K&L Gates LLP > Frankfurt, Germany > Firm Profile

K&L Gates LLP
OPERNTURM
BOCKENHEIMER LANDSTRASSE 2-4
60306 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany

Media > Entertainment Tier 3

K&L Gates LLP's TV, film and entertainment team is part of a broader TMT team led by Martin von Albrecht and focuses on four areas. The advice to broadcasters and online media platforms on how to deal with collecting societies is a traditional pillar for the team; here, von Albrecht advises and represents clients in matters related to blank media levies and copyright user properties among others. Music law is another mainstay, with the team being particularly active in negotiating TV and radio agreements with GEMA. Copyright in connection with music and video-on-demand streaming services represents another focus, while the assistance with sports law matters complements the practice. Olaf Fiss is recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Martin von Albrecht and Olaf Fiss are technically excellent, result- and solution-oriented and give extremely practical advice. Urgent matters are always prioritized, they are reliable, dedicated advisors in the field of media and entertainment law and highly recommended.’

Key clients

JOYN GmbH

VAUNET e.V.

VAUNET e.V. ./. GEMA wegen Music-on-Demand

RTL Interactive GmbH

Corint Media GmbH

Klassik Radio AG

ProSiebenSat. 1 Media SE

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to Joyn GmbH on rights licensing by collecting societies.
  • Representing VAUNET/GEMA in proceedings before the copyright arbitration board at the DPMA to review a 50% tariff increase by GEMA in relation to music-on-demand tariffs in general contract proceedings.
  • Representation of Corint Media (formerly VG Media)/ WEG Europa Allee in court proceedings at OLG Frankfurt with industry-wide importance, which may relativize the case law of BGH regarding the copyright liability of residential property (Ramses judgment).

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 4

K&L Gates LLP's practice comprehensively advises bidders, contractors and public contracting authorities on procurement issues. The team has particular strengths in regional and public transport projects, including the procurement of innovative energy supply infrastructure for a public transport operator. The team also assists with infrastructure projects, which are occasionally structured via public-private partnerships, as well as with procurement in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Practice head Annette Mutschler-Siebert is a renowned public procurement lawyer and is supported by counsel Marion Baumann.

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Telio Communications GmbH

Alliander Stadtlicht GmbH

ALIUD PHARMA GmbH / Stada

Rock Rail Holdings Ltd

In-der-City-Bus GmbH

Berliner Wasserbetriebe AöR

Work highlights

  • Advice on public procurement, grant and tax law to a group of central federal cultural institutions on the possibility and framework of a public-public partnership and the public-private partnership agreement.
  • Advising Rock Rail Ltd. in connection with various public tenders, including for the railway network North-East Brandenburg and Heidekrautbahn and the proposed financing of new battery and hydrogen trains.
  • Advice on public procurement law and support for In-der-City-Bus GmbH Frankfurt in procurement projects, in particular with regard to the structuring of competitive procurements of innovative and sustainable solutions.

Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 5

K&L Gates LLP provides 'easy access to quick and precisely described solutions'. The team, led by Thomas Lappe advises on various corporate and capital markets law issues and is particularly active in the context of annual general meetings and restructuring. Clients include national and international medium-sized companies as well as executive and supervisory boards of listed stock corporations.

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Testimonials

‘Competent advice, pleasant personalities, availability at all times and quick response, advice very goal-oriented and responsive to the needs of the client.’

‘Martina Ortner: Extremely competent and intelligent, while being very pleasant, uncomplicated and hard-working in her personal dealings. Very pleasant legal personality!’

‘Easy access to fast and precisely described solutions; knowledge of our group structures; solution-oriented negotiation style in M&A transactions.’

‘Thomas Lappe: Very pragmatic, in-depth knowledge of corporate law, quick and clear answers.’

Key clients

Bundesdruckerei GmbH

VTG AG

ATOS Gruppe

Industrie Saleri Italo S.p.A.

Koenig & Bauer AG

Milliman

ZEAL Network SE

Work highlights

  • Advising Bundesdruckerei GmbH in connection with its group-wide restructuring under company law with the aim of establishing a group holding structure.
  • Ongoing corporate and capital markets law advice to ZEAL Network SE.
  • Advised Koenig & Bauer AG on their annual general meeting in 2020.

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

K&L Gates LLP specialises in advising multinational European, American and Asian corporations on upper mid-market M&A transactions, routinely advising in close collaboration with the firm's international offices. Clients are often from the automotive, industry and technology sectors and are also supported on distressed M&A matters with assistance from the expanding restructuring practice. Thomas Lappe is the central contact.

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‘Good understanding of the packaging industry; very pragmatic approach to due diligence and negotiation; quick and efficient communication; easy availability of partners where required.’

‘Thomas Lappe: Very pragmatic, no laps of honor, direct and solution-oriented addressing of issues.’

Key clients

Tokyo Century Corporation

RWE AG

Sinch AB

Exasol AG

Continental AG

VTG AG

Koenig & Bauer AG

Minebea Mitsumi, Inc.

Bundesdruckerei

CML Microsystems PLC

Schuhhaus Dielmann GmbH & Co KG

Samchully

Digital+ Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Tokyo Century Corporation and Continental AG (independently of each other) in connection with the Series D financing round of Volocopter GmbH.
  • Advising RWE AG on the sale of Georgia Biomass.
  • Advised Sinch AB on the purchase of SAP Digital Interconnect (SDI).

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 5

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