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Germany

Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

As well as its internal investigation expertise, the ‘very good’ team at White & Case LLP frequently reviews compliance management systems and distribution models, assists with matters pertaining to international corruption prevention, financial sanctions and embargoes and handles due diligence mandates in the context of IPOs, corporate acquisitions and financings. This wide-ranging expertise is routinely called upon by manufacturing groups, financial services providers and companies from the IT, entertainment and service sectors. The team led by Karl-Jörg Xylander, which includes Nils Clemm and the ‘very solution-oriented’ Constantin Lauterwein, who were appointed local partner in 2017, has recently suffered a number of substantial losses: white-collar crime lawyer Jürgen Klengel left in February 2017 to work independently at Kanzlei Klengel while, in 2016, local partner Ole Mückenberger left the firm to open an office in Frankfurt for the criminal law boutique Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte. Börries Ahrens is now at Allen & Overy LLP.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 5

White & Case LLP

Frequently working in conjunction with the firm’s restructuring and insolvency departments, White & Case LLP is particularly well versed in handling restructuring-related work: recent work includes advising Air Berlin on its group restructuring. In other work, the team assisted the supervisory board of the Cologne Bonn Airport with managing director remuneration issues, among others, and advised LBBW on Cum-Ex-related employment law aspects. Frank-Karl Heuchemer and Hendrik Röger are the key contacts.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

At White & Case LLP, Hendrik Röhricht and Markus Stephanblome made partner at the start of 2017 in the group led by Stefan Koch and Andreas Stilcken. Tim Arndt, who also works in Frankfurt, is ‘very experienced, innovative and has a cool head’. The practice once again assisted with a number of transactions in the mid-cap arena, however, it also occasionally handles larger deals. Among the highlights are advising Ardian on the acquisition of a majority stake in SCHWIND eye-tech-solutions and assisting new client IK Investment Partners regarding the acquisition of ZytoService. Other clients include Allianz Capital Partners, Nordic Capital and Triton.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

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Frequently working in conjunction with the firm’s finance team, White & Case LLP is dedicated to transactional and private equity matters, which routinely include cross-border elements. Recent highlights include advising DZ Bank on its merger with WGZ Bank, and assisting the listed US Greenbrier Companies with their joint venture with Astra Rail Management, including follow-up mergers of the companies’ operational units in Germany, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Team head Andreas Knebel assisted a pension fund with the tax law aspects of a capital gains tax deduction on dividends for pension funds. Equally noteworthy, the team advised the private equity investor IK Investment Partners on the acquisition of ZytoService, and assisted the private equity investor Ardian with the acquisition of a majority stake in the Franconian company SCHWIND eye-tech solutions. Bodo Bender is another key member of the team.

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Germany: Banking and finance

Financial services: regulatory
Banking and finance: financial services: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

Besides giving stand-alone and ongoing advice to financial services providers and associations in the finance industry White & Case LLP’s ‘valued colleagues’ also handle regulatory matters in connection with transactions and disputes. Pillars of the practice lie especially in the area of European central banking supervision, where the team makes use of the firm’s international network, in the area of bank liquidation and the digital transformation of banks. In the M&A area a highlight was providing regulatory advice to DZ BANK regarding its merger with WGZ BANK. Henning Berger in Berlin also drew up a comprehensive legal opinion for The German Banking Industry Committee (Die Deutsche Kreditwirtschaft) regarding the application of the European and domestic banking supervisory regulations within the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). In Frankfurt Andreas Wieland is particularly active and Dennis Heuer is also recommended. Kai-Michael Hingst departed for Noerr’s newly opened Hamburg office in April 2017.

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Investment funds
Banking and finance: Investment funds - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s investment fund practice around Andreas Wieland advises a client portfolio consisting of asset management companies and German capital management companies and handles regulatory and tax matters but also transactions related to asset management, such as assisting Ameriprise Financial with the planned takeover of Pioneer Investments. The firm also regularly acts for foreign investment companies with regard to the distribution of foreign funds in Germany and other EU jurisdictions, including tax aspects. Key clients concerning matters around the German Capital Investment Code (KAGB) and distribution in Germany include Allianz Invest, BNY Mellon Asset Management, Goldman Sachs, HSBC Global Asset Management and Fidelity Investments. The team furthermore advises private equity investors on issues in connection with private equity investments in Germany.

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Lending and borrowing
Banking and finance: Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 3

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White & Case LLP is traditionally strong on the banking side and stands out for its advice on cross-border finance transactions. The firm often acts as local counsel in close collaboration with its practices in London and New York and offers advice on German, English and New York law from its offices in Germany. In the acquisition finance segment it also increasingly advises private equity houses: The ‘very active’ Vanessa Schürmann assisted Triton with the financing of the acquisition of WernerCo. Thomas Flatten focuses on real estate finance, but also handled the $4.4bn financing for the acquisition of Akron by Fresenius for a banking syndicate led by Credit Suisse. Expertise furthermore lies in financial restructurings: The ‘highly esteemedTom Schorling advised Commerzbank as documentation agent on the refinancing of Ströer’s syndicated credit facilities and recently on the €1.75bn refinancing of Evonik Industries’ syndicated credit line. Local partner Sibylle Münch joined Latham & Watkins LLP as counsel in May 2017 and with the closure of the Hamburg office the team lost Kai-Michael Hingst to Noerr in April 2017.

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Project finance
Banking and finance: Project finance - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s ‘strong’ project finance practice mainly handles highway and renewable energy projects on the lenders’ side. A recent highlight was advising a consortium of banks and institutional investors on the refinancing of a highway project implemented in the form of a PPP for the A8 highway, including project loans, bank loans and a novel form of support by the EIB with a total volume of €440m. The team furthermore advised a banking syndicate on the structured financing of the Monaco 1 gas pipeline and other infrastructure projects by bayernets. It also handles projects abroad, such as for the banks regarding the financing of the expansion of a bauxite mine in Guinea; for NordLB concerning the financing of the Oppido wind farm in Italy; and for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and an international banking syndicate in connection with the $3.8bn project financing of the Liwa Plastics Industries Complex in Oman. Florian Degenhardt is the key figure.

Leading individuals

Florian Degenhardt - White & Case LLP

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Germany: Capital markets

Debt capital markets
Capital markets: Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

High-yield - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

Powerhouse in the debt capital markets areaWhite & Case LLP for some clients is ‘by far the preferred firm for matters with a cross-border element’. The ‘broad and experienced team’ demonstrates ‘an above-average commitment and flexibility’ and ‘above-average industry knowledge and business sense’ and advises both on debt issuance programmes and stand-alone bonds with additional expertise regarding equity-linked transactions, hybrid products and banking regulation. Another focus lies on high-yield bonds; expert Gernot Wagner and Rebecca Emory, who was promoted to partner in 2017, assisted Hapag-Lloyd with the issue of a high-yield bond with a volume of €250m. Other highlights included advising the arrangers on the launch of the first international debt issuance programme for the issue of Polish mortgage pfandbriefe at a value of €4bn through PKO Bank Hipoteczny; and assisting Evonik Industries with the issue of bonds with a total volume of €1.9bn. ‘Market and opinion leader in German debt capital market lawJochen Artzinger-Bolten is ‘experienced and reliable’ and has ‘a remarkably pleasant and authoritative way of working’. ‘Rising partner in the debt capital markets area’ Karsten Wöckener has ‘enormously detailed knowledge’, ‘shows an impressive level of accuracy, diligence and oversight’ and has an ‘honest, direct and solution-oriented approach’.

Leading individuals

Jochen Artzinger-Bolten - White & Case LLP

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Equity capital markets
Capital markets: Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

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Clients often consult White & Case LLP as ‘preferred advisor’ for equity capital markets matters, not least due to the advantageous ‘US law expertise within its European offices’. The ‘very well-functioning team’ recently saw IPOs and capital increases in Germany and Switzerland and private placements, block trades and accelerated bookbuilding procedures as part of its portfolio. It assisted the Swiss Zur Rose Group with its IPO at the SIX Swiss Exchange and in the area of block trades advised Credit Suisse on the share issue of GAM, the global asset manager with a seat in Switzerland. It also acted for the supervisory board of GfK in connection with Acceleratio Capital’s voluntary public takeover offer for all remaining publicly traded shares of GfK at a total volume of €690m. With regards to capital increases clients included the syndicate banks regarding the €13bn capital increase of UniCredit, and Guggenheim Securities, Baader Bank and Trout Capital concerning the capital increase of Medigene. Lutz Krämer is ‘one of the old masters in the equity capital markets area and a very popular advisor for complex matters’. US lawyers Gernot Wagner and Rebecca Emory, who was promoted to partner at the start of 2017, are ‘both easily reachable, available and very pragmatic’. Benedikt Gillessen, however, joined Norton Rose Fulbright in October 2017, a departure that was rapidly met with the hire of local partner Thilo Diehl, previously principal associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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Structured finance and securitisation
Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 2

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In structured finance and securitisation matters White & Case LLPbrings high industry knowledge and expertise to the table and comes up with acceptable solutions for all parties’; clients also especially note the ‘deep understanding of economic contexts’. A particular strength lies in the asset classes leasing and infrastructure. The firm advised Crédit Agricole and Société Générale as arrangers and BNP Paribas on the securitisation of German auto loan receivables, which were granted by RCI Banque for the financing of motor vehicles. For HSH Nordbank the team handled a complex synthetic loan securitisation. Other recent matters include the structuring and implementation of a complex whole business securitisation transaction, a repo transaction and advice regarding multiple structured covered bonds and in connection with non-performing loans. Key figure Dennis Heuer is an ‘experienced specialist with great detailed knowledge, particularly with regards to securitisations’; he has an ‘impressive track record’ and ‘convinces with his client orientation, pragmatism and cost awareness’.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations
Internal investigations - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

Having substantial expertise in criminal law and litigation, White & Case LLP provides regular assistance to clients across a range of industries, including financial services and manufacturing as well as IT, entertainment and service sector players, with national and cross-border investigations into bribery and tax-related issues. However, Karl-Jörg Xylander’s team, which includes Nils Clemm and Constantin Lauterwein, who was made local partner in early 2017, had to face a number of significant losses in 2016 and 2017: in 2016, local partner Ole Mückenberger left the firm to open an office in Frankfurt for the criminal law boutique Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte and Börries Ahrens moved to Allen & Overy LLP, while, in February 2017, white-collar crime lawyer Jürgen Klengel left to work independently at Kanzlei Klengel.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate
Corporate and M&A: Corporate - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP acts ‘swiftly and gets to the heart of things’ when ‘looking for solutions that are not only well-founded legally, but also feasible from a business point of view’. The firm is a popular choice for corporate law disputes and internal investigations, as well as for matters at the interface to capital markets law. Advising members of management and supervisory boards is a prominent area of work, as evidenced by advising the supervisory board of GfK on the voluntary public takeover bid by Acceleration Capital. Practice head Lutz Krämer led advice on this matter, which was facilitated by a close cooperation with the capital markets group. Also based in Frankfurt, Markus Hauptmann, Robert Weber and ‘excellent negotiator’ Roger Kiem are recommended. Volker Land and his team left for Noerr in April 2017.

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M&A: mid-sized domestic deals (€100m-€500m)
Next generation lawyers

Tobias Heinrich - White & Case LLP

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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 2

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The ‘very diligent’ team at White & Case LLP is frequently involved in German-Chinese transactions. Current instructions related to other countries include advising the French Groupe Legris Industries on the acquisition of Schiederwerk; assisting software developer Luxoft with the acquisition of the Swedish software company Pelagicore; and supporting DZ Bank with its merger with WGZ Bank. At the beginning of 2017, Frankfurt-based Hendrik Röhricht and Markus Stephanblome joined the partnership. Also recommended are Tim Arndt, Tobias Heinrich and Andreas Stilcken. The practice, led by Jörg Kraffel in Berlin, saw three departures: Axel Pajunk founded LEXAdvice in late 2016, Patrick Narr joined Norton Rose Fulbright in early 2017 and Volker Land left for Noerr in April 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Tobias Heinrich - White & Case LLP

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Germany: Dispute resolution

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

White & Case LLP

Markus Burianski’s team at White & Case LLP has been representing several groups of Indian investors against the Republic of Yemen alongside Yemeni ministries and state-owned companies in a dispute over damage claims; the opposition brought the claims following the client’s termination of several oil, gas and construction contracts due to the deteriorating security situation in the country. Other work pertains to long-term supply contracts and post-M&A disputes, most notably in the energy sector.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

Having specialist expertise in the financial, automotive and energy sectors, the ‘goal-oriented’ team at White & Case LLP is particularly active in cross-border litigation. Recently, Christian Wirth and counsel Ulrich Carlhoff represented a bank in several proceedings where insolvency administrators asserted avoidance claims on non-performing restructuring loans amounting to several million euros. Another bank instructed the team to defend against damage claims pertaining to a life insurance package. In other work, the practice represented the state of Baden-Württemberg in a procedure before the Administrative Court of Stuttgart, defending the client against claims brought by Deutsche Bahn for the reimbursement of additional costs incurred by the construction project Stuttgart 21, and assisted the insolvency administrator of Infinus with the enforcement of shareholder loans totalling €320m. Markus Burianski and the ‘extremely competent and very experiencedMarkus Langen are other key members of the team. Local partner Katharina Kendziur moved to Lutz | Abel Rechtsanwalts GmbH and Daniel Eckstein was appointed a judge at the Regional Court of Berlin.

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Financial services litigation
Dispute resolution: financial services litigation - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s instructions by financial institutions are frequently insurance-related, as is Christian Wirth’s defence of a financial institution against claims for damages amounting to millions of euros, resulting from a co-operation agreement with an insurance company under a life insurance package. In a separate matter, Markus Langen acted for several German banks in their role as bondholders in a dispute with HETA Asset Management, the Austrian financial market supervisory authority (FMA) and the state of Carinthia over the winding-up of a European financial institution. Sonja Lang is a key member of the team.

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Germany: IT and outsourcing

Data protection
IT and outsourcing: data protection - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP often handles cross-border data protection matters and saw highlight matters particularly in the automotive, consumer goods and IT sectors. While the firm frequently advises on GDPR-related issues, intragroup and employee data protection, IT security and transaction-related data protection also play an important role. Due to the well regarded team’s close cooperation with the firm’s white collar crime practice, advice on data protection in the course of internal investigations and data protection compliance gained further significance in 2017. Detlev Gabel leads the global data privacy and cyber security group.

Leading individuals

Detlev Gabel - White & Case LLP

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Information technology (including contracts)
IT and outsourcing: information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 3

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Besides contract and project-related work in traditional IT law matters White & Case LLP’s IT team also covers digital hot topics such as FinTech, connectivity and cyber security, where it advises in particular domestic and international clients in the automotive, finance and energy sectors. In 2017 the practice led by Jost Kotthoff saw an impressive amount of transactional work in the technology sector, especially stemming from Germany, the US and Russia. In close collaboration with the firm’s corporate and IP practice the team recently assisted Berlin software company Autonomos with its acquisition by TomTom and the payment service provider Equens with the strategic merger with the payment and transactional service provider Worldline. On the contractual level the firm also acted for the state capital Wiesbaden in negotiations of amendments to the existing out-of-home media contract with Wall and Paper Union was a client in proceedings around the distribution of defective ERP software. Martin Munz is a key figure.

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Outsourcing
IT and outsourcing: outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

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Primarily focused on providing outsourcing advice on the customers’ side White & Case LLP’s strength lies in particular in the finance sector. Here the team recently advised on an increasing number of projects around the conversion of the core bank system and cloud projects. In the latter segment the firm also acts for multiple corporations in the automotive, insurance and manufacturing industry, which seek advice on cross-border ITOs and the outsourcing of business processes. Jost Kotthoff heads both the German practice and the firm’s global group for sourcing and technology transactions.

Leading individuals

Jost Kotthoff - White & Case LLP

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

Transactions - ranked: tier 1

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The ‘very client orientedWhite & Case LLP offers advice at a ‘high service level’. Highly rated for energy sector advice is Düsseldorf-based Guido Hermeier, who has ‘strong industry expertise, a calm and conciliatory manner and a good network’. He frequently collaborates with Peter Rosin and Thomas Burmeister. The group focuses on M&A transactions, with additional offerings in financing, state aid, environment and planning matters. Until December 2016, Rosin, Hermeier and Jörg Kraffel advised the consortium made up of STEAG and BCG on the bidding procedure for the acquisition of Vattenfall’s lignite and hydro energy business. Transactional work included Burmeister’s assistance of Gasunie, which acquired jordgasTransport from Statoil together with Open Grid Europe. Of counsel Ulrich Büdenbender and Rosin represented EnBW in litigation brought by the city of Stuttgart concerning the transfer of its district heating network. On the financing side, the Hamburg-based Florian Degenhardt was retained by a consortium of banks including Bayerische Landesbank, Commerzbank,

Leading individuals

Peter Rosin - White & Case LLP

Next generation lawyers

Guido Hermeier - White & Case LLP

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Telecoms
Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 3

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In the telecoms sector, White & Case LLP increasingly focuses on regulatory work, while also handling transactions. For example, it advised the minority shareholders and the supervisory board of inexio on the sale of shares to Warburg Pincus; in the context of this transaction, the group also assisted the supervisory board of inexio Informationstechnologie und Telekommunikation with adapting the investment and shareholder agreement. Norbert Wimmer is the name to note.

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Germany: Insurance

Insurance litigation
Insurance: insurance litigation - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP frequently acts for companies and financial services providers in D&O liability and coverage matters alongside other legal proceedings for damages and has considerable clout in matters relating to corporate law. In recent work, Christian Wirth represented a company in a fraud case with respect to its fidelity insurance and enforced claims of €30m. Together with counsel Ulrich Carlhoff, he also represented a bank in its defence against claims for damages in the millions of euros stemming from a co-operation contract with a foreign insurance and a life insurance package.

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Germany: Intellectual property

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP predominately deals with competition law work but can also refer to a number of highlights in the trade mark sector: team head Markus Mette advised the Anschutz Entertainment Group on the strategic development of its trade mark Eisbären Berlin, and provided Printus with trade mark, competition and copyright law advice. Penta Hotels received assistance with the development of its trade mark portfolio in over 60 jurisdictions. Other clients include Henkel and Lichtblick.

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Germany: Media

Entertainment
Media: Entertainment - ranked: tier 5

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s media expertise frequently surfaces in matters relating to technology and telecoms and also in media law disputes. The team, which often handles cross-border mandates, recently advised a Japanese-Korean internet company on telecoms issues regarding OTT services, concluded negotiations of addenda for an existing out-of-home media contract with Wall AG for the state capital Wiesbaden and also regularly acts for Unitymedia in disputes with the public broadcasting companies surrounding distribution agreements. In another contentious highlight Martin Munz successfully defended Facebook in injunction proceedings regarding the ‘Merkel selfies’.

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Germany: Public sector

PPP
Public sector: PPP - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP mainly acts on larger transport PPP projects concerning planning and financing issues; for example, Florian Degenhardt advised a consortium of banks on the refinancing of a motorway project for the A8 motorway. In addition, Norbert Wimmer continues to handle the A7 motorway project in the state of Lower Saxony, the A10/A24 in the state of Brandenburg and the A1/A30 in North Rhine-Westphalia. Another current highlight, handled by Düsseldorf-based Peter Rosin and Berlin-based Jörg Kraffel, is advising STEAG on the sale of 49% of the company to STEAG Fernwärme. Benjamin Schirmer left for CMS in July 2016, while Lars Ole Petersen made local partner in the beginning of 2017.

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Planning and environment
Public sector: Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

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Environmental law clients are ‘managed excellently’ by the ‘highly professional and pleasantly calm’ practice at White & Case LLP. The group stands out for its ‘prudent and diplomatic management of sensitive matters and contractual partners, which leads to satisfactory results’. Practice head Norbert Wimmer has a ‘wealth of experience, acts in a ‘very precise manner in his specialisms’, and is able to ‘focus negotiating partners with different spheres of interest on the essential points’. Norbert Wimmer advised several car manufacturers and suppliers on assessments and internal inspections in connection with car emissions and is assisting Infraserv with contaminated waste and waste issues pertaining to potential "infinite liability" issues. Also recommended is Henning Berger, who is advising on the financing of Stuttgart 21 for the state of Baden-Württemberg; including handling a compensation dispute for additional costs with Deutsche Bahn. The senate department for urban development and the environment of the Federal Republic of Germany is another long-term client. The former Berlin-based local partner Benjamin Schirmer left for CMS in summer 2016.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP suffered some significant losses in 2017: at the beginning of the year, Hamburg-based Stefan Feuerriegel and Patrick Narr moved to Norton Rose Fulbright together with five other lawyers, while Sibylle Münch joined Latham & Watkins LLP and Daniel Müller left for UniCredit in spring of the same year. Frankfurt-based Holger Wolf continues to advise Digital Realty on the acquisition and project development of data centres in Germany and abroad, while Thomas Flatten assisted Tishman Speyer with the acquisition financing of the Taunus Tower in Frankfurt. Practice head Endrik Lettau acted for Deutsche Euroshop in its purchase of a 50% stake in the shopping centre Saarpark-Center in Neunkirchen.

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency: Insolvency - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is one of the top addresses for restructuring and insolvency matters with an international aspect and a particular strength of the firm also lies in its expertise in the shipping area. Consequently it not only advises financial institutions, insolvency administrators and companies but also often shipping companies. The team consists of eight insolvency administrators and besides traditional insolvency administration is also well versed in financial restructurings and rescission proceedings. In a prominent matter practice head Sven-Holger Undritz and Riaz Janjuah advised a well known bank on the restructuring of some shipping companies. Sylvia Fiebig also often acts in large restructuring projects in the shipping sector. With the firm’s particular expertise in the automotive industry Jan-Philipp Hoos was appointed insolvency administrator of the automotive supplier Kemmerich, which was successfully sold to the Portuguese Sodecia Group within the frame of a so-called transferring restructuring. The highly regarded Biner Bähr acts as trustee in the insolvency of Düsseldorf Stockheim Group; the distressed catering company wants to rehabilitate itself entirely in self-administration. Insolvency administrator Tim Brune, formerly at Rasenberger Toschek Global Services Coopérative, joined the firm as counsel in June 2016.

Leading individuals

Biner Bähr - White & Case LLP

Sven-Holger Undritz - White & Case LLP

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Restructuring
Restructuring and insolvency: Restructuring - ranked: tier 2

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White & Case LLP is particularly known for its comprehensive advice on refinancings, restructurings and insolvencies in the shipping and finance sectors. Besides providing restructuring advice in and out of court the team is also well versed in rescission proceedings. It is also noted for its excellent network and often cooperates with the offices in London and New York. In a highlight Tom Schorling and Riaz Janjuah assisted the steering committee of the most important lenders of the insolvent recycling group Scholz Holding with the financial restructuring of its debt structure and the participation of a new Chinese investor. In another noteworthy matter the firm advised a prominent bank on the restructuring of several shipping companies. Other key figures include Sven-Holger Undritz, Jan-Philipp Hoos and Sylvia Fiebig. In June 2016 the office in Dresden was strengthened with the arrival of counsel Tim Brune, formely at Rasenberger Toschek Global Services Coopérative. Martin Heidrich, however, departed for Taylor Wessing’s Hamburg office in April 2017.

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Germany: White-collar crime

Advice to companies
White-collar crime: Advice to companies - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

The team at White & Case LLP benefits from its international network, most notably to the US, when handling cross-border instructions and demonstrates its strength when dealing with matters at the intersection of corporate defence and compliance. This white-collar crime and criminal tax law expertise is routinely called upon by financial sector players and other well-known clients from various industries when faced with criminal proceedings, compliance matters and internal investigations. Recently, Karl-Jörg Xylander assisted a client with matters pertaining to suspected money laundering and Nils Clemm defended a different client in criminal proceedings. Constantin Lauterwein was made local partner in the Berlin office.

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