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Dechert LLP

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Germany: Banking and finance

Investment funds
Banking and finance: Investment funds - ranked: tier 2


Dechert’s highly active practice covers advice on alternative and traditional funds with a particular strength in private funds and expertise in fund structuring and regulatory fund advice, and a focus on assisting investors. The firm’s advice often includes cross-border aspects, such as assisting Generali Investments with the cross-border merger with Generali Investments Deutschland for the further centralisation of worldwide asset management activities, and advising Pradera on the structuring and launching of a new reserved alternative investment fund (RAIF) based in Luxembourg for the acquisition of a portfolio of assets close to IKEA furniture stores. Recent highlights also include advising Deutsche Real Estate Funds (DREF) on the private placement of a second loan for the financing of student housing, and Prime Capital on the structuring and launching of a Luxembourg investment platform for the investment in aircraft debt for a German pension fund. In Munich Angelo Lercara and Hans Stamm have expertise regarding the distribution of funds and investment tax law respectively. In Frankfurt the well regarded Achim Pütz heads the practice, which saw the the departure of Martin Haisch to Noerr in February 2017 and in June 2017 of Benedikt Weiser to Simmons & Simmons LLP, but gained tax lawyer Klaus Hahne from Allen & Overy LLP in April 2017 and Joachim Kayser in June 2017; he was the former head of the alternative investments and asset management regulatory practice at PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft).

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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 3


From Frankfurt and Munich, and often in collaboration with London and US colleagues, Dechert’s M&A practice, which is led by Federico Pappalardo, advises ‘very swiftly and extremely professionally’. With the participation of 12 international offices of the firm, assisting Shanghai Shenda with the arrangement of a joint venture with the automotive supplier International Automotive Components was a particularly international instruction. Other highlights included advising Lazada on the acquisition of RedMart, the largest online food retailer in Singapore, and assisting AKKA Technologies with the acquisition of the German, Swiss and Austrian Gigatronik groups. In Munich, Giovanni Russo made partner and Carina Klaes-Staudt national partner in early 2017. In Frankfurt, ‘tough and very good negotiatorSven Schulte-Hillen is recommended, who ‘acts like a businessman’ and ‘thinks about the financial impacts of decisions’.

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Germany: Private equity

Venture capital
Private equity: Venture capital - ranked: tier 4


Dechert knows how to ‘present legal topics clearly’; the practice is well-received by both start-ups and investors when advising on financing rounds of all stages. A 2016 example is advising EyeEm on a €4m financing by the existing shareholders in the form of a convertible bond. The lead partner was Giovanni Russo, who made partner in January 2017. Also recommended is Katja Heuterkes, while Berthold Hummel left for Baker McKenzie in October 2017.

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