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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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Tax - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s tax law practice, headed by Tobias Geerling and Ingo Kleutgens, predominantly operates in the areas of M&A transactions, criminal tax law, company rearrangement and inheritance tax law. A recent highlight was tax structuring within the scope of advising financial investor Novalpina Capital on the takeover bid for Odyssey Europe. It also advised EQT Expansion Capital II on tax law matters concerning the sale of the Roeser Medical Group and assisted a portfolio company with tax law matters pertaining to the spin-off of companies. On the tax exemption side, the group also acted for an automotive supplier and a mechanical engineering company. Other work includes handling several auditing instructions.

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Germany: Banking and finance

Lending and borrowing
Lending and borrowing - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Based on its close co-operation with its M&A, private equity and restructuring teams, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is particularly well versed in handling acquisition finance alongside public takeovers and financing matters arising from restructurings and distressed asset deals. Michael Kohl, who jointly heads the team with Wolfram Distler, advised global copper and copper alloy manufacturer KME on financing matters pertaining to the issuance of senior secured notes alongside its extension and modification of existing collateralised syndicated bank loans and cross-border factoring financing of the group. Together with its London office, the team assisted Advent International and its portfolio group Brammer with a syndicated bank loan financing as part of the acquisition of the IPH Group, and, together with its London colleagues and its German corporate team, Distler advised financial investor Novalpina Capital on the financing of its voluntary takeover offer for Tallinn-based Olympic Entertainment Group by Morgan Stanley and Raiffeisen International.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)
M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Clients of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP appreciate the ‘flexibility’ of the M&A teams in Frankfurt and Munich, which frequently cooperate with colleagues in New York, London and Paris. Examples of recent cross-border transactions include assisting Alibaba with the acquisition of Pakistani e-commerce platform Daraz from Rocket Internet, and advising Doncasters Group on the sale of Nelson Fastener Systems to Stanley Black & Decker. Gerhard Schmidt leads the team in which Christian Tappeiner is known for his ‘excellent negotiation skills’.

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Germany: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has experience in representing international companies, investment funds and banks, but also increasingly handles IP and IT disputes. The practice group also focuses on tactical and strategic conflict prevention planning. It is led by Britta Grauke, who is also experienced in German and international procedural law. She successfully defended a bank against claims at several instances.

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Germany: Private equity

Transactions - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP provides comprehensive advice to private equity houses, which instruct the team to handle LBO transactions, secondary and tertiary buyouts and add-on acquisitions. The group is also experienced in advising sponsors and portfolio companies as well as senior and mezzanine lenders on restructuring situations. It frequently acts in cooperation with the London office, for example when assisting financial investor Novalpina Capital with the public takeover offer for the Olympic Entertainment Group, which is listed on the Tallinn Stock Exchange. Practice head and managing partner Gerhard Schmidt led advice on this transaction, while, in a separate matter, the London office led assistance to financial investors Advent and Bain Capital as well as their portfolio company Concardis Payment Group with the merger of Nets with Concardis to form a leading European payment service provider; the merger took place as part of a share swap. Kamyar Abrar acted for EQT Expansion Capital II on the sale of the Roeser group to Sana Kliniken and, together with Christian Tappeiner, advised Inven Capital on its investment in Dresden-based Cloud&Heat Technologies.

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Germany: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Four partners at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP handle creditor consulting, legal support for operational restructurings, litigation and the examination of liability claims. Practice head Gerhard Schmidt recently advised the managing board of a company from the electrical industry on out-of-court restructuring matters; the company was thought to be illiquid and the team was instructed to examine claims for damages in the three-digit million range against the former parent company. It also advised China Fishery on the German law aspects of Chapter 11 proceedings in the US after it suffered losses in its fishing figures due to the El Niño weather phenomenon. The group successfully defended an investment bank in a long-standing case concerning claims brought by an insolvency administrator.

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