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Germany: Corporate and M&A

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)
M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) - ranked: tier 5

Greenberg Traurig Germany

The ‘objective, goal-oriented and cooperative’ M&A lawyers at Greenberg Traurig Germany have ‘a hands-on approach that is highly effective at achieving optimal results’. The group assisted Tecnoquímicas with the acquisition of Bayer’s generics business in a combined share and asset deal; Henrik Armah, who is ‘very prudent’ and ‘always remains calm, even in demanding situtations’, led the advice. ‘Astute’ practice head Peter Schorling ‘conducts even the most complicated negotiations very well’ and ‘knows very well what is enforceable’. Wencke Bäsler, who made partner in March 2018, works ‘quickly and precisely’ and is recommended alongside Josef Hofschroer.

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Germany: Industry focus

Telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany stands out for regularly advising large real estate companies on business models in the telecoms area. Practice head Christoph Enaux assisted degewo netzWerk with pubic tenders for broadband and multimedia provision and advised Gesobau on the development of new concepts for FTTH (fibre to the home) provision for portfolios of new buildings, among other matters. Another core focus is project advice, where the firm has telecoms, media and antitrust experience. A highlight in the cable network space was acting for Vonovia on contracts with several cable network operators, particularly cable license agreements and the integration of new property portfolios. In January 2018, Niklas Conrad, who focuses on litigation, was promoted to the partnership and Carsten Kociok, who is a key name for regulatory matters, was made counsel.

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Germany: Information technology

Information technology (including contracts)
Information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany’s IT practice is ‘recommended without reservation’ not least due to its ‘quick response times while consistently maintaining high quality’. The team stands out for its ‘very good business sense taking into account economic considerations and a high degree of reliability’ and advises both existing corporations on digitalisation and new companies that provide digital technologies themselves, resulting in a broad client base ranging from start-ups to listed companies. The firm expanded its portfolio by gaining several US, Chinese and Israeli technology companies as clients and handled matters in the MedTech, eHealth and fintech areas as well as internet, cloud and SaaS projects, which regularly involves advice at the intersection between technology and media. The practice also handles contentious IT matters. Viola Bensinger, who is frequently recommended by clients and not only heads the technology team but also the dispute resolution practice, and Carsten Kociok, who was promoted to counsel at the start of 2018, have ‘very good industry expertise and knowledge about the clients’ products and offer creative solutions’. Key clients include Volvo, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, SolarisBank and Völker.

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Outsourcing - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany’s outsourcing advice is ‘exceptionally good’ and focused largely on IT infrastructure outsourcing, where the firm increasingly acts for technologically adept real estate companies and clients in the telecoms sector. The team also noted an increase in IT outsourcing projects in the MedTech area, such as for hospital bed manufacturer Völker. Christoph Enaux advises the Berlin housing association Gewobag on an outsourcing project for the implementation of a new cable network concept for 50,000 residential units and Stefan Lütje acted for a US IT outsourcing company, among others. Other clients include ZTE and Stadt und Land (Berlin’s state-owned public housing company).

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Germany: Media

Entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Digital Content - ranked: tier 1

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany particularly stands out for its broad media law practice, with the team frequently handling matters at the intersection with antitrust, employment, insolvency and insurance law. The team advises on matters relating to film, music and broadcasting law, regulatory issues and copyright. The team frequently coordinates cross-border matters with a European dimension, where it works with its international network. It is also increasingly active advising in the digital media segement and on data protection; Viola Bensinger is the key contact. Practice head Stefan Lütje recently assisted Ehrlich Entertainment with music, competition, broadcasting, personality right and copyright matters and in negotiations with RTL and production service providers. The client portfolio also includes CBS, HBO and NBC Universal. Carsten Kociok, who was promoted to counsel in February 2018, advises on IT and data protection matters and Niklas Conrad, who was promoted to partner in January 2018, regularly handles contentious media matters.

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Germany: Public sector

PPP - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany’s PPP practice is headed by Dieter Neumann and is particularly well known in the market for representing the public sector in transport infrastructure projects. For example, the group is advising the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure on the introduction of the infrastructure levy for passenger cars, on the preparation and implementation of the award procedure for the infrastructure levy system and the automatic ISA control system as well as on the extension of the truck toll. The group also has a track record advising on PPP motorways, with the ream recently acting for the relevant supervising Federal Ministry on the A49, A10/A25 and A7 Süd projects. The client portfolio also includes Deges Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanung und -bau, Niedersächsische Landesbehörde für Straßenbau und Verkehr and Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Stadt und Land.

Leading individuals

Dieter Neumann - Greenberg Traurig Germany

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Handling the full remit of real estate law, Greenberg Traurig Germany is praised for its ‘deep understanding of the market’ and its ‘solution-oriented and earnest’ advice. The team, which is led by the ‘well-connected’ and ‘outstanding personality’ Christian Schede, who is also noted for his ‘broad expertise’, increased its bench strength significantly by adding ten associates in 2017 and expanded at partner level with the promotions of Wencke Bäsler and Anika Mitzkait. In significant work, the team advised Oxford Properties and Madison International Reality on the acquisition of the Sony Center in Berlin for €1.1bn, and, in co-operation with its Amsterdam office, assisted Dream Global REIT with entering the Dutch market and the acquisition of Merin’s commercial real estate portfolio. ‘Outstanding lawyer and very good negotiator’ Florian Rösch advised several joint ventures on various real estate transactions and project developments. Peter Schorling is ‘an extremely talented lawyer’ and Claudia Hard is best known for her real estate finance expertise.

Leading individuals

Christian Schede - Greenberg Traurig Germany

Next Generation Partners

Florian Rösch - Greenberg Traurig Germany

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Germany

The seven-partner restructuring practice at Greenberg Traurig Germany, which is led by Christian Köhler-Ma, Gordon Geiser and Jesko Stark, primarily advises on the enforcement and defence of claims, on the operational and financial restructuring of debtors in self and third-party administration, as well as on non-performing loan transactions on both the debtor and the buyer side. The group advises conductor rail developer Vibitech on business operations under self-management and is defending a client from the real estate sector in court against insolvency law challenges in the tens of millions. The team also assisted mechanical engineering company Setco with the acquisition of the business operations of the insolvent HeadTech. Kati Beckmann joined the partnership.

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