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Dr Nils Krause

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Dr Nils Krause advises German and foreign companies on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions including public takeovers, private equity / venture capital transactions and on matters of German corporate law and corporate group law. His experience encompasses corporate restructurings, on-going advice on capital markets law and the formation of joint ventures. Nils also advises private clients, fiduciaries and charitable organisations with respect to the structuring of assets and administration. In addition, Nils advises management boards, supervisory boards and managing directors on corporate governance, corporate compliance as well as on shareholders' meetings. While being legally qualified in Germany, Nils is also qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales. He is also qualified as German Certified Specialist for Corporate Law as well as being a German Certified Specialist for Tax Law in light of his practical experience. Nils heads jointly with Kirsten Girnth the German Corporate group of DLA Piper.

Germany: Corporate and M&A


Within: Corporate

DLA Piper is particularly rated for its restructuring and reorganisation expertise, both at a German and an international level. A recent example is advising H.I.G. European Capital Partners on the corporate reorganisation of its German and Luxembourg fund structure. The group also handled D&O liability, cross-border changes of legal form and compliance matters, and was able to expand its insurance sector work. Nils Krause is the sole practice head since Kirsten Girnth’s departure to Bryan Cave LLP in January 2017. Simultaneously, Michael Burg left for PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) and Jan Schinköth for Sidley Austin LLP. However, the group was strengthened by the addition of Mathias Schulze-Steinen, Andreas Füchsel and Claudius Paul, who came from K&L Gates LLP.

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M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m)

Within: M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m)

DLA Piper was able to defend its excellent position in the German market again with its ‘client-focused advice’. Recently, the group advised Columbus McKinnon on the acquisition of STAHL CraneSystems from Konecranes and IGM Resins on the acquisition of BASF's global photoinitiator business from BASF. Different country desks ensure a steady flow of instructions from abroad. For example, Nils Krause and Florian Hirschmann are responsible for the China business and Benjamin Parameswaran for the India business, while the Africa desk is gaining more and more attention. The group saw three departures in January 2017 and and three additions in May 2017: Kirsten Girnth left for Bryan Cave LLP, Michael Burg for PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) and Jan Schinköth for Sidley Austin LLP; while Mathias Schulze-Steinen, Andreas Füchsel and Claudius Paul joined from K&L Gates LLP.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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