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Hogan Lovells International LLP


Germany

Antitrust
Antitrust - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The antitrust law practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses on merger control, distribution antitrust law and antitrust investigations. Marc Schweda advises eBay on platform bans of brand manufacturers by the Federal Cartel Office and advises the Klambt publishing house on merger control law matters related to the planned acquisition of various women’s magazines. The firm has seen a growth in instructions in the area of cartel damages. For example, Christoph Wünschmann defended Air Canada against claims initiated by action vehicle Barnsdale arising from the airfreight cartel, and practice head Martin Sura provides support with the assertion of claims for damages against various supplier cartels. The extensive client portfolio also includes BASF, Douglas, Lego and ProSiebenSat1.

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLPhas an extensive network of experts at its disposal’. The compliance group, which includes specialists from the automotive, life sciences, technology, media and communications industry groups, is recognised for its ‘situational advice’. It has seen an increase in mandates from financial institutions. The group has experience in building and implementing global compliance systems, including the development of policies, processes and the implementation of whistleblowing structures, as well as business partner compliance. It is also praised for its ‘very good’ in-house training. Désirée Maier, who is ‘particularly good’, made partner and most recently conducted a compliance management system adequacy audit at a group of companies. Sebastian Lach leads the practice and is also noted.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘very reliable and competent’ team provides ‘high-quality and well thought-through advice’ on a wide range of employment law matters including data protection and IT. In a cross-border mandate, the team advised Standard Industries on the implementation of GDPR, and, in the transactional space, which constitutes another key area of expertise for the practice, main contact Kerstin Neighbour and colleagues from various other departments assisted Woodward with employment law matters pertaining to the acquisition of L’Orange from Rolls-Royce.The team also advised Daimler on the formation of a joint venture with BMW. Other key individuals include the ‘solution-oriented’ and ‘competent negotiator’ Eckard Schwarz and the ‘practical and readily availableBernd Klemm. Counsel Leif Hansen left the firm in September 2018 to work independently. In January 2019, Lars Mohnke was elevated to the partnership and Silvia Lang was appointed counsel.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP primarily assists large companies with tax law matters related to international M&A transactions and joint ventures. For example, it advised chemical group BASF on tax law matters involved in the merging of the paper and water chemicals business with special chemicals manufacturer Solenis, and it oversaw the tax aspects of the foundation of a joint venture between Daimler and BMW aimed at pooling international mobility services. Oil group ExxonMobil instructed Michael Dettmeier to provide tax law advice on the sale of the entire German Esso petrol station network. The firm also handles matters concerning the financial and shareholding sectors. Practice head Heiko Gemmel advised Mercedes-Benz Bank on tax law matters related to the securitisation of a portfolio of auto loans in the amount of €1.1bn and assisted restaurant chain Vapiano with tax law matters related to its initial public offering.

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Trade and distribution
Trade and distribution - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Foreign trade law - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The team at Hogan Lovells International LLP stands out for its combination of expertise in commercial and distribution law as well as its regulatory know-how; an area of particular expertise is the automotive sector. Practice head Patrick Ayad advised an automobile manufacturer on three different projects relating to innovative distribution models and the market launch of new products in the areas of parts distribution, electromobility and shared services. The group also assisted Hyundai Motor Europe with purchasing and distribution issues, including the revision of model contract documentation for dealers and service partners, distribution antitrust support and representation in distribution litigation. Other areas of focus are the consumer goods, food and life sciences sectors, where Thomas Salomon usually takes the lead. Florian Unseld and Arne Thiermann joined the partnership.

Leading individuals

Patrick Ayad - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Florian Unseld - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Banking and finance

Financial services: regulatory
Financial services: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘hands-on team’ at Hogan Lovells International LLP has particular expertise in matters at the intersection of banking supervisory and capital markets law, which leads to regular instructions on regulatory issues concerning financial instruments. Advising on MiFID II and MiFIR, the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products Regulation (PRIIPs) and the EU Benchmark Regulation (EU BMR) are other key areas of expertise, while, in co-operation with its London team, the practice has also been handling an increasing number of Brexit-related mandates; instructions pertaining to fintech and US sanctions are routinely handled in conjunction with various offices across its global network. This broad set-up allows the practice to provide credit and deposit institutions, financial services providers as well as e-money and payment institutions with full-service advice. Highlights included Richard Reimer’s advice to the Federal Association of Payment Institution (Bundesverband der Zahlungsinstitute, BVZI) on the development of an industry standard for IT security documentation for payment services providers following the introduction of PSD 2, and Jochen Seitz’s assistance to the German Derivatives Association (Deutscher Derivate Verband, DDV) with MiFID II and MiFIR matters. Seitz and Peter Maier joined the team in late 2017 and counsel Markus Brusch followed suit in early 2018; the trio joined from Mayer Brown LLP. Tim Brandi is also recommended. Verena Ritter-Döring moved to Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP at the end of 2017.

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Lending and borrowing
Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s banking and finance team benefits from the firm’s international network on one hand and from strong internal ties with various other practice groups on the other, allowing the team to handle the full spectrum of acquisition and real estate finance matters alongside trade and export finance work. This leads to a balanced client portfolio consisting of borrowers and lenders, including banks and various alternative lenders such as debt funds and insurance companies, while the team has also been increasingly active for French clients such as Société Générale, which is predominately due to the expansion of the firm’s Paris office. Recent significant matters include advising Grover on an asset-backed loan structure provided by Varengold Bank, assisting Ares Management, in co-operation with the London office, with corporate financing matters, and acting for Lang LaSalle in adjusting a multi-currency loan agreement with an international banking syndicate. Patrick Mittmann, who joined Baker McKenzie in September 2018, also advised Lang LaSalle on senior notes. In acquisition finance, team head Katlen Blöcker and members from the corporate practice assisted CTDI with financing issues concerning the acquisition of Communications Test Design’s EMEA repair services division. In late 2017, counsel Sven Seibold moved to DLA Piper.

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Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses on national and international financing matters concerning energy generation plants, most notably in the renewable energy, energy-from-waste and conventional energy sectors, alongside infrastructure-related financing work and acts for manufacturing companies, banks and investors. Carla Luh, who made partner in January 2018, assisted Northland Power with the acquisition and the financing of offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht totalling €1.3bn, advised NRW.Bank on refinancing the €315m offshore wind farm Trianel Wind Farm Borkum, and acted for DekaBank on refinancing Swiss PPP project Zeughausareal Burgdorf, which included the construction and operation of a public administration centre, a road inspection agency and a prison. Hamburg-based Christian Knütel and Frankfurt-based Tobias Faber are also key members of the team.

Next generation lawyers

Carla Luh - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Capital markets

Debt capital markets
Debt capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s broad client base predominately consists of international investment banks as well as German and European financial institutions, which routinely retain the team to advise on various national and international capital markets transactions with particular focus on bonds, pfandbriefe and promissory notes alongside emission programmes, liability management and bond restructuring matters. Jochen Seitz advised Commerzbank on the update of Deutsche Pfandbriefbank’s debt issuance programme, and, in a similar matter, assisted UniCredit Bank with the update of the issuance programmes of Volkswagen Financial Services and Volkswagen Bank, while he acted for a banking consortium on the placement of mortgage bonds by Deutsche Pfandbriefbank totalling €500m. In other work, Michael Schlitt advised Deutsche Bank on SLM Solutions Group’s convertible bond offering worth €58.5m, and, together with the banking team, he assisted Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale with the inaugural issue of promissory notes to the International Investment Bank. Sina Hekmat is the main contact for US law matters; he divides his time between New York and Frankfurt and assists issuers and intermediaries with government bonds, investment grade and high-yield bonds under US law. Sven Brandt heads the team.

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Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘flexible team’ at Hogan Lovells International LLP provides ‘excellent work’ and ‘a very high service level’: while ‘all issues are dealt with quickly’, the advice remains ‘pragmatic and detailed’. The team covers a wide range of ECM work including IPOs, rights issues and capital increases and frequently acts for the issuer but also assists investment banks. Team head Michael Schlitt is ‘an excellent thinker’; he ‘knows the market’ and ‘understands the client’s situation and where to go from there’. Recently, he advised, among others, Vapiano and the German manufacturer of high-performance lithium-ion battery systems Akasol on their respective IPOs, in both cases shares were offered in a public offering in Germany and Luxembourg and private placements in other countries. He also advised Commerzbank on the payment of a share dividend and a related rights issue by Vonovia, and assisted Shop Apotheke Europe with the takeover of the mail-order pharmacy Europa Apotheek, which included the takeover of all shares in Europa Apotheek’s parent, EHS Europe Health Services, by way of contribution in kind of such shares against issuance of new ordinary shares in Shop Apotheke. Counsel Susanne Lenz is also noted.

Leading individuals

Michael Schlitt - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Structured finance and securitisation
Structured finance and securitisation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

As an integral part of the firm’s DCM practice, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘very client-focused and efficient’ securitisation team is ‘very experienced in securitisation transactions’, most notably in the automotive sector, and has expertise in securitised derivatives. The latter area received a boost when Jochen Seitz, Peter Maier and counsel Markus Brusch joined the firm at the end of 2017 from Mayer Brown LLP. Clients, including several German and international banks, also benefit from the team’s ‘excellent service level’ and its ‘balanced price-performance ratio’ as well as its ‘very good international network and internal co-operation, leading to seamless support in cross-border matters’. Sven Brandt advised Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank on the drafting and drawing of an €8bn structured bond and certificates programme, while Seitz and Maier assisted an international investment bank with the creation of an issuing platform to facilitate the issuance of various structured products such as debt securities, certificates and leverage products. The ‘solution-orientedDietmar Helms, who also stands out for his ‘good understanding of clients’ needs and openness to innovative structures’, and, according to clients, is ‘among the leading lawyers in the German-speaking region for ABS transactions’, advised Société Générale on the securitisation of German auto loans. Julian Fischer is also recommended.

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Germany: Compliance

Internal investigations
Internal investigations - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP continues to be strategically focused on internal investigations in the context of compliance and white-collar crime, and the ‘professional’ team has ‘extensive expertise’ in technical terms and across various industries. It is instructed by companies in cases such as antitrust, money laundering and sanction infringement allegations, but also in cases of alleged embezzlement, tax evasion, harassment and bullying. Due to the mostly cross-border nature of the investigations, they often also have a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribary Act (UKBA) reference. Practice head Sebastian Lach is well versed in handling criminal cases. Désirée Maier made partner at the beginning of 2018 and focuses exclusively on compliance and internal investigations with a focus on the life sciences sector. The team was also strengthened at the associate level.

Next generation lawyers

Désirée Maier - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate
Corporate - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Corporate and shareholder disputes - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Retaining Gleiss Lutz for corporate law advice ‘eliminates the need for content checks and controls, as the client can rely one hundred percent on the team’s correctness and expediency’. The team composition is ‘excellent, especially in comparison to the other side, which often employs much larger teams’, and the advice is ‘clear and comprehensible’. Christian Cascante and Peter Steffen Carl jointly head the practice, which advises major international corporations, board members and supervisory boards (such as those of Volkswagen and Audi on diesel scandal issues) as well as owner-managed companies. For example, it assisted Ergo Gruppe with the restructuring of the group structure, and advised Kommunale Energie Beteiligungsgesellschaft Thüringen on the annual general meeting. Michael Arnold represents TUI in a landmark case discussing the compatibility of the German Codetermination Act with EU law. Fred Wendt, Gabriele Roßkopf and Martin Schockenhoff are also noted. Dirk Wasmann is ‘a brilliant, pragmatic and solution-oriented corporate lawyer’; Cornelius Götze has ‘excellent expertise’ and is ‘extremely reliable and thorough’. Urszula Nartowska left for Hogan Lovells International LLP and {Tobias Harzenetter 16111} made partner in 2019.

The corporate law group at Hogan Lovells International LLPresponds personally to the concerns of its clients’ and offers ‘partnership-like cooperation at a high professional level’ as well as ‘continuous availability and responsive feedback’. Current mandates include advising Adva Optical Networking on the integration of MRV Communications, including various mergers and intra-group transfers, as well as on the restructuring of the Generali Group. The firm regularly advises on the establishment of joint ventures such as Daimler in the context of the bundling of on-demand mobility services. Michael Rose provides ‘practical answers, a pragmatic approach and pleasant cooperation’, and is recommended alongside Matthias Hirschmann and Peter Huber. Lutz Angerer heads the German practice, while Volker Geyrhalter took over responsibility for the Continental European group from Christoph Louven at the end of 2017. Hanns Jörg Herwig made partner at the beginning of 2018, while Michael Leistikow retired. Urszula Nartowska joined from Gleiss Lutz. Daniel Dehghanian and Alexander Koch made partner in 2019. Associate Philipp Weber joined FPS as associate partner.

Next generation lawyers

Peter Huber - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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M&A: large deals (€500m+)
M&A: large deals (€500m+) - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP delivers ‘solutions that work the first time around and keep the effort for clients low’. The team also successfully cooperates with ‘equally qualified and readily available lawyers in other jurisdictions’, which is an advantage for clients involved in large international transactions. Highlights in this space included advising Woodward on the acquisition of engineering firm L’Orange for a value of €700m according to media reports; assisting BASF with the merger of its paper and water chemicals business with US specialty chemicals manufacturer Solenis; and acting for Daimler on the formation of a joint venture with BMW to bundle global mobility services. Lutz Angerer leads the German team, while Volker Geyrhalter heads the Continental European practice. Nikolas Zirngibl is also noted and Hanns Jörg Herwig made partner at the beginning of 2018.

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M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)
M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP considers its clients’ concerns in ‘a very individual and personal manner’. Practice head Lutz Angerer advised medical technology firm Ambu on the €225m acquisition of invendo medical, while Birgit Reese assisted Talanx with the acquisition of financial and supply consulting group FVB. Tim Brandi acted for NordLB on the planned sale of Deutsche Hypo as part of a bidding process. Matthias Jaletzke, Andreas Meyer and Christoph Louven also stand out among the 18 partners who provide M&A advice.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Arbitration (including international arbitration)
Arbitration (including international arbitration) - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s litigation and arbitration practice has a broad industry expertise. It usually represents clients in international arbitration proceedings and benefits from the firm’s well-integrated network. Both Inken Knief and Karl Pörnbacher are particularly well versed in the energy and life sciences sectors. Counsel Thomas Pieper is also qualified as a US lawyer and is therefore familiar with the country’s regulations. Daniel Flore made partner in January 2019.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has strong industry expertise and a team of experienced lawyers; several of the partners based in Germany also hold senior positions in the firm’s global litigation and arbitration management structure. Life sciences expert Tanja Eisenblätter represented the subsidiary of an international pharmaceutical company in a landmark case against a competitor. In addition, Detlef Haß and his team are still involved in the follow-up lawsuit against Air Canada concerning claims for damages arising from the alleged air freight cartel. Jürgen Johannes Witte and Olaf Gärtner are also singled out. Counsel Christian Zerr moved to Graf von Westphalen in September 2017. Ingo Kühl was made up to counsel in January 2018.

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Product liability
Product liability - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses on product liability and compliance consulting, and impresses with its strong industry expertise. The renowned Ina Brock is well versed in the life sciences sector; she defended a client against liability claims for the alleged improper certification of medical products. Matthias Schweiger, who has a similar focus, was also involved in this case. Sebastian Polly specialises in the automotive sector, where he represents various car manufacturers in product liability and safety cases, and advises on official investigations and recalls.

Leading individuals

Ina Brock - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Sebastian Polly - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Transactions - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice for energy and raw materials is strongly grounded in transactional work with particular strength in the renewable energy space. Other key areas are energy and emission trade, regulatory law, project finance and disputes in the energy sector. Highlights for practice head Matthias Hirschmann included advising ExxonMobil Central Europe on the sale of its entire German petrol station and retail business to a British company; assisting Mitsubishi Corporation with the partial sale of the German offshore transmission business and the establishment of a new joint venture with Chubu Electric Power and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance; and acting for new client Northland Power on the takeover of the 252MW offshore wind farm Deutsche Bucht. The group is also advising NRW.Bank on the refinancing of offshore wind farm Trianel Windpark Borkum. Other key clients include Statoil ASA, Trianel and ENI. Carla Luh was promoted to the partnership in early 2018 and Tobias Flasbarth is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Matthias Hirschmann - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Tobias Flasbarth - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Drug advertising law - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Transactions - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘excellent’ team stands out for its high level of niche expertise in various healthcare-related areas. Jörg Schickert, who heads the German life sciences practice, has considerable regulatory expertise; he and Arne Thiermann, who was promoted to partner in January 2018, advised multiple companies belonging to Merz Pharma on matters concerning medical devices, pharmaceutical and compliance issues. In a highlight in the corporate space, the group assisted Centogene with a venture capital financing round totalling over €25bn; Munich-based Nikolas Zirngibl led the advice. Tanja Eisenblätter, who is based in the Hamburg office, utilised her ‘comprehensive experience’ in representing Daiichi Sankyo in several competition law disputes concerning anticoagulants. The firm was also active in the field of product liability law, providing multijurisdictional advice to a medical device manufacturer, and in the patent law area, where Alexander Klicznik represented Agilent in three infringement proceedings around mass spectrometres. ‘Magnificent patent lawyerMiriam Gundt; head of the digital health Continental Europe practice Matthias Schweiger; Ina Brock, who heads the global clients and industries group; and ‘gutsy’ patent law practice head Andreas von Falck are all also recommended. Hanns Jörg Herwig, Inken Knief and Désirée Maier were promoted to the partnership in January 2018.

Leading individuals

Jörg Schickert - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Miriam Gundt - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Information technology

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s data protection advice often has an international dimension; the practice saw a particular rise in US-projects, but also covers data protection-related disputes and topics such as cybersecurity and the connected car. With regard to the implementation of the GDPR, the firm acts for prominent clients in various sectors, ranging from the automotive industry and field of mobility to life sciences, construction, diversified industrials and the technology, media and telecoms sectors, but also increasingly in the finance industry and the consumer goods and food sectors; Daiichi Sankyo Europe and Standard Industries are just two examples. Markus Schreibauer assisted a multitude of clients with data protection issues concerning M&A transactions, including assisting Daimler with the establishment of a joint ventures with BMW for the pooling of the global mobility services of the two automotive corporations. The ‘engaged’ team consists of ‘competent and outstanding advisers’: Stefan Schuppert is ‘very experienced’ and Martin Pflüger and Christian Tinnefeld were promoted to partner at the start of 2019. The highly regarded Tim Wybitul joined Latham & Watkins LLP in October 2018.

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Information technology (including contracts)
Information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice advises on domestic and global IT projects and disputes, particularly in the automotive, pharmaceutical and medical technology, consumer goods and telecoms sectors as well as the banking and insurance industries, among other areas. In close collaboration with other practice areas, the team also frequently advises on the IT aspects of transactions: it assisted Daimler with the establishment of a joint venture with BMW for the pooling of their global mobility services, while also providing IT law advice to a joint venture between CTDI US and Telekom Deutschland in the context of their acquisition of the EMEA repair services from US company Communications Test Design. In the banking area, the firm is acting for a US bank on connecting with online brokers and the OTC trade of structured products, and is advising another US bank on blockchain and distributed ledger technology and their impact on the European infrastructure. In the life sciences area, Marcus Schreibauer is assisting Invision Capital Partners with the IT law aspects of an investment in the laboratory Dr. Deppe Group, which develops disinfection, medical and biocidal products. Stefan Schuppert is noted. Christian Tinnefeld and Martin Pflüger were promoted to the partnership at the start of 2019.

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Germany: Insurance

Advice to insurers
Advice to insurers - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Insurance companies including Allianz, AXA, Ergo and Munich Re routinely draw on Hogan Lovells International LLP’s corporate and regulatory expertise. The seven-strong team, which is led by Christoph Küppers, is particularly well versed in handling restructuring work, which regularly includes cross-border elements. Birgit Reese assisted a major international reinsurance company with global restructuring matters, and advises Generali Group on its restructuring in Germany including the establishment of a new property insurance company and the transfer of the brokerage business to the newly set up entity. In a transactional highlight, the team assisted Talanx with the acquisition of FVB Gesellschaft für Finanz- und Versorgungsberatung.

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Germany: Intellectual property

Patent litigation
Patent litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP further bolstered its practice in 2018 with the partner promotions of Henrik Lehment and Benjamin Schröer and the promotion of Marcus Schönknecht to counsel. Recent highlights attest to the team’s strength in the telecoms, pharmaceutical and medical technology, automotive and consumer goods sectors. Practice head Andreas von Falck led the coordination of the Europe-wide enforcement of patents for Hoffmann-La Roche, including representation in patent infringement proceedings. In the telecoms industry, Schröer acted for intervening party Google in patent infringement proceedings related to to the alleged infringement of two patents by three network operators, and represented the client in parallel opposition and nullity proceedings at the EPO and Federal Patent Court. Christian Stoll led a team representing Dell as defendant in proceedings against Sisvel due to the alleged infringement of three standard patents in MP2 and MP3 technology; besides patent infringement crucial issues also concerned the right to institute proceedings, the application of FRAND requirements and the limitation of damage claims. Other clients include Olaplex, Nikon and Medinol. Key figures in the practice also include Martin Fähndrich, who is qualified as both an attorney at law and an engineer, Miriam Gundt, Alexander Klicznik, who is qualified as a patent attorney and an attorney at law, Clemens Plassmann and Steffen Steininger. Anna-Katharina Friese was promoted to counsel at the start of 2019.

Leading individuals

Andreas von Falck - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Next generation lawyers

Miriam Gundt - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Trade marks and unfair competition
Trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP took a step forward in its Hamburg, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf-based practices with the counsel promotions of Thorsten Klinger, Fabian Pfuhl and Marcus Schönknecht in January 2018 and of Marlen A. Mittelstein in January 2019, simultaneously counterpointing the departure of several senior associates. Morten Petersenn, who heads the European IPMT practice, acted for the community of heirs Baklan in a matter that was initiated in 2017: he represented the client at the Higher Regional Court in Karlsruhe in a dispute regarding the right to use the trade marks BAKTAT and BAK, which besides trade mark issues also involved international private law and inheritance law problems. Susanne Karow’s management of Canyon Bicycles’ international trade mark portfolio and global chair Leopold von Gerlach’s advice to Citi Group on strategic matters and portfolio development show the team’s strength in the non-contentious area. A highlight in domain law was Petersenn’s representation of Chanje in an action against a user of chanje domains in the Netherlands. Other clients include CeramTec, eBay and FlixBus. Yvonne Draheim and copyright expert Nils Rauer are also key contacts. The renowned Andreas Bothe heads the IPTM practice in Germany.

Leading individuals

Andreas Bothe - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Private equity

Transactions
Transactions - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s client portfolio includes financial and strategic investors as well as portfolio companies, which primarily instruct the team on mid-cap transactions. Hanns Jörg Herwig, who made partner in January 2018, and practice head Matthias Jaletzke advised investment company Bregal Unternehmerkapital on the sale of its majority stake in ProAlpha to British investment company Intermediate Capital Group (ICG), and assisted Canadian asset manager Brookfield with the acquisition of Lampe Equity Management from Bankhaus Lampe. Dusseldorf-based Lars Benger acted for Invision on its investment in the Laboratorium Dr. Deppe group. Joachim Habetha is one of the central figures in the Frankfurt office. Woodward and Castik Capital are also clients.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, clients ‘are in very good hands’: the group ‘delivers brilliant work’ with ‘very good turnaround times’ and has ‘excellent industry expertise’. It acts for founders, start-ups and, in particular, investors who also instruct the team to deal with regulatory issues. The recommended Nikolas Zirngibl advised Daimler on its investment in aviation start-up Volocopter, and assisted Rostock-based diagnostics company Centogene with a series A financing round of over €25m. He also advised Experteer’s shareholders on the sale of the online job exchange of the same name to publishing group Medien Union. The online cruise ship travel agency Dreamlines instructed the group for a financing round and Volker Geyrhalter led advice to Personio on a series A financing round after the team had already advised the client on the seed financing in 2016. Peter Huber is ‘always available and supports his clients with creative, pragmatic solutions’.

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Germany: Public sector

PPP
PPP - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The PPP team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is regularly involved in cross-border projects. In Frankfurt, Tobias Faber advised an international consortium before the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) on the tender for the Kabd Municipal Solid Waste Project. In Hamburg, Christian Knütel advises on infrastructure and energy-related matters. Carla Luh was promoted to the partnership in January 2018.

Next generation lawyers

Carla Luh - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Product-Related Advice - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a broad range of expertise in environment and planning matters, advising both on plant construction projects and on regulated public sectors such as energy, water, environment, infrastructure and utilities. The Düsseldorf team, which is led by Thomas Dünchheim, advises on special environmental law issues such as fracking, mining and excavation matters as well as immission control, nature conservation and waste law. In a recent hightlight it assisted an energy generation group with the approval of the construction of a gas and steam power plant. The group advised Akasol on environmental law issues relating to its IPO and, in a separate matter, assisted a major international group with the complex remediation of contaminated sites. The client base also includes long-term client Autobahn Tank & Rast, the German Red Cross Düsseldorf and IMS Messysteme. Product-related environmental law work is headed by Munich-based Patrick Ayad and Sebastian Lach, and is increasingly relevant for the automotive industry. Florian Unseld and Arne Thiermann joined the partnership in January 2018.

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Public procurement
Public procurement - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Thanks to its cross-practice approach, the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP frequently acts on matters touching upon IP, life sciences, corporate and antitrust law. Recent highlights include advising Autobahn Tank & Rast on the restructuring of the allocation of fuel delivery and distribution rights to federal motorway petrol stations. Marc Schweda led assistance to Baxter Germany with the procurement of dialysis machines by the University Hospital Frankfurt and with review proceedings. Other highlights include advising the Federal Ministry of Defence on the procurement law aspects of the planned sale of the federally-owned HIL Heeresinstandsetzungslogistik’s maintenance facilities as part of a Europe-wide procurement procedure. Falk Schöning in Brussels and Thomas Dünchheim, who heads the government regulatory practice group, are other key figures. Jan Christian Eggers left for BEITEN BURKHARDT in February 2018.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Plant construction - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With a specialism in infrastructure and plant engineering work, Hogan Lovells International LLP routinely acts for international clients; Tobias Faber is acting for a consortium consisting of strategic investors and other financial investors in proceedings with the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects concerning the development of a water treatment plant. Christian Knütel regularly advises Merkur Offshore Wind and Northland Power on construction law matters pertaining to the development of an offshore wind farm, and assisted an utility company with contractual issues, which arose from the construction of a gas and steam power plant. Ulrich Helm heads the team.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The ‘outstanding’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘highly professional and proactive and provides very good strategic advice’. Tim Brandi and ‘analyst par excellence’ Hinrich Thieme recently assisted CapitaLand Commercial Trust and CapitaLand with the acquisition of Frankfurt-based commercial property Gallileo and team head Roland Bomhard advised Commerz Real on the sale of Eschborn Plaza to various institutional investors by way of an asset deal. Other highlights include assisting Berlin Hyp with the financing of the acquisition of the Cologne-based office and hotel complex Triforum by GEG German Estate Group. With particular experience in hotel property transactions, Marc Werner advised Art-Invest on the acquisition of two luxury hotels in Cologne and Baden-Baden. In January 2019, Martin Haase was promoted to the partnership and Markus Franken was appointed counsel.

Leading individuals

Roland Bomhard - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring
Restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP impresses with its ‘excellent knowledge’, ‘short processing times’ and ‘a reasonable price-performance ratio’; the six partner-strong practice focuses on advising investors, debtors and creditors. This also includes the handling of contentious matters in the context of challenged insolvencies and the enforcement of creditors’ claims, in which practice head Heiko Tschauner in particular is regarded as ‘a prudent, shrewd and experienced litigator’. He acted in the insolvency case of Air Berlin and in the assertion of claims in the energy sector. The well-respected Christian Herweg is ‘particularly strong’ and proposes ‘very sensible’ courses of action. He is currently assisting an investor with the acquisition of a distressed real estate portfolio. Michael Sinhart left for Taylor Wessing in September 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Christian Herweg - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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