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Dr Torsten Pokropp

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Work +49 69 271 33 281
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Finance and Projects

Position

Dr Torsten Pokropp has a broad experience in the financing sector. He focuses on advising both financiers and borrowers on real estate acquisition and development financings including residential, commercial, single assets, portfolio and warehouse financings. As regards restructuring advice, Torsten advises on loan portfolio sales and re-financings. Further, he advises on project financings including the sectors of infrastructure, wind and power financings. Torsten works for domestic and international financiers as well as investors in connection with the activities identified above, including German Pfandbrief banks, investment banks and private equity companies.


Germany: Banking and finance

Lending and borrowing

Within: Lending and borrowing

DLA Piperparticularly stands out for the team’s technical expertise and pleasant collaboration in comparison to other firms’; the finance practice provides an ‘extraordinarily high level of service’ advising on corporate and acquisition finance with a focus on the corporate and sponsors’ side. It assisted Sun Capital as sponsor and Flabeg Automotive as borrower and guarantor with the refinancing of the acquisition of the Flabeg group by Sun Capital and in the debt fund segment gained Proventus Capital and Rantum Capital as new clients in connection with a mezzanine Schuldschein loan by Cheplapharm. The team also advised an international company in the wind energy sector on a corporate financing by the European Investment Bank and relevant intercreditor issues in connection with the existing corporate line and high-yield bond, and assisted a German pharmaceutical supplier with Schuldschein loans. Additionally the firm occasionally positions itself on the banking side, expanded its work for DZ Bank, among others, and advised on a syndicated corporate financing for Poppe + Potthoff. The ‘level-headed and technically and legally extremely strongTorsten Pokropp is noted for his ‘outstanding skills and always makes clients feel they are in good hands’. The equally recommended former practice head Wolfram Distler, however, departed for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in September 2017.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Real estate

Within: Real estate

DLA Piper’s ‘excellent service level is based on its strong interdisciplinary co-operation, professional work ethic and high levels of experience and commitment’, while clients also praise the team’s ‘quick response times, which are maintained even when dealing with high volumes of transactions’. In 2017, the team was faced with several significant changes: together with three lawyers, former team head Carsten Loll moved to Linklaters, while new and ‘very knowledgable and service-oriented’ practice co-head Lars Reubekeul, who provides Superdry with long-term advice on its European expansion, joined the firm from King & Wood Mallesons along with Florian Biesalski and five other lawyers. The new arrivals boosted the practice’s Asia capabilities and bring additional experience in dealing with data centre transactions. Other frequently recommended individuals include co-team head Fabian Mühlen, who has ‘strong negotiation skills and deep sector-specific knowledge’, and counsel Christian Lonquich, who is noted for his ‘tremendous transactional experience and economic understanding’. Together, they advised Deutsche Fonds Holding on the sale of all shares in the property 20 Moorgate in London to Asian Growth Properties. Other key members of the team include ‘assertive, experienced and well-connected’ financing partner Frank Schwem ), the ‘calm, factual and extremely knowledgableTorsten Pokropp and the ‘solution-oriented’ Martin Haller, whose ‘work effort is tireless’ . The latter two advised Aareal Bank and Allianz Real Estate on the granting of an Europe-wide real estate loan to Invesco Real Estate.

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