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King & Spalding LLP

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Germany: Banking and finance

Investment funds
Banking and finance: Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

With ‘high industry knowledge and legal expertiseKing & Spalding LLP advises on closed-ended and open-ended funds with a focus on asset classes such as real estate, infrastructure and energy. Advice ranges from the structuring and management of funds to the restructuring and liquidation of mutual funds following the financial crisis. Clients note the team’s ‘business sense and instinct for clients’ needs, whether of a legal or economic nature’. Expertise lies especially in real estate-related regulatory matters, but also in litigation: The firm acts for investment funds in the defence against court actions and arbitrations. Besides a focus on advising German funds it also increasingly assists foreign funds with Germany-based activities, such as advising Barings Real Estate Advisors regarding regulatory issues and the structuring in connection with new funds and the distribution of existing products in Germany. Another client is BMO concerning the regulatory and corporate structuring of several activities in various countries in Europe for a new pan-European fund and a new client is BEOS regarding the structuring and launch of a new fund product for institutional investors. Other clients include HANSAINVEST, Hannover Leasing, Savills Fund Management and TRIUVA. Andreas Böhme has ‘phenomenally detailed knowledge and long-lasting negotiation power as well as an understanding for the economic aspects of the transaction’. Mario Leissner is also recommended.

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Lending and borrowing
Banking and finance: Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 5

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLPachieves complete client satisfaction’ and the team, which focuses on real estate financings, is recommended particularly ‘for complicated processes, especially abroad’. On the lenders’ side it frequently advises clients such as LBBW, Helaba, Münchener Hypothekenbank, BayernLB and Natixis, and on the borrowers’ side TRIUVA, HANSAINVEST, Orion Capital Managers, AEW Europe and Barings Real Estate Advisers, amongst others. Tishman Speyer sought the firm’s advice on the acquisition and financing of the Pressehaus on Alexanderplatz from media corporation Bertelsmann for the new fund Tishman Speyer European Real Estate Ventures VII. Another client is DekaBank regarding real estate financings in Germany, Europe and the US. Highly recommended Andreas Böhme is admitted in Germany, England and Wales and focuses on advising borrowers and Sebastian Kaufmann, who is admitted in Germany, New York, England and Wales, divides his time between Frankfurt and New York with expertise on the lenders’ side for cross-border transactions with the US. Werner Meier now heads the restructuring practice at Simmons & Simmons LLP.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

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

King & Spalding LLP

Benefiting from its international network, King & Spalding LLP’s ‘strong and reliable’ team is a regular fixture on post-M&A and investor-state arbitrations, most notably in the energy sector. Team head Jan Schäfer, who ‘works hard for his clients’ and ‘is very experienced in investment protection proceedings’, is increasingly active as arbitrator; his clients also appreciate his ability ‘to quickly familiarise himself with new issues and to put on excellent finishing touches’. In recent work, the team represented a number of German and Austrian investors in investor-state proceedings before the World Bank, and acted for KS Invest and TLS Invest in an investment dispute over the reduction of feed-in rates for solar power.

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Germany: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 4

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP clearly focuses on regulatory matters concerning food, drug and medical products, while its core activity is advising on distinguishing foodstuff and pharmaceuticals. Additionally, the group frequently acts on proceedings against parallel importers such as Teva Europe; representing Roche Diagnostics in ECJ proceedings concerning the question whether parallel imports have to undergo a complementary conformity assessment procedure after changes in the product configuration is another example. In other highlights, the group advised biomo-vital on regulatory matters concerning dietary supplements and dietary foods, and represented the Dutch homeopathy and phytotherapy provider VSM Geneesmiddelen in an action for failure to act before the ECJ concerning the evaluation of health claims at Botanicals against the European Commission. Ulf Grundmann is a proven expert in food law, for example acting for Pfizer in this area.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate and construction: Real estate - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

Frankfurt-based real estate team at King & Spalding LLPhandles matters in a timely manner, also those on short notice’ and is praised for its ‘business-oriented approach, which takes the clients’ interests into account’. Team head Mario Leißner and Axel Schilder demonstrate ‘top-drawer industry knowledge’ and provide ‘very good advice on structuring matters’, while Andreas Böhme is praised as ‘aligning legal contracts with economic aspects’. Other recommended individuals include the ‘diligent and knowledgeable’ Sven Wortberg and counsel Henning Aufderhaar, who ‘understands the goals and operating procedures of large institutional investors and never loses sight of the strategy behind an investment’. Since 2016, the team has been advising Tishman Speyer on various transactions including the acquisition of the Pressehaus in Alexanderplatz in Berlin. New client Barings Real Estate Advisers instructed the practice to assist with the purchase of Berliner Volksbank’s head office.

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