Firm Profile > Latham & Watkins LLP > Hamburg, Germany

Latham & Watkins LLP
WARBURGSTRASSE 50
20354 HAMBURG
Germany

Data protection Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has an excellent reputation for its advice on IT-related issues while its outstanding offering on the entire bandwidth of data protection matters is particularly appreciated. High-profile projects, such as defence instructions related to authorities investigations, as well as data breach and related damages claims are a particular mainstay of the practice. Both practice head Tim Wybitul as well as compliance expert Ulrich Wuermling, who is currently in London as a guest professor at the Queen Mary University, are considered Germany's data protection stars: Wybitul focuses on advising on the implementation of the European Union Data Protection Directive, employee data protection and internal investigations as well as on disputes and cross-border aspects; Wuermling impresses with his contributions to data protection literature and represents (from the London office in cooperation with the Frankfurt team) clients such as Schufa Holding AG in various data protection proceedings in higher courts including the Federal Supreme Court.

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Testimonials

'Team with absolutely outstanding lawyers.'

'Partner and head of the data protection practice Tim Wybitul is an expert in this area. There is no comparable expertise in Germany, especially at the interface between labor law and data protection. '

'Highly experienced practice in the field of data protection and IT law.'

Key clients

Deutsche Wohnen SE

Daimler AG

Deutsche Bank AG

SCHUFA Holding

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EQT/OMERS

ZF Friedrichshafen

Equity capital markets Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP continues to be one of the most active players in the German ECM market. The team provides wide-ranging advice on IPOs and equity capital market transactions and, in cooperation with various other practice groups, is able to cover an equally broad array of sectors. In the real estate sector for example, clients benefit from the integrated corporate finance platform, while issuers and banks are able to draw on the firm's healthcare expertise for transactions in the care and life sciences sectors, which frequently feature US elements. This US expertise is also reflected in the support provided to German issuers in US IPOs and is one of the team's core strengths. In addition to real estate and healthcare, the practice also handles high-profile e-commerce work, as well as an increasing number of instructions in sustainable ECM, such as advising on IPOs of companies committed to sustainable consumer behaviour. Practice head Oliver Seiler and David Rath, who made partner at the start of 2021, frequently handle IPOs and capital increases, while Rath also advises on stock corporation and takeover law as well as on transactions under the German Reorganisation Act. Capital market and corporate lawyer Marcus Funke left the firm in January 2020 and joined the start-up RightNow as chief legal & strategy officer.

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Oliver Seiler: High level of technical expertise; very good comprehension; excellent management skills; absolute openness and reliability.

Key clients

Allgeier

Berenberg

BofAML

Commerzbank

Congatec Holding AG

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

DIC Asset

Encavis AG

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan

HSBC

Morgan Stanley

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Fintech Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP provides cross-practice advice to national and international technology and payment services companies as well as to start-ups and companies from other sectors. This broad client base receives regular assistance with financing rounds, the structuring of global payment systems and the establishment of German subsidiaries alongside crypto issues, such as licensing requirements for crypto depository services, and investments in crypto assets. The team's regulatory spectrum also includes matters pertaining to electronic wallets, web-based platforms and payment apps. Markus Krüger, who regularly takes the lead in regulatory and transactional mandates, and Axel Schiemann, who advises on regulatory matters pertaining to fintech innovations and ICOs, are the key contacts. Capital markets and corporate lawyer Marcus Funke left the firm in February 2020 to join the start-up RightNow as chief legal & strategy officer.

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' Really excellent! '

' Markus Krüger: Well done and an excellent job. '

Key clients

Dwins GmbH

eToro Group Limited

Hedosophia Group

Tencent Holding

Toscafund Asset Management LLP

DXC Technology Group

Lending and borrowing Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's broad client base consisting of sponsors, banks, corporates and debt funds is indicative of the team's wide-ranging practice, which also benefits from its cooperation with colleagues from the banking and finance, DCM, ECM, high-yield and restructuring practices. This interplay is also reflected in the practice lead: Frank Grell heads the German restructuring and insolvency group as well as the German finance team, while Alexandra Hagelüken serves as vice chair of the firm's global finance department and, considering this international orientation, also advises on matters under English law. These synergies translate into extensive advisory capabilities on credit and acquisition finance, takeover finance, financial restructuring and general corporate loans. Sibylle Münch, who demonstrates particular expertise in the area of (secured) promissory note loans, is another key contact.

Testimonials

' Very good reputation. Broad team. '

'' High level of client orientation. '

'' Excellent understanding of the needs of corporates – ability to present complex issues in an understandable manner; pragmatic approach and cost discipline. '

' People with bite. '

'In my opinion, Latham & Watkins has the leading financing team in Germany. There are the following reasons for this: 1) the high number of deals, as a customer you always get the latest interpretation and market intelligence; 2) the team covers the full range of transactions: both by size and by financial instrument; 3) support from the partner; 4) you break new ground and work on creative solutions. '

' Alexandra Hagelüken is an integral part of the German financing market and it is impossible to imagine life without it. Extremely experienced, diverse, competent and innovative. It is commercial and thinks for itself. Suggests pragmatic solutions, always a pleasure to work with. '

' Alexandra Hagelüken: Very experienced, very fast, very solution-oriented, pleasant to work with. '

' Thomas Weitkamp: For me one of the best MidCap partners in Germany. Very competent, fast, precise and always solution-oriented. Communicates openly, has strong customer relationships and a high level of competence, especially in the LBO market. '

Key clients

3i Group

ADO Properties

Alcentra Limited

Allgeier SE

Amira Partners

Apera Asset Management

Ardian

Ares

Banco Santander

Bank of Ireland

Bayerische Landesbank

Befesa

Berenberg Bank

BlackRock

BNP Paribas

Bregal

Bundesverband deutscher Banken

Capvis Equity Partners

CAPZA

Cheplapharm Arzneimittel GmbH

Chequers Capital

Commerzbank

CVC Credit Partners Investment Management

Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank eG

Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Intensivpflege

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

DZ Bank

EMH Partners GmbH

Equistone

EQT Partners

Ergon Capital Partners

Evercore

Findos Investor

FSN Capital

Goldman Sachs

HgCapital

IK Investment Partners

J.P. Morgan

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Lindsay Goldberg

Morgan Stanley

Nord/LB Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Novem Car Interior Design GmbH

Oiltanking GmbH

Oldenburgische Landesbank

One Equity Partners

Partners Group AG

Pemberton

Permira Debt Managers

Societe Generale

UniCredit Bank AG

Restructuring Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP's practice handles both operational as well as financial restructurings and thereby creates individual solutions for clients. Complex restructurings with cross-border aspects, distressed M&A transactions, refinancings, non-performing loans as well as liability and contestation claims are further key areas. The team often incorporates cross-practice expertise, in particular corporate, capital markets, banking and financing law as well as financial regulatory, litigation, employment law, merger control and tax law. Practice head Frank Grell, 'certainly one of the most experienced and brightest minds on the scene', advises on debt equity swaps, realisation of lien as well as insolvency plan procedures and represents in contestation and liability claims. 'Extremely strong negotiator and economic strategist' Jörn Kowalewski assists distressed companies, their managers, debtors, creditors, creditor committees and distressed investors with financial and operational restructurings and also handles distressed M&A as well as debt to equity transactions. 'Very creative thinker and negotiator' Ulrich Klockenbrink has expertise in complex restructurings, distressed M&A and enforcement scenarios.

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‘A well-staffed team around Frank Grell. Very strong assertiveness of individual partners.’

‘Outstanding distressed advisory team for debtors, financiers, investors, sponsors. Absolute TOP three team with very large capacity, top standing and excellent advice quality.’

‘Frank Grell – For years an absolute high performer with a sense of proportion, vision and reliability Dr Jörn Kowalewski – has a run at automotive and rightly so. Has his cases under control and consistently delivers top performance.’

‘What the Latham restructuring team led by Dr Jörn Kowalewski and Dr Ulrich Klockenbrink [has] is the analytical, strategic, negotiating and technical strength that is unbeatable on the market. Full service.’

‘Dr Jörn Kowalewski: Extremely strong negotiator and economic strategist, whoever mandates him does not need a financial adviser. ‘

‘Frank Grell: well connected in the market.’

‘The team is of the highest quality at every level and shows enormous commitment and teamwork.’

‘Frank Grell is certainly one of the most experienced and brightest minds on the scene.’

What makes Latham the leader in restructuring is the strength of the people behind it. I have worked a lot with Ulrich Klockenbrink & Team in the past and also currently. In contrast to other lawyers, they know how to set up processes and thus efficiently implement restructuring solutions.

Ulrich Klockenbrink provides you with 100% reliable restructuring advice. He is a very creative thinker and negotiator even in very complex situations. Big market leader also in large and international restructurings. He’s doing the deal.

Key clients

Achim Ahrendt as the insolvency administrator of S+K und REVA

Air Berlin

Centerbridge Partners

Partner of DSD Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Hüls AG

Leoni AG

Postbank

Riverside Beteiligungs GmbH

Schlemmer Holding GmbH

Scholz Holding

Susquehanna International Group, LLP

Thomas Cook

Transactions Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its 'excellent expertise' in large-cap and mid-cap transactions where it is instructed by a high-profile client base predominantly composed of international investors; here, the group's close cooperation with the firm's US and European offices is of particular advantage. Renowned expert Oliver Felsenstein is experienced in acquisitions and divestitures, while practice head Burc Hesse is considered a 'proven pro in negotiations'. Other key contacts of the diverse team include Rainer TraugottLeif Schrader and Nils RöverSebastian Pauls and Susanne Decker made partner in January and March 2020 respectively.

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'' Excellent specialist knowledge paired with charming, goal-oriented negotiation based on partnership. '

' Burc Hesse is a proven negotiation professional – as a client you can always rely on him. He always thinks ahead and always offers creative solutions for difficult situations . '

Key clients

Ardian

CDH Investments

CVC Capital Partners

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

EMH Partners

EQT Partners

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KKR / Hyperion Materials & Technologies Inc.

Lindsay Goldberg

OMERS Infrastructure

Partners Group

Permira

Stirling Square Capital

The Carlyle Group

Triton

Antitrust Tier 2

Most recently, Latham & Watkins LLP was particularly active in cartel violation and market abuse investigations and thanks to its international network, the group assists DAX30-listed companies as well as multinationals abroad with legal issues within the German as well as European context. The team handles a large amount of transactional matters including merger and investment control and with regards to litigation matters, the group is a particularly popular choice with technology companies. Michael Esser is well versed in handling European phase II proceedings, while clients in the automotive industry rely on Max Hauser in merger control as well as cartel proceedings. Jana Dammann de Chapto stands out for her advice on matters touching on corporate law. Sven Völcker bridges the gap to the Brussels office and associate Jan Christoph Höft regularly assists corporations in the online and media industries. In October 2020 the team experienced a significant departure: Georg Weidenbach joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Testimonials

'Practical, proactive and committed advice from partners.'

'Good team, hands-on and at the same time very precise legal work combined with a high level of commitment and creativity.'

'Technically very high level of expertise, creativity and solution-oriented. Very good commercial links, good industry understanding. '

'Michael Esser is very experienced, creative and persistent.'

Key clients

Liberty Global

Duales System Deutschland/Green Point Holdings

Scout24 AG

Digital Realty / Interxion

Hyundai Motor Company & KIA

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Lanxess AG

Triton

ArcelorMittal

International Olympic Committee

Commercial litigation Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP has a 'dedicated and strong team which works across several offices without any friction losses'. Led by the experienced Christoph Baus, the group handles contentious bonds and trade matters, shareholder disputes and professional liability proceedings as well as corporate and antitrust proceedings. After several departures, Stefan Patzer was made counsel at the beginning of 2020. At associate level, the team includes Alena McCorkle and Anne Löhner.

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A very competent team, excellent support, high academic level.’

Alena McCorkle is characterised by proactive action, high professional competence and quick reactions.’

A very committed, highly professional, pragmatic, quick-reacting and very pleasant, unpretentious team that makes the client’s affairs its own. Both the team composition as such and the smooth and seamless coordination and transfer of knowledge across locations is valued.

Christoph Baus is a brilliant strategist, but what has impressed most recently is his ability to motivate large teams and prepare them for success like a coach.’

Christoph Baus is legally outstanding and has a convincing appearance.’

Alena McCorkle deserves special mention, certainly one of the best lawyers of her generation and an extraordinary talent. Legal top class in argumentation and factual penetration and with unbelievable commitment to the client.

Latham has a strong team that works closely together across multiple locations without any friction. The team is always approachable and excellently prepared. In terms of technological equipment and the use of software tools, further than most of the competition.

Anne Löhner is very experienced and can easily assert herself even in proceedings with several dozen participants.

Key clients

Scholz Holding GmbH

Daimler AG

Air Berlin

Liberty Global plc/Unitymedia GmbH

Scottish Widows

Weider Germany GmbH

Arcelor Mittal

Corporate Tier 2

The corporate team at Latham & Watkins LLP has expertise in corporate governance, reorganisations and restructurings as well as joint ventures, among others. The group also handles public takeover and D&O matters, especially pertaining to supervisory and executive boards of international corporations and listed companies. Other clients of the group are family businesses and individuals, who frequently seek advice on shareholder and corporate disputes. Cross-practice expertise exists with stock corporation, group and capital markets law, as well as the financing and restructuring groups. For cross-border projects, the firm can utilise the know-how of numerous international offices. Natalie DaghlesMartin NeuhausRainer Wilke and Harald Selzner joined Noerr in the autumn of 2020. Burc Hesse in Munich heads the practice group, while Nikolaos Paschos is the department manager of the German corporate departments.

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High availability and practical orientation.

Absolute transaction specialists, strong in projects and negotiations, and efficient at the same time.

Very experienced in transactions, very good negotiation skills. Very strong commercial visibility.

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

AirBerlin

ALBA Group plc & Co. KG

Allgeier SE

BayWa AG

Canada Pension

Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Cerner

DuMont

GASPOOL Balancing Services GmbH

Henkel

Lanxess

NetConnect Germany

Hamburger Hochbahn AG

Hyundai

Modine

Omnicom

PNE AG

Rhön Klinikum AG

Scholz Holding GmbH

Scout24

TeamViewer AG

Triton

ZF Friedrichshafen

Debt capital markets Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP continues to stand out for its high-yield capabilities, leading to a steady flow of instructions from issuers and banks. Recently, the team has also been able to further strengthen this market position following an increased workload in the real estate sector. Besides this focus, the team also advises clients on investment grade bonds, including green bonds, in Germany, other European countries and in the US. In cross-border work, clients benefit from the team's close cooperation with other offices within the network as well as from the ability to provide integrated German and US law advice in its German offices. In cooperation with colleagues from the ECM, banking and acquisition finance practices, the team is also well placed to handle associated financing matters. Practice head Rüdiger Malaun and Alexander Lentz are among the key contacts for high-yield bond transactions; Lentz also handles work in a restructuring setting. Capital market and corporate lawyer Marcus Funke left the firm in February 2020 and joined the start-up RightNow as chief legal & strategy officer.

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' The top dogs in HY bonds. This helps to find really suitable solutions, for example from other industries and transactions. '

Key clients

BayWa AG

Cheplapharm

Arnzeimittel GmbH

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

J.P. Morgan

Kepler Cheuvreux

Morgan Stanley

ODDO BHF

Peach Property Group AG

Financial services: regulatory Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's expertise handling M&A work for banks continues to stand out as a particular strength, which is reflected not least in the team’s joint leadership consisting of corporate regulatory specialist Markus Krüger and banking and financial market supervision expert Axel Schiemann. This expertise is also regularly applied when, in close cooperation with the corporate practice, advising management boards of various financial institutions and industry associations on shareholder activism and corporate restructurings. In other work, the group advises investment banks, credit institutions and companies on MiFID II and Brexit issues as well as on regulatory investigations and sanction proceedings. This service portfolio is rounded off by expertise in transaction banking and fintech.

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'' Fast and smooth organization of cooperation with partners from other areas of law. Fair play also and especially in disputes and negotiations with the other side. '

' Markus Krüger: In addition to special know-how, there is also in-depth knowledge of all banking law issues that are important to us as clients. Clear statements on the matter. Ready for discourse. '

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

Apollo Global Management, LLC

Bankhaus Lampe

Bundesverband deutscher Banken e.V. – Einlagensicherungsfonds

Central Bank of Egypt (CBE)

Evercore

Hyundai Capital Services

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its versatile transaction practice. Practice co-heads Henning Schneider and Christoph Engeler regularly assist large healthcare companies, banks, private equity firms and public sector clients with strategically important and complex transactions, often involving the hospital sector, but also the nursing home sector. In the transactional space, clients benefit from the firm's cross-practice capabilities; regular instructions include regulatory and compliance matters, such as in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, financing matters as well as employment, tax, antitrust and increasingly data protection law issues. Handling cross-border mandates constitutes another key strength of the team; its close relationship with colleagues in the US is a particular asset in this space.

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Key clients

Cerner

Charité /Stadt Berlin

Cheplapharm Arzneimittel GmbH

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

GrünBiotics

HanseMerkur Versicherungsgruppe

IK Investment Partnes

Landkreis Goslar

Malteser Orden Deutschland

Masimo Corporation

Rhön Klinikum AG

SHL Telemedizin GmbH

IT transactions and outsourcing Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's service portfolio also encompasses advice on IT outsourcing and transactions in the high-end segment. Within the broad IT group around Tim Wybitul, it is especially counsel Thies Deike who assists with IT separation, IT issues in relation to M&A and IT regulatory matters, as well as with licensing and contracts. Clients predominantly stem from the private equity sphere, while automotive and supplier industries, banks and the capital markets also play an important role. The German practice can further rely on the firm's technology transactions group.

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'Speed and Quality.'

'Very competent. Always available. Thinking strategically. '

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Aktive Kernmandanten in den vergangenen 12 Monaten

Cerner Corporation

Deutsche Bank AG

Hyundai

BayWa AG

EQT / OMERS

Triton

Evercore

NICE Solar Energy

CDH Investments

Lanxess AG

M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's M&A-team cooperates closely with the firm's corporate practice; both are under the leadership of Burc Hesse. The team advises major German and international corporations, DAX30-companies and other stock-listed companies on large-cap transactions. Most recently, a strong focus was placed on public takeovers. Clients not only rely on the firm's transactional advice, but also benefit from the know-how of the restructuring, capital markets, insolvency and private equity practices. The team's full-service approach is complemented by the close collaboration with the firm's global offices on cross-border mandates. Natalie DaghlesMartin Neuhaus and Harald Selzner left in autumn of 2020 and joined Noerr.

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' Extremely proactive, hands-on team. Excellent for giving short and crisp feedback on all questions asked. Always take a pragmatic approach without compromising on essential points. Excellent negotiation skills that result in a win-win situation for both sides. '

' Associates: available, committed, team player, extremely competent, supportive, hard-working. Partner: very well informed about the situation. Take the lead in all difficult matters. Excellent negotiator. ALWAYS much better prepared than the other parties. Show extreme commitment and care . '

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

BayWa AG

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Ceconomy

Cerner

DuMont

Hyundai

Körber AG

Linde AG

Novelis Inc.

Omnicom

PNE AG

Prüftechnik AG

Rhön Klinikum AG

RWE

PreussenElektra

EnBW

Vattenfall

Scout24 AG

ZF Friedrichshafen

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP's service offering in the mid-cap field includes acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and mergers, but the practice particularly stands out for its expertise in public takeovers. The client portfolio is mainly composed of major German and international stock-listed corporations, upper medium-sized companies, DAX30-companies and family businesses, which can count on the team's capital markets, financing, restructuring and corporate expertise. In the course of cross-border transactions, the team frequently co-operates with the firm's European and American offices. Burc Hesse in Munich heads the team. Natalie DaghlesMartin NeuhausRainer Wilke and Harald Selzner joined Noerr.

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Aareal Bank AG

BayWa AG

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Ceconomy

Cerner

DuMont

Hyundai

Körber AG

Linde AG

Novelis Inc.

Omnicom

PNE AG

Prüftechnik AG

Rhön Klinikum AG

RWE

PreussenElektra

EnBW

Vattenfall

Scout24 AG

ZF Friedrichshafen

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP has noteworthy expertise in international shareholder and investment disputes, the latter resulting in mandates by investors as well as states. When required, the team cooperates closely with its international law firm network. Sebastian Selmann-Eggebert, who has an excellent track record of representing states, is the key figure. Head of the German dispute resolution practice Christoph Baus places his main focus on trade proceedings.

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Ukraine

Republic of Croatia

Strabag SE

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Financial services: litigation Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP impresses with experience in contentious matters pertaining to supervisory, criminal, and civil law. Among the clients are national and international financial institutions, as well as shareholders. The team also advises on proceedings with regard to insolvency law. Practice head Christoph Baus has additional expertise in securities disputes.

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Tax Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP specialises in transactional tax, advising companies, private equity funds and financial institutions on national and international matters. In the international space in particular, the team benefits from the capacities of the firm's global network, which means the practice is well placed to provide assistance with national and international tax structures. This is also the focus of practice head Stefan Süß, who regularly advises on private equity and financing structures alongside fund structuring and fund set-ups.

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' Very high customer focus, in-depth specialist knowledge combined with a very patient personality make it very easy to work with Stefan Süß. On the way to decision-making, many ideas or options can be introduced, which are discussed and weighed up extensively. The final output is always to the point and can be communicated very specifically to both the customer and the other stakeholders. '

' I have never experienced better content-related, collaborative and goal-oriented project work. '

Key clients

Ardian

CDH Investments

Cerner

Consortium of Banks

CVC Capital Partners

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

DuMont

EQT Partners // OMERS

Hyundai/KIA

KKR

Lindsay Goldberg

Prüftechnik Dieter Busch AG

Scout24 AG

Siemens

Stirling Square

The Carlyle Group

Trilantic Capital

Triton

Compliance Tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP demonstrates combined expertise in white-collar crime, data protection and corporate law, with the designated specialists for these areas, Thomas Grützner, Tim Wybitul and Tobias Larisch also co-heading the practice. Based on its close cooperation with various other practice groups, the team's offering also extends to sanctions as well as employment and antitrust law-related matters. Its client portfolio shows a large number of large German corporations, which receive regular assistance with preventative issues as well as with transactional compliance due diligence matters.

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' Thomas Grützner combines scientifically sound specialist knowledge with extensive practical experience and is a leader in particular with regard to US complexes; also very well networked and very quick in feedback. '

' Thomas Grützner is particularly characterized by a high level of practical experience and a very high level of expertise. In addition, he has the right instinct, especially for internal investigations, in particular for appropriate and targeted investigation measures. Overall, a very experienced, reliable and pleasant consultant to work with! '

Key clients

Deutsche Wohnen

Hg/P&I

CVC Capital

Information technology and digitalisation Tier 4

Thies Deike heads Latham & Watkins LLP's IT and digitalisation practice with a focus on IT contracts, licensing and distribution systems as well as joint ventures and accompanying IT projects related to M&A and other transactions.

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Internal investigations Tier 4

In cross-practice cooperation, Latham & Watkins LLP advises on antitrust, employment, banking regulatory and sanctions law and also handles related disputes. Matters at the interface with data protection and associated data protection infringement issues are routinely handled by Tim Wybitul, while Thomas Grützner assists companies and financial institutions with various compliance and white-collar crime matters. Tobias Larisch advises companies, most notably from the energy sector, on corporate governance and compliance. The team's expertise also attracts national and international DAX companies from various other sectors.

Key clients

Deutsche Wohnen

Hg / P&I

CVC Capital

Real estate finance Tier 4

Latham & Watkins LLP benefits from its robust corporate and M&A practices as well as from the firm's deep footprint in the private equity space, which translates into a steady flow of national and cross-border real estate transactions. The team assists private equity investors, asset managers, funds and banks with the acquisition financing and refinancing of individual properties, real estate portfolios and project developments across various asset classes. Torsten Volkholz heads the team from Hamburg and, in addition to his financing expertise, has many years of experience in the restructuring of real estate investments.

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' The team is characterized by a very high level of service, reliability and excellent specialist knowledge in this very small but complex area of law. '

Key clients

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

AGC Equity Partners

Airbus Bank

Bank of Ireland

BNP Paribas

Catella Real Estate AG

Christie B.V.

HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG

Helaba – Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen

Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investment (MSREI)

pbb – Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Primevest Capital Partners Nederland BV

Redos Real Estate GmbH

Seedvest Capital GmbH

Union Investment

Employment Tier 5

Latham & Watkins LLP demonstrates particular expertise in advising on transactions and restructuring measures, including those involving insolvency, and in handling negotiations with works councils and trade unions. Due to its global network, the practice plays out its strength in the context of cross-border mandates in particular. The team can draw on a similar wealth of experience in representing clients in court proceedings, which frequently arise from compliance investigations pertaining to unauthorised personnel leasing and false self-employment. Practice head Tobias Leder is a regular fixture in this space, while he also plays a key role in the non-contentious arena.

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' Extremely friendly, fast and very competent execution, but also the administrative support of the mandates. '

' The Latham & Watkins labor law team impresses with its very close personal contact. '

' Tobias Leder is characterized by a very forward-looking and meticulous way of working, which gives the client the security of always achieving the maximum result from the respective legal position. '

' Tobias Leder gets to grips with complex mandates extremely quickly and is always focused on the essentials. Particularly noteworthy are the legal documents that are of the highest legal standard and are well worth reading. '

Key clients

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

Cerner

CVC Capital Partners

DuMont Mediengruppe

EMH Partners

EQT / OMERS

Hexal AG

Hg

Hyundai

Medifox / DAN

Novartis Pharma AG

Permira

Swiss Re Europe S.A. – Niederlassung Deutschland

Triton – Renk AG

RWE, PreussenElektra, EnBW, Vattenfall

Energy Tier 5

With the arrival of practice head Tobias Larisch from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in April 2018, Latham & Watkins LLP has carved out a place for itself in the German energy market. The firm's broad sector expertise has enabled the team to build its client base remarkably quickly, which now includes clients from the coal and gas sectors as well as from the nuclear and renewable energy industries. With Munich-based Burc Hesse as head of the corporate practice, its transactional work is of particular significance but the team also advises on regulatory law and represents clients in disputes. Thanks to the cooperation with the firm's London and US teams, the practice is well equipped to handle cross-border mandates.

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' The team was characterized by outstanding expertise and legal advice in drafting contracts. The negotiations were systematically prepared and set negotiating goals could be fully achieved. Overall, the team and L&W were characterized by excellent customer orientation, high level of commitment and availability at all times. '

' Tobias Larisch: Extremely strong negotiators, thinks through problems holistically and offers several possible solutions. Anticipatory action, excellent customer orientation and availability. '

Key clients

BayWa

GASPOOL Balancing Services GmbH

NetConnect Germany

Linde AG

Oiltanking GmbH

OMV Petron

RWE

PreussenElektra

EnBW AG

Vattenfall Europe Nuclear Energy GmbH

STORAG Etzel GmbH

Wintershall DEA

The firm: High-end performance. Down-to-earth attitude.

Top-tier legal qualifications and professional expertise are a matter of course for Latham & Watkins – but its mission goes far beyond this. The firm places just as much value on authenticity, a down-to-earth approach and empathy. This is because it is convinced that the best solutions come from the combination of legal professionalism and social expertise.

The firm collaborates seamlessly across practice groups, nationally and internationally, and has the best experts on board. Clients value the firm’s ability to integrate into teams quickly and unpretentiously. This creates efficiency by putting the team in a position to do the right thing at the right time.

Those who pursue transparency from the beginning can act faster and more precisely. Latham & Watkins places a great deal of importance on open and sincere communication. This allows it to anticipate business opportunities, increase clients’ room to manoeuvre and achieve enduring solutions.

Providing the highest quality performance is its everyday business. The firm’s ability to go beyond sets it apart.

Latham & Watkins is the biggest law firm in the world (by revenue). It is one of the leading commercial law firms, both in Germany and worldwide.

Founded in Los Angeles in 1934, the firm now employs over 2,200 lawyers in 14 countries and 55 languages. In Germany, it has offices in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, with approximately 170 lawyers.

Clients include international corporations, private equity firms, investors, banks, insurance companies and other financial service providers.

Areas of practice
Mergers and acquisitions: today’s transactions take place in highly dynamic globalised markets. Latham & Watkins combines professional excellence with agility and pragmatic action. Lawyers integrate into teams quickly and unpretentiously, and create economically sustainable solutions.

Corporate: clients are in good company – the corporate team partners with businesses to provide pragmatic support with a broad perspective on all corporate legal questions.

Private equity: complex transactions in the large and mid-cap segments require global clout and the ability to see the big picture. The firm combines speed, high competency and a team of outstanding personalities to develop sustainable solutions for clients.

Banking and finance: the firm attends to financing not only with an instinct for new trends and deep industry knowledge on both sides of the Atlantic, but also with efficiency and pragmatism.

Dispute resolution: in addition to professional expertise, strong personalities combining empathy and assertiveness are of critical importance to the firm when helping clients settle their disputes.

Restructuring and insolvency: crises are tests in which empathy, attitude and experience are equally critical for the achievement of quantifiable results. The firm believes that in restructurings, the thorough consideration of all factors is the main indicator of true success.

For more information about the firm’s practice areas and industry groups please go to www.lw.com.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust, competition and state aid
Banking and finance
Capital markets (including high-yield)
Compliance and white-collar
Corporate and M&A
Dispute resolution
Employment and benefits
Financial regulation
Healthcare
Intellectual property
International arbitration
IT/outsourcing
Litigation
Private equity
Public/environment
Real estate
Restructuring and insolvency
Tax
Photo Name Position Profile
 Christoph A Baus  photo Christoph A Baus Dr. Christoph Baus, a complex commercial trial lawyer, served as Global Vice…
 Jana K Dammann de Chapto  photo Jana K Dammann de Chapto Dr. Jana Dammann de Chapto advises international clients on merger control and…
 Christoph WG Engeler  photo Christoph WG Engeler Christoph Engeler advises a full spectrum of healthcare and life sciences clients…
 Frank Grell  photo Frank Grell Frank Grell helps clients navigate distressed situations related to restructuring or insolvency.…
 Tobias Klass  photo Tobias Klass Dr. Tobias Klass is a partner in the Hamburg office. He represents…
 Dirk Kocher  photo Dirk Kocher Dr. Dirk Kocher is a partner in the Hamburg office of Latham…
 Jörn Kowalewski  photo Jörn Kowalewski Dr. Jörn Kowalewski has long-standing experience (i) advising stakeholders within complex corporate…
 Andreas Lönner  photo Andreas Lönner Dr. Andreas Lönner is a counsel in the Hamburg office and practices…
 Nils Röver  photo Nils Röver Mr. Nils Röver advises private equity funds and portfolio companies on M&A…
 Henning C Schneider  photo Henning C Schneider Dr. Henning C. Schneider serves as Co-Chair of one of the firm’s…
 Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert  photo Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert Dr. Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert, an internationally recognized authority on international arbitration, represents companies,…
 Torsten Volkholz  photo Torsten Volkholz Dr. Torsten Volkholz advises German and global sponsors, borrowers, and lenders on…
 Stefan Widder  photo Stefan Widder Dr. Stefan Widder is a partner advising on all aspects of M&A…
Number of lawyers : 2,600+
English
German
Other offices : Barcelona
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Boston
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Century City
Other offices : Chicago
Other offices : Dubai
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Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Houston
Other offices : London
Other offices : Los Angeles
Other offices : Madrid
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : New Jersey
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Other offices : Riyadh
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Other offices : Tokyo
Other offices : Washington DC
in Germany : Approximately 170