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Within: Compliance

Clients value Baker McKenzie’s ‘pragmatism’ and ‘excellent responsiveness’. They benefit from the uncomplicated cross-border cooperation, with the German group being the compliance centre for the EMEA region, and from the good teamwork with colleagues from public, antitrust and IT law. Particularly noteworthy is the practice group’s development of the so-called Compliance Cockpit, a system using a self-programmed algorithm which carries out global risk analyses and checks the status of compliance management systems; it was put to use in the review and revision of a chemical company’s global compliance management system. In another highlight, the group assisted a company from the automotive industry with the introduction of a compliance training system and with the implementation of compliance training courses in a number of countries. Andreas Lohner is regarded as ‘top in compliance matters’. Nicolai Behr, who contributed significantly to the development of the Compliance Cockpit, made partner. Thomas Grützner joined Latham & Watkins LLP.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations

Within: Internal investigations

Baker McKenzie’s ‘top compliance and internal investigation team’ advises clients primarily in the automotive, financial services, construction, logistics and consumer products sectors on international investigations, working closely with the public, antitrust and IT practices. Anahita Thoms, who was a new arrival from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York, is assisting an industrial company with internal investigations into breaches of sanction and export control law. Andreas Lohner also works for an international company in investigations related to cartel and corruption allegations. Thomas Grützner, who announced his move to Latham & Watkins LLP in August 2018, was instructed by a number of DAX 30 companies, for example for an internal anti-corruption investigation. Nicolai Behr joined the partnership.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A


Within: Corporate

Baker McKenzie recently acted on numerous cross-border mergers, increasingly counts listed companies as clients, and is setting standards in compliance advice. A highlight was assisting Uniwheels with the conclusion of a domination and profit transfer agreement with the main shareholder Superior Industries International, including the preparation and execution of the extraordinary general meeting, and the delisting of the company. Other highlights include advising McDonald’s on its day-to-day business; assisting Karl Storz, a manufacturer of endoscopes, medical instruments and equipment, with its conversion into an SE & Co. KG; and acting for Daimler on the establishment of a European on-demand ride-sharing joint venture with start-up Via. Since Nikolaus Reinhuber took over the management of the global IT practice in July 2017, Christian Atzler now jointly heads the German corporate law group together with Andreas Lohner, who has been co-head of the practice group for many years. Björn Simon made partner in July 2018 and Christian Vocke is also an up-and-coming young partner.

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