Hogan Lovells International LLP > Frankfurt, Germany > Firm Profile

Hogan Lovells International LLP
Große Gallusstraße 18
60312 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Compliance Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields a large compliance team assisting with various topics, such as the implementation of compliance management systems and risk analyses. During the reporting period, advice on digitisation, cybercrime and data protection noticeably increased. Clients, primarily from the automotive, life sciences, healthcare as well as the TMT sector, also take up the team’s offering of legal tech and compliance training courses. In addition to compliance, Désirée Maier covers criminal law issues and focuses on the life sciences industry. Christian Ritz has expertise in antitrust investigations, while Olaf Schneider frequently advises on corporate governance. Counsel Dorina Bruns assists with cross-border investigations and practice head Sebastian Lach acts at the interface with criminal law. Angelina Leder (compliance and internal investigations) made partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic, high level of economic understanding, very good communication skills and able to save emotionally difficult situations, high level of specialist knowledge and, in particular, experience.’

Key clients

BMW AG

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Alpine

Freudenberg

Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Medela

Motel One

ProSiebenSat.1 Media

United Nations (UNODC)

Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Conducting an effectiveness check and updating the global compliance management system for ZF Friedrichshafen AG.
  • Advising Motel One on the group-wide compliance management system including policies and processes.
  • Advice to Hitachi ABB Power Grids on antitrust compliance in global joint venture projects.

Compliance > Internal investigations Tier 1

With an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, IT and investigation specialists, Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses on mandates in the automotive, life sciences, healthcare, technology, media, telecoms and finance sectors. The group offers additional support via legal tech tools as well as training courses on compliance and internal investigations. Key focus areas are investigations pertaining to civil liability claims, criminal defence as well as cybercrime and supply chain compliance issues. Counsel Dorina Bruns and counsel and Director of Investigations Marcus Busch are experienced in cross-border investigations, while Désirée Maier has expertise in criminal law and focuses on the life sciences. Christian Ritz is well versed in antitrust investigations, while Olaf Schneider focuses on criminal and administrative proceedings. Compliance expert Sebastian Lach heads the practice, which promoted Angelina Leder (compliance and internal investigations) to partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Fast, reliable, collegial and experienced in the industry.’

‘Christian Ritz: A lot of experience paired with a high level of pragmatism and extreme solution orientation.’

‘High level of service; Taking responsibility; strong eye for the essential.’

‘Sebastian Lach with extreme efficiency; very responsive; very pleasant cooperation; excellent technical expertise.’

Key clients

BMW AG

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Alpine

Freudenberg

Hitachi ABB Power Grids

Medela

Motel One

ProSiebenSat.1 Media

United Nations (UNODC)

Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Representation of Dr. Ing. hc F. Porsche AG in internal investigations, including support in searches by authorities and the global coordination of proactive communication with the authorities.
  • Representing BMW AG in the EU antitrust proceedings on car emissions.
  • Advising a leading biotechnology company on legal privilege issues in internal investigations in various European countries.

Corporate and M&A > Corporate

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s ‘highly specialised experts ‘ advise on the entire spectrum of M&A and corporate law. The team has an industry focus on the healthcare, life sciences and automotive sectors, with regular instructions on global restructuring projects as well as on corporate governance issues and joint ventures. Olaf Gärtner and Kim Lars Mehrbrey are the key contacts for corporate disputes. In July 2020, Volker Geyrhalter and Nikolas Zirngibl took over the practice leadership from Lutz Angerer, who continues to advise on M&A transactions, particularly in the life sciences sector, while Matthias Hirschmann is well versed in the energy sector. Hanns Jörg Herwig is a central contact for matters at the interface with PE, VC and corporate law, and Michael Rose has experience in shareholder activism, among other things. Tobias Kahnert (global carve-outs, reorganisations and M&A transactions) made partner in January 2022, while the team simultaneously expanded with corporate and M&A specialist Torsten Rosenboom and Christoph Naumann (Corporate, M&A, PE and VC) from Watson Farley & Williams LLP.

Testimonials

‘At Hogan Lovells, in addition to the extremely high quality of legal advice, we consistently deal with highly specialized experts who appear without great ego and who solve even complex disputes and problems in an extremely affable and friendly manner.’

‘Mr Geyrhalter looks after us in all major corporate matters. He is a very experienced, approachable lawyer, always responsive and with extremely workable solutions. Together with his team, Mr Geyrhalter cover all aspects of corporate law that are important to us.’

‘Extremely service-oriented, available 24/7, excellent cross-border team; very experienced and creative when it comes to structuring deals and well connected.’

‘Michael Schlitt & Lutz Angerer: Available 24/7, extremely experienced and very creative; think “outside the box” and thus find solutions and enable deals that others would not find.’

‘Above average! Clear business language with clear and practical recommendations; Business understanding and focus on what really matters commercially; Identification with the customers and their company; high-quality advice and an eye for detail at all levels.’

‘Hanns Jörg Herwig, Nikolas Zirngibl and Volker Geyrhalter are all excellent professionals dedicated to the needs of their clients.’

Key clients

Aggregate Financial Services

ATR Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

BAWAG (Bawag P.S.K. Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft und Österreichische Postsparkasse Aktiengesellschaft)

Bitfield AG

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

CONSUS Real Estate

Daimler Group

Dana Incorporated

Deutscher Sparkassen Verlag

DWS

EVN AG

FLSmidth A/S Denmark Group

Gesellschafter der Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH

Gothaer Gruppe

HR Group

iCON

InfraRed Capital Partners

Ingenico Payone Holding GmbH

Konzern Versicherungskammer

Lürssen Werft

NORD/LB und Deutsche Hypo

OMV

Parametric Technology Holding Germany GmbH

Talanx Gruppe

Tengelmann Ventures

TUI AG

Vienna House Hotelmanagement GmbH

voxeljet AG

Zinc Nacional S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Daimler on the worldwide corporate restructuring in the three divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans, Daimler Trucks & Buses and Daimler Mobility.
  • Advising the Federal Republic of Germany – Finanzagentur GmbH on the granting of stabilization measures by the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) to Deutsche Lufthansa AG, GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH, Schlote Holding GmbH and Novum Hospitality.
  • Advising Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/LB) and Deutsche Hypothekenbank (Actien-Gesellschaft) (Deutsche Hypo) on the merger and full integration of Deutsche Hypo into NORD/LB.

Dispute resolution > Product liability Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team handles a wide range of product liability issues, such as national and international product recalls and product compliance. Automotive specialist Sebastian Polly and Ina Brock, who is frequently instructed by companies in the pharmaceutical industry, also dedicate their practice to these subjects, while the practice's industry focus further covers the consumer goods, technology, plant construction and energy sectors. Other key contacts of the team include Matthias Schweiger, who has experience in complex product liability cases entailing cross-border aspects, for which the expertise of other offices is regularly drawn upon as well as Tobias Ackermann, who advises extensively on product liability matters.

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advising a global certification institute on the global defense against liability claims.
  • Advising a leading global pharmaceutical company following product recalls in 26 markets, including the coordination of the defense against potential liability claims.
  • Advising leading automobile manufacturers on a wide range of topics in relation to product liability, product safety and product compliance.

Industry focus > Energy

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s German energy law practice, headed by Matthias Hirschmann in Hamburg, is well integrated into the global Energy & Natural Resources practice group, which is led by a dual UK-US collaboration. Cross-border project work in the offshore wind sector as well as transactions in the energy sector constitute key advisory capacities, particularly the latter expanded in 2020. The firm’s financing experts, especially Carla Luh, further complement the transactional expertise. Increases in the regulatory advice on the hydrogen economy were noticeable, but the advisory focus remains on grid regulation and grid expansion in the gas sector, including appeal proceedings before the Federal Court (BGH) on the gas transmission tarriff (REGENT and AMELIE) determinations of the Federal Network Agency. The team is also increasingly active in advising on battery storage issues.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Matthias Hirschmann’s team has a lot of experience.’

‘Matthias Hirschmann knows the sector and the people involved like no other.’

‘Excellent experience in all facets of offshore wind acquisitions, development, construction and financing. Hogan Lovells is our law firm of choice for our global offshore wind projects.’

Matthias Hirschmann is my favorite M&A lawyer worldwide.

Carla Luh is a very strict project finance lawyer.

‘In my experience, Hogan Lovells dedicates a great deal of partner time to clients and negotiations are often conducted by partners.’

‘Stefan Schröder: High competence with collegial tone and situational consulting concept.’

Key clients

Alliander N.V.

Commerz Real AG

Digital Charging Solutions (DCS)

DZ BANK AG

EIB and LBBW

Marquard & Bahls AG

Mytilineos S.A.

OMV

Partners Group

Silenos Energy Geothermie Garching a.d. Alz GmbH & Co. KG

Wintershall Dea Deutschland GmbH

Versicherungskammer Group

Daher

Diamond Generating Europe Limited

Enwor – Energie & Wasser VOR ORT GmbH

GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH

NetConnect Germany GmbH & Co. KG

Open Grid Europe GmbH and Fluxys TENP GmbH

STEAG GmbH

Trianel GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Alliander NV and its German subsidiary, Alliander AG, on the sale of 75% of 450connect GmbH to a large number of companies in the German energy and water industry and on the establishment of a joint venture between the future shareholders.
  • Advising the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) on the financing of four wind farms in Poland with a total capacity of 102.5 MW.
  • Advising Commerz Real AG on the acquisition of two wind farm projects in Brandenburg (Germany) with a total capacity of 11.1MW for the Impact Fund Klimavest.

Industry focus > Healthcare and life sciences

Due to its sizeable and highly specialised German team, Hogan Lovells International LLP has been at the top for years. Regulatory specialist  Jörg Schickert (Munich) is one of the most renowned experts in the country and, together with Arne Thiermann (Hamburg), advises on novel therapies, including stem cell therapy, gene therapy and CAR-T cell therapy. Tanja Eisenblätter (Hamburg) handles pharmaceutical advertising matters and leads one of the most prominent German litigation practices, which was particularly active in 2020. Other advisory topics include digital health issues and the digitisation of the healthcare sector, with regular cross-border instructions on the management of strategic alliances and licensing agreements between pharmaceutical and IT companies. The firm’s venture and growth capital expertise is also put to good use in this area. The corporate team, headed by Lutz Angerer (Munich), is increasingly active for private equity houses in other license transactions and M&A matters. Ina Brock , Sebastian Lach and Matthias Schweiger in Munich mainly advise on product liability and compliance. In 2020, the advice on matters pertaining to therapeutic and medical devices notably increased due to Covid-19. The large patent law practice, headed by Andreas von Falck (Düsseldorf) constitutes another core strength. Due to the international positioning of the firm, the group receives regular instructions in the pan-European and global context, in addition to its established transactional cooperation with the US colleagues. Patent specialist Stephan Neuhaus joined Allen & Overy LLP in May 2021.

Testimonials

‘Outstanding life sciences expertise, business acumen, solution-oriented.’

‘Jörg Schickert: Excellent life sciences knowledge, very involved, economically thinking, pragmatic solutions. Very responsive and with broad knowledge of healthcare law, regulatory requirements and business law.’

‘Tina Welter-Birk: Very good knowledge of public health law, reimbursement law (social security law).’

‘Arne Thiermann: Fantastic regulatory knowledge.’

Ina Brock: professional, experienced, international reputation.’

‘Lutz Angerer: Very good knowledge and experience in M&A and corporate.’

‘International standing, know-how, regulatory experience.’

‘Arne Thiermann: Committed, lots of regulatory know-how.’

Key clients

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Daiichi Sankyo

Novartis

Baxtern International

Eli Lilly

Fresenius

Compass Pathways Ltd

Vifor (International) AG

Merck & Co. Inc.

Bluebird Bio Inc.

Intellectual property > Patent litigation Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP stands out thanks to specialised expertise in the life sciences, automotive and the consumer goods sectors and impresses with a sizeable practice at national and international level. The frequent collaborations with the US colleagues are particularly noteworthy. The expertise of the team’s growing FRAND practice is utilised in the automotive sector as well as in supporting clients from the technology and telecoms arena. The group is particularly visible in contentious proceedings before the courts, but also offers assistance with arbitration, opposition and nullity proceedings. Patent lawyers and attorneys-at-law are among the team, which, in addition to the forensic practice, also acts in an advisory capacity, for example on licensing agreements, portfolio developments and freedom-to-operate analyses. Growth areas are instructions from FinTech clients and manufacturers of smart home items, the latter being an example of the ever-growing field of patent advice in the digitised context. The group also advises on issues in the employee’s inventions arena. The management trio consists of Burkhart Goebel in Hamburg as head of the global IPMT practice, Miriam Gundt in Düsseldorf as head of the European practice and soft IP specialist Andreas Bothe in Hamburg as head of the German IPMT practice. Andreas von Falck (Düsseldorf), Steffen Steininger (Munich), Clemens Plassmann (Düsseldorf), Henrik Lehment (Düsseldorf), Benjamin Schröer (Munich) and Alexander Klicznik (Düsseldorf), who is dually qualified as patent lawyer and attorney-at-law, are further key contacts. Anna-Katharina Friese in Hamburg (focus on clients in the sectors telecoms, pharmaceuticals, medical products and mechanical engineering) made partner in January 2022. In January 2021, Munich-based patent lawyer Andreas Schmid, who specialises in proceedings against collecting societies and telecoms standards, made partner, while counsel Felipe Zilly in Düsseldorf also belongs to the patent lawyer team. Stephan Neuhaus joined Allen & Overy LLP in May 2021.

Testimonials

‘Know procedural tricks.’

‘Alexander Klicznik: Persistent in the analysis and preparation of the facts.’

Andreas von Falck: For the big performance in the hearing in the courtroom.’

‘This team has lawyers with a wide range of expertise, far more than other law firms we work with on a regular basis.’

‘Andreas von Falck and Miriam Gundt are outstanding.’

‘A strong team across the board. Huge wealth of experience, large team, excellent lawyers, good at dealing with clients.’

‘Andreas von Falck is a litigation master with fantastic charisma. Funny, approachable, realistic.’

Miriam Gundt is a great IP expert with considerable negotiation experience and above-average argumentative power.

Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Catena-X

Daimler

Eli Lilly

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Flexicare

FLSmidth A/S Denmark Group

Ford

Freudenberg

Google

Hamilton Medical

Hanwha Q Cells

HTC

JOLED

LGE

Medit

Merck & Co., Inc.

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (MSD)

SolarEdge

Solvay

Valeo Telematik und Akustik GmbH

Sierra Wireless

Work highlights

  • Advising leading companies in the German automotive industry on the establishment of the Catena-X initiative, including the development of guidelines for handling SEPs.
  • Representing Daimler in patent infringement proceedings and parallel validity proceedings against IP Bridge on telecommunications patents.
  • Successfully representing Eli Lilly in relation to Alimta® in inventory and several infringement cases.

Intellectual property > Trade marks

Hogan Lovells International LLP is experienced in managing large international trade mark portfolios, while the group frequently cooperates with the Alicante office and offers numerous legal tech solutions. Among the core competencies are design law and litigation, including prosecution and infringement proceedings, with particular expertise in the fashion industry. The unusually large team is also experienced in the consumer goods, automotive, pharmaceuticals, life sciences as well as technology and telecoms sectors. Recent advisory focuses include soft IP aspects of social media and influencer marketing, e-sports and gaming, FinTech and legal tech as well as digitisation and sustainability issues. Another key focus is the EU Digital Services Act. The soft IP practice is integrated into the firm’s IPMT team, which is led globally by Burkhart Goebel in Hamburg, in Europe by patent lawyer Miriam Gundt in Düsseldorf and in Germany by Andreas Bothe, also in Hamburg. Yvonne Draheim (Hamburg) is one of Germany’s most recognised litigators. The firm’s large team of counsels includes Mareike Hunfeld (expertise in colour marks) and Patrick Fromlowitz (regularly advises companies in the pharmaceutical, construction, fashion and oil industries) in Hamburg as well as Marion Fischer (specialises in life sciences and automotive sectors, among others) in Munich.

Testimonials

‘High pragmatism and quick responsiveness, quick implementation of the topics discussed.’

‘Marion Fischer as a very strong counsel, a wealth of experience and a high level of economic understanding, specialist knowledge also in very new legal fields in IP.’

‘Efficiency, pragmatism, quality of work, friendliness, speed.’

‘Marion Fischer: Very competent, pragmatic colleague who proposes and implements appropriate solutions according to the client’s needs.’

‘High quality trademark and copyright team. The service quality is very high.’

‘Yvonne Draheim is very experienced and it’s easy to trust her advice.’

Patrick Fromlowitz’s expertise was very valuable to us.

Key clients

Air Canada

Anheuser-Busch InBev

BayWa

Bettzig Media

Brother

C&A

Canyon Bicycles

CeramTec

Collibra

Dell

Deutsche Telekom

Drägerwerk

ERGO Group

Harry-Brot

Hennes & Mauritz

Home Shopping Europe

home24

LIVISTO

Machineseeker Group

Merck & Co. Inc.

NCL-Stiftung

ProSiebenSat.1 – Unternehmensgruppe.

Puraglobe

Santander

Stiftung phönikks

system7

SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd (DJI)

Urlaubsguru

USM

Vorwerk

Wikimedia

Work highlights

  • Representing CeramTec in global court proceedings (Germany, France, USA) against a competitor for infringement of the client’s abstract colour, image and 3D trademarks in connection with artificial hip joint balls.
  • Strategic advice to SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd in various proceedings, including representing DJI in pending opposition and appeal proceedings before the EUIPO.
  • Advice on all brand strategy issues and enforcement of the core trademarks as well as management of the trademark portfolio of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP has the capacities to handle extensive mandates from a wide range of sectors as well as cross-border matters with help from the international network. Trade secret and know-how protection matters are among the firm's core competencies in competition law, including disputes and licensing agreements. Issues pertaining to counterfeiting and formal warnings as well as consumer protection also contribute significantly to the team's workload. The advisory offering also includes growth topics such as sustainability, influencer marketing and eSports matters. The practice group is headed by Burkhart Goebel in Hamburg as global head of the IPMT practice, by patent lawyer Miriam Gundt as head of the corresponding practice in Europe and by Andreas Bothe in Hamburg as the head of the German IPMT team.

Key clients

Air Canada

Anheuser-Busch InBev

BayWa

Bettzig Media

Brother

C&A

Canyon Bicycles

CeramTec

Collibra

Dell

Deutsche Telekom

Drägerwerk

ERGO Group

Harry-Brot

Hennes & Mauritz

Home Shopping Europe

home24

LIVISTO

Machineseeker Group

Merck & Co. Inc.

NCL-Stiftung

ProSiebenSat.1-Unternehmensgruppe

Puraglobe

Santander

Stiftung phönikks

system7

SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd (DJI)

Urlaubsguru

USM

Vorwerk

Wikimedia

Public sector > Planning and environment

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice covers a wide range of environmental issues and includes immission control law, chemical law, soil protection and contaminated site law as well as product-related environmental law; assistance with compliance matters plays another important role, with advice on all aspects of industrial plants in particular representing a growth area for the team. The group is also regularly instructed by national and international companies to advise on the environmental due diligence of transactions. Thomas Dünchheim, who frequently acts at international level, heads the general environmental and planning law practice from the Düsseldorf office. Patrick Ayad leads the product-related environmental law sub-practice which acts with a special focus on regulatory assistance to automobile manufacturers and suppliers.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hogan Lovells has an excellent reputation in public law, especially in environmental and planning law. In our opinion, the law firm is characterized above all by the fact that it provides fast and practice-oriented advice of excellent quality.’

‘With competitors, especially smaller law firms, the processes are often more cumbersome and we do not receive advice at the necessary speed. We can therefore recommend the law firm without reservation.’

‘The players brought into our processes by Hogen Lovells are characterized by a level of commitment that is well above average coupled with experienced, exclusive expertise.’

‘The team is always and spontaneously able to competently solve the regular interdisciplinary tasks – public law/municipal law, planning law and company law etc. – the commitment knows no time limits combined with excellent reaction times. Hogen Lovells gave us maximum resilience and ensured the best professional security in every technical dispute, which can also be experienced by third parties.’

‘Prof. In addition to the comprehensive professional expertise, Duenchheim is characterized by a truly unique horizon of experience.’

Key clients

IOI Oleo GmbH

Smurfit Kappa Herzberger Wellpappe GmbH

Harry-Brot GmbH

TUI AG

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

Gelsenwasser AG

FERRERO MSC GmbH & Co.

Honeywell

Hahn Fonds Invest GmbH

Kiepe Electric GmbH

Commerz Real AG

Stadt Pfungstadt

INTERBODEN Innovative Gewerbewelten GmbH & Co. KG

IMS GmbH

IPK Germany Property Kaiserlei Projektgesellschaft mbH

ZVG Dieburg

Herecon Projekt GmbH

Wildauer Immobiliengesellschaft

Officefirst Immobilien GmbH

ZIA – Zentraler Immobilienausschuss e.V.

BPD Immobilienentwicklung

Fifth Generation (Tito’s Handmade Vodka)

Fox Factory

Genesis Motor Europe

Hyundai/ Kia

Waymo

ZF Friedrichshafen

VinFast

Work highlights

  • Advising IOI Oleo GmbH on various chemical law issues under the REACH regulation.
  • Advising various companies from the automotive industry, including well-known car manufacturers and automotive suppliers, on environmental law.
  • Advising the Versicherungskammer group, Germany’s largest public insurer, on the €720 million acquisition of the Ferngas Group.

Real estate and construction > Construction (including construction litigation)

Hogan Lovells International LLP specialises in advising on large-scale cross-border plant construction projects, primarily in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The practice is routinely instructed on e-mobility infrastructure, digitisation in the infrastructure and energy sectors, data centres, the Internet of Things, and the expansion of fibre optics and broadband matters. The entire project life cycle is covered by the team, including claims management as well as in and out-of-court disputes. The practice is headed by Carla Luh, who specialises in advising banks, sponsors, debtors and investors on infrastructure and energy project financing. Christian Knütel advises on all project phases of international energy and infrastructure projects, especially offshore wind farms, while Tobias Faber is well versed in contract matters under procurement law as well as the execution and control of construction and installation works for power plant, energy and other international plant construction projects.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team of Carla Luh, who was chosen to handle our projects, was very efficient, always very helpful, highly professional and above all customer friendly.

‘The team responded promptly and very efficiently; they delivered the funding documents within the proposed deadline.

‘The team has extensive experience in plant construction and excellent knowledge of the industry. The approach is pragmatic; the client’s wishes are taken into account.’

‘Christian Knütel has a lot of experience in plant construction, is very pragmatic and cost-conscious .

Key clients

Svevind

WTE Wassertechnik und International Financial Advisors Holding K.P.S.C (IFA)

SBE Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH

EVN AG

International Financial Advisors

GIG Green Energy Group

Northland Power Inc

Statkraft

Munich Airport International

Mytilleneos

Work highlights

  • Advised the Sustainable Engineering Solutions business of MYTILINEOS SA on the design, procurement and construction of the Protos Energy Recovery Facility in a joint venture with Standardkessel Baumgarte GmbH, one of the largest Energy-from-Waste (EfW) new builds in the UK . Also support for three other global projects.
  • Advising a consortium of WTE Wassertechnik GmbH and International Financial Advisors Holding KPSC (IFA) as a successful bidder for the Umm Al-Hayman wastewater project in Kuwait.
  • Advising a large international project developer on the project development and financing of the Taiwanese offshore wind farm Hai Long.

Trade and distribution > Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 1

Due to the restructuring of the practice structure at Hogan Lovells International LLP, implemented in January 2021, the newly founded Strategic Operations, Agreements and Regulation practice is responsible for commercial, distribution and logistics law advice and is integrated into the Global Regulatory & IPMT group. Distribution systems, franchise law and commercial contracts are among the core topics, as well as regulatory advice and support in digitisation trends, e-commerce and market entries in Germany. Traditionally, the industry focus is on the automotive industry, with other sectors such as consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and life sciences also comprehensively covered. Patrick Ayad, whose advisory portfolio covers regulatory issues, collaborations and licensing agreements, heads the global part of the practice group. Clients from the pharmaceutical, medical and biotech sectors rely on Jörg Schickert's expertise, while Florian Unseld, as head of the German department, oversees the operative business, including innovative purchasing and distribution models as well as entry into new markets. Christiane Alpers made counsel in January 2020 and, together with Thomas Salomon , focuses on the consumer goods and food industry. Counsel Sebastian Schnell assists clients with commercial and distribution law issues as well as with product-related regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Hogan always comes to meetings/calls with all the skills required for the topic in question, ie lawyers with specialist knowledge are proactively brought on board.’

‘Hogan has a highly motivated and competent staff. They not only clarify the legal framework and requirements in a very timely manner, but also bring in ideas for negotiation approaches and, on request, also comment on the probability of occurrence.’

‘I appreciate that the lawyers are almost always available, that they are also available during holidays and at late hours for urgent matters, and that a colleague from another team can be called in at any time for specific legal questions.’

‘The team at HL Munich operates extremely successfully with extensive industry-specific legal knowledge. Their understanding of successful legal advice is based on extensive experience and complex issues are also clearly and unambiguously presented to non-lawyers.’

‘My company has particularly benefited from the international structures.’

‘Working with international law professionals is a must for our company. We were able to do that with Dr. Florian Unseld fully experienced. In particular, Dr. Unseld is always available for us, delivers the best results at short notice with detailed industry knowledge of international logistics and supply chain management. In this difficult environment, he has represented us very successfully on a number of projects with a global reach.’

‘Very competent, goal-oriented professional advice. Very quick reactions. Always very friendly.’

‘Dr. Florian Unseld is a really competent colleague. Very high technical expertise. Very friendly and always effective advice.’

Key clients

Eli Lilly and Company

Fifth Generation

FlixMobility

FLS German Holding

Ford Motor Company

Fox Factory

Genesis Motor Europe

Hyundai Motor Europe

Kaia Health Software

Lockheed Martin

Lürssen

Mitsubishi Motors

Moet Hennessy

Sotio

Texas Instruments

VinFast

Wacker

Walcher Logistik

ZF

Work highlights

  • Advised Genesis Motor Europe and Vinfast on entering the European market, including distribution and foreign trade law.
  • Advising Lürssen on contract, antitrust and public procurement law in defense procurement projects.  
  • Advised Eli Lilly and Company on a supply agreement with the Federal Ministry of Health for the supply of an antibody product for the treatment of Covid-19.

Banking and finance > Financial services: regulatory Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles a wide range of topics, which increasingly includes fintech and payment services matters such as BaFin license applications, while also regularly assisting banks and industrial groups with the reorganization of their financial units and with M&A transactions. This is partly a result of the group's close cooperation with the firm's corporate practice, although there is also strong collaboration across other teams and locations. Subsequently, the practice further frequently advises on various intersecting topics such as securities supervisory law, capital requirements and sustainable finance. This offer is complemented by litigious expertise, as recently demonstrated in representing various banks against the EU's Single Resolution Board (SRB) in proceedings pertaining to bank levies. Richard Reimer, who is well versed in institutional and product-specific banking supervisory law, heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘All in all, the Hogan Lovells team is not aloof, but pleasant to deal with, adaptable to client requests and works together with the client as a unit with a very high level of professional competence and reliability. Individual strengths are ideally used within the team. As an in-house colleague, you are taken seriously as part of the team.’

‘The individuals are very reliable, approachable, sociable, calm and level-headed, with very high professional competence.’

Key clients

Aggregate Financial Services GmbH

B2Mobility GmbH

Barclayscard

BAWAG PSK

Daimler

Deutscher Sparkassenverlag

ISBank

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Norddeutsche Landesbank – Girozentrale (NORD/LB) und Deutsche Hypothekenbank (Actien-Gesellschaft) (Deutsche Hypo)

NRW.BANK

Paysafe Ltd

Perpetual Investment GmbH

Rewe Financial Services

Vattenfall Europe Power Management

ViaFintech GmbH

VR Payment GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to Aggregate Financial Services GmbH on its application for a license as a securities trading bank with (BaFin) and Deutsche Bundesbank as well as ongoing advice on all regulatory and corporate law issues.
  • Advising Cflox GmbH on its application for a permit under the Payment Services Supervision Act (ZAG) from BaFin and Deutsche Bundesbank Bank, as well as advising on the set-up and implementation of CfloxPay.
  • Advising VR Payment GmbH on revising its contract structure due to the Covid-19 pandemic and on the implementation of numerous new products.

Banking and finance > Project finance Tier 2

Through close cooperation with the project and energy M&A teams, Hogan Lovells International LLP is able to take on large international projects and thereby focuses on the energy and infrastructure sectors, although the team recently also assisted with an increasing number of IT infrastructure and telecommunications projects. Under the leadership of Carla Luh, the group's advice spans traditional project financing, ECA-covered financing and project bonds as well as acquisition financing for individual projects and portfolios. In the energy sector, where the practice assists with both conventional as well as renewable energy projects, the team was particularly active in projects related to onshore and offshore wind as well solar plants. The client base comprises banks, sponsors, investors and companies.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Carla Luh is a very competent, extremely pragmatic, solution- and deal-oriented lawyer. It’s very comforting that she doesn’t focus on herself and she doesn’t get lost in mock legal arguments either.’

‘Strong competence across a large number of asset classes, which is clearly noticeable in the partners as well as in the counsels and associates. The coordination between the team members and between teams from different legal areas is very fast and solution-oriented. The international orientation of Hogan Lovells combined with the detailed know-how in the local market is a clear advantage in transactions across multiple jurisdictions. The speed is particularly noteworthy.’

‘Working with Hogan Lovells is very pleasant. Their very good knowledge of the industry allows them to accurately analyze contexts and thus represent the client’s interests in the best possible way. This, coupled with their efficiency and speed in providing draft texts, distinguishes the law firm, particularly Carla Luh and her team.’

‘Carla Luh: Working with her is very trustworthy. She is very available and reacts extremely quickly even under the highest pressure. At the same time, she knows how to explain complex topics in a simple and understandable way. In negotiations, her clean argumentation and her quick wit are a real plus. She doesn’t lose sight of the bigger picture, which makes her a first-class lawyer.’

‘The cooperation with Carla Luh and her team is first class. Carla herself leads a great team. She is close to her clients and knows how to take her clients with her and represent them. She is charming and determined at the same time. She knows how to get points across. She does not lose sight of the bigger picture. Professionally and personally, Carla is a first-class lawyer.’

‘Hogan Lovells’ PF team places absolute priority on representing their own client.’

‘Amy Bruland is on Carla Luh’s team. She is a great lawyer who is always available and supports the client with her knowledge and skills.

‘Amy Bruland stands out as a young lawyer with her quick wit, high resilience and efficient way of working. She is always very readily available and has enormously supported the speed and efficiency of the process with her detailed treatment of the topics.

Key clients

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Europäische Investitionsbank

Berenberg Bank

DekaBank

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

GöTel GmbH

DZ Bank AG

STRABAG

VINCI

WTE/EVN

Encavis

wpd

Northland Power Inc

Statkraft

KfW-IPEX Bank GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising GöTel GmbH on financing the expansion of a fiber optic network with Hamburg Commercial Bank AG../
  • Advising Berenberg and Berenberg Green Energy Junior Debts Funds (I and II) on the subordinated debt financing of renewable energy projects in Finland and Spain.
  • Advising Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) and European Investment Bank (EIB) on the financing of four wind farms near Poznan in Poland.

Capital markets > Equity capital markets Tier 2

Advice to underwriters – and to a lesser extent issuers – on capital increases of listed companies represented a significant portion of Hogan Lovells International LLP's recent case load, although it also assisted with IPOs and dual track exits. The team is further experienced in handling stock dividends and related rights issues. Practice head Michael Schlitt is well versed in ECM, DCM and corporate finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Large team with excellent legal expertise, very good project management skills, high commitment and availability at all times.’

‘Prof. Dr. Michael Schlitt is an outstanding authority in the field of ECM/capital markets law, who is not only proven by his track record, but also scientifically. He has a wealth of experience, is very service- and goal-oriented and able to solve problems legally, reliably and pragmatically at any time.’

‘Professor Schlitt and his team are available 24/7 and always respond immediately. The service is not only fast, but also reliable and practical.’

‘In addition to Professor Schlitt, whose experience and knowledge of the market are outstanding, we have worked a lot with Dr. Ries. Both answered all relevant questions to our complete satisfaction and were able to prepare complex legal issues for us in a short time.’

‘Very high availability and very pragmatic solutions, happily again at any time!’

‘Prof. Dr. Schlitt: Very competent and always pleasant to work with, strongly solution-oriented.’

Key clients

ABN Amro

BNP Paribas

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Commerzbank

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

DIC Asset

hGears AG

Jefferies International

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Shop Apotheke Europe N.V.

TUI

UniCredit

voxeljet

Work highlights

  • Advising TUI AG on a €500m capital increase with subscription rights.
  • Advising the Federal Republic of Germany – Finanzagentur GmbH on stabilization measures for Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
  • Advising BNP PARIBAS and Deutsche Bank on a €76.5m capital increase by Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA.

Capital markets > Structured finance and securitisation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP is renowned for securitization transactions in the automotive industry, but also regularly handles trade receivables and ABCP conduit deals. National and international banks also benefit from the group’s regulatory expertise which the team applies in its advice on updates and expansion of issuance platforms or base prospectuses for the issuance of structured products for private customers. The advice offering is complemented by expertise in derivative instruments. Practice head Sven Brandt focuses on international placements, structured issues and international ABS transactions.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very good interaction on capital market law and regulatory issues in the national and international area.’

‘Julian Fischer: Wide range of advice.

Key clients

Bayerische Landesbank

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Deutscher Derivate Verband

Erste Group Bank

Marex Financial

Oldenburgische Landesbank

Santander Consumer Bank AG

Volkswagen Leasing GmbH

Würth Leasing GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising German Derivatives Association on statements and questions of interpretation in various legislative processes and regulatory issues, including in connection with the new EU prospectus regime, MiFID II as well as the Benchmark Regulation and Product Intervention, which is being considered by EU and FCA.
  • Advising Marex Financial on updating an issuance platform for the issuance of structured products.
  • Ongoing advice to a US investment bank in connection with the update and expansion of its issuance platform for the issuance of structured products (bonds, certificates, leverage products).

Dispute resolution > Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP boasts a large and diverse team that has 'excellent international arbitration experience'. The group's traditional industry focus includes the automotive, life sciences and energy sectors. Practice head Karl Pörnbacher has in-depth knowledge of controversial plant construction and infrastructure projects and counts aerospace and defense specialist Inken Knief among his team. Other key contacts include counsel Thomas Pieper, who is increasingly active in ad-hoc arbitration proceedings, and counsel Philipp Duncker, who focuses on the energy and automotive sectors.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘One of the leading arbitration practices in Germany.’

‘The key figure certainly is Karl Pörnbacher, both as party counsel and as arbitrator. One of the leading figures in the team who doesn’t feel the need to boast.’

‘Hogan Lovells has excellent international arbitration experience. Based on many years of experience, the collection of necessary documents and data on the dispute, the assessment of the chances of success of potential arbitration proceedings, the information of the management and in particular the formal steps necessary to initiate and start the arbitration proceedings were implemented efficiently and purposefully. The submissions prepared and submitted for the arbitration were excellent.’

‘Mr. Karl Pörnbacher and Mr. Thomas Pieper have broad and long-term experience in international arbitration, including the selection of suitable arbitrators. You and your team are able to familiarize yourself professionally, quickly and precisely with the dispute, which consists of a flood of facts, and to focus on the essential and decisive aspects. They are always approachable and always open to questions and suggestions.’

‘The Hogan Lovells team always thoroughly studies all the important facts of the case and provides advice based purely on a thorough analysis of the relevant facts and legal circumstances. The team discusses all matters together and is very motivated to protect the interests of the client. The client is informed of every step and the team always answers the client’s questions.’

‘The working attitude of the Hogan Lovell team is not always focused on the specific case, but also on the client and his wishes. The client is always informed in detail about progress and offered bespoke solutions.’

Work highlights

  • Representing JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and LEPL State Agency of Oil and Gas in a breach of contract dispute in commercial arbitration.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP proves to be 'highly qualified' in contentious individual and mass proceedings and alongside its extensive expertise, also impresses with the size of its practice. Contentious instructions primarily relate to commercial, corporate, antitrust and insolvency law, with the team focusing on the energy, automotive, pharmaceutical and technology sectors while consistently expanding its advice in those industries. Most recently, the group assisted with an increasing number of cyber and data litigation matters. Practice head Tanja Eisenblätter is a renowned life sciences specialist. The German practice also includes Detlef Haß, who focuses on the automotive and mobility sectors, counsel Michael Penners, who is frequently instructed to defend clients against damages claims, and Carolin Marx, a specialist in supply chain and antitrust law disputes who made partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team is highly qualified and offers complete expertise for maximum support.’

‘The lawyers are always available and translate difficult legal knowledge and material into understandable language.’

‘We work very quickly and very well here. As a client, you can confine yourself to the facts and have complete trust in the team.’

‘Dr. Tanja Eisenblätter: highly professional. Her analytical talent is impressive, incredibly quick learner and she is very good at assessing the client’s description of the situation and making the client understand what the central, important points are.’

‘Fast response, broad lineup on secondary issues.’

Tanja Eisenblätter & Michael Penners: outstanding expertise; understand how the pharmaceutical market works, good knowledge of the products, good assessment of the respective situation.’

‘Expertise and professionalism, availability and efficiency.’

‘Very knowledgeable in the automotive sector, very pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

Work highlights

  • Defending Dr. Ing. hc F. Porsche AG against civil damages claims.
  • Representing Volkswagen Group in a dispute with former supplier Prevent.
  • Representing Hyundai Motor Deutschland GmbH in a large number of legal disputes.

Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation Tier 2

Embedded within a very strong European and international network, Hogan Lovells International LLP's multi-jurisdictional structure also reflects in numerous cross-border instructions for its IT practice, including advice on projects with regards to international data transfer, data breaches and ransomware attacks, as well as telemedicine and financial transactions. Recently, the team also frequently assisted with cloud services, cookies, e-privacy and digital transformation matters (especially in the real estate industry). Burkhart Goebel leads the global IP, media and technology practice, while Andreas Bothe oversees heads the German team. The Düsseldorf-based Miriam Gundt oversees the European business, while Marcus Schreibauer in Düsseldorf and Stefan Schuppert in Munich are also among the group's key contacts. Counsel Sarah-Lena Kreutzmann is another name to note.

Key clients

ABB Group

adidas

ANIMUS GmbH & Co. KG

Catena-X

ExB Labs GmbH

IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG

Muniche Re

Nagravision SA

PHOENIX CONTACT

Tafel Deutschland e.V.

Texas Instruments

Work highlights

  • Advising Catena-X on the establishment of one of its flagship projects on digital infrastructure for European cloud structures.
  • Advice to Bitfield AG on a large-volume cryptocurrency mining business and an associated investment in specialized computer systems, including advice on structuring data flows as well as IT and data security.
  • Advice to a group of companies operating throughout Germany in the field of infrastructure and transport with growing foreign business in several strategically relevant projects concerning the negotiation of IT project contracts, software license contracts, IT service contracts, hardware procurement contracts, hosting contracts, SAP and CRM systems.

Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's insurance practice foots on five pillars: transaction and M&A matters, restructuring, company pension schemes, regulatory law and market entries of foreign insurers. The team also assists clients with the entire spectrum of insurtech matters, ESG, regulatory issues and primary insurance products. Practice head Christoph Küppers particularly advises company managements on regulatory, tax and corporate issues, while Christoph Louven focuses on compliance and governance in addition to complex M&A transactions. Birgit Reese is well versed in restructuring and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Dr. Christoph Küppers: Always available; broad knowledge base; outstanding expert; good partner in risk assessment.’

‘The advisory team at Hogan Lovells Germany provides fast and well-founded advice in all legal disciplines. Questions are answered quickly. Partners can be contacted at any time. The solution-oriented advice is always in the foreground.’

‘Dr. Christoph Küppers is a recognized expert in insurance regulatory issues. With his professional and pragmatic consulting approach, he made a significant contribution to our company’s successful start-up.’

‘The team is excellently positioned to advise on insurance regulatory issues. The combination of insurance law, supervisory law and tax law is quite unique in German consulting practice.’

‘Dr. Küppers is a luminary in the combination of insurance law, supervisory law and tax law, which he combines in his person.’

‘Hogan Lovells offers comprehensive legal and tax advice that works very practically on innovative solutions, particularly in life reinsurance law. Good networking with regulators, primary insurers (=our customers) and also other market participants.’

‘Dr. Christoph Küppers is very pragmatic, has a super quick comprehension and his explanations can easily be implemented in reinsurance, even internally without translation work for the legal department. No useless theoretical explanations, easy to deal with and very well networked. Other law firms are much more cumbersome here. We particularly value his know-how in tax law and his constant willingness to deal with new ideas.’

Key clients

Agria

Gothaer Gruppe

Signal Iduna

Talanx-Gruppe

Newline Europe Versicherung AG

Munich Re

Work highlights

  • Advice to Agria on entering the German insurance market by founding a branch.
  • Advising the Talanx Group on M&A transactions and also on an ongoing basis on general corporate and regulatory issues.
  • Advising the Versicherungskammer group on the acquisition of the Ferngas Group.

Private equity > Venture capital Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s venture capital practice is experienced in advising venture capital funds, corporate venture companies and individual startups. The team is fully integrated into the firm’s network and thus offers holistic support across all phases. This includes advice on internationalisation, buy-and-build strategies and asset-based lending financing. Volker Geyrhalter has know-how in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, while Nikolas Zirngibl also covers the automotive and real estate industries. Matthias Jaletzke  heads the practice and Jörg Herwig is known for his combined VC and PE advice. Christoph Naumann (M&A, PE and VC) joined from Watson Farley & Williams LLP in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very fast and pragmatic and at the same time very thorough, even in complex situations.’

Key clients

Chequers Capital

Dana Incorporated

Glassomer

HR Group

IBERFIN Capital

Partners Group

Quadriga Capital

Charles

DataCo

Goldman Sachs

HV Holtzbrinck Ventures

Jennewein Biotechnologie

Maguar Capital

Personioquantilope

Tengelmann Ventures

The Mobility House

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Oldenburgische Landesbank

Würth Leasing GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH on the sale to the Danish biotechnology company Chr. Hansen.
  • Advising Tengelmann Ventures, High-Tech Gründerfonds and Bayern Kapital as well as various business angels on the sale of their majority stake in the Munich software start-up Metoda by way of a secondary transaction.
  • Advising The Mobility House on a €15 million loan from the European Investment Bank and on their Series C1 financing round with SP Group as a new investor and existing shareholders.

Public sector > Commercial administrative law Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'powerful' team has extensive expertise ranging from constitutional law to municipal commercial law and state liability. The practice places a strategic focus on gambling law, in the context of which the group supports legislative processes, assists with high-volume privatisations and advises industry players. The advice rendered to national and international companies on the effects of the Covid-19 crisis has recently become another mainstay for the practice, while the team is also adept at assisting public companies, especially with regards to privatisations and remunicipalisation. Düsseldorf-based practice head Thomas Dünchheim 'stands out due to his extensive technical expertise and his truly unique horizon of experience'. Associate Carsten Bringmann joined Noerr in January 2022 as a salary partner.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Efficient and well-staffed team with very specific technical know-how (state liability law).’

‘Prof. Dünchheim: Confident, very well networked with state chancelleries, high level of technical know-how, but not aloof.’

‘Excellent team, which has very qualified contact persons for every special question from very different areas of law, without losing sight of the entire transaction. Despite the very complex transaction with very different legal issues from all conceivable areas of law, Hogan Lovells always focused on the success of the overall transaction!’

‘Prof. dr Dünchheim: Outstanding knowledge of the structures of those involved and the way of thinking of the different actors, outstanding problem-solving skills and focus on the core problems of the transaction.’

‘Good contacts in politics and business. Great expertise in gambling law.’

‘To Prof. Dr. Dünchheim, I value his broad knowledge of municipal law, among other things, and his always great commitment.’

‘Time is always taken for the legal matter. The contact person at Hogan Lovells International LLP will answer the open legal question in a targeted manner and with very good professional knowledge.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Stadtwerke Hürth, Technische Betriebe und Einrichtungen AöR

Zweckverband Gruppenwasserwerk Dieburg Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts

Ministerium für Inneres, ländliche Räume, Integration und Gleichstellung des Landes Schleswig-Holstein

NOVO INTERACTIVE GmbH (früher Admiral Sportwetten GmbH)

Thüringer Staatslotterie AöR (früher Lotterie-Treuhandgesellschaft mbH Thüringen)

NRW.BANK

Westdeutsche Spielbanken GmbH & Co. KG

LÖWEN ENTERTAINMENT GmbH (und Tochtergesellschaften (ADMIRAL ENTERTAINMENT GmbH, Casino Royal GmbH) und Admiral Play GmbH)

German Tote Service- und Beteiligungs GmbH/Wettstar GmbH

Löwen Play GmbH

Hessisches Ministerium des Innern und für Sport

Postcode Lotterie DT gGmbH

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Kreisverband Düsseldorf e.V.

FR. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG

STEAG GmbH

Verband des eZigarettenhandels e.V.  (VdeH)

Stadt Wülfrath

Stadt Burscheid

Gemeine Kürten

Gemeinde Odenthal

Hamburger Verkehrsanlagen GmbH

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

Gelsenwasser AG

Duisburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH

Stadt Kaiserslautern

Stadt Essen

Stadtentwicklungsgesellschaft Langenfeld mbH

Teckpro AG

The Boston Consulting Group

Stadtwerke Velbert GmbH

Koelnmesse GmbH

e-regio GmbH & Co. KG

STAWAG Stadtwerke Aachen Aktiengesellschaft

Wildauer Immobiliengesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Ministerium für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Nord-Rhein-Westfalen

Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH (RMV)

Enwor – Energie & Wasser VOR ORT GmbH

Freistaat Thüringen

Work highlights

  • Advising the Bank of America in connection with the amendment of the gaming regulations in Germany, in particular with regard to the GlüStV 2021 and the complete liberalization of the sports betting market and online gaming (virtual slot machines, online casino and online poker).
  • Legal advice to the Ministry of the Interior, Rural Areas, Integration and Equality of the State of Schleswig-Holstein on the implementation of the regulation of online casino games in accordance with Section 22c GlüStV 2021 in Schleswig-Holstein, in particular the preparation of a comprehensive legal opinion on constitutional, European and public procurement law.
  • Legal advice to LÖWEN ENTERTAINMENT GmbH and its subsidiaries (ADMIRAL ENTERTAINMENT GmbH, Casino Royal GmbH and Admiral Play GmbH) in connection with the regulatory requirements for the operation of arcades resulting from the GlüStV 2021 and the 16 state implementation laws.

Real estate and construction > Project development Tier 2

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 2

Transactions, primarily in the commercial, office and logistics asset categories, are a cornerstone of the advisory activities of Hogan Lovells International LLP, while specialist properties are also managed. Clients, including national and international investors and project developers, are also advised on asset management and financing issues. Roland Bomhard, who focuses on real estate financing and project developments, heads the practice, which also includes Dirk Debald and Marc Werner. Debald oversees the entire life cycle of a property, while Werner is particularly well versed in drafting hotel management, lease, rental and franchise contracts.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Goal-oriented, interdisciplinary and experienced in transactions.’

‘Roland Bomhard: Very, very experienced, helping to implement the client’s wishes and goals.’

‘Real estate law and negotiating power at a very high level.’

‘Dr. Dirk Debald is an outstanding lawyer with sophisticated expertise and great negotiating power.’

‘Outstanding specialist knowledge that goes far beyond the practical area of real estate law and is applied in a practical and solution-oriented manner. Clear recommendations for action and quick implementation of concrete suggestions. Active promotion of ongoing projects.’

‘Dr. Roland Bomhard: Can be contacted at any time and in the details. Strategic and goal-oriented negotiation. Extensive expertise that is also respected by the other side. Efficient and to the point without lengthy legal explanations.’

‘From our point of view, consulting is always a personal business. However, Hogan Lovells is in every position to achieve an exceptionally high level of advice and competence with any person! Cost structures always remain true to size and appropriate.’

‘We appreciate the almost seamless integration into our team and see them as part of our internal team as well as being available at all times. In addition to legal advice, special attention is paid to strategic and commercial aspects. We are extremely satisfied with the negotiation results achieved and the calm nature of the negotiations.’

Key clients

AEW

ARE / UBM

BNP Paribas REIM

BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH

DIC Asset

Garbe Industrial Real Estate

Hana / Mirae

HR Group

LUWIN / Medcap

MAS Real Estate

Outokumpu

PATRIZIA

Real I.S.

Signa

Union Investment

Values Real Estate

Warburg HIH

Work highlights

  • Advising Real IS AG on the acquisition of the Prime Four residential portfolio with four properties in central locations in Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt and Cologne with a total area of almost 69,400 square meters.
  • Ongoing advice to Union Investment Real Estate GmbH on the acquisition and sale of commercial real estate in Germany, such as the acquisition of the Munich office building Neue Balan Haus 27 from Allgemeine SÜDBODEN Grundbesitz AG.
  • Advising the hotel operator HR Group on the takeover of a hotel portfolio from the Vienna House Group and on the change of operator of the Hotel Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof.

Germany > Antitrust Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'strong' and multifariously involved team is led by Martin Sura in Düsseldorf and frequently advises on antitrust aspects of M&A transactions; here, its close cooperation with the firm's commercial practice is of particular advantage. Its advice portfolio also comprises preventive compliance matters and forensic issues, including the representation of clients in EU antitrust proceedings. Notably, the team is increasingly handling matters concerning clients' new digital business models, such as online platforms or data-supported business models, where it also offers innovative solutions supported by its LegalTech Hub, including its own Dawn Raid app. Carolin Marx, who made partner in January 2021 and is part of the team's subdivision for competition litigation, has expertise in antitrust disputes. In July 2020, Knowledge Lawyer Florian von Schreitter joined the team from Hengeler Mueller.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘It is a very strong, and by possibly adding colleagues from other German HL offices, also scalable team. Top notch, both professionally and personally, super responsive and professional.’

‘Dr. Christoph Wünschmann: Outstandingly good, both personally and professionally. It’s a lot of fun working with him. He always hits the right note when dealing with authorities. Very responsive. Works very well in the C-suite. Outstanding availability and high commitment. Trusting cooperation at the highest level.

‘Fast and agile in dealing with respective facts; solution and result-oriented; very professional appearance towards all departments; good workouts.’

‘Fast, reliable, collegial and experienced in the industry.’

‘Christoph Wünschmann: A lot of experience combined with a high level of pragmatism and extreme solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Allianz X

ATR Landhandel

Autobahn Tank & Rast

BMW

Brainlab

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Daimler

Dell Technologies

FLIR Systems Inc.

Flixbus

Hitachi ABB Power Grids (HAPG)

IBM

Intel

Korean Air

Lürssen

Noventi

Thalia

VW

ZF Friedrichshafen

Work highlights

  • Advising Allianz X on the acquisition of a majority stake in ControlExpert.
  • Representing BMW in ongoing EU antitrust proceedings on car emissions.
  • Representing Volkswagen in a complex dispute with former supplier Prevent.

Banking and finance > Fintech Tier 3

Practice head(s):

Capital markets > Debt capital markets Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP is primarily instructed by banks, although its client portfolio also includes issuers, and regularly advises them on updating debt issuance and commercial paper programs and the placement of various bonds, including social bonds and green bonds. Regulatory advice is another mainstay for the group and includes matters relating to the EU prospectus regime and the CBD Implementation Act. The practice is jointly led by Sven Brandt, who focuses on DCM, structured finance (including derivative instruments) and securitisations, and Michael Schlitt, who also heads the corporate capital markets and securities team.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very good cooperation between the US office and the Frankfurt office, advice on different legal systems from a single source, excellent expertise in capital markets law.’

‘Sina Hekmat has great expertise in US law. He is always available for clients and extremely quick to answer queries.’

‘HL has a strong technical and personal team in the DCM area, which has excellent expertise in the area of prospectus creation and is also able to accompany and support operational steps required in the context of corresponding projects. In addition, the internationally broad network offers the advantage of having a central contact who takes on the coordination and, if necessary, brings results together, even if several legal systems are affected.’

Key clients

Bayerische Landesbank BNP Paribas

Bundesrepublik Deutschland –Finanzagentur GmbH

Commerzbank

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Kreditbank AG

DZ Bank AG

Erste Group AG

Marex Financial

Natixis Pfandbriefbank AG

Nord/LB Norddeutsche

Girozentrale

Raiffeisenlandesbank International

Shop Apotheke N.V.

Unicredit Bank

va-Q-tec

Volkswagen Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Bayerische Landesbank on the annual update of the €60bn debt issuance program.
  • Advising Commerzbank AG on the annual update of Eurogrid GmbH’s €5bn debt issuance program and the annual update of Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG’s €50bn debt issuance program.
  • Advising Barclays Bank Ireland PLC, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale, DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank and UBS AG London Branch on the initial placement of a €500m green bond from Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG.

Corporate and M&A > M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP stands out due to an ‘excellent network with consistent quality‘, evident in regular instructions from DAX30 and international companies. The team is experienced in the regulated industries and recently expanded its presence in infrastructure-related M&A transactions. The group, led by Nikolas Zirngibl, includes Tim Oliver Brandi, an experienced contact for financial sector clients, Jörg Herwig, who is experienced at the interface with private equity, as well as energy expert Matthias Hirschmann and Birgit Reese, who handles M&A transactions and takeovers while also advising on restructuring, corporate governance and corporate compliance issues. In December 2021, the team was strengthened with Christoph Naumann (M&A, PE and VC) as well as Torsten Rosenboom (M&A and corporate) in January 2022, both previously at Watson Farley & Williams LLP.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent network with consistent quality, so that you receive reliable legal advice and service in a transaction across many countries and continents.’

‘Birgit Reese: Always available, always in the picture, picks up the ball quickly and always provides helpful support.’

‘Proactive, always available, very responsive, good specific sector know-how.’

‘Partner extremely close to the transaction; very active and considered input, also on tactical issues; react quickly to changing circumstances and timelines.’

Key clients

Aggregate Financial Services

ATR Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

BAWAG (Bawag P.S.K. Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft und Österreichische Postsparkasse Aktiengesellschaft)

Bitfield AG

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

CONSUS Real EstateDaimler Group

Dana Incorporated

Deutscher Sparkassen Verlag

DWSEVN AG

FLSmidth A/S Denmark Group

Gesellschafter der Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH

Gothaer Gruppe

HR Group

iCON

InfraRed Capital Partners

Ingenico Payone Holding GmbH

Konzern Versicherungskammer

Lürssen Werft

NORD/LB und Deutsche Hypo

OMV

Parametric Technology Holding Germany GmbH

Talanx Gruppe

Tengelmann Ventures

TUI AG

Vienna House Hotelmanagement GmbH

voxeljet AG

Zinc Nacional S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Austrian energy group OMV on the sale of its German filling station network to the British EG Group.
  • Advising the French state financial institution Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) on the acquisition of a minority stake of 28.5% in the financing platform Capveriant GmbH.
  • Advising the shareholders of Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH on the sale to the Danish biotechnology company Chr. Hansen.

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s key strength are medium-sized cross-border transactions, often in close cooperation with its global offices. The client portfolio includes DAX30 companies as well as medium-sized companies and international corporations. The team has particular expertise in the healthcare, life sciences, automotive and financial sectors, which is complemented by Matthias Hirschmann‘s and Alexander Stefan Rieger‘s know how in the energy sector; Rieger also handles infrastructure-related issues and is part of the practice led by Volker Geyrhalter and Nikolas Zirngibl. At the turn of the year 2021/2022, the team experienced a significant boost with the arrival of newcomers Christoph Naumann and Torsten Rosenboom from Watson Farley & Williams LLP.

Testimonials

‘Mr Rieger distinguished himself by his responsiveness, proactivity and legal precision. Furthermore, he always kept an eye on the big picture of the transaction in question. We were completely satisfied with the consulting service.’

‘Proactive, always available, very responsive, good specific sector know-how.’

Information technology > Data protection Tier 3

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, data protection and security advice is handled by a team belonging to the IP, Media and Technology practice led by Burkhart Goebel, Miriam Gundt and Andreas Bothe. Here, multinational data protection projects, cyber attack advice, the representation of companies before data protection authorities and in data protection disputes (especially in damages claims) represent the central pillars of its offering. In addition, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a Munich-based group led by Martin Pfluger has recently been involved in data protection and labor law projects pertaining to information access on vaccinations. The practice also regularly advises on data transactions and data ownership.

Testimonials

‘The team advises pragmatically, very business-oriented and with consistently high competence; Individual questions are researched quickly and answered in a well-founded manner, the team proposes solutions, points out the risks, but does not hide behind non-liability formulations and communicates very clearly.’

‘Martin Pfluger is characterized by a high level of competence and clear communication.’

Key clients

adidas

ANIMUS GmbH

Brainlab AG

Brainloop AG

Bundesverband der Zahlungs- und E-Geld-Institute

Daiichi Sankyo Europe

Evotec

ExB Labs

Ford Motor Company

Lundbeck

MorphoSys

Munich Re

Nagravision

Phoenix Contact

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive data protection support for Brainloop on all internal matters, including data ownership, strategic data protection orientation of cloud services and advice on international data transfers as well as all GDPR compliance issues.
  • Advising Salesforce on the implementation of the GDPR and other data protection issues.
  • Data protection advice to Syncreo in relation to compliance, policy documentation and day-to-day advice.

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP not only advises on the whole array of insolvency and restructuring issues, but also on upstream financing to avert the need for restructuring if possible. Once the crisis has occurred, the team uses all available restructuring instruments, such as self-administration and protective shield proceedings, insolvency plans, NPL transactions, bridge and restructuring loans and corporate restructuring. The client base includes companies, financiers, investors, creditors as well as insolvency administrators; Markus Huber, among others, assists the latter with their defence against claims. Christian Herweg is the key contact for the enforcement of security rights. Practice head Heiko Tschauner is experienced in the implementation of insolvency plans as part of protective shield proceedings, in distressed investments and insolvency risks.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In my opinion, the best insolvency/restructuring team in Munich. dr Heiko Tschauner is an intellectual for difficult out-of-court cases.

dr Markus Huber is one of the best insolvency law litigators in Munich. Transparent and fair billing.’

‘I work a lot and enjoy working with Dr. Markus Huber together. Quick thinking, excellent writing, scientific approach to casework. Despite being young, ready for the big falls.’

Key clients

Art-Invest

Boston Consulting Group

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Delticom

Europäische Investitionsbank (EIB)

Gilead Sciences

LEGO Gruppe

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Shinhan Investment

Zinc Nacional S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Republic of Germany – Finanzagentur GmbH on the stabilization measures for Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH.
  • Advising the biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences on the partial acquisition of the fixed assets of the insolvent public limited company MOLOGEN AG.
  • Advised Shinhan on an investment in a portfolio of German Property Group’s distressed real estate projects in Germany.

Trade and distribution > Foreign trade law Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP pursues a cross-practice industry group approach throughout the firm, including its foreign trade law practice. As part of the global practice area Strategic Operations, Agreements and Regulation, the team comprehensively advises on export, merger and investment control matters. Companies are represented in in-depth examinations before the BMWi and supported in customs law and market entry issues. Patrick Ayad is head of the global department and deals primarily with import and export matters, while Falk Schöning has particular expertise in investment and merger control and is also instructed on internal investigations. At the interface between antitrust and foreign trade law, clients call upon the expertise of associate Stefan Kirwitzke .

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Quick witted, experienced FDI and antitrust team in international transactions.’

‘Falk Schöning: Very experienced transaction lawyer in antitrust law/FDI.’

‘We use Hogan Lovells’ services in many countries. My experiences in each country are extremely positive. They respond very quickly to questions and follow up on everything. The follow-up is always useful and offers practical information. They understand our business and I find their advice solid and trustworthy. ‘

‘Stefan Kirwitzke and Falk Schoening recently supported me in an acquisition in Germany. They provided very timely information and helped me better understand German accounting and other requirements.’

Key clients

Active Tools

Akasol/ BorgWarner

AmerisourceBergen Corporation/ Walgreens Boots Alliance

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Daher

Dell Technologies

Fifth Generation

FLIR/Teledyne

Fox Factory

Genesis Motor Europe

Lockheed Martin

Motel One

PerkinElmer

PPG/ Ennis Flint

Texas Instruments

VinFast

Wacker

Work highlights

  • Advised Teledyne Technologies on the coordination of the investment and merger control aspects of the international acquisition of FLIR Systems, Inc.
  • Advising Lockheed Martin on the procurement project of the Bundeswehr Procurement Office for heavy transport helicopters, including representation in the procurement review process.
  • Advising the US automotive supplier BorgWarner on the plan to acquire the Hessian battery manufacturer Akasol for almost €730 million.

Transport > Advice to the transport sector Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's mobility and transportation sector group focuses on the three areas of aerospace and defence, automotive and transport logistics. The group thereby covers various issues such as transactions, public procurement and the drafting of transport and logistics contracts. Furthermore, the team very routinely assists with innovative issues in the transport and traffic industries, which was further strengthened by the establishment of its future of mobility task force. Patrick Ayad heads the sector group and primarily advises on regulatory matters and international contract drafting. Detlef Haß is well versed in litigation and arbitration proceedings, while Florian Unseld advises clients on operative business in the automotive, transport and logistics sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extraordinary demeanor in high-pressure transaction situations; practical and pragmatic advice that will make business successful.’

‘Calm and composed under pressure; technically very good, but not at the expense of deals.’

‘The HL team advises quickly and adequately and clearly differentiates according to the aspects relevant to my business.’

‘Florian Unseld is accessible and offers quick help. He provides sound advice based on his own expertise and quickly exchanges ideas with other specialists within the firm’s internal network.’

‘Very committed team with broad knowledge from both the OEM and the supplier perspective.’

‘Patrick Ayad is very practical and responsive.’

Key clients

Active Tools

Daimler

Deutsche Logistik Holding

FloxMobility

Ford Motor Company

Hyundai Motor Europe

Mitsubishi Motors

Volkswagen Gruppe

Waymo

Work highlights

  • Advising Daimler on the global corporate restructuring in three divisions: Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans, Daimler Trucks & Buses and Daimler Mobility.
  • Comprehensive advice from FlixMobility.
  • Advised Ford Motor Company on its global alliance with Volkswagen.

Banking and finance > Real estate finance Tier 4

Since an internal reorganization in July 2020, real estate financing is handled by Hogan Lovells International LLP's corporate and finance group; the real estate financing practice is headed by Frankfurt-based banking and finance lawyer Katlen Blöcker  and real estate law expert Roland Bomhard in Düsseldorf. The client base primarily consists of investment managers, asset managers and banks, who rely on the team's expertise in financing and refinancing of residential and commercial properties, office properties and project developments and who also benefit from the cross-practice and cross-location cooperation with, for example, the green real estate finance practice's ESG group and the Luxembourg office.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Well-rehearsed, dynamic team with extensive transaction experience, also in the international area, always goal-oriented approach to problems.’

‘Christian Herweg: Very high commitment and transaction know-how, excellent team leader.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas REIM

Lenwood Capital und Prime Capital

Commerzbank AG

BayernLB

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Real I.S.

HR Group

ING

Work highlights

  • Advising BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management (REIM) Germany GmbH on the acquisition of an almost 3,700m² office property in Berlin-Schoeneberg.
  • Advising Lenwood Capital and Prime Capital on mezzanine financing for project developments in Berlin and Frankfurt.
  • Advising Commerzbank AG on the refinancing of a residential and commercial property in Berlin-Mitte.

Germany > Consumer goods and food law Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice focuses on regulatory requirements for products, services, advertising and marketing, including the design and restructuring of distribution systems. The practice's internationality as well as the firm's internal industry sector focus is particularly noteworthy as are the group's various legaltech applications available to clients, such as the Product Lifecycle Analysis, a tool for the product development phase. Thomas Salomon in Hamburg advises clients on competition proceedings as well as supply and service contracts and jointly leads the team with Florian Unseld, who is based in Munich and Düsseldorf and assists with innovative acquisition and sales models.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Fifth Generation

Fox Factory

Moet Hennessy

Schwartauer Werke

Work highlights

  • Regular advice to a leading manufacturer of premium beverages on all ongoing commercial and distribution issues, including commercial contracts, ongoing representation in contract negotiations, advice on innovative marketing concepts and the drafting of corresponding contracts, as well as advice on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising a food producer on the market launch of novel meat substitutes under the EU Novel Food Regulation and on approval proceedings for additives for the manufacturing of such products.
  • Comprehensive advice to a leading online retailer on regulatory, competition law and contract law aspects of online food retailing. Monitoring of the strategic implementation of upcoming EU regulations in connection with the Green Deal and the UTP Directive in a large number of EU member states.

Private equity > Transactions Tier 4

In addition to traditional investors and portfolio companies, Hogan Lovells International LLP also focuses on advising private capital investors. The team has experience in the TMT, healthcare and life sciences sectors and primarily acts in the middle market segment. In addition to PE transactions, Jörg Herwig also takes on restructuring issues, and practice head Matthias Jaletzke further deals with corporate governance issues. In November 2020, Nikolai Sokolov, previously at Allen & Overy LLP, joined the team in Frankfurt where he assists large PE investors and strategic investors, while Christoph Naumann (M&A, PE and VC) joined from Watson Farley & Williams LLP in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and professional. Partners and associates are friendly and both know their way around the case. The lawyers are also very good with people, always friendly and professional.’

‘Dr. Herwig is very professional and knowledgeable and always takes the time to explain. He is extremely knowledgeable and always has the right recommendations ready, which gives security. He is very good at dealing with negotiators, always friendly but still determined.’

‘First class partner engagement (ie partner led service); responsiveness; clear business language with clear and practical recommendations; Business understanding and focus on what really matters commercially; identification with the customer and his business; excellent value for money; high quality of advice and attention to detail at all levels, i.e. from junior associate to partner.’

‘Hanns-Jörg Herwig, Matthias Jaletzke, Nikolas Zirngibl and Volker Geyrhalter are outstanding professionals dedicated to the needs of their customers.’

Key clients

Chequers Capital

Dana Incorporated

Glassomer

HR Group

IBERFIN Capital

Partners Group

Quadriga Capital

Charles

DataCo

Goldman Sachs

HV Holtzbrinck Ventures

Jennewein Biotechnologie

Maguar Capital

Personio

quantilope

Tengelmann Ventures

The Mobility House

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Oldenburgische Landesbank

Würth Leasing GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising a subsidiary of Dana Incorporated on the acquisition of all shares in rational motion GmbH.
  • Advising the hotel operator HR Group on the change of operator of the Hotel Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof and on the takeover of a hotel portfolio from the Vienna House Group.
  • Advising Quadriga Capital on the refinancing of their portfolio company LR Group through a Nordic bond.

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP impresses with comprehensive advice on complex proceedings in the regulated industries, life sciences, energy and defence sectors and 'broad and deep knowledge of municipal law'. Hamburg-based practice head Marc Schweda assists with complex procurement issues, especially in the energy and life sciences sectors, and Thomas Dünchheim stands out for his 'great experience and strong commitment'. Public law expert Carsten Bringmann joined Noerr in January 2022 as a salary partner.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Broad and deep knowledge of municipal law.’

‘Professor Dr. As a former mayor, Thomas Dünchheim is an excellent expert on municipal law at the interfaces to municipal commercial law and other public law.’

‘Quality a rounded picture. Fast, accessible and solution-oriented.’

‘Prof. Dünchheim: Great experience and great commitment.’

‘Prof. dr Thomas Dünchheim has a very high level of responsiveness and availability, and in a very short time he puts out the essential procurement law issues of a matter in a practice-oriented manner, so that the results are consistently implementable and target-oriented.’

Key clients

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

Lürssen

Ministerium für Inneres, ländliche Räume, Integration und Gleichstellung des Landes Schleswig-Holstein

NRW.BANK

Westdeutsche Spielbanken GmbH & Co. KG

Hessisches Ministerium des Innern und für Sport

STEAG GmbH

aov IT Services GmbH

Hamburger Verkehrsanlagen GmbH

Stadt Wülfrath

Stadtwerke Velbert GmBH

Stadt Burscheid

Stadt Odenthal

Stadt Kürten

Enwor – Energie & Wasser VOR ORT GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising NRW.BANK on public procurement law, budget law and state economic law, including contentious ones, in the Europe-wide tender for the shares in WestSpiel GmbH, which is to be privatized.
  • Comprehensive advice to Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH on the development of fast charging infrastructure for electric vehicles on German autobahns, including negotiations with the BMVI, NOW GmbH and Autobahn GmbH.
  • Advising Lürssen on the tender for several major orders from the Ministry of Defense in the naval shipping sector and the resulting merger of the naval division with the Kiel shipyard German Naval Yards on all legal issues relating to public procurement law, antitrust law, corporate law and M&A.

Public sector > State aid Tier 4

Marc Schweda in Hamburg heads Hogan Lovells International LLP's state aid practice, which cooperates closely with the firm's antitrust and public procurement teams. The group advises both the public sector and private companies from the finance, mobility and gaming sectors on state aid law, while the team was recently particularly active in assisting with Covid-19 stabilisation measures and climate protection future projects . The team further assists with state aid complaints before the Commission.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Extremely high level of expertise in the field of aid and experience in implementing measures.’

‘Marc Schweda: Very extensive experience paired with a high level of pragmatism and extreme solution orientation, large helpful network, extremely good knowledge of the legal situation and the possibility of ad hoc answers in spontaneous meetings.’

Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland –

Finanzagentur GmbH 2020 Nein

FlixMobility

Bawag

Montan-Stiftung-Saar

Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

NRW.BANK

Work highlights

  • Support for the stabilization measure by the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) to Deutsche Lufthansa AG as part of the Economic Stabilization Act.
  • Advising Finanzagentur GmbH on the granting of a stabilization measure by the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) to GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH as part of the Economic Stabilization Act.
  • Comprehensive public law, regulatory, gambling law, EU public procurement law, state aid law, corporate law, tax law and labor law advice to the NRW Bank on the strategic planning, preparation and implementation of the sale of all shares in the WestSpiel Group to a private buyer.

Germany > Tax Tier 4

Tax law advice to companies, their shareholders, insurance companies, investors and financial institutions during restructuring as well as M&A, PE and real estate transactions forms an essential part of Hogan Lovells International LLP's case load, with Heiko Gemmel regularly taking the lead; this transactional focus was underlined by Mathias Schönhaus' promotion to the partnership in January 2021. Both are part of the team led by Ingmar Dörr, who complements the practice's transaction expertise with experience in tax disputes, internal investigations and tax audits as well as preventive compliance work.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Broad-based expertise in the field of insurance.’

‘Dr. Christoph Küppers has many years of experience in the insurance sector. Compared to his competitors, he also has in-depth knowledge of insurance supervisory law and can therefore point out efficient solutions in terms of both supervisory law and tax law.’

Key clients

Daimler

Norddeutsche Landesbank – Girozentrale – (NORD/LB)

Deutsche Hypothekenbank (Actien-Gesellschaft) (Deutsche Hypo)

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

Gesellschafter der Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH

Zinc Nacional S.A.

Konzern Versicherungskammer

Dana Incorporated

HR Group

IBERFIN CAPITAL, S.A.

Quadriga Capital

BNP Paribas REIM

Garbe Industrial Real Estate GmbH

MAS Real Estate

PATRIZIA

Values Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Daimler on the global corporate restructuring into three divisions: Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans, Daimler Trucks & Buses and Daimler Mobility.
  • Advising Norddeutsche Landesbank – Girozentrale – (NORD/LB) and Deutsche Hypothekenbank ( Actien -Gesellschaft) (Deutsche Hypo ) on the merger and full integration of Deutsche Hypo into NORD/LB.
  • Advising the shareholders of Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH on the sale to the Danish biotechnology company Chr. Hansen.

Banking and finance > Lending and borrowing Tier 5

In the acquisition financing field, Hogan Lovells International LLP recently increasingly acted for debt funds, but also advises traditional lenders. In the corporate financing area, the group advised borrowers and lenders on financial restructuring and Covid-19-related financing measures, which often entailed capital markets aspects; subsequently, the practice regularly cooperates with its capital markets colleagues. The group is led by financing and financial restructuring expert Katlen Blöcker .

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very high client benefit and goal orientation. Legal costs are always a point of discussion in M&A transactions, so the service and personal understanding must match the client’s needs. At Hogan Lovells, that works perfectly.’

‘Katlen Blöcker is characterized by a high level of content-related know-how combined with pragmatic solutions.

‘Partner takes hands-on care of documentation. This makes financing very efficient.

‘Dr. Kalten Blöcker is a very experienced and commercially minded partner responsible for syndicated loans.’

Key clients

AccorInvest

AkquiVest

BNP Paribas

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Crédit Agricole CIB

Europäische Investitionsbank (EIB)

ETERNA

Globus Holding

GmbH & Co. KG

Hapag-Lloyd

ING Bank N.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Crédit Agricole CIB on the Auto1 inventory securitization of over €485m.
  • Advised BNP Paribas SA, German branch, in connection with a €90m loan agreement in the retail sector.
  • Advising European Investment Bank (EIB) on refinancing measures for automotive supplier Benteler.

Germany > Employment Tier 5

Its interdisciplinary and close-knit network is a main feature of Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s employment law offering, evident in regular cross-border mandates at various interfaces such as M&A and corporate as well as compliance and data protection. Thus, the employment law support of M&A transactions is among the key topics. Practice head Tim Gero Joppich also focuses on cross-border projects and regularly handles issues pertaining to works agreements and corporate co-determination as well as dismissal protection. Bernd Klemm is a specialist in occupational pension schemes.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Competent, reliable, fast.

‘We work almost exclusively with Mr. Bernd Klemm. He is very experienced, competent and works very precisely. We can fully rely on him. He answers all our inquiries and orders quickly and with great quality. It is particularly worth mentioning that Mr. Klemm always proposes concrete, constructive and practicable possible solutions and is a good discussion partner.’

‘Unique service and fast turnaround times.

‘Competent, determined and proactive.’

Eckhard Schwarz is always approachable, reliable, always develops solutions – also of a pragmatic nature.’

Very good expertise, well structured, quick to respond.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Signal Iduna as part of the VISION2023 transformation program, which aims to make work structures more agile.
  • Assisting Aluminum Oxid Stade GmbH (AOS) with their plan to temporarily reduce the collective wage and other wage components.
  • Advising the Dentsu Group in Germany on all employment law issues related to their global transformation program.

Dispute resolution > Financial services: litigation

United States > Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Hogan Lovells US LLP has significantly expanded its global offerings practice in recent years, not least through the impact of Richard Aftanas, a senior hire in 2020. This builds on the firm’s pre-existing success in Latin America offerings, in part through the Sao Paulo office, along with sovereign offerings and structured finance transactions. The capital markets team is also making solid progress in offerings originating in Europe. Emil Arca  is a leader in structured finance transactions, including diversified payments rights deals. Evan Koster  is a key figure in energy-related offerings and sovereign transactions. Sina Hekmat  splits his time between New York and Frankfurt, and regularly advises on deals involving European issuers. All other named partners are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Richard Aftanas; Emil Arca

Other key lawyers:

Evan Koster; Sina Hekmat; Ben Garcia

Testimonials

‘They walked us through this process in an expert manner that permitted us to jump into this complex market. Their expertise and reputation helped us with the banks and potential investors. I am very happy we chose HL as our legal advisors. They have vast experience in Latam, and in our case that was a very important asset. They are not only bilingual, but bi-cultural.’

‘The team have in depth knowledge and strong relationships with the issuer clients we work with, are extremely experienced and knowledgeable and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent and experienced lawyers. Knowledge goes from sovereign to complex project finance transactions.’

‘It is highly efficient that the team offers advice on questions under US and European regulations.’

‘The team is great. It is a dream team. Ben Garcia, partner in NYC office, is a very intelligent and experienced lawyer. He is very easy to work with. Polite and articulate, knows how to make things happen.’

‘Sina Hekmat – pleasure to work with, incredible client knowledge.’

‘I have enjoyed working with Sina Hekmat and the team in my current capacity for over a year now. Relative to other firms they have been incredibly responsive to queries and very well organized when it comes to document management on any given transaction. Coming from an in-house role, my interaction with the team has been largely in the investment grade space, over which they have demonstrated an acute sense of commercial awareness while also providing helpful legal advise. They have been particularly good at raising issues for my attention in their cover emails which is very helpful.’

‘Sina Hekmat is an excellent specialist in global offerings. He is available at short notice, replies instantly and offers great support to his clients during global offerings.’

Key clients

Banco do Brasil

Banco Pichincha

Bemobi Mobile Tech S.A,

BOC Aviation

Caixa Seguridade

Colgate-Palmolive

Enstar Group Limited

Hut 8 Mining Corp

Knighthead Capital Management, LLC

The Government of the Bahamas

Micro Focus International

Voxeljet

Work highlights

  • Advised various joint lead managers on an aggregate of approximately $9.9bn in debt offerings for Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank (Rentenbank), a development bank for the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and food industries in Germany.
  • Advised Colgate-Palmolive Company on its €500m inaugural eight-year sustainability bond.
  • Advised Hut 8 Mining Corp, a Canadian cryptocurrency mining company, on its $82m US IPO and $173m follow-on equity offering.

The firm: Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organisations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities.

Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

The firm’s lawyers are straight-talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

Frankfurt office: In the second-largest financial hub in Europe, clients seeking practical advice on M&A, private equity, banking and capital markets issues turn to Hogan Lovells in Frankfurt.

The firm advises major investment banks and financial institutions on property and acquisition finance, project finance, and issues relating to banking supervision law. Its integrated practice groups have comprehensive industry knowledge in banking, logistics, plant and mechanical engineering, energy, and chemicals. It also serves clients in the areas of property, hotels, employment, compliance and public commercial law.

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