Noerr > Munich, Germany > Firm Profile

Noerr
BRIENNER STRAßE 28
80333 MÜNCHEN
Germany

Corporate and M&A > Corporate

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Andritz AG

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi)

CECONOMY AG

comdirect bank AG/ Commerzbank AG

Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Finanzagentur

DuMont Mediengruppe GmbH & Co. KG

ENSO Energie Sachsen Ost AG

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB)

Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank

Kering S.A.

Rocket Internet SE

SAF-HOLLAND

Scout24 AG

Stada Arzneimittel AG

Villeroy & Boch AG

Westwing Group AG

Clemens Tönnies

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Deutsche Börse AG

DGER Deutsche Gesellschaft Energieeffizienter Reihenhäuser mbH

Du-Mont Mediengruppe GmbH & Co

Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig GmbH

Signal Iduna

Work highlights

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

Industry focus > Telecoms

Noerr continues to expand its regulatory expertise in telecommunications, both in the context of transactions in the technology sector, in IT outsourcing agreements and in e-commerce projects. The team around practice head Tobias Frevert in Berlin has longstanding experience in related mandates, which, in addition to the telecommunications law expertise, also draws on the knowledge of the full-service firm’s other practices. The antitrust, dispute resolution and corporate law teams are of particular importance here. The practice has gained in profile primarily through advising Deutsche Telekom, with advice focussing in particular on the regulation of the bitstream markets, broadband expansion, roaming issues and questions of net neutrality. The firm’s transactional experts mainly advise on matters pertaining to fibre optic and mobile networks. Other key topics are satellite-based telecommunications services and the development of TV platforms. Telecommunications and media specialist Tobias Bosch and associated partner Julian von Lucius (infrastructure projects, telecommunications law, public procurement law) as well as Pascal Schumacher (digital business models, data protection) are other key contacts. In October 2021, regulation expert Frank Hölscher, previously at Dolde Mayen & Partner, joined the team as of counsel.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very competent and experienced.’

Key clients

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

DAZN Germany

GEMA

Inmarsat

Microsoft

Mobility Trader GmbH

Information technology > Data protection Tier 1

At full-service offering Noerr, clients can rely on a broad expertise spectrum encompassing advice on the entire range of data protection and adjacent issues as well as representation in court; one of the contributing factors for this offering is the team’s close cooperation particularly with the dispute resolution, regulatory and compliance practices, thereby generating synergies that primarily play out in matters related to data breaches, data protection by design and data protection disputes. In the latter area, the firm established a specialised team in 2021 which specifically acts in administrative, fine and court proceedings. Daniel Rücker, who heads the practice, often acts in high-profile data protection matters and investigations by the supervisory authorities; Joachim Schrey advises on international data transfers relating to cloud services and system implementation for data loss prevention among other matters; Sebastian Dienst has extensive expertise in advising international companies, especially on matters pertaining to data protection governance; and Pascal Schumacher specializes in regulated markets and digital health.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The quality is excellent in every respect and so is the price-performance ratio.’

‘Friendly and competent. Open to legal tech, very innovative.’

‘Joachim Schrey is characterized by a great understanding of bespoke and innovative advice on complex technical and economic issues. He is also able to enable a legally compliant design in new constellations in such a way that this comes as close as possible to the economically desired and technically feasible cornerstones. ‘

‘Noerr covers the entire range.’

‘Noerr’s data protection team is characterized by a helpful, very pragmatic approach. Extremely fast support is a matter of course here. Individual solutions that bridge the gap between compliance and business also help large companies to remain competitive in an international context.’

‘Pascal Schumacher: Due to his experience, he is very good at incorporating risks, common practice and possible reactions from the authorities into the company’s decision-making process, which actually makes it easier for complex projects.’

Pascal Schumacher can always be reached quickly and always has a competent representative, is patient and also very flexible. You get the feeling that you are always treated as priority A. Furthermore, he also supports the communication with international branches very professionally and is available for worldwide consultations.’

Key clients

ADA Health

adjust GmbH

Breitling SA

GLOBALFOUNDRIES

LVM Landwirtschaftlicher Versicherungsverein Münster a. G.

McDonald’s Deutschland LLC

MEWA Textil-Service AG & Co. Management OHG

Microsoft Corporation

Mobility Trader GmbH

Sunshine Smile GmbH

Summit Partners

Uhlala GmbH

Evoco AG

Finanz Informatik Technologie Service GmbH & Co. KG (FI-TS)

Kaufland

Schwarz Gruppe

Datev

Scout24

Insolvenzverwalter Wirecard

Westwing

Work highlights

  • Assessment of hurdles and design scope within data protection regulations for testing innovative business models as part of the Reallabore Deutschland strategy.
  • Data protection advice on the use of tracking and analysis tools and on the use of biometric processes.
  • Data protection advice on the structuring of US data transfers for a health app.

Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation Tier 1

Noerr's highly regarded digital business group around Thomas Thalhofer in Munich and Torsten Kraul in Berlin continues to be one of the top players in Germany's IT and digitization market. Deeply embedded into the firm's full-service structure, the practice offers interdisciplinary advice to clients from a wide range of industries, with automotive, finance and insurance sectors particularly standing out, and on a broad variety of issues such as IoT, data-driven business models, AI and blockchain applications. The practice also assists with innovative projects and studies such as an interdisciplinary study on success factors for Smart Cities. Digital transactions are another mainstay. David Bomhard is 'extremely adept' at IT contracts.

Testimonials

‘Quick responses to inquiries. Extensive technical and industry expertise. Very pleasant cooperation. Contracts are delivered to a very high standard in every respect.’

‘Full, competent, trustworthy and stringent all-round support from the beginning of the negotiation to the end with a great deal of persuasiveness and assertiveness towards the negotiating partner, i.e. planning, drafting of contract texts, conducting negotiations, coordination, advice and assessment from a single source. The lawyers are always available and work extremely quickly.’

‘Thomas Thalhofer is very competent and experienced in drafting IT contracts and impresses with his stringent and practice-oriented negotiation skills, which are always characterized by a very high degree of goal orientation and assertiveness.’

‘David Bomhard is extremely well-versed in drafting IT contracts and is distinguished by his particular knowledge of contract details, without ever losing the overview and the sense of overall success.’

‘Thomas Heitzer is very competent and experienced and convinces with his deep instructive expertise, through which he is able to convince his negotiating partner.’

Information technology > IT transactions and outsourcing Tier 1

Noerr's interdisciplinary expertise comes together within the broad digital business group around Thomas Thalhofer and Torsten Kraul and covers fields such as trade and commerce, IT and outsourcing as well as media. The team, in particular Peter Brautigam, assists with projects related to innovative outsourcing models and multisourcing approaches, which often involve coordination agreements between providers and new types of IoT technologies. Additionally, assistance with digital M&A and transactions has become increasingly relevant for the practice, especially in relation to insolvency-related projects, while cross-practice cooperation with the firm's finance and insurance teams creates further synergies. Notably, the group offers the legal tech-driven product License Due Diligence which enables efficient risk assessments of license agreements.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Full, competent, trustworthy and stringent all-round support from the beginning of negotiations to the end with a great deal of persuasiveness and assertiveness towards the negotiating partner, ie planning and drafting of contract texts, conducting negotiations, coordination, advice and assessment from a single source. The lawyers are always available and work extremely quickly.’

‘Thomas Thalhofer is very competent and experienced in drafting IT contracts and impresses with his stringent and practice-oriented negotiation skills, which are always characterized by a very high degree of goal orientation and assertiveness.’

‘Very high focus on feasibility and problem solving.’

‘Outstanding individual professional skills, which are always brought together to master the overall challenge.’

Key clients

Alibaba.com (Europe) Ltd.

Bayer AG

Bayerische Landesbrandversicherung AG

BayWa AG / FarmFacts GmbH

Credi2 GmbH

Debeka Krankenversicherungsverein a.G.

Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Kreditbank AG

HCL Technologies Germany GmbH

Klöckner Shared Services

Lotto24

McDonald‘s

MEWA Textil-Service AG & Co. Management OHG

Microsoft Deutschland GmbH

Tata Consultancy Services Deutsch-land GmbH

TechSAT GmbH

tooz technologie GmbH

Trustlog GmbH

Versicherungskammer Bayern

Zimmer GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to Trustlog on setting up a digital guarantee platform (LegalTech platform).
  • Comprehensive legal advice to DEBEKA Krankenversicherungsverein on the renewal of core insurance systems.
  • Comprehensive advice to Klöckner Shared Services GmbH on the outsourcing of global IT functions.

Media > Entertainment

Noerr combines competencies from various practice areas, such as trade and commerce, IT and outsourcing as well as IP and media, within its multidisciplinary digital business group. The team thus masters both traditional media issues as well as digitisation's latest challenges such as issues related to AI applications, platform regulation and personal rights protection. Advising broadcasters on agreements with infrastructure providers is another one of the firm's core competencies, while it is especially renowned for its relevant experience in the transactional arena (particularly in takeovers and the establishment of joint ventures). Most recently, the group excelled in negotiating the short-time work collective agreement for the film industry and in creating the default fund for Covid-19 pandemic damage; the matter was led by practice head Johannes Kreile. Of Counsel Ulrich Michel is highly regarded in the film financing sphere.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expertise in film and media law, copyright law, tax law. Johannes Kreile excels.’

Key clients

Allianz Deutscher Produzenten – Film & Fernsehen e.V.

Leonine Holding

Warner Bros.

Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

Heinrich Bauer Media Group

LionsGate

Bavaria Fiction GmbH

ARTE G.E.I.E.

Constantin Medien AG

Ziegler Film GmbH & Co. KG

Hearst Corporation

Right Livelihood Foundation

rt1 media group GmbH

 

Work highlights

  • Creation of the model for BKM’s default fund I and the default fund II of federal states for Covid-19 pandemic damage in film productions.
  • Representing Wort & Bild Verlag in a complaints procedure related to alleged discrimination against a provider by Google for highlighting information boxes of the Federal Ministry of Health.
  • Comprehensive media, funding, corporate and tax law advice to LionsGate on the establishment of a joint venture and on the drafting and negotiation of all transaction and production contracts for films.

Private equity > Transactions

Noerr has special expertise in assisting with mid- and large-cap investments as well as buy-out transactions. Instructions mainly stem from the digital, health and technology areas and frequently entail restructuring aspects, which are handled in cooperation with the relevant team. The group's key clients include KPS, Apollo and KKR. The group's interdisciplinary corporate and capital markets expertise was strengthened in autumn 2020 with the additions of Natalie Daghles and Martin Neuhaus from Latham & Watkins LLP, while Florian Sippel joined as associated partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in January 2022; he advises private equity investors on their investments and divestments. In addition to transactional matters, Georg Schneider also oversees fund structuring issues and jointly heads the practice with Christian Pleister, who is well versed in the media, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Testimonials

‘Professionally and personally very good team, efficient and goal-oriented.’

‘Very approachable and easygoing team, very “user friendly”.’

‘Good and friendly personalities, nice and easy to deal with while being sharp and aggressive (in a good way); commercially thinking.’

‘High professionalism and depth of knowledge.’

‘Noerr’s transaction team is technically extremely competent and at the same time pragmatic. High level of expertise in the implementation of corporate transactions with optimization of individual options for action (balancing opportunities/risks).’

‘Dr. Martin Neuhaus has extraordinary professional competence, high speed of action and familiarization with complex issues, balanced opportunity/risk assessment, use of a large network.’

‘The team was available at all times. It was particularly positive that they came up with a transaction structure for a complex M&A transaction in the shortest possible time that implemented what was economically desired within the best possible legal framework. Even over the Christmas holidays the team has been working to make signing possible by the end of the year.’

‘Sebastian Voigt has broad knowledge and good solutions, and was very helpful in completing the transaction on time and professionally.’

Work highlights

  • Advising KPS Capital Partners on the acquisition of the rolling business of the Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro ASA.
  • Advising Ergon Capital on the acquisition of the Fair Doctors Group.
  • Advice to DBAG on the investment in Hausheld AG and on the investment in the R+S Group.

Private equity > Venture capital Tier 1

Noerr demonstrates special expertise in assisting with growth capital matters, financing and financing rounds as well as buyouts and exits; these instructions usually come from national and international growth capital companies and investors, including corporate VCs. The practice has know-how in the digitisation, healthcare and technology sectors and oversees both mid- and large-cap transactions. Felix Blobel is an experienced contact for investors, growth companies and founders. Georg Christoph Schneider and Christian Pleister jointly head the combined VC and PE practice. Ariane Neubauer (VC and Corporate) joined Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in February 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advice to Deposit Solutions GmbH on venture debt financing.
  • Advising Deutsche Börse AG on the implementation of a venture regarding the development of the leading digital marketplace for the financial industry.
  • Advised PPRO Holding GmbH on a financing round of over $180 million and an expansion bringing the total financing to $270 million.

Public sector > Planning and environment Tier 1

Noerr stands out for its advice to prestigious clients and its assistance with major political and legal developments in environmental and planning law, while 'innovative approaches to dispute resolution' represent one of the team's strengths. The advice and representation of the Federal Republic and the federal states form an important pillar of the practice, such as assisting the federal government with its coal phase-out and advising on legal and planning projects for the generation of wind energy. In addition, the group regularly advises the public sector on urban development measures; here, recently appointed partner Christian Alexander Mayer frequently contributes his transport sector expertise. The team further demonstrates know-how not only in general, but also in product-related environmental law and, for instance, assists with environmental regulatory matters in the automotive industry. Practice head Holger Schmitz is an excellent contact for politically sensitive issues due to his extensive experience in European and constitutional law.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Professionally very competent, punctual work; innovative conflict resolution approaches in the area of spatial planning and energy law; very courteous staff.’

‘Very good expertise and know-how.’

Many years of experience, very good expertise in the requested topics, very good and competent advice, very good cooperation and very pleasant exchange.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on the draft law to end coal-fired power generation.
  • Advising the City of Frankfurt on the Frankfurt Northwest urban development project.
  • Comprehensive advice to the Chinese automotive group SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC) in a multidisciplinary team on the design and implementation of a three-year European pool of non-affiliated car manufacturers to comply with the CO2 fleet limits with Volkswagen AG.

Real estate and construction > Project development Tier 1

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 1

Noerr's  focus lies on self-administration, protective shield proceedings as well as insolvency administration, is underpinned by a multidisciplinary approach and also includes international restructuring cases. Thus, the group assists clients with insolvency disputes, subordinated and silent loans, standstill and settlement agreements and assumes the role of a double-profit trustee. The team is equally experienced in taking on the role as restructuring partner in large and complex restructuring cases as well as in the preparation of restructuring framework plans. Practice heads Thomas Hoffmann and Martin Kleinschmitt are not only experienced in insolvency but also in pre-insolvency restructuring and in insolvency plan proceedings. Kleinschmitt is also a board member of Noerr Consulting AG, which, in addition to providing advice on restructuring and reorganisation, also takes on the management of companies in crisis and advises on distressed M&A transactions. The team also includes Simone Schönen, who advises companies, investors and lenders and has particular expertise in bond restructuring and insolvency disputes; Dorothee Prosteder, who specialises in insolvency-related M&A transactions; and Andrea Braun, who made partner in early 2021; she focuses on bridge financings, debt restructuring and defence against insolvency avoidance claims.

Key clients

Aluminium Rheinfelden Gruppe

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Facility Agent

Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank

Klier Holding GmbH

Leesys – Leipzig Electronic Systems GmbH

Linde + Wiemann

Maredo Gaststätten

Nanogate

Thoughtful Brands, Inc.

Vereinigte deutsche Vapiano Partner e.V.

Veritas AG

Willy Bogner GmbH & Co. KGaA

Wirecard AG

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive restructuring advice for Condor Flugdienst GmbH, including after the insolvency of Thomas Cook in the insolvency plan procedure, on the refinancing caused by Covid-19 and on post-M&A disputes with PGL and most recently on the acquisition of a majority by Attestor.
  • Advising a finance agency on a further stabilization package for TUI AG by the Economic Stabilization Fund; Preparation of the documentation of the stabilization measures and advice in negotiations with the company.
  • Comprehensive advice to Wirecard AG after the uncovering of the accounting scandal; including rescue negotiations with the banks, the preparation and initiation of insolvency proceedings and the sale of various companies.

Trade and distribution > Foreign trade law Tier 1

Investment control and trade compliance form the cornerstones of Noerr ‘s foreign trade law practice, which includes transactional support, criminal and administrative fine proceedings and the introduction of compliance management systems. In addition, clients are comprehensively advised on export control, embargo and customs law issues, including how to deal with Brexit-related scenarios. Bärbel Sachs heads the practice and advises on all aspects of foreign trade law, including anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and WTO law. She is also well versed in trade compliance programmes and accompanies investment audits by the BMWi. Internal investigations, criminal investigations or administrative fines are the focus of Christian Pelz. A strength of Johannes Schäffer is compliance advice to companies and financial institutions. Claus Zimmermann joined the team from Sidley Austin LLP in December 2020 and impresses with his focus on EU regulatory and WTO law, in particular the development and enforcement of international and European trade and investment regulations.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Ms. Bärbel Sachs has very good specialist knowledge, knows the industrial requirements, is pragmatic and has a very good network. Unreserved recommendation!’

‘I can unreservedly recommend Bärbel Sachs.’

Key clients

Adjust GmbH

AeroVironment

Aluminium Rheinfelden Gruppe

Andreas Stihl AG und Co.KG

Avista Capital

Axion Cyprus Holding Limited/Softline Group

Baltic Distillery GmbH

Bauer Kompressoren GmbH

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Cobalt International Energy Inc.

d&b audiotechnik GmbH & Co. KG

ELAS Technologies GmbH

EOT Inc.

Firmenich

Glamox AS

Güralp Systems Ltd.

ICON PLC

Idox Compliance Group

Interfer Austria GmbH

Interfer Edelstahl Handelsges. mbH

Inter-Union Technohandel GmbH

KPS

Leidos

LVM Landwirtschaftlicher Versicherungsverein Münster a.G. (LVM)

Mambu GmbH

MET Holding AG

Momentive Performance Materials GmbH

Nord Stream 2 AG

Onapsis Inc.

Polytech Holding ApS (VCVIII)

Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik

Robert Bosch

Schaltbau Holding AG

Schwarz Dienstleistung KG / PreZero Stiftung & Co. KG

scia Systems GmbH

Semper idem Underberg AG

SIG Sauer Inc.

SLM Solutions AG

Tally Weijl Trading AG

Trapeze Switzerland

Zeppelin Systems GmbH

Zimmer Biomet

Zyto-Unternehmensgruppe

Trade and distribution > Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 1

Noerr fields a sizeable team in the commercial and distribution law space. Accordingly, clients often benefit from the team’s highly specialised expertise. The interdisciplinary structure of the firm also serves numerous interfaces, offering a one-stop shop approach. Key topics in this area are distribution, franchise and official distributor systems as well as the development of e-commerce businesses and platforms. The practice also has a particularly strong footing in the automotive industry, with comprehensive advice on all distribution and antitrust law issues. A recent growth area is the topic digitisation, which is increasingly expanding. Michael Reiling is particularly well versed in franchising and the transnational restructuring of distribution systems. Clients from the automotive and telecoms industries rely on Albin Ströbl for distribution and antitrust matters, while Karsten Metzlaff has extensive experience in franchise law. Mansur Pour Rafsendjani covers matters pertaining to the digitisation of the supply chain and Tom Billing has experience in the areas of e-commerce and distribution law and is particularly active in the contractual implementation of distribution systems. Cathrin Wentzel made associated partner in January 2021, and contributes expertise in the areas of supply contracts and international supply relationships, among other things.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team around partner Dr. Albin Ströbl has good knowledge of the automotive sector and the associated sales and commercial law issues.’

‘Partner Albin Ströbl has a quick grasp and a good (also historical) overview of the mandate and the central issues. He has a very pleasant way of dealing with clients and a very welcome economic approach and perspective when drafting distribution or cooperation agreements.’

‘Dr. Michael Reiling: Excellent specialist knowledge and very practice-oriented, always providing solutions.’

‘Very short-term availability, fast work results, practical advice, strategic sales advice, result-oriented and always appropriate dealings with the other side.’

‘Very solution-oriented and pragmatic thinking and working. High professional competence in the legal areas, especially in sales and franchise law.’

‘Tom Billing: Very solution-oriented, very pragmatic. Fast and precise processing.’

‘Michael Reiling: Outstanding legal expertise in franchise law, very high level of responsiveness and an excellent service attitude.’

‘Ströbl knows the industry and is simply up to date, so you immediately feel understood with your case constellations. He gives an answer to everything from the knowledge and experience in the branch.’

Key clients

VW Car Software Org

zooplus

Canyon Bycicles

Royal Cosun

Serviceplan Group

Home Shopping Europe

Credi2 GmbH

Auto Teile Unger (ATU)

McDonald’s Deutschland

Boehringer Ingelheim

Volkswagen Gruppe

SAIC Motor Europe

Stellantis

Ineos

Libri

Swarowski

med-plast

Schoko Winterscheidt GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the Austrian FinTech Credi2 GmbH on a subscription model (rental model) for technical devices of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile phones, tablet computers and laptops.
  • Representation of SAIC Motor Europe in the market launch of new MG brand vehicles in Europe (hybrid and electric vehicles).
  • Advising tooz technologies on international production and supply contracts for Bluetooth-enabled smart glasses.

Banking and finance > Financial services: regulatory Tier 2

Noerr follows a full-service approach which results in the coverage of a wide array of matters for an equally versatile client base consisting of banks, asset managers, insurers, payment service providers and companies. In addition to traditional issues pertaining to financial regulation and payment services supervisory law, the group is also well versed in looking after matters touching on corporate law and transactions which includes cross-border mergers, other M&A transactions as well as cooperation agreements. Jens Kunz dedicates his practice to this variety of topics and jointly heads the group with insurance supervisory law expert Thomas Heitzer . The arrival of compliance expert Stefanie Bischof as associated partner in February 2021 from DLA Piper broadened the group’s compliance and risk management expertise, an area also covered by Heitzer. Kai-Michael Hingst is an experienced advisor to e-money issuers and fintechs.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The interdisciplinary cooperation with specialists in their respective fields worked exceptionally well. The advice was comprehensive and met all our needs as a client. In our opinion, this was not self-evident, especially given the size of the project. Communication always ran smoothly, requests were addressed immediately and the advice was always tailored to the client’s ideas and, if necessary, readjusted.’

‘Dr. Jens Kunz and Dr. Torsten Kraul were always available for us. The advice was always practical, excellent in terms of content, needs-oriented and fast. From the client’s point of view, both gentlemen have excellent expertise, which in combination enabled a strong negotiating position. On a personal level, too, communication was always very friendly, quick and courteous.’

‘Her Prof. Dr. Hingst is an absolute luminary in his field and he is excellent at applying his comprehensive professional know-how to the business activities of the client/company he is looking after and their needs, without missing the equally necessary high level of pragmatism. In addition, even in critical situations, the necessary amount of fun and humor never falls by the wayside.’

‘Dr. Neumann of Prof. Dr. Hingst’s team is – in the most positive conceivable sense – has passed through Prof. Dr. Hingst’s rigorous training and can therefore come up with a professional expertise that is unparalleled in the field of senior associates or associated partners of large law firms. Coupled with a very sociable manner, working with him at the highest professional level is also a lot of fun.

‘The cooperation with the practice area is always characterized by very courteous friendliness and is characterized by an enormously high level of expertise that has not been experienced in other houses.

‘Short-term inquiries related to day-to-day business could always be sent here, as well as the advisory support for long-term large-scale projects. There was no discernible difference in quality in this regard. In addition, all colleagues in the practice area work absolutely reliably and the legal advice given is extremely practical and resilient.

Key clients

Baader Bank AG

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur

Frankfurter Volksbank eG

Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank

Inflexion

Kaufland

LVM Landwirtschaftlicher Versicherungsverein Münster a.G.

Nord Stream 2 AG

Wirecard

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Republic of Germany – finance agency on the creation of model documentation for the recapitalization of companies in the real economy.
  • Advising Hamburg Investment and Development Bank on matters related to the establishment of Hamburg Stabilization Fund.
  • Advice to Wirecard on the sale of Wirecard’s European core business to Banco Santander and on the handling of further business.

Banking and finance > Real estate finance Tier 2

Noerr continues to primarily advise national and international banks as well as alternative lenders; acquisition, real estate and project finance expert Dorian Legel, who made associated partner in January 2021, is also dedicated to this client segment, while also consistently expanding his advice to borrowers. Practice head Andreas Naujoks and Doreen Pape, who made counsel in January 2021, also assist both types of clients. Recently, the team assisted with various large-scale project and district developments – many of them in Berlin – particularly in the commercial and residential sphere, but also advised on financing across other asset classes including special properties (such as listed properties). The group's advice includes forward financing and refinancing as well as acquisition financing for national and cross-border real estate portfolios. Most recently, they were also active in DCM-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Bayern LB

Bayerische Versorgungskammer

Commerzbank AG

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Sparkasse Berlin

Deutsche Postbank

LBBW

DZ Hyp

Prime Capital

Lenwood Capital

ODDO BHF Aktiengesellschaft

Kommunaler Versorgungsverband Baden-Württemberg

UniCredit

Work highlights

  • Advising a banking consortium led by Deutsche Hypothekenbank on the €296m financing of the four construction phases of Heidestrasse district.
  • Advising a banking consortium led by Berliner Sparkasse on the €565m project financing of the Berlin Fürst site.
  • Advising the financial advisor, acting for two managed funds, on the €60m mezzanine financing of a real estate portfolio acquisition by x+bricks SA from TLG AG.

Compliance Tier 2

Noerr‘s compliance practice offers a full-service approach with multidisciplinary advice on interfacing issues. Employment law issues are covered by Daniel Happ, while Bärbel Sachs assists with foreign trade law and trade compliance mandates. Digitisation, technology-related compliance and regulatory issues were also advised on during the reporting period. Both practice heads, Sophia Habbe and Torsten Fett, routinely assist with D&O liability matters. Other core team members are arbitration expert Anke Meier and criminal lawyer Volker Rosengarten, who joined from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in summer 2021 and adds capacities in litigation, compliance and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Torsten Fett is an outstanding lawyer with strategic vision.’

Key clients

Adler Modemärkte AG

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Börse AG

Fresenius Kabi AG

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH

Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA

Philipp Morris GmbH

Schaltbau Holding AG

Zimmer Biomet Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advising the board of directors of a DAX30 company regarding any claims for breaches of duty by employees in connection with years of global corruption practices in the group, which have already been the subject of settlements with US authorities.
  • Advising a DAX30 company in connection with allegations of misconduct in communication by a member of the board of directors as well as clarification of the facts, legal analysis and recommendations for action.
  • Support for an international development bank in processing violations of the Russia embargo.

Compliance > Internal investigations Tier 2

In close cooperation with its criminal law practice, Noerr supports clients in suspected cases and investigations. Sophia Habbe is experienced in complex regulatory and internal investigations and, together with Torsten Fett, heads the team, whose expertise in stock corporation and capital markets law complements the service spectrum. Bärbel Sachs is a key contact for issues pertaining to export control and foreign trade law, while Christian Pelz often assists clients with criminal investigations. In January 2021, Karolin Fitzer (anti-corruption) made associated partner and the team was also strengthened with the addition of associated partner Stefanie Bischof from DLA Piper. Bischof focuses on cross-border and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Adler Modemärkte AG

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Börse AG

Fresenius Kabi AG

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH

Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA

Philipp Morris GmbH

Schaltbau Holding AG

Zimmer Biomet Holdings

Work highlights

  • Accompanying two German subsidiaries of a European pharmaceutical company in investigations by the Italian antitrust authorities and the Federal Cartel Office and in the subsequent internal investigation.  

Corporate and M&A > M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 2

Noerr ‘s growing M&A practice welcomed corporate and M&A specialists Harald Selzner, Martin Neuhaus, Natalie Daghles and Rainer Wilke from Latham & Watkins LLP in autumn 2020. Thus, in addition to acquisitions, sales and mergers, the team now also has advisory capacities in distressed M&A matters, particularly in the healthcare, energy, e-commerce and automotive sectors. Florian Becker and Alexander Hirsch jointly head the group, which also includes Christian Pleister, who is well versed in PE issues.

Testimonials

‘The teams and Mr Pleister and Mr Becker are doing an excellent job.’

‘Mr Pleister is an outstanding attorney.’

‘Mr Becker is always committed and a good negotiator.’

‘In the context of a very complex transaction, which, in addition to questions from corporate law, tax law, labor law, IT law, data protection, distribution law and insolvency law, also brought up topics from banking supervisory law and insurance supervisory law, Noer was able to provide very competent lawyers promptly for all questions.’

Key clients

Adjust GmbH

Befesa S.A.

CECONOMY AG

Cellnex Telecom S.A.

Deutsche Finanzagentur GmbH – Bundesrepublik Deutschland

ICON PLC

Kering S.A.

KPS Capital Partners

Liwathon E. O. S.

LVM Landwirtschaftlicher Versicherungsverein Münster a.G.

Schwarz Dienstleistung KG/ PreZero Stiftung & Co. KG

Scout24

Work highlights

  • Advice to Adjust GmbH on the takeover by AppLovin (USA).
  • Advising Cellnex Telecom SA in the bidding process for the acquisition of Telxius SA’s cell tower portfolio.  
  • Advising Schwarz Dienst KG/ PreZero Stiftung & Co. KG on the acquisition of SUEZ’s waste disposal and recycling business in Germany, Poland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 2

Noerr has broad expertise in various contentious matters, including in relation to post-M&A, corporate and capital markets as well as in issues touching on insolvency law. Arbitration expert Anke Meier frequently handles matters entailing North American aspects, while co-head Oliver Sieg has experience in commercial and liability issues. He jointly heads the practice with Hans Christian Kirchner, who is well versed in mass proceedings; Christine Volohonsky focuses on financial and corporate law disputes. The group broadened its interdisciplinary capabilities with the arrival of criminal lawyer Volker Rosengarten from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, while Michael Molitoris (experience in mass damages proceedings) joined SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in April 2021.

Work highlights

  • Defending a former board member of Solarworld AG against damages claims brought by the insolvency administrator against former board members; legal dispute before the Regional Court Bonn.

Germany > Employment Tier 2

In January 2021, Noerr expanded the ranks of associated partners with three promotions and also its roster of equity partners with the promotion of Stefan Schwab in Berlin. His focus on restructuring, outsourcing, co-determination and occupational pension schemes reflects the broad service spectrum, including cross-practice cooperations on acquisition and restructuring projects. The core expertise of Andreas Butz, who manages the group from Düsseldorf, also lies in restructuring advice. Further key strengths are compliance advice pertaining to external staff and temporary work as well as the representation in labour court proceedings. The expertise in executive remuneration structures as well as the German Remuneration Ordinance for Institutions (Institutionsvergütungsverordnung) was strengthened in December 2021 with associated partner Boris Blunck (previously Counsel at Allen & Overy LLP ).

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Understand your client and offer targeted advice and solutions’ – this is absolutely common practice among the colleagues at Noerr! As a client, you quickly realize that Noerr accompanies the client in a highly competent manner, but always on an equal footing. With Noerr it is absolute teamwork. Noerr adapts extremely flexibly to client requirements and external circumstances. As a client, you can feel that the colleagues at Noerr also work very well together, which always has a positive effect on working with the client.’

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

‘High level of commitment, efficient team, no “following” colleagues. Concrete addition of specialists for special and interdisciplinary issues, efficient briefing of colleagues.’

‘In addition to competence, good communication, quick reactions and teamwork. Also empathetic towards the employees and their representatives in difficult decisions and measures.’

‘The Noerr team is very well and competently positioned, both technically and in terms of personnel. Response times are very short and flexibility when required is very high.’

‘Andreas Butz: negotiation professional and uncompromisingly oriented towards the company’s objectives.’

‘Outstanding labor law expertise, particularly in transactions related to restructuring and insolvency. Creative solutions, responsive team.’

‘Especially Dr. Schwab is available almost anytime. Even with extremely short-term inquiries, he is available – even well outside of normal working hours – and provides great support. We not only trust his legal statements, but also his recommendations for implementation and action. His pleasant manner completes the cooperation.’

Industry focus > Energy Tier 2

Noerr further expanded its transactional capacities in the energy sector in 2020. In addition to corporate experts Christoph Spiering and Tibor Fedke, the interdisciplinary team also has a sought-after financing group and a renowned dispute resolution practice, which is well known due to its representation in large arbitration proceedings. In addition to the coal phase-out, other key topics include renewable energies with a particular focus on onshore and offshore wind. Cornelia Kermel in Berlin is particularly well-versed in concession procedures, whereas Frank Hölscher, who joined the firm in October 2021 from Dolde Mayen & Partner, has longstanding regulatory expertise in advising grid operators. A growth area is mobility and related issues, for example clients are advised on matters such as electric vehicles and on CO2 pooling by car manufacturers. Christian Mayer (Munich; alternative mobility, administrative law) and Martin Geipel (Berlin; transactions, industrial and commercial clients, energy contract law, among others) made partners in January 2021. Hendrik Schlutt (Dresden; infrastructure law) was appointed counsel at the same time. Christof Federwisch (Frankfurt/Düsseldorf; energy generation plants, energy infrastructure) heads the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Noerr has a problem-solving approach and focuses on the most important elements of the transaction for the energy industry.’

‘Tibor Fedke: focus, economic understanding, correct analysis.’

‘Martin Geipel offers very competent, practical advice on energy law issues.’

‘Extraordinarily good support and strategically good advice.’

Tibor Fedke is a very experienced lawyer who provides clear guidance even on very complex, unusual legal issues.’

‘Very high level of competence combined with high agility.’

‘Christian Mayer is an outstanding advisor on the legal framework for charging infrastructure.’

Key clients

Alte Leipziger/Hallesche Leben

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Compleo Charging Solutions

DNV GL SE

E.ON S.E. / E.ON Rhein Ruhr GmbH

EDF – Electricité de France

ENGIE

ENTEGA AG

EWE AG

Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Verkehr und Landesentwicklung

IBERDROLA Renovables

Land Baden-Württemberg /Verkehrsministerium Ba-Wü

Mazda Motor Europe GmbH

Meridiam

MET Holding AG

Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

MOIA

Nationale Leitstelle Ladeinfrastruktur / NOW GmbH

Plenium Partners

Re-Wind

SAIC Motor Corporation Limited

SL Nature Energy Group

STEAG

Swisspower Renewables AG

Thüga AG

Veolia Group

Vinnolit

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in the contract negotiations with the transmission system operators on the payment of budgetary funds to reduce the EEG surcharge.
  • Advising the Federal Republic of Germany in the ICSID arbitration proceedings, conducted by Strabag SE, among others, in relation to the regulatory framework for offshore wind farms in Germany.
  • Advising Alte Leipziger/Hallische Leben on the acquisition of a stake in the Veja Mate offshore wind farm.

Insurance > Insurance litigation Tier 2

Noerr's insurance dispute resolution practice includes expertise in D&O, financial loss liability insurance and product liability. The team recently made an effort to expand its advice offered to policyholders as well as on cyber insurance. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the group also handled an increasing number of contentious matters pertaining to company closures and event cancellation insurance. Oliver Sieg and Thomas Heitzer jointly head the group, with the latter advising on liability and coverage litigation as well as D&O, E&O and PI disputes. Sieg is acting before first instance and appeal courts as well as arbitration tribunals. Helmut Katschthaler oversees product liability insurance matters including reinsurance-related arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Noerr has excellent internal connections in Germany and is able, if necessary, to set up a project team to work on the topic in question. Cover law issues are also thoroughly examined on the UN side and the underlying strategies are worked out promptly with the client.’

‘RA Dr. Oliver Sieg: A fearless and experienced insurance lawyer with great tactical skills, both in terms of negotiating and formulating strategies. At the negotiating table he is without exception sovereign and knows how to win over the other side.’

‘Herr Helmut Katschthaler: We see his strengths in thinking through alternative courses of action and the respective impact assessment. Mr. Katschthaler is characterized by enormous willingness to perform and client orientation. Mr. Katschthaler is also absolutely reliable and goal-oriented in every respect when preparing and conducting rounds of talks with the “opposite side”.’

Germany > Private clients and non-profits Tier 2

Noerr is experienced in advising family businesses, entrepreneurial families and wealthy private individuals and offers a one-stop shop for wealth, succession and foundation issues as well as corporate and tax matters and litigation. The team has particular expertise in assisting with cross-border matters and family corporate governance issues. Transaction expert Tobias Bürgers and private client specialist Wolfram Theiss jointly head the group.

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Testimonials

‘Competent.’

Public sector > Commercial administrative law Tier 2

The client portfolio of Noerr's commercial administration practice includes ministries and authorities at federal and state level as well as numerous German and international companies. The team advises the public sector on strategic issues, provides regulatory support for large transactions, but is also frequently active on issues relating to gaming, telecommunications and financial market supervisory law. Commercial administrative law aspects of investment control represent another important topic for the team, as do new developments in the energy and mobility sectors. Holger Schmitz focuses on politically relevant projects and politically sensitive issues, and the Munich-based Christian Mayer is considered a 'competent and always available contact'. In January 2022, the Düsseldorf office was strengthened by the arrival of salary partner Carsten Bringmann, previously at Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Testimonials

‘Competent and personable.’

‘Dr. Christian Mayer as a competent and always available contact person.’

Real estate and construction > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Noerr 's construction law practice offers national and international clients comprehensive advice on all construction and real estate law issues in the context of project development. This includes all aspects pertaining to large-volume residential quarter developments and large specialist properties such as logistics centres, university buildings and hotels. Volker Bock is particularly well versed in in and out-of-court litigation and jointly heads the practice with Stefan Weise (plant construction and project development). Peter Bachmann, who is experienced in the areas of planning, approval and securing of commercial sites, particularly with regard to environmental regulations, is also part of the core team. Expertise in infrastructure and plant construction projects complete the service offering.

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Testimonials

‘Volker Bock: Very committed, good negotiator.’

‘Expertise is extremely high. At the same time, the advice is absolutely practical.’

‘The cooperation with Volker Bock is very trusting with top results within a very short time.’

‘Volker Bock: Customer-oriented and business-oriented way of working; moderates the disputed parties, is solution-oriented and thus achieves quick, effective out-of-court solutions.’

‘Professional preparation and analysis. Explanation of the facts.’

‘High professional competence and very good negotiation strategies.’

Key clients

ATMIRA Gruppe

Catella Project Management

Commerz Real

Esterer WD GmbH

Gemeinde Bad Wiessee

GLP

Heine Optotechnik

Landeshauptstadt München

Linde AG

Sachsenmilch Leppersdorf GmbH (Theo Müller Group)

Serviceplan SE

Swisspower Renewables

Volkswagen AG

Wavin

Work highlights

  • Advising the City of Munich on the four-track expansion of the S-Bahn line 8 to the airport.
  • Advising Commerz Real on the acquisition and construction of the so-called Campus II, a student residence campus located next to the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
  • Ongoing and comprehensive advice to GLP (formerly Gazeley) on the preparation and negotiation of all project contracts and on the development and leasing of all logistics properties in Germany.

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 2

Noerr supports clients in real estate transactions, project developments and real estate financing as well as in real estate operations. Annette Pospich leads the team and routinely covers real estate transactions in the asset categories retail, office and logistics and also handles financial and investment law aspects. She is also well versed in setting up rental structures for commercial properties. Clemens Schönemann, who made partner at the beginning of 2021, assists with real estate disputes both in and out-of-court. At the same time, Manuel Lomb was promoted to salary partner, underpinning the prominence of real estate transactions and project developments in the international context. The interface with real estate financing was strengthened with Tim Behrens, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Annette Pospich and Manuel Lomb: well-founded, thorough, affable.’

‘Manuel Lomb is very friendly, down to earth, competent.’

Annette Pospich is competent and tough when it comes to negotiating.’

‘In addition to all aspects of real estate law, Noerr also covers the frequently relevant areas of taxes, company law, etc. very well (under the direction of the real estate lawyers). In the respective transactions, there are always very easily accessible contacts.’

‘The team has a very thorough knowledge of the real estate market and the case law in this area.’

‘They take a lot of time to go into detail and describe different approaches.’

‘Legal advice at the highest level.’

‘A very competent team with skilful negotiation skills’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Activum SG

Catella Project Management GmbH

Commerz Real

DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate

Deutsche Asset One

Deutsche Wohnen Gruppe

DIC Asset

Gateway Real Estate AG

Gazeley Germany

GEG German Estate Group AG

GoldTree Group

GSW Immobilien AG

HTB

Instone Real Estate Development

Kathrein Group

Patron Capital

Real I.S.

Redos Real Estate

Schwarz Gruppe/Kaufland

Spardabank Hessen

Toms

Union Investment Institutional Property

V-Markt

Work highlights

  • Advising Sparda-Bank Hessen eG on the acquisition of an office and hotel high-rise building on Europaallee in Frankfurt am Main, which is still under development.
  • Advising Real IS AG on the acquisition of two office properties in a prime location in Berlin for the Real IS theme fund Germany II; The seller of the office property portfolio is PATRIZIA AG.
  • Comprehensive advice to DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate AG on the joint acquisition of the building known as CIELO in the prominent office complex at Theodor-Heuss-Allee 100-104 in Frankfurt am Main; in addition to DEMIRE, the RFR Group is equally involved in the transaction.

Germany > Antitrust Tier 3

Noerr's extensively skilled team 'always finds pragmatic and practice-oriented solutions'. Of particular note are its complex merger control proceedings at European and national level, although the team also handles complex forensic issues; this includes damages claims following fine proceedings and representing companies in antitrust and fine proceedings. The firm cooperates across offices, especially with its Brussels colleagues, with the Munich- and Brussels-based Alexander Birnstiel playing a central role. Fabian Badtke heads the practice from Frankfurt and has industry expertise in the financial services, retail and healthcare sectors. He is supported by Kathrin Westermann in Berlin, who is a highly regarded antitrust expert. 'Distinguished antitrust lawyerSarah Blazek made associate partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Karsten Metzlaff’s team is well equipped and adequately staffed for larger transactions. Personal support for clients is guaranteed at all times (usually at short notice). The legal expertise for antitrust issues is of course available.’

‘Karsten Metzlaff has extensive experience in antitrust law and can explain relevant issues very well to non-legal management.’

‘Ms. Blazek (Associate) is also knowledgeable and very pleasant in contact with clients.’

‘Very goal- and solution-oriented advice.’

‘It is an excellent collaboration. The response times are very fast and you are proactively informed about the status of ongoing projects. We always find pragmatic and practice-oriented solutions. The cooperation is extremely efficient and has always been crowned with success. Even when other Noerr lawyers or external lawyers from abroad are called in, Noerr Germany works perfectly. In view of the very high quality of the work, the price-performance ratio is extremely fair. ‘

‘Ms. Blazek works very pragmatically, solution-oriented and is extremely structured in her approach. Her response times are very fast, she is very experienced and absolutely reliable. In view of the high quality of the advice, the price-performance ratio is extremely fair. We can unreservedly recommend Ms. Blazek as an excellent antitrust lawyer.’

‘High expertise paired with the ability to process legal/antitrust issues in a way that is understandable for non-lawyers in combination with the human component of friendly cooperation.’

‘Till Steinvorth performs quickly, flexibly, professionally at the top level and is understandable and cooperative with the law firm on the buyer’s side.’

Key clients

A.T.U.

BVR Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken (National Association of German Cooperative Banks)

Cellnex Telecom S.A.

Claas

Clarious

Corint Media

Deutsche Finanzagentur

Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH (DFL)

ENSO Energie Sachsen Ost AG/DREWAG – Stadtwerke Dresden GmbH

Heinrich Bauer Verlag

Howden Group Limited

ICON PLC

KPS

LVM Landwirtschaftlicher Versicherungsverein Münster a.G.

MET Holding AG

Paccar Inc./ DAF Trucks N.V. / DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH

S&T AG

Schwarz Gruppe (Kaufland)

Westlake Chemical Corporation, Westlake Germany GmbH & Co. KG, Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG and Vinnolit Holdings GmbH

Wirecard/Jaffé

Wort & Bild Verlag

Work highlights

  • Advising the German Finance Agency, which represents the federal government on the financial markets, on the stabilization of the largest European travel and hospitality company TUI AG through the federal economic stabilization fund.
  • Advising Kaufland Group on the acquisition of Real Digital Business (Internet marketplace real.de) from investor SCP.
  • Defending DAF Trucks NV and DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH against all damages claims made in Germany as a result of the truck cartel.

Banking and finance > Lending and borrowing Tier 3

Noerr is regularly sought after by major German banks for advice on the granting of loans and the restructuring and refinancing of credit relationships. In addition to traditional financial institutions, the group has been increasingly active for alternative financiers such as mezzanine funds and insurance companies on lender side, while the team also simultaneously expanded its advice to borrowers, and here in particular to German medium-sized companies. Advice to this diverse client base encompasses takeovers, acquisitions, project and corporate financing and, most recently, also an increasing number of debt restructuring matters among other things. Practice head Andreas Naujoks is particularly active in the corporate financing and restructuring area and also routinely handles real estate financing. Acquisitions, real estate and project finance specialist Dorian Legel made associated partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The Noerr team behind Andreas Naujoks and Dr. Torsten Wehrhahn is highly competent, solution-oriented and also well versed in current topics. This is especially true when compared to other leading corporate law firms.’

‘Dr. Torsten Wehrhahn: Top lawyer, pragmatic and highly competent, high level of consulting expertise and negotiating skills. Premium support also for international and large financing transactions.’

‘Noerr’s banking and finance team is very diverse. In recent years, Noerr has been very good at recruiting good new employees, developing these employees and keeping them in the law firm. From my point of view, Noerr is therefore also able to process several larger financing transactions at the same time without quality suffering as a result. In addition to banking and finance, there is a very strong team for restructuring and insolvency law, which is important if the borrower encounters subsequent problems with the financing.’

‘Dr. Andreas Naujoks heads Noerr’s banking and financing team. Over the years, he has managed to gradually increase the size of the transactions he oversees thanks to his quality and know-how. During the corona pandemic, he was therefore a sought-after legal advisor to some of the largest companies that have fallen victim to the corona pandemic.’

‘Torsten Wehrhahn and Alexander Schilling are both very experienced lawyers with a high level of know-how, who, alongside Mr. Naujoks, can independently handle financing transactions to the full satisfaction of their clients.

‘Broad team for all departments within the firm, which was managed very well by our contacts. Good accessibility, quick processing. Very high quality!’

‘Thorsten Wehrhahn is fast, pragmatic and reliable.’

‘Well coordinated team with experienced associates and very good partner access.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Europäische Investitionsbank

Commerzbank AG

BayernLB

LBBW

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Unicredit

Wirecard

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich Aktiengesellschaft

NordLB

Adjust GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the senior banks on the €1.4bn debt restructuring of a large coal-fired power plant operator.
  • Advising the banking consortium on the financing of the €2.1bn takeover of Berlin’s power grid.
  • Advising European Investment Bank (EIB) on the granting of a €100m loan to BioNTech SE.

Capital markets > Equity capital markets Tier 3

Noerr‘s capital markets focus differs according to the location of its teams: the Frankfurt office advises issuers, investors and issuing banks on classic capital market transactions, such as IPOs and capital increases, as well as related DCM and corporate issues, while the Munich team focuses on assisting companies with ongoing stock corporation and capital market law issues, such as post-admission obligations and general meetings, as well as with corporate-related matters such as public takeovers and restructuring. The Hamburg practice, alongside general corporate issues and public takeovers, recently increasingly focused on stock issues. At the beginning of 2022, Julian Schulze De La Cruz took over the practice's co-lead from Gerald Reger and now heads the team together with Holger Alfes; all three are well-versed in capital markets as well as in corporate and M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Hands-on, very practical. A real added value!’

‘Laurenz Wieneke: A “safe bank” for all issues relating to capital market issues and corporate law for listed companies.’

Key clients

ODDO BHF

Hauck & Aufhäuser

Quirin Privatbank

Deutsche Finanzagentur

Deutsche Industrie REIT-AG

Deutsche Konsum REIT-AG

DFV Deutsche Familienversicherung

fashionette

Gateway Real Estate

Compleo Charging Solutions

Befesa

Westwing

HelloFresh

Hertha BSC

The Social Chain AG

CECONOMY

Windeln.de SE

COMMERZBANK

Work highlights

  • Advising consortium banks COMMERZBANK and ODDO BHF on the IPO of Compleo Charging Solutions AG on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
  • Advising CECONOMY AG on the agreement with Convergenta Invest GmbH on the reorganization of a shareholder structure at Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH, including a non-cash capital increase worth around €525m and the issue of convertible bonds worth around €151m.
  • General advice to the Federal Republic of Germany Finanzagentur GmbH on the creation of model documentation for the recapitalization of companies from the Economic Stabilization Fund.

Germany > Consumer goods and food law Tier 3

Noerr's practice is headed by an experienced trio focused on the food and product compliance area: Evelyn Schulz in Dresden is a life sciences and food expert, the Munich-based Thomas Klindt is experienced in product liability and crisis scenarios, while Arun Kapoor, also in Munich, has expertise in international product recalls and liability disputes. The practice also advises a wide range of clients on regulatory issues, competition issues, criminal sanctions and contracts. Notably, the team is increasingly advising on sustainability issues and is here particularly active for ambitious start-ups; other expanding areas of activity include advice on matters related to cannabis and CBD, while during the Covid-19 pandemic, assistance was also increasingly sought after in relation to the production and distribution of disinfectants as well as with regards to the threat of plant closures.

Testimonials

‘Expert knowledge and cooperation with other departments.’

‘The friendliness, expertise and very short response times to inquiries.’

Key clients

Schoko Winterscheidt GmbH

SPRK Global

Royal Cosun/Rixona B.V.

Foodexplorer

Wonderwaffel

Zooplus AG

Henkel

Procter & Gamble

Stihl

Severin

Philip Morris

McDonald‘s

Gardena

 

Work highlights

  • Advice on the media-effective market launch of Joko Winterscheidt’s JOKOLADE.
  • Advising impact start-up SPRK Global on entering the market to fight food waste.
  • Ongoing advice to a home shopping station on various product law issues, including drafting standard contracts for the contract manufacturing (white label/own brand) of food supplements and cosmetics.

Corporate and M&A > M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 3

Noerr is a well-known address for the drafting of acquisition and joint venture structures and regularly instructed by German and international family businesses as well as listed corporations. The client roster reflects the team's industry focus on the financial services, automotive, healthcare and energy sectors. Headed by Florian Becker and Alexander Hirsch, the team also includes PE specialist Christian Pleister. In October 2021, the group welcomed Natalie Daghles , Martin Neuhaus , Rainer Wilke and Harald Selzner from Latham & Watkins LLP, all of whom have longstanding experience in M&A and corporate law.

Testimonials

‘Ability to manage complex transactions with a multi-site team; this allows resources and know-how to be used ideally.’

‘Excellently positioned full advice in all M&A-relevant legal areas (including antitrust law, employment law, etc.). Fair billing behavior. Very high availability and adherence to schedules.’

Key clients

Aluminium Rheinfelden Gruppe

Andritz

Cerner Corporation

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners

DrSmile (Urban Technology GmbH)

Grupo J. URIACH, S.L.

Hertha BSC GmbH & Co. KGaA

J.C. Flowers LLC

Kaufland / Schwarz Dienstleistung KG

MET Holding AG

Royal Cosun U.A.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.

Tengelmann Gruppe

Wirecard/Jaffé

Work highlights

  • Lead advice to the insolvency administrator of Wirecard/Jaffé on the successful sale of the group’s global companies and divisions.
  • Advising the Kaufland Group on the acquisition of the Real Digital Business from the investor SCP.
  • Advising Condor Flugdienst GmbH on the acquisition of a majority stake in the airline by Attestor.

Dispute resolution > Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 3

Noerr assists with arbitration proceedings on various contentious issues, acting as party representative and arbitrator, and also across borders as lead counsel for German law; here, the team is familiar with proceedings according to various arbitration rules as well as with ad hoc proceedings. The arbitration practice is headed by Anke Meier and focuses on German-American disputes and investment proceedings. Other key contacts include Oliver Sieg, who also acts as an arbitrator, Meike von Levetzow (focus on cross-border disputes related to civil, commercial and corporate issues as well as antitrust damages proceedings) and Jennifer Bryant, who is qualified in both Germany and the US. Product liability and product safety expert Michael Molitoris joined SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in spring 2021.

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Testimonials

‘The Noerr team has an encyclopedic knowledge of trademark law and mixes it with sound judgment and practical advice.’

‘Exceptional legal knowledge and business acumen; very quick and deep understanding of the matter, including technical aspects.’

Key clients

Audi AG

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Bundesverband der Deutschen Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken e.V. (BVR)

Cemex Deutschland AG

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Deutsche Bank AG

Kaufland Stiftung & Co. KG

Magna Management AG

Mercedes Benz Bank

TÜV SÜD AG

Work highlights

  • Advising a French reinsurer in an ad hoc arbitration against a large national insurer regarding a reinsurance claim.

Dispute resolution > Financial services: litigation Tier 3

Noerr's dispute resolution team advises German and international banks on various contentious issues in the banking and finance sphere which includes cross-border client support, especially with regard to the US and UK. The team is led by litigator Christine Volohonsky, who has particular experience in advising on insolvency-related disputes, while Hans Christian Kirchner focuses on banking and securities law issues and frequently represents credit institutions before state courts and arbitration tribunals. Kolja Dörrscheidt (class actions as well as high-volume individual disputes) and the two associated partners Christian Dolff (national and international litigation) and Dieter Hettenbach (focus on investor model proceedings according to KapMuG and model declaratory judgment actions) are other key contacts. In July 2021, criminal lawyer Volker Rosengarten joined from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Dispute resolution > Product liability Tier 3

At Noerr, contentious matters often originate in global recalls, while the group also handles liability claims and the defence against and enforcement of damages claims related to product compliance. The team has a particular focus on the automotive sector and on technology-related issues. Practice head Oliver Sieg is experienced in insurance disputes. Other integral members of the team include insurance and reinsurance expert Helmut Katschthaler and Arun Kapoor, who is well versed in product safety law.

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Work highlights

  • Advising and representing a manufacturer of electric propulsion systems for boats in connection with the assertion of recall costs against a supplier.
  • Advising and representing an automobile manufacturer in a legal dispute against an automotive supplier in connection with the reimbursement of costs of a vehicle recall.
  • Defending a medium-sized automotive supplier against claims for recourse for recall costs and related insurance protection issues brought by a global automotive manufacturer.

Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 3

Noerr assists insurers and reinsurers, life insurance companies, startups and insurtechs with company-related issues. Under the joint leadership of Oliver Sieg and Thomas Heitzer, the team also advises on digitisation issues and ESG. While Sieg is particularly well versed in litigation, Heitzer's expertise includes insurance regulatory law and M&A, among others. He also advises on insurance portfolio transfers as well as on restructuring and run-offs.

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Testimonials

‘Fully competent, trustworthy and stringent all-round support from the beginning of the negotiation to the end with a great deal of persuasiveness and assertiveness towards the negotiating partner, ie planning, drafting contract texts, conducting negotiations, coordination, advice and assessment from a single source. The lawyers are always available and work extremely quickly.’

‘Dr. Heitzer is very competent and experienced and convinces with his deep instructive expertise, through which he is able to take the negotiating partner with him and convince him.’

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 3

In Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Dresden, Noerr focuses on contentious proceedings pertaining to both trade mark and design law. Application support and the portfolio development practice are closely tied to the Alicante office, where practice head Tobias Dolde routinely coordinates related mandates with the Munich office. Thanks to the international network, including one office in Moscow, the firm is a good choice for cross-border mandates, especially litigation. IP advice in the insolvency and restructuring context constitutes another growth area. The group expanded with the promotion of Christoph Rieken to partner (trade mark, unfair competition and design law as well as copyright) and Jessica Loew to senior counsel (trade mark, design, copyright and competition law) in January 2021.

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Testimonials

‘The law firm has solid and detailed knowledge of European trademark law.’

‘Tobias Dolde is very professional. He handles each case, simple or complex, with clarity and attention to detail, analyzing all facets of a case from both a legal and business perspective. We value his ability to formulate concisely to third parties, which often results in cost savings.’

‘Noerr has a very high standard. Due to the size of the law firm, Noerr covers all the fields we need. In this regard, we have everything from a single source. You feel in good hands. Constant availability and prompt, competent action by all employees.’

‘Christoph Rieken is combative when it matters.’

‘Janina Wortmann: Extensive specialist and market knowledge, a quick grasp of complex issues, efficient and solution-oriented client processing coupled with excellent communication skills – a very good choice for all trademark law mandates.’

Key clients

Kanebo Cosmetics Europe Ltd. & Kanebo Cosmetics Deutschland GmbH

Marc O’Polo

Barry’s Bootcamp LLC

Crocs Inc, Crocs Europe B.V.

geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG

Regeneron Phamaceuticals Inc.

Target Global

Thomas Beton GmbH/Thomas Concrete Group

DOG Copenhagen

Höffner Möbelmärkte

ISS Deutschland AG

Micromobility Systems AG

Abitron Gruppe

Thomas-Cook (Insolvenzverwalter hww)

OilQuick Deutschland KG

Trendhaus GmbH

Abercrombie & Fitch

Alveus GmbH

BASF SE (and affiliates)

Bettcher GmbH

Caterpillar Inc.

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Création Gross

CrossFit

Economist

Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH

Federation Internationale de L‘Automobile (FIA)

Fujifilm

Grand Slam Tennis Properties Ltd.

Horizon Hobby Inc.

Käfer AG

Kapten & Son GmbH

King Digital Entertainment

KUKA AG

La Selva Toskana Feinkost Vertriebs GmbH

Luc Belaire

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

NCSOFT

Podravka (prehrambena industriJa d.d.)

Rare Beauty, LLC

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

Schutzverband Dresdner Stollen e.V

Sovereign Brands, LLC

Stiftelsen The Greta Thunberg and Beata Ernman Foundation

TKM GmbH

Tracoe Medical GmbH

Volvo Trademark Holding AB

Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG

arena Italia S.p.A.

AVON Cosmetics GmbH

Karwendel-Werke

LEGO

Mobility Trader GmbH (Hey Car)

Siegel GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing VOLVO Trademark Holding in a trademark infringement proceeding before the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg with a landmark decision comparing complex well-known trademarks.
  • Representing Target Global Holding in a proceeding before the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg regarding bad faith trademark application with Landmark decision on the assessment of bad faith in trademark law.
  • Strategic advice to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on the naming of Regeneron’s Covid-19 drugs and global trademark and litigation advice.

Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 3

In competition law, Noerr strongly focuses on contentious proceedings, with corresponding expertise located at its Munich and Berlin offices. Thanks to the international orientation of the German-founded firm in Central and Eastern Europe, Spain, Great Britain, Russia and the US, the team is well positioned for cross-border disputes, especially pan-European proceedings. Trade secret protection, product design and advertising measures are routinely handled in contentious scenarios. Tobias Dolde, active at both the Alicante and Munich offices, heads the team. Christoph Rieken (trade mark, unfair competition and design law as well as copyright) in Munich made equity partner in January 2021; Jessica Loew in Berlin, who advises extensively in the IP sector, made non-equity partner.

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Key clients

Kanebo Cosmetics Europe Ltd. & Kanebo Cosmetics Deutschland GmbH

Marc O’Polo

Barry’s Bootcamp LLC

Crocs Inc, Crocs Europe B.V.

geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG

Regeneron Phamaceuticals Inc.

Target Global

Thomas Beton GmbH/Thomas Concrete Group

DOG Copenhagen

Höffner Möbelmärkte

ISS Deutschland AG

Micromobility Systems AG

Abitron Gruppe

Thomas-Cook (Insolvenzverwalter hww)

OilQuick Deutschland KG

Trendhaus GmbH

Abercrombie & Fitch

Alveus GmbH

BASF SE (and affiliates)

Bettcher GmbH

Caterpillar Inc.

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Création Gross

CrossFit

Economist

Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH

Federation Internationale de L‘Automobile (FIA)

Fujifilm

Grand Slam Tennis Properties Ltd.

Horizon Hobby Inc.

Käfer AG

Kapten & Son GmbH

King Digital Entertainment

KUKA AG

La Selva Toskana Feinkost Vertriebs GmbH

Luc Belaire

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

NCSOFT

Podravka (prehrambena industriJa d.d.)

Rare Beauty, LLC

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

Schutzverband Dresdner Stollen e.V

Sovereign Brands, LLC

Stiftelsen The Greta Thunberg and Beata Ernman Foundation

TKM GmbH

Tracoe Medical GmbH

Volvo Trademark Holding AB

Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG

arena Italia S.p.A.

AVON Cosmetics GmbH

Karwendel-Werke

LEGO

Mobility Trader GmbH (Hey Car)

Siegel GmbH

Work highlights

  • Strategic advice to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on the naming of Covid-19 drugs as well as global trademark and litigation advice.

White-collar crime > Advice to companies Tier 3

As part of its dispute resolution and compliance practice and embedded within the full-service firm's structure, Noerr's white collar crime team easily advises a diverse client base on white-collar crime matters as well as on interdisciplinary issues. The practice acts on both the defendant and damaged side and was recently particularly active in matters pertaining to breach of trust, fraud and especially the diesel scandal. The team's expertise further encompasses corruption, environmental and capital markets crimes, criminal foreign trade, customs and tax law as well as chemical law offences. Christian Pelz frequently applies his 'excellent expertise' across the entire spectrum of white-collar crime and criminal tax law to enforce damages claims for damaged companies, while Martin Schorn focuses on the IT and health sector. Karolin Fitzer (white-collar crime and corporate criminal law including compliance and internal investigations) made associate partner in 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Quick availability, well-staffed, legal approach, interdisciplinary advice possible.’

‘The team is experienced and can draw on extensive in-house expertise on all legal interface issues. This qualifies them particularly in proceedings in which further expertise is required in addition to commercial criminal law. ‘

‘Dr. Martin Schorn has excellent legal skills and is also very experienced in forensics. Highly recommended.’

‘Prof. dr Christian Pelz: Committed, reliable and collegial. Very professional cooperation within the framework of base defenses by individuals as well as representing companies. dr Martin Schorn: Very good team player and reliable person to talk to.’

Prof. Dr. Pelz has many years of experience in representing and advising companies in criminal and administrative offenses and therefore has outstanding professional competence. He’s a team player.’

dr Schorn is characterized by high professional qualifications and practical advice. Working with him is extremely pleasant and he is highly valued as a team player among colleagues.

Work highlights

  • Advising a company, including group companies, on the allegation of possible exhaust gas manipulation in the case of supplied diesel engine controls, including cross-border factual clarification and legal analysis as well as coordination of cooperation with the investigating authorities.
  • Internal investigation at a leading national IT service provider into hidden benefits to employees and employment of bogus self-employed and representation in proceedings before financial and social security and law enforcement authorities.

Capital markets > Debt capital markets Tier 4

Noerr is particularly well versed in SME bond advice and regularly assists with debt products that require cross-practice collaboration, such as cryptocurrency-related bond products. The team’s assistance spans bond issues, bond restructuring and the updating of EMTN programs. Stock and capital market law specialist Holger Alfes and Julian Schulze De La Cruz (ECM, DCM, M&A and corporate) are among the key contacts.

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Key clients

Fresenius Medical Care

Deutsche Finanzagentur

CECONOMY

DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate AG

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

Gateway Real Estate AG

Deutsche Industrie REIT-AG

Deutsche Konsum REIT-AG

Baader Bank AG

ODDO BHF AG

Quirin Privatbank

TAG Immobilien

The Social Chain AG

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Republic of Germany‒FinanzagenturGmbH on a stabilization package for TUI AG through the Economic Stabilization Fund.
  • Advising Fresenius Medical Care on the update of the €10bn EMTN program and the successful placement of two bonds with a total volume of €1.25bn.
  • Advising TAG Immobilien on the successful placement of a €470m convertible bond and the partial €131m repurchase of existing convertible bonds.

Industry focus > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 4

Noerr combines regulatory expertise with interfacing practices, in particularl IT and data protection, commercial, transactions and patent law. Fabian Badtke (Frankfurt) heads the group and is highly experienced in antitrust law and compliance, while Evelyn Schulz ‘s food law expertise in Dresden complements the advisory offering. In Munich, patent lawyer Armin Kühne made associate partner in January 2021.

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Key clients

Ada Health GmbH

Aponeo

Avista Capital

Bayer

Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung u. Energie

Biotronic

Boehringer

Carl Zeiss

Cellex Cell Professionals GmbH

Dexcel Pharma

Dr. Smile

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Fresenius

GWT-TUD GmbH

Helios Kliniken

HG Medical Investment GmbH

ICON PLC

KRKA / TAD Pharma

Omnicare

OneMed

Sapio Group

Siemens Healthcare

Stada

Zimmer Biomet

Zyto-Unternehmensgruppe

Work highlights

  • Advising the Irish drug researcher ICON PLC on the acquisition of the American PRA Health Sciences, Inc. on the regulatory and EU law aspects of the takeover; Purchase price approximately $12 billion.
  • Preparation of a legal opinion for Carl Zeiss for the cloud-based collaboration between neuropathologists and surgeons; Creation of contract documentation/terms of use for clinical tests and market launch; Coordination of legal feasibility, especially in data protection law in other jurisdictions.
  • Representing the generics manufacturer TAD Pharma GmbH in an ongoing series of legal proceedings against the Japanese drug manufacturer Daiichi regarding the blood pressure control drug OlmeAmlo.

Intellectual property > Patent litigation Tier 4

Noerr‘s patent litigation team shines with many years of experience in contentious patent and license proceedings, both at national and international level. Ralph Nack and his team, including Armin Kühne, who made equity partner in January 2021, cover a wide range of technology sectors, including electronics, technology and pharmaceutical patents. The group also has expertise in standard essential patent infringement litigation. Competitor disputes and proceedings with patent users as a party are also among the service offering.

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Key clients

AIM Sport Vision AG

Centripetal Networks

Edelmann Technology GmbH & Co. KG

FMF Gestion

HTC

KRKA/TAD Pharma GmbH

Fluke

Qioptiq Photonics

Sound United/D&M Germany

TCL

Work highlights

  • Representing Centripetal Networks in asserting various patents in the field of network security against the market leader.
  • Defending various TCL group companies in infringement proceedings relating to LTE voice coding patents filed by VoiceAge; all patents in suit have been declared essential (SEPs).
  • Defending various TCL Group companies in patent litigation against members of the MPEG LA Patent Pool (Panasonic, NEC, IP Bridge) as plaintiffs for patents related to AVC codec; disputed patents are all declared to be standard essential (SEP).

Public sector > State aid Tier 4

Spread across locations in Brussels and Germany, Noerr's state aid team continues to be active at EU level as well as nationally and regionally. Particularly noteworthy is the representation of Condor, both in state aid proceedings before the Commission and in a dispute with Ryanair before the European Court. The antitrust practice is headed by Fabian Badtke and also houses the state aid team, which is jointly led by Jens Peter Schmidt (Brussels and Düsseldorf) and Sarah Blazek (Munich and Brussels).

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Key clients

Condor

Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank

Nord Stream 2

Stadt München

WDR Köln

Work highlights

  • Advising Condor Flugdienst GmbH on the rescue financing approved by the EU Commission in the form of a €550 million loan.
  • Representing Condor Flugdienst GmbH as intervener for the European Commission in the dispute with Ryanair regarding the lawful approval of state aid in the form of loans (€380 million and €550 million) in two proceedings before the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg (EuG).
  • Advising the investment and development bank (IFB Hamburg) in connection with the establishment of the Hamburg Stabilization Fund (HSF) in accordance with state aid law.

Germany > Tax Tier 4

Noerr strengthened its junior ranks with the addition of a number of associates and senior associates over the course of 2020/2021 while simultaneously expanding its partner ranks with the appointment of tax advisor Elmar Bindl in January 2021; just like the practice in general, he focuses on tax advice related to M&A, PE and real estate transactions as well as fund structuring and fund investments. Practice co-heads Carsten Heinz (tax consultant) and Georg Edelmann (tax consultant and auditor) assist medium-sized and multinational companies as well as funds and financial institutions with the development of tax-centric structures for company acquisitions, tax-optimised financing and corporate reorganisations. Edelmann is also experienced in handling tax audits and fiscal court proceedings.

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Testimonials

‘Noerr’s extraordinarily fast response time to new, tax-related inquiries and the familiarization with new topics deserve special mention.’

Analysis, design tips and recommendations are technically well-founded, very comprehensive and detailed and always helpful. If required, expert opinions are prepared quickly and without loss of information content, even when the team is busy.’

The cooperation in the tried and tested Noerr team is extremely good, and knowledge of the respective mandate is passed on to each other. Even under high workloads, very useful work results are created by the team members, whereby as a client you usually have to deal with one contact person who bundles all the results internally.’

‘The contacts I know are characterized by a very good and quick comprehension, even with complex issues, always very friendly and helpful working methods as well as a high level of technical, tax and legal knowledge compared to other competitors. Communication is equally good in German and English. Even under heavy workloads, clients can rely on comprehensive and problem-solving support. The extremely friendly, natural and communicative interaction with the client is really praiseworthy.’

‘Very well-positioned team with broad tax knowledge in all questions that have arisen and been asked so far. As far as can be seen, very good internal cooperation.’

‘Carsten Heinz: High professional competence and commitment.’

‘Excellent expertise in treasury-related tax issues. Complex topics are made “readable” and practicable solutions are developed.

‘Dr. Martin Haisch: Industry leader in knowledge of investment structures for institutional investors, both on the regulatory side and on the tax side. Very pragmatic and efficient. Very well structured and legible typefaces. Always available, always fast deliveries.’

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 5

Berlin-based of counsel Olav Wagner heads Noerr's interdisciplinary procurement practice, which is known for its expertise in infrastructure and technology projects and acts on the bidder side. Awards in the transport sector have played a particularly central role in recent years, while water concessions also represent an increasingly important topic for the practice. Julian von Lucius has expertise not only in public procurement law but also in telecommunications and media law. Carsten Bringmann, previously senior associate at Hogan Lovells International LLP, joined the Düsseldorf office as salary partner in January 2022.

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Corporate and M&A > M&A: smaller deals (-€100m)

Noerr has extensive expertise in the M&A arena and regularly supports small-cap transactions with its sizeable team. The group covers the management of national and international M&A transactions, the design of acquisition and joint venture structures as well as the support with related tax issues. This is complemented by expertise in distressed M&A and by the special sector expertise in the regulated industries. Florian Becker and Alexander Hirsch head the group.

The firm: Noerr stands for excellence and entrepreneurial approach. With highly experienced teams of strong characters, Noerr devises and implements solutions for the most complex and sophisticated legal challenges. United by a set of shared values, the firm’s 500+ professionals are driven by one goal: their client’s success. Listed groups and multinational companies, large and medium-sized family businesses as well as financial institutions and international investors all call on the firm.

Entrepreneurial thinking: Noerr’s advisors make their clients’ challenges their own and are always thinking one step ahead. In doing so, they assume responsibility and are at liberty to make their own decisions. The firm is committed to always going the extra mile for its clients and to resolving complex matters with the perfect mix of experience, excellence and sound judgement.

Innovative solutions: in complex and dynamic markets new approaches are regularly required – and delivered by experts who bring both the know-how and the necessary passion. This is precisely what Noerr excels at: implementing integrated and innovative solutions in the most efficient way.

Global reach: as one of the leading European law firms, Noerr is also  internationally renowned. With offices in 10 countries and a global network of top-ranked ‘best friends’ law firms, Noerr is able to offer its clients truly cross-border advice. In addition, Noerr is the exclusive member firm in Germany for Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide.

Capacity in Central and Eastern Europe: Noerr has long had its own offices in all major Central and Eastern European capitals. The firm regularly advises on greenfield investments, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestments in Central and Eastern Europe by investors from all over the world. With more than 100 professionals, Noerr is one of the leading law firms in the region.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Companies & Transactions
Banking & Finance Andreas Naujoks
Capital Markets Gerald Reger
Capital Markets Holger Alfes
Corporate Alexander Hirsch
Corporate Florian Becker
Employment & Pensions Andreas Butz
Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) Michael Brellochs
Family-owned Businesses & Private Clients Tobias Bürgers
Family-owned Businesses & Private Clients Wolfram Theiss
Mergers & Acquisitions Natalie Daghles
Mergers & Acquisitions Alexander Hirsch
Private Equity Georg Christoph Schneider
Private Equity Christian Pleister
Real Estate Investment Group Annette Pospich
Restructuring & Insolvency Thomas Hoffmann
Restructuring & Insolvency Martin Kleinschmitt
Tax Carsten Heinz
Regulatory
Antitrust & Competition Alexander Birnstiel
Data Privacy Daniel Rücker
Energy Christof Federwisch
Financial Services Regulation Thomas Heitzer
International Trade & Investment Controls Bärbel Sachs
Healthcare Michael Reiling
Insurance & Reinsurance Thomas Heitzer
Regulatory & Governmental Affairs Holger Schmitz
Telecommunications Tobias Frevert
Dispute Resolution
Arbitration Anke Meier
Class & Mass Action Defense Henner Schläfke
Compliance & Investigations Torsten Fett
Coporate & Financial Litigation Christine Volohonsky
Intellectual Property Tobias Dolde
Liability & Insurance Oliver Sieg
Product Liability & Product Compliance Arun Kapoor
Commercial
Automotive & New Mobility Dominik Wendel
Commerce & Trade Michael Reiling
Digital Business Peter Bräutigam
Digital Business Thomas Thalhofer
IT & Outsourcing Thomas Thalhofer
Media Law Johannes Kreile
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Contacts : Torsten Fett (managing partner)
Contacts : Alexander Ritvay (managing partner)
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