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Greenberg Traurig Germany
KOLLHOFF-TOWER, POTSDAMER PLATZ 1
10785 BERLIN
Germany

Real estate Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig Germany advises a client roster predominantly composed of Anglo-American investors on transactions as well as in the run-up to German real estate market entries. Its day-to-day business is also characterised by assisting with nationwide housing portfolios, where the firm acts on behalf of national and international investors on both purchasing and selling side. The group also has a significant strength in assisting with complex project developments and planned acquisitions in the Frankfurt office sector. Among others, Florian Rösch advises on this, but he also assists with real estate transactions as well as court and out-of-court disputes in the real estate field. The practice is also occasionally instructed by the public authorities. Practice head Christian SchedePeter Schorling and Kati Beckmann jointly specialise in the financing of high-profile real estate fonds.

Practice head(s):

Christian Schede

Testimonials

The firm stands out for its rapidness with 100% meticulousness and expertise.

‘Strong real estate team composed of renowned partners and very committed and ambitious associates.

‘In comparison to similarly large firm, the approachability and availability of involved GT lawyers as well as the property-industrial and practical understanding of real estate contexts stand out.

‘Every query is answered with a recommendation, also spontaneously on the telephone. A “maybe” or vague statements do not exist.

Very high commitment and availability for all complex and very short-notice ad hoc queries, deliver very good results for their clients and negotiate these to a required standard and with respect for all.

Florian Rösch has a good judgment over the economic relevance of single deal articles.

Florian Rösch and Christian Schede share an outstanding expertise, integrity, negotiation skills and the understanding of a client’s needs.

Key clients

Deutsche Wohnen SE

Hanse Merkur Gruppe

ADIC

Tristan Capital Partners

Swiss Life

Schroder Real Estate Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Entertainment Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Germany's media law expertise includes film, music and broadcasting law but also regulatory and copyright issues and more often than not the firm's advice is of a cross-border nature. The group surrounding Stefan Lütje  tackles topics such as adapting to the changing European framework, the development of business models, the drafting of contracts, the regulation of platforms and questions around licensing and streaming offers. Media law litigation is another main pillar of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Lütje

Key clients

ZDF Enterprises

ProSiebenSat.1 Media/Red Arrow International

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Rise Filmproduktion

Blue Sky Entertainment

Dreamworks, CBS, Paramount Pictures, MTV Networks

Antennenbetreiber (Aeos, Baum Broadcasting, Deutsche UKW, Kio und Milaco)

NBC Universal

Paramount Pictures

Media Broadcast

MovingIMAGE24

Real estate finance Tier 2

The 'all-round professional appearance' of Greenberg Traurig Germany's team and its 'high-quality professional advice', which is based on the team's close cooperation with the real estate law practice, leads to regular instructions on structurings, fiancings, refinancings and restructurings from borrowers and lenders, including alternative lenders. During the research period, the team has been particularly active in project developments, which were often based on forward sales and multi-level financing structures of senior and mezzanine loans. As another key strength, the team also advises on share deal variations. Team head Claudia Hard 'impresses with her ability to analyse complex matters with legal precision and to implement them rigorously'. Anika Mitzkait handles national and international financings in all asset classes, while Kati Beckmann is the main contact for investment law issues.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Hard

Other key lawyers:

Anika Mitzkait; Kati Beckmann; Henning Sieber; Christian Schede

Testimonials

Pragmatic and solution-oriented.

Enormously high devotedness and extremely good market knowledge.

High devotedness and nearly unlimited availability makes the team an invaluable asset in transactions.

The conduct of negotiations is factual and solution-oriented.

The flexible use of resources enables the team to successfully conclude even surprisingly complex transactions in the shortest amount of time.

Key clients

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

Berlin Hyp AG

Tristan Capital Partners LLP

Oxford Properties

Benson Elliot Capital Management LLP

Linus Capital

EDGE Technologies

Velero Partners GmbH

Dream Global REIT

Swiss Life

Commercial administrative law Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Germany advises clients from its environment, construction and real estate practices also on commercial administrative issues. A central pillar of the practice is the advice to US clients on regulatory requirements of German commercial administrative law, for example related to gambling law. The assistance of clients with constitutional matters such as advising on the constitutionality of Berlin's misappropriation law before the Federal Constitutional Court, complement the group's advice spectrum. Martin Hamer and Dieter Neumann jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hamer; Dieter Neumann

Testimonials

Renowned for highest quality, precision, promptness and bandwidth – outstanding understanding of negotiations and political constellations.

There is no question that couldn’t be answered by one of the team’s experts, which results in a high degree of trusting the collaboration.

The firm covers the topic of housing market regulation comprehensively – it’s the most prolific firm within the current rental price stops and caps discussion.

Key clients

Gewobag

Matheson Tri-Gas

Barrick Gold

Wertgrund

Bundesverband Freie

Benson Elliott

Covivio

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

Information technology and digitalisation Tier 3

Besides the firm's transactional focus in the technology and IT area Greenberg Traurig Germany also provides 'highly professional, proactive and comprehensive' advice on topics such as fintech, medtech and e-health. The team demonstrates 'technical expertise' in handling an increasing number of technology projects in connection with mobility and digital payment methods. It furthermore advises on contentious IT matters and e-commerce issues. Due to the firm's presence in technology hubs around the world, the team was able to recently expand its activity for numerous US, Chinese and Japanese technology companies. Clients also often stem from the media and real estate industries as well as the public sector. Viola Bensinger heads the German technology team and litigation team. Counsel Carsten Kociok has expertise regarding the internet and new media.

Practice head(s):

Viola Bensinger

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very quick response to questions while maintaining high quality.’

‘In our projects the teams were strictly formed according to the necessary expertise. This personal continuity was also kept in situations with large required resources and significant time pressure.’

‘Extraordinarily high capabilities when working on various matters. Deal well with time pressure over a long project period.’

‘Team-oriented cooperation among the interdisciplinary advisors which manifests itself both on the inside and outwardly.’

‘Viola Bensinger and Carsten Kociok – very good knowledge of the industry, excellent legal know-how and creative solutions.’

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

PayPal

Audible

Amazon

GEWOBAG Wohnungsbau-Aktiengesellschaft Berlin

Media Broardcast

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC)/Matheson Tri-Gas (MTG)

Oxford Properties

GlobalLogic

SolarisBank

EXOS

Lateral GmbH

ZTE

Foxxum GmbH

Outsourcing Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Germany's industry focus in the real estate and telecoms sectors also extends to its outsourcing practice. Recently, however, the team was particularly busy advising the German Ministry of Transport on four parallel outsourcing projects in connection with the introduction of infrastructure charges (private car toll). Another focus of the practice lies on outsourcing contracts in the context of M&A transactions. Viola Bensinger is the key figure.

Practice head(s):

Viola Bensinger

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Lütje

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (und die Tochtergesellschaft Matheson Tri-Gas)

PayPal

SolarisBank

Stadt und Land Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH

ZTE Corp. (ZTE Services Deutschland GmbH)

TAG Immobilien AG

GlobalLogic

Telecoms Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Germany's team is particularly rated for its activities at the intersection with telecommunications, media and antitrust law, advising on regulatory matters as well as providing strategic assistance with the development of new business models. In the strategic segment, and with regards to cable supply models in particular, acting for large housing companies is a central pillar of the practice led by Christoph Enaux.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Enaux

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und Digitale Infrastruktur

Degewo Netzwerk

Deutsche Wohnen

GdW (Gesamtverband der Wohnungswirtschaft)

Gesobau

Gewobag

Media Broadcast

Tata Communications

Vivawest

Vonovia

Restructuring Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Germany's workload consists of regulatory advice on restructuring matters on one hand and assistance with operative and financial restructurings in the context of insolvency and self-administration proceedings on the other. Its expertise in the transactional space comes to show when advising on distressed M&A transactions, while the team - including practice head Christian Köhler-Ma - also acts as trustee and participates in creditors' committees. Alongside Köhler-Ma, other key individuals include restructuring expert Gordon Geiser and insolvency administrator Jesko Stark. A large portion of the team's mandates pertain to the automotive, energy and real estate sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christian Köhler-Ma

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Stein + Lehmann GmbH

Die Gestalten Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

GSG Gewerbesiedlungs-Gesellschaft mbH

BEB Burgenland Ersatzbrennstoff GmbH

mutares AG

Vibitech GmbH

Thomas Nickert Druckveredelung GmbH

Menzel Elektromotoren GmbH

Situs International GmbH

Setco International

Data protection Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig Germany's data protection practice can historically be traced back to the firm's data protection advice in the media sector. By now the client base is much more diverse and the firm has a dedicated Data, Privacy and Cybersecurity group, which is co-led by Viola Bensinger both at the domestic and global level. The team consequently not only advises large US and European media companies but also fitness, IT and real estate companies. Contentwise the advice focuses on GDPR, compliance issues and increasingly on fine proceedings and matters in connection with the planned e-privacy regulation. Noteworthy is furthermore the firm's activity in data protection issues specifically related to the car toll.

Practice head(s):

Viola Bensinger

Other key lawyers:

Carsten Kociok

Testimonials

‘Practical and quick advice at a perfect price.’

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

Western Digital

Caesars Entertainment

PayPal (Europe) S.à r.l. et Cie.

Audible

Athletes’ Performance (EXOS)

SolarisBank

Foxxum GmbH

Our Crowd

ZoeTop (Shein)

Multi Corporation B.V.

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

The M&A practice at Greenberg Traurig Germany is instructed by national and international companies seeking advice on transactional matters and additionally assists with public law and private equity-related issues. Peter Schorling, who is particularly active in the real estate sector, heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schorling

Testimonials

Broad and quickly accessible technical and industry knowledge.

Considerable practical experience.

Constant availability.

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und Digitale Infrastruktur

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation

NVIDIA Corporation

Rentokil Initial

SJL Partners

Universal Pictures International

PLDT

The Carlyle Group

Tristan Capital Partners

Bertelsmann

PayPal

Rocket Internet

Planning and environment Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig Germany's environmental and planning law practice maintains its transnational focus and advises on major international projects. Thus the team assists with the full range of environmental and plant issues during cross-border transactions and benefits from its strong network of US and European offices. Building societies instruct the practice in relation to construction and planning matters. Martin Hamer heads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of energy lawyer and counsel Martin Borning, previously at Linklaters, in June 2019.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hamer

Other key lawyers:

Martin Dressel; Martin Borning

Testimonials

Excellent expertise, outstanding associates, strategic expertise, phenomenal negotiation experience and skills as well as best-possible network of investors, project developers, authorities and real estate lawyers.

Extremely efficient and professional work manner. Extremely high expertise and large wealth of experience.

Broad and quickly accessible expertise, distinct practical experience and constant availability.

‘Outstanding service level, particularly: processing times in time-sensitive matters, very good industry expertise, very short familiarisation with specific issues (for example mining law for underground storage of gas), excellent and goal-oriented cooperation (national/international and across industries). Appropriate team sizes for efficient cooperation as well as brilliant knowledge of public law with specific expertise in energy and mining law.

The consideration of particular requirements across different industries was excellent and the client-orientation also stood out.

Martin Hamer distinguishes himself from its public law colleagues in other major firms through his professionality, his extremely distinct expertise and his pragmatic approach, that is rare to find in this area. His distinct negotiation skills are unique within this market segment.

Martin Hamer – excellent client-orientation, national and international focus across industries and advice on special matters, extremely efficient and technically sound, high-quality assistance even in time-sensitive matters. High motivation and interaction with clients, excellent assistance and advice as well as team formation for special issues and high flexibility.

Johann-Frederick Schuldt – high motivation and interaction with clients, advice across industries, technically sound and efficient. Excellent client support. High flexibility.

Key clients

Aermont

Gewobag

Matheson Tri-Gas

Barrick Gold

Wertgrund

Benson Elliott

Berlinovo

Tristan Capital Partners

Bundesverband Freier Wohnungsunternehmen

The Collective

Firm Overview:

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2,200 attorneys in 41 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers help clients bridge diverse legal systems and cultures, with a focus on efficient, effective strategic advice and legal services.

GT in Germany:

GT Germany combines legal experience in the areas of corporate mergers and acquisitions, financing, litigation, tax, regulatory, employment, and commercial law with profound knowledge of the real estate, technology and telecommunications, media and entertainment, and infrastructure sectors.

Areas of practice: 

Whether it is about M&A transactions, outsourcing, financing or complex joint ventures, Greenberg Traurig Germany is at home in the international business arena and serves as a central resource on which clients can rely on their transactions. The highly dynamic team of 84 attorneys in Berlin advises national and international clients on their most significant commercial law issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Shareholder Christian Schede Christian.Schede@gtlaw.com +49 (0) 30 700 171 120
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Henrik Armah  photo Dr Henrik Armah Partner/Rechtsanwalt
 Wencke Bäsler  photo Wencke Bäsler Rechtsanwältin/Shareholder
Dr Kati Beckmann  photo Dr Kati Beckmann Rechtsanwältin/Shareholder
Dr Viola Bensinger  photo Dr Viola Bensinger Partner/Rechtsanwältin
 Martin Borning  photo Martin Borning Local Partner/Rechtsanwalt
Dr Niklas Conrad  photo Dr Niklas Conrad Rechtsanwalt/Shareholder
 Martin Dressel  photo Martin Dressel Rechtsanwalt/Counsel
Dr Christoph Enaux  photo Dr Christoph Enaux Partner/Rechtsanwalt
Dr Gordon Geiser  photo Dr Gordon Geiser Restructuring Partner
Dr Martin Hamer  photo Dr Martin Hamer Partner/Rechtsanwalt
 Claudia Hard  photo Claudia Hard Partner/Rechtsanwältin
Dr Josef Hofschroer  photo Dr Josef Hofschroer Partner/Rechtsanwalt
 Christian Köhler-Ma  photo Christian Köhler-Ma Restructuring Partner
 Carsten Kociok  photo Carsten Kociok Rechtsanwalt/Counsel
Dr Stefan Lütje  photo Dr Stefan Lütje Partner/Rechtsanwalt
Dr Nicolai Lagoni  photo Dr Nicolai Lagoni Rechtsanwalt/Shareholder
Dr Anika Mitzkait  photo Dr Anika Mitzkait Rechtsanwältin/Shareholder
Dr Dieter Neumann  photo Dr Dieter Neumann Partner/Rechtsanwalt
Dr Florian Rösch  photo Dr Florian Rösch Partner/Shareholder/Notary/Rechtsanwalt und Notar
Dr Christian Schede  photo Dr Christian Schede Rechtsanwalt/Managing Shareholder
Dr Peter Schorling  photo Dr Peter Schorling Chair Corporate & Securities Germany
Dr Henning Sieber  photo Dr Henning Sieber Partner/Rechtsanwalt
 Jesko Stark  photo Jesko Stark Restructuring Partner
 Georg von Wallis  photo Georg von Wallis Partner/Rechtsanwalt
Number of lawyers : 2,200
at this office : 84
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