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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP mainly operates in the fields of technology and life sciences. Since joining at the end of 2015, Thomas Schmid led the private equity practice, which was again expanded at the start of 2017 with the addition of Christoph Brenner and two managing associates from King & Wood Mallesons. Together, they gained some new clients for the firm: the group advised Ardian on the sale of its shareholding in frostkrone to Emeram Capital Partners; DBAG retained the firm for the acquisition of two radiology practices and EQT counted on the group during its acquisition of the IT security solutions provider Utimaco.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m)
Corporate and M&A: M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m) - ranked: tier 5

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Thomas Schmid leads Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s ten partner-strong practice, whose client base includes both German and international companies, often from the technology or life sciences sectors. A recent example is advising the Swedish AB Fagerhult on the acquisition of WE-EF, a specialist for outdoor lighting, with seven affiliates in Australia, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Thailand and the US. Stefan Schultes-Schnitzlein was one of the lawyers involved in this transaction; he and Sven Greulich made partner at the beginning of 2017. Christoph Brenner and his team joined from King & Wood Mallesons in January 2017, while Kerstin Henrich left for Jones Day in June 2016.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP frequently handles contentious energy, construction and post-M&A matters alongside disputes on long-term supply contracts and insolvency law issues. Newly promoted partner Nicholas Kessler has been representing the seller of an IT company in post-M&A arbitration proceedings under DIS rules, dealing with the validity of alleged supplementary agreements in the share purchase agreement, and also acted for a German investment company in ICSID arbitration proceedings on the reduction of the feed-in rate against Spain. In ICC arbitration, Kessler and Siegfried Elsing acted for the founder of an American online platform against the purchasers of the platform. The ‘very experienced’ Karsten Faulhaber is recommended.

Leading individuals

Siegfried Elsing - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Germany: IT and outsourcing

Data protection
IT and outsourcing: data protection - ranked: tier 3

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

As part of the ‘outstanding’ global data protection practice Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s German team surrounding ‘top data protection expert’ Christian Schröder also advises on the entire spectrum of relevant matters, including cyber security, GDPR and data protection aspects of transactions; increasingly US but also Asian clients make use of the team’s cross-border expertise. The firm advised Carnival Corporation on global data protection matters and internal company group contracts and a Chinese technology corporation on data protection issues in connection with autonomous driving. Other clients include Flexera Software and SIG Combibloc.

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