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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 4

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany is particularly well known for its many years of expertise in real estate transactions, as well as its expertise in the technology, media and telecoms sectors. On the German side, Josef Hofschroer advised Rentokil Initial on the establishment of a joint venture with the Haniel group to create a company for workwear as well as clean room and hygiene services. Peter Schorlingleads transactions with great caution and always has the target clearly in sight’ and Henrik Armah is ‘very responsive’. Within the Berlin team, Nicolai Lagoni made partner in the beginning of 2017.

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Germany: IT and outsourcing

Information technology (including contracts)
IT and outsourcing: information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Also in IT matters Greenberg Traurig Germany advises at an ‘extraordinarily high service level’, not least due to its ‘outstanding network and the exceptionally good industry expertise’ of the four-partner team. Besides longstanding experience in technology-driven transactions and traditional matters such as software licence contracts, the focus of the practice increasingly is on the digital economy, as recent matters in FinTech, InvestTech and eHealth show. A recent highlight was advising Foxxum on SaaS contracts for the client’s smart TV portal. The client portfolio also includes the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Tristan Capital Partners and Vonovia. Viola Bensingerunderstands how to put emphasis on the fundamental aspects of a matter in a special manner and thereby accelerate implementation’, senior associate Carsten Kociok stands out for his ‘legal and technological expertise’ and ‘hands-on mentality’ and Christoph Enaux is also recommended. Niklas Conrad was promoted to counsel.

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Germany: Industry focus

Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany’s telecoms practice, headed by Christoph Enaux, focuses on the connection between real estate and telecoms law, but is also regularly consulted for regulatory issues concerning antitrust and media law matters. For example, it advised numerous housing associations on cable and broadband strategy issues and assisted the federal association of German housing and real estate enterprise registered associations (GdW) with issues concerning the positioning of the housing industry and the structuring of lobbying activities for the charging rules for shared use of in-house infrastructure, as set out in the legal framework regulating the development of digital high-speed networks. Niklas Conrad made counsel.

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Germany: Media

Media: Entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Digital content - ranked: tier 1

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany’s clients ‘always like to exclusively seek the very good team’s advice’ on media law matters due to the ‘broad expertise’ of the practice led by Stefan Lütje: Besides ancilliary capabilities in media anti-trust law, in traditional media the team’s experience spans film funding, financing and production and the firm is also strongly rooted in the digital segment, where it regularly advises on VoD and OTT platforms, eCommerce and online marketplaces. The team’s most recent highlights include assisting ProSiebenSat.1 Media with media concentration issues in connection with a capital increase against cash contribution; advising Open Road Films on the production and distribution of the playmobil film; and continuously handling the development of a DVB-T2 platform for Media Broadcast. The team also acted in a series of media law landmark proceedings, including the representation of Paramount and CBS in a dispute with a dubbing actor. Niklas Conrad was promoted to counsel and Viola Bensinger is also recommended.

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Germany: Public sector

Public sector: PPP - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany focuses on highway projects worth billions, advising mainly the Federal Ministry of Transport on expansion, maintenance, renovation, operation and pre-financing matters; for example, Dieter Neumann has been handling car toll matters since the end of 2015. A new instruction is advising DEGES on the preparation and implementation of the A49 motorway project in the state of Hesse, with the group mainly handling public procurement matters. Former counsel Annette Geldsetzer joined Notus Energy in January 2017 and of counsel Franz Josef Hölzl has been part of the group since autumn 2016.

Leading individuals

Dieter Neumann - Greenberg Traurig Germany

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate and construction: Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany provides ‘a competent team for each and every deal’; it consists of ‘reliable and available lawyers’, who are praised as having ‘wide-ranging expertise and the ability to identify with the client’s interests’. Team head Christian Schede, who demonstrates a ‘wealth of expertise and great knowledge of all asset classes’, and the ‘assertive and politically sensitive’ Florian Rösch assisted TH Real Estate with the acquisition of the development project Cube Berlin. Together with Peter Schorling, both lawyers also acted for Berlinovo Immobilien Gesellschaft in the sale of the care home portfolio Pegasus for €420m. Schorling as well as Josef Hofschroer, who was instructed by Tristan Capital Partners to assist with the sale of a Karstadt building in Munich for €250m, also receive praise from clients for their ‘efficient negotiation skills’, while Claudia Hard is noted as being a ‘reliable and solution-oriented expert for real estate financing matters’. One month after counsel Annette Geldsetzer moved to Notus Energy in January 2017, Martin Dressel joined the Berlin office as counsel from Linklaters. Also in early 2017, Nicolai Lagoni was elevated to the partnership. Associate Daniel Benighaus is ‘knowledgeable’.

Leading individuals

Christian Schede - Greenberg Traurig Germany

Next generation lawyers

Florian Rösch - Greenberg Traurig Germany

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring and insolvency: Restructuring - ranked: tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany’s Berlin-based restructuring practice focuses on financial and operative restructurings. The three-partner team assists crisis-ridden companies with preparations for and implementations of restructurings; besides companies the client base also includes creditors and investors and the firm is particularly active in the technology and start-up sectors. Benefitting from the collaboration with the US offices the team regularly handles international matters; in a cross-border highlight it advised a US media company in the context of the insolvency of a supplier. Christian Köhler-Ma acts for a printing group restructuring in self-administration and Viola Bensinger recently advised an online payment service on the insolvency protection of large customer risks. Gordon Geiser is another key figure.

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