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Germany

Antitrust
Antitrust - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

Noerr regularly handles complex merger control proceedings before the German and European authorities. It is also active in contentious cases, compliance matters and issues under distribution antitrust law. Helge Heinrich and Volker Land advised J.C. Flowers & Co. on merger control and state aid law issues concerning the structuring and execution of the acquisition of shares in HSH Nordbank as part of a bidding process, while Alexander Birnstiel acted for Bahlsen in an appeal against a ruling of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf relating to confectionary antitrust proceedings and the corresponding decision to impose a fine. The practice is also active at the interface between data protection and product liability law: Alexander Birnstiel advises an international car manufacturer on the configuration of the technical infrastructure of connected driving. In the area of actions for damages, a noteworthy instruction is Kathrin Westermann’s defence of DAF Trucks as a result of the lorry cartel. Michael Bergmann joined Raue LLP in September 2018.

Leading individuals

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

With ‘a good feel for the essentials and economic concerns’, Noerr advises a range of clients on the development and implementation of compliance management systems, and routinely carries out relevant reviews and adjustments. Recently, a team led by practice head Torsten Fett advised the supervisory board of Deutsche Börse on suspicions of insider trading. In other work the group assisted with the creation and design of a money laundering compliance system for Deutsche Bahn. The ‘very good’ Lars Kutzner was instructed by several airlines, and, in a separate matter, advised an energy company on an internal investigation centred on misconduct by a subsidiary’s management board. Martin Schorn, who is highly regarded by clients, carried out a money laundering risk analysis for a private equity company. Fabian Badtke, Christian Pelz and Bärbel Sachs are also recommended.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

The ‘very strong and pragmatic’ team at Noerr is praised for its ‘deep economic understanding’ and its ‘extremely competent lawyers’, who ‘find very good and workable solutions even in the most difficult situations’. The practice acts for clients across various industries including aviation, automotive, logistics, e-commerce and retail as well as finance and insurance, and successfully represented Air Berlin before the labour court in Berlin and Hamburg in collective bargaining-related proceedings. Team head Andreas Butz assisted a well known German food company with restructuring matters including redundancy, collective bargaining and industrial constitution law matters as well as on co-determination structures. In other work, Stefan Schwab assisted service provider ISS Facility Services with employment law issues concerning the conclusion of a contract package with Deutsche Telekom outlining the client’s provision of facility services to the latter company, due to start in 2019. Hans-Christoph Schimmelpfennig and Nicole Heider are also noted; both demonstrate ‘a very high level of expertise’ and are ‘experienced in airline business-related matters’. Charlotte Sander made partner in January 2018.

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Non-profit
Non-profit - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

Noerr has a particular focus on advice regarding the non-profit status in connection with high-net-worth individuals. Clients also include entrepreneurial families and family businesses, and charitable foundations. The team is advising a charitable foundation on restitution demands for allegedly Nazi-confiscated missing art. It is also assisting the gradual lifetime company succession of a family office founded in the 19th century and is acting for a family entrepreneur on the establishment of a family foundation as holding for the family company. Wolfram Theiss is the key contact. Lutz Schmidt rejoined his former firm SSP-law with his team in June 2018.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 4

Noerr

Clients value the ‘sound industry expertise’, ‘pragmatism and creativity’ of Noerr’s tax law practice, which is headed by Georg Edelmann and Carsten Heinz, who is singled out for his ‘intelligence and ability to make complex tax issues understandable’. Key clients include private equity funds, banks, stock partners and capital management companies in the property sector. The firm advises a US private equity fund on tax law matters pertaining to a change of form and assisted the shareholders of Instone with its initial public offering on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. It also advised several investors on tax matters relating to the acquisition of properties, with each running into the hundreds of millions.

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Trade and distribution
Trade and distribution - ranked: tier 1

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Foreign trade law - ranked: tier 1

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Noerr’s core areas of expertise include advising on questions of distributor and commercial agency law, as well as the development of distribution systems, often in the franchise segment. Karsten Metzlaff is regarded as an expert in the last-mentioned area and also advises on matters touching upon antitrust law. He assisted CleverShuttle with franchising licences for ride-sharing passenger transport. Other highlights include assisting Audi Business Innovations with the establishment and introduction of a Europe-wide online car rental platform and advising on distribution issues for Boehringer Ingelheim’s veterinary medicine division, which included the drafting of cross-border supply contracts. Practice head Karl Rauser, automotive expert Albin Ströbl and Tom Billing, who counts Kieser Training, HeyCar and OBI among his clients, are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Albin Ströbl - Noerr

Karsten Metzlaff - Noerr

Next generation lawyers

Tom Billing - Noerr

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Germany: Banking and finance

Financial services: regulatory
Financial services: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

Fintech - ranked: tier 1

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In response to an increase in regulatory requirements in the financial sector, Noerr established a financial services regulation practice in January 2018. It focuses on Payment Supervision Act matters including fintech, financial regulation and AML compliance alongside general banking regulatory issues, but the team is also known for its transactional advisory work. In one highlight, the team acted for real estate investor ActivumSG on the take-over of the fairvesta group from the Knoll family including related regulatory issues. Jens Kunz, who jointly heads the practice with Thomas Heitzer, assisted a software solutions provider with PSD 2 matters including representing the client before BaFin, while, in cross-departmental collaboration, the team advised Audi Business Innovation on the establishment and introduction of a pan-European online platform for the rental of motor vehicles, which included the preparation of PSP contracts with payment providers. Torsten Fett is also recommended.

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Lending and borrowing
Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

The ‘very specialised’ team at Noerr is praised for its ‘very high service level coupled with a good business sense and capacity to put ideas into practice’. The ‘pragmatic and SME-focused approach’ is based on ‘very good industry knowledge’ and aims at ‘practical solutions’, leading to frequent instructions on real estate, acquisition and corporate finance including insolvency and restructuring-related matters. The team focuses on work for lenders and acts for several banking consortiums and has recently extended its market presence with several new instructions from various banks including Bank of Ireland, Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and a number of debt funds such as Crescent Capital, but the practice is also increasingly active for companies. Bank of Ireland instructed a team with Tom Beckerhoff in the lead on a super-senior financing pertaining to the acquisition of Competence Call Centre by private equity firm Ardian, and Crescent Capital received assistance with the financing of the acquisition of Abit Group by Marlin Equity Partners. Together with its office in Moscow, ‘very good’ team head Andreas Naujoks, who ‘enjoys a very good reputation in the market’, ‘grasps new matters quickly and has a high level expertise’, advised a Russian private commercial bank on the refinancing of an existing REPO transaction including secured loan agreements for a group of companies with a German holding company. Other key individuals include ‘always contactable’ Sebastian Bock, who ‘is always on top of every matter’, and the ‘very experienced’ Nikolai Warneke, who is praised for his ‘strong business acumen and structured approach’. In early 2018, Alexander Schilling joined as associated partner from Allen & Overy LLP, while, in January 2019, real estate financing expert Karsten Fink was appointed senior counsel.

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Germany: Capital markets

Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 5

Noerr

The ‘pragmatic and reliable’ team at Noerr ‘is always available’ and provides a ‘good service level with quick response times’. Jointly led by Gerald Reger and Holger Alfes, the practice provides full-service advice based on a close co-operation with its other German offices and their particular areas of expertise: the team in Frankfurt focuses on assisting issuers, investors and underwriting banks with various equity transactions including IPOs and capital increases, while the teams in Munich and Hamburg specialise in advising companies on stock corporation and capital markets law matters arising from public takeovers and the restructuring of listed companies. Recently, the practice assisted Rocket Internet with the IPO of Delivery Hero, and acted as corporate counsel for HelloFresh, advising the client on its initial public offering including stock corporation law matters. The team also assisted Kering with the reduction of its stake in Puma, and Schaltbau Holding received advice on a capital increase with subscription rights; the company’s share capital was increased by issuing a total of 2.24 million new shares. In January 2018, Ralph Schilha made partner and Dominik Kloka made associated partner, while in January 2019, Stephan Schulz was promoted to the partnership. The ‘very thorough and experienced’ Laurenz Wieneke is also noted.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations
Internal investigations - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Noerr’s ‘very good’ team is experienced in the planning and structuring of internal investigations, working closely with the firm’s corporate, employment and criminal law practice and delivering ‘pragmatic and legally sound results’. The group was instructed by a listed company to conduct a comprehensive internal investigation, including consultation with foreign advisors. In another highlight, it advised the supervisory board of Deutsche Börse on insider dealing allegations against the former CEO. Lars Kutzner recently assisted an airline with allegations made by a whistleblower during an internal investigation concerning violations of internal guidelines. Led by Torsten Fett, the group consists of a number of experienced lawyers, including Bärbel Sachs and Christian Pelz.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate
Corporate - ranked: tier 2

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Noerr’s corporate law team ‘combines legal excellence with a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach’. It provides ‘advice at short notice and always at a high-quality level’ and the ‘often very short-term requirements for deadlines are always met, usually even undercut’. As an established regular adviser to German corporations, the group is increasingly active in advising DAX 30 companies, and it has notable expertise in the creation of corporate governance and compliance structures. A highlight was assisting the Dieter Schwarz foundation with the financing of professorships and new infrastructure for the expansion of the Technical University of Munich to Heilbronn. The group also advised Kieser Training on the establishment of a joint venture with project developer Euro Sino Invest to enter the Chinese market. On the contentious side, it was involved in arbitration proceedings concerning post-M&A disputes, and represented a family foundation in a shareholder dispute. Christian Pleister ‘not only has very high expertise, but is also very committed’, Florian Becker is ‘a good negotiator’ and Ingo Theusinger provides ‘advice of the highest quality’. Alexander Hirsch, Volker Land and Marlies Raschke (who was promoted to the partnership at the beginning of 2018) are also recommended. Maurice Séché was made up to partner in early 2019.

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M&A: large deals (€500m+)
M&A: large deals (€500m+) - ranked: tier 2

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Noerr ‘impresses with its expert knowledge and foresight’, and ‘always sets up teams – interdisciplinary if needed – appropriate to a deal’s size and complexity’. It regularly acts for large German companies and financial investors on large-cap transactions in the e-commerce sector and increasingly in the regulated industries. Highlights included assisting Bayer with the €1.7bn sale of its crop science businesses to BASF; advising Johnson Controls on the $2bn sale of its subsidiary Scott Safety to US group 3M; and acting for Chiltern during its $1.2bn sale to LabCorp. The M&A practice is headed by Alexander Hirsch and Florian Becker, who ‘knows what the client needs, what the market standard is, and can bring both into line’. Marlies Raschke made partner at the beginning of 2018. Other key names are Michael Brellochs, Tibor Fedke (‘technically excellent and always responsive’) and Volker Land (‘a strategic thinker’ who advises ‘quickly, wisely and with a high level of economic understanding’).

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M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)
M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) - ranked: tier 3

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Noerr ‘combines legal excellence with a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach’. Even when handling cross-border instructions, the group ‘advises from a single source with internationally integrated teams’. The firm’s international network is becoming increasingly important. For example, the group advised electronics manufacturer AVX Corporation on the acquisition of a business division of TT Electronics and on the takeover of Kumatec. Other highlights include assisting Condor and parent company Thomas Cook with the takeover of the insolvent Air Berlin Aviation, and advising Lendico on the takeover by ING Deutschland. ‘Good negotiator’ Florian Becker and Alexander Hirsch lead the practice group which saw Marlies Raschke’s promotion to partner at the beginning of 2018. Other names to note are Gerald Reger, Christoph Spiering and Christian Pleister, who is ‘unbeatable in negotiations’ and ‘provides comprehensive advice’.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Arbitration (including international arbitration) - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

Noerr’s sizeable conflict resolution group has a wide range of experience representing parties before arbitral tribunals: for example, the team is representing an insolvency administrator in the assertion of claims arising from a supply contract. In another highlight, the notable Anke Meier, who is experienced in commercial and investment arbitration proceedings, is defending a solar technology company in proceedings in accordance with ICC rules. Other arbitration clients include VNG-Verbundnetz Gas and GAM. Practice head Michael Molitoris and Meier often act as arbitrators. Morris Besch also has a considerable caseload in the area and Meike von Levetzow made partner.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Noerr’s team has ‘strong expertise’ in national and international litigation and the practice, which handles a wide range of work, is frequently instructed in insurance, banking and capital markets disputes. Oliver Sieg and his team, which is ‘strong in insurance disputes’, successfully represented, among others, the former CEO of Olympus Michael Woodford and his colleague Paul Hillmann in coverage litigation before the English High Court in connection with a German D&O insurance policy. The group is also involved in numerous proceedings for Deutsche Bank. Stefan Blum defended a company against a claim for damages. Michael Molitoris and Christine Volohonsky are other names to note and the firm’s newly opened office in Hamburg was strengthened by the addition of former White & Case LLP litigator Matthias Stupp; in addition, the group made up a number of new partners at the beginning of 2018.

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Financial services: litigation
Financial services: litigation - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Noerr represents and defends a wide range of clients in credit investment and security proceedings, as well as in the areas of bank liability and payment transactions. Hans Christian Kirchner acts for a number of national and international credit institutions; for example, he represented Berlin Hyp in defending claims regarding processing fees in loan agreements with entrepreneurs. Deutsche Bank is another longstanding client. The group is representing Berliner Sparkasse, a branch of Landesbank Berlin, in long-running litigation relating to multiple claims, including defending against alleged claims for damages from transactions with Russia. Matthias Stupp joined from White & Case LLP in May 2017. Daniel Latta, Kolja Dörrscheidt and Stefan Blum are also names to note.

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Product liability
Product liability - ranked: tier 1

Noerr

A strong pillar of Noerr’s dispute resolution practice is its expertise in product liability cases. The focus is on the automotive, food and life sciences sectors, and the firm’s full-service approach allows teams to be assembled across practice groups depending on the client’s demands. Recent work includes representing an industrial robot manufacturer in the defence against claims by an automotive industry supplier following a recall campaign. The team led by the experienced Michael Molitoris also represented Schreiner Group in recourse claims between automotive supply chain companies in connection with recall costs. Helmut Katschthaler and newly promoted partner Arun Kapoor are also noted.

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Noerr stands out for its ‘quick reactions and good focus’ and acts for domestic and international clients, particularly in the context of high-volume transactions in the energy sector. Under the lead of corporate lawyer Christoph Spiering, the group advised BS/Energy on the sale of coal-fired power station Mehrum to Czech energy provider EPH. Cornelia Kermel and Tibor Fedke assisted CommerzReal with a bidding competition for a 49% minority share in Steag Fernwärme. The opening of the Hamburg office in April 2017 has visibly strengthened the firm’s work in the offshore wind segment: the team is representing an international operating company in three complaint proceedings concerning the delayed construction of grid connection systems for offshore wind farms and acted for a banking syndicate on the refinancing of a wind turbine manufacturer, project developer and wind farm operator. It has also been increasingly in demand for advice pertaining to new mobility: Christian Mayer assisted the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with various research projects concerning the promotion of electric mobility. Christof Federwisch heads the practice. Marlies Raschke and Meike von Levetzow were promoted to the partnership and Lucie Gerhardt was made associate partner.

Leading individuals

Cornelia Kermel - Noerr

Next generation lawyers

Christian Mayer - Noerr

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Telecoms
Telecoms - ranked: tier 1

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Transactions - ranked: tier 1

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Noerr’s ‘very good’ team provides ‘a top service level’ and has ‘phenomenal business sense and outstanding industry expertise’ in the telecoms sector. The ‘extraordinarily high expertise both at a technical level and in terms of negotiation strategies’ makes the practice an ‘excellent’ choice. In the regulatory area, highlights included handling various matters for Deutsche Telekom, including representing the client in an action at the Administrative Court of Cologne concerning a regulatory order on market 3b, representation in proceedings concerning the client’s reference interconnection offer regarding the utilisation of layer 2 bitstream for next generation access (LSA-BSA) and regular advice on the application of access claims under DigiNetzG (the law governing the expansion of the extra-high voltage grid). In the transactional arena, the firm assisted an infrastructure fund with the attempted acquisition of an optical fibre network operator and telecoms company. The team’s litigation expertise was in evidence in its representation of HD Plus in proceedings at the Bavarian Higher Administrative Court concerning the disclosure requirements according to media and communications law. The practice also handles data protection and contract law matters. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Tobias Frevert ‘quickly gets to the crux of the problem’ and ‘provides very business- and solution-oriented advice’. Tobias Bosch is another key contact. The ‘very good’ Pascal Schumacher and Julian von Lucius were promoted to the partnership in January 2018. Michael Bergmann joined Raue LLP in September 2018. The German collecting society and performance rights organisation Gema, GTT Communications and Inmarsat are other clients.

Leading individuals

Tobias Bosch - Noerr

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Germany: Information technology

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 2

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For many clients Noerr is the ‘first contact’ for data protection advice and the ‘very active’ practice is ‘highly professional’ and handles GDPR projects, data protection compliance on individual issues and data protection matters pertaining to digitalisation projects, IoT and the automotive and eMobility sectors. In the last area, the firm is advising a multinational company on a project for the mobile recording of traffic in the context of the development of autonomous driving systems, and a new manufacturer of electric cars on the implementation of the GDPR, the processing and use of data pertaining to the car and on data exchange with service partners during maintenance services. The team is also assisting a large B2B platform with GDPR adjustments and cloud projects and handles particular data protection issues concerning the distribution of medicines required to be sold through pharmacies for a leading international online marketplace. In other work, the group is advising an online car rental platform operating across Europe on the establishment and introduction of the platform. The practice also frequently advises clients in the banking sector, such as an international banking group in the area of transport finance regarding GDPR implementation. Daniel Rücker in Munich heads the data protection group, which was newly formed in 2018. In Frankfurt, Joachim Schrey and Tobias Kugler are two key partners.

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Information technology (including contracts)
Information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 1

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Without doubt ‘a market leader’ in the IT area, Noerr covers a broad spectrum, which includes traditional IT law and also increasingly focuses on digitalisation projects and topics such as IoT, big data, AI, blockchain, agile programming and e-mobility. The firm notably advises clients in the banking and insurance sectors on their digital transformation, but is also active in the chemistry and agricultural industry, including assisting an international trade and services group with the drafting and negotiating of cooperation agreements in the area of smart farming and cloud platforms with various international agricultural machinery manufacturers. Other highlights include advising a global German industrial corporation on the planning and legal implementation of a new electronic market place for apps and assisting a start-up in the used car sector with the establishment of the used car platform heycar. The team also handles IT-relevant issues in the context of transactions and recently acted for Bayer on the sale of its global digital farming division as part of its €1.7bn sale of other CropScience businesses to BASF. Thomas Thalhofer jointly heads the newly formed digital business practice and the ‘very prominent top dog’ Peter Bräutigam is recognised ‘for his constructive advice and amusing manner’. Thorsten Kraul is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Peter Bräutigam - Noerr

Next generation lawyers

Thorsten Kraul - Noerr

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Outsourcing
Outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

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Noerr remains active in advising on outsourcing transactions, including the outsourcing of individual business processes (BPO) and traditional ITOs. The firm is assisting Bayer with the drafting and negotiating of comprehensive IT and BPO outsourcing agreements for a planned carve-out of business units in the context of a large M&A deal; acted for ISS on a business outsourcing contract with Deutsche Telekom; and is handling the outsourcing of the finance and accounting areas to Capgemini for Klöckner & Co. The team also represents clients in disputes around outsourcings and advises on outsourcings into the cloud. It is currently representing an IT service provider for banks in a large IT dispute with Avaloq Sourcing and assisted a family-run group in the packaging, paper and recycling industry with a tender for the outsourcing of the entire staff management into the cloud. Other clients include Bertelsmann, a vehicle financing bank, a group of companies in the area of textile management and a transport and logistics company. Thomas Thalhofer heads the practice.

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Germany: Insurance

Advice to insurers
Advice to insurers - ranked: tier 3

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Noerr has corporate and insurance supervisory law work at its core and predominately advises D&O and E&O insurers, while also having expertise in liability and product design matters. The ‘highly solution-oriented and pragmatic’ team, which is jointly led by Oliver Sieg and Thomas Heitzer, recently assisted a German financial services provider with the set-up of a D&O insurance, and advised an international insurer on contractual and insurance supervisory law matters pertaining to the terms and conditions for a liability insurance product designed for the German market. Kai-Michael Hingst, who was previously at White & Case LLP, joined the team in April 2017.

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Insurance litigation
Insurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

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The ‘pragmatic and solution-oriented’ team at Noerr is considered ‘one of the market leaders for D&O litigation’. Clients also value its ‘competent and specialised advice’ and regard its business model extension to also include insurance holders as ‘highly interesting’. Oliver Sieg advised a major German bank on matters regarding the defence of a fund company in a dispute including retrocessionaires against an investor before the High Court in London, and Thomas Heitzer acts for a large German insurance group in US and German D&O proceedings against an automotive group pertaining to falsified capital markets information. In other work, he advised an insurance group on coverage matters pertaining to a case for damages where a hospital concluded treatment contracts with foreign states for war victims.

Leading individuals

Oliver Sieg - Noerr

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Germany: Intellectual property

Patent litigation
Patent litigation - ranked: tier 3

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With Thomas Gniadek and practice head Ralph Nack, Noerr is particularly well versed in the areas of electronic engineering, telecoms, mechanical engineering and pharmaceuticals. In recent work, it is representing Sound United in infringement proceedings against Koninklijke Philips regarding standard-essential patents on audio coding and audio compression. The firm also acts for PopSockets in proceedings relating to the infringement of the client’s smartphone mounting, which in addition to involving several injunction procedures also includes a complaint procedure. The group also advised Lippert Components on the European market entry of several of its products. Technicolor, Sisvel and Parker Vision are also part of the client portfolio. With patent attorney Thomas Hell, who simultaneously continues his work at BoschJehle Patentanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, the team gained an of counsel in August 2017 who is particularly experienced in physics.

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Trade marks and unfair competition
Trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 4

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Noerr combines ‘competent and honest advice’ with ‘a very high service level’ and ‘broad team’ in the IP area. Personnel changes included Sandra Sophia Redeker’s departure to SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte in December 2017, as well as on the promotion of Janina Voogd to partner and of Valentina Nieß to counsel, both in January 2018. Christoph Rieken and Voogd provided comprehensive trade mark and competition law advice to the financial services provider of a German automotive corporation, and advised the client on the legal framework for a used-car platform, particularly on questions concerning financing advertising. In the contentious area, group represented a leading German retail chain in the context of an international dispute around chocolate figures. Tobias Dolde, who divides his time between Munich and Alicante, heads the practice. Other clients include Marc O’Polo, Kanebo Cosmetics and PopSockets.

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Germany: Media

Entertainment
Entertainment - ranked: tier 1

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Digital Content - ranked: tier 1

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Noerr’s six-partner strong practice remains one of the top destinations for media law matters in Germany and regularly handles cross-border mandates. The range of services includes advice on sector-relevant transactions, joint ventures, financings and contract law matters. Other expertise includes advice on the production and the distribution of cinema and TV films and litigation, including respresentation in copyright disputes. Together with Hans Radau, practice head Johannes Kreile is advising the Allianz deutscher Produzenten Film und Fernsehen, the Alliance of German Film & Television Producers, on high-end series funding. The group is also acting for Sony in a dispute with celebrity Udo Jürgens relating to the transfer of ancillary copyright. Another highlight is the firm’s advice to Warner Bros on the restructuring of financing and license contracts for multilple films, including About a Boy, The Bourne Identity and Gran Torino. Other clients include ZDF, Sport1 and the Bavarian Broadcasting organisation Bayerische Rundfunk. In early 2018, Katharina Domnick and Konrad Zdanowiecki were promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Johannes Kreile - Noerr

Next generation lawyers

Katharina Domnick - Noerr

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Germany: Private equity

Transactions
Transactions - ranked: tier 4

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Noerr focuses on advising sponsors in the mid-cap segment, although the group is also increasingly positioning itself in the large-cap segment. This focus was further developed in August 2018 when Holger Ebersberger joined from Ashurst LLP. He joined the Munich office, which also includes the ‘very committed’ Georg Schneider, who advised DPE Deutsche Private Equity on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Air Alliance group and who assisted Bridgepoint and its portfolio company WiggleCRC with the acquisition of Bike24 from private equity fund Riverside. Together with associated partner Tobias Koppmann, who moved to McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP in June 2018, Schneider also advised Silverfleet Capital on the acquisition of the 7days group from investment company Odewald KMU and the founders Marc Staperfeld and Ulrich Dölken; the two founders continue to be involved in the company through a return investment. Schneider, who is valued for his ‘very good industry and specialist knowledge’ and ‘comprehensive advice’, heads the practice together with Berlin-based Christian Pleister. Volker Land is also recommended: he is ‘a strategic thinker’, works ‘thoroughly and efficiently’ and has ‘business acumen’.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 2

Noerr

Noerr focuses on advising companies and investors on corporate VC issues, financing rounds, exits and IPOs. Felix Blobel acts for a number of portfolio companies and financial investors, which he advises on investments in various start-up companies. Sascha Leske recently handled a series A financing round: he advised Caterwings on a financing in which Rocket Internet, Rocket Internet Capital Partners and Holtzbrinck Ventures acted as investors, and was also involved in a series A financing round for Digital Services. In other work, Leske assisted Emerging Markets Taxi with the sale and transfer of the Easy Taxi Group’s key assets to its Spanish-South American competitor Cabify. Munich-based Georg Schneider and Hans Radau in Berlin are also key figures.

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Germany: Public sector

Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 1

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The environment and planning group at Noerr has a broad range of services and ‘excellent experts with specialist knowledge and strong industry knowledge’. The team, which is led by Berlin-based Holger Schmitz, advises on product-related environmental law, waste management and waste law issues, as well as transactions, energy and construction projects. A recent highlight was advising the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy on the transferability of new financing regulations for nuclear waste disposal to other originators of radioactive waste. A team under the leadership of Peter Bachmann advised the Munich state capital on the four-track expansion of the airport connection of city train line 8. Another core competence is acting for project developers and the public sector on approval and planning procedures for wind turbines; in this area, the client portfolio includes Abo Wind, the State Association for Renewable Energies and SL NaturEnergie. Other key figures are Uwe Erling, who is particularly noted for his ‘specialist knowledge in the field of emission protection law and greenhouse trading’, and Martin Ahlhaus, both are based in Munich.

Next generation lawyers

Martin Ahlhaus - Noerr

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 3

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The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Noerr is best known for its plant engineering sector work, acting for a large number of long-term clients, as well as its litigation capabilities. Since 2015, the ‘pragmatic’ Volker Bock has been assisting a technology company with the development of a new production, research and administration site, and represented Linde in various court and out-of-court proceedings pertaining to the construction of a starch factory. Stefan Weise advised a German retail park developer on contractual matters concerning the renovation and modernisation of property companies.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

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Recognised for its ‘very good knowledge of the market’, the team at Noerr is considered a good contact for cross-border real estate transactions and financing matters and is jointly led by Alexander Goepfert, who is praised for his ‘economic understanding, excellent market insight and extensive transactional experience’, and Annette Pospich, who made partner in January 2018. Goepfert assisted Apollo Global Management with the development of a Europe-wide logistics portfolio, while Pospich advised Real I.S. Group on the acquisition of a mixed-use property in Munich for circa €190m. In other work, the team assisted GEG German Estate Group with the acquisition and financing of the Japan Center from Commerz Real for €280m. Clemens Schönemann was promoted to the partnership in early 2018 and in January 2019, real estate financing expert Karsten Fink was appointed senior counsel. In other team changes, Florian Ehrich joined Morrison & Foerster LLP and René Dubois moved to Dentons in summer 2018 and senior associate Bernd Bäumer joined Ashurst LLP as counsel in November 2018.

Leading individuals

Alexander Goepfert - Noerr

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring
Restructuring - ranked: tier 3

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Areas of focus for Noerr’s ‘highly commendable’ and ‘very high quality’ practice include, in particular, advising insolvency administrations, banks and creditors as well as handling distressed M&A transactions. ‘Very good negotiator’ Thomas Hoffmann, who heads the group together with Martin Kleinschmitt, is ‘very pleasant to work with’, ‘technically competent’, and ‘reliable, pragmatic and solution oriented’. Hoffmann advised the airline Condor and its parent company Thomas Cook on the planned investment in the insolvent airlines Air Berlin and Fly Niki. Christian Pleister is also noted; he assisted private equity investor Alteri Investors with Basler Fashion Group’s self-management process with the financing of business operations through a mass loan. Marlies Raschke made equity partner.

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Germany: Transport

Transport law
Transport law - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

Noerr stands out for providing comprehensive advice on questions of German and international transport, forwarding and warehouse logistics law, as well as for its transport insurance and liability law expertise. A highlight was assisting a German sports bike manufacturer: Mansur Pour Rafsendjani and associate Maximilian Kummer were responsible for drafting a framework contract for the multimodal transport of bicycles, as well as a warehouse logistics contract for Germany and for a US warehouse. The group also drafted a master contract for the award of worldwide transport contracts for a pharmaceutical company and represented an internationally active trading company in claims for damages resulting from the Hanjin insolvency.

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Germany: White-collar crime

Advice to companies
Advice to companies - ranked: tier 3

Noerr

The ‘professional’ team at Noerr stands out for its ‘very high service level’ and frequently acts for national and international companies from various sectors in criminal investigations and administrative offence proceedings. Christian Pelz focuses on providing advice on matters pertaining to allegations of corruption, fraud and embezzlement and, together with co-head Lars Kutzner, he also assists clients with compliance matters and internal investigations; according to clients, both are ‘very good’ lawyers. Pelz represented a developer in a preliminary investigation into bribery and the granting of advantages and Kutzner advised a publishing company on fraudulent actions committed by a former managing former.

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Legal Developments by:
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  • New Top Level Domains – Noerr expert warns against trademark infringements

    On June 13, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the names of those who have applied for a new top level domain the ending of which may be geographic, such as "munich", industry identification such as "insurance" and even all trademark names and company descriptions such as "canon" and "adidas".
    - Noerr

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