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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Dr Nikolas Zirngibl

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Nikolas Zirngibl thinks outside the box, therefore his clients benefit from his creative and customized solutions. He helps clients solve the most complex M&A transactions successfully. His clients appreciate Nikolas' pragmatic and solution-oriented approach and Nikolas' ability to simplify the most complex legal problems. Nikolas is also one of Germany's leading go-to lawyers for advice on venture capital and growth financing transactions. Nikolas and his team have advised on more than 50 venture capital transactions in the past years, helping both investors as well as founders in getting their deals done.


Germany: Corporate and M&A

M&A: large deals (€500m+)

Within: M&A: large deals (€500m+)

Hogan Lovells International LLP delivers ‘solutions that work the first time around and keep the effort for clients low’. The team also successfully cooperates with ‘equally qualified and readily available lawyers in other jurisdictions’, which is an advantage for clients involved in large international transactions. Highlights in this space included advising Woodward on the acquisition of engineering firm L’Orange for a value of €700m according to media reports; assisting BASF with the merger of its paper and water chemicals business with US specialty chemicals manufacturer Solenis; and acting for Daimler on the formation of a joint venture with BMW to bundle global mobility services. Lutz Angerer leads the German team, while Volker Geyrhalter heads the Continental European practice. Nikolas Zirngibl is also noted and Hanns Jörg Herwig made partner at the beginning of 2018.

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Germany: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘excellent’ team stands out for its high level of niche expertise in various healthcare-related areas. Jörg Schickert, who heads the German life sciences practice, has considerable regulatory expertise; he and Arne Thiermann, who was promoted to partner in January 2018, advised multiple companies belonging to Merz Pharma on matters concerning medical devices, pharmaceutical and compliance issues. In a highlight in the corporate space, the group assisted Centogene with a venture capital financing round totalling over €25bn; Munich-based Nikolas Zirngibl led the advice. Tanja Eisenblätter, who is based in the Hamburg office, utilised her ‘comprehensive experience’ in representing Daiichi Sankyo in several competition law disputes concerning anticoagulants. The firm was also active in the field of product liability law, providing multijurisdictional advice to a medical device manufacturer, and in the patent law area, where Alexander Klicznik represented Agilent in three infringement proceedings around mass spectrometres. ‘Magnificent patent lawyerMiriam Gundt; head of the digital health Continental Europe practice Matthias Schweiger; Ina Brock, who heads the global clients and industries group; and ‘gutsy’ patent law practice head Andreas von Falck are all also recommended. Hanns Jörg Herwig, Inken Knief and Désirée Maier were promoted to the partnership in January 2018.

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Germany: Private equity

Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, clients ‘are in very good hands’: the group ‘delivers brilliant work’ with ‘very good turnaround times’ and has ‘excellent industry expertise’. It acts for founders, start-ups and, in particular, investors who also instruct the team to deal with regulatory issues. The recommended Nikolas Zirngibl advised Daimler on its investment in aviation start-up Volocopter, and assisted Rostock-based diagnostics company Centogene with a series A financing round of over €25m. He also advised Experteer’s shareholders on the sale of the online job exchange of the same name to publishing group Medien Union. The online cruise ship travel agency Dreamlines instructed the group for a financing round and Volker Geyrhalter led advice to Personio on a series A financing round after the team had already advised the client on the seed financing in 2016. Peter Huber is ‘always available and supports his clients with creative, pragmatic solutions’.

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