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Clifford Chance
MAINZER LANDSTRASSE 46
60325 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany

Advice to companies Tier 1

Not least because of its strong network as well as compliance and internal investigation practice, Clifford Chance is considered one of the most established addresses for companies seeking advice on white-collar crime matters. The team is often, but not exclusively, instructed by clients from the financial sector and is additionally particularly well versed in stock market sanction proceedings. Practice head Heiner Hugger is an experienced criminal defence lawyer, who mainly focuses on cross-border matters and preliminary proceedings. David Pasewaldt made partner in Mai 2019 and has capital markets offences, tax evasion and corruption matters at the core of his practice. Julia Baedorff, who is recommended for criminal tax issues, was promoted to counsel. Jochen Pörtge joined Pinsent Masons Germany LLP and Alexander Cappel left for Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):

Heiner Hugger

Other key lawyers:

Compliance Tier 1

Clifford Chance's compliance practice has a particular excellent reputation among corporations in the financial and manufacturing industries. The team is especially adept in advising on preventive measures in relation to anticorruption, sanction, export control, money laundering and data protection matters as well as tax compliance. Heiner Hugger, who is considered an expert in white-collar criminal law, jointly heads the practice with Peter Dieners, who specialises in compliance matters in the health sector. Head of the firm's antitrust practice Marc Besen is also frequently involved in relevant matters, while Stefan Menner focuses on tax compliance. Julia Baedorff made counsel and Ann-Kristin Cahnbley joined Dentons in November 2019.  

Practice head(s):

Heiner Hugger; Peter Dieners

Other key lawyers:

Marc Besen; Stefan Menner; Ines Keitel; Michael Dietrich; Julia Baedorff; Ulrich Lembeck

Testimonials

The compliance team is excellent, knowledgeable and very much cares for its clients.

Peter Dieners has outstanding expertise and the ability, to put this expertise to use according to the case’s and client’s needs.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Clifford Chance receives praise for its transactional practice, which regularly acts for well-known healthcare and life sciences companies, as well as for its regulatory practice, known for its strong contentious and non-contentious capabilities. The team advises on all aspects of pharmaceutical and medical device law, from manufacturing to market access issues and distribution requirements, including antitrust and pharmaceutical advertising mandates as well as compliance work. Its expertise also extends to cosmetics and food law. Practice heads Peter Dieners and Ulrich Reese are the main contacts. IP specialist Gunnar Sachs is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Dieners; Ulrich Reese

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Nawroth; Gunnar Sachs

Testimonials

‘Comprehensive legal advice in all relevant legal areas for the pharmaceutical industry; high quality work that gets to the point; accessible lawyers with whom you can speak openly: always friendly, always supportive, very easy to reach and very good internal information system. If one lawyer is on vacation or unavailable, another is incorporated into the case and the case continues without delay or problem.’

‘The team combines excellent regulatory expertise with a savvy life sciences transactional practice. One of the few European teams that are equal to US law firms.’

‘Ulrich Reese is one of the top experts in the field of pharmaceutical law, who combines excellent legal knowledge with deep industry knowledge. He provides excellent reports and briefs. The reasoning is to the point.’

‘Ulrich Reese offers excellent industry knowledge in the regulatory and transactional area. Experienced, persistent and skillful.’

‘Gunnar Sachs is a lawyer who not just does the job, but is personally interested in the case and the background, who wants to get a comprehensive picture, so that he can then give individual advice. He likes what he does and you notice that as a client. Technically outstanding. ‘

Key clients

Bayer AG

Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle für die Arzneimittelindustrie e.V.

Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA

GlaxoSmithKline

MCM Klosterfrau Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH

Merck KGaA

Pfizer Inc.

Verband Forschender Arzneimittelhersteller e.V.

Investment funds Tier 1

Clifford Chance's team co-led by Josef Brinkhaus and Gregor Evenkamp 'is a clear market leader in the funds sector', not least because of its 'excellent expertise in annex matters such as regulatory and tax law'. The team advises investment companies, financial institutions, asset managers and insurance companies as well as private investors on structuring, reorganisation and transactional matters, while also having experience in fund-related structured products. Marco Simonis, who specialises in tax and legal advice concerning investment funds and other asset management structures, is 'outstanding'.

Practice head(s):

Josef Brinkhaus; Gregor Evenkamp

Other key lawyers:

Sonya Pauls; Josef Brinkhaus; Marco Simonis; Jan Grabbe; Oliver Kronat

Testimonials

Outstandingly connected in the market.

Quick and constructive negotiations.

The interaction with Sonya Pauls is very pleasant; she is highly regarded in the German funds market.

Key clients

AllianceBernstein Holding L.P.

Amundi

Montana Capital Partners

InVision AG

EMERAM Capital PartnersGmbH

Union Investment

Deutsche Finance International

aba Arbeitsgemeinschaftfür betrieblicheAltersversorgung e.V.

Lending and borrowing Tier 1

The practice at Clifford Chance has extensive expertise in unitranche financings (including super-senior structures), public takeover financing, mezzanine, second lien and PIK finance as well as infrastructure financing and restructuring, which is mostly called upon by banks. Other clients include private equity investors, direct lending funds and corporates. The team jointly led by Bettina Steinhauer and Barbara Mayer-Trautmann also includes Steffen Schellschmidt, who joined in October 2018 from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and specialises in syndicated loans linked to acquisition financing mandates and associated restructuring. Thomas Weitkamp left the firm in May 2018 to join Latham & Watkins LLP.

Practice head(s):

Bettina Steinhauer; Barbara Mayer-Trautmann

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan Securities plc

UniCredit Bank AG

Ardian Private Debt

EQT Credit

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) (SEB)

Goldman Sachs International

DPE Deutsche Private Equity GmbH

Symrise AG

United Chocolate GmbH

Project finance Tier 1

In cooperation with various other practices, Clifford Chance's team covers a broad spectrum of project finance. Mostly, this pertains to national and international conventional and renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Florian Mahler focuses on the segments infrastructure, airports and toll roads, while Riko Vanezis regularly handles cross-border asset finance transactions. Beda Wortmann and Tobias Schulten are other members of the core team and are, among other matters, experienced in PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Beda Wortmann

Real estate Tier 1

The 'absolutely leading' real estate practice at Clifford Chance has a particular focus on transactions in the commercial properties sector. Its international client base includes financially sound asset managers, insurers and investment companies, which also consult the team around Christian Keilich on investments in high-volume asset portfolios. Fabian Böhm is recommended for portfolio transactions and real estate aspects of financing and refinancing, while counsel Philipp Stoecker particularly acts in national and cross-border real estate investments and transactions. Further expertise exists in relation to asset classes such as retail, logistics and housing. Former practice head Cornelia Thaler left the firm in January 2019 to found her own firm Thaler Law.

Practice head(s):

Christian Keilich

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Simply an absolutely leading firm in the real estate sector.

Key clients

Primonial-Gruppe

NorthStar

Amundi

Capstone

Eurotower Frankfurt GmbH & Co. KG

Godewind

Patrizia

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Blackstone

Allianz Real Estate

Commerzbank AG

Real estate finance Tier 1

Clifford Chance has a very good reputation in the market and is a regular fixture on prominent real estate financings. The team regularly acts for borrowers, including investors, project developers and private equity firms, and covers the full range of asset classes. In addition to office, logistics and residential properties, this also includes specialist properties such as clinics, data centres and hotels. Team head Beda Wortmann and real estate investment specialist Tobias Schulten are frequently recommended by competitors.

Structured finance and securitisation Tier 1

Working in close cooperation with its capital markets, tax and regulatory practices, the 'strong' team at Clifford Chance 'provides practical solutions even when deadlines are tight'. This close interaction enables the team to advise its broad client base, including credit and financial services institutions, asset managers, originators, investors and companies, on a wide range of matters. This includes term securitisation, true sales and portfolio transactions, synthetic securitisations and trade receivables as well as associated investment and regulatory matters. While its range of services covers all sectors, the team has recently been most active in the manufacturing and automotive industries alongside the segments asset management, fintech and real estate. Oliver Kronat heads the practice, which includes main contact for alternative investments and funds-related matters Gregor Evenkamp. Counsel Hannes Deusch is noted for his extensive expertise in structured finance.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Kronat

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very good availability, comprehensive knowledge and absolute reliability.

Key clients

Santander Group

AllianceBernstein LP

Main Incubator GmbH

Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB)

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Postera Capital GmbH

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 2

The dispute resolution practice at Clifford Chance is experienced in cross-border arbitration proceedings, in which the team cooperates closely within its international network. The group is composed of partners with different industry knowledges: Moritz Keller, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the summer of 2018, specialises in investment protection proceedings as well as commercial disputes and practice head Michael Kremer packs a punch in the international plant engineering area, while Tim Schreiber utilises his industry expertise in the oil and gas as well as energy and automotive sectors. Of further note is Sebastian Rakob's activity in corporate conflicts.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kremer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Clifford Chance arbitration team stands out for its absolute commitment: it understands the economic implications of a matter and is commerce-oriented.

CC is highly professional in international arbitration. They can always set up a constantly committed, specialised team and are well approachable.

Moritz Keller is an outstanding lawyer in the area of international arbitration, and also renowned as such. The cooperation with him is pragmatic, efficient and respectful.

Commercial administrative law Tier 2

Clifford Chance's commercial administrative law practice ranges from gambling and infrastructure matters to advice in the energy sector. With the arrival of Thomas Voland from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in May 2018, the group visibly strengthened its constitutional law expertise. Advice on regulatory issues related to new technologies plays an increasingly important role, such as advising on the civil use of drones. Another central pillar of the practice is assistance with European and international law matters. The group, which is led by Mathias Elspaß, further benefits from its close ties with the firm's banking regulatory practice.

Practice head(s):

Mathias Elspaß

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bundesverband deutscher Banken

Urenco Deutschland GmbH

Commercial litigation Tier 2

Clifford Chance continues to hold a strong position in the market with a dispute resolution practice that is frequently instructed by national and international clients alike. Under the leadership of the experienced Michael Kremer, the group assists with contractual, insolvency and antitrust disputes and was recently increasingly active in proceedings in the energy and infrastructure sectors. The latter two areas are particular focuses for Moritz Keller, while counsel Jan Conrady covers disputes pertaining to infrastructure projects as well as in relation to national and international industry plants. Christine Gärtner joined from Latham & Watkins LLP in June 2019 and strengthens the team particularly in the field of corporate disputes. Uwe Hornung has expertise in directors' liability matters, while Tim Schreiber is well versed in post-M&A disputes.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kremer

Other key lawyers:

Moritz Keller; Christine Gärtner; Uwe Hornung; Tim Schreiber; Sebastian Rakob; Jan Conrady

Testimonials

A very good, very competent and very likeable team. The cooperation is always highly professional and very pleasant at the same time.

‘Sebastian Rakob is an absolute expert! Absolutely competent and very likeable.

Key clients

Cargolux Airlines International S.A.

Moravia Steel A.S.

NOKIA

Nextag/guenstiger

L´Oréal Deutschland GmbH

MAN Truck & Bus B.V

.CanonMetro AG

Kone Oyj

Corporate Tier 2

Clifford Chance's corporate practice focuses on preliminary and main stages of transactions, including international mergers, transfers and restructuring, but also advises on annual general meetings and corporate disputes. The team has particularly strong expertise in the regulated industries, such as the banking and financial sectors, and regularly applies this in cross-border matters, not least thanks to its international network. Thomas Krecek and Anselm Raddatz head the team from the Düsseldorf and Frankfurt offices. 'Tireless thinker and problem solver' Christof Goldschmidt is especially adept in restructuring and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Krecek; Anselm Raddatz

Other key lawyers:

Christof-Ulrich Goldschmidt; Christian Vogel

Testimonials

Strong and active support in M&A transactions, especially related to China.’

Fast response and implementation times, good availability, good business acumen.

‘Christian Vogel and his team have a good understanding of the company, the recipient of their advice, and flexibly adapt to their requirements.

Key clients

ALTANA AG

Bremer Kreditbank /Oldenburgische Landesbank

BNP Paribas

Bundesverband deutscher Banken (BdB)

Deutsche Post DHL Group

Grohe

J.P. Morgan

KUKA AG

Pfizer

Siemens AG

Symrise AG

Volkswagen AG

Debt capital markets Tier 2

The team at Clifford Chance is noted for its 'close and professional cooperation', which makes it an attractive advisor for a wide range of products and transactions. This includes convertible, hybrid and high-yield bonds, structured bonds, Eurobonds and promissory note loans as well as EMTN and ECP programmes and certificates. The practice acts for a large number of well-known financial institutions and companies and is led by the 'assertive and committed' Sebastian Maerker.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Maerker

Other key lawyers:

Gregor Evenkamp; George Hacket

Testimonials

The cooperation with George Hacket is very pleasant and simultaneously always of high quality.

Sebastian Marker stands out for his very high technical competence.

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Börse Stuttgart (SWB)

EnBW International Finance B.V.

Barclays

BNP Paribas N.V.

ING Bank

HSBC

Energy Tier 2

Clifford Chance remains one of the heavyweights in the market for national and international transactions, while, due to the team's energy regulatory, environmental and planning expertise as well as its in-depth financing know-how, it is also rated for its project work. The team is particularly active in the power and gas sectors, where it handles various matters from energy generation to energy distribution. This also includes electromobility, smart metering and smart market issues as well as urban quarter solutions, while the team led by Björn Heinlein also handles offshore projects. Mathias Elspaß is recommended for approval proceedings and infrastructure facilities. Counsel and project finance specialist Florian Kutzbach moved to Watson Farley & Williams LLP in November 2018.

Practice head(s):

Björn Heinlein

Other key lawyers:

Marc Besen; Mathias Elspaß; Florian Mahler; Anselm Raddatz; Joachim Schütze; Thomas Voland

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and committed lawyers.’

‘The team actually works as a team. Flexible in use: from selective legal analyses to full service.’

‘Anselm Raddatz is very hands-on involved, which reduces unnecessary back and forth and leads to a very efficient process.’

‘Björn Heinlein offers unbeatable market knowledge and always has an overview. He offers an excellent overall package of market knowledge, customer focus, communication, very active involvement in projects and coordination of the overall project.’

Key clients

Amprion GmbH

Banco Santander

China Southern Powergrid Inter-national (HK) Co., Ltd

German LNG Terminal GmbH

Global Infrastructure Management, LLC

innogy SE

ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH

State Grid Corporation of China

Financial services: litigation Tier 2

Clifford Chance's visibility in banking and tax-related proceedings has significantly increased over the past years. The team assists a financial services sector-focused client base, which consists of German private banks, state banks and insurance companies as well as European, US and Scandinavian banking groups and international asset managers and creditor groups. The advice spectrum ranges from insolvency disputes and product liability claims to contractual disputes, but also includes conflict prevention. Specific expertise exists in cum/ex and cum/cum transaction matters, which benefits from the close cooperation between proceedings expert Burkhard Schneider and criminal lawyer Heiner Hugger. Furthermore, the team acts in damages claims against opposite parties, clients, directors, leading employees and D&O insurers. David Pasewaldt and counsel  Julia Baedorff are well versed in criminal capital markets law.

Key clients

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Financial services: regulatory Tier 2

Clifford Chance's 'reliable and solution-oriented' team is led by the 'pragmatic and knowledgeableMarc Benzler, who is well versed in the establishment of banks and the set-up of branch offices (including those in a Brexit context) as well as in assisting financial services providers with compliance matters and issues pertaining to the banking union and ECB banking supervision. Mandates concerning the regulation of derivatives and financial market infrastructure as well as transactional and contentious matters alongside regulatory investigations also form part of the team's portfolio.

Practice head(s):

Marc Benzler

Other key lawyers:

Gregor Evenkamp

Testimonials

Very good knowledge of the matter.

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Bundesverband deutscher Banken (BdB)

Citigroup Inc.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

LCH Limited

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Royal Bank of Scotland

UBS Limited

Internal investigations Tier 2

Clifford Chance is a popular choice for cross-border internal investigations, for which the team cooperates both across practice groups as well as offices. The group, which is particularly often instructed by industrial corporations and financial institutions, is composed of various lawyers with different focus points: Heiner Hugger has an excellent reputation for his white-collar crime expertise and is especially experienced in dealing with authorities; Peter Dieners is an expert in health sector-related matters and jointly heads the group with Hugger, which also includes Ines Keitel, who is well versed in employment law and data protection, as well as counsel Julia Baedorff. Criminal lawyer David Pasewaldt made partner.

Practice head(s):

Heiner Hugger; Peter Dieners

Other key lawyers:

David Pasewaldt; Ines Keitel; Joachim Schütze; Julia Baedorff; Marc Besen

M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 2

Clifford Chance's M&A practice assists with large-scale transactions, often with cross-border aspects, in the automotive, energy, technology and infrastructure industries as well as in the financial and health sectors. Additional expertise exists in transaction-related compliance. Thomas Voland is the key contact for regulated industry matters and Christof Goldschmidt is considered a 'gifted negotiator'. Michael Dietrich joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and advises on antitrust-related matters. Thomas Krecek and Anselm Raddatz jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Krecek; Anselm Raddatz

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Voland; Cristof Goldschmidt; Michael Dietrich

Testimonials

Precision, expertise, experience and passion are what the corporate and M&A team stand out for.

Key clients

Bouygues Construction

Bremer Kreditbank /Oldenburgische Landesbank

COMPAREX AG

Deutsche Post DHL Group

Grohe AG

L’Oréal

MediaMarktSaturn

Merck KGaA

Pfizer

Siemens AG

Software AG

Symrise AG

Trinseo Europe

Volkswagen AG

Restructuring Tier 2

Clifford Chance assists banks with the financial restructuring of insolvent and pre-insolvent companies and advises companies in financial difficulties on various restructuring matters such as cross-border liabilities arising from insolvency scenarios. Its offering also includes assistance with the restructuring of non-performing loans and with securing follow-up financings. Counsel Christina Weidner is the main contact for the acquisition of non-performing loans and the establishment of joint ventures, while team head Stefan Sax receives regular instructions on restructurings alongside the sale and liquidation of insolvent companies. Typical clients include aviation, banking, apparel and automotive supply industry players as well as real estate funds.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Sax

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice group consists of good mediators and is excellent at representing the interests of creditors.’

Key clients

Hemisphere International

Properties B.V.

Bank of Ireland

Commerzbank

Deutsche Bank AG

Jack Wolfskin

Geschäftsführer der Neckermann.de GmbH

dormakaba

Prolimity Capital Partners

Tax Tier 2

The practice at Clifford Chance focuses on private equity, financing and M&A-related tax law as well as on tax assessments for capital markets products and tax law matters arising from IPOs. Other work includes assistance with the structuring of open-ended and closed-end funds, reorganisation tax law and tax law aspects pertaining to real estate transactions. Thorsten Sauerhering is the main contact for the real estate segment. Practice head Felix Mühlhäuser advises investors, banks and companies on national and cross-border financing transactions and handles investment structurings, while Olaf Mertgen has a specialism in transactional tax law. The team is also experienced in tax audits and investigations and redress procedures.

Practice head(s):

Felix Mühlhäuser

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The practice stands out for its excellent industry expertise.

Very innovative and always think commercially.

The team is always informed about the newest legal and tax developments. It operates with agility, has quick response times and always finds fitting answers.

Particularly the patient and persistent investigation of matters, their documentation and assessement were impressive. The exchange was always pleasant.

Stefan Behrens stands out for his meticulous analysis and outstanding expertise, particularly in real estate transfer tax.

Thorsten Sauerhering combines outstanding tax and legal expertise with commercial thought processes and negotiation skills.

Key clients

Aareal Bank

ABN AMRO

Amundi

BayWa r.e. renewable energy

Capstone Asset Management

Commerzbank

Deutsche Apotheker‐ und Ärztebank eG

Deutsche Bank AG

Fresenius

Hyundai Asset Management Co, Ltd

Nordic Capital

Oldenburgische Landesbank AG

PRIMONIAL Real Estate Investment

Software

Symrise

Unibail‐Rodamco

Volkswagen

Wilh. Werhahn KG

Transactions Tier 2

Clifford Chance's team regularly acts for private equity funds and their portfolio companies in large and mid-cap cross-border transactions, often involving colleagues from the firm's M&A and finance practices. While covering various asset classes, the team is particularly experienced in regulated industries such as energy, infrastructure and healthcare. Anselm Raddatz heads the practice. Sonya Pauls is the main contact for fund structuring work.

Practice head(s):

Anselm Raddatz

Other key lawyers:

Joachim Hasselbach; Frederik Mühl; Thomas Krecek; Sonya Pauls

Key clients

3i Group plc

Nordic Capital

Permira

FläktGroup – Triton

DPE Deutsche Private Equity GmbH

Cinven Capital Management (V) General Partner Limited

Hans Anders / 3i Group

EQT

NS Financial Services Company Limited

Triton

Advice to insurers Tier 3

Advising insurance companies on real estate transactions and providing assistance to private equity investors constitutes Clifford Chance's key area of expertise. The group led by Thomas Krecek also assists insurance companies with Brexit preparations in order to ensure ongoing business activities in the German market. Christian Keilich stands out for his experience in real estate law matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Krecek

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Allianz SEAllianz Real Estate

AXA XL

Domestic & General Insurance PLC

LV=

Legal & General

Oldenburgische Landesbank

Süddeutsche Krankenversicherung a. G. (SDK)

Antitrust Tier 3

In December 2018, digitalisation expert Michael Dietrich and his team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP joined Clifford Chance's antitrust practice. This has enabled the firm to significantly strengthen its position in the market, providing assistance with compliance programmes, merger control proceedings and cross-border antitrust investigations. Main contact Marc Besen frequently acts in investigative and abuse proceedings. Joachim Schütze regularly advises energy, telecoms, automotive and media sector clients on infrastructure-related antitrust matters. The firm also has expertise of the pharmaceutical, technology, consumer goods and retail sectors. Counsel Maximilian von Zedtwitz von Arnim, who joined the group together with Dietrich, advises on antitrust issues pertaining to the digital transformation of business models.

Practice head(s):

Marc Besen

Testimonials

‘Das Team bietet hohe Fachkompetenz und Erfahrung auf allen Ebenen sowie ein exzellentes Zusammenspiel von Partnern und Associates.’

‘Marc Besen kann die kritischen Themen eines Falles sehr schnell analysieren und eine interessengerechte Lösung zuführen. Seine Ratschläge und Stellungnahmen sind praxisgerecht und managementtauglich.’

‘Joachim Schütze has a high tactical understanding.

‘Michael Dietrich an experienced and very competent antitrust lawyer.

‘Counsel Maximilian Zedtwitz is very competent and professional.

‘Dimitri Slobodenjuk delivers outstanding work in antitrust law. He particularly stands out for his practical analysis and results.

‘Albrecht von Graevenitz has a very high detail knowledge and works extremely thoroughly.

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom AG

BMWREWECompagnie de Saint-Gobain

Innogy SE

Samsung

L’Oréal Deutschland

Porsche

Volkswagen

Merck

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

The construction law group at Clifford Chance has expanded its traditional focus on national infrastructure and plant engineering projects by putting a stronger emphasis on advising project developers. At the Düsseldorf office, a large team around Michael Kremer continues to represent plant engineers in disputes with contracting authorities, while Kristina Jaeger, who made partner in 2018 and is based in Frankfurt, assists real estate developers as well as future owners with either their German market entry or with the development of their asset portfolio. Stefan Löchner joined real estate and construction law boutique offering May und Partner Rechtsanwälte Mediatoren mbB in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kremer; Kristina Jaeger

Other key lawyers:

Jan Conrady

Key clients

Premier Inn

thyssenkrupp IndustrialSolutions AG

Atlas Copco Energas GmbH

Immobel

GE Power

PCC SE

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

Clifford Chance assists medium-sized and large companies in the automotive, energy, health, technology and consumer goods industries as well as financial institutions with domestic and cross-border mid-cap transactions, where it demonstrates both regulatory expertise as well as industry knowledge. New arrival Thomas Voland from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has strengthened the group's public law capabilities and combines this with wide-ranging knowledge of the energy sector. Thomas Krecek and Anselm Raddatz jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Krecek; Anselm Raddatz

Other key lawyers:

Equity capital markets Tier 4

Clifford Chance's integrated capital markets team increased its bench strength in May 2019 by adding Philipp Klöckner from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, who, as well as advising on capital markets transactions, also handles public M&A transactions. Its clients, including issuers, selling shareholders, guarantors, banks as well as stock exchanges and regulators, receive regular advice on IPOs, capital increases, secondary and private placements as well as on SEC-registered offerings. George Hacket heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

George Hacket

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Marinomed Biotech AG

Symrise AG

Planning and environment Tier 4

Clifford Chance's environmental and planning practice stands out for its advice on complex and politically significant major projects in the energy sector, the chemicals industry and the transport area. Here, the assistance with real estate-related planning law matters is a core activity for the team, which is due to the close cooperation with the firm's real estate practice. The group is also frequently consulted in relation to transactions. Practice head Mathias Elspaß represents energy suppliers, network operators and the chemicals industry among others, in approval proceedings for infrastructure facilities.

Practice head(s):

Mathias Elspaß

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Voland

Testimonials

Excellent expertise and very good understanding of the respective approval situation of its clients. At the same time a very pleasant contact on a personal level and absolutely reliable.

Key clients

German LNG Terminal GmbH

Amprion GmbH

URENCO Deutschland GmbH

Bayernets GmbH

50 Hertz Transmission GmbH

State Grid Corporation of China

Public procurement Tier 4

Advice in the health and infrastructure sectors is one of the outstanding strengths of Clifford Chance's procurement law practice, which is led by counsel Steffen Amelung. The team assists clients with the implementation of pan-European award procedures and represents bidders in review proceedings. The cooperation with the project finance team in infrastructure matters (PPP) is also notable.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Amelung

Other key lawyers:

Timo Robert Heppner

Key clients

Astellas Pharma GmbH

Technische Universität München

GlaxoSmithKline GmbH & Co. KG

Bayer Vital GmbH

Bieterkonsortium DaViT

Siemens AG

Stadt RodgauBieterkonsortiumVINCI / STRABAG

 

Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 5

Clifford Chance demonstrates particular strength in the implementation of complex distribution structures on a global scale and advises on specialised distribution agreements. The team led by Gunnar Sachs also has solid regulatory expertise as well as knowledge across various sectors and is able to draw upon a network spanning several jurisdictions. Sachs has a specialism in healthcare, life sciences and consumer goods. Handling matters in cooperation with the firm's solid antitrust law group led by Marc Besen is another key element of the practice and leads to regular instructions on distribution antitrust issues.

Practice head(s):

Gunnar Sachs

Other key lawyers:

Marc Besen; Michael Dietrich

Testimonials

‘Excellent expertise, very good response times and commercial thinking are making the team of Clifford Chance stand out.’

Key clients

Douglas

REWE

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken:

Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices:Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh


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Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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Their Voices: Insights from Today’s Rising Lawyers by The Legal 500‘s GC Magazine in collaboration with Clifford Chance. Geared primarily for students and junior lawyers, the book is a practical resource for those considering law school or just beginning a legal career. Twenty junior lawyers offer diverse perspectives on what inspires them about the law, and the strategies that are helping them stay in touch with their priorities and define the future of their careers. Their Voices also provides insights for senior lawyers as they mentor the next generation of leaders.

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