Firm Profile > King & Spalding LLP > Frankfurt, Germany

King & Spalding LLP

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP puts significant emphasis on instructions at the interface with pharmaceutical, food and nutritional supplement law, while also having solid experience in medical device law. The team led by Ulf Grundmann also succeeded in expanding its data protection and compliance services. As part of the firm's Food & Beverage practice, it is able to draw on in-house expertise in non-German legal frameworks when handling cross-border work.


‘Very experienced in pharmaceutical, competition, food, trademark and European law.’

Key clients

biomo-vital GmbH

Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co.KG

Eckes-Granini Group

Novartis Pharma AG

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

ratiopharm GmbH

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

SGF International e.V.

Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe B.V.

VSM Geneesmiddelen B.V.

Investment funds Tier 3

The team at King & Spalding LLP led by managing partner and co-founder of the Frankfurt office Mario Leissner is particularly well versed in real estate investment fund work, advising capital management companies, institutional investors and fund platforms on the structuring, launch, administration, restructuring and liquidation of investment funds as well as on real estate-related regulatory issues. Other work pertains to representing fund companies and asset managers in disputes with investors. Investment and regulatory expert Alexandra Weis was elevated to the partnership in January 2019.

Key clients


Tishman Speyer

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbH

HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH

Barings Real Estate Advisers GmbH

Savills Fund Management LLP


Hannover Leasing Investment GmbH

PATRIZIA Frankfurt Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Principal Real Estate Investors

RFR Management GmbH

STADT UND LAND Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH

Prudential Financial, Inc.

CBRE Global Investors

Union Investment

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Allianz Global Investors

Real estate Tier 3

At King & Spalding LLP, a strong focus of its real estate practice lays on transaction-related longterm advice to banks, capital managers and investment companies on the development of pan-European funds. Furthermore, the team around Mario Leißner  has a traditional strength in assisting with supervisory law aspects of fund structuring as well as with the refinancing of single properties and portfolios. Andreas Bohme often advises borrowers, while Sebastian  Kaufmann assists creditors either with the first-time edition of investment platforms or in relation to specific transactions. Henning Aufderhaar advises on national or cross-border real estate transactions across all asset classes and Alexandra Weis made partner in January 2019.

Key clients


Tishman Speyer

HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment GmbH

Barings Real Estate Advisers

Bank of Montréal Real Estate Partners

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 4

The dispute resolution practice at King & Spalding LLP is headed by Jan Schäfer, who focuses on arbitration. The team has particular experience in Energy Charter Treaty conflicts that are led due to retrospective reduction of feed-in tariffs. Here, the team often represents German investors. The practice is generally characterised by its internationality: thus, the team is involved in proceedings related to the US, Asia and Africa. Schäfer as well as senior associate Sebastian Müller also act as arbitrators.

Key clients


DCM Energy GmbH & Co. Solar 1 KG

ESPF Beteiligungs GmbH, ESPF

Matthias Kruck

KS Invest

The firm: Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,100 lawyers in 21 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm also represents hundreds of clients with new ventures and mid-sized companies in emerging industries.

The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognised for the results it obtains, its uncompromising commitment to quality and its dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions
Financial restructuring
Global disputes
Government investigations
Real estate
International arbitration and litigation
Capital markets
Private equity
Financial institutions
Food and beverage healthcare
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mario Leissner photo Mr Mario Leissner
Mr Jan Schaefer  photo Mr Jan Schaefer
Number of lawyers : 1100+ firmwide
Contact : Mario Leissner (office managing partner)
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