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Eversheds Sutherland

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Employment - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is particularly well established in Munich but also increasingly able to utilise its extensive global network, resulting in new client relationships. A leading food manufacturer is among the new clients and received advice on outsourcing options for pension obligations. Traditionally strong at advising executives, the team also receives an increasing amount of employee data protection mandates with a focus on the industrial, commercial, non-profit and healthcare sectors. As a highlight, the practice acted for an international printer and photocopier group in a large restructuring programme. Stefan Kursawe heads the practice, which includes the recommended Frank Achilles and Susanne Giesecke.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: Corporate - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland

Mid-sized companies are core clients of Eversheds Sutherland’s corporate group, which mainly acts on annual general meetings, restructurings and the establishment of joint ventures. A recent highlight was advising automotive supplier Autoliv on founding a joint venture with Volvo Cars for the development of autonomous driving and driver assistance system software. Boeing is a regular client, with recent instructions including restructurings and compliance matters. The ‘very thorough, committed and persistentSven Schweneke led advice on this matter; he and practice head Matthias Heisse are based in Munich. In May 2016, the Berlin-based Christian Hilpert and the Munich-based

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M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m)
Corporate and M&A: M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m) - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s M&A practice is gaining visibility due to its involvement in numerous cross-border transactions. Recently, the group handled transactions related to China, France, the United Kingdom, Iran, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. For example, Christof Lamberts advised Starbucks on the sale of all shares in Starbucks Coffee Deutschland to AmRest and was also involved in advising IT infrastructure provider Globalways on its acquisition by Star Capital Partners. The ‘very thorough, dedicated and persistentSven Schweneke led advice to automotive supplier Horizon Global on the €167m acquisition of Westfalia-Automotive and Terwa from DPE Deutsche Private Equity and other co-investors. He also led assistance to automotive supplier Autoliv with founding, together with Volvo Cars, the joint venture Zenuity for the development of software for autonomous driving and driver assistance systems. Practice head Matthias Heisse and Christian Mense, who joined the partnership in May 2016, are also renowned lawyers.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland acts in antitrust and competition law litigation alongside corporate and commercial disputes, frequently with practice head Joos Hellert in the lead: he represented a client from the luxury furniture sector in several sales antitrust law proceedings, and assisted a new client with a corporate dispute, including cross-border elements, pertaining to the inclusion of shares in a medical device company and related damage claims. An industrial machinery company retained the team to act in several disputes resulting from a restructuring, including the fulfilment of warranty claims, among other issues.

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Germany: IT and outsourcing

Data protection
IT and outsourcing: data protection - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s data protection lawyers ‘quickly understand clients’ needs’ and stand out for their ‘very high availability, deep industry expertise and team work’. The team led by the highly recommended Alexander Niethammer increasingly handles cross-border data protection projects and frequently advises on international data transfer, employee and customer data protection and data protection compliance. Recent clients include the US-Swedish automotive supplier Autoliv regarding data protection aspects of a joint venture with Volvo Cars, a US manufacturer of water treatment plants on data protection compliance and new client Messe München (the Munich Trade Fair) on customer data protection. Vodafone and Microsoft are also new clients; the practice won the latter through Lutz Schreiber’s arrival from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2016; he was recently promoted to partner.

Next generation lawyers

Lutz Schreiber - Eversheds Sutherland

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Germany: Intellectual property

Trade marks and unfair competition
Intellectual property: trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 6

Eversheds Sutherland

Since January 2017, the trade mark and competition law group at Eversheds Sutherland has been led by Tobias Maier, who was made partner in May 2016. The team, which has expanded its international scope significantly by merging with the US law firm Sutherland, scores highly with clients due to its ‘quick response times and good industry knowledge.Axel Zimmermann advised a private-label company in the food sector on counterfeiting proceedings. Other clients include Aspen Pharma, Avon Cosmetics, the Kering Group and Starbucks.

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