly advising on transactions and rental contracts across hotels, retail, office and logistics. Dirk Debald advised Union Investment on the acquisition of the former Karstadt building in Stuttgart. Marc Werner assisted Leopards with the sale and leaseback of its portfolio of 18 European hotels. Recently promoted partners Stefanie Kern and Norbert Heier have expertise in company relocations and project development, respectively.

Leading individuals

Roland Bomhard - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring
Restructuring and insolvency: restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘consistently outstanding’ practice advises conventional banks and bad banks, investors, companies and their executives, as well as prominent insolvency administrators. It advised the owners of Nordic Yards on restructuring aspects of the sale of three shipyards and assisted the Czech Republic with the selection of national emergency oil reserves in the insolvency proceedings of Viktoriagruppe. ‘Excellent’ practice head Heiko Tschauner ‘always keeps in mind a forward-looking strategy’; Detlef Haß and Christian Herweg are also recommended. Maximilian Baier was promoted to counsel.

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