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McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

Real estate Tier 1

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP's real estate practice 'runs like clockwork' and has a high market reputation for its assistance with project developments in the commercial properties sector. Exemplary in this context was the advice to longstanding client SIGNA on the biggest commercial properties deal of the year, which emerged from Karstadt and Kaufhof's merger. The client base, which is characterised by long-term advice, include shopping centre operators as well as developers and asset managers from the retail sector. On another note, the Düsseldorf-based team around Jens Ortmanns has been able to further unfold its remarkable entry into the traditionally closed Hamburg market. Financing lawyer Dustin Schwerdtfeger made partner in January 2019 and in September 2019, the team welcomed capital management expert Frank Mueller, former head of Corpus Sireo's legal department. Counsel Maximilian Clostermeyer has extensive experience in portfolio transactions.


‘The true strength of the MWE team lies in executing very complex and time-sensitive major projects. Jens Ortmanns directs his team in a way that makes it run like clockwork. In total a very competent and congenial team.

‘360-degree advice approach including investment and tax advice von all legal and tax issues that are relevant to institutional investors. Uniquely embodied through its practice head, Dr Jens Ortmanns, and his entire team. Highest quality in the market, always available and due to its technically excellent and pragmatic advice, the team has clearly become the number 1 in the market, in the meantime probably also pertaining to the size of the team. Present in all markets, most recently mainly Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg.

‘From our point of view, Dr Jens Ortmanns is the best negotiator and deal architect in the market, he knows like nobody else how to successfully establish deals and execute them successfully for all parties. Very pleasant and highly professional in personally dealing with one another.

Key clients



Swiss Life

Kraftverkehr Nagel SE & Co. KG



Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

As well as providing transitional assistance, McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP's team led by Stephan Rau also provides regulatory advice. Its offering includes investments in hospital operators, laboratories and pharmaceutical companies as well as medical device manufacturers and online pharmacies. Handling venture capital transactions constitutes another key element of the practice. Despite Katharina Wodarz's move to Raue in January 2019, the practice continues to provide regulatory advice, for example on clinical studies alongside research and development contracts.


‘McDermott Will & Emery has a multidisciplinary team that answers questions taking into account all legal areas. The team has short reaction times and suggests individualised state-of-the-art solutions.’

‘Stephan Rau is a versatile lawyer who is also able to take an entrepreneurial perspective and provide practical advice.’

‘Very proactive team, committed and always available, good teamwork with in-house teams.’

‘Rüdiger Herrmann is an industry specialist, an intimate connoisseur of the market and trends.’

Commercial administrative law Tier 3

The 'always availableAlexa Ningelgen heads McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP's commercial administrative law practice, which advises large private and listed companies as well as public authorities on numerous administrative procedures and court proceedings. Another central pillar of the practice is the assistance with law concerning foreigners. Associate Antje Weiss is sought after by private and public companies in relation to gambling law matters, particularly pertaining to the installation of slot machines, the construction and operation of gambling halls, lottery events, horserace and sport betting as well as all aspects of online gambling.


Alexa Ningelgen and Antje Weiss are particularly outstanding. Both are always available and stand out for their ability to produce legal opinions on complex issues within a short period of time.

Key clients

Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

Rushy Marsh Farm LLC

McCourt Global LLC

Praxair Surface Technologies GmbH

Restructuring Tier 3

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP handles distressed M&A transactions for buyers and sellers and, with Uwe Goetker and Matthias Kamphshoff co-heading the team, it is also well placed to provide assistance with financial restructurings. This includes insolvency and pre-insolvency debt equity swaps as well as advice on segregation rights and liquidation agreements with major creditos. In other work, the practice advises shareholders and creditors alongside management and supervisory boards on their obligations during insolvency protection, insolvency and self-administration proceedings. Contentious matters such as rescission proceedings are also part of its offering. Clients include players from the retail and metallurgy, telecommunications, automotive and media sectors.


‘The practice has a very good understanding of the economically relevant matters and offers a very solution-oriented approach.’

‘The restructurers of the law firm are well interconnected.’

‘Uwe Goetker is characterised by the very quick analytical gathering of the economically relevant circumstances. He is a dealmaker, since he is looking for solutions that are accepted all around and is able to develop these fast.’

‘Uwe Goetker is very competent on restructuring matters and gets cross-border transactions successfully to their destination.’

‘With Matthias Kampshoff, one can rely on a very good collaboration. He is thinking economically and acts cautiously.’

Key clients

SIGNA Prime Selection AG / SIGNA Retail

H.J. Küpper Metallbearbeitung

O.W. Bunker Germany

Telecoms Tier 3

The team at McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is specialised in telecommunications, data protection, IT and media law, and therefore ideally suited to handle mandates that require an integrated approach at these interfaces. Most of its instructions pertain to contractual and regulatory matters but the team is also becoming more visible in the transactional space. With Ralf Weisser and  Wolfgang von Frentz as practice heads, the team has extensive experience in representing clients in contentious proceedings.


‘Excellent team with extensive experience in all relevant areas of the telecommunications industry including contract law aspects in the transactional area.’

‘Good, pragmatic performance.’

‘Ralf Weisser has strategic competence and excellent legal expertise! He is also very experienced, committed, pragmatic and business-oriented.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG


IP Deutschland / RTL Interactive

Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. KG

ProSiebenSat1 Media SE

RTL Television

Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG

VG Media

Entertainment Tier 4

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP's TMT practice handles copyright, media and transactional matters in the entertainment sector and has particular expertise regarding IPTV programme distribution, internet ad blockers and distribution and collective agreement law. Especially noteworthy is the team's experience in contentious matters, including in landmark proceedings. Wolfgang von Frentz  and Ralf Weisser head the practice.

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP has a traditionally strong practice in arbitration proceedings related to investment protection treaties, although the team lost a renowned expert in this field due to the departure of Sabine Konrad to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in September 2019. The new main contact is Arne Fuchs, who focuses on both party representation as well as arbitrator activity. The predominantly international matters often relate to Eastern Europe and Asia. Thomas Hauss is experienced in trade arbitration, while Boris Uphoff has additional expertise in patent, trademark and competition law.


In addition to the high technical competence of the team, the practical and client-oriented approach is particularly notable.

The group impresses with short response times and a solution-oriented work mode.

Thomas Hauss is a technically sound, good negotiator who has an eye for practical solutions and achievable goals.

Boris Uphoff is always available, has excellent technical expertise and understands the client’s expectations.

Arne Fuchs gives precise and unambiguous advice on all matter-relevant issues and his will to commit himself to his client’s needs has no equal.

Key clients

The Federal Republic of Germany

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

HSH Nordbank AG

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Gironzentrale

Norddeutsche Landesbank-Girozentrale

Osteuropäischer Staat

FMC Foret SA

NKS Hospitality II S.á.r.l.

Corporate Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP has wide-ranging knowledge of the real estate, retail, health, media, automotive and food sectors and advises on transactional corporate measures, changes of legal form and reorganisations; but also covers corporate-related tax issues. The client roster predominantly includes medium-sized and family-led companies. Practice head Jens Ortmanns is the key contact for corporate issues in the real estate industry.


Quickly and efficiently operational team comprised of very competent lawyers.

‘Proactive throughout the whole process.

Key clients

SIGNA Retail und SIGNA Prime

Praxair, Inc.

Intersnack Gruppe

Constantin Medien AG

Union Park Capital

Gimv NV

KPM Analytics Group

Penta Investments Limited

Employment Tier 5

The team at McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP regularly advises on the acquisition of technological companies, which frequently take place in a regulated environment and involve cross-border elements. Volker Teigelkötter's team also focuses on restructurings and the deployment of external personnel with Gudrun Germakowski being a key contact for the latter. Sandra Urban-Crell assists with outsourcing measures, collective redundancies and disputes under works constitution and collective bargaining law. Teigelkötter focuses on transactional employment law and advises on employment contracts, pension plans and bonus programmes.


‘Sämtliche Teammitglieder sind ausgezeichnete Fachleute. Stets zu erreichen, geben innerhalb kürzester Zeit Feedback und sind untereinander gut synchronisiert.’

‘Exzellente Expertise in der arbeitsrechtlichen Beratung von Outsourcing-Projekten.’

‘Gudrun Germakowksi is technically outstanding, very pragmatic and business-oriented.

‘Gudrun Germakowski and Sandra Urban understand how to advise beyond the limits of one respective matter and to keep an eye not only on short-term success, but also on medium- and long-term consequences.

‘Volker Teigelkötter is outstanding and has the rare gift to get to the heart of his client’s thoughts and matter within the shortest amount of time.

Key clients

Crown Iron Works-Gruppe

DMG Mori-Gruppe



Gestamp Umformtechnik GmbH / Gestamp Griwe Westerburg GmbH

GWS Gesellschaft für Warenwirtschafts-Systeme mbH

International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen

Leybold GmbH

Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe GmbH / BABCOCK Fertigungszentrum GmbH

Praxair Surface Technology Inc.

Rubicon Partners

United Internet-Gruppe

VR Equitypartner

Equity capital markets Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP 'provides excellent capital markets law advice in both the transactional and the regulatory space'. With a focus on small and mid-cap work, the team assists national and international banks with IPOs, private placements and rights issues under German and US law. 'Extremely client-focused' team head Joseph Marx and the 'efficient and goal-oriented' Simon Weiß, who made partner in January 2019 and covers a broad spectrum of capital markets law, are the key contacts.


The legal advice is always clearly formulated and always considers commercial aspects.

Precise and calm work mode and plannable cost predictions.

All together reliable and quick to react.

The team promptly delivers fully practical results.

Outstanding US expertise.

Simon Weiß quickly gets to the heart of respective economic matters.

Key clients

Baader Bank AG

Constantin Medien AG

Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG

MainFirst Bank AG

Ignition Investment B.V.

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Mastercard Inc.


Medigene AG


Information technology (including contracts) Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP 's TMT practice also covers advice on IoT, industry 4.0, cloud computing and the development and licensing of software. IT providers and media companies constitute some of the most important clients. Ralf Weisser is the key figure and Wolfgang Freiherr Raitz von Frentz focuses on litigation and transactions in the TMT area.

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft

Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. KG

IP Deutschland/ RTL Interactive

ProSiebenSat1 Media SE

RTL Television

Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG

VG Media


Tax Tier 5

The tax law practice at McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is led by Dirk Pohl, who assists stock companies with M&A transactions and family offices with the development and implementation of foundation solutions. In other work, the team advises on regulatory matters arising from IPOs, compliance measures and tax disputes. Companies from the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors and private equity firms are also among the clients as are loan creditors and shareholders.

Transactions Tier 5

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP 'combines its private equity expertise with in-depth healthcare sector expertise'. Additionally, the team led by Nikolaus von Jacobs has a specialism in real estate sector work but also deals with various other sectors and has been increasingly active advising on transactions in the service sector, most notably in the mid-cap segment. As well as acting for private equity firms, the team also acts for companies and owners in a national and international context. In summer 2018, the Munich office was strengthened with the arrival of Tobias Koppmann from Noerr. In Frankfurt, PE, M&A and capital markets transactions lawyer Norman Wasse made partner in January 2019.


‘Interdisciplinary understanding combined with state-of-the-art process management.’

‘Always available, solution-oriented and cooperative (win-win solutions); competent and creative, pragmatic problem solving.’

Key clients

Ampersand Capital Partners

AUCTUS Capital Partners AG

Bilfinger SE

Finatem Beteiligungsgesellschaft

Gilde Buy Out Partners B.V.

Gimv NV

KPM Analytics, Inc.

KPS Capital Partners, LP

Penta Investments Limited

Rubicon Partners

Silverfleet Capital Partners LLP

Süd Beteiligungen GmbH

VR Equitypartner GmbH

Union Park Capital

VR Equitypartner GmbH

Armacell International S.A.


The firm

McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets.  With 20 locations on three continents, our team works seamlessly across practices, industries and geographies to deliver highly effective—and often unexpected—solutions that propel success.  More than 1,100 lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve.

Düsseldorf office: The firm’s Düsseldorf office is a key component in McDermott’s European growth strategy. The city’s global business community, industrial profile and significance as a centre for international mergers and acquisitions and for patent litigation align firmly with the firm’s practice strengths. Lawyers based in Düsseldorf provide full-range, premier legal guidance paired with an in-depth understanding of national, regional and global economic issues. Collaborating with other offices and working alongside closely associated international law firms, the firm offers pragmatic and creative solutions to a broad range of legal issues. The McDermott team in Düsseldorf advises clients across a broad array of legal issues. The lawyers consult on corporate law and compliance matters, complex national and international transactions, public takeovers of listed companies, finance and banking, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, management buyouts (MBOs and LBOs), venture capital, M&A, initial public offerings, refinancing, recapitalisation and restructuring. The highly regarded real estate law team provides advice on real estate transactions, financing, project development, leasing and inventory management, and also advises on joint ventures. McDermott lawyers in Düsseldorf provide legal advice on all aspects of labour law. McDermott’s professionals also provide legal representation in litigation, public commercial law and dispute resolution matters; advise on antitrust and competition law, renewable energy, and serve private clients, family offices, institutional investors and private equity funds, and banks, as well as DAX 30, Fortune 500 and FTSE 2050 companies.

The Düsseldorf team and individual lawyers are recognised for the quality, consistency and creativity of their legal counsel. As part of a global, full-service law firm, the lawyers of the Düsseldorf office are prepared to help clients wherever their business interests take them.

Main Areas of Practice:

Antitrust & Competition:
As clients around the world experience increasing antitrust activity, cross-jurisdictional government investigations and private litigation, we meet these multifaceted challenges head-on. Our lawyers are deeply familiar with all major US and international regulatory frameworks and dispute-resolution forums. Providing effective, coordinated counsel on US antitrust law, EC competition law, China’s Anti-Monopoly Law and other competition regimes worldwide, our lawyers help clients eliminate roadblocks and achieve business goals.

Corporate & Transactions:
Our seasoned lawyers represent the full spectrum of corporate interests around the world, from global corporations to family-owned businesses to privately held companies. Our lawyers thrive on solving the most complex business problems facing their clients today and mapping out strategies to drive clients’ success tomorrow. Our broad capabilities include seamless transactional services, such as negotiating cross-border acquisitions or outsourcing deals, representing issuers in public offerings, securing preferred financial credit arrangements for borrowers or navigating a business restructuring.

We pair deep resources with broad geographic coverage, to meet the rapidly evolving needs of employers in virtually every sector, including manufacturing, financial services, health care, education and construction. Our lawyers help clients attract and retain workers at every level, enter and exit markets as business conditions warrant, develop and implement effective employment policies, identify and protect trade secrets and other confidential information, and negotiate and enforce employment contracts.

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity:
Our lawyers advise clients on the statutory, regulatory and enforcement regimes that govern the collection, use and disclosure of data in the United States, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. With extensive experience advising on the full range of data privacy and protection laws, industry standards and issues, our lawyers regularly counsel clients on US and international data-use issues and conduct in-depth privacy/cybersecurity risk assessments, often in the context of mergers, acquisitions and other domestic and cross border transactions.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation:
Our lawyers help clients maximise the value of and return on their investments in human capital while avoiding exposure to liability. The team provides strategic day-to-day counsel on matters such as executive compensation, health/welfare plan compliance, qualified retirement plans, privacy and data protection, executive employment and severance, cultural diversity, full compliance with relevant laws, including ERISA legislation, among other general employee-relations matters.

Healthcare & Life Sciences:
Our team provides unparalleled legal acumen rooted in decades of experience and forward growth powered by unconventional thinking. With a deep bench that includes lawyers at the cutting edge of digital health, the firm partners with clients on the full range of health-care-related issues, including physician practice management, health care litigation and the evolving regulatory landscape — both in the United States and internationally. As a top-ranked law firm for health and a leader in life sciences, we help clients navigate the issues that matter when it comes to achieving missions and solidifying positions in the market.

Intellectual Property:
Our top-notch team of IP lawyers, partners with clients to identify and secure their creative assets, maximize the value of their IP portfolios, and enforce or defend their rights in courts and tribunals virtually everywhere their products are made, distributed and sold. Whether you’re building the next iconic brand, protecting game-changing new technology or creating new revenue streams from your established IP assets, our team can help you achieve your business goals at every stage of the IP lifecycle. We are business savvy, technically skilled and steeped in high-stakes experience. We speak fluent CFO, CSO, CPO, CMO and Tax—skills honed over decades and maintained by understanding and embracing diverse perspectives. We are fearless and relentless advocates for your business, always pursuing a return on your IP investments. Our lawyers prioritize our partnership with you and believe service is a 24×7 proposition. We help our clients respond quickly and offer actionable solutions designed to mitigate risk and capitalize on opportunity.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are always ready to roll up their sleeves and deliver the sound, practical legal strategies necessary for both short- and long-term success. Based internationally, our nimble and creative lawyers are dedicated to providing passionate client advocacy through superior trial skills and incisive industry knowledge. The synthesis of skill and experience, flexibility and strength — plus track record of success in high-stakes controversies — makes McDermott a go-to firm for large-scale, complex litigation. Our white-collar team has tried hundreds of cases in courts throughout the United States and internationally, and draws on the unmatched insights of its lawyers who previously served as senior federal prosecutors.

Private Client & Wealth Management:
From the global to the personal, the firm brings its full-service network to bear in helping closely held business owners and high-net-worth individuals effectively structure their assets, meet their wealth transfer and planning goals, and make their mark philanthropically. As clients make the critical decisions that shape their personal, business, tax, civic and charitable concerns around the world, we will be at their side with creative, customized solutions.

Our lawyers marry legal skill with political savvy to turn regulatory risks into forward-looking business solutions. Based in government and trade capitals around the world, our lawyers support companies traversing the increasingly complex international trade landscape, and tackle rising global antitrust activity in all major US and international forums. Wherever the business reaches, our talented regulatory lawyers can help position the your organization for success.

Our lawyers advise some of the world’s most successful companies on tax matters, including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 100. With a unique combination of tax practitioners, strategists and creative thinkers who can validate sound strategies and offer innovative solutions it helps clients advance their organization’s growth plan — with senior partners involved at every step — 365 days a year with a 360-degree view of the evolving tax landscape.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition Christian Krohs
Banking and finance Dr Oliver Lieth
Compliance Christian Krohs
Corporate Dr Norbert Schulte
Corporate Dr Jens Ortmanns
Corporate real estate Dr Norbert Schulte
Corporate real estate Dr Jens Ortmanns
Dispute resolution Dr Thomas Hauss
Labour and employment Volker Teigelkötter
Mergers and acquisitions Dr Norbert Schulte
Private equity Sebastian von Lossow
Public commercial Alexa Ningelgen
Restructuring and insolvency Dr Uwe Goetker
Restructuring and insolvency Dr Matthias Kumpshoff
Real estate Dr Jens Ortmanns
Real estate Dr Holger Weiß
Real estate Dr Ulrich Flege
Real estate finance Oliver Lieth
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Jur Thomas Ammermann  photo Dr Jur Thomas Ammermann
 Gudrun Germakowski photo Gudrun Germakowski
Dr Jur Uwe Goetker  photo Dr Jur Uwe Goetker
Dr Jan Hückel  photo Dr Jan Hückel
Dr Jur Thomas Hauss  photo Dr Jur Thomas Hauss
Dr Jur Matthias Kampshoff  photo Dr Jur Matthias Kampshoff
Dr Jur Gregor Lamla  photo Dr Jur Gregor Lamla
Ms Alexa Ningelgen  photo Ms Alexa Ningelgen
Dr Jur Jens Ortmanns  photo Dr Jur Jens Ortmanns
Dr Jur Norbert Schulte  photo Dr Jur Norbert Schulte
Mr Dustin Schwerdtfeger  photo Mr Dustin Schwerdtfeger
Dr Jur Volker Teigelkötter  photo Dr Jur Volker Teigelkötter
Dr Sandra Urban-Crell  photo Dr Sandra Urban-Crell
Dr Jur Holger Weiß  photo Dr Jur Holger Weiß
Ms Antje Weiss  photo Ms Antje Weiss
Dr Jur Sebastian von Lossow  photo Dr Jur Sebastian von Lossow
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