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Osborne Clarke

15 INNERE KANALSTR, 50823 KÖLN, GERMANY
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Germany

Antitrust
Antitrust - ranked: tier 5

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke provides ‘high quality and excellent service’, especially in its two areas of focus: antitrust and damage claims proceedings. Led by the ‘brilliant’ Thomas Funke, who is ‘very pleasant to work with’ and has ‘an outstanding intuition in difficult antitrust problems’, the team advises Deutsche Bahn in the context of damage claims proceedings against members of the truck cartel. For the injured party platform CDC Cartel Damage Claims it is handling claims arising from the sugar cartel, and the recent defence of REWE Group in EU antitrust proceedings regarding the distribution of hotel accommodation added to the team’s substantial work load. Thomas Grünvogel joined from CMS and strengthened the Munich office at the partner level.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 6

Osborne Clarke

The ‘highly recommended’ employment law team at Osborne Clarke is known for advising technology sector players and has substantial data protection expertise. The team assisted Sodexo with the strategic implementation of restructuring measures and with works council negotiations pertaining to an IT framework agreement, and advised Huntsman on the reorganisation of group companies in Germany, France and Italy. Anke Freckmann heads the practice, which includes the recommended Annabel Lehnen and David Plitt.

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Trade and distribution
Trade and distribution - ranked: tier 2

Osborne Clarke

Frequently acting for international automotive, technology, life sciences, retail and consumer goods sector players, Osborne Clarke scores highly with clients for providing an ‘excellent service’ and ‘good value for money’. The renowned Uwe Brossette, who specialises in sales concepts and contract negotiations, advised Volkswagen and Audi Partner Association (VAPV) on the development of new commercial vehicle sales and service concepts as well as the preparation of new dealer agreements. As another highlight, the team in Hamburg led by the recommended Carsten Dau assisted a car manufacturer with the structuring of an international distribution system. The team in Munich increased its bench strength by adding Thomas Grünvogel from CMS.

Leading individuals

Uwe Brossette - Osborne Clarke

Next generation lawyers

Carsten Dau - Osborne Clarke

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

M&A: mid-sized domestic deals (€100m-€500m)
#Corporate and M&A: M&A: mid-sized domestic deals (€100m-€500m) - ranked: tier 3

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke’s ‘solution-oriented, pragmatic and sophisticated’ group continues to see a strong deal flow in the mid-market segment. On the national level, advising financial services provider FWU on the acquisition of Fortuna Lebens-Versicherungs AG from Generali is a 2016 highlight. The following year, it assisted IT and recruitment services provider Allgeier with the acquisition of Ciber’s German business and advised Indus Holding on the acquisition of m+p international. Philip Meichssner leads the group, which is mainly based in Cologne, Hamburg and Munich.

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Germany: IT and outsourcing

Data protection
IT and outsourcing: data protection - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke

Besides the omnipresent advice on the GDPR and complex data protection projects, Osborne Clarke’s expertise in data protection matters also includes CBR, cybersecurity and data protection compliance. Clients benefit from the specific industry knowledge of the three partners: Hamburg-based Flemming Moos is well versed in healthcare and FinTech-related data protection; Marc Störing, who was promoted to partner in Cologne, focuses primarily on data protection matters in the automotive and PropTech sectors; and the well regarded Ulrich Baumgartner is the main contact for data protection issues connected to digital business models. Recent highlights include coordinating Amadeus IT Group’s Europe-wide adaption to the GDPR; advising Google on the task force investigation proceedings of the Hamburg data protection officer regarding the unified harmonised Google privacy policy; and assisting Sixt with the negotiation of a high-volume data management platform contract. The high-end client roster includes Facebook, Ferrero and Weight Watchers International.

Leading individuals

Flemming Moos - Osborne Clarke

Next generation lawyers

Marc Störing - Osborne Clarke

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Information technology (including contracts)
IT and outsourcing: information technology (including contracts) - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke clearly is amongst the first addresses both for domestic and international clients seeking IT law advice: Drawing on a very broad practice, the eight-partner team is active in traditional IT licence and transactional matters, but is also increasingly gaining a reputation in the digital segment, particularly in the finance, pharma, PropertyTech and automotive industry. Recently the recognised Konstantin Ewald represented Gameforge in landmark proceedings regarding the right of revocation for virtual currency; Ulrich Bäumer regularly assists L&T Infotech with digitalisation projects; and Hendrik Schöttle advised mantro on the market launch of a smart home device for consumption control in the household and Vorwerk on the international rollout of an IoT device in 11 countries. Clients also sought out the team for numerous IT-driven M&A transactions, including FUNKE Digital regarding a majority share in Media Partisans and software company Mindjet concerning the sale of a business division in four European jurisdictions. Besides various Indian and US companies, such as Motorola Mobility, the client portfolio also includes Ferrero Deutschland and Sixt. Marc Störing was promoted to partner.

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Outsourcing
IT and outsourcing: outsourcing - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke

Primarily companies on the customer side benefitted from Osborne Clarke’s outsourcing expertise in 2017 and sought advice on the outsourcing of business processes and data centres, traditional IT outsourcings and hybrid cloud models. However, the team also advises outsourcing providers; Ulrich Bäumer is the main contact for providers in India. A recent client was LTI in outsourcing negotiations with Lufthansa. The portfolio furthermore includes Motorola Solutions, Schindler Group and WIPRO Technologies.

Leading individuals

Ulrich Bäumer - Osborne Clarke

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Germany: Media

Entertainment
Media: Entertainment - ranked: tier 5

Osborne Clarke

Gaming - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke’s activity in media law matters is tightly linked with the digital expertise of its industry focus group Digital Business: The team surrounding the renowned Konstantin Ewald has a particular focus on online topics and eCommerce. It recently advised Facebook on the introduction of an eCommerce function on its website and GoPro on the establishment of a new eCommerce shop. Providing comprehensive advice to the games industry constitutes another pillar of the practice: Clients include the Federal Association of Interactive Entertainment Software (BIU) regarding the development of draft legislation for tax incentives for the games industry and Gameforge concerning regular strategic advice and representation in contentious matters. In the area of copyright disputes Martin Soppe represented Beautylane in connection with product images and in a transactional highlight the firm advised Funke Medien on the acquisition of media partisans. The team also works in close collaboration with the venture capital practice and frequently handles VC deals in the media sector.

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Germany: Private equity

Venture capital
Private equity: Venture capital - ranked: tier 1

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke recently expanded its corporate VC and crowdfunding client base, is increasingly active in venture debt matters and has advanced into fund structuring. With long-standing experience in IT matters, digitalization in the real estate and insurance sectors is developing into an area of expertise. The group handles financing rounds both on the investor side, for example when advising Highland Capital Partners on its investment in Outfittery, and on behalf of start-ups. An example is assisting Number 26 with a $40m financing round. Other highlights in this area were advising database operator ArangoDB on a financing round by Target Partners and assisting Junique with a €14m financing round. Nicolas Gabrysch is described as a ‘pleasant negotiator’ by competitors; together with Benjamin Monheim he is the name to note in the Cologne office, while Philip Meichssner and Martin Sundermann are based in Munich. After seeing one departure, the Berlin office consists of one associate.

Leading individuals

Nicolas Gabrysch - Osborne Clarke

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