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DLA Piper

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Germany

Antitrust
Antitrust - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper

With a focus on merger control proceedings before German and European authorities, the ‘quick and service-driven’ team at DLA Piper counts a number of renowned companies such as Merck, Burda and Ergo among its clients. Jan Dreyer, counsel Semin O and Brussels-based Bertold Bär-Bouyssière advised BASF on merger control law matters involved in the acquisition of a competitor; in addition to registration in eleven jurisdictions, the instruction also includes proceedings before the European Commission. The firm also advises energy provider EWE on the foundation of a joint venture with Deutsche Telekom with regards to the expansion of the fibre optic network in north-west Germany. It welcomed counsel Enno Ahlenstiel from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Michael Holzhäuser is now with Ashurst LLP.

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s compliance team has extensive expertise in advising international companies on the implementation of compliance programmes and on the subsequent training of employees. It is also increasingly involved in reviewing existing data protection systems in connection with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and has also noted an increasing number of instructions concerning reputation management. Christian Schoop is well versed in the development of compliance management systems and has a considerable client portfolio; he recently assisted an insurance group with alleged tax evasion and lack of notification in numerous jurisdictions, a process that required smooth coordination. In addition, he recently advised a company on the introduction of a tax compliance system. Jürgen Taschke also enjoys a very good market reputation, and is experienced in handling white-collar criminal defence issues. Senior associate Daniel Zapf led advice on several matters; for example, he was instructed by a German company to advise on the update and extension of anti-money laundering compliance.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

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The ‘excellent and proactive’ team at DLA Piperachieves good results’ for its clients, who appreciate the firm’s ‘personalised service’. The ‘direct, honest and emphaticJens Kirchner is frequently singled out and advises BorgWarner on restructuring matters alongside company law and collective bargaining law issues, while team head Kai Bodenstedt assisted Etihad Airways with various collective and individual employment law matters, most notably those pertaining to restructurings and negotiations with works councils. Cisco Systems instructed the team to assist with the negotiation of reconciliation of interests and social plans as part of a major restructuring including redundancies. Eva Einfeldt is also recommended.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 6

DLA Piper

DLA Piper focuses on tax law assistance with M&A transactions. The practice’s main areas of activity include transfer pricing and advice on indirect taxes. The team advised Rolls-Royce Power Systems on tax law matters concerning the sale of automotive supplier L’Orange to Woodward, which had a transaction value of €700m. Practice head Konrad Rohde is involved in the fiscal implementation of a company spin-off in the medical technology industry and also assisted holding company Active Ownership Capital with the purchase of industrial brake manufacturer Pintsch Bubenzer. Claus Jochimsen-von Gfug joined Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in December 2017 Marie-Theres Rämer was a new arrival from Clifford Chance in May 2018 and counsel Sebastian Kost joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP in 2017.

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Trade and distribution
Trade and distribution - ranked: tier 3

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Clients particularly value DLA Piper’s ‘good business acumen, high industry knowledge and balanced price-performance ratio’. The team works in close cooperation with the corporate and M&A teams. For Domino’s Pizza, for example, the group revised franchise agreements as part of the acquisition of the Hallo Pizza group and assisted BASF with chemicals supply contracts relating to the planned acquisition of Solvay. The team, which is led by Thilo von Bodungen, was bolstered by the arrival of counsel Enno Ahlenstiel from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Michael Holzhäuser left for Ashurst LLP and Thomas Jansen is now part of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek.

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Germany: Banking and finance

Lending and borrowing
Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

With ‘outstanding industry knowledge’, DLA Piperprovides the full package’ and focuses on advising companies and financial institutions on acquisition finance, while handling project finance work in the energy and infrastructure sectors constitutes another central pillar of the practice. In this segment, ‘flexible and well-versed’ counsel Robert Hofbauer assisted DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale with the project financing for the offshore wind farm project Nordlicht in Norway, and advised Norddeutsche Landesbank on the project financing for one of Marguerite’s wind farm projects in Sweden valued at €60m. Team head Torsten Pokropp is ‘precise and highly experienced’ and ‘consistent’ real estate finance expert Frank Schwem is ‘an extremely strong negotiator’. The team added counsel Sven Seibold from Hogan Lovells International LLP in late 2017 but lost former practice head Wolfram Distler to Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in September 2017.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations
Internal investigations - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s internal investigations group consists of experienced criminal and compliance lawyers. It is a popular choice for cross-border work and is experienced in working with prosecutors as well as regulatory and investigative authorities. While dealing with all types of investigations – including audit issues, bribery and corruption, as well as fraud, money laundering, sanctions and anti-competitive conduct – the team also conducts internal investigations related to asset recovery and the preparation and response to cyber attacks. Christian Schoop is leading an internal investigation for an automotive company into a number of allegations and advises the client on government proceedings. Jürgen Taschke is assisting the supervisory board of a manufacturing company with corruption allegations and is conducting the criminal evaluation of the internal investigation.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate
Corporate - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piperhandles mandates in the agreed timeframe, provides transparent invoices’ and is able to draw on its large international network. The group has a strategic focus on expanding its client portfolio in the DAX/MDAX segment and in the area of large medium-sized companies; clients include BASF, Lufthansa, Siemens, Syngenta and Rolls-Royce Power Systems. The group advised on men’s fashion manufacturer Ahlers on its annual general meeting, where the conversion of the previous preference shares into ordinary shares was approved by a preference shareholders’ resolution. Practice head Nils Krause is responsible for China-related matters, while co-managing partner Benjamin Parameswaran maintains good relations with Indian companies. The firm recently reinforced its capital markets group. Kerstin Schnabel and Mathias Schulze-Steinen are noted; Carlos Robles y Zepf joined the partnership in May 2018.

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M&A: large deals (€500m+)
M&A: large deals (€500m+) - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘down-to-earth’ team is also increasingly involved in large-cap transactions. It assisted Rolls-Royce Power Systems with the sale of L’Orange to Woodward, and advised Syngenta on the €1.4bn acquisition of Nidera Seeds. A particular highlight was acting for BASF on the €1.6bn acquisition of Solvay’s polyamide business. The ‘outstandingBenjamin Parameswaran, who stands out for his ‘negotiating skills’, led all transactions.

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M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)
M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) - ranked: tier 3

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DLA Piper has seen a number of personnel changes recently: it strengthened the Frankfurt office with several lateral hires and promoted Carlos Robles y Zepf to the partnership at the beginning of 2018; following this, Florian Hirschmann joined the Munich office in April 2018. Fifteen partners, including Nils Krause and Benjamin Parameswaran, provide advice on mid-cap transactions. The group assisted IT consulting firm Wipro Limited with the $405m sale of Hosted Data Centre Services to Ensono and advised Stillfront Group on the acquisition of the German Goodgame Studios.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Arbitration (including international arbitration) - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has traditionally had a strong focus on post-M&A arbitration, but has recently also seen an increase in energy and D&O liability disputes. Daniel Sharma is defending a global corporation concerning the payment of compensation for damages following corruption claims, and is representing a conglomerate in arbitration under ICC rules. Frank Roth and Christian Schneider are defending an insurer in a multiparty arbitration regarding a W&I insurance product. Counsel Friederike Landauer also has outstanding expertise in international arbitration proceedings. The practice was strengthened in November 2017 by the addition of counsel Sebastian Schneider, who joined from Latham & Watkins LLP.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper frequently represents clients in insolvency and D&O disputes. Thomas Gädtke, who focuses on the aforementioned areas, successfully acted for two former board members of an insolvent company in litigation concerning alleged board liability. He also represented a former board member of a market research institute in a board liability case regarding an alleged breach of organisational duties. Practice head Ludger Giesberts and Frank Roth are also noted. Sebastian Schneider was made up to counsel. Former counsel Jan Bunnemann left the firm to found Fey Hill Bunnemann, which focuses on energy and insolvency law.

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Michael Cieslarczyk leads the team at DLA Piper, which advises domestic and international clients, including Fluxys, First Solar, Gasunie and Trianel, on the spectrum of energy law with particular expertise in transactions in the renewable energy segment. Other areas of focus are energy contract law and energy and emissions trading; the team regularly handles high-volume arbitration proceedings in this space. The ‘experienced’ team, which is noted for its ‘excellent industry expertise’, recently advised Aggregated Micro Power on the planned acquisition of a battery storage power plant and assisted ERG with the acquisition of Windpark Linda, the owner of the project rights for a 21.6MW wind project, including the project development documentation, construction contract and turbine supply contract. Key client EWE regularly instructs the firm on general regulatory and energy contract law matters as well as in the context of electromobility. Stefan Schröder and Timo Betjemann were promoted to counsel. Wolfram Distler left for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

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Germany: Information technology

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘excellent, large and international team’ advises on data protection matters ranging from strategic GDPR projects and GDPR compliance to the development of data protection risk indexes, employee data protection and matters regarding client data, cloud services and websites. It also represents clients in proceedings at the data protection authorities. Clients include large, international corporations in various industries, including the automotive, pharmaceutical, food and technology sectors, but also banks and insurance companies. Jan Pohle and Jan Geert Meents constitute the core team and counsel Verena Grentzenberg focuses in particular on data protection advice in connection with new business models. The team was strengthened by the arrival of university professor Jürgen Taeger as of counsel in February 2019.

Next Generation Partners

Verena Grentzenberg - DLA Piper

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Information technology (including contracts)
Information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises on IT projects and complex cooperation agreements, license and distribution contracts for hardware and software, including open source software, although matters surrounding the digital optimisation of business processes make up the largest part of the practice. Additional expertise lies in the area of e-commerce and the representation of clients in IT-related disputes both in and out of court. The firm’s portfolio has recently included numerous strategic digitalisation projects; advice on the introduction and subsequent operation of cutting-edge IT platforms; the development of digital distribution platforms; distressed SAP projects; and the implementation of cloud solutions and cloud services projects. In the contentious area, the team is defending a corporation against a customer complaint regarding an alleged data loss caused by the client. Atos and Diligent are two other key clients. Jan Geert Meents is considered a ‘leading’ name; Jan Pohle is the second key figure.

Leading individuals

Jan Geert Meents - DLA Piper

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper remains very active in outsourcing matters and advises on ITOs and BPOs, as well as handling disputes in connection with outsourcing agreements. On the buyer side, clients include an international insurance company, an international automotive manufacturer, a chemical corporation and a multinational bank, among others, and several global IT service providers on the provider side. Key partner Jan Pohle has expertise in the outsourcing of IT and telecoms services and business processes and Jan Geert Meents is considered ‘really good’.

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Germany: Insurance

Advice to insurers
Advice to insurers - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper stands out for its ‘substantial expertise, quick response times and a good understanding of economic interrelations’. As well as its corporate and insurance supervisory law expertise, the team is also well versed in handling pension and life insurance matters alongside product design work, and has recently expanded its compliance offering. The ‘solution-oriented’ Jan Eltzschig assisted Basler Versicherungen with the sale of its stake in Deutsche Ring Bausparkasse to Bawag Group and Gunne Bähr, who is noted for his ‘extensive industry knowledge’, provides regular advice to Aviva on life insurance matters. Ludger Giesberts heads the team, which also includes Volker Lemmer, who was appointed counsel.

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Insurance litigation
Insurance litigation - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper receives praise for its ‘good industry knowledge’ and ‘target-oriented approach’, while clients also benefit from its close co-operation with the firm’s dispute resolution and regulatory teams. D&O expert Thomas Gädtke advises BayernLB on D&O claims brought against its former board of directors and administrative council pertaining to the failed acquisition of Hypo Alpe Adria Group and failed ABS investments made during the financial crisis. Other areas of expertise include pension and life insurance matters as well as reinsurance issues; the latter are frequently handled by Gunne Bähr; while Christian Schneider is the main contact for liability, property and transport damage work. Handling automotive sector instructions has been an area of growth for the practice, most notably those pertaining to the development of insurance products. Volker Lemmer was appointed counsel.

Leading individuals

Thomas Gädtke - DLA Piper

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Germany: Intellectual property

Patent litigation
Patent litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

According to one client, DLA Piperbelongs to the top firms in IP litigation’. The ‘powerful’ team ‘is strongly recognised in the market’, provides ‘an excellent service level’ and ‘advice based on a strong business sense’. Since October 2017 the practice has also had a presence in Cologne with the arrival of life sciences and high-tech specialist Philipp Cepl, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP and is ‘very experienced in litigation’. Practice head Markus Gampp has ‘impressive industry expertise in the IT and automotive sectors’ and ‘keeps calm and stays on top of things even in very complex proceedings and heated negotiations’. A particular highlight is the firm’s representation of Harman as intervenor in several infringement proceedings concerning a dispute brought by Broadcom against Audi and VW regarding patents on infotainment systems by Harman. Other clients include Alpinestars, British Airways and Medtronic.

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Markus Gampp - DLA Piper

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Trade marks and unfair competition
Trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, practice heads Stefan Engels, Burkhard Führmeyer and Kai Tumbrägel have a strong forensic focus. With Ulrike Grübler, the firm also has an expert in international trade mark strategies and portfolio management. The firm saw highlights in the contentious and the non-contentious area with its frequent and often international advice to Amazon on promotion and advertising campaigns and the representation of medtronic in trade mark and design proceedings against a Chinese competitor. Clients also include Bauer Media Group, Nike and Samsung.

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Germany: Media

Entertainment
Entertainment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Gaming - ranked: tier 1

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DLA Piper’s four-partner strong team is ‘extremely competent and creative, thinks outside the box and is able to walk far from the well-trodden paths’. The expertise of the broad practice ranges from traditional copyright disputes, advice on copyright, publishing and regulatory law and assisting with licence contracts and transactions in the digital media, film, TV and music sectors. The team also advises on antitrust, youth protection and advertisement law matters and with Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and senior associate Christoph Engelmann ranks ‘among the top addresses for gambling law in Germany’; clients in this space include Digibet and Trustly. Highlights included representing Sat.1 Satelliten-Fernsehen against the competent state media authority in proceedings regarding the award of third party broadcasting times and in several proceedings concerning continuous advertisement programmes and advertisement regulation. Other clients include Amazon, EFT Media Productions and ProSiebenSat.1. Stefan Engels heads the practice and has expertise in freedom of speech, broadcasting and online law, as well as data protection matters and issues at the intersection with IP. Counsel Verena Haisch and Kai Tumbrägel are also recommended.

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Press and publishing
Press and publishing - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper

The ‘quick, competent and flexible’ media team at DLA Piper stands out for its ‘high-service level’ and ‘deep knowledge in the relevant areas of law’. The practice, which is led by Stefan Engels, is comprised of four partners who advise TV channels, magazines, publishers and companies outside the sector on press and publishing matters, but also crisis communication and issues at the intersection with copyright and competition law. Highlights included the representation of Axel Springer in multiple contentious matters, such as proceedings against Yvonne Kaiser regarding omission and remuneration. The dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur regularly seeks the firm’s advice on press and freedom of speech issues and WeltN24 and publisher Heinrich Bauer Verlag are also part of the client portfolio. Counsel Verena Haisch is particularly active in the healthcare sector.

Leading individuals

Stefan Engels - DLA Piper

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Germany: Private equity

Transactions
Transactions - ranked: tier 5

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s team is headed by Nils Krause in Hamburg and Andreas Füchsel in Frankfurt. The latter advised Active Ownership Capital on the voluntary takeover offer for all shares in Luxembourg technology holding exceet Group, which is listed in Germany; on the sale of a minority stake in Stada Arzneimittel to the private equity funds Cinven and Bain Capital; and on the acquisition of Pintsch Bubenzer. Krause assisted Arsenal Capital Partners and its portfolio company IGM Resins with the acquisition of BASF’s photoinitiators business. Personnel changes include the departures in 2018 of Dominik Stühler and counsel Kai Terstiege to Allen & Overy LLP and Florian Hirschmann to Reed Smith, as well as the September 2018 arrival of Gerald Schumann from Baker McKenzie

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Germany: Public sector

PPP
PPP - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Ludger Giesberts is the central contact for PPP projects at DLA Piper and his clients include companies, financial institutions and authorities. The team’s range of expertise includes representing clients in sector-related litigation and advising on award procedures as well as construction, corporate and regulatory issues. Guido Kleve specialises in port and aviation law; he recently assisted Delta Port with the financing of infrastructure for inland ports, and represented Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in litigation against a freight handler. British Airways, KölnBonn Airport and Wisag Aviation Service are also clients. The ‘client-oriented’ Thilo Streit is also active and ‘has good contacts’ in the sector.

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Guido Kleve - DLA Piper

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 4

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Product-Related Advice - ranked: tier 1

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In addition to its traditional focus on product law, DLA Piper’s Cologne-based group is also active in planning law instructions, transactions and infrastructure projects as well as related environmental and planning law issues. Ludger Giesberts advised Nicopure Labs on product-related environmental law matters and European tobacco regulation as well as on waste and packaging law in connection with e-liquids for electronic cigarettes. Guido Kleve acts for authorities and companies on regulatory issues, and is particularly active in the areas of port and aviation, subsidy and state aid matters as well as energy and environmental law. Other clients include BASF, the European Chemicals Agency and James Hardie Industries.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

‘Top’ firm DLA Piper provides ‘a high-quality service at competitive prices’, while also being ‘pleasant to work with’. The team frequently handles real estate financing, transactions and project development work and has particular expertise in the hotel, logistics and specialist properties asset classes. The ‘pragmatic’ Lars Reubekeul provides ‘impeccable advice’ and jointly heads the team with ‘good and highly economically minded negotiator’ Fabian Mühlen; the latter recently advised Barings Real Estate Advisers on the acquisition of an office property in Berlin from Westbrook Partners and, in equally significant work, the practice assisted Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen with the financing of the acquisition of an office property portfolio from Corpus Sireo Real Estate. The latter mandate was led by Frank Schwem, who is praised for his ‘excellent work and high level of expertise’. Martin Haller, who is ‘always reachable and very pleasant to work with’, assisted Mondelēz International with the sale of a research and development centre in Munich to UBM. Counsel Sven Seibold joined the team from Hogan Lovells International LLP in December 2017 and Christian Lonquich made partner in May 2018.

Next Generation Partners

Christian Lonquich - DLA Piper

Martin Haller - DLA Piper

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring
Restructuring - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

The ‘very good, responsive and very competent’ restructuring practice at DLA Piper is active in insolvency administrations as well as in non-performing loan transactions on behalf of investors, debtors and creditors. It is singled out for its ‘high level of experience in specialist areas and its extensive capacities’ as well as ‘an outstanding service level’. The range of services also includes handling insolvency crime issues and matters pertaining to the delay of insolvency. Practice head Dietmar Schulz advised a packaging manufacturer on the restructuring of a group of companies by means of self-administration. In addition to acting on several financial restructurings for financial service providers, the ‘smart and very well-connectedMike Danielewsky also assisted a pharmaceutical company with securing the continuation of existing supply contracts with an insolvent supplier.

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Germany: White-collar crime

Advice to companies
Advice to companies - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Benefiting from its international network, the team at DLA Piper is well equipped to guide companies through various white-collar crime and criminal tax law proceedings including cross-border instructions and has notable expertise in US criminal law. Advising on compliance matters and internal investigations are other key elements of the practice. Its client portfolio includes several automotive sector companies, which instructed the team, among other issues, to act in matters concerning tax evasion and corruption allegations. Jürgen Taschke and Christian Schoop are the main contacts.

Next Generation Partners

Christian Schoop - DLA Piper

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