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Hogan Lovells International LLP


Germany

Antitrust
Antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

A ‘high economic understanding’, a ‘pragmatic approach’ and ‘very good expertise’ are attributed to Hogan Lovells International LLP’s antitrust law practice, which is also noted for its good integration in the international network. Practice head Martin Sura advised Lürsen Group on the acquisition of the Hamburg shipyard Blohm+Voss and obtained an approval in phase I. Distribution antitrust law expert Marc Schweda represented LEGO in the Federal Cartel Office’s second vertical proceedings regarding a functional discount system; he also acted for Autobahn Tank&Rast in a procurement procedure concerning the fuel distribution at federal motorways. Other highlights included the representation of Ford regarding the enforcement of damage claims against automotive suppliers and Air Canada in litigation against members of the air freight cartel.

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘practical and assertive’ team acts for a broad client base from the manufacturing sector with a focus on automotive but its client roster also includes a number of life sciences, health and technology sector players. Regular instructions include assistance with compliance issues, such as business partner compliance, compliance system updates and implementations, internal investigations and whistleblower structures; issues relating to antitrust, product liability and public law are also frequently dealt with. Recently, practice head Sebastian Lach provided advice on corruption matters and other criminal risks. Jürgen Johannes Witte is another key member of the team, which lost counsel Markus Burkhardt to an in-house role at Amazon at the end of 2016. Dorina Bruns was made counsel in early 2017.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has impressive international reach and in-depth expertise in handling matters relating to data protection on one hand and banking, pharmaceutical and insurance sector work on the other. The team continues to advise long-term client British American Tobacco on the restructuring and transfer of production capacity abroad, and assisted Dell with employment law matters pertaining to the sale of its global consulting division to the NTT Data Group. Kerstin Neighbour heads the practice, which includes the renowned Ingrid Ohmann-Sauer. The ‘practical and assertiveTim Wybitul is frequently recommended for matters connected to employment law and data protection, while Hendrik Kornbichler is best known for his insurance sector expertise.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP impresses with a constant deal flow in the lower and mid-market segment. The practice recently repeatedly advised portfolio companies on acquisitions within the scope of their buy-and-build strategy. Matthias Jaletzke is particularly active in the private equity sector: he led advice to Odewald and Cobepa on the sale of D&B Audiotechnik to Ardian, with individual managers reinvesting, and assisted Terra Firma with the acquisition of the hotel chain Welcome Hotels from Warsteiner. Joachim Habetha, who is increasingly involved in management shareholdings, also operates in Frankfurt. Lars Benger, who most recently advised Invision Private Equity on the majority stake in TonerPartner, is a contact person for all private equity matters in Düsseldorf. In Munich, Peter Huber made partner at the start of 2017.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clients single out Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘quick and high-quality work’ with special expertise in dealing with matters at the intersection of tax and corporate law, which includes tax-related transactional work. This is also a key area of expertise for Ingmar Dörr, who assisted FlixMobility (FlixBus) with the acquisition of Postbus, the long-distance coach network of Deutsche Post DHL Group. New practice head Heiko Gemmel, who took over from investment tax expert Michael Dettmeier in February 2017, advised Macquarie Capital on the acquisition of an aircraft financing portfolio amounting to €800m from HSH Nordbank. Clients praise Gemmel as being ‘technically excellent and always available’ and appreciate his ‘humorous manner’ and his ‘special expertise in matters related to so-called bad banks and other complex financial structures alongside his close co-operation with colleagues acting at the interface with banking and finance law’.

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Trade and distribution
Trade and distribution - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Foreign trade law - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clients appreciate Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘excellent service level’ and ‘high-quality advice’ when handling contentious and non-contentious matters for predominately international clients but the team is also noted for its deep expertise in manufacturing sector work. Considered by many as ‘a leading expert for automotive distribution matters and automotive sector work in general’, team head Patrick Ayad provides ongoing advice to a global automotive supplier, and recently represented the same client in arbitration proceedings pertaining to the termination of a long-term development and serial supply contract. Thomas Salomon is particularly active for companies in the food, consumer goods and energy sectors, while Jörg Schickert focuses on life sciences-related mattes. Counsel Florian Unseld, who is in the process of establishing the commercial sector department in Düsseldorf, is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Patrick Ayad - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Florian Unseld - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Banking and finance

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s regulatory practice has ‘positioned itself well’ and advises banks, financial services providers, digital currency and payment institutions and investment companies from the planning, establishment and development of regulatory compliant products to their restructuring and liquidation. A particular focus lies on advising the payment industry; clients also include the Federal Association of Payment Institutions (Bundesverband der Zahlungsinstitute, BVZI) regarding all regulatory matters and the Federal Association of Electronic Cash Network Providers (Bundesverband der electronic cash-Netzbetreiber, BECN). In this context the team also increasingly advises on FinTech and recently acted for Concardis regarding the application for a licence for the operation of its digital currency business. Other expertise lies in support measures for financial institutions and bank restructurings. Also noteworthy is the team’s collaboration with the practices in London, Paris and the US. Tim Brandi and Richard Reimer in Frankfurt and Michael Leistikow in Düsseldorf are recommended. The practice was also strengthened with the arrival of Jochen Seitz from Mayer Brown LLP in October 2017; he has particular capital markets regulatory expertise.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With ‘extremely sound expertise’ and ‘very high client focusHogan Lovells International LLP advises on the structuring of investment funds and distribution of investment shares in Germany and Europe, including related regulatory and tax issues. The client portfolio consists of domestic and international investors and capital management companies and the team works with the firm’s practices in Luxembourg and the US. It advised Commerz Real on the tax structuring from the perspective of German and Luxembourg law regarding the securitisation of a participation in a closed-ended fund and assisted Allianz Global Investors with the worldwide outsourcing of AllianzGI Investor Services to State Street for its entire range of funds with over €450bn of managed assets. The firm was also able to expand its work for Cheyne Capital, TRIUVA and Union Investment. Michael Dettmeier has a ‘very high tax expertise and clear opinions, which he represents effectively’. Michael Leistikow heads the practice.

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Lending and borrowing
Banking and finance: Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘excellent’ financing team ‘delivers work quickly and effectively’ and covers acquisition, corporate, real estate but also trade and export finance. Besides companies and banks it also advises alternative lenders, including debt funds, FinTechs and insurers. In the corporate finance segment it assisted Globus with a €150m revolving facility, which was issued by a syndicate led by Commerzbank, LBBW, Saar LB and UniCredit, and recently advised Vapiano on a syndicated loan in the context of its IPO. A client in acquisition finance is HNA regarding the first phase of a complex €1.5bn debt financing in connection with the CHF2.7bn acquisition of the Swissport group. Patrick Mittmann (‘very quick, technically unchallenged, clear and precise language, no unnecessary top dog behaviour, unpretentious’) focuses on real estate finance and acted for Deutsche Hypo, Berlin Hyp and HSH Nordbank with regard to a €960m financing of various companies under the DIC group. Clients appreciate the ‘consideration of sector specifics and particularities of the asset and the regulatory requirements of the lenders’. The ‘very competent’ Katlen Blöcker is ‘also an excellent lawyer’, who stands out for her ‘extremely pleasant collaboration’.

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Project finance
Banking and finance: Project finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s Frankfurt and Hamburg-based and ‘absolutely recommendable’ infrastructure, energy, resources and projects group advises on the entire life cycle of projects, including project finance. The team is ‘very well organised’, ‘always available and delivers good solutions’; it advises within Germany but also on projects abroad, frequently under foreign law, such as assisting a consortium of strategic and financial investors with a $2bn waste water project in Kuwait, including the project finance and advice on Kuwaiti law. A highlight was advising Merkur Offshore on the €1.6bn project finance, including the debt capital and €500m equity financing. ‘Extremely pragmatic’ counsel Carla Luh, who is recommended for her ‘deep financing know-how’ and was promoted to partner at the start of 2018, also acted for NRW.BANK regarding the refinancing of the Trianel Windpark Borkum offshore wind farm. The firm furthermore continues to advise in the infrastructure sector, including on the financing of highway projects. Christian Knütel ‘gives the right advice’.

Next generation lawyers

Carla Luh - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Capital markets

Debt capital markets
Capital markets: Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on bonds, Schuldschein loans, profit-participation certificates, registered bonds and hybrid bonds for a client portfolio comprised in particular of international investment banks and European and German financial institutions. The team continues its strong position with regards to automotive banks, such as General Motors Financial International, but also advises an increasing number of companies, including Repower and Globus. Sina Hekmat, who divides his time between Frankfurt and New York, assisted the managers with the issue of a $1.5bn bond of Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank and Sven Brandt acts for the arrangers and dealers regarding the update of the €65bn debt issuance programme of FMS Wertmanagement and issues under the programme, including recently for Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs International and Merrill Lynch International concerning the issue of bonds at a value of €1.5bn. Michael Schlitt leads the capital market practice, which in October 2017 was significantly strengthened with the arrival of Jochen Seitz, who also has capital market regulatory expertise, and Peter Maier from Mayer Brown LLP.

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Equity capital markets
Capital markets: Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With ‘good size and composition as well as broad knowledge and experienceHogan Lovells International LLP’s equity capital markets team ‘focuses on what’s essential’ and ‘gets to the heart of the matter’. Traditionally strong on the banking side, the practice also increasingly acts on the issuer side, such as for Shop Apotheke Europe and va-Q-tec regarding its IPO. Another client was Vibracoustic concerning its planned IPO. Besides IPOs the team is also experienced in capital increases, rights issues, block trades and public takeovers and also convertible, exchangeable and warrant bonds. It advised Berenberg Bank, Bankhaus Lampe and Kempen & Co on the capital increase of Hamborner REIT and assisted Berenberg Bank and M.M.Warburg & CO with the capital increase with subscription rights of MPC Capital. ‘One of the leading equity capital markets lawyers in Germany‎Michael Schlitt is not only noted for his ‘longstanding experience and profound expertise’, but also his ‘calm manner, good communication also with non-lawyers and very good availability’. Counsel Susanne Lenz is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Michael Schlitt - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Structured finance and securitisation
Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

According to peers Hogan Lovells International LLPcontinues to advance’ in the structured finance area; the ‘strong’ team is ‘highly visible’ when it comes to advice on derivatives and has an ‘established’ leading reputation with automotive banks. Recently the firm advised Mercedes-Benz Bank on the securitisation of a portfolio of German auto loans with a volume of €1.1bn, and Volkswagen Leasing on the securitisation of €1.2bn leasing receivables. Yet the team also advises on other asset classes, such as Nord/LB regarding the structuring and implementation of a privately placed securitisation transaction in connection with a portfolio of distressed and non-performing ship loans with an outstanding loan amount of $1.5bn in total. Besides the focus on structured issues and international ABS transactions, the firm also handles the establishment and management of programmes. Clients include Santander Consumer Bank, Sixt Leasing and FMS Wertmanagement, among others. The ‘very successfulDietmar Helms is considered ‘a renowned fixture in the market’ and Sven Brandt is also recommended.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations
Internal investigations - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for several well-known clients from the transport and construction industries alongside manufacturers and automotive sector players in various internal investigations, frequently including cross-border elements, and handles related litigation. With particular strength in the environmental space, the team routinely deals with alleged environmental permit requirement violations, and, in other work, also deals with product liability, customs clearance, industrial espionage and procurement infringement matters. When handling internal investigations, Sebastian Lach’s team frequently acts for clients faced with bribery, breach of trust and corruption allegations. In early 2017, Dorina Bruns was made counsel, while counsel Markus Burkhardt Ende took up an in-house role at Amazon in late 2016.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With ‘swift and accurate replies’ and a ‘familiarity with the industry and the business model’, Hogan Lovells International LLP provides clients with a ‘very pleasant cooperation’. Through the sheer number of corporate law partners, the firm has a strong focus in numerous sectors. For example, practice head Lutz Angerer is particularly regarded in the life sciences sector, while Christoph Louven specialises in the insurance sector. Energy sector expert Matthias Hirschmann advised EnBW on founding a joint venture with Siemens Financial Services and DEME Concessions for the participation in a tender process for offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak. Other highlights included assisting Vibracoustic with the conversion into a stock corporation in preparation for its IPO and representing Media-Saturn-Holding in a shareholder dispute concerning the interpretation of the shareholders’ agreement. In addition, restructurings and annual general meetings kept the group occupied. The ‘always availableMichael Rose and Peter Huber, who made partner in early 2017 and is described as ‘analytically very strong and technically excellent’, are also recommended.

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Peter Huber - Hogan Lovells International 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

M&A advice at Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘timely’ and ‘always rendered with commercial expertise’ by ‘excellent lawyers’. Düsseldorf-based Christoph Louven leads the practice at the Continental European level and Munich-based Lutz Angerer leads the German group. Matthias Jaletzke and Tim Brandi are recommended in Frankfurt, Birgit Reese is another name to note in Düsseldorf and Peter Huber, who recently made partner in Munich, keeps ‘all the balls in the air and ensures that the cooperation with the client runs smoothly’. Most recently, the group advised financial institutions, including Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, and the German association of savings banks (DSGV), on the sale of credit card company Concardis to Advent International and Bain Capital for about €600m, according to media reports. In further highlight transactions, Statoil retained the firm for the acquisition of a 50% stake in the AWE Arkona wind farm development company from E.ON Climate & Renewables; and NXP Semiconductors was advised on the $2.75bn sale of standard product lines to AC Capital and Wise Road Capital.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘efficient and flexible’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLPprovides advice of excellent quality and is very experienced in the plant engineering sector’. Predominantly acting as party counsel, the team has a strong profile for CEE region mandates with a focus on Poland, and is adept at handling damage claims and contractual disputes including supply chain disputes in the automotive industry. Recommended individuals include Karl Pörnbacher, who frequently represents clients in international infrastructure and energy arbitrations, and counsel Inken Knief.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Described as a ‘reliable partner providing an excellent service level’, Hogan Lovells International LLP handles a broad range of contentious matters including commercial, corporate and contractual litigation and is particularly well versed in product liability. With equally broad industry knowledge, the team frequently deals with automotive, transport and life sciences sector work, among others. Recently, Detlef Haß defended Air Canada against damage claims brought by DB Barnsdale for the alleged air cargo cartel, and represented Volkswagen in an interim proceeding against two suppliers following a delivery stop and a threat to halt all production of several key components. Jürgen Johannes Witte is one of the team’s key figures.

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Product liability
Dispute resolution: Product liability - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With an extensive roster of reputable clients, Hogan Lovells International LLP frequently handles complex product liability, product safety and product compliance proceedings. The team’s broad industry knowledge leads to a steady stream of instructions from automotive, chemical, electronics, energy and consumer goods industry players, which are frequently handled by Sebastian Polly, while Ina Brock and Matthias Schweiger, who was made partner in January 2017, are well versed in dealing with life sciences sector work including pharmaceutical and medical device-related matters. Among other work, this expertise was demonstrated by handling the worldwide defence of TÜV Rheinland and its affiliated companies against liability claims for the alleged improper certification of the French breast implants manufacturer Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP).

Leading individuals

Ina Brock - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Sebastian Polly - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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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 advises prominent clients in the finance, insurance, automotive and healthcare sectors, companies in the manufacturing industry and IT service providers on the entire range of data protection matters with a ‘very high service level’. While the team surrounding the ‘practically oriented and assertiveTim Wybitul was frequently sought out for advice on the implementation of the GDPR in 2017, the practice additionally focuses on employee data protection, cybersecurity and international data transfer. It also assists well established corporations and tech start-ups with data protection issues related to autonomous driving and the connected car, the internet of things and digital healthcare. Marcus Schreibauer is the main contact for cybersecurity matters.

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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 IPMT practice, Hogan Lovells International LLP also provides a ‘good service level’ in IT matters with a focus on industrial companies in the healthcare, automotive, consumer goods and telecoms sectors. Recently the team regularly advised on SaaS (software as a service) contracts, technology-driven transactions and joint ventures, digital health and the connected car. Marcus Schreibauer assisted Diebold Nixdorf, a provider of IT solutions for the finance and trade industries, with a joint venture with the Chinese IT company Aisino. Stefan Schuppert is recommended and Nils Rauer is the contact for IT-related copyright disputes.

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Outsourcing
IT and outsourcing: outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s outsourcing practice frequently handles crossborder projects and regularly advises prominent customers and providers. Besides traditional outsourcing contracts, particularly cloud structures and data protection aspects of outsourcing transactions stood at the forefront of the practice. The team surrounding key figures Marcus Schreibauer and Stefan Schuppert assisted numerous financial and insurance companies in 2017, such as Allianz Global Investors regarding the Europe-wide outsourcing of middle office and back office operations to a central service provider and Erste Abwicklungsanstalt (EAA) concerning an outsourcing service contract in connection with the sale of EAA Portfolio Advisers. Other matters stemmed from the automotive, consumer goods, technology and life sciences sectors.

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Transactions - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘competent group’ at Hogan Lovells International LLP is particularly strong in renewable energy matters and offers ‘short processing times’, ‘strong business acumen’ and ‘excellent performance in M&A and plant construction matters’. The practice head for energy and natural resources, Matthias Hirschmann, used his ‘profound understanding of the German wind energy sector’ and ‘high-level commercial knowledge’ to advise Northland Power on the acquisition of the offshore wind farm project Deutsche Bucht, which has a financing volume of €1.2bn. He also supported Sampension KP Livsforsikring on the €190m acquisition of Nord Energie Renewables. Other recommended partners include Tobias Faber and ‘brilliant strategistUlrich Helm, who are based in Frankfurt and have a ‘broad knowledge of plant construction’. Faber, who also boasts ‘quick comprehension’, mostly handles power engineering plant and waste recycling projects. Hamburg-based counsel Tobias Flasbarth advised Statoil both on the sale of jordgas and its Norwegian parent company on acquiring a 50% participation in the AWE Arkona-Windpark development company. He is known for ‘keeping complex processes together well, paying attention to details and becoming acquainted with new topics’. The ‘diplomatic’ Christian Knütel has ‘comprehensive legal knowledge’ and ‘prepares solid and practical drafts’, for example when handling the €1.6bn project financing for offshore wind farm Merkur.

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Matthias Hirschmann - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Tobias Flasbarth - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Drug advertising law - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Transactions - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Under the lead of Jörg Schickert, Hogan Lovells International LLP has a large health law team acting on a broad range of matters: Schickert, for example, specializes in regulatory, pricing and reimbursement matters and recently led advice to medical product manufacturer Nanobiotix on the development and launch of products. Pharmaceutical advertising and compliance matters are covered by the Hamburg-based team led by Tanja Eisenblätter, which also handles competition instructions. A highlight for the team led by Miriam Gundt was representing Merck & Co. in litigation concerning the HIV drug Isentress, with a preliminary injunction for a compulsory licence granted by the federal patent court in August 2016. The group also advised Sanofi on how to deal with several German wholesalers which had illegally bought up hospital products at pharmacies to sell them on; Sanofi was not only represented as the harmed party in numerous criminal proceedings but also in the civil law enforcement of compensation claims. Litigator Matthias Schweiger was promoted to the partnership. Sabine Boos left to work at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences and Markus Burkhardt left for Amazon.

Leading individuals

Jörg Schickert - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Miriam Gundt - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Insurance

Advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Handling corporate and M&A work constitutes a key area of Hogan Lovells International LLP’s expertise with the team demonstrating particular experience in cross-border restructurings. Dealing with insurance supervisory law, governance, liability and coverage matters are other core strengths. The team assisted Generali Deutschland with restructuring matters pertaining to a cost reduction programme, and Allianz Global Investors received advice on a global outsourcing project. Christoph Küppers and Christoph Louven are the main contacts.

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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 team around ‘brilliant strategist’ and practice head Andreas von Falck continues its patent advice work in the telecoms and life sciences sectors, but also showed its strong positioning in the chemical and optics industries with the partner promotion of Alexander Klicznik. In the telecoms area, which continues to centre predominantly around Martin Chakraborty and Martin Fähndrich, a highlight was Steffen Steininger’s successful representation of LGE in two proceedings concerning two standard-essential patents for UMTS and the accompanying validity proceedings. In the life sciences sector Miriam Gundt’s advice to Merck & Co. in the dispute around the HIV drug Isentress stands out; in July 2017 the German Federal Court confirmed the compulsory licence for Merck. The firm also provides transaction-related advice, such as for US automotive supplier Dana in connection with the takeover of Brevini Group’s gearbox business, in this case led by its Italian office.

Leading individuals

Andreas von Falck - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Miriam Gundt - 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 LLPleaves nothing to be desired’. The team is well versed both in portfolio management and dispute resolution and has longstanding expertise in drafting demarcation agreements. The coordination of complex court proceedings, such as for Hard Rock Café International around the café of the same name but without a licence in Heidelberg, forms part the firm’s portfolio, as does advice on special forms of trade marks and product piracy. The practice expanded its work for Mars and continued to represent Peek & Cloppenburg Hamburg in several proceedings against Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf regarding trade mark registrations. In competition law areas of expertise include protection against imitation, marketing and advertisement campaigns and as supplementary segment know-how protection and protection of trade secrets. Matthias Koch left for the German Federal Court and Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh, who focuses on IP enforcement and in particular the pursuit of infringement actions on the internet, was promoted to counsel. Morten Petersenn and Andreas Bothe head the practice.

Leading individuals

Andreas Bothe - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Private equity

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clients of Hogan Lovells International LLP can count on ‘excellent lawyers available for support at any time’, who ‘swiftly provide thought-through and commercially feasible solutions’. Especially venture capitalists and family offices rely on the team for their investments. For example, the ‘fantasticPeter Huber, who made partner in early 2017, advised Conduit Ventures on a financing round with TouGas. Less frequently, the group acts for start-ups, but if so, it usually is retained for investments in later phases. An example is advising Stylight on the exit through the increase of shares held by Seven Ventures by 78%. Nikolas Zirngibl, who is recommended along with Volker Geyrhalter, led advice on this matter. The team can also count on colleagues to advise FinTechs on regulatory matters.

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Germany: Public sector

PPP
Public sector: PPP - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses mainly on international PPP projects as well as national infrastructure projects. The Frankfurt-based Tobias Faber continues advising a consortium of strategic and financial investers in the energy-from-waste sector, which is participating in the Kabd Municipal Waste Project tender for the construction and operation of a waste-to-energy plant in Kuwait; the project financing is of particular importance. Christian Knütel and counsel Carla Luh from the Hamburg team recently advised the financing banks and investors of the sponsor VINCI concerning the A6 motorway project.

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Planning and environment
Public sector: Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Public sector: product-related advice - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Clients are ‘extremely satisfied with the work’ of the ‘reliable and competent’ practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which is particularly marked by its ‘timely processing, excellent availability and practical approach’; the ‘adequate breadth of the group’ is also valued. The ‘pragmatic’ Thomas Dünchheim in Düsseldorf, who has ‘an enormous amount of expertise in public law and in municipal structures’, as well as a ‘sensitivity in situation analysis for the development of target-oriented solutions’, is highly recommended. Alongside the ‘highly committed and competent’ Antje Weiss, Sebastian Gräler and Carsten Bringmann, Dünchheim regularly acts for Autobahn Tank & Rast. For product-related advice the Munich-based Patrick Ayad is the key contact; he is representing a Europe-wide chemical company, which received a warning due to inadequate hazard identification of a sanitary cleaning agent, and in appeal proceedings; he also acts for other automotive industry clients.

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Public procurement
Public sector: Public procurement - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a ‘fast and pragmatic’ procurement law team with ‘good industry knowledge and international capabilities’, which is highly regarded in the defence, healthcare and energy industries. Brussels-based ‘excellent procurement and antitrust law expert’ Falk Schöning, who ‘always has business goals in mind and makes clear statements and risk assessments’, is a key figure in the defence industry. Counsel Jan Christian Eggers, who ‘works swiftly and precisely and is very available’, focuses on the healthcare sector. Two of Schöning’s long-term clients are Bombardier Transportation and the federal association of the German security and defence industry, while Eggers acts for Baxter and Exeltis. Practice head Marc Schweda advises energy and life sciences clients, while Thomas Dünchheim assisted Menden’s municipal utility with contracting aov IT.Services.

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Falk Schöning - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Jan Christian Eggers - 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

Plant construction - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Having specialist expertise in infrastructure and energy projects, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s Christian Knütel continues to advise on the Merkur offshore wind farm project, having been instructed by the eponymous association, which, in 2016, included project contract assistance. Tobias Faber acted for an investor consortium from the energy-from-waste sector before the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects in matters pertaining to the construction and operation of a waste-to-energy power plant. Other key clients include Meridiam Infrastructure, Enel and Strabag.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Having ‘excellent’ real estate law capabilities, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s recommended Hamburg partner Dirk Debald advised Commerzbank on the sale of the City Carrée in Berlin to Art-Invest Real Estate, and, in a similar matter, he assisted Warburg-HIH with the acquisition of the Quartier am Auswärtigen Amt in Berlin from LaSalle Investment. In equally significant work, team head Roland Bomhard advised Marcols on the sale of the Gravity portfolio via a share deal, consisting of 70 retail properties, to Castle Lake and Jones Lang LaSalle, and acted for Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs in the sale of the emerging holiday park in Lüttgau, in Allgäu, Germany. Together with hotel sector specialist Marc P. Werner, Munich-based Martin Günther assisted U Citys with the acquisition of the international Vienna House portfolio from two Austrian private foundations and real estate development and investment company Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft.

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 restructuring practice is closely linked to the firm’s expertise in financing matters. The six partner-team is well versed in restructurings, refinancings, distressed M&A transactions and insolvency-related issues and also experienced in litigation, particularly in insolvency rescission matters. It advises banks, insolvency administrators, debtors and companies in diverse sectors; it saw an increased work load particularly in the fashion, electronics, retail and automotive industries. Heiko Tschauner advised furniture manufacturer Röhr-Bush on the by now successfully completed insolvency plan procedure and assisted shoe retailer Leiser with the restructuring of the group companies via protective shield proceedings. Julian Fischer and Christian Herweg provided transactional advice to Norddeutsche Landesbank regarding the sale of a ship financing portfolio. Detlef Hass is recommended for his expertise in contentious matters.

Next generation lawyers

Christian Herweg - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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  • Hong Kong Enacts Competition Law

    After years of debate, on 14 June 2012 and in its last days of office, the Legislative Council finally enacted Hong Kong’s first cross- sector competition law.
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  • LAG Düsseldorf: Dismissal with immediate effect valid in response to threat

    Anyone who seriously threatens their employer or superior should expect to be dismissed with immediate effect. This was confirmed by a ruling of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Düsseldorf [Regional Labour Court of Düsseldorf] from June 8, 2017 (Az.: 11 Sa 823/16).
  • Tax evasion: Only voluntary disclosure affords protection from severe penalties

    Anyone who has been caught for tax evasion should expect to be faced with severe penalties. Voluntary disclosure is the only way of returning to a state of normal tax affairs and avoiding penalties.
  • GSK Update: AIFM Marketing in Germany - The clock is ticking for U.S. and other non-EU fund managers

    Our GSK Update informs about the impact of recent German investment fund legislation (UCITS V Implementation Act) for AIF managers, who are not domiciled in the EU (“non-EU-AIFM”) and who seek to market AIF shares in Germany in accordance with applicable German investment fund law under the EU-AIFM Directive (2011/61/EU).
  • GSK expands Luxembourg presence with a new tax partner

    Opened at the beginning of March 2016, GSK Stockmann + Kollegen continues to expand its Luxembourg office. Mathilde Ostertag recently joined the Luxembourg team of Equity Partners Dr. Marcus Peter, Andreas Heinzmann and Dr. Philipp Mößner as Local Tax Partner.
  • EIA - Strengthening the role of the public

    Among other things, the recent amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act has broadened the rights of (what is termed) the "affected public". The affected public consists primarily of various citizens' initiatives pursuing environmental or public-health purposes. It may for instance file an appeal against a negative decision at the screening stage (i.e., a decision according to which the given project does not require the issuance of an EIA report), and seek its annulment in court. The affected public has been granted a stronger voice also in subsequent procedures in which the fate of a building project is being decided: zoning proceedings and the proceedings on the issuance of a building permit. Taken together, these legislative changes may make it more difficult to implement projects which require an EIA report; in particular, the length of permission proceedings may be substantially extended.
  • New Top Level Domains – Noerr expert warns against trademark infringements

    On June 13, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the names of those who have applied for a new top level domain the ending of which may be geographic, such as "munich", industry identification such as "insurance" and even all trademark names and company descriptions such as "canon" and "adidas".
    - Noerr
  • No obligation to set up filtering systems in order to prevent copyright violations

    ECJ, decision of February 16th, 2012, ref. C-360/10 – SABAM
  • Further ECJ Ruling concerning NGO’s right of action under German environmental law

    For the second time within a short period of time, the non-governmental organisations right to challenge administrative decisions under German law is going to be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In January 2012, the German Supreme Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) referred a case to the ECJ for a preliminary ruling concerning the NGO’s right of action.
  • Lessons in Cross-Border M & A Transactions

    The fundamental advice for international business transactions is obvious and easy to understand: different countries have different laws, business habits and cultures. These differences may range from minor nuances, such as lengthy French business lunches or unusual Spanish office hours, to significant legal roadblocks, such as strict European employment laws.
  • Priority rental rights in insolvency

    Parties to rental contracts for commercial premises often agree priority rental rights. In practice, this concept is used to cover a whole series of legal structures. These range from fixed options for the tenant to a promise made by the landlord as a business policy that if any additional premises become available, they will be offered to the tenant. In 2010 the Berlin Court of Appeal issued a ruling on such priority rental rights in insolvency; the decision has recently been published.