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Jones Day

Fintech Tier 2

Handling finance-related work constitutes a significant element of Jones Day's fintech practice, which results in particular capacities advising on investments, transactions and blockchain. This expertise is regularly called upon by large financial institutions, investors, fintechs and start-ups. Nick Wittek, who jointly heads the practice with transactions expert Ivo Posluschny, is particularly well versed handling matters at the intersection between structured finance, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and blockchain. This leads to regular instructions on various products such as token-based bonds, derivatives and ABS transactions.

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Deutsche Böse AG (2 Mandate)


Eurazeo Growth / Sofina SA

Exporo AG

Alliance Ventures

Millicom International Cellular S.A.

Orange S.A.

Strategic Investor

Hi Inov Dentressangle

btov Partners


Edge Case Research, Inc.

Telecoms Tier 2

Jones Day has a focus on regulatory and court proceedings and, in 2020, was able to raise its profile with the successful conclusion of the test case on the regulation of OTT services before the ECJ, where the team acted for Google. Instructions on satellite radio systems, the regulatory classification of various communications services, regulatory order and fee regulation procedures and broadcasting law as well as matters at the interface with data protection, which are regularly handled in cooperation with the firm's cybersecurity, data protection and data privacy teams, demonstrate the broad telecommunications law expertise of practice head Holger Neumann and his team.

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Verizon Deutschland


Data protection Tier 3

Munich-based data protection expert Undine von Diemar heads Jones Day's European cyber security, data protection and privacy practice. The group stretches across various jurisdictions, including Belgium, France and across the Atlantic also the US. Data-related transactions, internal investigations and GDPR implementation all constitute central pillars of the team's activity. Additionally, von Diemar's experience in matters pertaining to international data transfers as well as security issues and data breaches is also very sought-after. Martin Lotz frequently supports her in matters touching on compliance as well as on criminal law.

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'Very solid team that not only understands data protection and data security law, but also the technology.'

"Undine von Diemar is a solid partner with knowledgeable resources."

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Internet Corpora-tion of Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Amadeus FiRe AG

BlackBerry Cylance / BlackBerry



Cardinal Health

Cray Supercomputer

Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.

New World Hotel Management (BVI) Ltd. (Rosewood Hotel Group, führender Betreiber von Hotels im Luxussegment)

RTI Surgical Inc.


M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 3

Jones Day's client base includes DAX30-companies, international corporations and financial investors, which the team, led by Ansgar Rempp, advise comprehensively on - often cross-border - large-cap transactions. Most recently, the team was busy assisting with inbound transactions via the firm's China-desk. Matters at the intersection with private equity also contribute to a constant workflow for the practice. The team stands out for its deep industry expertise in the automotive, energy and IT/software sectors. Dr Philipp Grzimek left in July 2020 to join Norton Rose Fulbright.

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' A law firm from which we can get a one-stop service, regardless of whether it is a brief introduction of the German company regulations for a foreign investor to comply with German laws, or the customer in setting up partnership agreements with JV partners or even support a request to resolve the dispute with the JV partners. Always impressed with the efficiency and quality of the service / advice we received. '

' The partner we are working with with Jones Day is Martin Schulz for our JV plans with our local partner. Compared to our work experience with other partners or law firms, we can say that Martin is very experienced and knows the industry in which we work very well. The communication we have is always smooth and we don't have to spend time understanding what our expectations are. He can easily identify what concerns we would have about the project and offer advice that meets our needs. Very often the suggestions are included in considerations that we may not consider, but Martin would think about what is really helpful for us to steer the project's progress. Most importantly, he always does his best to give us the help we need immediately and on time. '

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Amadeus FiRe




Edge Case Research





Koch Industries

KWS Saat

Lincoln Electric


Materion Corporation

Panalpina Welttransport


Parkwind Ost




Shanghai Fosun



Patent litigation Tier 3

Jones Day's German practice is led by Christian Paul and Gerd Jaekel, of which are both dually qualified as attorney-at-law as well as patent lawyers (chemistry and physics), which demonstrates how clearly embedded deep technical expertise and longstanding experience in litigious proceedings is on senior level. The caseload is dominated by cross-border instructions, while the practice is predestined for transatlantic matters through the relationship with its US colleagues and here particularly advises on extensive litigation complexes. The group has a sector focus on the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sectors, but is generally broadly positioned across industries.

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' Outstanding sector strength with very pleasant and professional cooperation in complex and international mandates. '

Key clients

Celgene Corp. und Tochterunternehmen

Lufthansa Technik AG / Astronics, Panasonic und andere

Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.

CJ CheilJedang Corp., Südkorea

Puma Biotechnology, Inc.

BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tung Thih Elec-tronic (TTE) Co. Ltd. / Valeo

Wonderland, Nuna


Idenix Pharma-ceuticals Inc. (Merck & Co., Inc.)

Patent prosecution Tier 3

Jones Day specialises in the management of patent portfolios from the bio sciences and smart engineering sectors. Alongside its prosecution team, the firm also fields an in-house litigation practice and is therefore particularly well equipped for litigious proceedings. The German practice's integration within the international firm network renders it an excellent choice for cross-border matters, particularly in those with several involved jurisdictions. Transaction-related matters are another focus. Following former practice head Martin Weber's retirement in January 2020, the Munich-based Olga Bezzubova (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and diagnostics) and the Frankfurt-based Dorothée Weber-Bruls (physics and mechanical engineering; as well as automotive industry, renewable energy and household appliances) took on the joint leadership. In July 2019, Peter Sommer joined the Frankfurt team as counsel; he is well versed in mechanics and electrotechnology and formerly worked at PRIO Patentanwälte which ceased its operation in 2019.

Key clients

Keryx Biopharmaceuticals


Ensyn Renewables

Rational AG/ Rational Interna-tional AG

Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG)/ Motherson Innovation Company Ltd. (MI)

Sunrise Medical GmbH & Co.


Convex Universal Limited IBP Conex Limited/ King Industrial Limited/ Apex Gold International Limited/ Conex IPR Limited

Blickle Räder + Rollen GmbH u. Co. KG

Real estate Tier 3

Led by Sandra-Christiane KamperJones Day's real estate team focuses on advising foreign and domestic capital management companies, banks and private equity firms on real estate acquisitions in the asset categories housing, hotel, office, retail and logistics across Germany, whereby the team assists with portfolio and single asset transactions in equal measures. Alongside its wide-ranging experience in financings, particularly with regards to alternative investments and specialist funds, the team is also instructed with matters pertaining to joint venture investments in the real estate sector, real estate disputes as well as property and asset management. Nicole Kadel advises on numerous real estate and transactional matters related to logistics and commercial objects, while Christian Trenkel is particularly experienced in investment and financing issues.

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Savills Investment Management LLP

Eastern Property Holdings Ltd.

Habona Invest GmbH

Real I.S. AG

StepStone Group LP

Pandox AB

PolyOne Corporation

State aid Tier 3

Jones Day's state aid practice has significant strength in the finance sector while the team also advises clients from the aviation and telecoms industries. The group assists with issues related to rescue and restructuring aid, state aid complaints and takeovers. Here, the firm's targeted location-independent, cross-practice approach is particularly beneficial. Frequently recommended expert for European competition and state aid law Philipp Werner heads the team in Brussels.

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Credit Suisse

VTB Bank (Europe) SE


Nationale Fluggesellschaft

EU Mitgliedsstaat


Structured finance and securitisation Tier 3

Embedded in the firm's European team, Jones Day advises financial services institutions, debt funds and asset managers on domestic and cross-border securitisation and structured finance transactions. In addition to traditional securitisation transactions, most notably auto loan and leasing as well as trade receivables, and the renewal of securitisation programmes including related matters, which are mostly handled by practice head Ulf Kreppel, advising on blockchain-based transactions has become an increasingly important part of the business. Nick Wittek is the key contact in this space; he also advises on derivatives and derivative-based financing.

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Ulf Kreppel: Very professional, client-oriented and solution-oriented.

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Exide Technologies

Exporo AG

Deutsche Börse / Repo Transaktion

Volkswagen Bank GmbH

Antitrust Tier 4

At Jones Day, a particular focus lies on the seamless cooperation across practice groups and international borders. In the antitrust space, this approach bears fruit with regards to the coordination of multi-jurisdictional mergers and take-overs. In Germany, Johannes Zöttl and Carsten Gromotke head the team, although the firm does not put much emphasis on rigid team boundaries. Zöttl advises on antitrust matters touching on compliance and IP while Gromotke frequently assists with merger control and antitrust-compliant joint ventures. Jürgen Beninca primarily focuses on litigious aspects such as fine proceedings and damages claims. And Philipp Werner is the German key contact at the Brussels office.

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'Very committed team that works efficiently and cost-consciously. The client is also seen as a person. '

'Johannes Zöttl is a very good antitrust lawyer with a lot of experience.'

'Jürgen Beninca has an excellent understanding of technical details.'

'Jürgen Beninca is characterized by excellent legal knowledge and conscientiousness.'

"Carsten Gromotke has excellent legal knowledge, including US antitrust law."

'Philipp Werner understands the customer's business environment and can translate corporate questions into legal scenarios. Compared to competitors in the market, he has a stronger focus on pragmatic solutions. '

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Freudenberg SE

Mitteldeutsche Hartstein-Industrie AG (MHI)

Griesson – de Beukelaer GmbH & Co. KG

SunPower Corporation

International Automotive Components

PolyOne Corporation

CBS Corporation

Restructuring Tier 4

Jones Day is experienced in several areas pertaining to insolvency and restructuring. Among them are the acquisition and sale of distressed companies or business units, including real estate assets, the restructuring of non-performing loans, restructuring of public debts as well as formal insolvency proceedings. The team is also active in directors and officers' liability. Practice head and 'good lawyer' Olaf Benning advises clients on insolvency proceedings, as well as on extrajudicial restructurings and distressed M&A transactions with a focus on cross-border mandates. Sandra-Christiane Kamper assists domestic and international clients with corporate governance, IPOs and other capital market transactions. The client portfolio includes companies from the finance, energy, food manufacturing, toys and logistics sector. To conduct due diligences, the law firm uses artificial intelligence and uses software solutions for reviewing contracts.

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‘Very well represented in the M&A area.’

‘Olaf Benning is a good lawyer with a quick grasp.’

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Jasper Berkenbosch as insolvency administrator in the Netherlands

Dr Jan Markus Plathner as insolvency administrator

Exide Technologies

2 Darlehensgeber

Cantor Fitzgerald Securities

Important family-run production company in the food industry

Commercial litigation Tier 5

Jones Day represents several international companies from sectors such as telecoms, aviation and construction in contentious proceedings. The team often handles disputes with reference to tax and antitrust law as well as commercial legal protection; here the clients can count on the expertise from adjacent practice groups. Dieter Strubenhoff and Johannes Willheim jointly head the practice, both have a focus on the energy sector.

Internal investigations Tier 5

In January 2020, the team at Jones Day received a boost with the arrival of Thomas Preute from Pohlmann & Company, which enabled the team to expand its preventive advisory services. Most notably, this includes matters at the intersection with data protection, antitrust, employment and tax law, which are handled in cooperation with the respective practices. This offer is taken up by companies across various sectors such as automotive, chemicals, life sciences and finance. Key contacts include Karin Holloch, who is experienced in corruption prevention and export control, dispute resolution expert Thomas Mahlich and Martin Kock, whose strength lies at the interface between internal investigations and corporate law.

Transactions Tier 5

Not least due to its close-knit, international network, Jones Day maintains particularly good relationships with Chinese investors who can also rely on the group's aptitude in foreign trade law. The client portfolio is composed of financial investors and investment departments of banks that are advised on both large-cap and mid-cap transactions. Ansgar Rempp and Ivo Posluschny jointly head the practice; Adriane Sturm, who has expertise in the automotive sector, and Stefan Schneider, who is experience in venture capital matters, are particularly visible.

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Employment Tier 6

Jones Day's German employment law practice is an integral part of the firm's global team and thus puts significant emphasis on cross-border work alongside national mandates. Alongside its cross-location cooperation, the team's collaboration with various other practice groups also plays a key role when handling transactions and restructuring measures as well as general employment law and HR matters. This focus reflects the expertise of practice head Friederike Steininger, who is also well versed in representing clients in court. She shares this expertise with European counsel Maximilian Baur, who is also experienced in representing companies in negotiations with works councils and trade unions. Baur joined the practice in early summer 2019 from McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP as did Paul Melot de Beauregard, who boosts the team's restructuring and transactional capabilities in particular but also handles individual and collective employment law proceedings.

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' Jones Day is internationally positioned and can support us in other areas of law in addition to labor law. '

' What we appreciate about the lawyers with whom we work directly is their pragmatic approach to our problems. In a stressful day-to-day work environment, we need actionable suggestions on how to proceed and no far-fetched 'if-then' suggestions. '

' Global network; capable legal practitioner without frills. '

' Diverse knowledge; high familiarity. '

'' High standard of knowledge; absolutely trusting; always time for questions and support; competently; polite. '

' Fast, pragmatic, precise and extremely service-oriented. '

' Excellent sparring partner with high commitment. Very service-oriented with maximum competence and a holistic consulting approach. '

' Friederike Steininger: Calm and purposeful query of the initial legal situation and a clear assessment of the situation with a description of the various options for action that exist in a difficult initial situation. The consideration goes far beyond the purely labor law assessment and also includes the consequences of decisions and procedures. Very good feeling for a negotiation situation and the behavior corresponding to this situation in the interests of the client. '

'Even in hectic and sometimes insulting negotiation situations, Ms. Steininger keeps a cool head in order to then optimally pursue their goals together with the negotiating partners at the table. The urge to self-portrayal, which is often present in top lawyers, is not necessary for her, she convinces with knowledge and skillful approach to the matter, for example in an arbitration board. '

Key clients

Amadeus FiRe AG

DMK deutsches Milchkontor GmbH

Micron Semiconductor Deutschland GmbH


Enpal Sales GmbH

Expedia Group

Kia Motors Deutschland GmbH

SUSE Linux GmbH

Allianz deutscher Produzenten Film & Fernsehen e.V.


Tax Tier 7

Working in close conjunction with various other practice groups and offices across its network, Jones Day is particularly active in national and international M&A transactions and restructurings and advises on the taxation of derivatives and securitisations. This corresponds to the focus of practice head Klaus Herkenroth, who also advises on the tax aspects of fund structuring and the structuring of real estate investments. Florian Lechner is a key contact for tax audits and tax disputes. Clients include financial services providers, corporate groups and real estate sector players.

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Reynolds American Inc.

Exide Technologies

StepStone Group LP

DBAG (Deutsche Beteiligungs AG)

PolyOne Corporation

Materion Corporation

Koch Industries Inc

The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

Regions of practice
Europe & Middle East: Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its ten European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

In the Middle East, more than 20 lawyers are based in the firm’s offices in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. They have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

United States: Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by U.S. corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,600 lawyers across its 18 U.S. offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

Asia-Pacific: Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the firm’s 250+ lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

Latin America: Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

Managing partner: Stephen J Brogan
Europe and Middle East offices: Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
U.S. offices: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington
Asia-Pacific offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
Latin America offices: Mexico City, São Paulo

Main areas of practice:

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Business & Tort Litigation
  • Business Restructuring & Reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial Markets
  • Global Disputes
  • Government Regulation
  • Health Care & Life Sciences
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investigations & White Collar Defense
  • Issues & Appeals
  • Labor & Employment
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
  • Tax
  • Technology
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Managing Partner Stephen J Brogan