Corporate in Germany

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's broad corporate practice is headed by Matthias-Gabriel Kremer and predominantly advises large corporations and DAX 30 companies on restructuring, changes of legal form and carve-outs. Co-head of the public M&A practice Christoph Seibt is considered a reliable key contact for listed companies and also assists with corporate governance issues. Lars Meyer acts for corporations and financial investors in joint venture matters.

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Seibt; Rick van Aerssen; Matthias-Gabriel Kremer; Lars Meyer

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller advises various large corporations and listed companies on shareholder's meetings, ongoing corporate matters, changes of legal form, carve-outs, executive liability as well as corporate disputes, while the latter is a particular focus of the group. In addition, the team assists family corporations with fundamental reorganisations and succession planning. The close cooperation with the firm's capital markets, ECM, internal investigations and compliance practices complement the group's corporate offering. In Düsseldorf, Andreas Austmann and Maximilian Schiessl predominantly assist listed companies with corporate day-to-day issues and in Frankfurt, Daniela Favoccia advises large and medium-sized companies. Daniel Illhardt is considered a rising star, who has 'very broad expertise'.

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Adolff, Andreas Austmann, Daniela Favoccia, Matthias Hentzen, Maximilian Schiessl

Testimonials

When you instruct Hengeler, you expect top quality and receive it.

Top partner with wide-ranging experience, personality and negotiation skills paired with a necessary measure of pragmatism.

‘Fast, technically very competent advice, which not only points out alternatives, but clear guidance on how to act – also in ambiguous and difficult situations.

Key clients

Commerzbank AG

innogy SE

Linde AG

Epigenomics AG

VTG AG

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Günther-Gruppe

Metro AG

Ceconomy AG / Metro AG

Deutsche Börse

Seifert-Gruppe

Fortum Oyi

OSRAM Licht AG

Axa Konzern AG

Knorr-Bremse AG

Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA

Lenzing

Provinzial NordWest HoldingAktiengesellschaft

Axel Springer SE

Work highlights

  • Advice to the innogy SE on the public takeover bid by E.ON and legal integration and formation of new legal structures after completion.
  • Advice to the Günther-Gruppe on the structuring of the merger of company activities of Lotto24 AG and Zeal Network SE.
  • Support to the Metro AG on the restructuring of the Real-Gruppe regarding company law.

Linklaters

Linklaters assists executives, supervisory boards and leading national and international large corporations with corporate issues. The 28-partner team behind practice head Tim Johannsen-Roth advises on restructuring, changes of legal form and supervisory board-related issues among other matters, while also handling annual general meetings and acting for activist shareholders. Hans-Ulrich Wilsing and 'outstanding lawyerRalph Wollburg frequently advise on strategic and cross-border matters and Stephan Oppenhoff assists a range of internationally leading banks with Brexit-related issues. Staffan Illert is a 'technically outstanding and practical' key contact for stock and capital markets law and is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tim Johannsen-Roth

Other key lawyers:

Staffan Illert; Stephan Oppenhoff; Hans-Ulrich; Ralph Wollburg Wilsing;

Testimonials

‘High level of expertise, very good reputation.’

Good risk understanding regarding the client and the market

‘Ralph Wollburg always keeps an eye on economical aspects.’

Key clients

thyssenkrupp AG

Volkswagen AG

LetterOne Group

Deutsche Bank AG

Bayer AG

HSH Finanzfonds und damit mittelbar die Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg sowie das Land Schleswig-Holstein

E.ON SE

Deutsche Börse AG

Norddeutsche Landesbank (NORD/LB)

Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA / Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA

SAP SE

Santander Consumer Finance

Work highlights

  • Advice to the thyssenkrupp AG on the division of the group into the two self-reliant companies Thyssenkrupp Materials AG and Thyssenkrupp Industrials AG as well as on ongoing matters of company law.
  • Advice to the supervisory board of the Deutsche Bank AG in the course of the assessment of a merger between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank.
  • Advice to the Bayer AG on the preparation and implementation of the general meeting.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP assists large DAX and MDAX corporations with the full spectrum of important corporate matters, such as shareholder activism, corporate governance and annual general meetings, while change of legal form, restructuring and integration after successful mergers are also part of the group's expertise; in addition, the team advises on corporate aspects of capital markets compliance. The practice packs a particular punch in the financial and insurances sectors as well as in the healthcare and life sciences industries. Hans Diekmann and Christian Eichner advise on executive liability and shareholder disputes. Notably, the practice also includes experienced capital markets lawyers such as counsel Katharina Stüber.

Practice head(s):

Hans Schoneweg

Other key lawyers:

Hans Diekmann; Christian Eichner; Matthias Horn; Katharina Stüber

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's corporate practice focuses on preliminary and main stages of transactions, including international mergers, transfers and restructuring, but also advises on annual general meetings and corporate disputes. The team has particularly strong expertise in the regulated industries, such as the banking and financial sectors, and regularly applies this in cross-border matters, not least thanks to its international network. Thomas Krecek and Anselm Raddatz head the team from the Düsseldorf and Frankfurt offices. 'Tireless thinker and problem solver' Christof Goldschmidt is especially adept in restructuring and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Krecek; Anselm Raddatz

Other key lawyers:

Christof-Ulrich Goldschmidt; Christian Vogel

Testimonials

Strong and active support in M&A transactions, especially related to China.’

Fast response and implementation times, good availability, good business acumen.

‘Christian Vogel and his team have a good understanding of the company, the recipient of their advice, and flexibly adapt to their requirements.

Key clients

ALTANA AG

Bremer Kreditbank /Oldenburgische Landesbank

BNP Paribas

Bundesverband deutscher Banken (BdB)

Deutsche Post DHL Group

Grohe

J.P. Morgan

KUKA AG

Pfizer

Siemens AG

Symrise AG

Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Advice to J.P. Morgan Securities plc on their function as acquisition financier in the course of the takeover bid by the Vonovia SE to the shareholders of the Swedish housing association Victoria Park AB.
  • Support to the Merck KGaA on the conclusion of a global cooperation agreement with GlaxoSmithKline.
  • Advised the Siemens AG on the outsourcing of its Mobility Division in more than 40 countries as preparation for the planned merger with Alstom.

CMS

CMS‘ 49-partner corporate practice assists a diverse client roster, ranging from family-led companies to DAX 30 corporations, with the full array of corporate matters including corporate-related compliance matters, corporate governance issues and corporate aspects of joint ventures; international restructuring and carve-outs are also part of the group's advice portfolio. The practice is headed by Maximilian Grub, Hilke Herchen and Ernst-Markus Schuberth. Furthermore, Thomas Lennarz in Stuttgart leads a team which covers shareholder and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Maximilian Grub; Hilke Herchen; Ernst-Markus Schuberth

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Lennarz

Testimonials

Very good and wide-ranging expertise.

On time, practical, reliable.

Proactive, always available and with flexible but customised solutions. Highest expertise paired with pleasantly human touch.

Key clients

B.Braun Melsungen

Pioneer & Onkyo

Telefónica Deutschland

CORESTATE Capital

DEA Deutsche Erdöl AG

Alfred Kärcher

Porsche

Strabag

Land Niedersachsen

IVG Immobilien

Work highlights

  • Advised B. Braun Melsungen AG on comprehensive corporation restructurings.
  • Advice to the supervisory board of the Instone Real Estate Group AG on a cross-border change of the legal form from a Dutch N.V. into a German stock company (AG).
  • Advice to CORESTATE Capital Holding S.A. on restructuring the corporation via different measures in accordance with the Transformation Act, transfers of shares, changes of name as well as the signing of new company contracts.

Gleiss Lutz

Christian Cascante and Peter Steffen Carl head Gleiss Lutz' corporate practice, which regularly advises national and international large corporations on complex restructurings and annual general meetings, while family-led companies and entrepreneurial families also belong to the client roster. The group further covers the interface between corporate law and compliance and capital markets as well as corporate disputes; in the latter, the team focuses on conflictual shareholder meetings.  

Practice head(s):

Christian Cascante; Peter Steffen Carl

Other key lawyers:

Michael Arnold

Testimonials

‘Team members on all levels from associate to partner provide reliable, clear, well-structured and top-quality advice even non-lawyers can understand.’

‘Every conversation partner at the firm has the ability to adapt to our corporation within a very short time. Their thinking goes beyond the purely legal aspects to understanding and recognising what is going on. ‘

‘Martin Schockenhoff is an excellent lawyer with great business expertise.’

‘Counsel Stefanie Lumpp is a very good lawyer who knows how to work efficiently.’

‘Vera Rothenburg stays on top of difficult situations, is pragmatic and practical.’

‘Moritz Rudzio has a good understanding of our business, is reliable and quick.’

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Across all four offices of Hogan Lovells International LLP's German corporate practice, clients benefit from the firm's global full-service offering. Lutz Angerer, who acts with particular focus on transactions in the life sciences sector, heads the German practice, while Volker Geyrhalter, who has wide-ranging industry expertise in the TMT and real estate sectors, leads the continental European practice. The group further demonstrates deep knowledge of regulated industries, insurance and automotive sectors. In addition, corporate disputes and procedural law matters are covered by the corporate litigation team. Peter Huber is a rising partner.

Practice head(s):

Lutz Angerer

Other key lawyers:

Volker Geyrhalter, Peter Huber

Key clients

Exyte/M+W Group

Deutscher Sparkassen Verlag GmbH (DSV)

NRW.BANK

Generali Deutschland AG

Shop Apotheke

BASF SE

Danfoss A/S

BAWAG Group

Prologis, Inc.

T-Systems International GmbH

Smurfit Kappa

Covestro

Daimler AG

FlixMobility

Work highlights

  • Advised the BASF SE on the merger of the paper- and water chemicals-business with Solenis, an American manufacturer of speciality chemicals.
  • Advice to the Danish technology group Danfoss A/S on the purchase of shares in the Hydraulik Nord Fluidtechnik GmbH.
  • Comprehensive advice on company and supervisory law in the course of restructuring to the Generali-Gruppe in Germany.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's corporate practice, which is led by Burc Hesse in Munich, frequently advises renowned national and international corporations on corporate governance, corporate restructuring and corporate aspects of joint ventures and public takeovers. The group also has expertise at the interface of capital markets, antitrust, tax as well as banking and banking supervisory law and further handles shareholder and corporate disputes; here, particular expertise is demonstrated in joint venture disputes. Stefan Widder has an 'eye for the essentials'.

Practice head(s):

Burc Hesse

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Widder; Harald Selzner; Dirk Kocher; Tobias Larisch; Nikolaos Paschos; Martin Neuhaus

Testimonials

‘The work mode is characterised by a high degree of competence, strategic thinking, pragmatism and promptness.

Strong team across all significant jurisdictions.’

Efficient and loyal cooperation with the in-house team.

Key clients

Ceconomy

Charité Berlin

Daimler AG

Toll Collect

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Hellmann & Friedmann

Blackstone

Lanxess

Siemens AG

Work highlights

  • Complex advice on company law to the Daimler AG concerning the joint venture participation in the Toll Collect GmbH.
  • Advice to the Hellmann Worldwide Logistics GmbH & Co. KG on the operative and financial restructuring of the Group in- and outside of Europe.
  • Comprehensive advice on company law to the Rhön-Klinikum AG.

Noerr

Noerr advises large German corporations on corporate core issues, such as annual general meetings and conversions as well as on cross-practice matters related to capital markets and group law; in addition, the team supports DAX 30 companies with compliance and executive liability expertise. Florian Becker in Munich und Alexander Hirsch in Düsseldorf head the practice. Oliver Sieg, also based in Düsseldorf, is key contact for and practice head of the corporate litigation team, while Lisa Guntermann, who is considered a recommended rising star, adds stock and capital markets law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Florian Becker; Alexander Hirsch

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Sieg; Lisa Guntermann

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalte AG's corporate practice advises on restructuring, conversions, annual general meetings as well as executive liability and compliance issues; the group also has deep expertise in corporation litigation. Jochem Reichert in Mannheim heads the practice and Marc Löbbe, who assists with executive and supervisory board liability, as well as Michaela Balke, who is particularly adept in renumeration issues, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jochem Reichert

Other key lawyers:

Marc Löbbe; Michaela Balke

Testimonials

Very client-oriented and technically highly competent advice.’

Always delivers fast and with high quality.

The firm stands out for creating team structures that contribute to a very solution-oriented work mode.

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Daimler AG

Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Bahn AG

Fuchs Petrolub SE

Innogy SE

Deutsche Post AG

Sanofi S.A.

Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services

Südzucker AG

 

Work highlights

  • Advice to the supervisory board of the Deutsche Bahn AG on matters of company law.
  • Advised the Freudenberg-Gruppe on the restructuring of a joint venture with Eagle Burgmann.
  • Comprehensive advice to the Euromicron AG on all matters concerning company and capital market law including forensic activity.

White & Case LLP

In the corporate sphere, White & Case LLP advises on restructuring and corporate governance matters as well as on annual general meetings; the practice also increasingly acts on the interface to corporate criminal law and compliance, where it supports clients with executive liability matters. The team behind practice head Lutz Krämer further demonstrates cross-practice expertise in stock and capital markets law, which is frequently applied while assisting clients with IPOs and takeovers as well as with additional structural measures.

Practice head(s):

Lutz Krämer

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Kiefner; Robert Weber

Key clients

Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

CONSUS Real Estate AG

Covestro AG

Curanum AG

Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

DMG Mori Seiki AG

Etex Holding GmbH

Evonik AG

Galeria Kaufhof GmbH

GfK SE

Godewind Immobilien AG

Jost Werke AG

KWS SAAT SE

Maxingvest

MediClin AG

Merck KGaA

QIA

Rothenberger Holding AG

STIHL International GmbH

Telefunken SE

Voltaire Finance B.V.

windeln.de

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Voltaire Finance B.V. on the restructuring und the subsequent successful takeover of the Wild Bunch Gruppe based in Berlin and Paris.
  • Advice on company and stock corporation law to the DMG Mori Seiki AG, among other things in the course of the general meeting.
  • Advised Godewind Immobilien AG on the first general meeting since the IPO.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is particularly skilled at the interface between compliance and corporate law, while also demonstrating strong expertise in assisting with cross-border mergers, providing ongoing corporate advice to listed companies as well as in corporate governance matters, restructuring, joint ventures and transactions. Christian Atzler, who frequently acts for Chinese investors, and Ingo Strauss jointly head the practice; Christian Vocke focuses on corporate governance and restructuring.  

Practice head(s):

Christian Atzler; Ingo Strauss

Other key lawyers:

Christian Vocke

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's corporate advice portfolio includes the handling of annual general meetings, executive liability issues, national and international restructuring and mergers of large and medium-sized companies and cross-practice expertise in insurance and trade law as well as compliance. Benjamin Parameswaran, who has M&A expertise and provides ongoing advice to executive boards among other matters, as well as Nils Krause, who assists national and international corporations with restructuring, jointly lead the practice. Roland Maaß joined from Latham & Watkins LLP and acts at the interface of stock corporation law.

Practice head(s):

Nils Krause; Benjamin Parameswaran

Other key lawyers:

Kerstin Schnabel; Mathias Schulze Steinen

Testimonials

Strong core team, which acts as a one-stop-shop.

One receives fast responses also for complex issues.

The team is always available and delivers precise guidance on how to act.

Key clients

Ahlers AG

EWE AG

Matica Technologies AG

Nordzucker

Nordzucker Holding AG

REALTECH AG

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

DIC Asset AG

Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

GELSENWASSER AG

HanseYachts AG

LPKF Laser &Electronics AG

QSC AG

EWE TEL GmbH

Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH

Hans Otto Mahn / Manus Vermögensverwaltung GmbH

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

Senvion GmbH

STRABAG SE

Varex Imaging Corporation

Sopra Steria Group S.A.

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive strategic and ongoing advice on company law to the management board of the Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG.
  • Ongoing advice to the management board of the Senvion GmbH on matters of company law.
  • Comprehensive advice on company law to the Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH on group and institute matters.

Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition

Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition advises clients on the full array of corporate core matters, including the assistance of executive and supervisory boards, the handling of annual general meetings, restructuring and joint ventures, as well as representing clients in corporate and post-M&A litigation. Capital markets law advice, particularly with regards to insider law, ad-hoc publicity, voting rights notification and representation before the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority are also part of the group's expertise spectrum. Arndt Michel provides advice to executives and in contentious matters and Achim Glade predominantly assists DAX 30 companies, family-led companies as well as domestic and international financial investors.

Other key lawyers:

Achim Glade; Arndt Michel; Marco Sustmann; Andreas Merkner; Jochen Markgraf

Testimonials

Distinct expertise, excellent lawyers, pleasant contact with the client.

On point and fast.

They are able to approach big and highly complex issues in a structured and also pragmatic manner.

Highly professional, efficient and solution-oriented.

Key clients

Bank für Sozialwirtschaft AG

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Daimler AG

Deutsche Bank AG

dm-drogerie markt GmbH & Co. KG

Einkaufsbüro Deutscher Eisenhändler

ETRIS Bank

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft

IVG Immobilien AG

L’Oréal

QIAGEN N.V.

Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Chinese investor Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP (FGC) on the attempted acquisition of the AIXTRON SE.
  • Advice to the Franz Haniel &Cie.GmbH on a joint venture between CWS-boco and Rentokil Initial.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek offers corporate advice to medium-sized companies. The group assists with restructuring, changes of legal form and stock corporation law issues as well as with shareholder disputes and arbitration. Thorsten Kuthe in Cologne, who often advises on capital markets-related matters, jointly heads the practice with Boris Dürr in Munich, who adds private equity expertise to the team.

Practice head(s):

Boris Dürr; Thorsten Kuthe

Testimonials

Exceedingly service-oriented.

Very substantiated and wide-ranging knowledge of corporate law, while the team work stands out particularly.

Key clients

NKT A/S

Projekt Ottobock/Motesque

Albrecht

Apassionata World GmbH, Berlin

FUNKE Mediengruppe

HGF Limited, UK

HopLop

Integrata AG

IQ Martrade Holding und Managementgesellschaft mbH

Serviceware SE

STINAG Stuttgart Invest AG, Stuttgart

WESTGRUND Aktiengesellschaft, Berlin

Work highlights

  • Advice to a medium-sized family company in the course of the restructuring of the governance structure.
  • Comprehensive and complex restructuring of a foreign company with many national and international shareholdings.
  • Advice on company law and support on court proceedings to the Apassionata World GmbH concerning a dispute amongst shareholders.

Milbank

Corporate aspects of private equity and M&A transactions are one of the central pillars of Milbank's corporate practice, while the team also advises on conversions, executive contracts, corporate governance, executive liability as well as on compliance; the team also handles annual general meetings. Ulrike Friese-Dormann advises on capital markets-related matters and Christoph Rothenfußer has particular expertise in stock corporation, company and conversion law. Both lawyers are based in the Munich office, while Arndt Stengel is the key contact in Frankfurt.

Other key lawyers:

Ulrike Friese-Dormann; Sebastian Heim; Peter Nussbaum; Steffen Oppenländer; Norbert Rieger; Christoph Rothenfußler; Arndt Stengel

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge and high business acumen.

Precision and very good communication.’

 

Key clients

ADAC SE

Auto1 Group

Axel Springer

Bilfinger

Ceconomy

Dermapharm Holding SE

F.C. Bayern München

Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG

Hauptaktionär der mediantis AG

Mylan

Otto Group

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

RHI AG

SHW AG

Sixt Leasing SE

Sixt SE

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice on company law to the ADAC SE.
  • Ongoing advice on company law to the CECONOMY AG.
  • Ongoing advice on company law to the Dermapharm Holding SE including the general meeting.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's corporate team combines experts from the capital markets, M&A, corporate litigation and tax areas. The group's corporate expertise includes mergers, restructuring and annual general meetings. Particularly noteworthy is the firm's TW China Group, which is led by Michael-Florian Ranf and advises Chinese corporations and investors; the team has specific knowledge of the Chinese automotive industry and expertise in IT and data protection matters.

Other key lawyers:

Klaus Grossmann; Michael-Florian Ranf; Lars-Gerrit Lüßmann; Christoph F. Vaupel

Testimonials

Taylor Wessing offers very good value for money.

The team also performs well under time constraints.

Extremely high personal commitment and technical expertise.

Key clients

aap Implantate AG

Aladdin Blockchain Technologies SE

Albis Leasing AG

Brockhaus Capital Management AG

Chef’s Plate Inc.

Deutz AG

Freitag und Co.

Eckert & Ziegler Strahlentechnik AG (EZAG)

II-VI Incorporated

InCity Immobilien AG

KPS AG

Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe GmbH

Panasonic DE Gesellschaften

Panasonic Electric Works Europe AG

Probiodrug AG

Rewe

Rubix Group

Sanhua Group

Sixt Gruppe

Sixt SE

TOM TAILOR

ÜSTRA Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe AG

Vaamo Finanz AG

W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. / W.L. Gore & Associates GmbH

Zeppelin GmbH / Zeppelin-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advised the Deutz AG on the formation of a joint venture.
  • Advice to Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe GmbH on company law concerning the division of the business areas Automotive and Industry.
  • Assessment of group-wide profit-and-loss transfer agreements with regards to tax and company law for the Zeppelin-Gruppe.

Arqis Rechtsanwälte

Arqis Rechtsanwälte's 16-partner practice advises on corporate aspects of transactions, joint ventures and company restructuring among other matters and also regularly assists with issues at the interface between corporate and employment law. The practice's Japan desk includes eight Japanese-speaking lawyers, who regularly assist Japanese corporations with their German ventures. In addition, the group is particularly often instructed by clients from the health sector. Jörn-Christian Schulze jointly heads the team with Shigeo Yamaguchi, who also leads the Japan Desk.

Practice head(s):

Jörn-Christian Schulze; Shigeo Yamaguchi

Other key lawyers:

Mirjam Boche; Christopf von Einem

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Auto-TEC GmbH

DOCOMO Digital GmbH

JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation

Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. Group

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice on company law to the DOCOMO Digital GmbH.
  • Ongoing post-closing advice to the JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation.
  • Ongoing advice on company law to the Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. Group.

Ashurst LLP

The corporate practice of Ashurst LLP  is particularly well versed in contentious corporate matters, but is also adept in advising clients on corporate day-to-day matters; the group's expertise further encompasses executive and supervisory board assistance, restructuring as well as stock corporation and capital markets law-related issues. And the team handles annual general meetings. Practice head Thomas Sacher in Munich also assists with corporate governance matters. The dispute resolution practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of Nicolas Nohlen, who joined from Hengeler Mueller.  

Practice head(s):

Thomas Sacher

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas Nohlen

Dissmann Orth

Dissmann Orth predominantly assists medium-sized and family-led companies with corporate issues, but also covers the interface to inheritance, employment and especially tax law. The group also acts in contentious cases as arbitrator, mediator and representative in court. Jochen Ettinger is the key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Jochen Ettinger

Eversheds Sutherland

Due to its international network, Eversheds Sutherland's corporate practice is particularly adept in handling cross-border restructuring matters. The group also handles annual general meetings, advises on executive liability and is further frequently involved in compliance, stock corporation, corporation and capital markets law-related corporate matters. The team's industry expertise includes the automotive, manufacturing, aerospace, consumer goods, fashion and food sectors. Christof Lamberts in Munich heads the practice, which also includes Matthias Heisse and Sven Schweneke.

Practice head(s):

Christof Lamberts

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Heise; Sven Schweneke

Testimonials

Eversheds stands out for its incredible wealth of experience.

Clients receive clear recommendations.

Eversheds speaks the language of medium-sized companies and also understands them.

Key clients

Archer Daniels Midland

Autoliv

CEWE

Funkwerk AG

Grossmann Group

Hafnertec

Hörmann Industries

Kangde Composites

Kering (Gucci, Saint Laurent et al)

Knorr-Bremse AG

Messe München

Montanhydraulik

Pentair

Parker Hannifin

Ricoh

Shell

Tenneco

WestRock

diverse Family Offices

Work highlights

  • Advice to the SDAX-listed CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA (CEWE) on the preparation and implementation of the annual general meeting.
  • Advice to a US-American multinational delivery service on restructuring of its activities in Germany and the UK.
  • Advice to the Knorr-Bremse AG in the course of its first annual general meeting.

Greenfort

Greenfort assists clients with reorganisations and restructuring as well as with annual general meetings and joint ventures. The team also covers stock corporation and company law aspects of capital issues and squeeze-outs among other matters. The five-partner practice in Frankfurt further handles corporate disputes and dispute resolution proceedings, including matters related to executive and manager liability. Daniel Röder is an 'excellent and experienced lawyer' and Ahn-Duc Cordalis has an 'eloquent manner and quick understanding'.

Other key lawyers:

Andreas von Oppen; Gunther Weiss; Carsten J. Angersbach; Daniel Röder; Anh-Duc Cordalis

Testimonials

Very good cooperation between individual lawyers for specific questions.

Interdisciplinary team with broad knowledge.’

Very creative, efficient, pragmatic and solution-oriented.

Key clients

Acquasourca

Agilent

Allergan

CSL Behring

European Net ID Stiftung

Glatfelter Gruppe

Inno Energy GmbH

Interfer-Gruppe

LGI Logistics Group International

M5Invest

Management der KGS Gruppe

Mc Kesson

MDH AG

Mediengruppe RTL

MHT Mold & Hotrunner Technology AG

MTR – Molecular Targeted Radiopharmaceuticals Holding GmbH

Oase Gruppe

Praesidad

Roast Market GmbH

Shopify Inc.

The Student Hotel Gruppe

VARTA AG /Montana Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advice to Agilent on a world-wide group-internal restructuring.
  • Advice to Allergan on the restructuring of Warner Chilcott (subsidiary company) and in the course of a merger within the Allergan-Gruppe.
  • Ongoing advice on company and foundation law to the European Net ID Stiftung.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's corporate lawyers assist their predominantly medium-sized client base with traditional corporate issues such as reorganisations and annual general meetings as well as with tax, energy and employment law-related corporate matters. Deep industry expertise is particularly notable in the energy and health sectors. And specific international desks, such as the Italian and Dutch desks, facilitate specialised cross-border advice. Stefan Galla heads the practice and Michael Bormann, who joined from Simmons & Simmons, has comprehensive experience in handling matters in the energy industry.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Galla

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bormann

Testimonials

Luther’s strength is the cross-practice implementation of bigger projects.

Large expertise and international coverage of diverse areas, but still beneficial for medium-sized companies.

Practical solutions and a hands-on attitude.

Key clients

E.ON SE

Avancis GmbH

Haus Cramer-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Restructuring of the Alloheim-Gruppe regarding company and employment law as well as advice on compliance.
  • Advice and legal representation of the Daikin Refrigerants Europe GmbH on the company restructuring and the formation of a group structure.
  • Ongoing advice on company law to the Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Cramer KG.

Norton Rose Fulbright

With a focus on regulated industries, Norton Rose Fulbright's corporate practice frequently handles cross-border matters for energy and infrastructure clients as well as in the financial and automotive sectors. Reorganisations, merger and changes of legal form are all pillars of the group's corporate practice, which also covers corporate governance and compliance-related matters. The 20-partner team is jointly headed by Stefan Feuerriegel and Frank-Peter Regelin. For matters in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, Marco Niehaus is particularly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Feuerriegel; Frank-Peter Regelin

Other key lawyers:

Marco Niehaus

Testimonials

‘The team is coordinated perfectly, like interlinked cogs in a well-oiled machine without any loss of friction.’

‘Marco Niehaus is an outstanding M&A lawyer using his skill, tact and incredible wealth of ideas to find the best solutions for his clients at all times.’ 

Key clients

Energizer Deutschland GmbH

BMW Group

IMI Group

Stahlgruber GmbH

ABC International Bank plc

CACEIS Bank Germany

AnaCap Financial Partners

ReachLocal Europe B.V.

Artifiction AG

Interritus Limited

Lei Shing Hong Limited

Lonza AG

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to the German companies belonging to the IMI Gruppe on matters of company law.
  • Advice to the ABC International Bank plc on company law concerning a Brexit project for the reorganisation of the European business including the formation of a new German branch.

SERNETZ • SCHÄFER

Dispute resolution is one of the central pillars of SERNETZ • SCHÄFER's corporate practice, while the team also demonstrates expertise in banking law-related issues; correspondingly, the client roster includes numerous large and regional banks. Disputes with shareholders, trustees and supervisory boards are part of the group's contentious expertise; here, Andreas Höder, Ferdinand Kruis and practice co-head Fabian Dietz-Vellmer, all based in Munich, are particularly recommended. Practice co-head Frank Schäfer is based in Düsseldorf.

Practice head(s):

Frank Schäfer; Fabian Dietz-Vellmer

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Höder; Ferdinand Kruis

Testimonials

The team acts on a very high quality level.’

Ferdinand Kruis is simply excellent and a very nice dude.

Key clients

TGV Investmentaktiengesellschaft für langfristige Investoren

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

UniCredit Bank AG

MAC Mode GmbH & Co. KGaA

SPARTA AG

Unifa-Gruppe

SKW Stahl-Metallurgie: Beratung Vorstand

Work highlights

  • Advised the SPARTA AG on a dispute concerning stock corporation law.
  • Advice to the management board of the SKW Stahl-Metallurgie on stock corporation, insolvency and company law during the insolvency proceedings.
  • Legal representation of the major funds provider WealthCap in several proceedings concerning company law.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's corporate capabilities are particularly visible in transactions, while the team frequently assists with post-closing matters. Corporate aspects of compliance matters as well as corporate governance are also part of the advice portfolio. Practice head Bernd Mayer covers the latter as well as corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Mayer

avocado rechtsanwälte

The 'very committed team' of avocado rechtsanwälte advises medium-sized companies on corporate matters on an ongoing basis, including corporate housekeeping and reorganisation matters. The practice is also well versed in succession planning of family-led companies as well as at the interface to tax law, where the team advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Christian Berger in Frankfurt heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Christian Berger

Testimonials

Very competent team that has answers to any problem.

Pragmatic, constructive, solution-oriented.

Always reliable even in emergencies.

Key clients

Adam Opel AG

Adyton Real Estate

Allmed Group u. deren dt. Tochtergesellschaften

ANSYS Germany

ASI DataMyte, Inc.

Atelier NA

Best Gaming Technology GmbH

BGT Deutschland GmbH

Came Deutschland GmbH

Carlisle Companies Incorporated

Carlisle Fluid Technologies GmbH

Carlisle Holdings GmbH

Digi International GmbH

Dinkle International Co.

Donnelly Financial Solutions

DÜRR Dental AG

Eurial-Gruppe / Agrargenossenschaftsgruppe Agrial

FMT-Gruppe, FERRO-Montagetechnik GmbH

Genewiz Group

Gleason Corporation

GMS Management Spanien, GMS Solutions Deutschland GmbH

Grote Industries Europe

imc Test & Measurement GmbH, imc Meßsysteme GmbH

Insolvenzverwalter Kiesl

Intratone GmbH

ITecon GmbH

Kreos Capital IV (UK) Ltd. London

L&S Deutschland Schuhhandels GmbH

Leder & Schuh AG

Luxoft GmbH

Mayo Clinic Stiftung

Media Frankfurt GmbH (FRAPORT Konzern)

musico GmbH

Nordisk Büro Plus GmbH

Norwex Germany GmbH

Partslife GmbH

Pharmaco Vision GmbH

PharmacoSoftware GmbH

Pluriomics B.V. (jetz NCardia B.V.)

Portwell Deutschland GmbH

R.A.M. Realtime Application Measurement GmbH

Recurity Labs GmbH

Schiff-Martini & Cie. GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsges. Steuerberatungsgesellschaft

SEC Consult Deutschland Unternehmensberatung GmbH

SECITRADE e.V.

Semperit AG Holding, Semperit Gummiwerk Deggendorf GmbH, Semperflex Rivalit GmbH

SMC Deutschland GmbH, SMC Corporation

Stampin’Up! Europe GmbH

Stark Power GmbH

Stiefelkönig Schuhhandels GmbH Deutschland

Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register

Taipei Design Center

Telia Carrier Germany GmbH

USANA Health Sciences Inc.

Ventec International, Taiwan

VIAC GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice on company law to the Adyton Real Estate GmbH on a joint venture.
  • Advice on company law to the Allmed Group with regards to several German subsidiary companies.
  • Advice on company law concerning the founding and structuring of the German subsidiary company of Atelier NA.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird's corporate capabilities range from company foundations and reorganisations to financing, while the firm's sector focus is also tangible in its corporate offering. Due to its deep sector expertise in the technology industry and its cross-practice cooperation with the competition, antitrust, regulatory, employment and real estate groups, the team is able to provide one-stop advice. Peter Veranneman, whose additional capital markets law expertise make him a good key contact for complex takeover matters, heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Peter Veranneman

Key clients

Aphria / Nuuvera

BBS Automation GmbH

BS Wiesmann GmbH

CenturyLink Communications

Cummins Inc.

Directorbank

Dragon Rouge Gruppe

Gajam Group / Dharma Life

ICE Gateway GmbH

KAZ Europe Sàrl / Helen of Troy

LemonAid Beverages GmbH

Liquidity Services Inc.

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings

PostNL

Shenzhen Inovance Technology

Sojitz Corporation

SpeedCast

Techstars Berlin City Fund

Verizon

Wascosa AG

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Aphria Deutschland GmbH on company law.
  • Advice on comprehensive restructuring with regards to company law of the European Dematic Gruppe.
  • Advised PostNL on several matters of company law in the course of the sale of PostCon.

Buse Heberer Fromm

Buse Heberer Fromm advises nationally and internationally operating corporations on conversions, annual general meetings, reorganisations and corporate disputes; contentious matters are handled in the Berlin, Frankfurt, Essen, Munich, Hamburg and Düsseldorf offices. Industry expertise exists in the energy and automotive sectors. Newly appointed practice head Peter Fissenewert often acts in compliance and restructuring-related matters. Jossip Hesse joined Hansa Partner.  

Practice head(s):

Peter Fissenewert

Testimonials

The team stands out for its excellent technical expertise, convincing pragmatism and outstanding communication skills.

Very strongly client-focused and well prepared.

Pragmatic and practical solutions for medium-sized companies.

Key clients

WILO SE

Wilo-Foundation

Work highlights

  • Ongoing comprehensive advice on company law to the WILO SE.
  • Ongoing advice to the WILO Foundation.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advises clients on corporate governance, executive liability, matters pertaining to activist shareholders and reorganisations; the latter are regularly handled on cross-border level. The group additionally assists with capital markets-related issues and supports corporations in squeeze-outs and capital measures. Gabriele Apfelbacher has particular expertise in corporate governance and stock corporation law, while Thomas Kopp is considered a good contact for executive liability and compliance issues.  

Other key lawyers:

Gabriele Apfelbacher; Ward Greenberg; Thomas Kopp; Oliver Schröder; Michael J. Ulmer

Testimonials

Very well-structured and efficient team.

They offer superior and pleasant cooperation even in difficult situations.

Key clients

Codelco

General Motors Corporation

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)

Mercer International

Motorola Solutions Inc.

Polypore International

RIMOWA

SULO (Plastic Omnium)

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advice to CODELCO concerning the restructuring of the European investments.
  • Ongoing advice on company law to the General Motors Corporation.
  • Advice to Mercer International on contract and company law.

Dentons

Dentons' corporate practice acts for its medium-sized clients based on a sector focus approach and often in matters with cross-border aspects, while the team is particularly well equipped to assist with issues in the financial and energy as well as health sectors. The group advises on mergers, changes of legal form and corporate aspects of transactions and additionally handles private equity, venture capital and compliance-related cases. Berlin-based practice head Christof Kautzsch particularly often assists clients from the regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Christof Kautzsch

Other key lawyers:

Alexander von Bergwelt; Christoph Papenheim

Testimonials

Risks are clearly identified, as well as ways to deal with these risks.

A well-coordinated team of German legal experts with global relevance.’

Alexander von Bergwelt has a very good understanding of economical contexts and industries.’

 

Key clients

Enbridge

KKR

Munich Airport

GfK SE

Canopy Growth

Intermedia

Speyside

Horiba

Lahmeyer

Finanzgruppe Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband

WayRay

ENGIE

Fidelio Healthcare

Immunic AG

Royal Reesink / AM Group

Dentsu Aegis

Cross Equity Partners

Sammode

 

Work highlights

  • Umfassende gesellschaftsrechtliche Beratung bei dem Aufbau eines neuen, zentral geführten Klinikkonzerns.
  • Beratung von SFA (Societe Francaise Dássainissement) bei allgemeinen gesellschaftsrechtlichen Fragen.
  • Beratung der  WayRay bei diversen Corporate-Commercial-Themen in der Testphase eines neuen Produkts.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Corporate governance and executive and supervisory board assistance are part of Flick Gocke Schaumburg's service offering, while the team also offers specific industry expertise in the energy, real estate, banking and insurance sectors. Additionally, advice synergies are often generated with the tax department of the firm. Michael Erkens is the key contact for compliance and liability issues and Christian Bochmann often advises on corporate succession planning.

Other key lawyers:

Michael Erkens; Christian Bochmann

Testimonials

Qualitatively very capable people.’

Client-oriented, efficient, pragmatic.

The team has outstanding technical expertise.

Key clients

EWE

GELSENWASSER

Limbach Gruppe

VNG Verbundnetz Gas AG

HB Reavis

Kromi Logistik

Gesellschafter der Brainpool TV GmbH

Knorr Bremse AG

E.ON-Konzerngesellschaften

Deichmann

Schindler

Work highlights

  • Advice to the VNG-Verbundnetz Gas AG on a restructuring step concerning company law.
  • Legal representation of a shareholder of the Brainpool TV GmbH in a dispute amongst shareholders.
  • Ongoing advice to the Knorr-Bremse AG on corporate governance matters.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

The corporate practice of Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner predominantly advises medium-sized companies on company foundations, corporate housekeeping and corporate governance. In addition, the group assists family-led companies with succession planning and inheritance law matters. The practice has particular expertise in the health sector. Barbara Mayer and Gerhard Manz in Freiburg jointly head the practice with Arnt Göppert  in Cologne.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Mayer; Gerhard Manz; Arnt Göppert

Testimonials

Highly professional and client-oriented.

Replies follow promptly and the technical expertise is outstanding.

Quick and reliable.

Key clients

Accell Group

Ausgründung des Fraunhofer-Institutes für Angewandte Festkörperphysik, Freiburg

Celebrity News AG, Berlin

Diotec Gruppe

Endress+Hauser

Essilor-Gruppe

Festo AG & Co. KG

Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG

Freiburger Barockorchester GbR

Getinge AB, Schweden

Haufe Gruppe

Herder Gruppe

Heritage-B

ITV Studios

JobRad GmbH

Maquet Medical Systems AG

neuroloop GmbH

NexWafe GmbH

Pulsion MedicalSystems SE

S-Beteiligungsgesellschaft der Sparkasse Freiburg-Nördlicher Breisgau

SES-Imagotag Deutschland GmbH (bisher: findbox GmbH)

WGF AG i.In

Zahoransky AG

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB's expertise portfolio includes corporate governance, reorganisations, annual general meetings, executive and supervisory board assistance including corporate responsibilities and executive liability, as well as corporate compliance. Frank Evers heads the practice and Matthias Menke as well as Alexander Kessler are the key contacts for corporate issues. Oliver von Rosenberg joined Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek.

Practice head(s):

Frank Evers

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Kessler; Matthias Menke

Testimonials

Outstanding quality.

Flexible team.

The team enables immediate and fast coordination.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP assists private as well as listed companies with the preparation and implementation of annual general and shareholder meetings, executive liability, corporate governance as well as with conversions. The client base ranges from automotive, chemical and energy clients to the financial services and TMT sectors. The group regularly cooperates with the firm's compliance practice. Ferdinand Fromholzer advises at the interface to capital markets law.

Other key lawyers:

Lutz Englisch; Ferdinand Fromholzer; Markus Nauheim; Dirk Oberbracht; Wilhelm Reinhardt

Testimonials

Fast response times, pragmatic solutions.

A good team that has wide-ranging knowledge of business processes and follows a business-oriented strategy.

The advice is very comprehensive, reliable as well as committed.

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Douglas GmbH

Nestlé Deutschland AG

SGB-SMIT

Wacker Chemie AG

Wirecard AG

Bosch

Work highlights

  • Advice to the main share holder Douglas GmbH in legal proceedings in the course of the squeeze-out of the minority shareholders after the purchase of the Douglas Holding.
  • Advised Nestlé Deutschland AG on matters of company law.
  • Advice to SGB-SMIT on matters of company law.

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann has particular expertise in the automotive, real estate, technology and health industries as well as in the financial, energy and public sectors. The team advises on post-M&A disputes, company restructuring, reorganisations, start-up investment rounds as well as on corporate aspects of transactions and is further active in restructuring and compliance-related matters. Max Wilmanns in Hamburg, who also assists with private equity and venture capital issues, heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Max Wilmanns

Key clients

Lockheed Martin

NORD Holding Gruppe, NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets

Signal Iduna Gruppe, HANSAINVEST Real Assets GmbH

Easymarketing AG

Vodafone Automotive Deutschland GmbH

REALIANCE International Real Estate Partners

Leonardo Venture GmbH & Co. KGaA

Grainger Unternehmensgruppe, Heitman Global Systems LLC

Nextclinics International GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to the NORD Holding Gruppe, NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH on the structuring as well as the drafting and negotiation of an investment in a to-be-set-up Swedish private equity fund.
  • Advice on the preparation of the general meeting of the Easymarketing AG.
  • Advice on company law to the Vodafone Automotive Deutschland GmbH.

Herbert Smith Freehills GmbH

Herbert Smith Freehills GmbH regularly advises clients from the energy, telecommunications, infrastructure and real estate sectors on corporate matters, which often includes assisting with cross-border aspects. Nico Abel, practice head and managing partner of the firm's German offices, acts for financial investors and institutions among others. Steffen Hörner, who came from Hengeler Mueller, handles tax-related corporate matters. Markus Lauer joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Practice head(s):

Nico Abel

Other key lawyers:

Sönke Berger; Dirk Hamann; Steffen Hörner

Key clients

Altra Industrial Motion Corp

Ningbo Jifeng

Vonovia

Work highlights

  • Advised the Altra Industrial Motion Corp on the merger with four companies of the Fortive Automation and Speciality Platform.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP advises on corporate aspects of transactions as well as post-M&A disputes among other matters. Additionally, the team assists with capital markets-related corporate issues and the firm's international network further allows for seamless cross-border advice. Thomas Lappe in Berlin, who is particularly adept in carve-out matters, heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lappe

Testimonials

Very good business-oriented advice.

Key clients

Bundesdruckerei GmbH

Electricité de France SA

Koenig & Bauer AG

TTP AG

VTG AG

Yirun Europe GmbH

ZEAL Network SE

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to the Bundesdruckerei GmbH on individual matters of company law.
  • Advice to the Koenig & Bauer AG on all matters of company law, in particular on supporting the general meeting and on several matters of capital market law.
  • Advised the Yirun Europe GmbH on disputes concerning company law.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP has wide-ranging knowledge of the real estate, retail, health, media, automotive and food sectors and advises on transactional corporate measures, changes of legal form and reorganisations; but also covers corporate-related tax issues. The client roster predominantly includes medium-sized and family-led companies. Practice head Jens Ortmanns is the key contact for corporate issues in the real estate industry.

Practice head(s):

Jens Ortmanns

Other key lawyers:

Norbert Schulte; Christian von Sydow; Uwe Goetker; Stephan Rau; Matthias Kampshoff

Testimonials

Quickly and efficiently operational team comprised of very competent lawyers.

‘Proactive throughout the whole process.

Key clients

SIGNA Retail und SIGNA Prime

Praxair, Inc.

Intersnack Gruppe

Constantin Medien AG

Union Park Capital

Gimv NV

KPM Analytics Group

Penta Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice on company law to the Intersnack Gruppe including the integration of many acquisition projects into the group structure.
  • Support on the general meeting of the Constantin Medien AG, advice also on institutional matters and public takeovers.
  • Advice to the Union Park Capital on different acquisitions including group reorganisation and financing transaction.

Oppenhoff & Partner

Oppenhoff & Partner reorganises company structures and advises on mergers, changes of legal form and liability issues as well as on preparation and conduct of annual general meetings; the team is also often active in capital markets-related matters. The client base includes numerous medium-sized and large companies. Harald Gesell, an expert in national and international conversions, jointly heads the practice group with Stephan König,  who has particular industry expertise in the automotive, mechanical engineering and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Harald Gesell; Stephan König

Testimonials

Oppenhoff & Partner combines deep legal and economical competence with a very good service.

Oppenhoff & Partner has a very good cross-practice team.’ 

A very focused and highly reactive team.

Key clients

SQS Software Quality Systems AG (nunmehr  Expleo Technology Germany AG)

Assystem Services Deutschland GmbH

KSB SE & Co. KGaA

JAB

Zurich Beteiligungs-AG

FVV-Ford Versicherungs-Vermittlungs-GmbH

Lindsay Goldberg Vogel GmbH

Simpson Technologies

CyberDirekt (Cari GmbH)

Work highlights

  • Support to the listed KSB SE & Co. KGaA on its annual general meeting 2018.
  • Advice to JAB on the holding structure.
  • Advice to the Zurich Beteiligungs-AG on the sale of its majority shares in the ADAC Autoversicherung AG to the Allianz.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Corporate housekeeping and reorganisation measures as well as complex corporate issues are all part of Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte's advice spectrum; the team is additionally adept in executive and supervisory board assistance, shareholder disputes as well as other contentious corporate matters. The client base is composed of medium-sized companies and listed stock corporations. Christian Gunßer also handles corporate financing matters and Felix Born frequently acts in stock corporation law-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Felix Born; Christian Gunßer

Testimonials

Excellent expertise and swift, custom-fit support.’

Very individual support.

The team has a swift, precise and pragmatic way to work.’

Key clients

Rieker Investment AG

Röhlig Gruppe – Röhlig Logistics GmbH & Co. KG

Nehlsen Gruppe – Nehlsen Aktiengesellschaft, Nehlsen GmbH & Co. KG

Schotterwerk-Gruppe

Score Media GmbH & Co. KG

SHW AG

SWMH –  Südwestdeutsche Medienholding GmbH

TAKKT AG/TAKKT Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

VVS – Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart GmbH

Emil Frey Gruppe

Atevia AG

Intermedia Vermögensverwaltung GmbH

Verlagsgesellschaft Madsack KG & KG KG

H.K.S. GmbH & Co. KG

Industria Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co. KG

IdeniXx International GmbH

Benzing Maier & Cie.

Chemnitzer Verlag und Druck GmbH & KG KG

Deutsches Zahnärztliches Rechenzentrum GmbH (Dr. Güldener-Gruppe)

EHINGER ENERGIE Stromerzeugung GmbH & Co KG

Emil Frey Gruppe

EnBW AG

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V.

Gelita AG

H&R Group

itelligence AG/NTT DATA

pervormance international gmbh

Waldmann Holding GmbH

Karlsruhe Institut für Technology

Medienholding Süd GmbH

OMS Online Marketing Service GmbH & Co KG

Patrimonium AG

Pfisterer Holding AG

primion Technology AG

Presse-Druck und Verlags-GmbH

Reutlinger Generalanzeiger Verlags GmbH

Active International GmbH

Rhein Main Presse Werbevermarktung GmbH

RK Radio-Kombiwerbung Baden-Württemberg GmbH & Co. KG

Schwabengarage AG

Sewerin-Unternehmensgruppe

MHS Digital GmbH (Stuttgarter Zeitungsgruppe)

Votteler Familienstiftung

Villeroy & Boch AG

WMF AG

Score Media Group GmbH & Co. KG

Ledvance GmbH

Bietigheimer Wohnbau GmbH

Industria Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co. KG

Ganter Unternehmensgruppe

Paessler Familienstiftung

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Advice to Klaus Hanke and Dr. Franz Josef Konert (member of executive board, Gelita AG) on the defence of a claim for damages.
  • Support to the Bankhaus Ellwanger & Geiger KG on the transformation into a stock company.
  • Restructuring of the Hermann Sewerin-Unternehmensgruppe.

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte assists clients with corporate governance, reorganisations, executive liability matters and corporate disputes, but has also longstanding experience in assisting with corporate aspects of joint ventures, compliance and investment rounds. The five-partner group in Düsseldorf particularly often handles corporate matters in the medical sector. Marc Henze frequently advises on conversions and Kai-Michael König is the key contact for executive liability.

Other key lawyers:

Marc Henze; Kai-Michael König; Boris Körner; Christian Meyer; Robert Orth

Testimonials

The Orth-Kluth team in Düsseldorf stands out for its practical, solution-oriented and pragmatic legal advice.

Creative, uncomplicated, solution-oriented.

Broad knowledge and comprehensive international expertise.

Key clients

ASM Assembly Pte Ltd, Singapur

ASM Konzern

Axon Lab AG, CH

HAWE Hydraulik SE

Steag New Energies GmbH

4PL Central Station Schweiz AG

ASK Chemicals GmbH

Citicsteel

Demag Cranes & Components GmbH

Fintech Group AG

Foton Germany GmbH

Init AG für Digitale Kommunikation

MEC METRO-ECE Centermanagement GmbH & Co. KG

Meyer Burger (Germany) AG (vormals Roth & Rau AG)

Outokumpu Nirosta GmbH

Radio NRW GmbH

Solarwatt GmbH

VDM Metals GmbH mit allen Konzerngesellschaften weltweit

VdV (Verband deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen)

Wickeder Westfalenstahl GmbH

Work highlights

  • Support on company law to the ASM Assembly Pte Ltd, Singapore on the purchase of a Portuguese group.
  • Advice to the VdV (Verband deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen/ Association of German Transport Companies) on company law concerning the implementation of the formation of an  industry-wide initiative for the implementation of a data platform for a Europe-wide booking system.
  • Comprehensive legal advice to a main shareholder of the nordBlick-Gruppe in the course of the entire sales process to the Sanoptis Gruppe as well as leading the contract negotiations.

P+P Pöllath + Partners

P+P Pöllath + Partners assists private and listed companies with general annual meetings and changes of legal form as well as with corporate disputes; in addition, the group has particular expertise in compliance and executive liability matters. Eva Nase is the key contact at the Munich office. Former practice head Wolfgang Grobecker left to found corporate boutique offering Martius.

Other key lawyers:

Eva Nase

Testimonials

High technical quality of advice, professional structures, good availability.

The team is highly professional, responds quickly and friendly.

Good networking with other firms domestically and internationally.

Key clients

Allgeier SE

Data Modul AG

Deutsche Telekom AG

Nemetschek SE

Hans-Michel Piëch

Giesecke & Devrient GmbH

KME SE

Wacker Neuson SE

Mediconnect LTD

JBM Ltd.

Jacobs Holding AG, Schweiz

solarisBank AG

Magnetar Capital

Polygon Capital

Erwin Hymer Group SE

Münchner Bank eG

HeidelbergCapital Fonds

Vorstand + Großaktionär impuls Finanzmanagement

Raeder Capital GmbH

Liverpool Footbal Club

Ehemaliger Vorstandsvorsitzender der Grammer AG

Managing Partner und Hauptgesellschafter Quintus Beteiligungs GmbH

Mitgründer und CEO censhare AG

Ehemalige Vorstandsmitglieder MTU Friedrichshafen

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice on company and group law to the executive board of the Deutsche Telekom AG.
  • Ongoing advice on company and capital market law to the holdings company of Herrn Dr. Hans Michel Piëch concerning his investments in the Porsche Automotive Holding SE as well as its affiliated companies.
  • Advice to the former CEO of the Grammer AG in the course of the takeover of the company by Ningbo Jifeng.

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) is instructed with complex international reorganisations, carve-outs and changes of legal form among other matters, for which the team regularly cooperates across offices and practices. The Stuttgart team behind managing partner Steffen Schniepp is adept in complex structuring issues, and the Frankfurt group behind Simon Dürr is instructed by DAX companies among others. The Essen team, which includes Patrick Nordhues, also assists executives and supervisory boards and advises clients on SE structures and corporate aspects of transactions. In January 2020 former practice co-head Robert Manger in Düsseldorf left the firm for Ernst & Young Law.

Practice head(s):

Steffen Schniepp; Robert Manger

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Nordhues; Simon Dürr

Testimonials

Very good cooperation within the team.

The internally well-functioning processes and standardised approaches are very advantageous.

The key contacts are competent, work swiftly and are very reliable with regards to quality and timing.

Key clients

Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG

Bayer AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

Elanco US, Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Investors / shareholders of Amicra Microtechnolgies GmbH (EVP, S-Refit AG, VRD, KfW, founders)

Mahle Behr GmbH & Co. KG

Nagel Group SE & Co. KG

Süd Beteiligungen GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice on company law to the Bayer AG on the integration of Monsanto into 72 countries.
  • Advice to the Nagel-Group, one of the leading food logistics companies in Europe, on the internal group restructuring, among other things the restructuring into a SE & Co. KG and formation of an administrative board.
  • Advice to the sino AG, a leading online broker for Heavy Trader, on the entry to Fintech “Trade Republic”.

Raschke | von Knobelsdorff | Heiser

Hamburg-based corporate boutique offering Raschke | von Knobelsdorff | Heiser has expertise in both contentious and traditional corporate matters. The group advises on annual general and shareholder meetings, structural measures, executive liability issues and complex corporate matters. The group further covers corporate aspects of other legal areas, such as tax, banking and capital markets law as well as international contract and trade law. Further expertise includes corporate aspects of transactions. Name partners Thorsten Raschke and Gilbert Tassilo von Knobelsdorff are recommended.