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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)
M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has a focus on the technology and life sciences sector but impresses M&A clients from all sectors with its ‘active partner involvement’ and ‘close cooperation’. It acted for Deutsche Telekom on the establishment of joint venture Tooz Technologies with Zeiss Group for the development of smart glasses. It has also acted for various Chinese clients on acquisitions in Germany. The practice is headed by Thomas Schmid and also includes ‘outstanding negotiator’ Oliver Duys. In early 2018, Christoph Rödter and Nikita Tkatchenko were made up to local partners.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Arbitration (including international arbitration) - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP provides ‘very good advice’ and is instructed in energy, post-M&A and investment arbitration proceedings. Siegfried Elsing, who is regarded as ‘a luminary in the field of dispute resolution’, and rising talent Nicholas Kessler are representing a state in an Uncitral investment arbitration initiated by two investors from Asia. Other work includes representing a power plant in a proceeding. Newly appointed partner Karsten Faulhaber was also significantly involved in this case; like Elsing, he frequently acts as an arbitrator.

Leading individuals

Siegried Elsing - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Germany: Information technology

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

With ‘superior expertise in EU data protection’, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP provides ‘reliable, business-friendly and practical advice’. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team is ‘able to explain complex legal matters in an easily graspable manner, so both legal and economic decisions can be made’. The newly formed cyber, privacy and data innovation practice predominantly advises on international matters, often in connection with the GDPR, but also in the context of M&A transactions and data protection regulatory proceedings. The team also saw an increased workflow in advising clients on cyber attacks directed against service providers, regulatory authorities and affected parties. The ‘patient’ Christian Schröder is recommended for his ‘data protection expertise, quick comprehension and his business acumen’. He advised US software provider Flexera on data protection aspects in the context of its acquisition of the German-Swiss Brainware Group. Together with colleagues in the US and London, he is also providing comprehensive advice to globally operating technology company Nvidia – known for graphic cards, AI cloud services and autonomous driving – and is assisting cruise line Carnival with global data protection issues, internal company group agreements and (especially recently) GDPR questions. The firm also advises numerous US and German mid-sized start-ups on data protection matters.

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Germany: Private equity

Transactions - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 4

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

With a focus on corporate venture capital, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP specialises in advising investors, but also counts start-ups among its clients. The instruction lead is regularly shared with colleagues from the London and US offices; together with a London-based team, Munich-based Thomas Schmid assisted Vitruvian Partners with its investment in German online loans comparison platform Smava as part of a series D financing round. In another highlight, he advised, together with Jörg Ritter, Atomico on an investment in aviation start-up Lilium through a $90m series B financing round.

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