Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises its clients on joint ventures, restructurings, corporate compliance, corporate governance matters and reorganisations, while mandates often have international aspects. The team has an industry focus on energy, infrastructure, aviation and telecoms. Located in Frankfurt, Nico Abel heads the practice. Sönke Becker is a 'a very experienced and legally excellent partner'.
Corporate in Germany
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
‘Ralf Thaeter: great experience; efficient; calm, clear and confident negotiation.‘
‘Marius Boewe: committed, focused, efficient.‘
‘The team around Sönke Becker impresses on the one hand with the rhetorical and technical brilliance of S. Becker himself, but also the very good quality of his team.‘
‘To be emphasized with Mr. Becker: his rhetorical and analytical skills (worth gold in negotiations); his ability to gather people around him who learn from him and assume a corresponding level of quality and protect the client’s interests.‘
‘Sönke Becker in particular is a very experienced and legally excellent partner who keeps calm in negotiations, but is extremely assertive.‘
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
- Deutsche Lufthansa AG: Advising on the sale of the European business of the LSG Group to the airline caterer gategroup.
For individuals, family businesses, executive bodies, DAX30 companies as well as international corporations, Hengeler Mueller is a popular choice for corporate-related advice with an industry focus on technology, energy and media. The expertise of the renowned practice is also appreciated by banks, large and small retail companies and insurers. The team handles annual general meetings, joint ventures, corporate governance and compliance and most recently worked on delistings, executive remuneration and succession-related matters. Andreas Austmann is a key contact for corporate housekeeping, Daniela Favoccia and Maximilian Schiessl are very experienced in advising executive bodies, among others, and Johannes Adolff has a focus on the financial industry.
Linklaters' corporate practice comprehensively advises DAX30 companies and other major listed companies, financial institutions, supervisory and executive boards on all aspects of corporate law, with an industry focus on automotive, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and finance. The team, led by Tim Johannsen-Roth, is also well versed in shareholder and corporate disputes. Ralph Wollburg, co-head of the global M&A-team, is a popular point of contact for countless DAX companies, while Hans-Ulrich Wilsing predominantly advises executive bodies as well as on stock corporation and group law matters.
SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
'Very high professional quality and very good practical knowledge' is on offer at SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. The group comprehensively assists supervisory and executive boards, DAX30 and upper medium-sized companies as well as German and international corporations with all aspects of corporate law, including reorganisations and restructurings, annual general and shareholder meetings as well as corporate governance. The team, led by Jochem Reichert, is especially well versed in corporate litigation, succession plans with regard to family-owned businesses, compliance matters and D&O liability. Executive and supervisory boards often seek Marc Löbbe's advice on corporate governance matters, while Michaela Balke frequently handles compliance and D&O liability issues. Peter Kleinschmidt, who focuses on managment advice, joined in May 2019 as of counsel.
‘The team is very well trained in legal terms and has a wealth of experience in order not to lose the necessary operational proximity to solving some problem cases.‘
‘Very high professional quality, very good practical knowledge. You can have absolute confidence in the work.‘
‘Technically outstanding, very extensive practical knowledge, very fast processing time. Ready to be able to solve problems creatively.‘
‘Entrepreneurial thinking, pragmatic, highly competent.’
‘Due to the very long-term cooperation, also with the same partners, SZA has detailed knowledge of our companies and shareholders, this and the competence of the attending lawyers lead to highly qualified and target-oriented advice. This applies to both the company and the shareholders.‘
‘Individuals in the firm act in a wide variety of corporate law topics at the highest level for the success of our company. Shareholders: empathy and reaching compromises within the shareholders. Company: advice and execution of transactions are also processed successfully on an international level.’
JM Holding GmbH & Co. KGaA
Deutsche Bahn AG
Diebold Nixdorf AG
emodrom / 4 MP Holding
ISARIA Wohnbau AG
Gesellschafter der Lekkerland AG & Co. KG
Deutsche Post AG
- Innogy SE: Advising the supervisory board on the planned transaction between RWE AG and E.ON SE and the takeover offer from a subsidiary of E: ON SE.
- JM Holding GmbH & Co. KGaA: Advice and representation in the context of a real division between the family shareholders of Renolit SE and RKW SE.
- Deutsche Bahn AG: Ongoing advice to the supervisory board on corporate law issues.
Allen & Overy LLP
Supervisory and executive boards are among Allen & Overy LLP's client portfolio, but the corporate team mainly advises major listed companies as well as their international subsidiaries on annual general meetings, joint ventures, corporate governance, restructuring measures and compliance and also assists with national and international conversions and change of legal form. Recently, advice on D&O liability matters and subsequent corporate disputes contributed to a good workload. The team co-operates closely with its M&A colleagues, but synergies also exist with the capital markets, tax and employment law practices. Industry focuses are life sciences and the financial sector, among others. Nicolaus Ascherfeld in Hamburg heads the practice group, Hans Diekmann has 'enormous technical expertise and market knowledge' and Katharina Stüber has 'very good corporate expertise'.
‘Extremely experienced, high transaction and advisory frequency, targeted, geared towards client needs, always on time, highly professional and careful, prudent, pragmatic.‘
‘Dr. Hans Diekmann: probably unique performance in the market, always at the top level, top advisor on all capital market issues, in corporate law and M&A transactions as well as regulatory issues, immensely hardworking and resilient, TOP!!!‘
‘The team has very good expertise, is always available and offers very good and competent support for many very short-term questions. Actually, feasible solutions are sought and not just a legal theoretical opinion is made available. Even in the case of criticism and requests, these are not only implemented in the respective matter, but also taken into account in future in comparable cases.‘
‘Very good expertise and a great deal of experience, solution-oriented approach, short-term support with high quality, mutual learning from the mistakes / wishes / needs of the company’s departments, very strong basis of trust.‘
‘Very good interlinking of high technical expertise, economic considerations and availability. High partner participation in the details too. Good strategic thinking.‘
‘Dr. Hans Diekmann – enormous technical expertise and market knowledge. Dr. Katharina Stüber – very good corporate expertise.‘
‘Very good corporate law and transactional expertise; efficiently set up and good cooperation.‘
‘Fast, practical legal advice to the point.‘
‘Easy to reach, good quality advice, nice to deal with personally.‘
ISRA VISION AG
Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement (HGV)
KWS SAAT SE
Elmos Semiconductor Aktiengesellschaft
CPO Holding (GmbH & Co.) KG
Fresenius SE & Co KGaA
Axel Springer SE
Corestate Capital Holding S.A
- Uniper SE: Advice on hostile takeover offer by Fortum.
- Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG: Comprehensive legal advice, in particular on stock corporation and capital market law issues, M&A as well as corporate governance and general meetings.
- Allianz SE: Advice on buying back own shares.
At Clifford Chance cross-border and German conversions, restructurings, joint ventures, annual general meetings and corporate disputes are covered, while the team also assists with capital increase, IPOs and post-M&A disputes in co-operation with the finance, capital markets, stock corporation and antitrust experts of the firm; the practice has further expertise in corporate aspects of transactions. The team mainly advises large corporations, medium-sized companies and executive bodies and is often instructed by clients from the regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals, finance and automotive. Thomas Krecek and Anselm Raddatz jointly head the practice.
CMS' corporate team advises listed companies, corporations and family businesses on all aspects of corporate law, including restructurings, joint ventures and annual general meetings. The group also increasingly assists with distressed M&A matters and places a strong focus on corporate disputes; the corporate litigation group is led by Thomas Lennarz and Nicolas Wiegand. Synergies with the compliance and white-collar crime practices contribute to a steady workload. Dispute resolution expert Dorothee Ruckteschler left in the summer of 2020. Maximilian Grub, Ernst-Markus Schuberth and Richard Mitterhuber jointly head the practice.
DLA Piper assists with all aspects of corporate law, including corporate governance, D&O liability, joint ventures, annual general meetings, corporate disputes and M&A-related issues. The practice frequently co-operates with the firm's employment and tax law experts and mainly has DAX30 companies, upper medium-sized companies, as well as national and international companies among its client base. The team has a focus on the regulated industries, such as energy and telecoms. Benjamin Parameswaran 'keeps an overview, is pragmatic, and works fast, efficiently and extremely thoroughly' and jointly heads the practice with Nils Krause from the Hamburg office.
‘High quality of advice, quick and practice-oriented feedback.‘
‘High level of technical competence, creative search for solutions, very good cooperation.‘
‘I’ve never worked better with a law firm.‘
‘Ben Parameswaran is very prudent, yet pragmatic. He has a unique perception and treats clients and the other party extremely courteously. Negotiations with him are always effective. Ben Parameswaran is my first choice.’
‘The team in Germany was very responsive and quick to react to cross-border issues. They were able to take measures on site and at the same time keep an eye on the needs of a client outside Germany.‘
‘The team is unique thanks to its partner Ben Parameswaran. Ben keeps an overview, is pragmatic, works – whenever we want his personal intervention – fast, efficiently and extremely thoroughly. I’ve never worked better with a law firm.’
Deutsche Beteiligungs AG
DIC Asset AG
Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
LPKF Laser & Electronics AG
TTL Beteiligungs- und Grundbesitz-AG
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
LEG Immobilien AG
Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG
Senvion Deutschland GmbH
- EWE: Advice on the negotiation and conclusion of a joint venture contract for fibre optic expansion with Telekom Deutschland GmbH. The joint venture operates under the name ‘Glasfaser NordWest’.
- Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: Advising on corporate law as part of the comprehensive package of measures announced by the company to increase profitability.
- Above Steria: Ongoing corporate law advice, in particular on post-closing issues of the joint venture with seven banks of the Sparda banking group with regard to topics of digital banking technology and the transformation of IT systems.
Gleiss Lutz impresses with a '360° view of the facts, excellent legal knowledge, strong negotiation skills and a very likeable demeanour'. The team assists DAX30 companies, large international and national corporations, executive bodies and owner-led companies as well as family businesses with all aspects of corporate law, including corporate governance, joint ventures and compliance. The group's day-to-day business also covers annual general meetings and corporate disputes, especially those with a particular risk of conflict. Mandates often stem from the automotive, life sciences, telecoms and energy as well as the financial sector and the group has further expertise in capital markets and stock corporation law; the team regularly advises on equity compensation. Peter Steffen Carl in Munich heads the practice.
‘Very high level of expertise, great commitment.‘
‘Know-how, competence, seriousness, reliability and experience.’
‘Very energetic law firm that has all specialist areas on board and has proven itself for us, especially in complex carve-outs and auctions.‘
‘High competence and expertise.‘
‘Dirk Wasmann, brilliant equity lawyer. Very experienced, high level of expertise, yet pragmatic. Very pleasant, calm demeanour.‘
‘Very professional, analytically strong, fast.‘
‘The advice is given on an equal footing; very pleasant cooperation between client and consultant; together they worked out a tailor-made solution.‘
‘Professionally versed; team player; very pleasant to work with.‘
‘Uncomplicated collaboration; technically excellent.‘
‘Convincing competence in cross-departmental issues, focused processing of the essential elements for the matter. No unnecessary cross selling, commitments and budgets are kept.‘
‘360° view of the facts, excellent legal knowledge, strong negotiation skills and a very personable demeanour. ‘
‘Fast and goal-oriented implementation, high legal competence.’
‘The team has a solution-oriented approach and understands the client’s requirements very well.‘
Infineon Technologies AG
Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG
NORMA Group SE
Procter & Gamble
- Volkswagen AG / Audi AG: Comprehensive advice to the supervisory board in dealing with the diesel issue and all related legal issues.
- Munich Reinsurance Company AG: First pure online general meeting in the DAX30 segment.
- Volkswagen AG and Audi AG: Advising the supervisory board in the course of the personnel realignment of the AUDI board of management, in particular a change in the board of management of AUDI AG
The corporate team at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises DAX30 companies, large corporations and executive bodies on all aspects of corporate law, including corporate governance matters, joint ventures as well as corporate and post-M&A disputes. The team has a strong industry focus on healthcare, life sciences and automotive and also has extensive experience pertaining to the financial markets and financial market stability. In Munich, Lutz Angerer heads the practice group, which is frequently active in cross-border mandates; at the same office are also Volker Geyrhalter, who leads the continental European practice group for corporate and M&A, and Michael Rose, who is 'outstanding in legal terms'.
Other key lawyers:
‘The corporate law team in Munich around Michael Rose and Lutz Angerer has been convincing for years with its technically unique and yet very pragmatic legal advice.‘
‘Michael Rose is outstanding in legal terms and is certainly one of the top 5 German corporate lawyers. He works very conscientiously and reliably and at all times.‘
‘There are enough specialists for different special topics. Fast response times and perfect service – excellent and practical solutions.‘
‘Outstanding expertise and extensive experience in M&A, corporate and transformation law paired with very practical and appropriate advice. The law firm also has very good legal project management, which also provides excellent support for very complex projects.‘
‘The team combines top M&A expertise with deep sector knowledge in the banking and insurance sector. Advice is provided quickly, comprehensively and without any unnecessary frills, always to the point.‘
‘The cooperation is always excellent and pleasant, even in stressful situations.‘
‘Absolutely outstanding corporate team, works very precisely.‘
‘Always offers tailor-made solutions.‘
‘Very strong in corporate litigation.‘
‘Always delivers the highest quality.‘
‘Perfect accessibility and first-class response behaviour.‘
‘Dr. Michael Rose in the area of shareholder disputes / litigation due to his first-class expertise in corporate law. There are very few consultants in the market who, in addition to the classic M&A business, have outstanding expertise in corporate and capital market law.‘
‘The team, especially around Dr. Michael Rose is very familiar with corporate law, especially stock corporation law, and works very effectively and quickly with top performance. There was not a question that was not answered quickly, concisely or completely.‘
‘I know Dr. Rose has been around for about 10 years and don’t know anyone who knows stock corporation law as well as he does, a walking commentary. Nevertheless, his answers to difficult questions are very easy to read and to the point, even for non-legal clients.‘
Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH (Deutsche Finanzagentur)
drom fragrances GmbH & Co. KG
Endemol Shine Group Germany
Ford Motor Company
Intuitive Surgical Inc.
TSR Recycling GmbH & Co.KG
Vienna House Hotelmanagement GmbH
- Daimler Group: Advising on the global restructuring of the group into three business areas: Mercedes Benz Cars & Vans, Daimler Trucks & Buses and Daimler Mobility.
- Federal Republic of Germany - Finanzagentur GmbH (German Finance Agency): Advice on the granting of stabilisation measures by the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) to Deutsche Lufthansa AG within the framework of the Economic Stabilization Act.
- Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH: Advice on shareholder disputes as well as ongoing advice on corporate law issues.
The corporate team at Latham & Watkins LLP has expertise in corporate governance, reorganisations and restructurings as well as joint ventures, among others. The group also handles public takeover and D&O matters, especially pertaining to supervisory and executive boards of international corporations and listed companies. Other clients of the group are family businesses and individuals, who frequently seek advice on shareholder and corporate disputes. Cross-practice expertise exists with stock corporation, group and capital markets law, as well as the financing and restructuring groups. For cross-border projects, the firm can utilise the know-how of numerous international offices. Natalie Daghles, Martin Neuhaus, Rainer Wilke and Harald Selzner joined Noerr in the autumn of 2020. Burc Hesse in Munich heads the practice group, while Nikolaos Paschos is the department manager of the German corporate departments.
‘High availability and practical orientation.‘
‘Absolute transaction specialists, strong in projects and negotiations, and efficient at the same time.‘
‘Very experienced in transactions, very good negotiation skills. Very strong commercial visibility.‘
Aareal Bank AG
ALBA Group plc & Co. KG
Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
GASPOOL Balancing Services GmbH
Hamburger Hochbahn AG
Rhön Klinikum AG
Scholz Holding GmbH
- BayWa AG: Advice on the planned financing round at BayWa re renewable energy GmbH level.
- Hyundai: Advice on participation in Sixt Leasing SE via a joint venture with Santander as a consortium partner regarding the acquisition of 41.9% of the shares in Sixt SE, as well as the submission of a voluntary public takeover offer for the remaining shares in Sixt Leasing SE.
- Scout24: Advising on the €3bn sale of AutoScout24 to Hellman & Friedman, including the Europe-wide carve-out of the AutoScout24 division, as well as all aspects of stock corporation and capital market law.
Noerr advises listed companies, their supervisory and executive boards as well as numerous other German and international major corporations on corporate governance, compliance, conversions, restructurings, corporate litigation as well as D&O matters. When required, the team can count on the expertise of the adjoining capital markets, banking and financial law practices. Gerald Reger, who 'captures facts, even complex ones, quickly and precisely', often assists with delistings, squeeze-outs and public takeovers, while Michael Brellochs, who stands out due to 'extraordinary expertise and experience', frequently represents companies and their executive bodies. The 'good negotiator' Florian Becker focuses on restructurings, IT and healthcare and Alexander Hirsch mainly advises strategic investors, especially with regard to the technology sector; both jointly head the practice. Rainer Wilke joined the team in the autumn of 2020 from Latham & Watkins LLP.
‘It’s the availability, the speed of reaction and the accuracy of the work result.‘
‘It’s about Dr. Reger and his team. Dr. Reger listens, asks precise questions and then gets to work. He is an excellent discussion partner and captures facts, even complex ones, quickly and precisely.‘
‘Practice-oriented, service-oriented, uncomplicated, accessibility, service quality.‘
‘Dr. Gerald Reger: excellent lawyer with very good expertise in breadth and depth; very good accessibility; high response speed; goal and solution-oriented negotiator.‘
‘Absolutely recommended for structuring, designing and implementing complex transactions.‘
‘Very good and understandable presentation of facts and the legal assessment, also for non-lawyers; approachable at any time, also in the evening hours; fast processing.‘
‘In addition to outstanding expertise and detailed knowledge as well as well-founded and targeted advice, especially in the procedures and dealings with supervisory authorities, Noerr is characterized by an extraordinarily in-depth analysis and the development of comprehensive but at the same time pragmatic solutions. Excellent contacts in relevant units.‘
‘The collaboration with Dr. Michael Brellochs is also characterized by his extraordinary expertise and experience as well as his pragmatic solution approaches, his negotiating skills and, last but not least, excellent contacts.‘
‘Good positioning in M&A, especially distressed M&A.’
‘Dr. Becker: good negotiator.‘
‘Very good team in the area of distressed M&A.‘
‘Do an amazing job. Very high stakes.‘
‘Excellent legal knowledge in liability and corporate law, assertive, fast and solution-oriented.‘
DFV Deutsche Familienversicherung
Dieter Schwarz Stiftung
Gateway Real Estate
Protagen Protein Services
Schwarz Gruppe (Lidl, Kaufland, PreZero)
- comdirect Bank AG: Advice on the public purchase offer of the online bank by Commerzbank AG as well as on the squeeze-out under merger law.
- Fosun International: Advising on the capital increase and a voluntary public takeover offer to the shareholders of Tom Tailor Holding SE.
- Mutares SE & Co. KGaA: Advice on the conversion of the legal form from a stock corporation to a partnership limited by shares (KGaA) and on the necessary exemption applications.
The corporate experts at White & Case LLP advise an array of different companies, including listed companies, supervisory and executive boards as well as banks, who seek assistance with restructurings, annual general meetings and other corporate-related matters. The team has intersection know-how with insolvency, capital markets and antitrust law. Alexander Kiefer is well versed in structuring measures and capital markets law and the 'professionally very good, practice-oriented, experienced and confident' Lutz Krämer in Frankfurt heads the practice. Robert Weber left at the beginning of 2020 and joined Dentons.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent lawyers in many fields.‘
‘Very good networking of the partners between ECM, corporate, M&A and debt. Contact person very responsive. He sees himself as a truly comprehensive counsel, actively approaches us with tips, advice and questions even outside of specific mandates.’
‘Lutz Krämer – professionally very good, practice-oriented, experienced and confident lawyer personality.‘
ADO Properties S.A.
Allen & Company LLC
Allianz Global Investors (AGI)
Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA
CONSUS Real Estate AG
Deutsche Börse AG
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
DMG Mori Seiki AG
Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
Etex Holding GmbH
Galeria Kaufhof GmbH
Jefferies International Limited
Jost Werke AG
KWS SAAT SE
STIHL International GmbH
Voltaire Finance B.V.
- Ado Properties SA: Advice in connection with the voluntary public takeover offer for ADLER Real Estate AG (ADLER).
- Allen & Company LLC: Advising the client in its role as financial advisor to Axel Springer SE in connection with KKR’s €6.8bn takeover offer for a minority stake in Axel Springer SE.
- Deutsche Lufthansa AG: Advice in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic and the state stabilisation package to rescue Lufthansa.
Baker McKenzie has expertise in joint ventures, reorganisations and restructurings, corporate litigation as well as corporate governance and places a strong emphasis on cross-border mergers and reorganisations, particularly in Europe. The team also frequently co-operates with the firm's compliance practice. The client portfolio mainly includes listed companies and international corporations. Christian Vocke is well versed in stock corporation and group law, while Andreas Lohner focuses on matters regarding compliance and D&O liability. The practice is jointly led by Christian Atzler and Ingo Strauss.
‘All topics covered by outstanding specialists in their field. Worldwide support always guaranteed. Central contact person as coordinator of worldwide activities always available.‘
‘Exceptionally well-versed, they cover the entire spectrum of legal advice for a globally active company.‘
‘Christian Vocke is one of the best and most reliable lawyers I have worked with over the past 15 years. He is extremely capable of managing complex, cross-border deals while demonstrating an impressive knowledge of corporate law and a detailed approach to transactions. In addition, he has a very good perception and the unique ability to deal with demanding legal documents and highly sensitive material in a way that clients feel comfortable.‘
‘Very responsive, practical and solution-oriented, which is very much appreciated when it comes to sensitive matters in the context of high-pressure M&A transactions.‘
Schneider Electric Industries SA
- Evergrande Health: Advice on corporate law on the establishment of a joint venture with hofer Aktiengesellschaft.
- Evonik: Advising on the carve-out of its methacrylate business for the subsequent sale to the financial investor Advent International.
- Bayer: Advice on carve-out in connection with the sale of a majority stake in the chemical park operator Currenta.
Eversheds Sutherland's corporate repertoire includes conversions, restructurings, compliance matters and post-M&A advice; the team has a sector focus on foods, retail, automotive, transport and energy. Clients include German medium-sized companies as well as international companies. The team was strengthened by Michael Prüßner, who joined from Pinsent Masons Germany LLP in July 2019, as well as Werner Brickwedde in August 2019 and Martin Weitenberg in May 2020, who both joined the team from Clifford Chance. The practice is led by Christof Lamberts.
‘All teams work very quickly and efficiently and work with us as clients. The advice is not only of high quality, but also very hands-on and realizable.‘
‘I worked with the M&A colleagues on a complex project. The cooperation went smoothly and was very trusting from the start. The advice and processing was always prompt and highly competent. Immediate availability was always guaranteed. Colleagues Werner Brickwedde and Sandro Wiggerich were in charge. What has been said above applies to these in a special way.‘
‘I particularly appreciated the community working on a special topic that is very rare in M&A projects.‘
Nuveen Real Estate
- CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA: Advice in connection with the virtual general meeting, the further implementation of a complex employee participation programme and the share buyback as part of the MAR.
- Harmonic Drive: Advice on conversion to a European stock corporation (SE).
- American multinational automotive supplier: Advice in connection with the spin-off of a business unit to an independent company.
Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition
Corporate boutique Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition in Düsseldorf handles corporate matters with a 'combination of excellent legal skills, economic understanding and solution-oriented advice'. Listed companies, financial investors, medium-sized family companies and DAX30 companies form the client base of the team, which, besides annual general meetings, joint ventures, M&A and takeover projects, also advises on D&O liability, structuring measures with regard to conversion law and corporate disputes. Achim Glade has 'great know-how, great service mentality', Marco Sustmann 'is outstanding in every respect', and Andreas Merkner and Jochen Markgraf are further key figures.
‘Professionalism and a service mentality.‘
‘Dr. Marco Sustmann is outstanding in every respect: professional, personal, commitment to the client’s company.’
‘Strong team. Dr. Merkner and Dr. Sustmann work together excellently and are always well informed so that there are no gaps. Both are very experienced in their tasks, very responsive and act independently of previous ideas, which makes the advice very valuable.’
‘Dr. Achim Glade: Great know-how, great service mentality.‘
‘We commissioned the law firm based on a market recommendation and are very satisfied with the service. At Glade Michel Wirtz, scientifically sound analysis and practical solutions are not a contradiction in terms.’
‘Our mandate partner Dr. Achim Glade understood how to involve all stakeholders in a complex project. His high level of commitment and his clearly noticeable years of experience have quickly made him a close consultant. He gets things straight to the point and is one of the leading corporate lawyers for us.’
Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft
The Crosby Group LLC
Etris Bank GmbH
Einkaufsbüro Deutscher Eisenhändler GmbH
Apothekerverband Nordrhein e.V.
- Daimler: Leading advice on optimising the corporate structures of the group by creating legally independent units (Future project).
- Provincial Rheinland Holding: Advice on the planned merger with Provinzial NordWest AG.
- The Crosby Group LLC: Advice on the takeover of Schmiedestück Vertrieb Feuerstein GmbH based in Germany.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek comprehensively advises German medium-sized and international companies on corporate law, while mandates often have aspects pertaining to capital markets and stock corporation law. The team's expertise includes corporate housekeeping as well as corporate advice on transactions, among others. Thorsten Kuthe has 'profound expertise in stock corporation law' and jointly heads the practice with Boris Dürr, who shows a 'high degree of client-orientation' and is 'very strong on implementation'.
The corporate team of ten at Milbank advises on all aspects of corporate law and additionally has intersection know-how with regard to capital markets, stock corporation and tax law as well as private equity. Besides annual general meetings, joint ventures and corporate governance, the focus areas are corporate participation, compliance, restructuring and reorganisational measures, employee remuneration schemes, corporate advice on transactions and disputes as well as insolvency, the latter especially with regard to distressed M&A. The client base includes supervisory and executive boards, listed companies, financial investors and institutions as well as bidders and target companies in connection with the takeover of listed stock companies. Ulrike Friese-Dormann mainly acts for listed companies and is frequently consulted on D&O liability matters, Norbert Rieger has strong expertise in conversion law and Christoph Rothenfußer focuses on corporate governance.
‘Reliability, quick response times, high level of professional competence.‘
‘Extremely high commitment, super technical competence, always keeping an eye on the big picture.‘
Airbus Defence & Space
Dermapharm Holding SE
F.C. Bayern München
Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG
Hauptaktionär der mediantis AG
KSBG Kommunale Verwaltungsgesellschaft GmbH
ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE
Reimann Investors KGaA
Sixt Leasing SE
- PharmaSGP Holding SE: Advice on bringing in the operating subsidiaries and establishing a marketable corporate governance in connection with the company’s IPO.
- ADAC SE: Ongoing advice on corporate law.
- Dermapharm Holding SE: Ongoing advice on corporate law, including the general meeting.
Taylor Wessing's corporate team, led by Lars-Gerrit Lüßmann, forms one group with the capital markets practice and also co-operates closely with its M&A experts. The group advises financial investors, banks, German and international listed companies, as well as their executive and supervisory boards, on annual general meetings, reorganisations and restructurings, joint ventures and corporate governance. Cross-border matters with reference to China are handled via the China desk managed by Michael-Florian Ranft; corporate disputes as well as pre- and post-M&A matters are also part of the service offering.
Faber Castell AG
Management Gundlach Automotive Corporation Group
Braskem Europe GmbH/Braskem Netherlands B.V.
Villeroy & Boch AG
tmc content group AG
Albis Leasing AG
Tom Tailor Holding SE
ÜSTRA Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe Aktiengesellschaft
aap Implantate AG
Grand City Properties SA
Aladdin Healthcare Technologies SE
Pearl River Bio GmbH
Hubert Burda Media Holding Kommanditgesellschaft
Brockhaus Capital Management AG
Bank Schilling Co AG
- Aroundtown SA: Advice on the public takeover offer in the form of an exchange offer by TLG Immobilien AG, which is listed in the SDAX.
- Bank Schilling: Advice on the sale of significant parts of the banking business to Merkur Bank KGaA.
- Sixt Leasing SE: Advice in connection with the entry of Hyundai Capital Bank Europe GmbH as a new major shareholder, combined with a public takeover offer according to WpÜG to all outside shareholders of Sixt Leasing SE.
Arqis Rechtsanwälte predominantly advises listed national and international companies, executive bodies, banks and companies from the health and chemistry sectors on change of legal form, corporate disputes, joint ventures as well as restructurings and refinancings; the team also has expertise at the intersection with insolvency and employment law. Jörn-Christian Schulze is particularly well versed in healthcare matters and Shigeo Yamaguchi manages the Japan desk, another focus of the practice; both jointly head the group.
Other key lawyers:
‘Arqis has a deep understanding of the differences between Japanese and German companies and provides the most practical and high quality legal advice.‘
‘Dr. Shigeo Yamaguchi has worked himself deeply into the ordeal and understands the client’s strategy, he presented practical solutions and advice on risk avoidance. He also stood out for his suggestions for negotiation strategies, which stem from his great M&A know-how, which supported the client significantly.‘
Volkswagen car. SW Org Wolfsburg AG
International School of Düsseldorf e.V.
DOCOMO Digital GmbH
Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. Group
Auto-TEC Autotechnik GmbH
InsuLine Medical Ltd.
Wenzel Downhole Tools Europe GmbH
Agile Robots AG
AERO Pflege GmbH
GENIC Direct GmbH & Co. KG
- International School of Düsseldorf e.V.: Advice on negotiations and agreement with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, which demanded the repayment of subsidies.
- Volkswagen car. SW Org Wolfsburg AG: Advice in connection with SE conversion, participation agreement and structural collective agreement.
- DOCOMO Digital GmbH: Advising DOCOMO Digital GmbH and its subsidiaries.
Ashurst LLP's service offering includes restructuring and reorganisation, subsidiary formations, joint ventures as well as advice on transactional corporate matters; the team mainly represents listed companies in Germany and abroad as well as upper medium-sized companies. For cross-border mandates, the practice relies on its global network. Matthias von Oppen has additional expertise in capital markets law and manages the China desk for the German offices; located in Munich, Thomas Sacher heads the team.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Family-led companies, international corporations and also financial service providers seek the advice of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's corporate practice. Joint ventures, annual general as well as shareholder meetings are covered by the team, which has a predominant focus on restructurings, conversions, change of legal form and D&O matters. Additionally, a close co-operation exists with the M&A practice, which leads to synergies in connection with transactions and contentious post-M&A matters. The 'engaged, pragmatic and assertive' Lutz Englisch has strong know-how pertaining to cross-border transactions.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent team and very successful collaboration for over 20 years. Professional, reliable, punctual and very pleasant. Traditionally the highest grades.‘
‘Very pragmatic with a good understanding of the company’s processes.‘
‘The M&A team headed by Dr. Lutz Englisch is characterized by a particularly pronounced practical relevance and a high level of economic understanding.‘
‘Dr. Lutz Englisch: has a particularly high level of industry expertise due to many years of responsible support for all major M&A transactions of a large international electrical company. Outstanding in particularly complex contract drafting, very responsive, high economic and corporate policy understanding.‘
‘Lutz English: Extremely high performance standards, attention to detail.‘
‘The law firm is very practical and solution-oriented.’
‘Dr. Lutz Englisch, very pragmatic approach to complex legal problems.’
Centrotec Sustainable AG
Essity Group Holding B.V.
Dr. Jeanette Erbprinzessin zu Fürstenberg
Meine Radiologie Holding GmbH
Verwaltungsgesellschaft Baur Versand mbH
Wacker Chemie AG
- 4SC AG: Advice on corporate law and capital market law issues, including the general meeting.
- Anheuser-Busch InBev: Advice on corporate law issues, including corporate restructuring and shareholders’ meetings.
- Centrotec Sustainable AG: Advice in connection with the conversion into an SE.
The corporate practice at Greenfort has a 'young, dynamic team', consisting of six partners and eleven associates, which, besides restructurings, conversions, joint ventures and annual general and shareholder meetings, also handles corporate disputes, D&O liability as well as succession issues. Additionally, intersection know-how exists in capital markets, stock corporation and financial law. Andreas von Oppen and Carsten Angersbach are particularly visible.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent team with great cooperation and motivation as well as legal expertise and commitment – at Greenfort you obviously enjoy working for clients!‘
‘Fast, sensible and pragmatic solutions to the most important questions, no long explanations and disclaimers, on point, professional.‘
‘Young, dynamic team.‘
DITABIS Digital Biomedical Imaging Systems AG
Dr. Jochen Keysberg (Ex-Vorstand Bilfinger)
European Net ID Stiftung
Gesellschaft für Oeltechnik
HIL Invent (Austria)
Inno Energy GmbH
Josef Seibel Gruppe
LGI Logistics Group International
Management der KGS Gruppe
MHT Mold & Hotrunner
MTR – Molecular Targeted Radiopharmaceuticals Holding GmbH
Roast Market GmbH
Supreme Universal Holdings
The Student Hotel Gruppe
VARTA AG /Montana Gruppe
- Agilent: Advice on global group internal restructuring.
- Supreme Universal Holdings: Ongoing advice and representation at the general meetings of Deutsche Bank.
- Ditab Digital Biomedical Imaging Systems AG: Advice on the preparation and implementation of the virtual general meeting as well as corporate financing and restructuring.
The corporate group at GSK Stockmann advises DAX30 companies, international corporations and investors on all corporate law matters, including corporate housekeeping, corporate governance and the formation of joint ventures. The group is highly active in the technology, healthcare, energy and automotive sectors and frequently acts at the intersection with private equity as well as capital markets, real estate and financial law. Located in Frankfurt, practice head Markus Söhnchen has a focus on the healthcare sector as well as expertise in transactions and capital markets. Gregor Seikel joined Oppenhoff in January 2020.
‘The GSK team can get used to new issues very quickly and has independently informed itself about the industry and our activities in order to be able to work comprehensively as a consultant for us.‘
‘Very good quality, always available and, despite the size of the firm, a very personal / confidential cooperation. Top quality in order to always deliver great results even in English-speaking countries.‘
‘In my opinion the best firm for corporate law. Overall very professional, quick to act and absolutely knowledgeable. The lawyers are always available and there is no loss of time.‘
Ambienta SGR S.p.A.
China Three Gorges (Europe) S.A.
IC Immobilien Holding AG
IGP Beteiligungs AG
LMP Equity Partners/LMP Advisory GmbH
Normec Group/Normec Holding GmbH
Saviola Holding Srl
Vodafone Automotive Deutschland GmbH
- Aroundtown: Advice on corporate law on the merger with TLG Immobilien AG. The transaction volume was over €3bn.
- Aescuvest: Advising on the structuring of the first pan-European crowd finance platform specialising in the health market, in cooperation with EIT Health.
- To iron: Advice on the internal reorganisation of holding companies through mergers and cross-border transformation processes of subsidiaries in other European countries.
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH assists with conversions, annual general meetings as well as corporate and post-M&A disputes and is also well versed in corporate advice pertaining to transactions. The team frequently represents clients from the regulated industries, especially energy, healthcare and telecoms and regularly advises at the intersection with compliance and white-collar crime. The client base consists of German and international companies, DAX30 companies as well as executive and supervisory boards. The group is led by Stefan Galla in Essen.
Haus Cramer-Gruppe (Warsteiner)
Alloheim Senioren Residenzen SE
Jaber Premium Investment (JPI) GmbH
Open Grid Europe GmbH
MIBRAG Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH
Hamburg Trust Asset und Fonds Management HTAF GmbH
- E.ON SE: Comprehensive post-M&A advice on the integration of Innogy into the E.ON Group.
- Hamburg Trust Asset and Fund Management HTAF GmbH: Advice and representation in the Capital Investor Model Proceedings Act (KapMuG) proceedings before the OLG Hamburg due to prospectus errors.
- Schleswiger Stadtwerke GmbH: Advice on the establishment and structuring of Stadtwerke SG GmbH & Co. KG.
Norton Rose Fulbright advises on annual general meetings, restructurings and reorganisations, joint ventures, corporate aspects of transactions as well as corporate governance. Besides financial institutions, insurance companies and DAX30 companies, the client portfolio also includes international corporations. FinTech, life sciences, automotive and technology are key industry areas. The firm's international approach is evident in the global network of offices. Karsten Kühnle provides 'forward-looking, proactive legal advice', and Frank Regelin in Frankfurt and Stefan Feuerriegel in Hamburg jointly head the practice.
‘Very pragmatic, targeted and proactive advice from the corporate law / M & A team around Karsten Kühnle. Unbureaucratic mediation of further experts from the law firm – in each case very targeted advice. Legal advice can be used in practice – without unnecessary disclaimers or further processing by the in-house team.‘
‘Karsten Kühnle – very close to the client, always available, forward-looking, proactive legal advice, who is dealt with in a practical manner and is conveyed without too many “if then” reservations. Thus, high practical benefit of the advice; very pleasant cooperation with Karsten Kühnle; Mediating rather than confrontational in difficult negotiations, but still determines what is in the client’s business interests. Very good partner for the in-house department.‘
‘The service orientation of the team stands out. Super responsive. Always available. Very flexible and uncomplicated.’
‘People with incredible expertise and deep support.’
‘Good expertise and, very importantly, incredibly nice.‘
ABC International Bank plc
ADLER Real Estate AG
DNV GL SE
Lei Shing Hong Ltd
BP Europe SE
Otto Family Office
Paragon GmbH & Co. KGaA
Pfizer Deutschland GmbH
CACEIS Bank Germany (Crédit Agricole Group)
Gamut Capital Management LP / JPW Industries
Purplebricks Group Plc
- ADLER Real Estate AG: Comprehensive ongoing advice on corporate law and capital market law.
- Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft (BMW): Advice on the conclusion of a joint venture with Daimler AG.
- ABC International Bank plc: Advising on corporate law on a Brexit project for the reorganisation of European business including the establishment of a new German branch.
Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte's 'competence, flexibility, availability and commitment are above average in the industry'. The firm's corporate team, led by Thomas Trölitzsch in Stuttgart, advises on all aspects of corporate law, including corporate housekeeping, restructurings as well as D&O liability. The team has a particular focus on the intersection of compliance and D&O, as well as corporate disputes. Clients include family offices as well as medium-sized and listed companies. Rolf Leinekugel and Thomas Baumann 'are absolutely outstanding professionals in their fields'.
‘Team strengths complement each other. Fast and technically sound.‘
‘Thinking and performance-oriented designers.‘
‘The team acts as a team. Challenges are seen as a common challenge by all those involved in the law firm. The focus here is not on the gloss of individual lawyers, but on solving a problem for the client.‘
‘In all mandates, corporate law and M&A, Rolf Leinekugel has an overview of the broad lines and all important details. He has the gift of “thinking into” the structures and processes of his clients. In negotiations, he excels because he anticipates the problems of his clients before they do.‘
‘Excellent, interdisciplinary collaboration. Always access to a specialist lawyer, but with coordination of the central contact person.‘
‘Dr. Gunßer is extremely committed and always available. In addition to the professional quality, we also appreciate his accuracy and creativity.‘
‘I dealt with Messrs Leinekugel and Baumann. Both of them are absolutely outstanding professionals in their fields. I felt very well advised.‘
‘Speed and reliability in processing. High level of initiative and very good knowledge of the media sector. All lawyers, including the associate level, are very strong legally. The teams are rather small in order to keep costs under control and are only increased when there is an actual need.‘
‘Rolf Leinekugel: A brilliant head that you would rather have on your own than on the other side, experienced in the process, very committed and assertive. He also always has the economic component of the mandate in mind.’
‘Competence, flexibility, availability and commitment are above average in the industry comparison.‘
‘Dr. Rolf Leinekugel convinces with legal expertise, reliability and determination. He has excellent skills in the moderation role, high resilience, conscientiousness and integrity. Actively takes responsibility and works in a solution-oriented manner.‘
‘The great strength, in addition to the outstanding specialist knowledge, is the focus on the client. Oppenländer provides a team that works hand in hand and, depending on the characteristics, optimally covers all relevant aspects and the complexity of the design.‘
‘Dr. Trölitzsch is simply excellent, knows how to get to the heart of the essential questions and offer solutions. Extremely good understanding of operational relationships and complex issues.‘
Format Werk Gruppe/Staufen Premium GmbH
KSB SE & Co. KG
Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB AG)
Rieker Investment AG
Röhlig Gruppe – Röhlig Logistics GmbH & Co. KG
Nehlsen Gruppe – Nehlsen Aktiengesellschaft
Score Media GmbH & Co. KG
SWMH – Südwestdeutsche Medienholding GmbH
TAKKT AG/TAKKT Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
VVS – Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart GmbH
Emil Frey Gruppe
Intermedia Vermögensverwaltung GmbH
Verlagsgesellschaft Madsack KG & KG KG
H.K.S. GmbH & Co. KG
Industria Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co. KG
IdeniXx International GmbH
Benzing Maier & Cie.
Chemnitzer Verlag und Druck GmbH & KG KG
Deutsches Zahnärztliches Rechenzentrum GmbH (Dr. Güldener-Gruppe)
EHINGER ENERGIE Stromerzeugung GmbH & Co KG
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V.
itelligence AG/NTT DATA
pervormance international gmbh
Waldmann Holding GmbH
- Supervisory Board of the KSB Group: Advice on the assertion of claims for damages against three former board members and successful conclusion of a settlement.
- Score Media Group GmbH & Co. KG: Advice on changing corporate governance.
- Albtal transport company: Advice and extensive legal opinion on the liability of the management and the supervisory board with regard to a settlement.
Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte
Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte's Düsseldorf team around Marc Henze, Kai-Michael König, Boris Körner, Christian Meyer and Robert Orth covers the whole spectrum of corporate law, including reorganisations, restructurings, advice to executive bodies and corporate housekeeping. A further focus of the practice is on the intersections with employment law, data protection, compliance and public law, and close co-operation with the M&A practice also contributes to a steady workload. The client base is composed of medium-sized family businesses, startups and international companies.
‘Orth Kluth offers competent advice at fair prices. The team reacts quickly and well to customer inquiries.‘
‘Orth Kluth is very practical at work. You work quickly and with dedication and are always legally correct.’
‘Administrative team friendly, engaging, quick to react. Legal team competent, fast, easy to reach, thinking for you.‘
‘Boutique law firm with a very good price-performance ratio, competent and efficient, very pleasant way of working together.‘
‘Very little internal competition between partners, the firm really sees itself as a team, which means that professional potential is better raised. Broad specialist range in commercial law without excessive specialization. Team sizes in projects are therefore efficient. Partner approach: partners are active in projects, little delegation to associates.‘
‘Main partners: Marc Henze, Lars Karsten, Christian Meyer, Anselm Grün, Michael Sitsen. High technical expertise, strong negotiators, fact-oriented. Little tendency towards self-expression, goal-oriented, client-centered way of working.‘
‘Marc Henze: very high level of professional competence with a very pleasant and efficient way of working together.‘
‘Marc Henze is an excellent and fast top lawyer who achieves the best results in negotiations with his calm, friendly and reliable manner.‘
‘Christian Meyer is an expert in M&A transactions, who can assess the economic significance of the negotiated items well and confidently expresses his opinion, also to his own clients.‘
‘Robert Orth is very good at negotiating, always keeps an overview, even in complex transactions, and always has an eye on both legal and economic issues.‘
‘The relevant colleagues can be reached very easily. This is important in critical situations in order to quickly achieve the necessary legal certainty.‘
‘Robert Orth – an experienced helmsman who is very familiar with economic practice. With in-depth knowledge and razor-sharp expertise, he guides you safely through the most critical waters.‘
‘The team is always ready to answer questions competently and promptly. The support is always helpful and valuable.‘
‘Robert Orth is particularly noteworthy in the area of corporate law. Especially when it comes to time-critical issues, he always manages to generate well-founded suggestions and support services!‘
4PL Central Station Schweiz AG
Arpadis Deutschland GmbH
ASK Chemicals GmbH
ASM Assembly – Konzern
AXA Corporate Solutions Deutschland
Axon Lab AG (Schweiz) und Tochter Axon Lab AG (Deutschland)
Berufsgenossenschaft Holz und Metall
Brock Kehrtechnik GmbH
Demag Cranes & Components GmbH
Deutsche Glasfaser Holding AG
Draht- und Metallwarenfabrik Philipp Schneider GmH & Co. KG
FAW Munich R&D GmbH (Tochter der chinesischen FAW-Gruppe)
Feindrahtwerk Adolf Edelhoff GmbH & Co. KG
Fintech Group AG
Follmann Chemie GmbH
Foton Germany GmbH
GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft
HAWE Hydraulik SE
Hüttenes-Albertus Chemische Werke GmbH
Init AG für Digitale Kommunikation
MEC METRO-ECE Centermanagement GmbH & Co. KG
Meyer Burger (Germany) AG (vormals Roth & Rau AG)
Mischau BB GmbH
Outokumpu Holding Germany
The corporate team at SERNETZ • SCHÄFER has profound expertise in all aspects of corporate law, including corporate disputes. The boutique, with offices in Munich and Düsseldorf, also focuses on banking, stock corporation and capital markets law. Financial institutions, executive and supervisory boards are usually among the clients. Susanne Zwirlein-Forschner, whose emphasis is on cross-border and Brexit-related matters, was promoted to equity partner at the beginning of 2020. Ferdinand Kruis focuses on corporate dispute resolution, Andreas Höder has a focus on D&O liability and Fabian Dietz-Vellmer is especially well versed in reorganisational issues; he jointly leads the practice with Frank Schäfer.
‘Dr. Höder: Quick familiarization with complex issues and issues. Practice-oriented solutions with perfect risk assessment. Excellent advice.‘
TGV Investmentaktiengesellschaft für langfristige Investoren
UniCredit Bank AG
MAC Mode GmbH & Co. KGaA
SKW Stahl-Metallurgie: Beratung Vorstand
Dr. Norbert Knüppel
- Dr. Norbert Knüppel: Advice and judicial representation of a special representative according to § 147 AktG against the assertion of claims for damages by Gelita AG after the appointment resolution was classified as null.
- MAN Energy Solutions SE: Representation in the context of a dispute about an international power plant project.
- Jost GmbH & Co. KG: Advice on several mergers by way of outsourcing under conversion law with the addition of new shareholders.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP mainly advises executive and supervisory boards, medium-sized as well as DAX30 companies on all corporate law matters, including corporate disputes, corporate governance and corporate aspects of transactions, the latter often in co-operation with the firm's US offices. The team has industry expertise in automotive, finance and life sciences and frequently acts at the intersection with compliance and D&O liability, which in turn led to the formation of a corporate governance and dispute resolution team. Within this team Bernd Mayer's corporate experts co-operate closely with the dispute resolution practice headed by Anke Sessler.
Other key lawyers:
UniCredit Bank AG
SGL Carbon SE
Signa Sports Online Gruppe
Key Safety Systems
Hamburg Commercial Bank
- Board of Management of Daimler AG: Advice on corporate governance issues relating to exhaust emissions from diesel vehicles.
- UniCredit Bank AG: Advising on legal proceedings against three former board members in relation to cum/ex transactions.
- Hamburg Commercial Bank: Advice on various aspects related to their privatisation.
avocado rechtsanwälte's 'fast, competent and reliable' corporate team comprehensively advises supervisory and executive boards of medium-sized German companies, as well as national and international companies, on corporate law and corporate disputes, as well as restructurings and corporate aspects of transactions. The firm also offers a notarial service for notarisations pertaining to company foundations and annual general meetings. Additionally, the group has extensive expertise in cross-border matters and assists international clients via its China, French and India desks. Christian Berger at the Frankfurt office heads the practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is competent, customer-oriented and always answers very promptly.‘
‘Dr. Christian Berger, Dr. Udo Zietsch and Thomas Hopf have competently and comprehensively covered a wide variety of topics. The services offered were goal-oriented and result-oriented and resulted in a positive outcome in all cases.‘
‘Excellent skills and expertise in the relevant legal issues, combined with good expertise in the business affairs of an international client in Germany. Good ability to adapt the service to the situation and price, as well as the will to give clear statements on the legal situation if the situation is complicated or without a clear answer. Can put themselves in the client’s shoes.‘
Adam Opel AG
Adyton Real Estate
Allmed Group u. deren dt. Tochtergesellschaften
ASI DataMyte, Inc.
Best Gaming Technology GmbH
BGT Deutschland GmbH
Came Deutschland GmbH
Carlisle Companies Incorporated
Carlisle Fluid Technologies GmbH
Carlisle Holdings GmbH
Digi International GmbH
Dinkle International Co.
Donnelly Financial Solutions
FMT-Gruppe, FERRO-Montagetechnik GmbH
GMS Management Spanien, GMS Solutions Deutschland GmbH
Grote Industries Europe
imc Test & Measurement GmbH, imc Meßsysteme GmbH
Kreos Capital IV (UK) Ltd. London
L&S Deutschland Schuhhandels GmbH
Leder & Schuh AG
Mayo Clinic Stiftung
Media Frankfurt GmbH (FRAPORT Konzern)
Nordisk Büro Plus GmbH
Norwex Germany GmbH
Pharmaco Vision GmbH
- Dürr Dental: Advice on the sale of the freight transport companies Arcus Air Logistics GmbH and Arcus Air OBC GmbH to the Chapman Freeborn Group.
- Dürr Dental: Advice on the acquisition of all shares in MEDTRONIC medical-electronic equipment company mbH.
- Luxoft GmbH: Advice on the acquisition and merger with Symtavision GmbH.
With a particular focus on technology, automotive and life sciences, Bird & Bird LLP's practice comprehensively advises start-ups, medium-sized companies and multinational corporations on corporate matters and frequently acts at the intersections with financial, competition, antitrust, employment and real estate law; the team can also utilise further expertise from adjacent practice groups. The German group is well prepared for cross-border matters, due to the firm's global network. The practice is led by Peter Veranneman in Düsseldorf; at the same location is Marc Seeger, who joined the team in the autumn of 2020 from Hengeler Mueller.
BS Wiesmann GmbH
BTV braun teleCom AG
Century Link Communications
DAZN Media Services Limited
ICE Gateway GmbH
KAZ Europe Sàrl / Helen of Troy
niiio finance group AG
The Orchard Enterprises Entertainment GmbH
- Logistics and mechanical engineering company: Advice on extensive corporate restructuring as part of a reorganisation plan across various countries.
- niiio finance group AG: Advising on the acquisition of the operative business from Deutsche Software Engineering & Research GmbH.
- vwd Group: Advice in the areas of corporate law, data protection law and finance.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
The corporate practice at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton mainly advises on corporate governance-related matters, the structuring and corporate implementation of M&A transactions as well as subsequent intergrational measures; the team also covers corporate restructurings and disputes. Among the clients are listed companies and executive bodies of domestic and international companies with a sector focus on financial institutions. In January 2020, Gabriele Apfelbacher changed position from partner to of-counsel and transaction expert Oliver Schröder left in December 2019 and joined SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.
DIH Deutsche Industrie Holding GmbH
Westlake Chemical Corporation
- Agfa-Gevaert: Advising on more than ten parallel ICC arbitration proceedings under German law with claims for damages of over €1bn in connection with the sale and transfer of the company’s former film and photo division.
- DIH Deutsche Industrie-Holding GmbH: Advice on corporate law issues.
- Hanon Systems: Advising in connection with M&A issues following the takeover of Magnas’ global Fluid Pressure & Controls division, in particular on various corporate restructurings.
Dentons' corporate practice operates across four German offices advising on all aspects of corporate law, from joint ventures to corporate housekeeping, and is frequently active in cross-border mandates with a particular focus on the regulated industries such as healthcare, finance and energy. Clients include medium-sized companies, DAX30 companies as well as international corporations. The team recently welcomed three newcomers: Robert Weber joined from White & Case LLP, Frank Tepper-Sawicki from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) and Predrag Maksimovic from IKB Deutsche Industriebank. Christof Kautzsch in Berlin jointly heads the practice group with Weber and Alexander Von Bergwelt in Munich.
CPPIB (Canada Pension Plan Investment Board)
KPS Capital Partners
Finanzgruppe Deutscher Sparkassen –und Giroverband
Quantum Capital Partners
- GfK: Advising on various corporate law projects in a variety of jurisdictions worldwide.
- Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB): Advising on the preparation of a due diligence in favour of the CPPIB lenders in relation to the two German offshore wind projects ‘Hohe See’ and ‘Albatros’.
The specialised group at Dissmann Orth advises family and medium-sized companies, as well as national and international private equity and venture capital investors and also covers tax, inheritance and employment law matters; this way, succession and tax optimisation issues can be covered simultaneously. The team also assists with judicial and extrajudicial corporate disputes. Thomas Wieland is the key contact.
Other key lawyers:
- Medium-sized biotech company: Advice on complex shareholder disputes.
- Group of companies in the food sector: Advice and representation as a plaintiff in arbitration proceedings under DIS arbitration rules vis-à-vis group companies.
Flick Gocke Schaumburg
The team at Flick Gocke Schaumburg mainly advises medium-sized family businesses, upper medium-sized companies as well as corporations on all key aspects of corporate law, including restructurings, conversions and reorganisations. Cross-practice expertise exists at the intersections with M&A, capital markets, banking regulatory as well as tax law. In June 2019, the firm opened another office in Stuttgart. Stephan Göckeler and Michael Erkens jointly head the group, while Dieter Leuering has 'excellent economic competence'.
Other key lawyers:
‘Broad-based team. Involvement of young lawyers with the support of the partners. Young, innovative team led by experienced partners. Practice-oriented advice in the field of commercial and corporate law. Apart from the technical competence, the team has a high level of economic know-how, which makes it easier for the management to classify the legal advice in business terms. Fast processing of the transferred mandates. Excellent network with international law firms. In the course of our cooperation, we have used the network so that partner law firms have advised in various legal areas in the following countries, and in some cases advised them permanently. These countries are, for example, Switzerland, Belgium, Ukraine, USA, Slovenia, UK, Czech Republic and Sweden.‘
‘Prof. Dr. Dieter Leuering: Fast and uncomplicated solutions. Excellent economic competence. Absolute expert in commercial and corporate law. Very assertive and strong in negotiations. High level of commitment and closeness to clients.‘
‘Very reliable service. In addition to the expected deep knowledge of corporate law, strong entrepreneurial understanding.‘
‘An excellent partner is Dr. Stefan Göckeler, problem fixer and non-fixer, solution-oriented.‘
FlexLink Sytems GmbH
Fränkische Rohrwerke Gebr. Kirchner GmbH & Co. KG
Kofler Energies AG
KROMI Logistik AG
TEAG Thüringer Energie AG
- Hypoport AG: Advice on changing the legal form to an SE.
- Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co KG.: Restructuring and ongoing advice.
- Pension association of Deutsche Telekom AG: Ongoing advice on corporate law.
Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner
Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner stands out due to 'broad expertise with outstanding specialists', and advises on all aspects of corporate law with a focus on contentious corporate and post-M&A issues. The group also assists with restructurings and reorganisations as well as business succession matters; regarding the latter, the team has further expertise in inheritance law. Among the client base are German medium-sized companies, family businesses as well as start-ups. In addition to its offices in Freiburg, Frankfurt and Cologne, the firm also opened a Berlin office with corporate lawyer Alexander Hartmann, who joined with two more partners in May 2020 from BRL BOEGE ROHDE LUEBBEHUESEN. Gerhard Manz, Barbara Mayer and Arnt Göppert jointly head the practice.
‘The firm is well known in M&A circles.’
‘Barbara Mayer: She specializes in corporate law. Your advice is very pragmatic and easy to implement.‘
‘Tailored and professional support. Very quickly and precisely. I felt well advised on all projects. Economically and technically very good.‘
‘Good and very quick response, pragmatic solutions.‘
‘Arnt Göppert: Excellent knowledge of corporate law and M&A and beyond. Interdisciplinary approaches.‘
‘The team has good expertise and is efficient. Nice work and adaptation to the needs of clients. Endeavors to understand clients’ needs.‘
‘Has partners and employees who combine a high level of strategic understanding with in-depth knowledge of the relevant legal matter and thus achieve very practical solutions and negotiation successes.‘
‘With his calm, level-headed demeanor, Mr. Arnt Göppert finds the right address for his own clients and negotiating partners. In addition to his excellent knowledge of legal matters, he always has an excellent sense of the overall context. At the same time, he is solution-oriented in every respect.‘
‘Very fast response time with professional solutions.‘
‘Dr. Barbara Mayer: very pragmatic, also looks for ways outside of the typical legal alternative solutions; their advice always helps us a lot.‘
‘Broad expertise with outstanding specialists.‘
‘In– depth specialist knowledge, specific statements. Are able to explain exactly to laypeople how the legal context is to be seen.‘
Alfred Schladerer GmbH
Celebrity News AG, Berlin
Chemie und Pharma am Hochrhein e. V.
Degussa Bank AG
East Side Fab e.V.
Festo AG & Co. KG
Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG
Freiburger Barockorchester GbR
Getinge AB, Schweden
Getinge Gruppe: Maquet Medical Systems AG
Getinge Gruppe: Pulsion MedicalSystems SE
Moving Content AG, Berlin
S-Beteiligungsgesellschaft der Sparkasse Freiburg-Nördlicher Breisgau
SES-Imagotag Deutschland GmbH (bisher: findbox GmbH)
WGF AG i.In
- Getinge AB, Sweden: Ongoing advice on corporate law.
- Essilor Group: Advice on corporate law, including setting up a holding structure for Germany-Austria-Switzerland (DACH).
- Herder group: Ongoing, comprehensive advice on corporate law.
Greenberg Traurig Germany comprehensively advises national and international companies on corporate matters, such as joint ventures, company restructurings and corporate disputes, among others. Led by Peter Schorling, the team has particular industry expertise in the automotive, technology and life sciences sectors. Sara Berendsen, who was promoted to partner in January 2020, predominantly advises clients from the technology, telecoms and real estate industries; she also specialises in corporate structures. Josef Hofschroer is experienced in public company matters.
‘We have been working with Greenberg Traurig on numerous projects for more than five years and have developed an excellent mutual understanding of how we can work together most efficiently and successfully. The law firm has proven itself at all seniority levels through its excellent work products, its impressive responsiveness, as well as the close cooperation between the individual teams, which deliver on time at all times.‘
‘We have worked with various law firms in recent years, but Greenberg Traurig is our first choice when it comes to complex projects. A big advantage here in contrast to other law firms is the team spirit, it is simply a lot of fun to work with each individual.‘
‘Competent in legal matters, negotiating skills, pragmatic solutions.‘
‘The practice is unique. The technical know-how, the negotiating skills, the appearance and the objectivity and the economic expertise are outstanding.‘
‘Outstanding partners are Peter Schorling, Nicolai Lagoni and Sara Berendsen. They are convincing through their excellence and bring a deal to the point and are each guarantor for the success of a deal. All three are absolute team players in interaction with clients and other consultants. Your lead in negotiations is unparalleled because you are part of a team, which guarantees the success of a deal!‘
‘The practice provides highly professional and very service-oriented advice. Ad hoc meetings are possible at any time. When working together, you see yourself as a team between client and lawyer. The exchange takes place at eye level. Due to the internationality, the practice is very well networked and can quickly contact foreign practices.‘
‘Dr. Josef Hofschroer: Very pleasant cooperation.‘
‘Dr. Sara Berendsen: Very pleasant cooperation; provided us with intensive and very committed support over several months in a project as well as very good technical support.’
‘Dr. Peter Schorling cleverly combines real estate law with company law. It is therefore a real weapon for us, especially in share deal transactions. Dr. Schorling combines excellent, extremely pragmatic and versatile advice with a focus on the success of the transaction.‘
Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation
Rentokil Initial plc
Investorenkonsortium: SJL Partners LLC, KCC Corporation and Wonik QnC Corporation
The Carlyle Group L.P.
- Halloren Scholadenfabrik AG: Comprehensive advice on all corporate law issues, including preparation and support for the general meeting. The advice included the successful defence against actions for rescission and annulment declarations.
- CCC SA: Advice on the revision of existing agreements, specific restructuring measures and company restructuring in general within the framework of a co-operation with the HR group.
- Tristan Capital Partners: Comprehensive corporate law advice on several cross-border changes in the legal form of German GmbHs to Luxembourg S.à.rls
German medium-sized companies, family businesses, as well as international corporations seek the advice of GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB on joint ventures, reorganisations and conversions as well as the key focus area of corporate liability matters. The team has additional intersection expertise in tax law as well as insolvency administration, as well as an industry focus on the healthcare and media sectors. Bernt Paudtke stands out with 'proactive action with regards to legal developments in corporate law' and Frank Evers in Hamburg heads the practice. Christoph Niemeyer joined in April 2020 from Oppenhoff.
‘The team is straightforward, available at any time, communicates goal-oriented with the client, and has creative suggestions for solutions.‘
‘Dr. Mathias Menke and his colleague Pabst work quickly and effectively, are creative in the search for solution models, including implementation. Both men are good at moderating and negotiating difficult topics.‘
‘The restructuring team in Cologne and the team for commercial and corporate law are always on the ball, reachable and the entire team is always on the ball. In general, the work with the Görg team is characterized by the fact that the belt and suspender mentality is not pronounced, as is the case with large Anglo-Saxon law firms. In general, the Görg teams work in the interests of the clients in a fee-saving manner.‘
‘Broad knowledge of corporate law (stock corporation) and always keeping an eye on current legal developments.‘
‘Dr. Bernt Paudtke: Forward-looking action with regard to legal developments in company law.‘
Alliance Automotive Group
First Sensor AG
Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding AG
GreenCom Networks AG
Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
Novihum Technologies GmbH
Rosental Organics GmbH
Round Hill Capital LLC
Silicon Line GmbH
TWAICE Technologies GmbH
Workaround GmbH (ProGlove)
- Koerber AG: Advice in connection with the extensive corporate restructuring of a part of the group.
- ALLPLAN group: Comprehensive advice on various group organisational measures, including advice on group financing within the framework of a cash pool.
- First Sensor AG: Ongoing advice on corporate law and capital market law, in particular preparing and holding the general meeting.
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP's corporate practice is closely tied to the firm's transactional work, and mandates frequently have aspects of group law. Clients include upper medium-sized companies, executive and supervisory boards of listed companies as well as international companies. Thomas Lappe at the Berlin office has strong expertise in carve-out transactions and heads the team.
EDF Group, GRTGaz (Engie-Konzern), Terega
Koenig & Bauer AG
ZEAL Network SE
- Koenig & Bauer AG: Advice on establishing a joint venture in the field of digital printing (together with the Durst Group) and on restructuring in the field of special printing (securities).
- ZEAL Network SE: Advice on the cross-border relocation from the United Kingdom to Germany in accordance with the SE Regulation, including ensuring that the listing in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange continues.
- VTG AG: Ongoing advice on corporate and commercial law.
Stuttgart boutique Kuhn Carl Norden Baum mainly advises on company formations, restructurings and change of legal form, shareholder meetings, and also on corporate disputes and distressed M&A. The client portfolio predominantly consists of the financial industries and German medium-sized companies; the latter often have a background in mechanical engineering and plant construction. Michael Rudnau frequently assists with court and arbitration proceedings and also has expertise in banking and insolvency law, Jürgen Rieg has a strong focus on company formations and restructurings and Marcus Baum frequently represents clients in shareholder disputes.
- Listed stock corporation in the area of automotive supplies from the region: Advice on the introduction of a matrix structure with regard to corporate, labour and data protection effects.
- Majority shareholder in a large, medium-sized family stock company: Comprehensive advice and representation in a dispute with another family line, in particular advice and representation in general and pool meetings, representation in declaratory proceedings before the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court regarding the effectiveness of resolutions of the pool meetings and the forfeiture of contractual penalties, representation in one of a special representative effective liability litigation for alleged unlawful influence on the company before the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe with an amount in dispute of €40m.
McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP advises family companies, medium-sized companies, listed companies as well as international companies. The team places strong emphasis on the corporate aspects of M&A transactions, but also assists with conversions and the formation of joint ventures. Its main industry know-how is in the real estate, retail, healthcare, media, automotive and food sectors. Jens Ortmanns heads the practice from the Düsseldorf office.
‘The M&A team with tax advisors and lawyers enjoys our trust after several transactions. Especially when it comes to cross-border transactions, the McDermott team is the first division.‘
‘Christian Sydow, a partner at McDermott, is diplomatic and assertive in M&A negotiations, including with public companies.‘
‘Central skills: sound understanding of the law; partners are always deeply involved. Solution-oriented advice with a focus on the issue of the client. Team strength: minimum staff, which ensures the availability of the client and the processing of the case.‘
‘Competent assessment of the negotiation options, assertive where necessary. Solution-oriented and strategic coordination with the client; good listening and understanding from the parties involved.‘
‘Friendly, professional, competent, easy to reach, problem-solving, international.‘
Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. China.
Anker Holding GmbH (ein Portfoliounternehmen von Halder)
Dialyse Service GmbH
Fiducia & GAD IT AG
Massenbach Retail Consulting GmbH
MBB-Gruppe (MBB SE, Aumann AG und Delignit AG)
Penta Investments Limited
Sport 1 Medien AG
TechniSat Digital GmbH
- Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. China.: Advice on the investment in a German company, Solayer GmbH, together with a Swiss majority shareholder.
- SIGNA Holding: Advising on the establishment of a joint venture between SIGNA Luxury Holding and Harng Central Group for the acquisition of Magazine zum Globus AG, Switzerland, the largest department store operator in Switzerland, worth €1.1bn, from MIGROS Genossenschaftsbund.
- Sport 1 Medien AG (formerly: Constantin Medien AG): Ongoing corporate law advice, including support for general meetings, advice on organs, public takeover, delisting.
The corporate practice at Oppenhoff, led by Peter Etzbach and Harald Gesell, advises medium-sized businesses, corporations and their supervisory boards as well as international companies on a range of corporate matters, including annual general meetings, corporate disputes and corporate housekeeping. The team is also well versed in the corporate aspects of M&A transactions, structuring measures as well as the intersection with capital markets law. Christoph Niemeyer joined GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB in April 2020.
Expleo Germany Holding GmbH
Finatem III GmbH & Co. KG
- Zurich Beteiligungs-AG: Advice on the acquisition of InsurTech Dentolo, a digital insurance agent for supplementary dental insurance.
- Rheinenergie / EnBW: Advice on the joint sale of the respective stake in the listed energy company MVV.
- JAB Holding: Advice on holding structure and long-term co-investment of the top management.
POELLATH's corporate team demonstrates 'great know-how combined with economic expertise' and assists a client portfolio ranging from small and medium-sized family companies to large stock-listed companies with corporate law. The competencies of the team include the preparation and conduct of annual general and shareholder meetings, all forms of corporate disputes as well as D&O liability and public takeovers; also, the group regularly co-operates with the private equity experts of the firm. Eva Nase, who has a 'strong feeling for the requirements of practical corporate governance', heads the practice. Her predecessor, Wolfgang Grobecker, left in the autumn of 2019 to form corporate boutique Martius.
‘I enjoyed working with Ms. Nase because she always delivered competently and on time with a strong feeling for the requirements of practical corporate governance in companies with a connection to private equity. Pronounced solution orientation. She worked a lot personally on the task, which clearly shaped the quality of communication.‘
‘The law firm is particularly well suited for corporate law advice for family-owned companies.‘
united vertical media GmbH
Wacker Neuson SE
Deutsche Telekom AG
KME SE / KME Germany & Co. KG
CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA
Hans Michel Piëch GmbH
Jacobs Holding AG
Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
The National Lighting
James Hardie Europe GmbH
Vorstandsmitglieder Schaltbau Holding AG
Schletter Grundbesitz GmbH & Co. KG
- united vertical media GmbH: Advising on the €35m public takeover of 11 88 0 Solutions AG.
- Deutsche Telekom AG: Advice on corporate governance and management board remuneration issues.
- BayWa AG: Advice on the entry of an investor on issues of management participation, board and corporate governance as well as capital market law issues.
PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)
PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) advises medium-sized, DAX30 as well as international companies on corporate law, including compliance, restructurings and contentious matters. The team frequently co-operates with its own PwC accountancy company regarding tax law. Steffen Schniepp solely heads the national corporate and M&A practice, after former co-head Robert Manger joined EY Law; Schniepp is now also head of the global M&A group.
Hornetsecurity GmbH, HTGF und Verdane (als Bestandinvestoren)
Volume Graphics GmbH
Elanco Animal Health, Inc.
MEC Holding GmbH
- Bayer Aktiengesellschaft: Advice on the carve-out of the Animal Health division to Elanco in 120 countries.
- Elanco Animal Health, Inc.: Advising on corporate and labour law on the carve-out and the spin-off from Eli Lilly and Company in preparation for the subsequent IPO.
- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma: Advice on Merial Integration in 35 countries.
Raschke | von Knobelsdorff | Heiser
Raschke | von Knobelsdorff | Heiser's corporate team assists familiy offices as well as national and international companies with annual general and shareholder meetings, compliance matters and also increasingly with D&O liability. Additionally, the practice is well versed in joint ventures and post-M&A disputes. Dominik Ziegenhahn heads the practice.
Asklepios Kliniken Gruppe
Aufsichtsräte der Elsflether Werft AG i.l
Otto Group / Hermes Europe
Visan Europe GmbH