Firm Profile > White & Case LLP > Dusseldorf, Germany

White & Case LLP
Graf-Adolf-Platz 15
40213 Düsseldorf
Germany

Data protection Tier 1

White & Case LLP's data, privacy and cyber security group advises clients on all aspects of data protection, especially on German and European data protection law, cross-border data traffic and IT governance issues. A big focus of the practice also lies on advising online platforms, which the firm assists not only with data protection matters but also regulatory, competition law and product-based questions (such as acting for Facebook and Facebook-company WhatsApp since 2011). Key clients also include automotive, food and construction technology companies. Detlev Gabel, who is considered leading in the German market, heads the European practice. Martin Munz and Sylvia Lawrence, who was promoted to partner in 2018, are the key figures in the Munich and Berlin offices respectively. Lawrence has particular expertise in advising digital platforms, especially in the areas of social media, automotive, energy and cloud services.

Practice head(s):

Detlev Gabel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Daimler Financial Services AG

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Energy Tier 1

White & Case LLP has carved out a strong regulatory practice, handling contentious and non-contentious work. The practice continues to be one of the market leaders in this segment which is not least due its cooperation with the firm's solid transactional practice, and its in-depth financing expertise, including capital markets and antitrust experience. Handling energy law-related matters pertaining to mobility, such as storage technologies, and renewable energy - both are particular areas of expertise - are also part of its offering. Due to the firm's international network as well as the international memberships of team head Peter Rosin, who is a member of the EMEA Energy Infrastructure Core Team, and practice co-head Thomas Burmeister, who is part of the global Power Core Team and head of its Europe department, the team routinely handles cross-border work. Murad Daghles and local partner Thyl Haßler joined the Düsseldorf team in February 2019 from Allen & Overy LLP, while the practice also strengthened its Berlin presence with the arrival of local partner Hans-Georg Schulze from Gleiss Lutz in May 2018. The above-mentioned new arrivals boosted the team's transactional offering in particular.

Practice head(s):

Peter Rosin; Thomas Burmeister

Other key lawyers:

Florian Degenhardt; Jörg Kraffel; Murad Daghles; Thyl Haßler; Hans-Georg Schulze

Testimonials

‘Thomas Burmeister and Jörg Kraffel work quickly, reliably and efficiently.’

Key clients

Amprion GmbH

Atradius

Baltic Cable AB

Central Puerto S.A

Deutsche Bank

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Euler Hermes

Open Grid Europe GmbH

RWE Generation SE

TransnetBW

Insolvency Tier 1

White & Case LLP acts as insolvency administrator and trustee and benefits from its strong cooperation with the restructuring practice, which results in extensive expertise in the preparation of insolvency plans as well as in the sale of business units and negotiations with creditors. Team head Sven-Holger Undritz is regularly appointed as insolvency administrator by local courts in Hamburg and other north German cities but also acts in national and cross-border company restructurings. Biner Bähr has expertise in assisting creditors with the collection of receivables. Renewable energy, shipping, automotive, consumer goods and retail goods are significant industry sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sven-Holger Undritz

Other key lawyers:

Biner Bähr; Philipp Hackländer

Testimonials

‘Friendly and sociable team, which focuses on the task at hand rather than one’s own person.’

‘High level of reachability and always fast response-times. Very competent and helpful support. Good network between the law firm locations. Creative and pragmatic solutions.’

‘Sven-Holger Undritz and Biner Bähr are characterised by a high level of technical, methodical and negotiating-tactical competence. They are very reliable and helpful business partners.

‘Philipp Hackländer is, due to his amount of experience as trustee, able to lead company insolvencies confidently.’

Key clients

Broch Adler Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG

FromAtoB GmbH

Innowatio GmbH

Plastic Recycling Zeitz GmbH & Co. KG

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

Duisburg Special Tubes GmbH

Product Trade Centre Germany (PTC Germany) GmbH

BioManufaktur ELM GmbH

FABO FLOWERS GmbH

K.K. Gregor Technik GmbH

Tournesol Idstein Betriebs GmbH

Ferrostaal Air Technology GmbH

Sport Voswinkel GmbH & Co KG

Stones Men’s Fashion GmbH

Beate Uhse AG

Flashpoint AG

Fosen Nordseewerke GmbH

Nordseewerke Emden Shipyard GmbH

Tetenal Europe GmbH

PZW Press- und Zerspanungstechnik Witten GmbH & Co. KG (PZW)

Tayler Bekleidungshandelsgesellschaft mbH

Advice to companies Tier 2

White & Case LLP's established white-collar crime practice often acts for corporations from the financial and automotive sectors and recently saw an increase in instructions from the energy, medical and media industries; notably, clients benefit from the firm's international network and strong compliance and investigations practice. Karl-Jörg Xylander has longstanding experience in white-collar crime and administrative offence proceedings and is, as well as Nils Clemm, also adept at dealing with investigative and supervisory authorities. Thomas Helck joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Tine Schauenburg made partner.  

Practice head(s):

Karl-Jörg Xylander

Testimonials

Karl-Jörg Xylander is pragmatic, precise and quick.

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 2

White & Case LLP is closely integrated in the firm's international dispute resolution group, which has a particular good track record in arbitration proceedings. The German team is active in various sectors, including oil and gas, electricity and construction, technology and automotive as well as chemicals. Practice head Markus Burianski has longstanding experience in international arbitration proceedings and is noted for his broad expertise. Christian Theissen, who has remarkable expertise in technology-focused industries, made partner in January 2019 and focuses on supply contract, liability and post-M&A disputes. Local partner Alexandra Diehl is also very visible in the market.

Practice head(s):

Markus Burianski

Key clients

Salini Impregilo S.p.A.

Jan De Nul N.V.

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Commercial litigation Tier 2

The dispute resolution practice at White & Case LLP has broad expertise in the energy and natural resources, technology and automotive sectors. Led by Markus Langen, the team frequently acts for a client base composed of corporations, but also states. Langen is mainly experienced in banking and corporate proceedings, while Thomas Burmeister utilises his expertise in energy law and Christian Wirth also acts as mediator. Christian Theissen, who is another well-versed contact for contractual and liability issues, made equity partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Markus Langen

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Burmeister; Christian Wirth; Christian Theissen; Gero von Jhering; Marlene Maesch; Sonja Hoffmann

Key clients

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Kornelia Gless-Kieserling – Bremer Stiftungsstreitgerman

Land Baden-Württemberg

systaic AG, systaic cells GmbH, systaic Technologies GmbH

WGF Westfälische Grundbesitz und Finanzverwaltung AG u.a. Konzerngesellschaften

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

EnBW Baden-Württemberg AG

German Pellets

Air Berlin

Compliance Tier 2

White & Case LLP's clients receive one-stop compliance and white-collar criminal law advice as the team covers a broad spectrum of relevant matters and further cooperates closely with its international offices. On a preventive level, the group advises corporations, particularly from the financial and automotive sectors, on the establishment of compliance management systems and compliance due diligence. Renowned compliance expert Karl-Jörg Xylander heads the practice, which also includes newly appointed partner  and criminal lawyer Tine Schauenburg and Nils Clemm, who often assists with tax-related compliance matters. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Thomas Helck, who came from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Karl-Jörg Xylander

Other key lawyers:

Corporate Tier 2

In the corporate sphere, White & Case LLP advises on restructuring and corporate governance matters as well as on annual general meetings; the practice also increasingly acts on the interface to corporate criminal law and compliance, where it supports clients with executive liability matters. The team behind practice head Lutz Krämer further demonstrates cross-practice expertise in stock and capital markets law, which is frequently applied while assisting clients with IPOs and takeovers as well as with additional structural measures.

Practice head(s):

Lutz Krämer

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Kiefner; Robert Weber

Key clients

Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

CONSUS Real Estate AG

Covestro AG

Curanum AG

Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

DMG Mori Seiki AG

Etex Holding GmbH

Evonik AG

Galeria Kaufhof GmbH

GfK SE

Godewind Immobilien AG

Jost Werke AG

KWS SAAT SE

Maxingvest

MediClin AG

Merck KGaA

QIA

Rothenberger Holding AG

STIHL International GmbH

Telefunken SE

Voltaire Finance B.V.

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Debt capital markets Tier 2

The 'very good' team at White & Case LLP has 'extensive knowledge' and provides 'pragmatic solutions', which leads to regular instructions from issuers and investment banks. As an integrated German-American practice, it is particularly experienced in cross-border transactions linked to the US and regularly advises on high-yield, corporate and hybrid bonds alongside the issuance of pfandbriefe. Key contacts include 'very experienced and reliable' DCM expert Jochen Artzinger-Bolten and 'brilliant' local partner Cristina Freudenberger, who specialises in bonds, promissory notes, pfandbriefe and structured financial products.

Practice head(s):

Jochen Artzinger-Bolten

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Emory; Gernot Wagner; Karsten Wöckener; Cristina Freudenberger

Testimonials

Demonstrates an enormously high service level with above-average commitment and flexibility.

Short response times and an always approachable team, in which everyone has the guts to say if they don’t know something and then look for an answer. Therefore one always has the feeling that all answers are well-conceived and make sense.

Jochen Artzinger-Bolten is extremely pleasant and reliable to work with.

Gernot Wagner is experienced, pragmatic and solution-oriented.

Karsten Wöckener keeps things in mind as well as thinking outside the box. He is honest, direct and solution-oriented and proactively addresses important and critical topics. Furthermore, he has an enormously broad product knowledge even pertaining to highly complex structures.

Cristina Freudenberger is competent, friendly and calm; an asset for any project.

‘Cristina Freudenberger is very committed, quick-witted and ambitious.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

Banco Santander, S.A.

Bankhaus Lampe KG

Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB)

BNP Paribas

Citigroup Inc.

Commerzbank AG

Consus Real Estate AG

Crédit Agricole

Deutsche Bank AG

DZ BANK AG

ING Bank N.V.

J.P. Morgan

OMV AG

UniCredit Bank AG

Financial services: regulatory Tier 2

White & Case LLP's European banking regulatory practice is led by Prague-based David Plch and stands out for its 'brilliant cooperation' with offices in London and the Nordic countries. In Germany, 'strong negotiatorHenning Berger is the key figure, who, together with his team, provides comprehensive advice on issues pertaining to the banking union and the ECB as well as Brexit. Instructions in the last-mentioned segment include advice to financial services providers on potential relocations and the adjustment of business activities. In other work, the team, in conjunction with its M&A, corporate and litigation colleagues, also handles various interdisciplinary matters, including contentious ones. Banking supervisory lawyer Andreas Wieland joined KPMG Law Germany in October 2018.

Practice head(s):

David Plch; Henning Berger

Testimonials

Extremely experienced and highly competent.

‘Good combination of technical and litigious advice.

Henning Berger possesses a high degree of creativity.

Key clients

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

Nordea Bank Abp

SoftBank Vision Fund

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB)

Bundesverband deutscher Banken (BdB)

Deutsche Kreditbank AG (DKB)

Bundesverband der Deutschen Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken (BVR)

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)

Internal investigations Tier 2

White & Case LLP's team combines expertise in compliance, international investigations and corporate criminal law. While the group has a traditionally good relationship with clients from the financial and automotive sectors, recent instructions stemmed increasingly from the steel, energy, pharmaceuticals and media industries. Money laundering, corruption and sanction matters are the main pillars of the group's advice portfolio. In addition to experienced team members Karl-Jörg Xylander and Nils Clemm, the group was strengthened by the arrival of Thomas Helck, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at the beginning of 2019. Tine Schauenburg made partner.  

Practice head(s):

Karl-Jörg Xylander; Nils Clemm

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Helck; Tine Schauenburg; Nicolas Rossbrey

Lending and borrowing Tier 2

White & Case LLP 'has an excellent network', which leads to regular cross-border financing transactions under English, German and New York law. Clients, including banks, financial investors and sponsors, also praise the team's 'quick response times and absolute reliability' and benefit from its in-depth expertise in leverage finance and corporate finance as well as in financial restructuring and high-yield interface issues, which are handled in cooperation with other teams. Other work pertains to project and asset financing, which constitutes a key portion of the Hamburg-based office led by Florian Degenhardt. Other key members include Vanessa Schürmann, who heads the English financing practice, and leveraged acquisition financing expert Florian Ziegler, who made partner in January 2019. Tom Schorling left the fim in March 2019 to found LIEBLING KRONBERG.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Flexible and committed.

Precise and comprehensible communication.

Solution-oriented and practicable advice approach.’

Thomas Flatten follows a proactive and pragmatic advice approach.

Key clients

Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB)

BNP Paribas S.A.

Commerzbank AG

Consolidated Energy Finance S.A.

Consus Real Estate AG

Credit Suisse

HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG

Jefferies Group LLC

J.P. Morgan

Natgasoline LLC

UniCredit Bank AG

Voltaire Finance B.V.

Outsourcing Tier 2

White & Case LLP's technology transactions team advises insurers, banks and automotive manufacturers, several DAX-listed companies but also start-ups on their outsourcing requirements. Deals handled by the firm are often multinational and include the outsourcing of IT infrastructure, application management, business process outsourcing and facility management. Jost Kotthoff is a recognised expert in all types of technology transactions.

Project finance Tier 2

White & Case LLP's team is led by Florian Degenhardt, who has particular expertise in advising banks, financial investors and sponsors on the financing of energy and infrastructure projects. As well as the team's in-depth financing expertise, which includes various types of financing models such as covered financings, bank loans, KfW, EIB and other promotional loans, promissory note loans and project bonds, its close cooperation with the Düsseldorf-based energy practice and the public law and regulated markets team in Berlin also makes for strong capabilities at these intersections.

Practice head(s):

Florian Degenhardt

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Flatten

Key clients

MEAG MUNICH ERGO AssetManagement GmbH

Deutsche Bank AG

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/ LB)

KfW IPEX-Bank

UniCredit Bank AG

Euler Hermes

EKF Denmark

Europäische Investitionsbank (EIB)

Eskom

UNICA

Central Puerto S.A.

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB)

Ib vogt GmbH

Real estate finance Tier 2

White & Case LLP's client portfolio includes several well-known financial institutions as well as corporates, which regularly instruct the team to assist with financing and refinancing matters covering various asset classes. The team has particular expertise in sale-and-lease-back structures, syndicated loans and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). Thomas Flatten heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Flatten

Other key lawyers:

Florian Degenhardt

Testimonials

For years we have been working intensively and trustingly together with Dr Thomas Flatten. Both regarding pure real estate finance and classic corporate finance. We particularly appreciate the efficiency and interdisciplinary strength at the intersection between real estate and corporate finance. This is where, in our opinion, Dr Flatten has a competitive edge compared to other firms whose partners do not have the same breadth of expertise.’

It is the broad practice of Dr Flatten and his team which distinguishes the firm from others, where each partner is responsible for a different product.’

Key clients

Commerzbank AG

Consus Real Estate AG

Tishman Speyer

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Restructuring Tier 2

The team at White & Case LLP, who also acts as insolvency administrator, is adept at handling financial restructuring as well as operative insolvency and reorganisation work, including associated transactional matters. Its client base includes players from the automotive, shipping and consumer goods industries. Co-practice head Sven-Holger Undritz frequently applies his restructuring and reorganisation know-how to advise on cross-border insolvency plans and the acquisition of insolvent companies, while his colleague Riaz Janjuah represents debtor companies in reorganisation negotiations and advises banks, companies and investors on restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Sven-Holger Undritz, Riaz Janjuah

Key clients

HSH Nordbank AG

GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH

Daimler AG

Wilmington Trust SP (Services) Frankfurt GmbH

Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

Voltaire Finance B.V.

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

NORD/LB

Structured finance and securitisation Tier 2

White & Case LLP is noted for its 'efficient and innovative negotiation approach', which benefits clients in domestic and cross-border structured financings requiring German, English and US law capabilities. In addition, clients, including banks and financial institutions, also benefit from the team's regulatory expertise, which is regularly employed when advising on NPL transactions (frequently embedded in bank restructuring and distressed M&A mandates), asset-based financings and SRT transactions as well as on traditional and synthetic securitisations across various asset classes. The 'impressive' Dennis Heuer heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Heuer

Testimonials

Dennis Heuer always gets to the point.

Key clients

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

Alpha Bank

European Investment Fund (EIF)

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

HSBC

Piraeus Bank A.E.

Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Deutsche Bank AG

Santander Consumer Bank S.A.

Société Générale

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (NORD/LB)

Equity capital markets Tier 3

White & Case LLP regularly assists issuers and underwriters with capital increases in Germany and Switzerland and also advises on private placements and ABB block trades as well as on the preparation of IPOs. As well as handling German law matters, the team including US lawyers Gernot Wagner and Rebecca Emory is also well equipped to assist with US law issues.

Practice head(s):

Gernot Wagner

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Emory; Lutz Krämer; Karsten Wöckener

Testimonials

The team stands out for its professional advice which always keeps an eye on the client’s interests.

Rebecca Emory is very strong in processing work and furthermore very available and experienced.

Key clients

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

BNP Paribas

Consus Real Estate AG

Credit Suisse Group AG

J.P. Morgan

UBS Group AG

UniCredit Bank AG

VIC Properties

Voltaire Finance LLP

WernerCo

Zur Rose Group AG

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Financial services: litigation Tier 3

The dispute resolution team at White & Case LLP packs a particular punch in the banking litigation area and in insurance disputes. The practice group operates fully integrated, both across offices as well as across other practices of the firm - an approach that is particularly of advantage in international matters. Markus Langen, who is an expert in financial proceedings, heads the team. He is particularly often active in defending institutions against liability claims. Christian Wirth is another key contact for the defence against as well as enforcement of claims.

Practice head(s):

Markus Langen

Other key lawyers:

Christian Wirth; Sara Vanetta

Key clients

HSH Nordbank AG

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Credit Suisse AG

UniCredit Bank AG

DZ BANK AG

LBBW

Information technology (including contracts) Tier 3

White & Case LLP's IT team differentiates itself through its clear focus on transactions, which it frequently handles in cooperation with the firm's M&A practice and international offices. Recently, it advised on the first transaction in the e-sports segment in Germany. Another pillar of the practice lies in the automotive industry, including advice on IT migrations, cloud projects, software licenses and the development of digital platforms. Jost Kotthoff heads the technology transactions group, which saw the partner promotion of Sylvia Lorenz in January 2019. She focuses on advising digital platforms, particularly in the social media, automotive, energy and cloud services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jost Kotthoff

Other key lawyers:

Detlev Gabel; Martin Munz; Sylvia Lorenz

Key clients

dSPACE digital signal processing and control engineering GmbH (dSPACE)

Daimler AG

Outbrain Inc.

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

Cross-border transactions are one of the central pillars of White & Case LLP's M&A practice. The group has a strong international focus which was further intensified by new practice head Darragh Byrne's relocation from the firm's Stockholm to the Frankfurt office in 2018. The team is particularly active in the chemicals and automotive-tech areas. In addition, the firm's insolvency administrators and M&A experts are cooperating closely which makes the group particularly well equipped for distressed M&A and restructuring-related matters. Real estate issues are also part of the advice spectrum. Murhad Daghles, who has expertise in Arabian region-related matters, recently joined from Allen & Overy LLP.

Practice head(s):

Darragh Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AIXTRON SE

Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

Clariant

Daimler AG

DZ BANK

EWE AG

Faurecia

Qatar Investment Authority

SPIE GmbH

STEAG GmbH

Planning and environment Tier 3

White & Case LLP's environmental and planning law practice is involved in major infrastructure and road construction projects. Product-related environmental law, particularly product-related regulatory advice in the automotive sector, is another mainstay of Norbert Wimmer's two-partner practice. Clients benefit from its close-knit cooperation with the European law practice as well as from its competencies in international trade law. The group is also consulted in major transactions, for instance in relation to due diligences of nuclear plant, industrial park and real estate sales. Anna Burghardt, who joined as counsel in December 2018 from Linklaters, has expertise in chemicals and hazardous substances law as well as in water, soil protection and mining law.  

Practice head(s):

Norbert Wimmer

Other key lawyers:

Henning Berger

Key clients

Land Baden-Württemberg

Real estate Tier 3

Growing on personnel level, the real estate practice at White & Case LLP was able to expand its advice offering to corporate support to a client base that includes an increasing number of real estate funds. Significant emphasis continues to be placed on traditional transactions, particularly in the asset classes office and retail. Assisting investment companies with the acquisition of shopping centres reflects Endrik Lettau's team's increasingly strong strategic focus on the development of medium-sized German cities (so-called b-cities). Holger Wolf is an experienced key contact for acquisition financing of cross-border M&A transactions in the real estate sector. Thyl Hassler and Murad Daghles joined the firm respectively in March and February 2019 from Allen & Overy LLP.

Practice head(s):

Endrik Lettau

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Koch; Holger Wolf

Testimonials

‘Endrik Lettau is a very experienced partner with an excellent reputation and deep detail knowledge of the market.

Key clients

GEG

Corestate Capital Advisors GmbH

Nestlé Deutschland AG

Blackstone

Greenman Investments

Telecoms Tier 3

White & Case LLP has a strong profile for digitalisation and dissemination issues, particularly in the cable sector. Internet of Things-related work, including connected cars, accounts for a significant and rapidly growing portion of the team's workload. Practice head Norbert Wimmer, Martin Munz, who covers a wide range of copyright, trade mark, internet, data protection and competition law work, and Berlin-based IP and IT specialist Sylvia Lorenz, who was elevated to the partnership in October 2018, are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Norbert Wimmer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PPF a.s.

Unitymedia

Deutsche Telekom

Transactions Tier 3

White & Case LLP works in close conjunction with various practice groups in the firm's German and international offices and assists with large and mid-cap instructions and bidding procedures, handling both transactional and finance aspects. Stefan Koch is the main contact for transactional work, while Gernot Wagner frequently provides associated financing advice. Hendrik Röhricht, who was particularly involved in mid-market matters, joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP at the beginning of 2019.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Koch; Gernot Wagner

Key clients

Alder Fund I AB

Ardian

Battery Ventures

Daimler AG

Future Industry Investment Fund LLP

Nordic Capital

Steadfast Capital

Verdane Capital

Wilma Europe Holding B.V.

Unfair competition Tier 3

White & Case LLP acts for an extensive roster of large international technology companies and stands out for its focus on contentious work. Team head Markus Mette and his team are frequently involved in cross-border mandates, particularly those with US elements. As well as acting for many technology companies, the team also received new instructions from German and international companies from other sectors.

Practice head(s):

Markus Mette

Insurance litigation Tier 4

In the contentious space, White & Case LLP covers the high-end market and, with Christian Wirth in the lead, puts significant emphasis on matters pertaining to cyber risks in insurance law. The practice primarily acts for manufacturing sector clients and has a particularly fine reputation for disputes in the power plant construction sector. Sara Vanetta is best known for her expertise in D&O disputes.

Practice head(s):

Christian Wirth

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team consists of different specialists for various areas of law, which facilitiates highly professional work on complex topics.’

‘Markus Burianski has a high degree of experience paired with an eye for the essentials, which he also uses to quickly explain the crucial legal points to non-lawyers.’

State aid Tier 4

Due to the close cooperation with other offices of the firm, White & Case LLP's state aid team is frequently instructed by Eastern European companies seeking advice on state aid reclamations by the European Commission. Moreover, the firm also acts as intervenor of the European Commission for corporations, in matters concerning the question if particular measures can be classified as state aid. Another important part of the practice is state aid assistance with transactions, for instance in the energy sector. Local partner Kai Struckmann leads the team from the Brussels office, while counsel Christoph Arnold commutes between Berlin and Brussels.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Arhold; Kai Struckmann

Other key lawyers:

Lars Ole Petersen

Key clients

Oltchim S.A.

Bayer Materials u.a. (jetzt Covestro AG)

Fortischem a.s.

Holland Shipbuilding Association – jetzt Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT)

Republik Bulgarien

STEAG GmbH

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

Employment Tier 5

The employment law team at White & Case LLP works closely with the firm's M&A practice but is also intensifying its cooperation with the energy practice. Handling insolvency-related employment law work is another demonstration of the team's cross-departmental approach. Frank-Karl Heuchemer heads the team and is particularly active in transactional TUPE matters, while Hendrik Röger primarily advises clients from the aviation, automotive and energy sectors and also represents them in disputes.

Practice head(s):

Frank-Karl Heuchemer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

Fosen Nordseewerke GmbH

Duisburg Special Tubes GmbH

Tetenal Europe GmbH

FABO Flowers

Beluga Spielwaren GmbH

Battery Ventures

Outbrain Inc.

Europe Arab Bank plc.

Entertainment Tier 5

White & Case LLP's media expertise is closely connected to the firm's IT and telecoms practices: The team surrounding Norbert Wimmer advises the social media and cable network sectors on trade mark, antitrust, telecoms and state aid law matters. The core of the practice also revolves around the representation of Facebook and Unitymedia in litigtation.

Practice head(s):

Norbert Wimmer

Key clients

Facebook

Unitymedia-Gruppe

Tax Tier 5

White & Case LLP is particularly experienced in the tax structuring of national and cross-border private equity, real estate and M&A transactions and also has expertise in finance and capital markets law, which leads to regular instructions on tax law matters pertaining to financial and capital markets transactions. The team also provides assistance with compliance measures and represents clients in judicial and extrajudicial proceedings pertaining to tax offences, and in disputes with tax authorities. Team co-heads Bodo Bender and Andreas Knebel advise clients on tax law matters linked to corporate restructurings and refinancing models.

Practice head(s):

Bodo Bender; Andreas Knebel

Testimonials

The practice is very good in assisting with corporate transactions, particularly in cooperation with the corporate lawyers.

Andreas Knebel always behaves highly professionally, gives quick feedback also regarding complex questions and is very creative in finding solutions without getting into unnecessary complexities.

Key clients

DZ Bank Gruppe

Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball Aktiengesellschaft

Nordic Capital

Qatar Investment Authority

Consus Real Estate AG

Vier Gas Transport GmbH

Natgasoline LLC

Greenman Investments

Antitrust Tier 6

At the end of 2018, the antitrust law practice at White & Case LLP received a significant boost with the arrival of Tilman Kuhn and three of his associates from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Kuhn now jointly heads the strengthened practice with Justus Herrlinger and Brussels-based Axel Schulz. Central areas of expertise include merger control, particularly for clients from the chemical sector, as well as providing advice to the steel industry. The team is also well placed to handle matters at the intersection with associated practice areas and works in close cooperation with the consumer and data protection team alongside public procurement lawyer Lars Petersen.

Practice head(s):

Justus Herrlinger; Tilman Kuhn; Axel Schulz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘First of all, Tilman Kuhn and his team stand out for their absolute expertise. Furthermore, the group has an outstanding feel for internal processes and the business of their clients, which ultimately leads to a very solution-oriented and trusted cooperation.

‘Tilman Kuhn is an absolute expert in antitrust law.

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Outbrain Inc.

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DMK Group

First Data Corporation

Nordic Capital

Mediamarkt Saturn

Triton

Röchling

Toshiba

Deutsche Telekom

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