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Public procurement Tier 1
Clients of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB’s public procurement practice feel ‘in good hands all around’ and benefit from ‘innovative solutions, creative ideas and fast and competent advice’. The team is led by the highly respected Ute Jasper, who can ‘develop creative and at the same time legally compliant solutions even in difficult and complex proceedings’. It is regularly involved in major projects at federal, state and municipal level and is active for both clients and bidders, with a focus on advising the public sector. Among recent highlights is the assistance granted to Eswe Verkehrsgesellschaft with the public procurement aspects of the construction of the new city railway between Wiesbaden and Mainz as well as the procurement of 221 electric buses. Other transport sector highlights include advising the Ministry of Transport in Baden-Württemberg on the tender for the expansion of the upgrade of the federal motorway 8 as well as assisting the Rhine-Ruhr transport association with the reorganisation and tendering of ticket sales. The group is also active in the energy, construction and IT sectors. In addition to Jasper, the core team also includes Ulf Christiani in Cologne and Laurence Westen in Düsseldorf; Susanne Christine Monsig made salary partner at the beginning of 2018 and Matthias Kühn made equity partner.
Advice to individuals Tier 3
Providing ‘excellent advice’, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB’s ‘very reliable’ team regularly acts for executives in criminal and supervisory procedures but also assists companies with internal investigations. The ‘very good’ André-M. Szesny acted for Metro AG’s board members in a preliminary investigation conducted by the public prosecutor’s Düsseldorf office, in defence against allegations of market manipulation. He also represented a managing director in the catering sector in a preliminary investigation pertaining to alleged tax evasion and embezzlement of social security contributions. The highly regarded Susanne Stauder defended a former bank employee against breach of trust allegations. Criminal tax law expert Gunter Mühlhaus joined the team from Ernst & Young Law in November 2017. Hanno Kiesel is recommended.
In addition to acting for the various parties, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s team is also appointed as arbitrators: the highly regarded Ulrike Gantenberg was recently appointed as arbitrator in proceedings between an investor and a state in connection with claims arising from a bilateral investment agreement. On the party representation side, she acts together with Wolfgang Kühn, who is experienced in corporate law, for a device manufacturer in the enforcement of claims from an arbitral award in the US. In another highlight, Daniel Froesch is representing an electronics manufacturer in international arbitration proceedings. Elke Umbeck is also recommended.
Praised for its ‘flexibility, extensive expertise and speedy response times’, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s team is jointly led by Frankfurt-based Thomas Nickel and Düsseldorf-based Stephan Freund and includes Florian Arnold and Susanne Christine Monsig, who both made partner in early 2018. Armin Freiherr von Grießenbeck led advice to Ed Züblin Stahlbau on the construction of a steel structure as part of the development of the power plant Olkiluoto in Finland and the team assisted Niedersachsen Ports with the renovation of the Nesserlander Lock. The group handled various issues for the city of Stadt Hürth in North Rhein-Westphalia pertaining to the construction of the 217 Efferen-West housing project and in contentious proceedings with a contracting party over remuneration issues concerning the Ernst-Mach-Gymnasium project.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek provides ‘valuable advice’ in the IT area with ‘solid industry expertise’ and ‘also gets to the heart of complex issues’. The large team is always ‘well prepared and able to quickly provide intelligent answers’, both in the case of traditional IT law and topics such as fintech, InsureTech and eMobility; a client in the automotive industry is Toyota Motorsport. In one highlight, the team advised districts, counties and other local authorities nationally on the broad band expansion in the municipalities. ‘Technology connoisseur par excellence’ Thomas Jansen has ‘great experience and is straightforward and approachable’; he is advising Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy on its participation in the tender procedure Polarstern II (a polar research and supply vessel), which includes hardware and software license procurement aspects. The ‘calm, very skilled and solution-oriented’ Philip Kempermann ‘works without frills and is very resolute with compromises achieved in negotiations’; he assisted Santander Consumer Bank with the design of the instant credit app. Markus Klinger was promoted to equity partner in December 2017; he ‘stands out not only for his profound knowledge but also for knowing how to put this knowledge in a nutshell in a transparent and precise manner’.
Insurance litigation Tier 3
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is experienced in acting in liability and property insurance matters and in defending clients against recourse claims, but the team also handles regular instructions on D&O, credit and life insurance as well as freelancer liability matters. Recent highlights include advising, with Markus Rabe in the lead, an international insurance company on telematics car insurance contracts, and Herbert Palmberger leading assistance to a rental car provider with insurance contracts for its fleet of cars at European airports. Rüdiger Schnug, Stefan Jöster and Michael Lauterbach are other key members in the team. Allianz, AXA, HDI and Zurich are among the long-term clients.
Restructuring Tier 3
With ‘an excellent service level’ and ‘a very good price-performance ratio’, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advises investors, restructuring companies and insolvency administrators, while also handling contentious work. Well-known practice head Georg Streit advised investors on the insolvency of a healthcare industry company. The group also assisted Deleplanque & Compagnie with the acquisition of seed producer Strube from self-administration. Erotic retail chain Beate Uhse is also part of the client portfolio. Thomas Jansen is ‘a hands-on and result-oriented consultant’, who ‘always keeps a clear head’ even in difficult situations; Stefan Proske is ‘very experienced’; and Arnold Büssemaker is ‘solution oriented, focused and has a good understanding of clients’ business’. Robert Güther was made up to equity partner and Philipp Jansen salary partner. Stephan Nikschick joined the practice group in January 2018 from FPS and Michael Pauli returned in September 2017 18 months with avocado rechtsanwälte; both are now salary partners.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek strengthened its Stuttgart office with the arrival of Andreas Schabenberger in December 2017, who was formerly at Menold Bezler, consequently bolstering its litigation practice in particular. Practice head Dominik Eickemeier, who us based in Cologne, also focuses on infringement proceedings, but has additional expertise in transactions and portfolio development and management. In the product piracy area the firm has longstanding experience in disputes and advises clients on special enforcement programmes for the protection of trade marks and designs. Another area of focus lies in domain disputes.
Commercial litigation Tier 4
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is ‘responsive, competent and very professional’ in dispute resolution, frequently handling matters that concern energy and capital markets law, while also active in mass proceedings. Clients can rely on a large team that operates from a number of offices. In recent work, the practice successfully defended the descendants of Aldi’s heir Berthold Albrecht in appeal proceedings. The highly regarded Daniel Froesch represented stock corporation AllfinA & Cie. against an action for damages with an amount in dispute in the double-digit millions. The ‘very reliable’ Sebastian Jungemeyer claimed a profit participation for a pharmaceutical company against business partners. Elke Umbeck is another key figure in the team. The group is growing and has seen several partner appointments. Additions include Vera Randel from the now dissolved Cologne-based transaction boutique Corso, Michael Pauli from avocado rechtsanwälte and Stephan Nikschick from FPS.
Data protection Tier 4
Energy Tier 4
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB fields ‘a team with unbeatable know-how’, which delivers work ‘very expeditiously and with the utmost care and highest quality’. Practice head Marc Baltus is considered ‘an insider tip among German energy lawyers’. Together with the ‘very good’ Tobias Woltering, he is advising a large real estate company on all energy law matters, including the development and implementation of new business models. In the Hamburg office, the team has expertise in the offshore wind sector: Kai Bandilla and Stefan Duhnkrack assisted WV Energie and public utility company Stadtwerke Bad Vilbel with the sale of project company KNK Wind for the planned Baltic Sea wind farm Arcadis Ost 1 to Belgian project developer and offshore wind farm operator Parkwind. Highlights in the gas space included advising a foreign energy provider on a high-volume, long-term gas import contract and assisting Gascade Gastransport with a joint venture with Gazprom and BASF subsidiary Wintershall concerning the construction of the EUGAL pipeline. Tim Petermann was promoted to the partnership.
Investment funds Tier 4
Working in close conjunction with its capital markets group and with particular expertise in real estate funds, the team at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek frequently advises on the structuring of funds, including alternative special investment funds, alongside transactional and regulatory matters. Based on this co-operation, the practice assisted BoxDirect with various regulatory matters and with exchanging container direct investments for listed stocks, while team head Michael Dröge advised WealthCap on the structuring of the close-end domestic mutual fund AIF Wealth Cap Immobilienfonds Deutschland 40, including prospectus preparation. Christoph Gringel is also recommended.
Patent litigation Tier 4
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB’s ‘very good’ patent litigation team impresses clients with its ‘consistently goal-oriented advice’ and ‘broad expertise’. Practice head Anton Horn is recognised for his ‘service orientation’ and ‘good sense for clients’ needs’ and Sabine Dethof stands out for her ‘high expertise’ and ability to ‘grasp technical matters very well in cooperation with a patent attorney’. Horn acted for CeramOptec in the enforcement of a patent and a utility model in the field of medical technology against a Latvian competitor and together with Dethof represented French high-tech medical technology company Echosens in the enforcement of a patent against a Chinese competitor. Bel Fuse, Bottero and Brødrene Hartmann are among its other clients.
Real estate Tier 4
At Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, clients receive ‘speedy and high-quality advice’, which ‘points out any potential risks’. In 2017, the team co-led by Frankfurt-based Thomas Nickel and Düsseldorf-based Stephan Freund increased its bench strength by adding Wolfgang Stürzer from HFK Rechtsanwälte LLP and Frank Baßler from KPMG Law Germany, while also promoting Kathrin Therese Paulet and Florian Arnold to the partnership. In recent highlights, Peter Vocke acted for Domicil Real Estate Group on the acquisition and the financing of two residential real estate portfolios in Ingolstadt and Hannover. The team also assisted a construction company with the sale of a residential real estate portfolio by way of a share deal.
Tax Tier 4
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB’s tax law advice includes assistance with fiscal court proceedings, acting for families with several residences on succession planning and advising on property and M&A transactions. It advised Superior Industries on tax law matters related to the acquisition of wheel rim manufacturer Uniwheels by way of a public acquisition in the amount of €660m. The tax law practice is headed by Marion Sangen-Emden, who is assisting a shareholder of a listed company with fiscal optimisation running into the billions, and by Marc Scheunemann, who noted for his expertise in property taxes. Equity partner Uwe Hartmann was a new arrival in January 2018 from FPS and salary partner Gunter Mühlhaus joined from Ernst & Young Law in November 2017. Nils Henrik Plassmeier made salary partner.
Trade and distribution Tier 4
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek provides ‘tailor-made solutions’ and convinces with ‘strong expertise’ and ‘a fair price-performance ratio’. Under the lead of Reinhard Siegert, the group advises on trade and distribution law as well as instructions touching upon distribution antitrust law. Highlights included advising Swedish fitness and sportswear manufacturer Casall on entering into various distribution agreements, and assisting US automotive component manufacturer Anchor Fluid Power with distribution contract negotiations with a German manufacturer. Martin Imhof led advice on both matters. Thomas Jansen joined the team from DLA Piper.
Antitrust Tier 5
Instructions in merger control law are another reliable area of business for Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek PartGmbB. The firm recently assisted AL-KO Kober with the acquisition, as part of a consortium, of Witte Stromberg. Highlights for practice head Rainer Velte included acting for a chipboard manufacturer in asserting claims for damages against Daimler as a result of the lorry cartel. Distribution antitrust law specialist Reinhard Siegert counts Audi amongst his key clients and advises on antitrust law matters pertaining to the ordinary termination of a service partner agreement, in addition to handling antitrust law compliance.
Entertainment Tier 5
Clients of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s media law practice benefit from its ‘very good industry knowledge, quick response rates and a good business sense’. The team was strengthened in 2017 by the arrivals of technology and data protection experts Thomas Jansen and Britta Hinzpeter from DLA Piper and in January 2018 by the arrival of Andreas Schabenberger and his team from Menold Bezler. Recent highlights include advising Zattoo on a technical service contract with 1&1 for the supply of internet and mobile users with TV. Practice head Michael Schmittmann, who is ‘very attentive to detail and keeps an eye on the big picture’, assisted PROdigitalITV with negotiating entire contracts with members of collecting societies such as Gema. Megalon is a client for gambling matters.
Lending and borrowing Tier 5
With a focus on SME sector work, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek predominately assists borrowers with mid-cap acquisition finance and corporate finance matters but the team also advises lenders. Acting for several private equity funds, Michael Neises advised Auctus Capital Partners on the financing of Fernao Networks Group’s acquisition of Berlin-based IT system vendor globitis and Barleben-based system vendor Netzwerk Kommunikationssysteme as well as on increasing its existing financing. He also assisted the Swiss private equity firm CGS with the financing of the acquisition of a stake in Stürtz Maschinenbau, while team head Thomas Schrell, who has ‘a good overview of the market’, advised new client Katjes International on the financing of the acquisition of the Italian group Sperlari. Other highlights include advising a consortium of public-sector banks on the financing of the acquisition of speciality clinics by Ufenau Capital Partners, and assisting Premium Equity Partners with the refinancing of an external bank financing of a portfolio company. Helaba and SW Invest Finance Trade are also clients.
Transactions Tier 5
At Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, ‘the service level is top’ for private equity work: ‘the team thinks for themselves and not just through the eyes of a lawyer’. Hermann Ali Hinderer has ‘extremely broad and profound knowledge’, ‘works very efficiently’ and ‘has an answer for every question and every problem’; he is also ‘pleasant to deal with’, ‘thinks of all pitfalls in transactions and points them out at an early stage’. He recently advised CGS IV, an investment fund managed by CGS Management, on acquiring a majority stake in Stürtz Maschinenbau. He is part of Peter Christian Schmidt’s team, which also includes Boris Dürr. The latter advised Auctus Capital Partners on the acquisition of GS Star and Gorgeous Smiling Hotels, while the former advised DPE Deutsche Private Equity on the acquisition of the Erdo group. In addition to private equity houses in the mid-cap sector, the group also increasingly advises family offices.
Equity capital markets Tier 6
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is experienced in advising issuers on small and mid-sized transactions, providing assistance with IPOs, capital increases and delistings. Team head Mirko Sickinger advised De Raj Group on its Vienna Stock Exchange listing, while Thorsten Kuthe assisted Serviceware with its IPO in the prime standard segment of the Franfurt Stock Exchange. Together with Christoph Gringel, Kuthe also acted as transaction counsel for Naga Group and Hauck & Aufhäuser, advising fintech company Naga on its IPO on the open market scale segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The team also assisted Varta with the preparation of the capital increase documentation in the run-up to its IPO. Other clients include Accentro Real Estate and Sygnis.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek > Firm Profile
|Banking and finance, capital markets, private equity|
|Competition, merger control, antitrust|
|Corporate, partnerships and general commercial|
|Distribution and trade|
|Entertainment, media, publishing, copyright|
|Employment and labour|
|German and international tax|
|Healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life science|
|Insolvency and restructuring|
|Insurance and reinsurance|
|Intellectual property rights, patent|
|Litigation, arbitration and mediation|
|Private client and family office|
|Public procurement, PPP|
|Real estate transactions, construction|
|Structuring and set up of investment funds, closed-end funds|
|Telecommunications and IT|
|White-collar and criminal compliance|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 400+ at this office : 97
LanguagesChinese Czech Dutch English French German Greek Hungarian Icelandic Italian Japanese Norwegian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Spanish Swedish Turkish
OtherContacts : Dr Wolfgang Kühn Contacts : Michael Schmittmann Other offices : Berlin Other offices : Chemnitz Other offices : Cologne Other offices : Frankfurt Other offices : Hamburg Other offices : Munich Other offices : Stuttgart Other offices : Zurich
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Advice to individuals
- Arbitration (including international arbitration)
- Construction (including construction litigation)
- Information technology (including contracts)
- Insurance litigation
- Trade marks and unfair competition
- Commercial litigation
- Data protection
- Investment funds
- Patent litigation
- Real estate
- Trade and distribution
- Lending and borrowing
- Equity capital markets
- M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)