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Antitrust - ranked: tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright

The antitrust law practice at Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong focus on antitrust investigation and fine proceedings, merger controls, actions for damages and compliance advice. It is also gaining visibility in distribution antitrust law instructions. Practice head Maxim Kleine is noted.

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Employment - ranked: tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright

Providing quick and in-depth advice’, Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘reliable and always available’ team receives regular instructions from national and international clients, most notably from the healthcare, technology, transport and finance sectors. Team head Cornelia Marquardt is the key name.

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Tax - ranked: tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright assists with a number of group reorganisations and M&A transactions, and advises on transport taxes such as VAT, insurance and energy tax. The practice’s key industries include finance and insurance as well as the transport sector. Tino Duttiné and Uwe Eppler are key names.

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Germany: Banking and finance

Project finance
Project finance - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright predominately acts for lenders and advises them, in conjunction with various other departments and colleagues from other European offices, on financing matters concerning energy and infrastructure projects. Anthony Morton and Hamburg-based Timo Noftz, who assists lenders, lessors, lessees and sponsors alongside project companies and other corporate entities with national and international financing and leasing transactions for aircrafts, ships and railways, are key names. Of counsel Jonathan Mullender joined Watson Farley & Williams LLP as partner in March 2018.

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Germany: Capital markets

Equity capital markets
Equity capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘good’ ECM practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is noted for its ‘quick response times’ and is increasingly active for banks but the team also advises issuers on IPOs, capital increases and other capital markets transactions, utilising its strong M&A experience. Benedikt Gillessen and practice head Frank Regelin are the names to note.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s corporate law team is ‘easy to reach’ and provides ‘a very good service’. It distinguishes itself from other practices by providing ongoing commercial advice to numerous banks, financial institutions and fintech companies. Klaus Bader and Frank Regelin jointly head the team, in which Klaus von Gierke is also recommended. Benedikt Gillessen, who handles stock corporation law in addition to capital markets transactions, joined White & Case LLP in October.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s M&A team stands out for its ‘fast processing and broad knowledge’. It has specialist expertise in energy and infrastructure, insurance, agribusiness and technology as well as in capital markets transactions. Newly promoted partner Marco Niehaus ‘keeps a close eye on related fields thanks to his extensive experience in complex deals’ and Katrin Stieß is ‘reactive, unbureaucratic’ and ‘confines herself to the essentials’. Klaus Bader and Klaus von Gierke are also recommended.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s dispute resolution team is valued by clients for providing ‘outstanding legal advice with a sense and understanding of legal issues’. With an extensive international network, the team can handle national and cross-border disputes in a wide range of practice areas, including insurance, banking and intellectual property. Practice head Jamie Nowak is ‘an exceptional talent in the market’; he focuses on industries including technology and transport. Sven Förster is also noted.

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Germany: Industry focus

Energy - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s energy law practice, under the lead of Klaus Bader, focuses on regulatory and corporate advice in connection with energy projects and also has expertise in battery and pumped storage power plants and geothermal energy. Counsel Felix Dinger, of counsel Sebastian Frech and Christian Filippitsch, who is the key contact for antitrust law, are other names to note.

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Germany: Information technology

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s data protection advice has ‘a high level of expertise, good knowledge of the economic underpinnings and a business sense’. The team focuses on international matters and cross-border advice. It handles large international GDPR projects in close collaboration with the firm’s offices in the US, London and Asia, advises on issues related to products based on the processing of data, and on data infringements, and has been notably active recently in cybersecurity matters. Jamie Nowak and Christoph Ritzer, who ‘does a good job’, are the names to note.

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Germany: Insurance

Advice to insurers
Advice to insurers - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Advising clients on transactions and insurance supervisory law matters alongside insurance distribution and brokerage issues are the central pillars of Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice, which also has notable experience in the warranty and indemnity insurance segment. Sven Förster, Eva-Maria Barbosa and Andreas Börner, who specialises in cross-border transactions, are the key names.

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Germany: Public sector

PPP - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

The PPP team at Norton Rose Fulbright provides comprehensive advice to public sector organisations, sponsors, project companies and financial institutions on matters ranging from project structuring through to the conclusion of project and financing agreements. A focus lies on work touching upon construction and environmental law, privatisations and restructurings. Another core competence is handling projects in the transport sector. Dirk Trautmann and Michael Jürgen Werner, who divides his time between the firm’s Brussels and Frankfurt offices, jointly head the team. Counsel Martin Weber, who is based in Frankfurt, is also noted.

Leading individuals

Dirk Trautmann - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is rated for its ‘high level of know-how’ and focuses on transactional work in the hotel and logistics sectors and on project development and financing work. ‘Goal-oriented negotiator’ Patrick Narr ‘handles deals confidently’; Maren Stölting, team head Stefan Feuerriegel, Thomas Hopf and of counsel Sven-Christoph Riepke are also noted. Katrin Scheicht moved to Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law in May 2018 and counsel Matthias Fischer joined Allen & Overy LLP in August 2017. Hendrik Theismann joined from Ashurst LLP in August 2018 along with four of counsels.

Next Generation Partners

Hendrik Theismann - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Germany: Transport

Maritime and shipping
Maritime and shipping - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Under Timo Noftz’ leadership, Norton Rose Fulbright acts for commercial and investment banks, lessors, shipping companies, charterers, shipyards, P&I clubs and ship operators on all aspects of maritime commercial law. It focuses on ship financing, the purchase and sale of ships as well as restructuring and insolvency advice. On the contentious side, the group specialises in the handling of cargo damage and is regularly involved in arbitration proceedings. Axel Boës left to co-found boutique firm KOCH DUKEN BOËS.

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