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Simmons & Simmons

Investment funds Tier 2

Simmons & Simmons' broad expertise enables the team to advise asset managers and investors on the full spectrum of legal, tax and regulatory matters, which arise from the structuring of and investing in funds. Regularly acting at the intersection with capital markets and financial services regulatory law, Harald Glander is well versed in setting up open-ended and close-ended funds. Jochen Kindermann is a key contact for regulatory issues, while Benedikt Weiser, who 'acts very calmly even under pressure', frequently handles mandates on alternative assets, and Jens Gölz is well equipped to guide clients through matters pertaining to infrastructure and energy projects. In tax law, Bernulph von Crailsheim regularly assists with fund structuring work and Heiko Stoll with investment tax issues.

Key clients

Houlihan Lokey, Inc.

First State Investments Ltd.


Macquarie Group

Baillie Gifford

Two Sigma Investments LP

Patent litigation Tier 3

Simmons & Simmons continues to successfully expand its TMT offering as the second pillar of its practice without losing its traditional strength in the life sciences sector. Biotechnological patents and IP rights at the intersection with electronics and life sciences, such as e-cigarette rights, are among the team's main areas of expertise, while disputes with a focus on antitrust law, most notably those pertaining to standard essential patents, are also part of its offering. Thanks to the firm's international presence, the German team led by Peter Meyer receives a regular flow of cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Peter Meyer

Other key lawyers:

Ina vom Feld


‘International orientation, quick and focused working method, many years of experience concerning IP-disputes.’

‘Strongly established international team in the most important European countries, especially through the reinforcement in France and Italy. Always appear well interconnected.’

‘The partners are very motivated, have a broad understanding of the underlying technical circumstances and can work out the crucial points very well.’

‘Peter Meyer as well as Ina vom Feld  are always available for the client, are very focused and two very pleasant personalities to work with.’

Key clients




Boehringer Ingelheim

Financière Acteon



HTC Corp., HTC Europe

Imperial Tobacco

Samsung Bioepis

Unfair competition Tier 4

As well as advising life sciences sector clients, Simmons & Simmons has also carved out a strong practice acting for TMT sector clients, while other areas of expertise include plant variety rights and automotive sector work. The team advises large international companies as well as German medium-sized companies. Peter Meyer heads the practice, while Michael Knospe and Daniel Kendziur, who made partner in May 2018, are the main contacts for competition law.

Practice head(s):

Peter Meyer

Other key lawyers:


‘Great knowledge, hands-on approach’

Key clients

Audi Business Innovation


Boehringer Ingelheim


Meteo Group

Müller Milch


Polo Ralph Lauren

Samsung Electronics


Compliance Tier 5

Simmons & Simmons' integrated approach in compliance matters is based on the close-knit cooperation between the criminal law, data protection and employment practices of the firm. The group also frequently advises on criminal tax and sanctions issues. Along his compliance expertise, Hans-Herrmann Aldenhoff has experience in dispute resolution and jointly heads the team with Sascha Kuhn, who assists with both civil and criminal law aspects; he is also regularly instructed to establish whistleblowing systems and often acts as ombudsman for international corporations. The client base includes both national and international companies.

Practice head(s):

Hans-Herrmann Aldenhoff; Sascha Kuhn

Key clients

VW Monitor Larry Thompson




Ärzteversorgung Land Brandenburg

Real estate Tier 5

Geared toward transactions, the real estate practice at Simmons & Simmons specialises on the financing of single asset and portfolio acquisitions both on borrower as well as creditor side. Wolfgang Kotzur is a renowned contact for multistage set ups of investment platforms, while practice head Matthias Wagner  also advises on tenancy law issues in the asset classes office, logistics and residential.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Wagner

Other key lawyers:


‘Constant presence and outstanding availability/response times.

‘Due to his technical expertise, his high personal commitment and integrity, Matthias Wagner is far more than a legal advisor to our company, he is a confidant to us.

Key clients

LBBW Asset Management

M7 Real Estate

Tally Weijl

publity AG


Employment Tier 6

Simmons & Simmons has extensive expertise in regulatory requirements applicable in the asset management and investment fund sectors alongside the financial services, life sciences, technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Clients from these industries receive regular advice on individual and collective employment law matters, including those arising from restructuring scenarios. In August 2019, Sascha Morgenroth joined the firm with his team from DLA Piper and took over the lead of the practice. His predecessor and head of the firm's litigation practice Hans-Herrmann Aldenhoff is the main contact for employment law proceedings against former executives and third parties.

Practice head(s):

Sascha Morgenroth

Other key lawyers:

Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff


‘Good and practical advice, always with an eye on the situation within the company and the requirements.

‘Alexander Greth is very responsive and always advises with an eye on the entire context of the respective project and the company.

Key clients

Ferrostaal GmbH

Larry Thompson

Stage Entertainment

Wayzata Investment Partners / Propex Fabrics

Willis Towers Watson

Dubai International Capital / Doncasters Group

ASB Lehrerkooperative e.V. (Gesellschaft des Arbeiter Samariter Bundes)

Toshiba Memory Europe GmbH

Zahnärztekammer Nordrhein

Tax Tier 6

Simmons & Simmons puts its focus on advising financial institutions on the tax structuring and taxation of asset management and investment funds, acting for both investment advisors and investors. In close cooperation with the firm's supervisory law specialists, the practice is also well placed to advise on the establishment of hedge, real estate, private equity and infrastructure funds. Co-heads Bernulph von Crailsheim and Heiko Stoll assist high-net-worth individuals with the structuring of private assets and demonstrate expertise in the structuring of securities and repurchase agreements alongside M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Heiko Stoll; Bernulph von Crailsheim


The quality of service of Simmons & Simmons’ tax practice is consistently excellent and the team is very professional.

Heiko Stoll comes up with clear, pragmatic, effective and commercially sensible solutions even under time pressure.

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Macquarie Capital

Attestor Capital

ESO Capital

Marble Ridge Capital

Global Growth Capital

OchZiff (OZ Management)



Finepoint Capital

Paulson & Co.

King Street

Monarch Alternative Capital

NatWest Markets

Prudential Trustee


Qatar > Foreign firms Tier 1

Simmons & Simmons has a strong track record in M&A, banking and finance and capital markets, and has recently boosted its presence in dispute resolution with the arrival of George Vlavianos joining form Bennett Jones LLP. Vlavianos has expertise in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on the energy and construction sectors. Andrew Wingfield leads the practice and advised the International Bank of Qatar on its merger with Barwa Bank, which created a combined entity with total assets of QAR80bn. He also assisted Vodafone Qatar with its capital restructuring. Another key figure is Arnaud Depierrefe who focuses on the defence, engineering and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wingfield

Key clients

Qatar National Bank

The Commercial Bank

Vodafone Qatar

Al Khalij Commercial Bank

Doha Bank

Qatar Investment Authority /Qatar Holding

Qatar Foundation

Mandarin Oriental Group

International Bank of Qatar

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Sidra Medical and Research Centre

Qatar Financial Centre

Qatar Islamic Bank

Qatar First Bank

The smartest business solutions come when we work together – international, but operating as one integrated team.

Collaborative, agile and partner-led: that’s Simmons & Simmons. A law firm that challenges, creates new possibilities and offers opinion not just option. A law firm that acts as your business partner and works with you, not for you.

We focus on four highly regulated sectors (asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications) – using our specialist skills to understand your business, and the forces at play around it. All grounded in exceptional knowledge of the legal detail.

This is how we consistently deliver smarter, more efficient ways to tackle our clients’ most complex challenges.