Firms To Watch: Corporate

Headed by Nico Abel, the corporate team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP regularly advises companies from the automotive, transport and financial services sectors.
Menold Bezler is a popular choice for medium-sized companies. The corporate advice includes joint ventures, conversions, annual general meetings and corporate disputes.
Pinsent Masons Germany LLP corporate team is particularly active in advising companies from the technology, digital markets, healthcare, automotive and food sectors.
Medium-sized and large companies call upon Rittershaus‘ corporate expertise as well as the interface competence with tax law and corporate succession-related matters.

Corporate in Germany

Includes classic corporate law advice for (subsidiary) companies based in Germany in their international activities, provided that this is managed by German practice groups, as well as advice on classic corporate law issues nationwide. These include corporate housekeeping, compliance and shareholder disputes, whereby compliance is also dealt with in a separate ranking and the ranking for corporate law also includes a list of the strongest law firms in the area of shareholder and corporate disputes.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Practice head(s):

Rick van Aerssen

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller has longstanding expertise in annual general meetings, regulatory investigations, enforcement, fine and criminal proceedings as well as joint ventures and corporate governance issues. The team also assists with matters at the interface between capital markets, employment, tax, finance and corporate law. The broad advisory portfolio leads to regular instructions by family businesses, investors, managing directors and general counsels from national and international companies in the technology, energy, manufacturing and TMT industries. Andreas Austmann is experienced in drafting corporate structures and Hartwin Bungert focuses on restructuring. Daniela Favoccia specialises in annual general meetings and corporate governance, while Lucina Berger routinely oversees compliance and corporate governance issues. Maximilian Schiessl focuses on advising management and supervisory boards, public takeovers and cross-border company acquisitions.

Testimonials

‘The entire team is at home in corporate law, very active, also in supporting legislative projects and their implementation in practice.’

Linklaters

Linklaters is among the 'top tier' corporate firms and led by practice head Tim Johannsen-Roth. The group is regularly instructed by executive and supervisory boards as well as national and international DAX30, MDAX and SDAX companies on key topics such as (virtual) annual general meetings, corporate structures, spin-offs and disputes as well as on matters at the transactional interface, which are jointly handled with the M&A practice. The team demonstrates particular expertise in the energy, healthcare and finance sectors. Ralph Wollburg deserves special mention for his experience in advising corporate bodies and defending against activist shareholders. Hans-Ulrich Wilsing and Staffan Illert assist with various corporate law issues, particularly disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tim Johannsen-Roth

Testimonials

‘Top-tier law firm with a good network.’

Key clients

artnet AG

Aurelius Investment Management Partners GmbH

Barclays Bank Ireland plc

Bayer AG

Bilfinger SE

BP Europa SE

Covestro AG

Daimler AG

Deutsche Bank AG

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA

E.ON SE

Erste Abwicklungsanstalt

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA

Funke Mediengruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA

LEONI AG

LetterOne Holdings S.A.

Lincoln International AG

Merck KGaA

thyssenkrupp AG

thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG

Vantage Towers AG

Vodafone GmbH

Vodafone Group plc

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH covers all corporate law matters and is particularly well versed in corporate governance issues, annual general and shareholder meetings as well as D&O liability and compliance issues. The group regularly advises national and international corporations, family businesses and entrepreneurial families. Contentious corporate matters, such as management conflicts and deficient resolutions, constitute another core competence. Practice head Jochem Reichert recently advised on a number of group restructurings and reorganisations, while Marc Löbbe regularly handles compliance issues. Associate Cäcilie Lüneborg offers combined expertise in corporate law and capital markets law.

Practice head(s):

Jochem Reichert

Testimonials

‘The SZA team headed by Prof. Dr. Jochem Reichert and Dr. Michaela Balke can be contacted at any time, reacts quickly and proposes practical and realizable solutions. The underlying legal considerations are always at a high level; we are also always informed about recent legal developments that may be of importance to us.’

‘For more than 20 years, Reichert has been a person of trust who knows our group very well and always gives prudent advice. He is assertive in external relations, but is also able to mediate in conflict situations and to bring about solutions even in difficult situations.’

‘Miss Dr. Balke convinces with high professional competence and great commitment.’

‘The team around Prof. Dr. Reichert works very professionally and at the highest legal level. The lawyers have special expertise in the far-sighted and strategic support of complex, lengthy issues.’

‘Mr Prof. Dr. Reichert is an extremely experienced attorney.’

Key clients

Daimler AG

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Bank AG

JM-Gruppe

Südzucker

Diebold Nixdorf, Inc.

innogy AG

Isaria Wohnbau AG

Vibracoustic AG

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH

Uniper

Freudenberg KG

Fuchs Petrolub SE

Heidelberg Engineering GmbH

CropEnergies AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Uniper’s supervisory board on the reorganization of the management board, the separation of a management board chairman and the chief financial officer, and the delegation of the supervisory board chairman as management board chairman and a supervisory board member as finance director to the management board.
  • Advising the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG on various issues of German corporate law.
  • Supervision of the JM Group as part of a real division among the family shareholders of Renolit SE and RKW SE; also advice on a comprehensive reorganization of the group structure.

Allen & Overy LLP

Clients rate Allen & Overy LLP 's corporate practice as 'outstanding' with the group seamlessly covering the interfaces between corporate, stock corporation, group and capital markets law, including corporate governance, compliance and shareholder activism matters. The team advises numerous national and global DAX and MDAX companies, which also benefit from the close cooperation with the international network. Practice head Nicolaus Ascherfeld is experienced in the infrastructure, energy and transport sectors. Other key contacts are counsel Katharina Stüber (stock corporation and capital markets law) as well as Hans Diekmann and Christian Eichner (both experienced in corporate law disputes).

Practice head(s):

Nicolaus Ascherfeld

Testimonials

‘Continuity among the people involved, also and especially on the direct level below the partners. As a result, high effectiveness through many years of company and group knowledge, due to long-term cooperation; “Blind” understanding between in-house colleagues and Allen & Overy as well as high acceptance in the other departments of the company. Legal quality need not be emphasized, it is naturally outstanding!’

‘Dr. Katharina Stüber: Brilliant lawyer, not only in terms of her legal expertise, but also because of her pragmatic solutions. Always “on the ball” with pending legislative projects, regardless of the stage at which the project is. She is well networked with the associations and institutions and, despite the high workload, has an open ear for questions that need to be solved at short notice in the company and never gives the impression that the call is disruptive. It goes without saying that agreed appointments are kept. It is a great pleasure to work with her all year round.’

‘Dr. Hans Diekmann: Excellent expertise, always available.’

‘Very fast response times, high level of professional competence, great international networking.’

‘Very good legal knowledge and extremely service-oriented and pragmatic support.’

Key clients

Allianz SE

GlaxoSmithKline

Autodoc GmbH

TUI AG

ISRA VISION AG

Uniper SE

Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement (HGV)

Scout24

KWS SAAT SE

Elmos Semiconductor Aktiengesellschaft

CPO Holding (GmbH & Co.) KG

Fresenius SE & Co KGaA

Axel Springer SE

Corestate Capital Holding S.A.

Deutsche Betriebsrenten Holding

Akasol AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH on the sale of ELG Eisenalloyen GmbH, including its subsidiaries around the world.
  • Advice to GlaxoSmithKline on the acquisition of a stake in Curevac AG and the conclusion of a cooperation agreement and the subsequent IPO on the Nasdaq.
  • Advising Scout24 AG on the conclusion of a €1 billion public buyback offer.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance ‘s team stands out thanks to ‘reliability and competence’. The practice has a strong international focus and cooperates seamlessly with the firm’s network. The team focuses on regulatory and capital markets issues as well as compliance, joint ventures, annual general and shareholder meetings, and generally covers all corporate-related matters. The client roster includes German as well as international companies, which often are from the pharmaceutical, financial, technology and automotive sectors. Practice head Thomas Krecek is well versed in advising on joint ventures and public takeovers. Christian Vogel is a contact for corporate law and Anselm Raddatz focuses on PE mandates.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Krecek

Testimonials

‘A very competent but also very pleasant team. Reliability and competence together with joy and fun working together make a very good overall package.’

‘Thomas Krecek is a competent corporate lawyer with extensive M&A experience. In addition to the professional competence, his appearance is to be emphasized. His numerous foreign language skills in addition to English sometimes help to loosen up situations with negotiating partners. In addition, Thomas Krecek always hits the right note, doesn’t push himself to the fore, but makes an appropriate contribution depending on the situation.’

CMS

The CMS team routinely assists with restructurings, SE conversions and business spin-offs at national and international level and also focuses on corporate governance, sustainability matters and joint ventures in the innovation space. This expertise is regularly called upon by companies, corporations and family businesses, which also benefit from the team’s experience in the automotive, energy and telecoms sectors. The practice group is led by Antje Becker-Boley, Richard Mitterhuber and Jacob Siebert and includes stock corporation and capital markets law expert Karsten Heider.

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with very good commercial and legal knowledge. All result-oriented.’

‘Eckart Gottschalk is an excellent lawyer with proven business and communication skills.’

‘Short response times, friendly and technically competent advice in the area of capital market and corporate law as well as compliance. We have felt that we have been well represented for more than 20 years.’

‘Karsten Heider: Always personally approachable and technically very competent. Structurally well positioned. Good management skills in managing the mandate. Fast assignment of the topics to the internal departments.’

‘Very competent, fast-reacting contacts.’

‘Advantage of CMS: There is always someone who can answer our questions – no matter what the topic.’

‘Richard Mayer-Uellner: Always available – 365 days a year if necessary. Always fast. Always reliable. Always precise. Can’t think of a better corporate, capital markets and M&A lawyer.

Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland /Finanzagentur GmbH

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

DZ BANK AG

ECE Group

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Häfele

Immatics Biotechnologies

Modine-Gruppe

Nordex SE

Plastic Omnium

Sievert-Unternehmensgruppe

Telefónica Deutschland

Volkswagen

450connect GmbH

Work highlights

  • Legal and tax advice to the ECE Group on the restructuring of the group of companies.
  • Advice on stock corporation law and annual general meetings of Lufthansa AG.
  • Advising Telefónica Deutschland on corporate restructuring and the establishment of a joint venture.

DLA Piper

In addition to traditional corporate matters, DLA Piper also covers international restructurings, corporate governance and D&O liability issues as well as digitisation matters and annual general meetings. This offering also includes dedicated desks for matters pertaining to China, India and Africa as well as sector-specific expertise in automotive and manufacturing. The two practice heads Benjamin Parameswaran and Nils Krause offer combined M&A and corporate expertise, while Kerstin Schnabel covers the capital markets interface. Andreas Meyer-Landrut complements this offer with experience in D&O issues and corporate disputes.

Testimonials

‘Broad expertise, so almost all areas can be covered.’

‘The contact persons are easy to reach, can also answer critical questions quickly and comprehensively and support the decision-making process.’

‘In every deal, DLA ensures a balanced team that always advises and implements competently, promptly and in the interests of the client. It is the combination of competence, “limitation to the necessary” and excellent cooperation that makes me and my company fall back on DLA again and again.’

‘Benjamin Parameswaran has great broad knowledge, formulation and negotiation skills. With him at your side, a negotiation in a professional and at the same time friendly manner is guaranteed. His remuneration is reasonable, he never puts it above our trusting cooperation. He is and remains my best partner in M&A deals.’

‘Dr. Cornelius Frie: Brilliant in law, very responsive, extremely pleasant to work with, perfect knowledge of English.’

‘Dr. Benjamin Parameswaran: Always available, very reliable, very good processing and very quick feedback on all of the topics; In addition to the very good legal expertise, he is also characterized by a very good understanding of economics, which is very helpful in transactions and is an essential point.’

‘We mainly work with Nils Krause and Cornelius Frie, both of whom take on their tasks very enthusiastically. Nils was happy to work weekends to finalize the deal and Cornelius was willing to understand another jurisdiction’s legal system to better serve his clients.’

‘Great expertise, lots of experience, very accurate and hands-on.’

Key clients

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Atos SE

Ahlers AG

EWE AG

Matica Technologies AG

McKesson Europe AG

Nordzucker und Nordzucker Holding AG

REALTECH AG

Rolls Royce Power Systems AG

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

q.beyond AG

LPKF Laser & Electronics AG

GELSENWASSER AG

TTL Beteiligungs- und Grundbesitz-AG

Kölner Pensionskasse VVaG und Pensionskasse der Caritas VVaG

LPKF Laser & Electronics AG

STEAG GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on the comprehensive package of measures to increase profitability announced by the company.
  • Advising Atos SE on corporate law structuring issues in connection with a comprehensive IT outsourcing project by Bayer AG.
  • Advice on supervisory law to the Cologne pension fund and the Caritas pension fund vis-à-vis the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) as well as advice on the design and implementation of the restructuring concept and the associated formal transition to liquidation status.

Gleiss Lutz

The corporate law practice of Gleiss Lutz is experienced in advising executive and supervisory boards, particularly on stock corporation and capital markets law and in supporting annual general meetings. The team also cooperates closely with the firm's tax and compliance group, frequently assisting clients from the automotive, life sciences, telecoms, energy and finance sectors. Peter Steffen Carl heads the team, which also includes Michael Arnold and Vera Rothenburg, who cover matters pertaining to corporate, stock corporation and group law, as well as Martin Schockenhoff (in addition to corporate and capital markets law) and Dirk Wasmann, who is the key contact for corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Peter Steffen Carl

Testimonials

‘The Gleiss Lutz team advises us efficiently, reliably and pragmatically. The highest level of legal competence.’

‘Vera Rothenburg is pleasant to deal with, resilient, quick and easy to reach. She works reliably and well coordinated in the team.’

‘We work with Martin Schockenhoff and his respective team have been working together in this field for decades. We appreciate the high level of competence, effectiveness and reliability in the consulting topics.’

‘Dirk Wasmann is one of the experts in company law (and in particular arbitration proceedings), at the same time pragmatic with very good judgment and very efficient.’

‘Gleiss Lutz is very experienced in shareholder disputes, including the laborious confrontation with “predatory’ shareholder lawsuits that attack resolutions due to the inconvenience value.’

‘Outstanding quality performance combined with a pragmatic approach. Well staffed teams representing the skills required for the tasks at hand. Responsive and committed to every process.’

‘Thanks to the high level of competence and qualifications, all issues (corporate, labour, tax law, etc.) can be dealt with perfectly and we customers receive excellent advice.’

‘Dr. Eike Bicker impresses with calm, level-headed and clear advice on unprecedented challenges. Most notably from a corporate law perspective, he clearly distinguished between the roles of management, non-executive directors (supervisory board) and the responsibilities of elected officials to various group companies (to an extent far beyond what other legal counsel could clarify).’

Key clients

Audi AG

GELITA AG

Infineon Technologies AG

Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG

Porsche AG

TUI AG

Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Advising the supervisory boards of Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Dr. Ing. hc F. Porsche AG in dealing with the diesel issue and all related legal issues as well as support for the general meetings.
  • Advising the supervisory board of Volkswagen in connection with the diesel issue, including settlement agreements in the USA and advising in connection with the activities of the US monitor team.
  • Advice on corporate law to the (new) Management Board of Wirecard AG up to the opening of insolvency proceedings; then comprehensive advice to the insolvency administrator.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s ‘highly specialised experts ‘ advise on the entire spectrum of M&A and corporate law. The team has an industry focus on the healthcare, life sciences and automotive sectors, with regular instructions on global restructuring projects as well as on corporate governance issues and joint ventures. Olaf Gärtner and Kim Lars Mehrbrey are the key contacts for corporate disputes. In July 2020, Volker Geyrhalter and Nikolas Zirngibl took over the practice leadership from Lutz Angerer, who continues to advise on M&A transactions, particularly in the life sciences sector, while Matthias Hirschmann is well versed in the energy sector. Hanns Jörg Herwig is a central contact for matters at the interface with PE, VC and corporate law, and Michael Rose has experience in shareholder activism, among other things. Tobias Kahnert (global carve-outs, reorganisations and M&A transactions) made partner in January 2022, while the team simultaneously expanded with corporate and M&A specialist Torsten Rosenboom and Christoph Naumann (Corporate, M&A, PE and VC) from Watson Farley & Williams LLP.

Testimonials

‘At Hogan Lovells, in addition to the extremely high quality of legal advice, we consistently deal with highly specialized experts who appear without great ego and who solve even complex disputes and problems in an extremely affable and friendly manner.’

‘Mr Geyrhalter looks after us in all major corporate matters. He is a very experienced, approachable lawyer, always responsive and with extremely workable solutions. Together with his team, Mr Geyrhalter cover all aspects of corporate law that are important to us.’

‘Extremely service-oriented, available 24/7, excellent cross-border team; very experienced and creative when it comes to structuring deals and well connected.’

‘Michael Schlitt & Lutz Angerer: Available 24/7, extremely experienced and very creative; think “outside the box” and thus find solutions and enable deals that others would not find.’

‘Above average! Clear business language with clear and practical recommendations; Business understanding and focus on what really matters commercially; Identification with the customers and their company; high-quality advice and an eye for detail at all levels.’

‘Hanns Jörg Herwig, Nikolas Zirngibl and Volker Geyrhalter are all excellent professionals dedicated to the needs of their clients.’

Key clients

Aggregate Financial Services

ATR Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

BAWAG (Bawag P.S.K. Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft und Österreichische Postsparkasse Aktiengesellschaft)

Bitfield AG

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

CONSUS Real Estate

Daimler Group

Dana Incorporated

Deutscher Sparkassen Verlag

DWS

EVN AG

FLSmidth A/S Denmark Group

Gesellschafter der Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH

Gothaer Gruppe

HR Group

iCON

InfraRed Capital Partners

Ingenico Payone Holding GmbH

Konzern Versicherungskammer

Lürssen Werft

NORD/LB und Deutsche Hypo

OMV

Parametric Technology Holding Germany GmbH

Talanx Gruppe

Tengelmann Ventures

TUI AG

Vienna House Hotelmanagement GmbH

voxeljet AG

Zinc Nacional S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Daimler on the worldwide corporate restructuring in the three divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans, Daimler Trucks & Buses and Daimler Mobility.
  • Advising the Federal Republic of Germany – Finanzagentur GmbH on the granting of stabilization measures by the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) to Deutsche Lufthansa AG, GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH, Schlote Holding GmbH and Novum Hospitality.
  • Advising Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/LB) and Deutsche Hypothekenbank (Actien-Gesellschaft) (Deutsche Hypo) on the merger and full integration of Deutsche Hypo into NORD/LB.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP ‘s comprehensively covers corporate law and is regularly instructed on joint ventures, carve-outs, corporate structural measures, delistings and the merger of listed companies. Other key topics are public takeovers and capital markets law. This expertise is regularly called upon by executives, board members and supervisory boards of DAX and MDAX companies as well as large family companies. In autumn 2020, corporate law and M&A experts Natalie Daghles, Martin Neuhaus, Rainer Wilke and Harald Selzner joined Noerr; this was counteracted in June 2021 with the addition of transaction specialists Ingo Strauss and Heiko Gotsche from Baker McKenzie. Nikolaos Paschos is practice head.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaos Paschos

Key clients

Allgeier SE

Continental AG

Dr. August Oetker

Instone Real Estate

Marriott

Nagarro SE

Novo Holdings

RWE AG

Renk AG

SHL Telemedizin

TeamViewer

Triton

ZF Friedrichshafen

Noerr

The 'large international law firm'  Noerr 'covers all important legal areas with a high level of expertise'. The team regularly advises listed companies, large corporations and family businesses at national and international level, including at the interface between corporate and capital markets law. Among the key topics are annual general meetings, restructurings as well as corporate governance issues. In October 2020, the addition of corporate law and M&A specialists Harald Selzner, Martin Neuhaus, Natalie Daghles and Rainer Wilke, previously at Latham & Watkins LLP, gave the team, led by Florian Becker and Alexander Hirsch, a significant boost. Other key contacts include Michael Brellochs (corporate and capital markets law, M&A and corporate governance), corporate law specialist Tobias Bürgers and head of the corporate and financial disputes group Christine Volohonsky.

Testimonials

‘Michael Brellochs: Very competent, hands-on, practice-oriented, pleasant working atmosphere.’

‘As a large international law firm, Noerr covers all important legal areas with a high level of expertise.’

‘Mr Reger is always easy to reach as a central contact for us. He has extensive knowledge of corporate law and related areas of law. With a high level of personal competence, difficult negotiation hurdles could also be overcome and a good result achieved.’

‘High commitment, great technical precision even under time pressure, very good knowledge of English and good negotiating skills.’

‘High level of commitment; Experts for each area of law are involved early and appropriately; Combination of legal excellence and business management point of view; very fast response times; Development of practical and innovative solutions; showing alternative routes; Support in all phases of the transaction.’

‘Fast and very competent advice, trusting cooperation and broad expertise from great colleagues within the law firm.’

‘Creative and pragmatic solutions that have helped us again and again due to the well-founded experience of the Noerr partners. Even in cases where other law firms couldn’t see a way, Noerr was able to offer a quick and targeted solution.’

‘An extremely high level of service, an extremely high level of expertise combined with the “size” to admit when a question first has to be clarified internally. This combined with an extremely pleasant way of working together – across the entire Noerr team.’

Key clients

Andritz AG

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi)

CECONOMY AG

comdirect bank AG/ Commerzbank AG

Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Finanzagentur

DuMont Mediengruppe GmbH & Co. KG

ENSO Energie Sachsen Ost AG

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB)

Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank

Kering S.A.

Rocket Internet SE

SAF-HOLLAND

Scout24 AG

Stada Arzneimittel AG

Villeroy & Boch AG

Westwing Group AG

Clemens Tönnies

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Deutsche Börse AG

DGER Deutsche Gesellschaft Energieeffizienter Reihenhäuser mbH

Du-Mont Mediengruppe GmbH & Co

Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig GmbH

Signal Iduna

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Börse on the joint investment in new digital marketplaces with Commerzbank.
  • Advising the German Finance Agency on a further stabilization package for TUI AG through the Economic Stabilization Fund; Preparation of the documentation of the stabilization measures and advice in negotiations with the company.
  • Ongoing corporate law advice to Scout24 AG; Structuring and implementation of a new group-wide long-term incentive plan for all managers of the Scout24 Group in all jurisdictions.  

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie fields a team experienced in cross-border mandates, evident in numerous instructions from internationally active German companies and underlined by various panel positions and the expertise of the corporate law and M&A team in handling matters pertaining to China. In addition to traditional topics, the group is also well versed in restructurings and distressed M&A transactions, as well as foreign trade law and regulatory issues. Former practice co-head Ingo Strauss joined Latham & Watkins LLP in October 2020, leaving Christian Atzler as sole practice head. Peter Wand advises on M&A transactions and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Christian Atzler

Other key lawyers:

Christian Vocke; Peter Wand

Key clients

Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG

Birlasoft (India) Ltd.

SK Telecom

Air Liquide

ALLNEX Group

Daimler AG

McDonalds Deutschland LLC

Dassault Systèmes

Work highlights

  • Ongoing corporate law advice to Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG (including the Annual General Meeting).
  • Ongoing advice to Birlasoft (India) Ltd. on internal structuring measures.  
  • Advising the South Korean ICT company SK Telecom on the establishment of a 5G technology joint venture with Deutsche Telekom.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is regularly instructed by DAX30 companies, large corporations and executive bodies on corporate law issues and cooperates frequently with the firm's tax and dispute resolution practice. Led by Christof Lamberts, the group advises on restructuring, joint ventures and corporate governance issues as well as compliance matters and liability disputes. Christian Mense is a key contact for the M&A and capital markets interface. The team has industry-specific expertise in automotive, manufacturing, technology, energy as well as healthcare. 

Practice head(s):

Christof Lamberts

Testimonials

‘Excellent, forward-looking project and cost planning, even if different departments and offices (also internationally) are involved.’

‘Economic, comprehensive approach; Look beyond the legal horizon. Understanding of company or group-internal processes.’

‘The team has a very broad range of expertise and works in a very solution-oriented and economically viable manner. Every issue could be clarified and different solutions were always shown, in order to then go together with the most feasible way for the client. In addition, the team always reacted adequately and satisfactorily to short-term problems.’

‘All contacts were always available and very committed, even after the project was completed. All goals were met to our complete satisfaction, which is why we are happy to recommend the law firm.’

‘With the help of the good cooperation, the organization and the professional advice, the general meeting was very successful and took place to the satisfaction of everyone involved. Even for short-term problems, solutions could always be found. The human and professional cooperation with the partners was consistently pleasant, friendly and professionally unobjectionable.’

Key clients

All for One Group SE

Allegion (Trelock, Kryptonite)

BioNTech SE

Bourns Inc.

CEWE

Funkwerk AG

Glanbia Nutritionals

Hanwha Q Cells

Hörmann Industries

Kering

Knorr-Bremse AG

Montanhydraulik

Sonnedix

SP Group

Work highlights

  • Advising All for One Group SE on the conversion of its legal form from a German to a European stock corporation (Societas Europaea, SE).
  • Advice to the CEWE Foundation on the virtual general meeting.
  • Advising a semiconductor company on the international spin-off of a business unit.

Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition

Corporate boutique Glade Michel Wirtz – Corporate & Competition in Düsseldorf fields a team with four practice heads: Achim Glade, Marco Sustmann, Andreas Merkner and Jochen Markgraf. The group advises German and international medium-sized companies as well as listed companies, family businesses and corporate bodies on annual general meetings, capital markets law issues and structural measures under stock corporation and transformation law. The team is also well versed in liability and supervisory issues, with additional expertise in the compliance, insolvency and restructuring arena.

Testimonials

‘I particularly appreciated the fact that two partners always coordinate closely, which made the contact easy.’

Key clients

Daimler AG

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH

Provinzial Rheinland Holding AöR

RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG

Etris Bank GmbH

Einkaufsbüro Deutscher Eisenhändler GmbH

Apothekerverband Nordrhein e.V.

Deutsche Fonds Holding AG

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft

Bank für Sozialwirtschaft AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Daimler AG on the optimization of the group’s corporate structures through the formation of legally independent entities.
  • Advice to the provincial Rheinland Holding on the planned merger with the provincial NordWest AG.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s team stands out thanks to ‘depth of knowledge and resources. The sizeable team comprehensively covers all aspects of corporate law, including corporate housekeeping and dispute resolution. The group has an equally broad client portfolio, including clients from the mechanical engineering, automotive, healthcare, energy and finance sectors. The practice is headed by Thorsten Kuthe and Boris Dürr and includes stock corporation specialist Mirko Sickinger and corporate lawyer Martin Imhof.

Practice head(s):

Thorsten Kuthe; Boris Dürr

Testimonials

‘Very strong M&A team that not only understands and manages the legal aspects, but above all the commercial side. Very high experience and at the same time pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘Super corporate lawyer with a view of the big picture.’

‘Martin Imhof is a great corporate lawyer, just like Helge-Thorsten Wöhlert, even with complex projects such as cross-border mergers; good cooperation with the firm’s internal tax lawyers.’

‘Boris Dürr: High professional competence, commitment, availability, solution orientation.’

‘Boris Dürr: Competent and timely response to questions .’

‘Partner engagement, depth of knowledge and resources, focus on client needs and tailored advice and solutions are at the highest level.’

‘Helge Wöhlert: Very broad knowledge, articulate.’

‘Extremely quick integration and networking of the various specialist areas.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the EasyPark Group on the acquisition of the PARK NOW Group, a joint venture between the BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG.
  • Advising the Chinese Inner Mongolia Mengtai Group Co., Ltd. as part of a bidding process for the acquisition of the European apt group, one of the leading corporate groups in the European aluminum industry.
  • Advising the shareholders of Wörwag Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH on the sale of the Wörwag Group to the listed US group PPG.

Milbank

Milbank ‘always fields a team with diverse expertise ‘. In addition to traditional corporate topics such as restructuring, corporate governance and compliance, the group also covers shareholder activism, share buyback schemes and take-private measures. The team cooperates closely with the firm’s capital markets, stock corporation, tax law and private equity specialists on interfacing matters, which results in frequent instructions from listed companies, supervisory boards, executive boards, investors and financial institutions. The practice head trio includes Ulrike Friese-Dormann, who covers D&O liability issues, Norbert Rieger (also tax law expertise) and takeover specialist Christoph Rothenfusser.

Testimonials

‘Quick response, immediate forwarding, efficient callback and impeccable file management.’

‘Christoph Rothenfusser: Detailed knowledge and extensive experience in arbitration proceedings – on both sides. Proven competence in all questions of corporate law. Flexible, always within the legal framework, but creative in the teleological application of the law.’

‘Milbank always fields a team with diverse expertise. All implications of the actions of the Supervisory Board and Management Board were presented in easy-to-understand, balanced presentations.’

The depth of understanding and the careful examination of all options for action with BaFin, the tax authorities and courts in advance are exceptional. Overall, the preparation and handling of the Annual General Meeting have led to the satisfaction of a difficult shareholder environment.’

‘Especially Mrs. Friese-Dormann is an exceptional lawyer. Without ever bragging about her outstanding knowledge and her excellent preparation, she has managed to gently but firmly convince lawyers of very different quality levels.’

‘Good listening, clear explanations, quick reactions.’

‘Very quick response times.’

Key clients

ADAC SE

Airbus Defence & Space

Auto1 Group

Axel Springer

Bilfinger

Ceconomy AG

Dermapharm Holding SE

Evoco AG

F.C. Bayern München

Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG

KSBG Kommunale Verwaltungsgesellschaft GmbH

Mylan

Otto Group

PartnerFonds AG

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Reimann Investors KGaA

RHI AG

SHW AG

Sixt Leasing SE

Sixt SE

Work highlights

  • Advising PartnerFonds AG on the holding of a virtual general meeting to resolve on a dissolution and capital reduction.  
  • Advising a member of the Management Board of Wirecard AG in connection with any liability claims in connection with the accounting scandal.
  • Ongoing corporate and capital market law advice to the AUTO1 Group, including advice on the general meeting and board remuneration issues.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing‘s ongoing corporate advice includes restructuring, corporate and domination agreements, amendments of the statutes, mergers and spin-offs as well as takeovers and annual general meetings. Companies, corporations and listed stock corporations from technology-driven industries as well as their executive and supervisory boards are among the client roster. Also noteworthy are the frequent synergies with the capital markets team as well as the team’s experience in China-related matters. The team, headed by Klaus Grossmann, also includes Lars-Gerrit Lüßmann, who is a key contact for listed companies. Sebastian Beyer, who is experienced in stock corporation and capital markets law, is another key lawyer. This interface competence was further strengthened with the arrival of Nikolaus Plagemann (previously at Ceconomy) as a salary partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Grossmann

Key clients

123fahrschule Gruppe

Brockhaus Capital Management AG

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Farasis Energy

Giesecke+Devrient GmbH

Haemato AG

PCF GmbH

Provinzial Versicherungsgruppe

Téléfonica SA

Villeroy & Boch AG

Vivoryon Therapeutics AG

Work highlights

  • Advice on corporate law to the Chinese battery manufacturer Farasis Energy on the construction of a battery cell, module and pack production facility in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany.
  • Advising Giesecke+Devrient GmbH, main shareholder of secunet Security Networks AG, in connection with the reallocation of 250,000 secunet shares.
  • Advising the Federal Republic of Germany on the exercise of an acquisition right with regard to up to 25.1% of the shares in the listed Hensoldt AG, including carrying out an international, legal due diligence of the HENSOLDT Group.

White & Case LLP

National and international (listed) companies regularly instruct the team at White & Case LLP on corporate and group law issues and particularly in the context of structural measures. Alexander Kiefner heads the team, which also assists executive and supervisory boards with contentious matters as well as corporate governance, compliance and group financing issues. Lutz Krämer is an experienced contact for aspects at the interface with capital markets law.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kiefner

Other key lawyers:

Lutz Krämer; Julia Sitter

Testimonials

‘Ms Sitter handled a cross-border transformation of a company very efficiently and in a friendly manner.’

‘Ms Sitter: It was extremely advantageous that she is also a notary public.’

Key clients

Adler Group S.A. (vormals ADO Properties S.A.)

AIXTRON SE

Battery Ventures

Consus Real Estate AG

Daimler AG

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

Evonik AG

Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG

IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG

Jefferies International

Jenoptik AG

Jost Werke AG

Klarna Bank AB

Korian Deutschland AG

Media Saturn

MediClin AG

Qatalyst Partners / Dialog Semiconductor

QIA

STIHL International GmbH

Strategic Value Partners

Symrise AG

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive corporate and capital markets law advice to the Adler Group SA on the formation of a new leading real estate group and advice on the takeover of Consus Real Estate AG.
  • Advising Qatalyst Partners on the public takeover bid by Renesas Electronics Corporation of Japan for Dialog Semiconductor Plc, a UK-based integrated circuit chip supplier listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
  • Advising Strategic Value Partners on the cross-border, identity-preserving chain change of legal form of Pfleiderer Group SA into a German limited partnership with a Dutch shareholder (BV & Co. KG).

Arqis Rechtsanwälte

In addition to ongoing corporate advice, the team at Arqis Rechtsanwälte offers expertise at various interfaces, such as employment and insolvency law as well as dispute resolution (including D&O). Key topics include the establishment and change of legal form of subsidiaries as well as restructuring, refinancing measures, joint ventures and executive remuneration. The group fields Japan expert Shigeo Yamaguchi, who jointly heads the group with Jörn-Christian Schulze, the latter is experienced in M&A, PE and VC transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Mirjam Boche

Key clients

Alloheim Senioren-Residenzen SE

Oerlikon AM GmbH

Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. Group

Agile Robots AG

JX Nippon Mining and Metals

Auto-TEC Autotechnik GmbH

bike-angebot

Work highlights

  • Supporting Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. Group on various corporate law issues relating to the German group companies.
  • Advice to bike-angebot on refinancing and corporate restructuring as well as on a joint venture.
  • General advice to Auto-TEC Autotechnik GmbH on corporate law and advice to the company and a shareholder in the context of ongoing disputes with a co-shareholder.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP covers all aspects of corporate and stock corporation law, including corporate governance and compliance, with regular cross-border collaborations across the firm’s other offices. Practice head Thomas Sacher is well versed in conversions and mergers and Jan Krekeler focuses on private M&A and PE topics, while Gerrit Clasen assists with annual general meetings. The team also has industry-specific expertise in automotive, infrastructure, energy, real estate, healthcare, life sciences, consumer goods and new economy.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Sacher

Testimonials

‘Ashurst’s attorneys really do a great job of doing the work for the client. The results can be used directly in internal reporting and can also be included 1:1 in decision templates.’

‘What sets Ashurst apart is their commitment. You avoid vague formulations and stand by the knowledge gained and the recommendations based on it 100%. In doing so, they bridge the gap between the depth and thoroughness of a professional external analysis and the foresight and responsibility of internal decision-makers.’

‘Flexible price structures, including capped fees and fixed prices – real hands-on approach.’

‘Jan Krekeler is absolutely service-oriented and always approachable; excellent professional knowledge; solution-driven.’

‘The team is very responsive and knowledgeable about the industries. Very collaborative and creative in working with co-counsel.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP comprehensively advises on corporate and group law focusing on corporate governance, compliance and reorganisations. Other key topics are annual general meetings, executive remuneration schemes and dispute resolution. The client portfolio includes companies and their executive bodies, investors and entrepreneurial families, primarily from the automotive and manufacturing sectors. The key contacts are Lutz Englisch, who is well versed in conversion law, and Ferdinand Fromholzer, who is regularly instructed by investors on public and private mergers as well as acquisitions.

Testimonials

‘Always very good availability and very fast and reliable response to client inquiries.’

‘All team members are characterized by very high professional competence and very high resilience. Wilhelm Reinhardt develops the right solution with absolute reliability, even in difficult situations, and thus makes a decisive contribution to the success of projects. Complex issues are presented and conveyed in a clear and understandable way. He successfully advocates for the interests of the client. It was a very pleasant and successful cooperation with all team members.’

‘High professionalism, good coordination among each other, always the right expert in the team.’

‘Ferdinand Fromholzer is highly professional and very responsive. He can be reached at any time and has a high service orientation. Mr. Fromholzer has a good mix of excellent legal expertise and pragmatic problem-solving approaches. His many years of experience allow him a very helpful sense of proportion when considering alternative courses of action.’

‘Well integrated into a global practice. Particularly quick to react to very time-sensitive business decisions.’

‘Very well-founded corporate law advice, precise and pragmatic at the same time.’

‘Very good and spontaneous availability; pragmatic approach.’

‘Silke Beiter: I appreciate the very open exchange based on a deep understanding of stock corporation law.

Key clients

4SC AG

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Atlas CopCo

Baur Versand

Bosch

CENTROTEC SE

Douglas GmbH

FormFactor, Inc.

Heska Corp.

Lotto24 AG

Meine Radiologie Holding GmbH

RKW SE

SGB-SMIT

Swarovski Group

Wacker Chemie AG

Zeal Network SE

Work highlights

  • Advising CENTROTEC SE in connection with the delisting on all aspects of corporate and capital markets law and on the 2020 Annual General Meeting.
  • Advising Atlas Copco in connection with a squeeze-out and various integration issues.
  • Advising Lotto24 AG on corporate law issues, including support for the general meeting.

Greenfort

Greenfort 's 'knowledgeable, pragmatic and unpretentious' team advises on a wide range of corporate law matters, including company formations, corporate (re)structuring, shareholder and general meetings and squeeze-outs. This is complemented by expertise at the interface with capital measures, succession issues and dispute resolution. Among the key contacts are Andreas von Oppen, who is well versed in post-M&A and squeeze-out disputes, Daniel Röder (in addition to corporate law, also expertise in commercial and contract law, PE and VC) and US specialist Carsten Angersbach.

Testimonials

‘The team is experienced, pragmatic, practical and not theoretical, yet conscientious enough. Very targeted advice. Top accessibility and speed in response.’

‘Very strong and cohesive team.’

‘Daniel Röder is a very level-headed and clever lawyer.’

‘Knowledgeable, pragmatic, unpretentious, service and solution oriented.’

‘Mr Röder: Excellent cooperation, close to the customs of the market, original solutions, drive, good listener, great understanding of how a community of owners works.’

‘Pragmatic and solution-oriented approach with flat structures that guarantee efficient and effective processing of the mandate.’

‘The Greenfort colleagues had a very good overall view of the project.’

‘Andreas von Oppen is a very reliable contact person and always ready to talk to the client.’

Key clients

Acquasourca

ACTAQUA

Agilent

Bertelsmann / arvato

Cantel Medical Gruppe

CRONIMET Mining AG

CSL Behring

Ditabis AG

Elanders Gruppe

European Net ID Stiftung

Glatfelter Gruppe

InnoEnergy GmbH

Interfer Gruppe

IRIS Analytics GmbH

Knight Frank-Gruppe

Lifco Gruppe

LGI Gruppe

libertatem Stiftung Lichtenstein

McKesson / GEHE

MDH AG

Mediengruppe RTL

MHT Mold & Hotrunner Technology AG

Montana Tech Components Gruppe

Oase Gruppe

Otting Zinger

Panasonic-Gruppe

Partex Capital

Phatebo GmbH

Praesidad

Remondis Gruppe

Shopify Inc.

Stratasys-Gruppe

Tottenham Hotspur Football & Athletic Co. Limited

Triton / Bormioli Pharma

Urban Sports Club

v. Rundstedt & Partner GmbH

VARTA AG

Yaveon / Afinum

Work highlights

  • Advising Bertelsmanns/ arvato on a joint venture.
  • Advising TSR Recycling (Remondis Group) on a joint venture with Aurubis in the field of scrap cable recycling.
  • Representation of a former supervisory board member of Hypo Real Estate Holding AG in a damages process to deal with the financial crisis.

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann ‘s corporate practice focuses on M&A transactions, compliance and corporate governance issues, corporate disputes and executive bodies' disputes as well as restructuring. Due to the close cooperation with the financial practice, the group is regularly instructed by banks, institutional investors, investment trusts, payment providers and FinTech companies. The team is also experienced in the healthcare, energy infrastructure and real estate sectors. Markus Söhnchen heads the group and advises on the drafting of contracts.

Practice head(s):

Markus Söhnchen

Other key lawyers:

Michael Stobbe; Andreas Bauer

Key clients

Aescuvest GmbH

Aptiv Global Operations Ltd.

GreenRock GmbH

Medicover Gruppe (Nordmed Healthcare)

Vodafone Automotive Deutschland GmbH

Colliers International Deutschland GmbH

Daily Mail and General Trust Group (DMGT), Landmark Information Group Ltd.

Demire Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate GmbH

Heitman Germany GmbH

Loyalty Partner GmbH

Normec Holding GmbH

Paulaner Brauerei Gruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA

Verifort Capital Group

WestInvest

Wetteraukreis

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive support to Aptiv Global Operations Ltd. in an internal restructuring for the better integration of the Gabocom sub-group into the German organization of the group.
  • Advising Deka Bank on the merger of the French subsidiary Delorme Holding SAS into the German regulated subsidiary and AIFM WestInvest Gesellschaft für Investmentfonds mbH under the European cross-border merger regulation.
  • Advising the Verifort Capital Group on a corporate agreement as well as on shareholder meetings and restructuring.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH has a ‘strong, well-established and reliable’ team experienced in advising clients from regulated industries such as energy, healthcare and telecoms. The group is particularly active in restructuring under company law, corporate governance issues, joint ventures and the right to co-determination, both at national and international level. Practice head Stefan Galla is a central contact for medium-sized companies, corporations and financial investors. Björn Simon covers corporate, contract and capital markets law and joined the team from Baker McKenzie in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Galla

Testimonials

‘We see Luther as a strong, well-established and reliable team that offers legal advice at the highest level.’

‘Jörgen Tielmann combines excellent specialist knowledge with excellent practical relevance. He is a guarantor in finding legally secure, practical and timely solutions, even for highly complicated issues. Dr. Tielmann has been a reliable partner to our company for twenty years.’

‘The Luther team mainly approached us through a contact person, which was felt to be very pleasant. Of course, if the main contact person was absent, an adequate replacement was provided. In addition to the expected professional competence, the team has distinguished itself in particular through the ability to adapt to the special features of an owner-managed company, where not all documents are available in the legally secure form. In this respect, pragmatic solutions could be found in such cases.’

‘The colleagues in the law firm are available and reliable at all times. They are practical and support the client as needed. One-stop advice; Competence teams can be set up internally. Cross-legal questions are processed by appropriate teams of experts.’

‘Interdisciplinary input and advice; very pleasant handling and advice at eye level. Competent and practical cooperation.’

‘Clear language, deep understanding of the commercial context (not just the legal one). And always aiming for a pragmatic, quick and good solution for the client. At the same time solid and pleasant to deal with.’

‘Our contact person at Luther is Björn Simon, whom we know very well from previous professional positions. The advice is professional at the highest level, effective, fast and practice-oriented. Simon works extremely reliably and is very client-oriented.’

‘We have the impression that the teamwork at Luther works very well. The lawyers supporting us work very closely hand in hand, so that we always feel well taken care of and any absences in the team are not noticed during the collaboration, since the lawyers work together on all details of the project.’

Key clients

CHIRON Group SE

MGM International Television Productions (Germany) GmbH

Vorwerk & Co. KG

Douglas SE

Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

E.ON SE

Avancis GmbH

Alloheim Senioren Residenzen SE

Atlas Copco Holding GmbH

Open Grid Europe GmbH

MIBRAG Mitteldeutsche Baunkohlengesellschaft mbH

Hamburg Trust Asset und Fonds Management HTAF GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice on corporate law to Atlas Copco Holding GmbH on the realignment of the German group structure of the Swedish industrial group active in more than 180 countries.
  • Advising CHIRON SE on the comprehensive restructuring and strategic realignment, including the transfer of a stake in India and the sale of Scherer Feinbau GmbH.
  • Advice on corporate and contractual law to the Unsere Grüne Glasfaser GmbH & Co. KG on fiber optic expansion.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP offers ‘excellent professional and timely support’, which is evident in regular instructions from large and medium-sized companies, family businesses and family offices as well as listed companies. The key topics includes reorganisations, conversions, joint venture formations and matters at the interface with insolvency, restructuring, tax and capital markets law. The team, led by Clemens Just, focuses on the sectors real estate, retail, healthcare, media, automotive and food.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Just

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Grenzebach

Testimonials

‘Both on the level of the partners as well as on the level of the employees of MWE always excellent technical and timely support for all questions on national and international corporate law issues.’

‘Philipp Grenzebach: Always very fast, targeted and tailor-made support; excellent international network; very good integration of other lawyers from other areas of law, also internationally.’

‘Mr Just has a very pleasant and no-nonsense approach to legal issues.’

Key clients

SIGNA Group

Apontis Pharma AG

Friedrich Vorwerk SE

Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof

Union Park Capital

Bilfinger SE

EMH Partners

CWS-boco International GmbH

Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Albufeira Investment GmbH

Celanese Group

Coty Inc.

Pfeifer & Langen Group

Nagel Group

PMH-Gruppe

Event Hotel Group

CirComp Group

Walterscheid Group

Volkswagen Financial Services AG

Sport 1 Medien AG

TechniSat

Merck KGaA

Work highlights

  • Advising SIGNA on the establishment of a new joint venture with the Harng Central Group for the acquisition of Magazine zum Globus AG, the leading department store chain in Switzerland.
  • Advice to Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof on internal group restructuring, including the integration of SportScheck and the restructuring-related founding of the largest German department store group.
  • Corporate law advice to Coty Inc. on the international reorganization of the group.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on pre- as well as post-M&A matters, cross-border restructuring and conversions, annual general meetings and corporate governance issues. Companies from the technology and innovation sector particularly often instruct the team on these topics, while Frank Henkel is also experienced in the financial and automotive sectors. Well-known companies, startups and private equity funds are among the client roster. Frank Regelin heads the practice group, which also includes Katrin Stieß (M&A, PE, VC and corporate reorganisations).

Practice head(s):

Frank Regelin

Testimonials

‘Very good international networking and globally efficient collaboration across different areas of law, short distances, excellent communication.’

‘Ms Stieß can draw on a close-knit international network and manage it excellently. It enables very fast response times and impresses with its high availability. She can immediately understand, structure and unravel very complex interdependencies. In doing so, she does not lose sight of the most urgent concerns.

Very good internal coordination; Involving the various content partners and associates; quick vote. Proven and tested approach. Strong organization of administrative processes (implementation of shareholder resolutions, coordination of notaries and other external partners). The content is excellent and up-to-date. This enables a strong and well-founded representation of our positions to the contractual partners .’

Key clients

ABC International Bank plc

ADLER Real Estate AG

AnaCap Financial Partners

BP Europa SE

DNV GL SE

Energizer Group

Kendaxa Holding GmbH

Lei Shing Hong Ltd.

Lonza AG

paragon GmbH & Co. KGaA

ParkNow Gruppe

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte impresses with a 'wealth of experience', which is particularly called upon by board members and executives of medium-sized as well as larger companies. The team handles shareholder disputes and corporate financing as well as issues relating to D&O liability, stock corporation law, compliance and corporate governance. Practice head Thomas Trölitzsch also assists with corporate succession. Commercial and corporate law expert Rolf Leinekugel is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Trölitzsch

Testimonials

‘More than 10 years of trustworthy and very competent advice that is always customer and solution-oriented.’

‘I always have special requests that are not usual. You will always be forwarded to the right contact person. The answers are given at short notice and are always specific and understandable for me as a layman. I particularly appreciate this since I have my problems reading the laws.’

‘Thomas Trölitzsch is an absolute top expert in the field of corporate law and a very analytical and forward-looking M&A leader.’

‘Entrepreneurial legal advice at a high level of quality, high level of responsiveness.’

‘Close to the client. Very good understanding of the client’s interests and structure. Honest and competent advice. mutual appreciation; real team.’

‘Mr Leinekugel represented and advised us excellently, so that we were able to find a solution in a shareholder dispute that we felt was sensible without going into a legal dispute. One immediately had the feeling that the procedure and advice was given with a high level of professionalism and experience. The intuition, negotiating skills and comprehensive advice from Mr Leinekugel really convinced me and my colleagues.’

‘Mr Born is always accessible, pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘Highly competent team that provided us with excellent advice and representation in a corporate law dispute. Fast response and competent processing of the facts and the associated risks for us. Clear demonstration of the possible options in order to make the sensible and adequate decisions for us.

Key clients

KSB SE & Co. KGaA

Patrimonium Asset Management AG

Dr. Maier + Partner GmbH

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte has a ' diverse team of corporate lawyers with extensive transactional experience ' and also covers related compliance, investigation and liability issues. In this context, the team regularly advises companies from the energy, healthcare, transport and real estate sectors, which benefit from the cross-border experience in relation to China and France. The key contacts are Marc Henze (group and conversion law), Kai-Michael König (D&O liability), Boris Körner (corporate law and M&A, financing), Christian Meyer (D&O liability and D&O insurance law) and Robert Orth (corporate and M&A, inheritance law and corporate succession).

Other key lawyers:

Christina Cannistra

Testimonials

‘All members of the entire team are convincing at all times because they pool all their strength, knowledge and skills for the interests of the client. Their successes do not let them become dull, but spur them on to increase their performance again and again. There is never the feeling of being left alone, as is often conveyed by the friendly words: “Please wait, you will be connected shortly.”. No, here the help is lived from the beginning and that gives security. Feels very good and it is!’

‘Robert Orth convinces and inspires with a goal-oriented approach, which he brings with him due to his practical knowledge.’

‘Very good case work! You can rely on the in-depth training!’

‘A broad team of corporate lawyers with extensive transactional experience can cover all facets of civil law in this area and is at the same time pragmatic and goal-oriented.’

‘Marc Henze combines very good professional competence with pragmatism and great negotiating skills, an ideal companion for transactions.’

‘Christian Meyer is able to look after clients holistically thanks to his very broad professional line-up and high level of empathy and is therefore ideally suited as a manager for corporate accounts.’

‘Marc Henze is an outstanding corporate lawyer who always has pragmatic ideas for practical implementation.’

‘Robert Orth has extensive experience in transactions and group structuring. When advising, he keeps an eye on economically sensible solutions and adapts them individually.’

Key clients

AKASOL AG

ASK Chemicals GmbH

ASM Assembly

Axon Lab AG (Schweiz) und Tochter Axon Lab AG (Deutschland)

Elopak Gruppe

Brock Kehrtechnik GmbH

Citicsteel Demag Cranes & Components GmbH

FAW Munich R&D GmbH

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft

Halung AG

Konecranes Gruppe

MKG Märkische Kommunale Wirtschafts-GmbH

Mobility Inside GmbH & Co.KG

MVG Märkische Verkehrsgesellschaft GmbH

NEAG Norddeutsche Energie AG

Outokumpu Nirosta GmbH

Precise Vision GmbH

R.A.D. Sicherheit Gruppe

Rhein-Umschlag GmbH & Co. KG

Solarwatt GmbH

Thyssen Krupp Elevator AG

VDM Metals GmbH

Wickeder Westfalenstahl GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive legal advice to Mobility Inside GmbH & Co. KG on the Mobility Inside project, in particular restructuring the group and joining Deutsche Bahn AG and other transport companies.
  • Advice on restructuring and general corporate law advice to ASK Chemicals GmbH.
  • Supporting the RAD Sicherheit Group in the restructuring of the entire German-Swiss group.

SERNETZ • SCHÄFER

Commercial law boutique SERNETZ • SCHÄFER is particularly well versed in matters at the interface between corporate, banking and capital markets law, which are closely coordinated with the relevant practice groups. The group is regularly instructed by companies, large private German banks, various state banks and executive bodies. Additional core topics include corporate disputes and compliance issues. Frank Schäfer and Fabian Dietz-Vellmer head the group, which also includes D&O liability specialist Andreas Höder and Ferdinand Kruis (in addition to corporate, banking and capital markets law and dispute resolution).

Testimonials

‘Ferdinand Kruis is an excellent lawyer in both German and English corporate law. Very experienced.’

‘Excellent expertise in banking supervisory law and D&O liability issues.’

‘Schäfer: Super in supervisory law.’

Key clients

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

UniCredit Bank AG

MAC Mode GmbH & Co. KGaA

SPARTA AG

Unifa-Gruppe

MAN Energy Solutions SE

WealthCap-Gruppe

Wirecard Bank AG

Work highlights

  • Advice and legal representation of a special representative against the assertion of claims for damages by Gelita AG after the appointment decision was classified as void.
  • Ongoing advice to the management of the WealthCap Group.
  • Comprehensive advice to Wirecard Bank as a result of the Wirecard scandal.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

The service spectrum at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP includes transactional support as well as support in corporate governance and compliance issues and related disputes. The team’s expertise is regularly called upon by executive and supervisory boards as well as medium-sized and DAX30 companies, which also benefit from the close cooperation with the US offices. Corporate governance expert Bernd Mayer and dispute resolution specialist Anke Sessler are the main contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Anke Sessler; Bernd Mayer

avocado rechtsanwälte

avocado Rechtsanwälte advises on a range of corporate and contract law issues, including restructuring and conversions, corporate governance, tax and external audits as well as capital measures. The client portfolio includes international companies and German medium-sized companies as well as their executive bodies. Representation in investment screening procedures and corporate disputes constitutes another cornerstone of the group. Practice head Christian Berger is a key contact for restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Christian Berger

Other key lawyers:

Udo Zietsch; Ralph Hummel

Testimonials

‘Client requests are always partner responsibility. You will receive competent and solution-oriented advice. I appreciate that the answers are always practical, with risks identified and assessed.’

‘Christian Berger, a highly competent, emphatic and always level-headed advisor who shows the way. Particularly in M&A advice, which is always carried out under time pressure, Mr Berger never lost sight of the essential.’

‘Good availability, pragmatic recommendations and high level of competence.’

Key clients

Acushnet GmbH

Adam Opel AG

Adyton Real Estate GmbH

Algeco GmbH

Allmed Group und deren deutsche Tochtergesellschaften

Alluto LLC

ANSYS Germany GmbH

ASI DataMyte, Inc.

Atelier NA

Best Gaming Technology GmbH

BGT Deutschland GmbH

Bomgar Germany GmbH (jetzt Beyond Trust GmbH)

Came Deutschland GmbH

Carlisle Companies Inc.

Carlisle Fluid Technologies GmbH

Carlisle Holdings GmbH

Dinkle International Co.

Donnelley Financial Solutions

DÜRR DENTAL SE

FMT-Gruppe; FERRO-Montagetechnik GmbH

Genovac GmbH

Gleason Corporation und deutsche Tochtergesellschaft

GMS Management Spanien; GMS Solutions Deutschland GmbH

Grote Industries Europe GmbH

Humanic Deutschland GmbH

IDEX Corporation

imc Test & Measurement GmbH; imc Meßsysteme GmbH

Intratone GmbH

ITecon GmbH

L & S Deutschland Schuhhandels GmbH

Leder & Schuh AG

Luxoft GmbH

M.A. Med Alliance SA

Marlin Equity Partners

Media Frankfurt GmbH (FRAPORT-Konzern)

Mirado Real Estate GmbH

musico GmbH

Nordisk Büro Plus GmbH

North Channel Bank GmbH & Co. KG

Norwex Germany GmbH

Partslife GmbH

PharmacoSoftware GmbH

PharmacoVision GmbH

Portwell Deutschland GmbH

PrinterLogic GmbH

R.A.M. Realtime Application Measurement GmbH

Recurity Labs GmbH

Schiff-Martini & Cie. GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft 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

Top Tools GmbH

USANA Health Sciences, Inc.

Ventec International, Taiwan

VIAC GmbH

Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt GmbH

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP 's 'deep understanding of business and decision-making processes' is evident in regular instructions on corporate finance, start-up and restructuring matters, private and public mergers as well as private equity IPOs and joint venture-related issues. These topics and especially any related contentious mandates are often advised on in close cooperation with other practice groups. The team has an industry focus on clients from the new technologies sector. Peter Veranneman heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Peter Veranneman

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Gottgetreu; Kai Kerger

Testimonials

‘The team has developed a deep understanding of our business and decision-making processes. They are flexible, commercially interested and fun to work with. They are our point of contact for corporate M&A work in Germany.’

 

Key clients

Aareon AG

Aphria Inc.

BS Wiesmann GmbH

Bühler Motor GmbH

Cummins Inc.

Ellab A/S

Fysam Auto Decorative GmbH

ICE Gateway GmbH

KAZ Europe Sàrl / Helen of Troy

Midea Europe GmbH

niiio finance group AG

Northern Green Canada Inc

Tillomed Pharma GmbH

Verizon Connect Germany GmbH

vwd Group

Work highlights

  • Ongoing commercial and corporate law advice to the Cummins Group and in relation to German, Belgian, Finnish and English subsidiaries.
  • Advising the niiio finance group AG on various corporate and capital markets law issues.
  • Advice on founding Northern Green Global GmbH and further support for global expansion.

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH fields a team covering all aspects of corproate law and pursues a holistic approach based on close cooperation with the tax, audit and risk advisory practice groups. In addition to ongoing corporate advice, the team also assists with disputes, compliance, IPO preparation and cross-border relocations. The practice is led by Andreas Jentgens and Julia Petersen.

Testimonials

‘The interlocking with other areas (tax, consulting) and the use of synergies from this should be emphasized, as this offers considerable added value in the overall care of the client.’

‘The practice is characterized by the fact that it contributes a high degree of flexibility, accessibility and extensive technical know-how in corporate law issues. We are a medium-sized company and as such we need a partner who acts at a high level of legal certainty without writing pages of papers that internal departments need for filing. In other words, practical and yet high-quality legal advice. Questions bordering on other areas of law are identified at an early stage and experts from other specialist areas are consulted. We see a lot of commitment.’

‘Fast ability to react thanks to the involvement of local colleagues with specialist knowledge of all aspects of commercial law. Conscientious but pragmatic approach, both in onboarding and in the processing of mandates; In certain cases, the connection to the notary’s office offers noticeable added value.’

‘We were extremely satisfied with both the speed and the quality of the work.’

‘Michael Schneider: Expertise with excellent service orientation and the gift of being able to present complex issues in a clear and action-oriented manner.’

‘Mix of objectivity, high professional know-how and good personal level.’

‘Good teamwork, communication and allocation of roles in terms of an efficient process. Good technical tools. Solution-oriented action.’

‘Deep understanding of digital issues.’

Key clients

AssistMe GmbH

Barilla

BIRKENSTOCK

BITO-Lagertechnik Bittmann GmbH

Bundesärztekammer

CCE Group GmbH

DAIKIN CHEMICAL EUROPE GmbH

DATEV eG

Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT)

DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH

Erzbistum Berlin

Frank Albrecht wg AVW Immobilien AG

Getinge/MAQUET-Gruppe

Gläserne Molkerei GmbH

GöTel GmbH

Henkel

Hilfswerk-Siedlung GmbH

IGM GmbH & Co. KG Fenster und Fassaden

Immowert-Gruppe

Karlruher Sport Club Mühlburg-Phönix GmbH & Co. KGaA

Kobalt Music Group

Mammoet Deutschland GmbH

Maynards Europe GmbH

Merck

Pepperl + Fuchs SE

RECARO

Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG

SAP

Teekanne

Trust Jürgen Homann

UNEX Corp.

VMware

WÖRWAG PHARMA

Wüstenrot Holding

Wüstenrot Stiftung Freunde deutscher Eigenheim e.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising Birkenstock on structural and digitization measures in connection with the planned entry of a growth investor.
  • Comprehensive advice to Teekanne on the German restructuring, establishment of a management holding company and ongoing corporate law advice.
  • Advising Merck on setting up a contract lifecycle management system.

Dentons

Dentons' team is increasingly instructed by listed companies and German corporations on corporate law issues, which are supported in close cooperation with the capital markets and tax experts. The group's expertise covers corporate restructuring, liability issues, annual general meetings, corporate litigation, corporate governance and compliance issues. Robert Weber, Rebekka Hye-Knudsen and Alexander von Bergwelt head the practice, which was strengthened in March 2021 with Gesine von der Groeben (M&A, venture capital and corporate law) from BEITEN BURKHARDT.

Key clients

Access Microfinance Holding

ATAI Life Sciences

Air Products Plc

Bayerische Gewerbebau

Bethmann Bank

Bundesverband deutscher Banken

BVV-Gruppe

Carl Hanser Verlag

Covivio Office-Group

Daimler

Dillinger Hütte

GfK

KWS Saat

Munich Airport International

SHS – Stahl-Holding Saar

Stabilus S.A.

Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to the Covivio Office-Group on the corporate law squeeze-out of the minority shareholders.
  • Advice to the investment bank Berlin on the creation of a new corporate structure with the aim of enabling transparent and efficient investment management by founding a new holding company in the legal form of an institution under public law.
  • Advised Microvast on a cooperation agreement (supply and development agreement) with CNH Industrial for the joint development, manufacturing and marketing of electric battery systems.

Dissmann Orth

Dissmann Orth's client roster includes medium-sized companies, their owners and families as well as strategic investors, funds and family offices. In close cooperation with the tax, inheritance and employment law specialists, the team advises on company formations and restructuring, succession issues and corporate disputes. Thomas Wieland (commercial and corporate law) and Jochen Ettinger (tax law) are the main contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Wieland; Jochen Ettinger

Work highlights

  • Representing a medium-sized biotech company in a shareholder dispute.  
  • Advising and representing a large medium-sized group of companies as a plaintiff in DIS arbitration proceedings against the group company in connection with the assertion of extensive guarantee claims from share purchase agreements.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Flick Gocke Schaumburg advises corporations, medium-sized companies and family businesses with a focus on conversions and restructuring, group and corporate governance structures, joint ventures and judicial dispute resolution. The team also assists with committee and annual general meetings and has noteable expertise at the interface with tax law. The key contacts include Dieter Leuering , Philipp Rulf and Michael Erkens, who are extensively active in the corporate and M&A arena.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Leuering; Philipp Rulf

Other key lawyers:

Stephan GöckelerMichael Erkens

Testimonials

‘The proximity to the client is unique compared to other large law firms. Very young team with highly motivated and highly qualified associates. The partner is always informed and is available with advice and action. If necessary and useful, other partners from other areas of law are consulted. Very good law firm network, also with other service providers outside the legal sector.’

‘Dieter Leuering: Absolute expert in commercial and corporate law. Excellent business skills. Entrepreneurial thinking that leads to quick and uncomplicated solutions. Excellent network. Good negotiation skills.’

‘The legal quality is very high, solutions are almost always achieved. Individually outstanding is Philipp Rulf as an expert in the respective legal field. Rulf is available at almost any time and is also a mediating and solution-oriented participant in negotiations.’

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner ‘s corporate law team is led by Gerhard Manz , Barbara Mayer and Arnt Göppert and specialises in advising medium-sized companies as well as German and international corporations from various sectors, particularly the healthcare sector. The team covers all corporate law aspects such as drafting contracts, restructuring as well as contentious matters. Clients can also draw on the expertise of the IP, insurance and distribution practices. Annette Bödeker (in addition to corporate and M&A also venture capital and compliance) joined the team in March 2021 from the now defunct firm Arnold & Porter.

Testimonials

‘Very good combination of specialist knowledge and a pragmatic approach to negotiations and contract drafting.’

‘Arnt Göppert: Excellent knowledge in the area of M&A, also internationally, as well as very good negotiation skills.’

‘Always fast, pragmatic and well-founded support.’

‘Competent, resilient, highly professional.’

‘Barbara Mayer: Highly professional “ease” combined with an overview when things get hectic. You don’t want Barbara on the other side.’

Key clients

ALBA Group

Aston Martin UK

Ausy Gruppe

Biberacher Verlagsdruckerei GmbH & Co. KG

Captana GmbH (vormals SES-Imagotag Deutschland GmbH)

Celebrity News AG, Berlin

Centogene AG

CorTec GmbH

Degussa Bank AG

Deutscher Caritasverband

Diotec Gruppe

Duravit AG

Emch + Berger AG

Endress+Hauser

Eps Holding GmbH

Essilor-Gruppe

Fastlane Marketing GmbH

Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG

Freiburger Barockorchester GbR

Getinge AB

Getinge Gruppe: Maquet Medical Systems AG

Glatt-Gruppe

Haufe Gruppe

Herder Gruppe

iTernity GmbH

JobRad GmbH

JP Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

M10 Industries AG

Meiko-Gruppe

Moving Content AG, Berlin

Neoperl GmbH

neuroloop GmbH

Omega Immobilien GmbH

Otto Ganter GmbH & Co. KG

Pyramid Computer GmbH

Raith Engineering & Manufacturing Co.

Samvardhana Motherson Gruppe

Schölly fiberoptic GmbH

Stratosphere Games

Sympatient

Testo SE & Co. KGaA

Zahoransky AG

Work highlights

  • Ongoing corporate law advice to the listed Swedish Getinge Group.
  • Comprehensive corporate law advice to Pyramid Computer GmbH and advice in connection with a reverse IPO.
  • Ongoing corporate law advice to the Herder Group and its shareholders.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB focuses on restructuring support, joint ventures and group financing systems, especially cash pooling systems. The group regularly handles matters at the interface between corporate law, M&A and insolvency law and places additional emphasis on D&O and group liability. German medium-sized and family businesses as well as international corporations, often from the media and healthcare sector, form the core of the client roster. The team is led by Frank Evers and includes joint venture specialist Matthias Menke.

Practice head(s):

Frank Evers

Testimonials

‘Strong integration of corporate law, transaction-specific and insolvency law advice.’

‘Alexander Kessler is an excellent lawyer with a particular focus on corporate and group law, M&A and insolvency law. Very pragmatic, always approachable, factual and friendly.’

‘The GÖRG team is characterized by a very high quality and reliability in the provision of services. It actually works as a team, hand in hand.’

Breaks in the cooperation and in the communication are not recognizable. The smooth cooperation with law firm colleagues in questions of peripheral areas of procurement, corporate law and in the area of M&A as well as the very high level of the services provided are to be emphasized.’

‘The high level of professional expertise, the focus in the consulting services and the cooperation and communication “at eye level” with all project participants throughout the entire multi-year project period were guarantors for the project’s success. The always responsiveness and the very good response time behavior of the lawyers and consultants to inquiries round off the very positive picture drawn here.’

Key clients

NexWafe GmbH

First Sensor AG

Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH

RIWA GmbH

Trianel Energieprojekte GmbH & Co. KG

SendR SE

Röchling Gruppe (Röchling Beteiligungs SE)

Stadt Kassel, Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding AG

Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG

Verimi GmbH

Round Hill Capital LLC

LEONI AG

ML Real AG

Andersch AG

Work highlights

  • Advising LEONI AG on corporate law issues such as intra-group contracts.
  • Advice on the new assignment of the strategic partnership at the Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service GmbH (FES), in which the private partner’s shares in the FES were put into competition.
  • Ongoing corporate law and capital market law advice to First Sensor AG, in particular the preparation and implementation of the annual general meeting.  

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany advises on annual general meetings, joint ventures, corporate governance, conversions and structural measures as well as matrix structures and compliance issues. The team collaborates with colleagues from the US offices on matters pertaining to SPACs and also works closely with the restructuring practice on related matters. Numerous clients are from the automotive, technology and life sciences sectors. Peter Schorling and Henrik Armah head the team, which also includes M&A specialist Josef Hofschroer.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schorling; Henrik Armah

Testimonials

‘The Greenberg Traurig team is excellently positioned in all necessary legal areas and is characterized by its outstanding interdisciplinary and exclusively client-oriented work.’

‘Henrik Armah is characterized by excellent specialist knowledge, a professional yet pragmatic approach and an above-average service philosophy.’

‘Peter Schorling leads a real team that processes mandates efficiently and without friction. We are particularly impressed by the skills of the still young stock corporation and capital market law practice – represented by Josef Hofschroer and Oliver Markmann – who has always provided us with extremely satisfactory advice on critical general meetings and group law structuring.’

We have known the corporate law practice and Greenberg Traurig for over ten years and are delighted at how the skills within the practice group have continued to develop.’

‘Josef Hofschroer manages to sum up his impressive specialist knowledge quickly and unpretentiously.’

‘Mr Markmann is a hard worker who is always available for us and always seeks pragmatic solutions without losing sight of the client’s interests.’

‘Top young associates and a good and broad knowledge. The orders are implemented quickly and cost-consciously, without sacrificing competence.’

‘Peter Schorling and Josef Hofschroer have become indispensable for us. You are excellent lawyers. Both of them are good because they are able to understand their customers commercially. Too many lawyers are too academic for their clients or just want to win. It is a very special rarity when lawyers actually understand their clients commercially and then adapt their working methods accordingly.’

We have worked closely with GT as our go-to consultants on complex projects for years. What always inspires and impresses us is the high quality of the work across all seniority levels, the expertise in all areas relevant to us and the result-oriented, pragmatic and efficient approach paired with a deep commercial understanding. It’s not just the result that’s right – the collaboration is also simply a lot of fun.

Key clients

Best Western International, Inc.

GlobalLogic Inc.

Halloren Schokoladenfabrik AG

HanseMerkur Grundvermögen S.C.Sp., SICAV-RAIF handelnd für den HanseMerkur Grundvermögen S.C.Sp. SICAV-RAIF – HMG Beteiligungsfonds I

NIVIDIA Corporation

Verbaudet Deutschland GmbH

ZTE Services Deutschland GmbH

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC)

Tempur Sealy Deutschland GmbH

Dream Unlimited Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing GlobalLogic Inc. in the acquisition of Meelogic Consulting AG and the subsequent reorganization of its European group companies.
  • Comprehensive corporate law advice to Halloren Schokoladenfabrik AG, in particular in connection with the holding of a virtual annual general meeting due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
  • Ongoing corporate law advice to a provider of data and technology-driven real estate financing on the restructuring of fund companies, in particular in connection with refinancing and share buybacks.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP provides 'easy access to quick and precisely described solutions'. The team, led by Thomas Lappe advises on various corporate and capital markets law issues and is particularly active in the context of annual general meetings and restructuring. Clients include national and international medium-sized companies as well as executive and supervisory boards of listed stock corporations.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lappe

Other key lawyers:

Martina Ortner

Testimonials

‘Competent advice, pleasant personalities, availability at all times and quick response, advice very goal-oriented and responsive to the needs of the client.’

‘Martina Ortner: Extremely competent and intelligent, while being very pleasant, uncomplicated and hard-working in her personal dealings. Very pleasant legal personality!’

‘Easy access to fast and precisely described solutions; knowledge of our group structures; solution-oriented negotiation style in M&A transactions.’

‘Thomas Lappe: Very pragmatic, in-depth knowledge of corporate law, quick and clear answers.’

Key clients

Bundesdruckerei GmbH

VTG AG

ATOS Gruppe

Industrie Saleri Italo S.p.A.

Koenig & Bauer AG

Milliman

ZEAL Network SE

Work highlights

  • Advising Bundesdruckerei GmbH in connection with its group-wide restructuring under company law with the aim of establishing a group holding structure.
  • Ongoing corporate and capital markets law advice to ZEAL Network SE.
  • Advised Koenig & Bauer AG on their annual general meeting in 2020.

Kuhn Carl Norden Baum

With sector-specific expertise in mechanical and plant engineering as well as in the financial industry, Kuhn Carl Norden Baum assists with the formation of companies, shareholder meetings and disputes and advises on ongoing business operations, restructuring, changes of legal form and conversions. The main contacts are Marcus Baum (in addition to corporate law and M&A, also succession and arbitration proceedings), Michael Rudnau (additional expertise in banking and finance law as well as insolvency law) and Jürgen Rieg (including D&O liability and money laundering issues).

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice and representation of a shareholder in a shareholder dispute with injunction proceedings and main action as well as in settlement negotiations.
  • Representing a foundation in a dispute within the board of trustees.
  • Comprehensive advice and representation of a VC fund in a dispute between the fund and the two founders of a start-up in which the fund invested.  

Oppenhoff

Oppenhoff's corporate law expertise is called upon by family-run and listed companies, board members and executive bodies as well as shareholders. The advisory capacities include group and corporate governance structures, annual general meetings, D&O liability and compliance as well as clients' representation in corporate disputes, defective resolutions and arbitration proceedings. Insurance and financial industry expert Peter Etzbach and conversion specialist Harald Gesell head the group, which is often instructed by clients from the healthcare, automotive, digital business, retail, consumer goods, industrials, insurance and real estate sectors.

Practice head(s):

Peter Etzbach; Harald Gesell

Other key lawyers:

Günter Seulen

Testimonials

‘They are always willing to help, even when you need solutions outside the box. Good balance between helping and positive critical attitude.’

‘Extremely fast and highly competent provision of solutions, including equally fast, high-quality implementation! Seamless integration into internal processes and problem-free “teamwork” between external and internal.’

‘Professionalism, commitment & reliability, expertise, problem-solving skills.’

Key clients

Emons-Gruppe

Shop Apotheke Europe N.V.

Johnson & Johnson / Janssen-Cilag

JAB

Zurich

nd industrial investments B.V.

MVGM Deutschland GmbH

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG /Rheinergie AG

Expleo Germany Holding GmbH

Gesellschafter der MRH Trowe Holding AG

Baybe GmbH

RIMOWA GmbH

BeyondBuild GmbH (ehemals BAUWENS digital)

Work highlights

  • Advising Johnson & Johnson and Janssen-Cilag on the planned development of their own vaccine production and cooperation with a well-known German pharmaceutical company.
  • Advising JAB on the holding structure and long-term co-investment of their top management.
  • Advised Shop Apotheke Europe NV on the acquisition of Smartpatient GmbH.

POELLATH

POELLATH advises on annual general and shareholder meetings, corporate governance issues, capital measures, restructuring and conversion matters, with frequent instructions from German listed and family-run companies. Eva Nase is also experienced in supporting public takeovers with subsequent structural measures. Other key topics include corporate disputes such as rescission and nullity actions against resolutions as well as approval procedures and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Eva Nase

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with exceptional client orientation. Highest level both in legal issues and in dealing with clients. Proactive consulting approaches. Always to the point, never excessive, yet comprehensive.’

‘Eva Nase: Always available, excellent client focus, the highest level of legal advice. Proactive in the consulting approach.’

Key clients

DN Capital / Piton Capital iS Auto1 Group SE

Synlab AG

Eckert & Ziegler

BayWa AG

Fiege Logistik Holding

Wacker Neuson SE

KME SE

Deutsche Telekom AG

Picturemaxx AG

Energiekontor AG

Schletter Grundbesitz

HCI Healthcubator Consulting und Innovation GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising DN Capital and Piton Capital on all corporate and capital markets law issues related to the IPO of Auto1 and pre-IPO share sales.
  • Advising Europe’s largest medical laboratory group Synlab on the IPO in Frankfurt.
  • Advising Eckert & Ziegler Strahlen- und Medizintechnik AG on the acquisition of several stakes in the drug developer PENTIXAPHARM GmbH.  

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)

Represented across several offices, PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) fields a corporate team comprehensively covering all corporate matters. Medium-sized, DAX30 and international companies from various industries call upon the team’s expertise in pre as well as post-M&A, company formations and cross-border restructuring, as well as annual general meetings and compliance issues. The group is led by Steffen Schniepp and Gerhard Wacker.

Other key lawyers:

Simon Dürr

Testimonials

‘The seamless collaboration and exchange between global and local lawyers/advisers.’

‘Flexibility, regardless of immediate changes and customer requirements, one always adapts; very easy to solve problems.’

Key clients

agn-Gruppe

Bayer AG

DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

MEC Holding GmbH

NOZ MEDIEN/ mh:n MEDIEN Gruppe

SAP SE

Sika Holding CH AG & Co. KG

The Family Butchers Gruppe

Wellergruppe

Work highlights

  • Advising Bayer AG on the €7.6 billion carve-out of Bayer’s pharmaceutical business for pets and livestock to the US company Elanco.
  • Interdisciplinary advice to the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH on the expansion and structuring of the joint venture Sportec Solutions with the Deltare Group Ltd.
  • Advising SAP SE on the global post-merger integration of CallidusCloud, which SAP SE acquired in 2018.