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White & Case LLP

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Germany

Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

Internal investigations - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s compliance expertise spans employment, data protection, anti-corruption, foreign trade and antitrust advice and the practice is one of the first destinations for international blue-chip clients seeking help with internal investigations or regulatory investigations by national and international authorities. Karl-Jörg Xylander and Jürgen Detlef Klengel jointly head the team, which recently assisted a leading engines and drive systems manufacturer with internal investigations concerning allegedly fraudulent and corrupt behaviour of executives and advised a global leader in car manufacturing regarding internal investigations into alleged widespread corruption in Russia. The practice is also experienced in money-laundering prevention, financial sanctions and embargoes.

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Employment
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 5

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White & Case LLP’s strength lies in cross-border transactions and private equity mandates. It assisted payment services provider Equens in its merger with payment and processing service provider Worldline. Dirk Eisolt and insolvency administrator Christoph Schulte-Kaubrügger advised ATELCO on optimising its sale to K&M Computer. Bodo Bender heads the practice, which also regularly handles audits and contentious tax matters.

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Germany: Banking and finance

Financial services: regulatory
Banking and finance: financial services: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has ‘outstanding skills in financial regulatory matters’ and provides ‘quick and practicable advice at the highest level’. Henning Berger, who is ‘a competent expert for deposit protection’, assisted the Bundesverband der Deutschen Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken with the construction of a new institutional protection scheme for more than 1,000 German cooperative banks. The team also advised DZ Bank on its merger with WGZ Bank and assisted Alpha Bank in connection with the possible liquidation, restructuring and recapitalisation via the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). Kai-Michael Hingst, Matthias Kasch, Roger Kiem and Dennis Heuer are also recommended.

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Investment funds
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

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Lending and borrowing
Banking and finance: lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 4

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White & Case LLP’s ‘highly respected’ team excels in LBO financings and has longstanding experience in asset finance and an expanding practice in real estate finance. Two highlights were advising the banking syndicate on the €1.5bn financing of Centerbridge’s buyout of Senvion and assisting an international syndicate with the purchase of Tank & Rast. Regular clients include Deutsche Bank, LBBW and NORD/LB. Thomas Flatten and Tom Schorling are key figures along with Vanessa Schürmann, who was promoted to partner in January 2016. Former practice head Leila Röder joined UniCredit.

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Project finance
Banking and finance: project finance - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

Florian Degenhardt leads White & Case LLP’s project finance team, which covers energy and infrastructure, including advising banking syndicates on several financings and refinancings of motorway projects in Germany and abroad. It assisted an international syndicate of bondholders, banks and institutional investors with the structured refinancing of Meerwind offshore wind farm and acted for Allianz Global Investors on the purchase of Vandel solar park in Denmark.

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

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White & Case LLP’s ‘incredibly well-connected’ debt capital markets team provides ‘top quality from the outset’ and ‘has an impressive track record stretching from standalone issuances to programmes of prominent corporates and banks’. The practice also covers equity-linked and hybrid capital transactions. The majority of clients are on the bank side, but issuer clients include names such as EnBW and Daimler. Recent highlights include advising a banking syndicate on the launch of a €5bn debt issuance programme and the placement of Covestro’s debut bond. The ‘honest, direct and solution-oriented’ Karsten Wöckener has taken ‘a leading role’ next to the ‘very down-to-earthJochen Artzinger-Bolten, who is a ‘very experienced, reliable partner with longstanding debt capital markets expertise’. Gernot Wagner is ‘one of the very few top high-yield partners in Europe’.

Leading individuals

Jochen Artzinger-Bolten - White & Case LLP

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Equity capital markets
Capital markets: equity capital markets - ranked: tier 4

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White & Case LLPdoes a good job providing German and US law advice on capital markets transactions’, including IPOs and capital increases in Germany and Switzerland, private placements and ABB block trades. The ‘powerful troop’ has advised on a high volume of takeover, defence and anchor investment matters and acted for the banks during the IPOs of Hapag-Lloyd and Senvion. It also advised the banks on capital increases by Swiss Prime Site and Santhera Pharmaceuticals Holding. The ‘technically highly talented and extremely commercial’ head of the global finance practice and US expert Gernot Wagner is a ‘rainmaker’ and is supported by another US-qualified local partner Rebecca Emory, who is ‘a highly motivated rising star’. Lutz Krämer has ‘very good expertise’ and Benedikt Gillessen is ‘proactive, never confrontational and nevertheless drives a hard bargain’.

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Structured finance and securitisation
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s team works closely with the capital markets and M&A practice groups, and is able to leverage its international network to attract new clients, including recently winning significant new life sciences industry clients. Corporate litigation is a major focus of the practice, which assisted several clients in D&O and compliance matters, among them a listed company and a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund’s investment division. It also represented market research company GfK in claims for damages proceedings against former directors, and advised Edeka on setting up its European purchasing and marketing co-operation AgeCore. Lutz Krämer and Christian Wirth are recommended.

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M&A: mid-sized international deals (sub-€500m)
Corporate and M&A: M&A: mid-sized international deals (sub-€500m) - ranked: tier 2

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White & Case LLP gives ‘very thorough advice’ and ‘allocates resources efficiently’. The team, which is led by Jörg Kraffel, acts for a number of household names, particularly from the life sciences industry. It advised Huber on its acquisition of chemicals manufacturer Martinswerk from Albemarle and assisted BNP Paribas subsidiary Arval with acquiring GE Capital’s European fleet business. ‘Very experienced senior partner’ Andreas Stilcken is recommended along with the ‘very motivated and experienced’ Tim Arndt. Axel Pajunk and Andreas Wieland are also singled out.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

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

White & Case LLP

In a highly publicised matter, White & Case LLP represented the Russian Federation against former Yukos shareholders in arbitration award enforcement proceedings. It also assisted a number of clients in cross-border energy sector arbitration proceedings. Practice head Markus Burianski has a focus on the energy sector. Daniel Eckstein is now a judge at Berlin’s district court.

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has energy sector and insolvency disputes expertise and a particular automotive sector focus. It assisted clients with enforcing D&O claims during insolvency proceedings and represented EnBW in complaints proceedings regarding the allocation of grid connection capacity. Markus Burianski, Markus Langen, Gerd Lembke and Marlene Maesch are recommended.

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP continues to represent several banks in claims against Austria’s financial market authority in relation to Heta Asset Resolution’s liability moratorium. Markus Langen and Sonja Lang are the names to note.

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Germany: IT and outsourcing

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s cross-border data protection expertise spans international data transfer, data protection as well as matters related to compliance and employment law. In recent highlights, the group advised chemicals company SABIC on data protection issues pertaining to the establishment of an HR-IT system in Saudi Arabia and represented Facebook in contentious data protection cases in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Practice head Detlev Gabel, who also heads the firm’s global data privacy and security group, and his team have been increasingly active in internal investigations by foreign authorities. Martin Munz is another name to note.

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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White & Case LLP’s broad IT practice is well regarded for advising providers and customers – mainly in the financial services, automotive and insurance sectors – on the entire spectrum of contractual and licensing matters, IT projects, connected car issues, fintech and M2M communication. The group has been representing Paper Union as plaintiff in a legal proceeding concerning the delivery of faulty ERP software and assisted zooplus.com with the implementation of its online shop. Martin Munz and Jost Kotthoff are recommended.

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Outsourcing
IT and outsourcing: outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s outsourcing expertise is often sought by domestic and blue-chip multinational clients in the insurance, automotive and manufacturing industries, as well as by banks and other financial services providers. The group is particularly experienced in advising on global ITOs and BPOs, but recently increased its activity in cloud-related outsourcing. In 2016, Jost Kotthoff was appointed as the global head of sourcing and technology transactions.

Leading individuals

Jost Kotthoff - White & Case LLP

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

After numerous arrivals in early 2015, White & Case LLP now has ‘one of the best teams in energy law’ and is striving for the very top of the market. It advised EnBW on several matters, including a complaints procedure regarding the allocation of grid connection capacity for EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm, among others. The team also represented BS Energy in an action against E.ON concerning the adjustment of a long-term electricity supply contract. Norbert Wimmer and his team continue to advise on planning and environmental matters in the energy sector, where one such client is 50Hertz Transmission. Peter Rosin and Thomas Burmeister are ‘excellent lawyers with deep industry expertise and plenty of practical experience’. Sabine Schulte-Beckhausen is ‘knowledgeable, well connected and pragmatic’.

Leading individuals

Peter Rosin - White & Case LLP

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Telecoms
Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 3

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Norbert Wimmer leads White & Case LLP’s practice, which focuses on telecoms transactions. The team advised Primacom during its takeover by Tele Columbus and acted for Freenet on the acquisition of Media Broadcast.

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Germany: Insurance

Insurance litigation
Insurance: insurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s team has ‘excellent, detailed D&O knowledge’. Clients also value the team’s ‘great international network and client focus’; the German team recently worked with colleagues in New York to represent a German listed mechanical engineering company in enforcing liability claims against a large English insurance broker. ‘Talented mediatorChristian Wirth has ‘particular expertise in complex, international legal issues’; Henning Berger is also recommended.

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Germany: Intellectual property

Trade marks and unfair competition
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

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Germany: Media

Entertainment
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

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Germany: Private equity

Transactions
Private equity: transactions - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP attracted an increasing number of high-value transactions, with Stefan Koch and Andreas Stilcken being particularly visible in the market. One recent highlight was the €3.5bn buyout of Tank & Rast from Terra Firma, where the team acted for the successful bidding consortium led by Allianz Capital Partners.

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Germany: Public sector

PPP
Public sector: PPP - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s ‘pragmatic and experienced’ team often advises financial institutions on transport infrastructure financings but also acts for public authorities, most recently advising the state of Baden-Württemberg on financing issues related to its Stuttgart 21 project. Henning Berger, Norbert Wimmer and Florian Degenhardt are recommended.

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP provides ‘an impressive level of service’, mainly in the context of transactions. Standalone work included advising 50Hertz on new grid expansion legislation in relation to high-voltage line construction projects. Other work included advising the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety on subsidies for regional climate protection projects. Norbert Wimmer is able to ‘reduce complex legal concepts to their essence and negotiate outcomes that meet the requirements of all participants’. Henning Berger is also recommended.

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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’s practice led by Endrik Lettau focuses on transactions and real estate finance. Thomas Flatten and Holger Wolf advised Patrizia Alternative Investments on the acquisition of a retail portfolio. Another client was Tishman Speyer regarding the purchase of The Q shopping centre in Berlin. Blackstone and Daimler regularly seek the firm’s advice on transactions, stock management and project developments.

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency: insolvency - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

Competent and highly effective’, White & Case LLP’s practice has ‘a large number of specialised professionals’ that provide ‘outstanding advice, particularly in large, international cases’. The focus remains on classic insolvency administration, but the firm also proactively advises on restructuring and continuation of business. With expertise in the maritime sector, it assists prominent financial institutions and shipping companies in Hamburg with complex capital and business structures. Bettina Schmudde handled the insolvency proceedings of bankrupt company German Pellets. Sven-Holger Undritz and Biner Bährhave a high professional standard’; Christoph Schulte-Kaubrügger is ‘an outstanding administrator’; and Markus Wischemeyer has ‘insolvency and business expertise’.

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’s ‘specialised professionals’ are ‘very reliable, flexible and resilient’. Tom Schorling heads the practice, which mainly covers restructurings for bank creditors. Recent work saw the team advise the steering committee on Enervie’s comprehensive financial restructuring. Hamburg-based Sven-Holger Undritz and Sylvia Fiebig continue to advise on the restructuring of shipping companies; Undritz and Biner Bährtreat creditors fairly’ and work to ‘a high standard’; and Jan-Philipp Hoos is also recommended along with Riaz Janjuah, who has ‘profound expertise’.

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Germany: White-collar crime

Advice to companies
White-collar crime: advice to companies - ranked: tier 2

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s criminal defence practice is headed by Karl-Jörg Xylander in Berlin and is particularly experienced in representing automotive, construction, pharmaceuticals and financial services industry clients in cross-border preliminary proceedings and criminal antitrust and corruption matters. Recent work includes acting for a leading car manufacturer in preliminary proceedings by US and German authorities related to systematic corruption in Germany and abroad. Ole Mückenberger joined Tsambikakis & Partner Rechtsanwälte and Jürgen Detlef Klengel left in order to establish his own firm.

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