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Germany: Banking and finance

Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

The Frankfurt-based team at King & Spalding LLP is a respected player in the market for real estate investment fund work, acting for asset management companies, institutional investors and fund platforms on the structuring, launch, management, restructuring and liquidation of investment funds, while also providing advice on real estate-related regulatory matters. As another key area of expertise, it also represents investment funds in litigation and arbitration. Team head Mario Leissner advised Barings Real Estate Advisers on regulatory and structuring matters concerning new funds and the sale of existing products in Germany. As another highlight, he acted for Beos, which exclusively instructs the firm with all its regulatory and fund matters, on the structuring and creation of a new fund product for institutional investors as well as on the structuring and establishment of an asset management company, including licensing procedures and various transactions. BMO Real Estate Partners receives regular investment law advice, and Hannover Leasing routinely instructs the practice with regulatory issues alongside fund structuring, restructuring and product listing matters. Other noteworthy work includes assisting Savills Investment Management with the structuring, launch, management and liquidation of various funds, products and vehicles alongside advice on investment law and supervisory law issues. In early 2018, real estate law expert Sven Wortberg moved to Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP.

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Lending and borrowing
Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 5

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP delivers ‘high-quality work’, frequently in conjunction with its London and New York-based finance teams, among others. Due to this, Sebastian Kaufmann, who is considered ‘a specialist in pfandbriefe’ and provides ‘well-founded high-quality advice’, splits his time between the Frankfurt and New York offices. The team’s strengths lie in advising lenders and borrowers on cross-border real estate finance in the mid-cap sector. Andreas Böhme advised Tishman Speyer on financing the acquisition of Pressehaus on Alexanderplatz in Berlin from media group Bertelsmann for its new fund Tishman Speyer European Real Estate Ventures VII.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Arbitration (including international arbitration) - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s ‘very good’ arbitration team deals primarily with post-M&A, investor-state and energy disputes and is well integrated into the international practice group. Jan Schäfer is particularly appreciated by clients for the ‘convincing logic in his line of argument’ and is also recognised by peers as ‘one of the leading arbitrators’. The group represented ESPF Beteiligungs and InfraClass Energie 5, among others, in an investment dispute against the Italian Republic concerning the reduction of the feed-in rate for solar power.

Leading individuals

Jan Schäfer - King & Spalding LLP

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Germany: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s team sits as part of a firm-wide group for life sciences regulatory law and provides advice at the intersection of food and pharmaceutical law and on regulatory issues in drug and medical devices law. The group also advises on purely food law matters, including health claims regulation. The team has longstanding experience providing compliance advice and is expanding its data protection practice due to the increased demand for GDPR-related advice. Practice head Ulf Grundmann’s highlights include acting for chemical manufacturer Kreussler in proceedings for the demarcation of drugs, cosmetics and medical devices, which included proceedings at the Federal Court of Justice, and representing the German homeopathic union DHU-Arzneimittel in competition law disputes concerning homeopathic products. Eckes-Granini, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and biomo-vital are also clients.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

The ‘flexible and business-minded’ Frankfurt-based real estate team at King & Spalding LLP is led by Mario Leißner and provides ‘high-quality advice’. Sebastian Kaufmann provides ‘well-founded advice’ and counsel Henning Aufderhaar has ‘an in-depth commercial understanding and structured approach’; the latter assisted JP Morgan Asset Management with its lease of the Openturm office tower in Frankfurt. In other significant work, the team acted for Beos on the sale of a portfolio for circa €500m. In early 2018, Sven Wortberg moved to Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP.

Next Generation Partners

Henning Aufderhaar - King & Spalding LLP

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