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Foreign trade law Tier 1
Dentons' foreign trade law practice is on course for growth: With the arrival of trade compliance specialist Andreas Haak from Taylor Wessing and Florian Wiesner, previously at Clifford Chance, the firm opened a new office in Düsseldorf in 2019, which complements its offices in Berlin and Frankfurt. In the interest of organic growth, team head Julia Pfeil, who is particularly experienced in advising banks on the financing of large-scale export projects, was elevated to the partnership in March 2019. The team's broad offering includes the whole spectrum of foreign trade and export law and, thanks to the firm's global network, has impressive international reach with a particular geographical focus on Russia and Iran. Clemens Maschke handles matters at the intersection with M&A transactions and joint ventures and counsel Maria Brakalova is rated for her expertise in export control and embargo measures against countries and individuals.
Julia Pfeil; Andreas Haak
‘Julia Pfeil has got excellent expertise in the area of embargo and sanctions law and has a very good interconnectedness with a multitude of decision-makers nationally and internationally.’
AMEPA Angewandte Meßtechnik und Prozeßautomatisierung GmbH
Honeywell International Inc.
Llobe GmbH & Co. KG
Neurocrine BioSciences, Inc.
vbw – Verband der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e.V.
Public procurement Tier 2
Dentons was able to substantially strengthen its procurement practice by the arrival of Andreas Haak and his team of senior associates and associates from Taylor Wessing in February 2019. Haak is now managing partner in the new Düsseldorf office and jointly heads the public procurement team with Wolfram Krohn and Peter Braun. The group has significant expertise in the IT, health, defence and security sectors as well as in infrastructure projects. The advice spectrum ranges from conceptualisation and structuring to implementation of award procedures for federal and state authorities as well as municipalities and utility companies. Another core competence is the advice to bidding companies in national and international award procedures, but also the representation of public contracting authorities in infringement procedures before the European Commission.
Peter Braun; Andreas Haak; Wolfram Krohn
Other key lawyers:
Tobias Schneider; Christian Miercke
Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (BMVg) / Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr
Bundesministerium des Innern, für Heimat und Bau
Deutsche Post AG und DP Inhouse Services GmbH
D.S.C. Dienstleistungs-Service Center GmbH
Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport)
Goethe + Schweitzer GmbH
IHK GFI – Gesellschaft für Informationsverarbeitung mbH
Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)
Lausitzer und Mitteldeutsche Bergbau-Verwaltungs-GmbH (LMBV)
logport Ruhr GmbH
Private Universität Witten/Herdecke
Ricoh Deutschland GmbH
Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (Zentrale Stelle)
thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH
Xtreme Air GmbH
Real estate Tier 2
Dentons' real estate practice is well versed in project developments and advises a client base composed of international investors and urban housing societies. Particularly remarkable is the advice provided to private equity firms and special funds on the development and subsequent marketing of conversion sites that are meant to be converted to student housing, care units and family flats. Additional strengths of the team behind Dirk-Reiner Voß include land development for logistics facilities as well as refinancing of asset portfolios under the aegis of Bernhard Gemmel. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of David Zafra Carollo from Noerr and Dominik Thomer from Clifford Chance.
Other key lawyers:
Bernhard Gemmel; Volker Mergener
‘The firm operates internationally and interdisciplinarily integrated. The international coverage is impressive and extremely helpful.‘
‘Expertise, commitment and a services approach.‘
‘Volker Mergener combines a very independent conduct of proceedings with precision and an outstandingly historic memory.‘
‘Lawyer Voss in Berlin legally structured major developer deals, designed contracts and led negotiations for us. The advice from Mr Voss was to a high legal standard, while he understood to competently incorporate additional tax and insolvency expertise from within the firm even in time-sensitive situations.‘
P3 (Point Park Properties)
Restructuring Tier 2
Dentons has solid expertise in matters at the interface with finance, corporate and insolvency law and is best known for its trustee work, which is frequently handled by managing partner Andreas Ziegenhagen, who also acts as general representative in self-administration proceedings. As another key individual, Arne Friel, who was appointed co-head in May 2019, is experienced in cross-border restructurings and distressed M&A transactions. These two segments are among the practice's key areas of expertise along with assisting creditors and lenders with debt restructuring as well as with the restructuring of real estate financings and promissory note loans. The team also represents creditors in insolvency proceedings and in defence against rescission claims.
Andreas Ziegenhagen; Arne Friel
‘The practice is excellent in the area of interest representative as trustee.’
‘The team around Mr Ziegenhagen is at all times goal- and performance-oriented and is characterised by absolute professional and technical competence.’
‘Particularly regarding the negotiation and support of trust models, the experience of dealing with matters of company and tax law is showing through. The projects are also actively supported, for example with supervisory mandates or as the member of a steering committee.’
‘The law firm has a very pragmatic approach, considers costs, is characterised by a very good reachability and fast reactions, even on cross-practice matters such as tax law.’
‘Andreas Ziegenhagen is an excellent trustee.’
Germania Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
Air Berlin Finance BV
Speyside Equity LLC
Schuldscheindarlehensgläubiger der IFA Group
DRK Kliniken Brandenburg-Thüringen gGmbH
Gerry Weber International AG
Pickhardt & Siebert GmbH
Addfinity Testa Group
CRI Group / Mriya Group
Treveria F S.À.R.L.
Chemnitzer Freie Presse
DIHAG Holding GmbH
Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3
Dentons provides a broad range of services, from transactional support and advice on research and development contracts, cooperation agreements and technology transfer contracts to regulatory matters, such as selective and distribution agreements, as well as social data protection requirements and compliance. This broad range of expertise is also reflected in the trio heading the practice: it consists of hospital transaction specialist Christof Kautzsch, Ilka Mehdorn, who was appointed co-head of the European Life Sciences Regulatory Group in March 2019, and Peter Homberg, whose responsibilities include the management of the German Life Sciences and, since 2019, the European cannabis sector group. Public procurement expert Andreas Haak joined the team in January 2019 from Taylor Wessing.
Christof Kautzsch; Ilka Mehdorn; Peter Homberg
Other key lawyers:
Apotheker-Verband Berlin (BAV) e.V.
Canopy Growth Corporation
Fidelio Healthcare GmbH
Kaia Health Software GmbH
Roche Diagnostics GmbH
State aid Tier 3
Dentons state aid team is jointly headed by Jörg Karenfort, who commutes between the Berlin and Brussels offices, and Andreas Haak, who until February 2019 acted as practice head at Taylor Wessing and is now based in Düsseldorf. The practice cooperates closely with the procurement teams in Berlin, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf as well as with the tax, banking and corporate experts of the firm. The group's advisory focus rests on the health and infrastructure sectors among others. But also the energy industry and digital transformation have been playing a mayor role within the practice, particularly in relation to state aid advice on subsidy applications and M&A transactions.
Jörg Karenfort; Andreas Haak
Other key lawyers:
Matthias Nordmann; René Grafunder
‘Excellent international network and experience combined with strong practical advice.‘
‘Valued colleagues with great know-how especially in European state aid law.‘
‘Excellent support through Andreas Haak. High technical industry expertise paired with a realistic assessment of circumstances. First-class results.‘
‘Matthias Nordmann is an excellent and valued colleague.‘
‘Rene Grafunder – very pleasant cooperation, technically skilled and client-oriented.‘
Dt. Sparkassen und Giroverband (DSGV)
Duisburger Hafen AG (“duisport”)
Medien Union Gruppe
The 'up-and-coming' team at Dentons provides 'a very good service', which is regularly called upon by national and international financial institutions, insurance companies and alternative lenders. These mandates, which are frequently handled in cooperation with various other offices and practice groups, often pertain to structured loans, refinancing issues, securitisation transactions and regulatory matters. Arne Klüwer provides 'precise answers in the depth required' and heads the practice, which includes securitisation and loan financing expert Matthias Eggert and Holger Schelling, who focuses on regulatory work and joined the team from Mayer Brown LLP in March 2019. In June 2019, Mortimer Berlet left the team to work in-house at Deutsche Bank.
‘The team always keeps an eye on the client’s needs.‘
‘A very close-knit team.‘
‘Very deep experience the whole variety of this area.‘
‘Technically up to speed.‘
Bank Vontobel AG
Bayerische Landesbank AG (BayernLB)
Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG
CRX Markets AG
KKR & Co. Inc
Münchener Rückversicherungs Gesellschaft AG (Munich Re)
UniCredit Bank AG
Volkswagen Financial Services AG
Wilmington Trust SP Services (Frankfurt) GmbH
Antitrust Tier 4
The antitrust practice at Dentons stands out for its broad sector expertise. Jointly led by Jörg Karenfort and René Grafunder, the team has antitrust expertise in the insurance, automotive, e-money and media sectors and regularly acts in phase II proceedings before the Federal Cartel Office. In spring 2019, Florian Wiesner joined from Clifford Chance; he has particular strength in merger control proceedings. At the same time, the firm focuses on organic growth: compliance specialist Josef Hainz made partner in April 2019.
‘Dentons offers practical and problem-oriented advice. Furthermore, the international profile of the firm allows for a legal one-stop shop for internationally operating corporations.‘
‘The antitrust team at Dentons in Germany is very internationally-oriented, with connections to nearly all relevant jurisdictions.‘
‘The antitrust team at Dentons is prepared to see the bigger picture and offers innovative legal advice, especially in relation to digitalisation and the use of legal tech solutions.‘
‘Jörg Karenfort is very well versed as well as imaginative and stays on top of things.‘
‘René Grafunder is absolutely reliable and his answers are precise and clear.‘
Bundesverband Deutscher Banken, Bankenverband e.V.
Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister
Tax Tier 4
Dentons handles tax law matters arising from M&A and real estate transactions and is also experienced in transfer pricing and tax matters pertaining to W&I and special tax insurance policies. The team also provides assistance with tax and financial audits by tax authorities and demonstrates expertise in employment law-related tax matters as well as in VAT and customs law. This service is rounded off with advice to companies and individuals on tax returns, asset structuring and the tax structuring of rental agreements. Co-team heads Michael Graf and Stephan Busch are well versed in compliance matters and regularly represent individuals, manufacturing companies and financial institutions in tax disputes in and out of court.
Stephan Busch; Michael Graf
‘The team has excellent expertise. It distinguishes itself particularly with its pragmatic and commercial solutions.’
‘A dynamic and broad practice.’
‘Dentons tax team in Frankfurt has broad knowledge, can convey complex topics in simple terms and delivers a conclusive, legally sound, commercially sensible and in practice workable solution within a short time.’
‘The team stands out for its precise analysis of matters.’
‘Michael Graf manages to always take into consideration not only the tax aspects but also commercial aspects in his suggested solutions. He therefore creates a true added value for clients.’
BVV Versicherungsverein des Bankgewerbes a. G.
Deutsche Vermögensberatung AG
Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband
Dual Specialty M&A GmbH
Franger Investment KGaA
S Broker AG & Co KG
Tokyo Marine HCC
Volkswagen Financial Services
Dentons frequently assists clients with post-M&A, energy and plant engineering arbitration. The German team is strongly integrated in the firm's international network, which results in its practice being characterised by cross-border matters. Practice head Amy Kläsener has longstanding experience in this field and also regularly acts as arbitrator. Due to his China expertise, Heiko Heppner is a well-versed key contact for disputes with Chinese parties. Counsel Courtney Lotfi also strongly focuses on international proceedings and particularly specialises in disputes in the energy sector.
Other key lawyers:
Heiko Heppner; Courtney Lotfi
‘A team with a lot of power and assertiveness.‘
‘Based on the good familiarisation with the matter, the group can legally and tactically advise on an outstanding level.‘
‘Amy Kläsener is strong in commercial matters and an excellent arbitrator.‘
‘Heiko Heppner is strong in arbitration proceedings with Asian participation.‘
‘Cortney Lotfi impresses with her ability to bundle information, data, strategy and procedural tactics in a powerful manner.‘
Silver Ridge Power
Compliance Tier 5
Dentons' compliance expertise ranges from developing compliance management systems, advice on competition law, data protection, export control and sanctions to money laundering and financial compliance; the group works particularly closely with its European network. The practice is headed by Rainer Markfort and Judith Aron, who made partner in April 2019. Lars Kutzner, previously at Noerr, has strengthened the team's commercial, tax and capital markets criminal law expertise since his arrival in April 2019 and Ann-Kristin Cahnbley joined in November 2019 from Clifford Chance; she has experience in internal investigations and in establishing compliance management systems. Julia Pfeil also made partner.
Corporate Tier 5
Dentons' corporate practice acts for its medium-sized clients based on a sector focus approach and often in matters with cross-border aspects, while the team is particularly well equipped to assist with issues in the financial and energy as well as health sectors. The group advises on mergers, changes of legal form and corporate aspects of transactions and additionally handles private equity, venture capital and compliance-related cases. Berlin-based practice head Christof Kautzsch particularly often assists clients from the regulated industries.
Other key lawyers:
Alexander von Bergwelt; Christoph Papenheim
‘Risks are clearly identified, as well as ways to deal with these risks.‘
‘A well-coordinated team of German legal experts with global relevance.’
‘Alexander von Bergwelt has a very good understanding of economical contexts and industries.’
Finanzgruppe Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband
Royal Reesink / AM Group
Cross Equity Partners
Employment Tier 5
Dentons advises corporate groups, companies and executives on the full spectrum of employment and social security law. The team has significant expertise in the healthcare, services, transport and logistics sectors as well as the finance, insurance, metal and electronics industries, including automotive. Co-team head Markus Diepold has experience in collective employment law and in restructuring-related matters, which frequently feature multijurisdictional aspects, while co-head Utz Andelewski has an excellent niche in ecclesiastical employment law and advises various charitable institutions. Since February 2019, Sascha Grosjean, who joined from Taylor Wessing, has been in charge of setting up the firm's Düsseldorf office. He predominantly handels pensions-related work.
Utz Andelewksi; Markus Diepold
Other key lawyers:
‘A team of very experienced employment lawyers.‘
‘Frank Lenzen is a very nice and competent contact. His assessments and recommendations are very practical and he is very committed.‘
‘Frank Lenzen knows how to deescalate even the most difficult situations and therefore keeps his client’s damage as low as possible.‘
BG Kliniken – Klinikverbund der gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung
ERGO Group AG
Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer in Deutschland e. V.
NWD Nordwest Dental GmbH & Co. KG
Energy Tier 5
Dentons focuses on large-scale cross-border instructions, most notably transactions. For this purpose, Berlin-based team head Thomas Schubert regularly calls on colleagues from offices across the firm's international network to predominantly handle European instructions but also mandates from Canada, Russia, the US and China. With the arrival of counsel Gabriele Haas from Uniper in May 2019 and Jan Scharfenberg's appointment to counsel in March 2019, the team boosted its bench strength in the regulatory sphere. Antitrust expert Josef Hainz and corporate specialist Volker Junghanns were both elevated to the partnership in April 2019.
The client base of Dentons‘ M&A practice is comprised of medium-sized companies as well as international corporations and financial investors, while the team has especially deep knowledge of the regulated industries. The global network of the team allows for comprehensive advice on cross-border transactions. Berlin-based practice head Christof Kautzsch particularly often assists with matters in the health sector. At the recently opened Düsseldorf office, Predrag Maksimovic, previously at IKB Deutsche Industriebank, as well as Frank Tepper-Sawacki, previously at PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft), advise on transactional matters.
‘Good industry and client knowledge.’
Planning and environment Tier 5
Advice on product-related environmental law, especially in the recycling sector, and assisting the product and packaging industry are the mainstays of Dentons' environmental and planning practice. 'Excellent top lawyer' Ilka Mehdorn heads the team from Berlin and is supported by Frankfurt-based Julia Pfeil, who made partner in April 2019.
Other key lawyers:
Julia Zeitz-Krüger; Julia Pfeil
‘Extremely deep knowledge of single subject matters (even in niche areas), then able to perfectly connect this with general specifications. Creative, always available, incredibly efficient in implementing as well as very quick, knowledge of the market and participants. No problem continues to exist without a solution, very high recognition and acceptance by all participants, clarity, transparency, always on excellent level. Indeed always phenomenal performances.‘
‘Ilka Mehdorn – she is an excellent top lawyer.‘
DPG Deutsche Pfandsystem GmbH
Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (Zentrale Stelle)
Emerson Electric Co.
Trade marks Tier 5
Dentons has international work at its core, handling contentious cross-border proceedings alongside non-contentious IP portfolio, licensing agreement and distribution issues. Constantin Rehaag and Stefan Dittmer, who jointly head the practice, also succeeded in expanding its trade mark and design registration practice without diminishing its forensic capabilities. In the counterfeiting and product piracy space, the team can draw on of counsel and former public prosecutor Helmut Brandau's extensive expertise in criminal law.
Stefan Dittmer; Constantin Rehaag
Other key lawyers:
‘Technically very focused, always with a realistic outlook on the whole situation.’
‘Constantin Rehaag is strategically strong and demonstrates excellent eye measure.’
Konica Minolta & Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Dentons fields a leading dispute resolution practice in Kazakhstan, and is highly regarded for its expertise in significant international arbitration cases, acting for global and regional companies; the group recently acted for Air Astana in a significant case. Aigoul Kenjebayeva is managing partner of the Kazakhstan and Central Asia offices with experience in arbitration and litigation, while leading practitioner Kanat Skakov co-leads the dispute resolution practice in Kazakhstan. Fellow co-head Victoria Simonova and Daniyar Toigonbaev are also active in the practice.
Kanat Skakov; Victoria Simonova
‘Dentons is one of top leading law firms in Kazakhstan. It has established a strong litigation practice in Kazakhstan. I have witnessed their professionalism during disputes associated with tax and environmental cases.‘
‘Aigoul Kenzhebayev and Kanat Skakov are top ranked lawyers in Kazakhstan. Both of them are not only professional in their areas but also pave ways to improve the lawyering practice in Kazakhstan.’
Dalmond Trade House LTD.
Salini Costruttori S.P.A.
Oman > Shipping Tier 1
Dentons' shipping team has expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters. Andrew Figgins is uniquely experienced as a former GC of Oman Shipping Company and is highly experienced in contractual and commercial matters. On the contentious side, Dali Al Habboub has expertise in civil litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Dentons > Firm Profile
Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.
With 180+ offices in over 70 countries, Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size.
Since 2019, Dentons counts a total of four offices in Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf). Our front line team in Dusseldorf is renowned and deeply rooted in local markets, and has access to excellent connections. The longstanding and extensive experience we have concentrated in Dusseldorf guarantees our clients first-class advice covering sectors including heavy industries, finance, energy, automotive, life sciences and health care, information technology and public services, with a focus on the markets of the EU, the US, Japan and Turkey. We also advise clients on all other matters related to international commercial law. Whether they are looking at national or international M&A transactions, real estate deals, regulatory legislation or complex competition or procurement law, we are well positioned to address their needs.
|Banking and Finance||Dr. Arne Klüwer|
|Capital Markets||Robert Michels|
|Corporate/M&A||Dr. Christof Kautzsch|
|Employment||Dr. Utz Andelewski|
|Intellectual Property and Technology||Dr. Constantin Rehaag|
|Competition and Antitrust||Dr. Jörg Karenfort|
|Litigation and Dispute Resolution||Amy Kläsener|
|Real Estate||Dirk-Reiner Voß|
|Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy||Andreas Ziegenhagen|
|Tax||Dr. Stephan Busch|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 10,500+ At this office : 20+
Languages70+ languages including: Arabic Afrikaans Azerbaijani Bulgarian Czech English French Georgian German Hungarian Italian Kazakh Chinese (Mandarin) Polish Romanian Russian Slovak Spanish Turkish Ukrainian Uzbek
OtherOther offices : Dentons now has 180+ offices in over 70 countries.
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