Firm Profile > White & Case LLP > Frankfurt, Germany

White & Case LLP
Bockenheimer Landstrasse 20
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Insolvency Tier 1

Large-scale, complex and international insolvency proceedings which require interdisciplinary competencies and an international network are the main focus of the insolvency team at White & Case LLP. A strength of the 'extraordinarily experienced and very well-balanced' team are contentious appeal, liability and contractual matters in connection with international insolvencies. The team has a particular sector focus on automotive, shipping, aviation, retail, energy and sport. Sven-Holger Undritz heads the practice and has comprehensive expertise in restructuring law; he regularly draws up insolvency plans and advises domestic and international clients on insolvent company acquisitions. Biner Bähr, who is 'technically at the highest level, and at the same time down-to-earth and solution-oriented', frequently handles complex insolvency proceedings with international aspects, among others in the automotive, energy or stationary retail sectors. Christoph Paulus, emeritus professor at the Humboldt University law school in Berlin, has acted as of counsel since September 2019.

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Testimonials

‘Exceptionally experienced, very well-coordinated and rightly well-known team. It’s not just pleasant, it’s a pleasure to work with this team.’

‘Dr. Biner Bähr is one of the best and best-known insolvency administrators in Germany. Unlike the manager colleagues “in his league (very clearly: Champions League)”, he has no starry airs. He is always friendly and a real team player, technically at the highest level and always pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

redi-Group GmbH

Beoplast Besgen GmbH

Kronenbrot

KWB-Gruppe

Piel & Adey

ALUPRO GmbH & Co. KG

EB Business Intelligence GmbH

ESPRIT

e.GO Mobile AG

SPT PRODUCTION GmbH

Kofler & Kompanie GmbH

TAYLER Bekleidungshandelsgesellschaft mbH

Wohnen in Prora Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co. KG (WiP)

Innowatio GmbH und Tochtergesellschaften Clean Energy Markets Access GmbH, Clean Energy Sourcing GmbH, Clean Energy Direct GmbH, Ecomac GmbH and SP Energy Control GmbH

Duisburg Special Tubes GmbH

7Days Foodservice GmbH

KP Technologies GmbH

Kontrast Communications Services GmbH

Schulz Holding GmbH & Co. KG

1. FC Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KGaA (FCK KGaA)

Lux Deutschland Gm

Advice to companies Tier 2

White & Case LLP's white-collar crime profile is clearly coined by the internationality of its client base, the cross-border nature of numerous matters as well as its close cooperation with the firm's compliance and investigations practice. Most recently, the four-partner white-collar crime practice, which is led by Karl-Jörg Xylander, has been increasingly representing corporations from the financial industries in administrative investigations, particularly in non-compliance procedures by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, as well as in suspected cum/ex matters. Furthermore, the practice attracted instructions pertaining to corruption, tax evasion and breach of trust. Nils Clemm has a strong focus on the financial industry and extensive experience in dealing with investigative authorities, Tine Schauenburg recently acted in numerous investigations and Thomas Helck has 'excellent knowledge of criminal law'.

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' Dr. Helck has excellent knowledge in the field of criminal law, which is not least due to his many years of experience as a public prosecutor. '

' Very in the details of the case, balanced and accurate recommendations. Very good expertise in criminal law. '

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 2

White & Case LLP's German arbitration practice focuses on proceedings in oil and gas, electricity and construction as well as technology, automotive and chemistry. National and international clients appreciate the firm's close cooperation with its international network. Noteworthy is the group's expertise in force majeure matters, which gained particular relevance with regard to the pandemic and the resulting disputes thereof. Practice head Markus Burianski is an experienced party representative as well as arbitrator and Christian Theissen 'has excellent knowledge and experience in arbitration proceedings'.

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White & Case’s approach is very professional. You analyse each case in depth, go into finer details and work out the best legal strategy.’

Markus Burianski is excellent in legal strategy for international and complex arbitration proceedings; very proactive and achieves the desired results through consistent efforts with a customer-oriented approach.’

Christian Theissen has excellent knowledge and experience in arbitration.’

Extremely thorough and precise. No detail is lost here. Questions about the facts are presented and addressed in a recipient-friendly manner.

Markus Burianski: quick, thorough, precise, clear, very personable.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the facts and (legal) case law and the ability to translate their knowledge into clear guidelines for their clients and a solid work product. Well staffed from a cost and quality perspective.’

Christian Theissen is extremely client and solution-oriented. Excellent specialist knowledge. Always available and well connected.

Key clients

Daimler AG

Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. (GUPC)

Angelique International Limited

Samsung Electronics GmbH

Kraton Corporation

Commercial litigation Tier 2

The team at White & Case LLP represents national and international companies and frequently assists with proceedings in the technology, automotive, energy and natural resources sectors. Another focus of the group is on disputes with regard to insolvency law. Practice head Markus Langen predominantly handles corporate disputes and Sonja Hoffmann focuses on collective legal protection. Christian Wirth advises clients from the banking, finance and insurance sectors and Thomas Burmeister is well versed in energy law.

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Facebook Inc.

Daimler AG

Kornelia Gless-Kieserling – Bremer Stiftungsstreit

Land Baden-Württemberg

systaic AG, systaic cells GmbH, systaic Technologies GmbH

WGF Westfälische Grundbesitz und Finanzverwaltung AG

u.a. Amprion GmbH, Open Grid Europe, Energienetz Mitte, Westfalen Weser Netz

EnBW Baden-Württemberg AG

German PelletsGmbH

Air Berlin

Compliance Tier 2

White & Case LLP is a popular choice for companies in the automotive and finance industries and, due to its international structure, is well placed to handle cross-border mandates. In addition to providing assistance with the introduction of compliance management systems and with compliance due diligence, the broad-based team also handles internal investigations and white-collar crime matters. Practice head Karl-Jörg Xylander, who is well versed in representing decision-makers and companies in white-collar crime and regulatory offence proceedings, is a key contact together with Nils ClemmTine Schauenburg and Thomas Helck, who all act at the interface between compliance and white-collar crime law.

Corporate Tier 2

The corporate experts at White & Case LLP advise an array of different companies, including listed companies, supervisory and executive boards as well as banks, who seek assistance with restructurings, annual general meetings and other corporate-related matters. The team has intersection know-how with insolvency, capital markets and antitrust law. Alexander Kiefer is well versed in structuring measures and capital markets law and the 'professionally very good, practice-oriented, experienced and confident' Lutz Krämer in Frankfurt heads the practice. Robert Weber left at the beginning of 2020 and joined Dentons.

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Excellent lawyers in many fields.

Very good networking of the partners between ECM, corporate, M&A and debt. Contact person very responsive. He sees himself as a truly comprehensive counsel, actively approaches us with tips, advice and questions even outside of specific mandates.’

Lutz Krämer – professionally very good, practice-oriented, experienced and confident lawyer personality.

Key clients

ADO Properties S.A.

Allen & Company LLC

Allianz Global Investors (AGI)

Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

CONSUS Real Estate AG

Curanum AG

Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

DMG Mori Seiki AG

Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

Etex Holding GmbH

Evonik AG

Francotyp-Postalia

Galeria Kaufhof GmbH

GfK SE

Jefferies International Limited

Jenoptik AG

Jost Werke AG

KWS SAAT SE

Maxingvest

MediClin AG

Merck KGaA

QIA

STIHL International GmbH

Voltaire Finance B.V.

Data protection Tier 2

Due to a continuous pursuit of innovation, the commitment of highly specialised lawyers and the application of legal tech solutions, White & Case LLP occupies an enviable position among Germany's best players in the data protection space. The group has a significant advantage in international (particularly US) projects where it can easily activate its global, internal firm network. The client base predominantly includes banks, financial services providers and investment banks, but also car manufacturers. Facebook is also among its top clients; the team advises the social media company on disputes and data protection matters outside the US. Detlev Gabel is the key figure and specialises in supporting clients in the case of a cyber attack, data protection requirements for defensive measures and advice on the communication with data protection authorities.

Debt capital markets Tier 2

As integrated European and US capital market and bank finance practice, White & Case LLP's German DCM team provides wide-ranging advice to investment banks and a growing corporate issuer client base - most notably from the real estate sector - on various debt products, including stand-alone bond issues, Pfandbriefe, debt issuance programmes, commercial papers and structured programmes alongside alternative financing instruments. Local partner Cristina Freudenberger is a key contact for the two last-mentioned segments, while Gernot Wagner and Rebecca Emory jointly head the firm's strong high-yield practice. Bond expert Karsten Wöckener is another key contact, who, as well as handling investment grade and sub-investment grade bonds, also assists with convertible and hybrid instruments as well as structured finance.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

ADLER Real Estate

A.D.O.

Banco Santander

Bankhaus Lampe KG

Bayerische Landesbank

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Commerzbank

Consus Real Estate

Crédit Agricole

Dekabank

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Börse

DZ BANK

E.ON SE

Eurogrid GmbH

HSBC

ING Bank

J.P. Morgan

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen

Lufthansa AG

Merrill Lynch

Mizuho International

MUFG Securities EMEA

Norddeutsche Landesbank

OMV

Raiffeisen Bank International

SMBC Nikko Capital Markets

Swedbank AB

Symrise AG

UniCredit Bank

Vier Gas Transport

Vonovia

Energy Tier 2

With the departure of the regulatory team led by Peter Rosin, including the two of counsels Ulrich Büdenbender and Michael Bartsch, local partners Jana MichaelisKristin Spiekermann and Christina Will as well as counsel Ralf Schäfer, who joined the newly formed boutique Rosin Büdenbender in December 2019, White & Case LLP's focus has shifted significantly towards corporate. Team head Thomas Burmeister is now the main contact for regulatory issues (renewable energy, grid regulation, energy contract law), while Florian Degenhardt is the key contact in the renowned project finance department, and Jörg Kraffel for sector-specific M&A.

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EWE AG / EWE-Verband

TransnetBW GmbH

Statkraft

EnBW

Baltic Cable AB

Amprion GmbH

Open Grid Europe GmbH

Energienetz Mitte GmbH

Westfalen Weser Netz GmbH

Ferngas Netzgesellschaft mbH

Volkswagen AG

KfW IPEX

Deutsche Bank AG

Commerzbank AG

Siemens Bank

Euler Hermes

EKF

Atradius

IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale

Equity capital markets Tier 2

With the two US lawyers Gernot Wagner and Rebecca EmoryWhite & Case LLP's practice is well placed to provide integrated advice under German and US capital market law. This offering attracts issuers and underwriters, who regularly instruct the team to assist with national and cross-border ECM and equity-linked transactions. During the reporting period, this key strength was demonstrated in the team's assistance in various capital increases (with and without subscription rights) and private placements. In January 2020, the practice's partner roster was expanded following the promotion of Thilo Diehl, who advises issuers, financial investors and syndicate banks on public issues and private placements of equity and debt instruments.

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Testimonials

Very good networking of the partners between ECM, Corporate, M&A and Debt. Contact person very responsive. See himself as a real comprehensive counsel, actively approaching us outside of specific mandates with tips, advice and questions.

Very good market knowledge, very good interdisciplinary cooperation, flexibility with regard to billing models, efficient mandate processing, good for an open word on many topics, close connection to the in-house legal department.’

Thilo Diehl is an excellent lawyer who always takes a look at the client’s overall situation and thus offers valuable support. In addition, Dr. Kiefner provides valuable support in company law with excellent knowledge. Both colleagues are also very pleasant personalities.

Key clients

Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

ADO Properties S.A.

Consus Real Estate AG

VIC Properties S.A.

JOST Werke AG

Financial services: regulatory Tier 2

Working in conjunction with various other practices and offices across its network enables White & Case LLP to advise German and international banks and other financial institutions on banking regulatory issues, including regulatory litigation before European courts, and transactions within and beyond Germany’s borders. Its regulatory transactional capabilities were further strengthened with the arrival of local partner Sebastian Pitz from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in April 2020. The team’s client portfolio reflects its close cooperation with leading associations of the German banking industry, which is not least due to practice head Henning Berger’s expertise in this area. Together with his team, he advises on bank restructurings and reorganisations, including associated compliance, IT outsourcing and money laundering prevention issues. With local partner Carsten Lösing, the practice is also well positioned to handle fintech sector work.

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Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband (DSGV)

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB)

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)

Deutsche Kreditbank AG (DKB)

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)

Bundesverband deutscher Banken (BdB)

Entschädigungseinrichtung deutscher Banken (EdB)

Bundesverband der Deutschen Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken (BVR)

Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Börse AG

Facebook

N26 Bank

SoftBank Vision Fund, Japan/USA

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) (SEB), Schweden

Nordea Bank, Finnland/Schweden

Klarna Bank AB, Schweden

Luminor Bank AS, Baltische Länder

Fintech Tier 2

White & Case LLP's multidisciplinary and international approach enables the team to advise German and international financial institutions alongside fintechs on a wide range of matters relevant in this segment. During the reporting report, the practice provided assistance with financing rounds, cooperation agreements, payment and banking regulatory matters as well as IP, IT and data protection issues. Capital market law expert Karsten Wöckener is the key contact and primarily advises on financing rounds and the introduction of digital platforms, including distributed ledger technology matters.

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SoftBank Vision Fund

Klarna Bank AB

Goldman Sachs

Deutsche Bank

Facebook

N26

Thinksurance

Arabesque Asset Management Holding Ltd.

Finledger

Internal investigations Tier 2

With a focus on the financial and automotive sectors, White & Case LLP deals with various compliance issues, internal investigations and white-collar crime matters. When handling internal investigations, the team demonstrates particular experience in matters pertaining to capital markets law, money laundering and cum-ex transactions but it also deals with classic compliance mandates. Practice head Karl-Jörg Xylander and Nils Clemm have many years of experience dealing with investigative proceedings and supervisory authorities. Tine Schauenburg is well versed in liability issues. Thomas Helck and associate Nicolas Rossbrey are other key contacts for matters at the intersection of white-collar crime.

IT transactions and outsourcing Tier 2

Jost Kotthoff heads White & Case LLP's practice in the technology transactions space. IT infrastructure outsourcing, application management, BPO and facility management are part of his main expertise which he compliments with longstanding experience in system integration, software licensing and licences. The practice benefits from the firm's strong international network.

Project finance Tier 2

Banks, institutional investors and sponsors regularly instruct the team at White & Case LLP to assist with energy and infrastructure project finance, including combined financings involving project bonds and export credit insurance alongside KfW, EIB and other promotional loans, both within and outside Germany's borders. This offering goes in line with the expertise and scope of practice head Florian Degenhardt. Based on this sector expertise, and in close cooperation with various other practices and offices within the firm's global network, the team advises on gas-fired power plants, combined cycle (CHP) plants, solar and wind parks, motorways, railways, PPP projects, LNG and container terminals, airports and digital infrastructure.

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'' Fast reaction times, always available (including the partners), flat structures and, as a result, support / advice always from very experienced lawyers, pragmatic and solution-oriented working methods, positive working atmosphere, as a client you can tell that the team works very well together and that the coordination is right. '

'' Fast reaction times, directly accessible and available, pragmatic and solution-oriented way of working, flexible, always polite and keeping the client's interests in mind, positive working atmosphere. '

' The team led by Florian Degenhardt is highly valued by us and our first choice for structured finance in the energy and infrastructure sector. In the case of complex project financing with project bonds and institutional investors, White & Cases team has exceeded our expectations by far. '

' Florian Degenhardt convinces with his vast experience and excellent knowledge. We particularly value advice on all questions and a deep understanding of the market together with a commercial and solution-oriented approach. '

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank Luxemburg S.A.

MEAG

Commerzbank

NORD/LB

IKB Deutsche Industriebank

KfW IPEX Bank

UniCredit Bank

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

DZ BANK AG

LBBW

ING Bank

MUFG Bank

Euler Hermes

EKF Denmark

Atradius

Europäische Investitionsbank (EIB)

Siemens Bank

SMBC

SEB

Société Générale

Restructuring Tier 2

The financial restructuring and insolvency group at White & Case LLP advises on all aspects of restructuring and insolvency administration. The service offering includes financial restructurings, but also insolvency and reorganisational matters. Advising creditors such as banks or private debt funds on financial restructuring is a core focus, while advice to investors and companies is on the increase. The group makes use of its litigation experience and combines it with the special know-how of the 'highly professional team' as insolvency administrators and restructuring experts, advising on insolvency-related contestation, liability or contractual disputes with international aspects. Sven-Holger Undritz, 'very competent, strong in implementation', regularly draws up insolvency plans and assists domestic and international clients with acquisitions of insolvent companies. Riaz K. Janjuah, leading partner for restructuring, 'exudes calm and competence, is very convincing even in difficult situations' and has particular experience in cross-border company restructurings and insolvencies; he regularly restructures debtors' companies through negotiations, insolvency plans or foreign restructuring measures. The team has special sector knowledge in maritime economy, automotive, aviation, trade and consumer goods as well as energy, especially wind energy.

Testimonials

‘The law firm is very competent, especially when it comes to restructuring issues. The banks are given comprehensive advice. Excellent work results are delivered even under time pressure. The work is done very quickly and always on schedule.’

‘Riaz Janjuah: exudes calm and competence. Is very convincing even in difficult situations. All questions that arise, particularly those relating to legal issues, are answered immediately and comprehensively. Proposals on renovation topics are very targeted. Confident appearance even under pressure.’

‘Highly professional team!’

‘Sven-Holger Undritz: Very competent, strong in implementation, out-of-the-box approaches. Close support in critical cases. Always there when you need it. High visibility in negotiations.’

‘Riaz Janjuah: Hard worker, competent.’

Key clients

Advert Finance B.V

Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

Beluga Spielwaren GmbH

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Daimler AG

FMC Beteiligungs KG

Feilo Sylvania Germany GmbH

Gries Deco Company GmbH

Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

Karen Millen Holdco 1 Limited

Loewe Technologies GmbH

NORD/LB

Polish Aviation Group (PGL)

Siegfried Boecker GmbH & Co. KG

Voltaire Finance B.V.

Wilmington Trust SP (Services) Frankfurt GmbH

Toshiba

Zechbau

Structured finance and securitisation Tier 2

White & Case LLP's integrated approach makes it well placed to advise on domestic and cross-border structured finance transactions that require German, English and US legal knowledge and associated regulatory expertise. This makes the practice an attractive advisor for banks and investors, especially funds. In securitisation, the team handles the traditional and synthetic securitisation of various asset classes, and has recently been particularly active advising on car loan and leasing portfolios alongside NPLs, ABS securitisations and true sale programmes. Structured finance expert Dennis Heuer heads the practice, which includes Andreas Lischka. He made partner in January 2020 and, like Heuer, covers a broad range of structured finance.

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The team has unique knowledge and experience in its area of activity and uses the international network very well. Not only the legal aspects are convincing, but also the profound knowledge of market conditions and the economically oriented thinking.

The team is calm, straightforward and extremely focused.

Dennis Heuer: An extremely competent lawyer with deep knowledge of the market and professional competence. He knows how to put his team together according to the deal, also across borders, so that the client can concentrate on the essentials, while appropriate lawyers in the relevant countries / offices take care of the local aspects. The calm, ultra-efficient negotiating style is also a strength.

Dennis Heuer is an extremely good lawyer with an excellent overview and very good market knowledge.

Key clients

Intrum

Hoist Finance

European Investment Fund (EIF)

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

FWU

Hapag-Lloyd

Deutsche Bank

Santander Consumer Bank

Société Générale

Banco Santander

Wells Fargo

ING Bank N.V.

Cross Ocean

BayernLB

Financial services: litigation Tier 3

White & Case LLP predominantly advises national and international banks, and regularly handles banking litigation and insurance law issues. The team also cooperates closely with the firm's other practice groups or offices.  Markus Langen heads the group and is very experienced in liability proceedings and class action lawsuits, whereas Christian Wirth often advises in a preventative context. Sonja Hoffmann is another key contact.

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Hamburg Commercial Bank

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Credit Suisse

UniCredit Bank

DZ BANK

IKB Deutsche Industriebank

Lending and borrowing Tier 3

In acquisition finance, White & Case LLP's clients - many of them banks and other lenders - benefit from the team's close ties to the firm's high-yield practice as well as from its German, English and New York law capabilities, leading to regular mandates on cross-border transactions. Vanessa Schürmann, who heads the English law bank and finance practice, is a key contact for matters at the high-yield intersection. Advising on structured corporate finance, including refinancing and restructuring, is another key area of expertise for the team led by Florian Degenhardt, who also leads the firm's project finance practice from Hamburg. He is supported by Sebastian Schrag, whose focus lies on corporate finance and restructuring and who made partner in January 2020. Leveraged finance expert Andreas Lischka was elevated to the partnership at the same time.

Testimonials

' A very well coordinated team, which is always up to date with the latest developments. Accordingly, there is no team member who has a different level of knowledge than another. In addition, there is a very high availability and extremely fast response time to inquiries. The team makes proactive suggestions and solutions at all times. All advantages and disadvantages are always highlighted and a clear preference / opinion is always expressed, which gives me as a client important assistance. '

' Always easy to reach; creative solutions; very high professional and personal competence. '

' The team is technically good, up to date with the latest market developments; great team; works from a single source with other teams. '

' Fast availability; quick grasp; Fast reaction time; high professionalism; broad expertise; considerable track record. '

' Florian Degenhardt knows how to represent and reflect on our position. Proactive way of working. Independent approach beyond the normal. Absolutely honest and reliable. '

' Andreas Lischka deserves special mention here. He can understand the most complex issues in the shortest possible time and view them from every angle. Much more important – for me as a client – he breaks it down to the essential key points. We have already covered a large number of products with it. During the negotiations he always gave the right input and was determined and correct in the matter. He knows how to successfully support and advance negotiations. He is very committed and available at any time and answers in the shortest possible time. '

Key clients

ADO Properties

ADLER Real Estate AG

ING

ABN

Rabobank

Jefferies

Credit Suisse

HSBC

UniCredit

Barclays Bank

Deutsche Bank

J.P. Morgan

The Royal Bank of Scotland (NatWest Markets)

SEB AB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB)

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Deutsche Bank

ADLER Real Estate AG

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 3

White & Case LLP's core business includes deals in Germany and abroad as well as distressed M&A, which are often advised on in co-operation with the insolvency and restructuring practices. The team, led by Darragh Byrne, mainly advises major corporations and listed companies from the technology, automotive, chemistry, real estate and energy industries, but also assists financial investors, especially with private equity transactions. Clients seeking transactional advice with reference to the Middle East can rely on Murad Daghles as a well versed point of contact.

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We have been working together for over 6 months and are fully satisfied with the quality, availability and expertise of the entire team provided by W&C.

‘In particular, we would like to highlight our leading partner on the W&C side, Mr Matthias Kasch, for his exceptional commitment to the project, his very valuable insights and strategies and the coordination of his legal team.

Key clients

ABB

AIXTRON

Clariant AG

Daimler

dSPACE

Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company (DUSSUR)

IT4process GmbH

Mubadala Investment Company

Orascom Development Holding

Pernod Ricard

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Planning and environment Tier 3

Headed by Norbert WimmerWhite & Case LLP's environmental and planning law practice covers a broad array of issues. The practice encompasses the assistance with large construction projects, advice on housing real estate as well as matters in the energy sector. Product-related advice to automotive manufacturers represents another sector focus. The team is frequently involved in transactional instructions and further offers regulatory due diligence advice. Clients include chemical companies, real estate developers, federal states, aviation sector players and product manufacturers. The firm also impresses with its focus on innovations as well as the development and implementation of legal tech.

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First Solar Inc.

Land Baden-Württemberg

Großer privater Immobilienentwickler

Bundesrepublik Deutschland

STEAG

Daimler

Real estate Tier 3

In the real estate sphere, White & Case LLP focuses on comprehensive corporate and capital markets advice to real estate players, where it is 'always one step ahead of the other side'. With a clear focus on portfolio and single asset transactions and financings in the office and retail real estate space, the practice predominantly advises national and international investment banks, financial institutions and real estate developers on buyer and seller side; the recent partner promotion of Rostyslav Telyatnykov , who specialises in complex real estate transactions, underlines the practice's priorities. Practice head Endrik Lettau complements the group's transactional expertise with longstanding experience in the structuring and restructuring of real estate joint ventures and Andreas von den Eikel, who is well versed in all areas of real estate law, 'impresses with speed combined with the quality of his legal advice'.

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Mr. Andreas von den Eikel impresses with speed combined with the quality of his legal advice.

The solution-oriented support for the mandate is unique. You get real, useful support and not just “expert guidance”.

We have been working together in real estate transactions for years. In person, this is Dr. Andreas van den Eikel and Dr. Kraffel. In addition to the undisputed professional competence, the way of communication and the proposed solutions are particularly noteworthy.

White & Case’s real estate and construction law team consists of very experienced and competent lawyers who provide quick, reliable and very practical advice and who also find good solutions for unusual problems. Even in a short period of time, solutions were successfully developed and implemented for complex transaction issues. The team is very experienced in negotiations. You feel in good hands and cared for there from the beginning to the end. A team that you don’t want to have as an opponent!

We worked together with Messrs. Lettau, Telyatnykov and Yazdani. They were always one step ahead of the other side.

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

LANXESS Deutschland GmbH

Greenman

DIC Asset AG

PPF Real Estate

Consus Real Estate AG

Edge Technologies Deutschland B.V.

ADO Properties S.A.

Faurecia

Accentro

GEG German Estate Group

Ralph Winter

Tishman Speyer

DG Immobilien-Anlagengesellschaft

Real estate finance Tier 3

White & Case LLP advises lenders and borrowers on national and cross-border financing and refinancing across various asset classes. During the reporting period, the team has been particularly active in residential developments, commercial and office real estate alongside hotel portfolio financing. Clients benefit from the close cooperation with various other practice groups, most notably finance, real estate and M&A. The team led by banking and financing expert Thomas Flatten demonstrates particular expertise in sale-and-lease-back structures, syndicated loans and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), a characteristic of the team's capabilities handling matters at the intersection with capital market law.

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' My W&C contacts are 100% customer-oriented. I don't know of any law firm that works so close to customers. '

Key clients

Tishman Speyer

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

ACCENTRO Real Estate AG

Consus Real Estate AG

Aroundtown S.A.

Grand City Properties S.A.

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Telecoms Tier 3

White & Case LLP is characterised by its experienced transactional practice on the one hand, for example in the area of fibre optics, and by its regulatory expertise on the other, as was evident in the team's representation of Unitymedia in the cable dispute that ended in 2020. Providing advice on OTT services and on IP telephony is also part of its offering. A major strength of the team are mandates that require the cooperation with other practices, such as project financing and public procurement law-related matters. Norbert Wimmer in the Berlin office heads the practice and mainly deals with cable sector work.

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Unitymedia

Daimler

PPF

MEAG

EWE

VertiGIS-Gruppe

Transactions Tier 3

White & Case LLP's internationally oriented practice frequently advises on majority interests and acquisitions in the large-cap and mid-cap space and works closely with the firm's offices in Asia, US and Europe, while the group was recently increasingly active for Scandinavian investors. Practice head Stefan Koch is a key contact for a number of private equity funds and Ingrid Wijnmalen, who made partner at the beginning of 2020, as well as local partner Tomislav Vrabec also stand out.

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Testimonials

' Stefan Koch and Tomislav Vrabec are key contacts. '

Key clients

Allianz Global Investors (AGI)

Altor

Ardian

Battery Ventures

CVC

Duke Street

Five Arrows Principal Investors

FSN

Goldman Sachs

Hillhosue Capital

IK Investment Partners

Nordic Capital

Quad-C

Triton

Valedo

Verdane Capital

Unfair competition Tier 3

White & Case LLP predominantly advises international technology corporations as well as large German companies of whom several stem from the automotive industry. The practice is tailored for cross-border matters and also offers support through an international legal tech and innovation strategy that is led by four partners in Frankfurt, New York, Paris and London. Practice head Markus Mette, who is well versed in IP and IT, and his team are particularly active in court representations, but also have experience in transactions, advertising law and trade secret protection. IP and IT lawyer Stefan Haiplik made local partner in January 2020.

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' The team of Mr. Mette and Mr. Munz is always available and is on hand with help and advice. Both can always come up with practical, meaningful advice. The legal expertise and attention to detail is excellent. '

Information technology and digitalisation Tier 4

Alongside its clear mainstay in data protection, outsourcing and transactions, White & Case LLP's team around Jost Kotthoff also continues to focus on IT and digitalisation. In this segment, the group prepares and negotiates contracts, assists with the implementation of technology solutions as well as with the development of new online platforms. Kotthoff's expertise also includes advice on facility management, system integration and software licensing.

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Insurance litigation Tier 4

White & Case LLP is oriented towards the high-end insurance market and international mandates. Recently, the team noted an increase of cyber risk and works closure matters due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The practice group is led by Christian Wirth, who has know-how on industrial and liability insurance and frequently handles major loss claims in sectors such as power plant construction. Local partner Sara Vanetta represents insurers as well as policyholders in directors' and officers' liability insurance (D&O) matters.

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Allianz SE (Re)

M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 4

White & Case LLP's transactional expertise is particularly evident in large-cap deals in the energy, technology, automotive and real estate sectors. The team, led by Darragh Byrne, provides comprehensive advice on all legal aspects of a transaction to multinational corporations, stock-listed companies and financial institutions in Germany and abroad. Sebastian Pitz joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, whereas Ulrich Büdenbender and Peter Rosin left the firm at the end of 2019 to form Rosin Büdenbender.

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ADO Properties S.A.

DIC / Sun Chemical

EWE AG

LANXESS

Nestlé

Polish Aviation Group (PGL)

State aid Tier 4

The state aid team at White & Case LLP is frequently instructed by international companies, thereby benefitting from the close cooperation with the firm's international offices particularly in Brussels. The firm also assists several aid granters with state aid matters. The team's position in the Eastern European markets continues to be strong and the team was recently able to also strengthen it in Southern Europe. Clients instruct the group for representation before the European Commission or the European Court of Justice in occasionally highly explosive proceedings, as well as for advice on funding schemes. Claims against state aid recovery decisions by the European Commission also play an important role. Most recently, the team has also been advising on governmental measures and aid in relation to Covid-19. Counsel Christoph Arhold, who divides his time between Berlin and Brussels, jointly heads the practice with Brussels-based local partner Kai Struckmann. Both have significant expertise in European regulations for state aid.

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Testimonials

' Christoph Arhold – Very professional, but at the same time brings the facts quickly and precisely to the point without unnecessary trappings. '

' The team is really excellent on state aid issues and has in-depth expertise. The "go-to" law firm in this field. '

' Kai Struckmann, Partner, and Christoph Arhold, Counsel, stand out for their work on state aid issues. Kai Struckmann in particular has an excellent reputation for working on energy supply issues, including for a number of clients in Germany. Christoph Arhold distinguishes himself through his cross-sector work on questions of state aid for German clients. I would recommend White & Case as a state aid law firm. '

Key clients

Oltchim S.A.

Covestro AG (ehemals Bayer Materials u.a.)

Die Europäische Investitionsbank

Fortischem A.S.

Land Baden-Würtemberg

STEAG GmbH

Streitgenossenschaft namhafter Chemieunternehmen (u.a. Aurubis, Covestro, DOW, Wacker und Vestolit)

Employment Tier 5

White & Case LLP's employment law practice has particular strength handling matters at the insolvency interface, which results from the close integration of these two practices, while also working closely with colleagues from the M&A and corporates teams as well as, increasingly, with the firm's energy and PE groups. Based on these synergies, its client portfolio not only includes large corporates but also energy companies and private equity investors. Hendrik Röger is a key individual for energy sector work but he is also experienced in the aviation and automotive sectors and, as well as handling insolvency-related employment law matters, he routinely advises on compliance issues and disputes with board members, managing directors and employees. Practice head Frank-Karl Heuchemer predominately applies his employment law expertise in corporate transactions.

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Hendrik Röger

Testimonials

' We had issues that affected the most diverse areas of expertise of individual lawyers. There was an excellent network here and we felt competently looked after at all times. Regardless of the focus. '

' In particular, our direct contact person is always available and if his schedule does not allow him to answer, we always receive interim information. We feel extremely competent, prompt and highly professional. There is also a willingness to discuss the topics controversially – a rarity that we do not see often. '

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

EWE AG

AppelrathCüpper

Abellio Deutschland

LANXESS

ADO Properties S.A.

Polish Aviation Group (PGL)

DIC / Sun Chemical

Production Ressource Group AG

Amprion GmbH

FMC / Maybach Medical

Direct Maintenance GmbH

JD Norman Industries

Thyssengas GmbH

JOST WERKE

Feilo Sylvania Germany GmbH

Siegfried Boecker GmbH + Co. KG

Ernst Koch GmbH & Co. KG

natGAS AG

Kronenbrot

DIC Asset AG

Qognify

Ardian

Tradegate Exchange

IK Investment Partners

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Pernod Ricard

Entertainment Tier 5

White & Case LLP's entertainment team is highly regarded for its 'very strong performance in court', its close cooperation with the firm's telecoms and antitrust teams and the internationality of its practice; Norbert Wimmer, an expert in telecoms, media and broadcasting law, heads the team. He advises public entities, companies and private investors from Germany and abroad. Counsel Katharina Nawrath possesses 'magnificent market knowledge'.

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'' Content-wise and tonally balanced, detailed typesetting. Very strong appearance in court. '

'In addition to extensive legal knowledge and experience in the areas of media, telecommunications and antitrust law, the team in the entertainment practice area is also characterized by in-depth knowledge of economic, technical and political issues. The excellent legal advice is therefore always provided with strategic foresight and great practical relevance. The way of working is fast, reliable, precise and hands-on. The cooperation with the practice team has therefore been characterized by trust and success for years. '

'Norbert Wimmer has many years of experience in advising on media, telecommunications and antitrust law and has particularly successfully advised infrastructure operators. Excellent analytical skills paired with in-depth knowledge of the market make him a trustworthy partner whose advice is highly valued by companies that go well beyond legal issues. Norbert Wimmer is quick to react, spot-on and not formalistic. '

'Katharina Nawrath has in-depth knowledge of media law, which, thanks to her excellent market knowledge, she uses in a practical manner, so that working with her always generates immediate and sustainable added value. She works and reacts quickly, precisely and trustingly and is a reliable partner in the successful implementation of complex legal proceedings. '

Key clients

Facebook

Unitymedia

Daimler

Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg ./. Springer SE

Tax Tier 5

White & Case LLP's German tax practice is firmly embedded in the firm's global group as evidenced by practice head Bodo Bender, who has also been heading the firm's EMEA tax group since 2019. As a result of this, the team is well placed to handle cross-border and multidisciplinary mandates with a focus on matters at the intersection between tax law, corporate, M&A, finance and capital markets. This results in regular instructions on the tax structuring of capital market, M&A and PE transactions including associated financing. This offering is complemented by expertise in tax audits and disputes before fiscal courts.

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College Pension Plan of British Columbia (CPP)

Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft

DIC Corporation

LANXESS

Tradegate Exchange GmbH

Thinksurance

Consus Real Estate AG

Verdane

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

ADO Properties S.A.

IK Investment Partners

ACCENTRO Real Estate AG

Pernod Ricard

Galderma Group

Qatar Investment Authority

Strategic Value Partners

Clariant

Antitrust Tier 6

The internationality of its clients and involved teams clearly take centre stage at White & Case LLP and characterise both the advice on merger controls as well as on follow-on claims. The practice is headed by a partner trio comprised of Justus Herrlinger, Tilman Kuhn and Axel Schulz, while the latter two divide their time between Germany and Brussels. Herrlinger predominantly assists with transaction-related matters and merger control, Kuhn focuses on behavioural investigations as well as market dominance issues and Schulz impresses with industry expertise in the aluminium and paper, energy, pharma and medical products sectors.

Testimonials

'Tilman Kuhn and his team are not only outstanding antitrust lawyers, but also goal-oriented practitioners with whom pragmatic solutions can be found over short communication channels.'

'Good, precise processing of the cases submitted.'

'Tilman Kuhn has excellent expertise in antitrust law and knows how to use it precisely in each case.'

'High professional competence, networking, communication.'

'Justus Herrlinger: Very high technical competence. Reactivity. Availability.'

Key clients

KWS Saat

Autoliv

Metso

Mediamarkt-Saturn

Edeka

Nidec

ADO Properties

Angelini

United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 2

The team at White & Case LLP advises on the full range of tax considerations for some of the largest deals taking place in the market. In the past year, the department—co-chaired by Washington DC-based Kim Boylan and New York-based Sang Ji—has acted on historic IPOs, acquisitions, spin-offs and strategic commercial alliances for clients in the areas of energy, infrastructure, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, technology and manufacturing. Boylan is an authority on transfer pricing issues, while Ji specializes in M&A, structuring, IP tax planning and securities offerings. Other names to note in New York include David Dreier, who focuses on securitizations and restructurings, and Steven Gee, an IP tax specialist. Victoria Rosamond is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kim Marie Boylan; Sang Ji

Other key lawyers:

David Dreier; Steven Gee; Victoria Rosamond; Andrew Kreisberg

Testimonials

‘Good technical, practical understanding of business and legal requirements.’

‘Personable and easy to work with.’

‘Practical tax advice. Dilutes the issues down in a concise and useful way. Very responsive.’

‘Andrew Kreisberg continues to be an exceptional tax attorney that is attentive and in tune with our tax considerations.’

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Brookfield Infrastructure

Roivant Sciences Ltd.

Lantheus Holdings, Inc.

Sony Corporation of America

EchoStar Corporation

OpenText Corporation

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners Inc.

Avon Rubber p.l.c.

Oman > Dispute resolution Tier 3

White & Case LLP stands out for its experience in arbitration cases, particularly in construction disputes. Michael Turrini in Dubai leads the overall Middle East arbitration practice, while Mohammed Al Balushi is the main partner in Muscat. Prior to joining the firm, Al Balushi was a senior legal adviser at Oman's Ministry of Legal Affairs, where he advised the Omani government on matters related to the construction of state projects.

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Mohammed Al Balushi; Michael Turrini

Testimonials

‘Very strong construction law team with in-depth understanding of FIDIC contracts.’

‘Dedication to our cases. Always readily available to discuss matters at short notice. Always available to help us with writing support (eg letters, editing claims) when required.’

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