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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

The five partner-strong private equity group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP sets itself apart from other competitors with its sound expertise in the restructuring sector. One example is advising Centerbridge Partners, Goldman Sachs and Caspian on the sale of the A.T.U group to Mobivia, which prevented its insolvency. However, the firm is also ‘superb’ when turnaround situations are not involved. It was also retained by Advent International and Bain Capital Private Equity regarding the acquisition of Concardis, and its client base includes Platinum Equity, TPG Capital, Lone Star and Bregal Unternehmerkapital. Managing Partner Gerhard Schmidt heads the practice group in which Christian Tappeiner is recommended. Volkmar Bruckner left for Kirkland & Ellis International LLP in May 2017.

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Tax - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has tax-related transactional work at its core but is also experienced in handling tax-related restructuring and contentious tax matters. In November 2016, the team boosted its bench strength by adding Mayer Brown LLP’s former tax head Ingo Kleutgens, who is best known for his tax law expertise related to corporate, banking and finance law. Tobias Geerling heads the team.

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Germany: Banking and finance

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

In close collaboration with the London and New York practices Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is particularly strong on the sponsors’ side (Montagu Private Equity, Advent International, Angelo, Gordon & Co.), but also acts for banks (Barclays Bank, UniCredit). The team surrounding Michael Kohl was strengthened significantly in September 2017 with the arrival of Wolfram Distler, former head of banking and finance at DLA Piper, who has broad expertise in corporate, acquisition, energy and infrastructure, real estate and export finance. The firm also advises on financial restructurings. It assisted Centerbridge and its portfolio company on the adjustment and restructuring of existing bank financing in connection with the private placement of Senvion shares at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. A highlight was assisting the shareholders of Tipico with the sale of Tipico shares in CVC Capital Partners and the related financial commitments by various banks.

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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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Managing partner Gerhard Schmidt leads Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s M&A group, which frequently cooperates with colleagues in London, Paris, and New York as well as Asia. For example, when advising British specialty chemicals company Elementis on the $360m acquisition of SummitReheis from One Rock Capital Partners, the group collaborated with colleagues from London and New York. Another highlight was assisting Professional Datasolutions (PDI) with the acquisition of Lomosoft, provider of planning software and mobile computing for the oil and gas industry’s distribution chain. Following Volkmar Bruckner’s departure to Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, the group now includes three partners in Frankfurt and one partner in Munich.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Routinely acting on the defence side, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP focuses on representing banks and international companies in corporate, insolvency and competition law disputes. As a highlight, recommended practice head Britta Grauke acted for Ryanair in state aid proceedings.

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring and insolvency: Restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Frankfurt-based restructuring team is comprised of four partners and is especially active in restructurings out of court. In contentious matters the practice usually acts on defenders’ side. The client portfolio predominantly consists of shareholders and investors and due to the close collaboration with the London office the team regularly handles large international matters; in a particular highlight practice head Gerhard Schmidt acted for Centerbridge Partners, Goldman Sachs, Caspian and other financial investors in salvaging the insolvent company A.T.U. In another cross-border matter Britta Grauke advised Charterhouse Capital on the restructuring of the shares in BARTEC. Other clients include Strategic Value Partners and Avenue Capital. Uwe Hartmann and Ingo Scholz are also part of the core team.

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