Firm Profile > Hengeler Mueller > Frankfurt, Germany

Hengeler Mueller
BOCKENHEIMER LANDSTRASSE 24
60323 FRANKFURT
Germany

Advice to insurers Tier 1

The insurance law practice at Hengeler Mueller maintains ongoing client relationships with well-known insurers in the European market, which receive assistance with corporate and regulatory matters in equal measure. Thanks to its international best friends network, the team is also well versed in handling Brexit-related matters for British insurers and insurance brokers pertaining to the structuring of their German businesses. Daniel Wilm has a good reputation for his advice on the acquisition and disposal of insurance companies as well as on structural matters. Carl-Philipp Eberlein, who was elevated to the partnership at the beginning of 2019, has expertise in insurance supervisory law and also covers banking supervisory law and investment law issues as well as complex transactions and restructurings. The team works in close cooperation with adjacent practice areas within the firm, such as Vera Jungkind in data protection and Markus Röhrig in matters at the intersection with antitrust law.

Other key lawyers:

Carl-Philipp Eberlein; Vera Jungkind; Simon Link; Thorsten Mäger; Alexander Rang; Markus Röhrig; Maximilian Schiessl; Christian Schmies; Sven Henrik Schneider; Kai-Steffen Scholz; Jochen Vetter; Jens Wenzel; Daniel Wilm

Key clients

Allegro

Allianz

Arch Mortgage Insurnace

Athene Life Re

AXA Konzern AG

Continentale Versicherungsgruppe

Generali Deutschland/ Assicurazioni Generali

Hannover Rück

ottonova Holding

Protektor Lebensversicherung

Provinzial NordWest Holding

R+V Versicherung

Rheinland Versicherungsgruppe

Talanx

Standard Life

Antitrust Tier 1

As a market leader in this field, Hengeler Mueller provides an extensive range of services in antitrust law and has a particularly good reputation in fine proceedings, while merger control law matters constitute another key area of expertise, which includes phase II proceedings. Thorsten Mäger focuses on providing antitrust law support in the areas of internet distribution and platform markets alongside related IP law issues. Christoph Stadler has in-depth experience of German and European merger control, while Thomas Paul is a key name in several media-effective compensation cases. Daniel Zimmer covers antitrust matters particularly from the perspective of energy law. The versatile team is also well versed in automotive and insurance sector work.

Other key lawyers:

Alf-Henrik Bischke; Matthias Blaum; Thorsten Mäger; Hans-Jörg Niemeyer; Thomas Paul; Markus Röhrig; Christoph Stadler; Stefanie Budde; Jörg Meinzenbach; Ralf Willer; Daniel Zimmer

Testimonials

‘Jörg Meinzenbach is extremely solution-oriented and exhibits high personal commitment.

‘Markus Röhrig delivers very good quality and advice that is suitable for corporations.

Key clients

Vodafone Group plc

Daimler

BMW Bayerische Motorenwerke

innogy SE

Takeaway.com

MVV Energie AG

MAN SE

MacGregor

OptiGroup AB

VTG AG

Generali

AS Création Tapeten AG

Broadview Holding

Allianz SE

NCC Nippon Chemi-Con

Stahlgruber

Mondelez Deutschland

TenneT TSO

Commercial litigation Tier 1

Hengeler Mueller's dispute resolution team is experienced in representing large German and foreign companies and particularly acts for clients in post-M&A and corporate disputes, class actions as well as in relation to warranty claims and liability issues. While the group works consistently across practices, the team recently intensified its cooperation with the white-collar crime team. Markus Meier is considered an 'expert in his field' and Philipp Hanfland is well versed in court as well as in arbitration proceedings and alternative dispute resolution.  Johanna Wirth is an experienced contact for companies from the energy, financial and telecoms sectors, while Carsten van de Sande focuses on the automotive and technology industries.

Other key lawyers:

Markus Meier; Philipp Hanfland; Johanna Wirth; Carsten van de Sande; Viola Sailer-Coceani; Henning Bälz;

Key clients

Porsche Automobil Holding SE

Bank J. Safra Sarasin

AGMAN SE

Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Bahn

Linde AG

Deutsche Telekom AG

TÜV Süd AG

Google / YouTube

Corporate Tier 1

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

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Commerzbank AG

innogy SE

Linde AG

Epigenomics AG

VTG AG

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Günther-Gruppe

Metro AG

Ceconomy AG / Metro AG

Deutsche Börse

Seifert-Gruppe

Fortum Oyi

OSRAM Licht AG

Axa Konzern AG

Knorr-Bremse AG

Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA

Lenzing

Provinzial NordWest HoldingAktiengesellschaft

Axel Springer SE

Debt capital markets Tier 1

Hengeler Mueller is well placed to advise on bonds and structured finance. Its experience is reflected in the assistance with issuance programmes, including those of various DAX companies, and with the issuance of bonds, including green bonds, among other matters. Other work pertains to advising investment issuers on the repurchase of debt securities by way of open market operations and on the basis of formal purchase offers. Hendrik Haag, who specialises in capital markets-based financings, DCM and banking and finance law expert Dirk Bliesener and 'extremely pleasant' capital markets lawyer Alexander Rang are the key contacts. Counsel Bianka Bielecke is another name to note; she advises banks and companies on capital markets transactions in connection with the issuance of bonds.

Practice head(s):

Hendrik Haag; Dirk Bliesener; Alexander Rang

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Leading practice with innovative ideas and reliable advice of outstanding quality.

Key clients

DZ Bank AG

BAWAG Group AG

adidas AG

HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG

Deutsche Bank AG

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Commerzbank AG

Citigroup Inc.

UniCredit Bank AG

NatWest Markets

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

BNP Paribas S.A.

Equity capital markets Tier 1

The 'solution-oriented' team at Hengeler Mueller is best known for advising financial institutions and well-known companies on capital market transactions and IPOs, which are increasingly international in nature. Working in conjunction with various other practices, the team has strong capabilities at the intersection with corporate, antitrust and banking law, among other areas. Key individuals for mandates at the interface between capital markets and corporate law include Dirk Busch, Reinhold Ernst and Wolfgang Groß, while Alexander Rang also handles banking supervisory law issues.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Top positioned team.

‘Pragmatic advice.

Very high availability and high personal commitment.

Key clients

Knorr-Bremse AG

MTN Group Limited

Linde AG

Günther-Gruppe

adidas AG

Epigenomics AG

Erwin Hymer Group SE

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank AG

S&E Kapital GmbH

VTG AG

1&1 Drillisch AG

Financial services: litigation Tier 1

Hengeler Mueller has a high reputation for its representation of financial services providers. The team particularly stands out for its expertise in representing banks in antitrust-related damages claims as well as in investor model cases. In close cooperation with the firm's white-collar crime practice, the group also advises on cum/ex-related proceedings. Markus Meier is a well-versed defender in banking and finance law matters and Philipp Hanfland mainly focuses on capital markets and insolvency disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG

Deutsche Bank AG

Financial services: regulatory Tier 1

Hengeler Mueller covers a broad spectrum of regulatory work, including transactions-related matters and associated ownership control proceedings as well as the implementation of legislative provisions (such as CRR and MiFID II), the investigation of compliance-related matters and fintech and Brexit-related issues. In the last segment, the team advises banks and financial services providers on the establishment of subsidiaries and branch offices in Germany. The team is also experienced in handling major proceedings against the SRB (Single Resolution Board) and BaFin. Key members of the team include Dirk Bliesener and Christian Schmies, who both handle a wide range of banking and financial supervisory law, as well as compliance expert Sven Henrik Schneider and financial market regulation specialist Carl-Philipp Eberlein, who made partner in January 2019. Thomas Paul retired.

Other key lawyers:

Dirk Bliesener; Johannes Adolff; Carl-Philipp Eberlein; Alexander Rang; Christian Schmies; Sven Henrik Schneider; Stefan Krauss

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

BAWAG P.S.K. AG

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

EBA Clearing

Dexia N.V./S.A.

Tencent Holdings

Investment funds Tier 1

Hengeler Mueller 'stands for excellent quality' and, alongside its stand-alone work, the team also handles transactional matters. Thus, the team's strength lies in dealing with mandates at the intersection with corporate and supervisory law, which also includes Brexit-related issues. Its client portfolio is equally broad and includes financial institutions, national and international asset managers, insurance groups, institutional investors and family offices. In other work, the team acts for asset managers in regulatory proceedings, including those pertaining to the breach of obligations for short sales. The 'excellentChristian Schmies and Edgar Wallach, who receives praise or his 'outstanding knowledge in closed-end funds', are among the main contacts. Thomas Paul retired.

Other key lawyers:

Christian Schmies; Edgar Wallach; Sven Henrik Schneider; Carl-Philipp Eberlein

Testimonials

Matters are handled in a quick and practice-oriented manner.

Edgar Wallach knows the right legal answer to all problems and proposes pragmatic solutions.

Christian Schmies creates real added value for his clients through his proactively developed ideas.

Key clients

GEG German Estate Group AG

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR)

Lupus alpha Asset Management AG

Prime Capital AG

Lending and borrowing Tier 1

Banks and corporates call upon Hengeler Mueller's in-depth expertise, which is regularly demonstrated in large-scale corporate and acquisition financing, while an increasing number of private equity funds from the mid-cap sector instruct the practice with LBO financings. Acting in close conjunction with the M&A practice, the team also handled various large-scale syndicated loans (including guarantee lines) during the research period, which is an area of particular expertise for Johannes Tieves and Nikolaus Vieten. Daniel Weiß, who provides wide-ranging advice on financing issues, and Daniela Böning, who specialises in loan financing and promissory loans, are also key members of the team. Ralf Defren joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in August 2019.

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Tieves; Daniela Böning; Martin Geiger; Heinrich Knepper; Nikolaus Vieten; Daniel Weiß

Key clients

Deutsche Bank AG

Erwin Hymer Group SE

freenet AG

FSN Capital

J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd.

KSB SE & Co. KGaA

Leoni AG

SCHMOLZ + BICKENBACH AG

VTG AG

Waterland Private Equity

M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 1

Hengeler Mueller's M&A practice demonstrates particularly deep industry expertise in the energy and health sectors, but has an equally excellent reputation for its advice in the insurance and financial industry. The group has especially wide-ranging experience in public M&A matters and large-cap transactions often include cross-border aspects. Matthias Hentzen has ‘unique M&A expertise‘ and Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain has a good reputation for advising listed as well as family-led companies and PE investors. Maximilian Schiessl in Düsseldorf predominantly advises on public takeovers and cross-border deals.

Testimonials

If one instructs Hengeler Mueller, one expects top quality and also receives it.

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

Key clients

Vodafone Group PLC

Linde AG

Erwin Hymer Group SE

Magna International, Inc.

Takeaway.com N.V.

Bayer AG

VTG AG

Novacap und Syntax

Groupe PSA

Generali Deutschland AG

Dexia

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Ericsson AB

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Ltd.)

GfK SE

OptiGroup AB

Broadview Holding B.V.

Genpact Limited

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 1

In the mid-cap area Hengeler Mueller often acts in international transactions and demonstrates deep industry expertise particularly in the health, automotive and media sectors as well as in the real estate and financial industries. The group also frequently receives instructions for private equity-related matters. Martin Tasma recently made partner and Andreas Hoger routinely assists with venture capital-related issues. Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain is especially sought-after by listed companies and PE investors and Maximilian Schiessl is the key contact for public takeovers and international company acquisitions.

Key clients

Vodafone Group PLC

Linde AG

Erwin Hymer Group SE

Magna International, Inc.

Takeaway.com N.V.

Bayer AG

VTG AG

Novacap undSyntax

Groupe PSA

Generali Deutschland AG

Dexia

Cerberus Capital Management,L.P.

Ericsson AB

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts& Co. Ltd.)

GfK SE

OptiGroup AB

Broadview Holding B.V.

Genpact Limited

State aid Tier 1

Led by Jan Bonhage in Berlin and Hans-Jörg Niemeyer in Brussels, the state aid practice at Hengeler Mueller is one of the top addresses in this field and acts for beneficiaries, competitors of state aid as well as state aid granting authorities before the European Commission, national authorities as well as European and national courts. Particularly notable is the group's state aid assistance with proceedings in the energy sector, with complex issues related to road infrastructure and advising German and foreign corporations as well as the public authorities on internet and broadband expansion matters. Additionally, the team advises on issues related to privatisations and reorganisations. With regards to legal tech solutions, the firm can rely on its internal HM Legal Tech Center which has expertise in investigation tolls and e-reviews as well as document automation, workflow automation and due diligence automation.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bonhage; Hans-Jörg Niemeyer

Key clients

Cerberus Capital Management

Carl Zeiss

National Express

Structured finance and securitisation Tier 1

While Hengeler Mueller covers all aspects of structured finance, during the research period, the team has been particularly active in transactions with leasing receivables. Other work pertains to advising German and international banks and financial institutions on various OTC and exchange-traded derivatives. Dirk Bliesener frequently deals with regulatory issues, while Martin Geiger is the main contact for real estate finance and respective refinancings through CMBS as well as for leasing and loan portfolio securitisation. Stefan Krauss regularly handles synthetic and traditional securitisations.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Bliesener; Martin Geiger; Stefan Krauss

Key clients

abcbank GmbH

Arch Mortgage Insurance dac

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Hapag-Lloyd AG

Grenke Leasing Ltd.

Transactions Tier 1

The 'highly specialised' team at Hengeler Mueller 'ranks among the best firms for private equity transactions in Germany', underpinned by its remarkable track record. The team advises funds of all sizes alongside newly founded investment companies and increasingly VC investors on large and mid-cap transactions, which benefit from the team's close cooperation with other practices. Key individuals include the 'outstanding' Christof Jäckle, whose client base includes sovereign wealth funds, 'reliable' PE and VC expert Emanuel Strehle and the 'incredibly experienced and commercial' Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain, who also provides assistance with corporate and M&A matters. Daniel Möritz also acts at this interface.

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Hoger; Christof Jäckle; Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain; Emanuel Strehle; Alexander Nolte; Daniel Wiegand

Testimonials

Stand out for their good risk assessment and very balanced advice.

Very strong in negotiations.’

Highly specialised team. One of the first points of contact for private equity transactions in Germany. Small, powerful teams instead of masses of associates, like in other large firms. Partners remain hands-on and detail-oriented.

Emanuel Strehle and Andreas Hoger. 100% reliable and trustworthy lawyers – I now and again also call them for a second opinion about challenging topics.

Emmanuel Strehle: Experienced M&A lawyer, who especially in negotiations with private equity investment are able to build bridges between the industry and PE.

Emanuel Strehle: Excellent lawyer, who thinks commercially and is great in the details.

Hansi Ziegehain: Probably #1 PE lawyer in Germany. Incredibly experienced, legally very good and at the same time very commercially oriented.

Key clients

Accel Partners Ltd.

Advent International

Apollo Global Management, LLC

Cerberus Capital Management L.P.

CVC Capital Partners (Germany) GmbH

Five Arrows Principal Investments

EQT

FSN Capital Partners GmbH

FSN Capital GP V Limited

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts &Co. Ltd. (KKR)

Linde AG

MEDIAN Unternehmensgruppe B.V. & Co. KG

Moonlake Capital

Novacap

Otto Group

Takeaway.com

Tencent Holdings Ltd.

VTG AG

UCB Pharma GmbH

Waterland Private Equity

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 2

The expertise in post-M&A disputes is a particularly important pillar of Hengeler Mueller's arbitration practice. Here, the group works in close cooperation with the firm's strong corporate team. Additional focuses are on investment, energy and joint venture disputes. Henning Bälz has longstanding experience in national and international arbitration, including infrastructure and industry-related conflicts. Philipp Hanfland and Viola Sailer-Coceani focus on corporate disputes and Markus Meier is also a renowned expert in the dispute resolution arena. Carsten van de Sande, just like his colleagues, also acts as arbitrator.

Testimonials

The team has excellent competencies in complex international arbitration.

Markus Meier is an expert in his field with longstanding experience in litigation; he is well connected, always calm, thorough, and circumspect along a broad competence.

Commercial administrative law Tier 2

Hengeler Mueller's commercial administrative law practice is renowned for the representation of clients in administrative and constitutional proceedings. The group's portfolio includes numerous constitutional appeal proceedings, landmark proceedings pertaining to the effectiveness of investment protection agreements before the Federal Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice as well as complaints of non-admission before the Federal Administrative Court. Dirk Uwer heads the team in Düsseldorf, while Wolfgang Spoerr and Jan Bonhage are based in Berlin.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Bonhage; Vera Jungkind; Wolfgang Spoerr; Dirk Uwer; Fabian Seip

Energy Tier 2

Hengeler Mueller combines a strong transactional practice with wide-ranging regulatory expertise and, thanks to its tested best friends network, handles regular cross-border mandates. As well as advising gas and coal companies, its workload also includes several renewable sector instructions. In Berlin, the team has particular expertise in offshore wind park projects, while the Düsseldorf team's regulatory expertise in offshore grid expansions is particularly applied in the context of sector-specific law shaping proceedings. Dirk Uwer, who is particularly active in offshore network expansions and transactions, transactions specialist Matthias Hentzen, antitrust lawyer Thorsten Mäger and counsel Jörg Meinzenbach, who regularly advises on M&A-related energy law matters, are among the main contacts as well as offshore wind park expert Nicolas BöhmJan Bonhage, who specialises in public procurement, state aid and public commercial law, and litigator Henning Bälz.

Testimonials

‘Solution-oriented team that not only waits for the client’s instructions, but proactively looks for the best solutions and points out possible dangers and complications.’

‘The energy law team at Hengeler Müller is characterised by both the quality of the legal advice and its high level of service. In this context, the outstanding support from Jörg Meinzenbach deserves special mention.’

Key clients

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

DB Energie GmbH/Deutsche Bahn AG

DZ Bank AG

Fortum Oyj

innogy SE

MVV Energie AG

NAFTA a.s.

Ørsted

TenneT TSO GmbH

Universal Foundation

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Hengeler Mueller continues to be one of the top contacts in Germany for large-scale transactions and has a clear focus on hospitals and medical care centres. Its regulatory practice is equally renowned, handling advisory mandates as well as media-effective contentious proceedings, including disputes before the Federal Social Court and the Federal Constitutional Court. The team has a particular focus on pharmaceutical law and the law of statutory health insurance funds, while also increasing its market visibility in the compliance sphere and expanding its e-health and health data protection offering.

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Spoerr; Dirk Uwer; Alexander Nolte

Key clients

Bayer AG

DocMorris N.V.

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG

Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA

Janssen-Cilag GmbH

Johnson & Johnson

Omnicare Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Sonic Healthcare Limited

Teleflex

Victrex plc

Real estate Tier 2

Hengeler Mueller predominantly advises on classic real estate transactions on behalf of investment companies and private equity firms from the Anglo-Saxon and Asian region. The client roster regularly includes intermediate holding companies for listed real estate companies and the group advises national developers as well as foreign investors on the acquisition of residential and commercial real estate portfolios on both nationwide and cross-border level. A particular strength of the seven-strong group around Thomas Müller and Daniel Kress is the assistance with sales and acquisitions of large-scale mixed-use areas. Thomas Lang made partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Müller; Daniel Kress

Other key lawyers:

Jan Bonhage

Testimonials

‘Unique combination of M&A expertise and real estate law; special sector know-how of complex large-scale transactions and specifically (housing) portfolios.’

‘The partners are exceptionally committed and therefore extremely efficient.’

‘Thomas Müller is appreciated by everyone in the market. He radiates tranquillity and is able to bypass all obstacles thanks to his experience.’

‘Daniel Kress is a tenacious representative of his clients’ interests, whereby he leads them to success. He is especially useful in cases related to complex transactions and their financing.’ 

‘Daniel Kress is strong in negotiations, very involved and well informed about all workstreams.’

Key clients

Blackstone Group

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

LEG

GEG

Real estate finance Tier 2

Hengeler Mueller regularly acts for borrowers in financing individual property and portfolio transactions, project developments and heritable building rights as well as in refinancing matters. The team covers commercial, logistics, hotel and residential work. Real estate financing and refinancing expert Martin Geiger, who divides his time between Frankfurt and London, and M&A and financing transactions specialist Daniel Kress are the main contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Georg Frowein; Martin Geiger; Daniel Kress; Heinrich Knepper

Key clients

QUINCAP Investment PartnersGmbH & Co.KG

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Aermont Capital LLP

BGP Investment S.à.r.l

Asia Pacific Land (APL)

Telecoms Tier 2

Hengeler Mueller stands out for its broad regulatory practice, while also handling transactions. The team has a particular focus on advising mobile internet providers on various matters including frequency auctions, but also acts for a broad client base in the Internet of Things sector. At the beginning of 2018, the interface between telecommunications law, IT and data law was given more weight with the appointment of Matthias Berberich as counsel. Other key individuals include administrative and regulatory specialist Wolfgang Spoerr, EU, constitutional and public commercial lawyer Jan BonhageConrad Albrecht and counsel Fabian Seip, who are all based in Berlin. Albrecht and Seip advise companies from the media, technology and communications industries on contracts and disputes before courts and authorities.

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

freenet AG, mobilcom-debitel GmbH

KOMNEXX GmbH

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Vodafone Kabel Deutschland GmbH

Waterland Private Equity

Xelion GmbH

1&1 Telecommunication SE, 1&1 Drillisch AG

Compliance Tier 3

Hengeler Mueller advises corporations from the financial, manufacturing and technology sectors on fraud, corruption and breach of trust matters, as well as on tax and environmental torts, insider trading and market manipulation. Vera Jungkind often acts on the interface of compliance and public commercial law, while Wolfgang Spoerr is the key contact for administration and regulatory issues, particularly in the technology industry. Other pillars of the practice include technical compliance issues and director's liability torts.

Other key lawyers:

Vera Jungkind; Wolfgang Spoerr; Viola Sailer-Coceani; Maximilian Schliessl; Jochen Vetter

Foreign trade law Tier 3

Hengeler Mueller's particular areas of expertise include foreign trade investment audits alongside M&A transactions, where the team assists with due diligence and associated compliance measures. Advising on German anti-boycott regulations is another key strength of the team jointly led by Dirk UwerVera JungkindJan Bonhage and Wolfgang Spoerr. The firm also demonstrates particular expertise in matters at the intersection between German and US law.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Uwer; Vera Jungkind; Jan Bonhage; Wolfgang Spoerr

Key clients

50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Glencore International AGLinde AG

Melrose Industries

Motorola Solutions, Inc

Nord Stream 2 AG

Private Equitz Investor, USA

TATA Steel

Internal investigations Tier 3

Hengeler Mueller's broad compliance, crisis management and internal investigations group is able to 'cover all aspects of complex matters' and advises corporations across diverse industries on corruption, tax and insolvency crimes, environmental torts, supervisory offences and money laundering audits. The white-collar crime practice, which includes key contacts Wolfgang Spoerr and Dirk Uwer, was additionally bolstered by the arrival of counsel Constantin Lauterwein from White & Case LLP in July 2018. Daniel Weiß is the key contact for banking and capital markets law, while Fabian Quast is adept in regulatory issues. Sven Schneider is experienced in dealing with authorities and  Johanna Wirth is another integral part of the team.

Testimonials

The Hengeler Mueller team is comprised of excellent lawyers with longstanding experience in the field.

‘Outstanding and communicative team leader Daniel Weiß keeps track even in the most complex cross-border matters.

Fabian Quast is an excellent and very experienced investigator, who is up to every trick and knows how to conduct an internal investigations efficiently and solution-oriented.’

Wolfgang Spoerr is an excellent and experienced criminal defence lawyer with creative and practice-oriented solutions.’

Jochen Vetter is technically highly competent  and communicates perfectly also with non-lawyers.’ 

Key clients

TÜV SÜD AG

Planning and environment Tier 3

The six-partner team at Hengeler Mueller focuses on environmental and planning law advice in the real estate and energy sectors both on national and international level. Here, good synergies emerge in collaboration with other practices such as energy, procurement and criminal law. The team frequently supports the real estate practice group in transactions. Additional core competencies exist in product-related environmental law, product compliance as well as in assistance with major infrastructure projects particularly in the renewable energy sector. Jan Bonhage, Fabian Quast and Wolfgang Spoerr are part of the core group in Berlin, while Vera Jungkind, Thomas Schmidt-Kötters and Dirk Uwer are based in Düsseldorf.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bonhage; Vera Jungkind; Fabian Quast; Thomas Schmidt-Kötters; Wolfgang Spoerr; Dirk Uwer

Key clients

CEP Central European Petroleum GmbH

Groupe PSA

Nord Stream 2 AG

Nord Stream AG

Robert Bosch GmbH

Stadler Rail

TÜV SÜD AG

Axel Springer SE

Aermont

The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP/QUINCAP Investment Partners GmbH & Co.KG

Restructuring Tier 3

Hengeler Mueller advises both buyers and sellers on the acquisition and sale of distressed business units and their assets, including the related unbundling of shareholder structures, as well as on restructuring-related compliance and associated financing matters such as debt equity swaps. Other work pertains to the investigation and defence against claims brought by insolvency administrators as well as to the restructuring of banks and financial services providers. Many of its clients stem from the automotive, financial and telecommunications sectors alongside the furniture industry. Martin Tasma, who frequently acts for companies and private equity funds, made partner in January 2019.

Other key lawyers:

Johannes Tieves; Daniel Weiß; Martin Tasma

Testimonials

‘Very good solicitors, very good general overview of intertwining areas of law, first-class advice.’

‘All lawyers at Hengeler Mueller are excellent legal experts and highly qualified, especially when it comes to complex cases of finance restructuring.’

‘Martin Tasma already is a very experienced, alert and at the same time pragmatic colleague, who also addresses unpleasant truths openly and always works solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Ericsson

Seifert-Gruppe

Accel Partners

Cerberus Capital Management

Tax Tier 3

Hengeler Mueller is particularly experienced in real estate and M&A-related transactional tax law, while also providing assistance with the tax structuring of family offices and large companies. In other work, the team advises on compliance measures and tax investigations, including associated judicial and extrajudicial proceedings, and provides ongoing assistance with cum-ex matters alongside tax implications of political events such as Brexit. Stefanie Beinert is experienced in handling succession planning-related tax law work for family businesses and regularly advises on inheritance tax regulations. Clients include, among others, automotive suppliers, media companies and heavy industry companies.

Other key lawyers:

Stefanie Beinert; Martin Klein; Matthias Scheifele

Testimonials

There is a very good cooperation between the individual practice areas .

Key clients

Linde AG

Erwin Hymer Group SE

Günther-Gruppe

VTG AG

GfK SE

Ericsson AB

Groupe PSA

Generali Deutschland AG

Takeaway.com N.V.

Bayer AG

NAFTA a.s.

KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Ltd.)

Deutsche Börse AG

Otto-Gruppe

Knorr-Bremse AG

Thüga AG

Stuttgarter Lebensversicherung a.G.

Heinz Dürr GmbH

JAB Service GmbH

Advice to companies Tier 4

At Hengeler Mueller, the white-collar crime, compliance and internal investigations practices work closely together: the team acts both as defence counsel or damaged party representative for national and international banks, financial services providers and corporations in preliminary as well as main proceedings. Wolfgang Spoerr is extensively experienced in dealing with the US Ministry of Justice and Dirk Uwer frequently advises on instructions from the energy and medical sectors. Constantin Lauterwein, who joined from White & Case LLP in July 2018, is well versed in advising on the Administrative Offences Act.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Spoerr

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A very experienced team in commercial criminal law, good cooperation with colleagues from other legal disciplines.

Constantin Lauterwein is an excellent lawyer who always offers strategy-oriented advice with an eye on the bigger picture and navigates successfully through situations of crisis.

Key clients

Robert Bosch GmbH

Entertainment Tier 4

Hengeler Mueller is particularly active in contractual and copyright law issues and contentious matters for a multitude of platform and cable network operators, but also advises media companies on transactions. Among other topics, the team focuses on copyright compensation disputes, collective copyright and online music law. Albrecht  Conrad heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Albrecht Conrad

Other key lawyers:

Christof Jäckle; Wolfgang Spoerr; Christoph Stadler; Thorsten Mäger

Key clients

Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der freien Wohlfahrtspflege (BAGFW)

Bundesvereinigung der Musikveranstalter e.V.

Hauptverband des deutschen Einzelhandels (HdE)

CTS Eventim AG Co. KG

Google LLC

YouTube LLC

Gracenote, Inc.

KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Ltd.)

Tele Columbus Pyür

Vodafone Kabel Deutschland GmbH

Patent litigation Tier 4

Hengeler Mueller's patent law practice and its bench of counsels in particular was expanded with the respective appointment of IP expert Benedikt Migdal in January 2019. As well as its strength in pharmaceutical and telecommunications sector work, the team led by Wolfgang Kellenter also handles a large number of instructions from the chemical and mechanical engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Kellenter

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Superior in every way.’

Key clients

BRITA GmbH

FIPA

IPcom

Panda Security

Saint-Gobain Abrasive GmbH

simplehuman

SINO-RESOURCE

Sisvel

Victrex

Public procurement Tier 5

Berlin-based Jan Bonhage heads Hengeler Mueller's procurement law practice whose client base includes national and international companies. Thereby, the group advises on award and review procedures before national and European courts with relevant expertise in the health, transport, infrastructure, energy and defence sectors. The group also acts at the interface to public funding and state aid and in matters related to self-purification measures.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bonhage

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

IDEXX GmbH

National Express Rail GmbH

Nord Stream 2 AG

Ørsted A/S (ehemals DONG Energy)

Wall GmbH

Employment Tier 6

Handling high-end work pertaining to restructurings, co-determination, pensions and remuneration, most notably in regulated industries, constitutes Hengeler Mueller's main area of expertise. Co-head Christian Hoefs regularly advises on executive board, managing director and executive-related matters. Transactional instructions such as employment law issues pertaining to the acquisition and sale of companies as well as restructurings are predominately handled by co-team head Hendrik Bockenheimer.

Practice head(s):

Christian Hoefs; Hendrik Bockenheimer

Testimonials

‘High quality of work, very experienced and very good know-how.

‘No other firm combines legal depth and comprehensive understanding so perfectly as Hengeler Müller.

‘Christian Hoefs is a brilliant employment lawyer and a very good and clear communicator, who manages to convey all legal issues and solutions in a way that is suitable for committees.

Key clients

Axel Springer SE

Cerberus Capital Management, L. P. Headquarter

Ericsson AB

Generali Deutschland AG

GfK SE

IBM

METRO AG

Vodafone Group PLC

The firm
Hengeler Mueller is a leading German law firm with 294 lawyers (including 89 partners) operating across 7 offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, London and Shanghai.

Hengeler Mueller is dedicated to absolute quality of legal advice and the highest standards of service, delivering the most creative and efficient solutions designed to optimise clients’ business objectives. The prerequisite: a true, independent and homogeneous partnership of professionals, entrepreneurial in thinking and handling and international in education, training and practice. Cultivating an in-depth knowledge and expertise in a wide spectrum of business law matters, lawyers at Hengeler Mueller establish for each transaction result-oriented and cost-effective teams – interactively in various fields of practice – tailor-made for client requirements. Hengeler Mueller’s clients include major domestic and foreign entities, as well as leading private equity investors and family-owned enterprises in Germany, Europe and worldwide.

Areas of practice
Main areas of practice are: mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital; corporate; banking and finance including bank regulatory law, asset management, syndicated lending, acquisition finance and project finance; capital markets including equity, debt, securitisation, credit derivatives; competition and antitrust; compliance, crisis management and investigations; data protection; employment; family-owned businesses, private clients, wealth management including succession, foundations and trusts; insurance; intellectual property, IT; litigation, arbitration and ADR; notarial services; public law and regulatory; real estate; restructuring and insolvency; tax; white collar crime.

In addition to main practice areas, Hengeler Mueller provides comprehensive legal advice in all major industry sectors, e.g. automotive, banking and finance institutions, chemicals, energy and utilities sector, family-owned enterprises and entrepreneurial families, healthcare/life sciences, infrastructure/ transport/logistics, primary products, private equity, real estate industry, TMT and insurance sector.

International work
Hengeler Mueller believes strongly that cross-border service of the highest quality can best be provided by independent firms, upholding their own partnership of professionals and thus strengthening their respective brands by mutual commitment to absolute standards of service. The firm’s co-operation with preeminent firms in major jurisdictions on cross border matters is far more than a mere ‘network’ or ‘referral relationship’. Through integrated teams, clients have access to international legal services that are client focused, cost-effective and result-oriented.

For decades, Hengeler Mueller has been working intensively with Slaughter and May (UK) in addition to BonelliErede (Italy), Bredin Prat (France), Uría Menéndez (Spain), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroeck (The Netherlands) and further renowned European firms. Hengeler Mueller’s long established relationships to top law firms in the US continue to be a focal point of its international presence. In recent years, the firm has expanded its cooperation with leading law firms in China, India, Russia and other countries with rapidly growing economies. Clients are able to call on integrated teams accustomed to working together as a unit. Hengeler Mueller has established with the above firms standing practice groups in all relevant areas of work and industry sectors; they pool precedents, know-how and expertise, engage in lawyer training programmes, implement a continuous partner programme of secondments involving both partners and associates and maintain compatible IT systems.

The described co-operation is, in the interests of the client, non-exclusive. If the client wishes to work with a certain firm, Hengeler Mueller teams up with the firm of the client’s choice. Hengeler Mueller neither imposes law firms on clients nor cross-sells the services of branch offices. Given that the firm does not export one single approach, integrated teams continue to find great favour among clients and demonstrate a high degree of success.

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Prof Dr Johannes Adolff  photo Prof Dr Johannes Adolff Johannes advises finance industry clients in corporate matters and M&A transactions. He…
Dr Stefanie Beinert  photo Dr Stefanie Beinert Stefanie advises on tax issues related to reorganization (with a national or…
Dr Dirk H Bliesener  photo Dr Dirk H Bliesener Dirk has a broad practice covering the needs of the financial industry,…
Mr Hendrik Bockenheimer  photo Mr Hendrik Bockenheimer Hendrik advises national and international corporate clients in all aspects of employment…
Dr Frank Burmeister  photo Dr Frank Burmeister Frank has a broad M&A and corporate practice, with particular experience in…
Mr Peter Dampf  photo Mr Peter Dampf Peter has a broad financing practice and regularly acts for a range…
Ms Cecilia Di Ció  photo Ms Cecilia Di Ció Cecilia practices a capital markets law, and has particular experience in advising…
Dr Daniela Favoccia  photo Dr Daniela Favoccia Daniela has developed a wide corporate and M&A practice with a client…
Dr Georg A Frowein  photo Dr Georg A Frowein Georg advises on cross-border M&A transactions as well as corporate reorganizations, in…
Dr Axel Gehringer  photo Dr Axel Gehringer Axel advises financial institutions, investors and corporations on all types of debt…
Dr Martin M Geiger  photo Dr Martin M Geiger Based in Frankfurt and London, Martin advises banks, private equity funds and…
Dr Wolfgang Groß  photo Dr Wolfgang Groß Wolfgang advises corporates and investors in all fields of capital markets and…
Dr Hendrik Haag  photo Dr Hendrik Haag Hendrik has been advising lenders and borrowers on all sorts of corporate…
Dr Philipp Hanfland  photo Dr Philipp Hanfland Philipp represents companies in complex disputes before state courts, in international arbitration…
Dr Christian Hoefs  photo Dr Christian Hoefs Christian advises companies on all aspects of employment and pension law. His…
Dr Christof Jäckle  photo Dr Christof Jäckle Christof has a general corporate and M&A practice, with particular experience in…
Dr Susan Kempe-Müller  photo Dr Susan Kempe-Müller Susan advises and represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property rights…
Dr Martin Klein  photo Dr Martin Klein Martin advises clients in tax matters. His areas of expertise include transaction-related…
Mr Heinrich Knepper  photo Mr Heinrich Knepper Heinrich has a broad financing practice and regularly acts for a range…
Dr Stefan Krauss  photo Dr Stefan Krauss Stefan focuses on structured finance, payment systems, derivatives and banking regulatory matters.…
Mr Thomas Müller  photo Mr Thomas Müller Thomas advises a wide range of international and domestic investors, and corporates…
Dr Markus Meier  photo Dr Markus Meier Markus acts for clients in disputes before state courts and in arbitration…
Herr Martin Peters  photo Herr Martin Peters Martin advises banks and other financial institutions on capital markets and regulatory…
Herr Alexander G Rang  photo Herr Alexander G Rang Alexander has a broad capital markets practice (ECM/DCM) advising issuers and banks,…
Dr Joachim Rosengarten  photo Dr Joachim Rosengarten Joachim has been advising on M&A and corporate matters for more than…
Dr Matthias Scheifele  photo Dr Matthias Scheifele Matthias advises on all tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations…
Dr Christian Schmies  photo Dr Christian Schmies Christian advises companies comprehensively on matters relating to investment and banking regulatory…
Dr Sven Henrik Schneider  photo Dr Sven Henrik Schneider Sven H. Schneider advises not only banks but also unregulated enterprises and…
Dr Johannes Tieves  photo Dr Johannes Tieves Johannes advises listed and unlisted domestic and international companies, banks and funds…
Dr Nikolaus Vieten  photo Dr Nikolaus Vieten Nikolaus advises listed and private domestic and foreign companies, private equity funds…
Dr Edgar Wallach  photo Dr Edgar Wallach Edgar advises banks, fund sponsors and investment companies in asset management and…
Dr Daniel Weiß  photo Dr Daniel Weiß Daniel’s broad practice covers financing, internal investigations and compliance, as well as…
Dr Peter Weyland  photo Dr Peter Weyland Peter advises enterprises and private equity funds in M&A projects and in…
Dr Oleg de Lousanoff  photo Dr Oleg de Lousanoff Oleg has had a wide corporate and M&A practice for almost 40…
Dr Carsten van de Sande  photo Dr Carsten van de Sande Carsten is a partner and a member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution…
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Hengeler Mueller advises JOST on Acquisition of Ålö Holding AB

JOST Werke AG ("JOST"), a leading global producer and supplier of safety-critical systems for commercial vehicles, has signed a purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the share capital in Ålö Holding AB ("Ålö"), one of the world's leading manufacturers of agricultural front loaders. The acquisition will transform JOST’s existing agricultural business into another cornerstone of the group. Seller is Altor Fund III. The agreed purchase price corresponds to an enterprise value of EUR 250 million. The transaction will be financed through a combination of cash, existing credit lines and a new term loan.

Hengeler Mueller advises Blackstone on sale of The SQUAIRE

Hengeler Mueller has advised The Blackstone Group and its affiliates on the sale of The SQUAIRE building complex at Frankfurt airport.

Hengeler Mueller advises the German Federal Finance Agency on the development of sustainable financi

In accordance with the decision by the Secretaries of State Committee for Sustainable Development of 25 February 2019, the German Federal Finance Agency has examined in recent months whether issuing green or sustainable German government bonds as part of the envisaged refinancing activity is economically viable. At the end of October 2019, the Federal Republic of Germany has announced that the Federal Government will add a new product to its portfolio of government bonds. As announced by Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, Germany will begin to issue federal bonds the proceeds of which will be used exclusively for ecologically oriented projects. The first issue is expected to take place in the second half of 2020.

Hengeler Mueller advises Capvis on sale of Ondal to IK Investment Partners

The funds Capvis Equity III L.P. and Capvis III Limmat L.P. ("Capvis"), advised by Capvis AG, have agreed to sell their majority stake in Ondal Holding GmbH ("Ondal") to IK Investment Partners. Ondal is a leading developer and manufacturer of pendant systems for use in operating rooms, intensive care units and outpatient facilities.

Hengeler Mueller advises Otto Group on sale of Sportscheck to Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof

The Otto Group has decided to sell its Sportscheck GmbH group company, headquartered in Unterhaching near Munich, to Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof. Following successful completion of the deal, Sportscheck GmbH is to be integrated into the omnichannel retail portfolio of Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof. Both parties have already signed a corresponding contractual agreement. The sale remains subject to approval by the German Federal Cartel Office.

Hengeler Mueller advises United Internet on public share buyback offers

The management board of United Internet AG decided, with the approval of the supervisory board, to make a public share buyback offer to the shareholders of United Internet AG (offer period from 10 December 2019, 00:00 until and including 18 December 2019, 24:00) for a total of up to 9,000,000 shares at a price per share of EUR 29.65. Concurrently, Rocket Internet SE irrevocably undertook to accept United Internet AG's public share buyback offer for 8,135,804 shares held by Rocket Internet SE. In the event that the United Internet AG's public share buyback offer is oversubscribed, a proportional allocation will be made to Rocket Internet SE.

Hengeler Mueller successfully represents Portigon in proceedings against Single Resolution Board bef

The General Court of the European Union (EGC) has annulled two decisions of the Single Resolution Board (SRB) on the 2016 annual ex ante contributions to the Single Resolution Fund commonly known as the bank levy, to the extent they affect Portigon AG (Portigon). These decisions were the basis of orders by the German Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilisation (Bundesanstalt für Finanzmarktstabilisierung) requesting payment of the bank levy from Portigon.

Hengeler Mueller successfully represents RWE AG in the appeal proceedings against Rustenburg

Sintez Group and RWE AG had planned a joint acquisition of the Russian energy supplier TGK-2 in 2008. Following the failure of the negotiations, Rustenburg Co. Ltd. (“Rustenburg”), part of Sintez Group, filed a EUR 700 million claim (plus interest) on damages against RWE AG arising from the termination of the mutual plan.

Hengeler Mueller advises Fashion ID on Stylebop

Fashion ID GmbH & Co. KG, part of Düsseldorf based Peek & Cloppenburg group, intends to operate an online luxury platform under the brand name Stylebop. For this purpose, Fashion ID signed contracts for the acquisition of trademarks and domains from Stylebop GmbH, which had filed for insolvency in August 2019.

Hengeler Mueller advises State Street on cross-border merger of State Street Bank Luxembourg with an

In the context of the further streamlining of its structure in Europe, State Street Group has completed a cross-border merger of State Street Bank Luxembourg S.C.A., Luxembourg, with and into State Street Bank International GmbH, Munich. The project is part of State Street's European Legal Entity Management initiative. The overall objective is to reduce the number of legal entities which will enable a more efficient use and generation of capital, allow for greater flexibility to provide services across the European Union and drive infrastructure and governance efficiencies.

Hengeler Mueller advises Corsair Capital on IDnow financing round

Corsair Capital LLC ("Corsair") has made a USD 40 million equity investment in IDnow. IDnow is a leading provider of Identity Verification-as-a-Service solutions. Corsair is a private equity firm focused on investments in the financial and business services industries.

Hengeler Mueller advises BNP Paribas on financing of planned acquisition of parts of Danaher’s life

Sartorius, a leading partner to the biopharmaceutical industry and laboratories, has signed an agreement to acquire parts of Danaher’s Life Science Portfolio. BNP Paribas is financing the transaction, acting as sole lead arranger, bookrunner and underwriter.

Hengeler Mueller advises SCHÖNES LEBEN group on acquisition of MEDIKO

SCHÖNES LEBEN group, a portfolio company of the independent European private equity firm Waterland, continues to grow. In the course of an add-on transaction the group acquires a majority stake in MEDIKO Pflege- und Gesundheitszentren GmbH.

Hengeler Mueller advises managing board of PNE AG on investment agreement and takeover offer by Morg

The managing board of PNE AG ("PNE") with the approval of the supervisory board signed an investment agreement with Photon Management GmbH ("Photon"). According to the provisions of the investor agreement Photon announced its intention to make a public takeover offer at a price of EUR 4.00 per PNE share in cash.

Hengeler Mueller advises Waterland on partnership with IT system provider netgo

Waterland Private Equity ("Waterland") and IT nsystem provider netgo entered into a partnership aiming at a further acceleration of the company’s growth. The service portfolio of netgo is to be expanded via targeted acquisitions. netgo founders Patrick Kruse and Benedikt Kisner will retain a significant stake in the company and will continue to serve as managing directors. Founded in 2007, netgo group now has a staff of about 350 across 17 different locations.

Hengeler Mueller advises Fortum on acquisition of majority in Uniper

Fortum Oyj ("Fortum"), a leading clean-energy company headquartered in Espoo, Finland, has entered into agreements to acquire all Uniper shares held by funds managed by Elliott and Knight Vinke, a total in excess of 20.5%, increasing Fortum's share in Uniper to more than 70.5%. The purchase price amounts to approx. EUR 2.3 bn. Closing of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory clearances in Russia and the United States. The transaction will be financed with existing cash resources and committed credit facilities.

Hengeler Mueller advises Commerzbank on the proposed merger with comdirect

Commerzbank AG has decided to make a public tender offer for the remaining shares of comdirect bank Aktiengesellschaft ("comdirect"). Commerzbank holds approx. 82 per cent of the shares in comdirect, approx. 18 per cent are in free float. The tender offer is subject to a minimum acceptance threshold of 90 per cent. It is intended to merge comdirect into Commerzbank, preferably via a merger related squeeze-out.

Hengeler Mueller advises KKR and LEONINE on acquisition of Wiedemann & Berg TV

The KKR backed independent media company LEONINE is acquiring Wiedemann & Berg TV (W&B TV) from the producers Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg as well as Endemol Shine Germany. Part of the W&B TV business (the Berlin based business) will be carved out and remain with Endemol Shine Germany. W&B TV covers a broad production repertoire for major German TV channels as well as series for the pay-TV and video-on-demand market. Among the numerous projects are high profile productions such as "4 Blocks", "Dark" and "Der Pass". The acquisition is subject to clearance by the competent authorities. LEONINE group was created by a combination of Tele-München Gruppe with Universum Film, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film in 2019.

Hengeler Mueller advises Accel and 83 North on Series C funding for Celonis

Celonis has raised approximately USD 290m in its Series C funding. The new funding brings the total investment in Celonis to approximately USD 370m, valuing the company at approx. USD 2.5bn. Accel and 83 North have been invested in Celonis since the Series A funding.

Hengeler Mueller advises Accel on investment in Rasa Technologies

Accel and other co-investors have invested in AI startup Rasa Technologies, originally founded in Berlin, as part of a Series A financing round. Rasa is an open source company that enables developers to build contextual AI assistants.

Hengeler Mueller advises ZEISS on acquisition of GOM

ZEISS, an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics and GOM have signed an agreement on the business combination of the companies.

Hengeler Mueller advises Deutsche Börse on creation of new index and portfolio / risk analytics pro

Deutsche Börse AG (Deutsche Börse) has entered into binding agreements on the acquisition of Axioma Inc. (Axioma), which is a leading provider of portfolio and risk management solutions. Axioma will be combined with Deutsche Börse's entire index business (STOXX and DAX) to create a new company.


Hengeler Mueller advises TRUMPF on EUR 250m Schuldschein loan

TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG. has successfully placed a Schuldschein loan (Schuldscheindarlehen) in the aggregate amount of EUR 250 million with terms of five, seven and ten years. The transaction has been arranged by UniCredit Bank AG and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.


Hengeler Mueller advises hGears on refinancing

hGears Holding GmbH has successfully concluded a group financing by way of a syndicated loan in replacement of existing facilities. Syndicate banks are HSH Nordbank AG and SEB AG.

Hengeler Mueller advises Linde on merger related squeeze-out

Following completion of the business combination between Linde and Praxair under the holding Linde plc, the companies have announced the implementation of a merger-related squeeze-out. Linde AG shall be merged into Linde Intermediate Holding AG, an indirect 100% subsidiary of Linde plc. The merger agreement entered into in that respect provides that a squeeze-out of the minority shareholders of Linde AG against adequate cash compensation shall occur in the context of the merger. The required squeeze-out resolution shall be passed at an extraordinary general meeting of Linde AG on 12 December 2018.