Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Cologne, Germany

DLA Piper
AUGUSTINERSTRASSE 10
50667 COLOGNE
Germany

Data protection Tier 1

DLA Piper's very solid data protection practice mainly foots on three pillars: the development and conception of data anonymisation systems (a central concern for the healthcare industry among others); advice to companies on GDPR compliance and fine proceedings; and cookies projects and related proceedings. With its German headquarters in Hamburg, Munich and Cologne, the team is part of the international Intellectual Property and Technology practice and is led by Stefan Engels and Thilo von Bodungen. In 2020, the Munich office welcomed of counsel Katia Helbig whose relationships with the automotive and high-tech industry are beneficial to the practice. Jan Geert Meents  is also very well connected in the automotive sector and specialises in data processing, data flow optimisation and data usage. Verena Grentzenberg  (Hamburg) primarily advises clients from the media, consumer goods and retail sectors on matters such as social media, big data and AI.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Pohle; Katia Helbig; Verena Grentzenberg ; Jan Geert Meents

Testimonials

‘The team is always up to date with the latest German and European developments in data protection. It is very practice-oriented and always shows very good recommendations for action in order to meet data protection requirements in the company. The European and global perspective will never be forgotten. The team has very good connections to its global colleagues, so that good coverage is also guaranteed internationally. ‘

‘Verena Grentzenberg is very committed, always available and ensures that a practice-oriented recommendation is guaranteed within a tight time frame.’

‘Verena Grentzenberg is a consultant who would also be followed to other law firms.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

ATOS Information Technology GmbH

Dachser SE

Gothaer Versicherungsgruppe

H&M

Advice to companies Tier 2

Embedded in its global firm network, DLA Piper's white-collar crime practice regularly represents damaged corporations as well as companies in crisis in thematically diverse proceedings that often entail cross-border elements: the team's expertise covers the whole array of white-collar crime and criminal tax law, including cyber crime, money laundering and environmental criminal offences as well as foreign trade and customs torts. The client base, which primarily comprises financial institutions and large corporations from the automotive and manufacturing industries, can also rely on an experienced internal investigations practice, expertise in preventive counselling as well as experience in dealing with investigating authorities and courts. Christian Schoop  advises on the entire spectrum of commercial criminal law und has a particular focus on environmental criminal offences and cyber attacks, senior counsel Jürgen Taschke is a popular choice for listed companies and Emanuel Ballo is the key contact for criminal compliance. Daniel Zapf made counsel.

Other key lawyers:

Jürgen Taschke

Testimonials

Agile, flexible team that ensures permanent availability, guarantees optimal legal advice and keeps an eye on costs at all times.

Key clients

TCI Management Fund Limited

Advice to insurers Tier 2

DLA Piper supports clients in the insurance sector, including reinsurers, pension funds and church pension funds, on matters concerning insurance regulatory, criminal tax and corporate law as well as compliance. On the transactional side, advice on run-offs, cash pooling and capital investments is the main focus of the group under the leadership of Ludger Giesberts. The team also advises on the establishment and restructuring of international insurer branches and distribution units within the Brexit context. Gunne Bähr is a key point of contact for insurance regulatory law and is particularly busy with compliance advice to insurers and reinsurers. Jan Eltzschig mainly handles corporate mandates with expertise in dealing with transfers of stock as well as joint ventures and cooperation agreements. Noteworthy at counsel level are capital investment specialist Heike Andrea Schmitz and regulatory expert Volker Lemmer.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Gunne Bähr; Jan Eltzschig; Heike Andrea Schmitz; Volker Lemmer; Christian Schneider

Testimonials

'Christian Schneider is a highly competent and experienced consultant and conflict solver. He has a strong team of smart lawyers. '

'Christian Schneider is very competent and experienced in insurance law, especially D&O insurance. A calm and pragmatic advisor who always gets to the crucial point and negotiates smartly. '

'Very in-depth knowledge of insurance law and always up-to-date.'

'Gunne Bähr is an internationally respected lawyer whose knowledge is recognized beyond national borders.'

Key clients

Baloise Gruppe

Compre

Deutscher Reisepreis-Sicherungsverein VVaG (DRS)

Electrolux Försäkring AB

Evangelische Zusatzversorgungskasse Dortmund

Gothaer-Gruppe

Kölner Pensionskasse VVaG / Pensionskasse der Caritas VVaG

Partner Re

Compliance Tier 2

DLA Piper attracts praise for its broad and multidisciplinary offering. The team is well versed in the introduction and optimisation of CMS, the implementation of compliance guidelines, compliance due diligence and in providing relevant training. Christian Schoop advises on the full range of white-collar crime law and represents clients in criminal investigations. Gunne Bähr handles insurance law aspects, while Kerstin Schnabel puts her focus on capital market law. Senior counsel Jürgen Taschke, who regularly assists companies in preliminary proceedings, and white-collar crime expert Emanuel Ballo are other key members of the team. Ludger Giesberts specialises in public law compliance.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Gunne Bähr; Kerstin Schnabel; Jürgen Taschke; Emanuel Ballo; Ludger Giesberts

Key clients

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Corporate Tier 2

DLA Piper assists with all aspects of corporate law, including corporate governance, D&O liability, joint ventures, annual general meetings, corporate disputes and M&A-related issues. The practice frequently co-operates with the firm's employment and tax law experts and mainly has DAX30 companies, upper medium-sized companies, as well as national and international companies among its client base. The team has a focus on the regulated industries, such as energy and telecoms. Benjamin Parameswaran 'keeps an overview, is pragmatic, and works fast, efficiently and extremely thoroughly' and jointly heads the practice with Nils Krause from the Hamburg office.

Testimonials

High quality of advice, quick and practice-oriented feedback.

High level of technical competence, creative search for solutions, very good cooperation.

I’ve never worked better with a law firm.

Ben Parameswaran is very prudent, yet pragmatic. He has a unique perception and treats clients and the other party extremely courteously. Negotiations with him are always effective. Ben Parameswaran is my first choice.’

The team in Germany was very responsive and quick to react to cross-border issues. They were able to take measures on site and at the same time keep an eye on the needs of a client outside Germany.

The team is unique thanks to its partner Ben Parameswaran. Ben keeps an overview, is pragmatic, works – whenever we want his personal intervention – fast, efficiently and extremely thoroughly. I’ve never worked better with a law firm.’

Key clients

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

DIC Asset AG

Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

GELSENWASSER AG

HanseYachts AG

LPKF Laser & Electronics AG

QSC AG

TTL Beteiligungs- und Grundbesitz-AG

EWE

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

ITM Power

LEG Immobilien AG

McKesson

Nemetschek SE

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

Senvion Deutschland GmbH

Sopra Steria

Entertainment Tier 2

Stefan Engels  and his media team are one of DLA Piper's most dynamic practices nationwide. The group acts both on consulting as well as forensic level and offers solutions to the most current issues such as content distribution and innovative business models, but also on more traditional matters such as copyright, licensing and contracts as well as regulatory issues and right of privacy. Gaming, including gambling and video games, sports and e-sport are additional mainstays of the practice and also the focus of Kai Tumbrägel. The group represents clients such as TV stations and publishers in media litigation before the highest courts. Alongside its traditionally strong transactional practice, music right represents a growing practice for the group.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Kai Tumbrägel

Testimonials

'Excellent broad coverage and good interlinking in the field of commercial legal protection and media law, so that advice and support is guaranteed from a single source.'

'Stefan Engels is particularly valued as an excellent lawyer and very good strategist and tactician, who is extremely well networked and has very in-depth knowledge of the media industry and the media business. His commitment and the ability to look beyond the specific mandate and to fully support the client should be emphasized. '

Key clients

Axel Springer SE

Bauer Media Group

COPA 11 GmbH

LEGO System A/S

Mr. Green & Co. AB

ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH

Sat.1 SatellitenFernsehen GmbH

Stillfront Group AB

Television Event and Media Marketing AG

Trustly Group AB

ZeniMax Media

Information technology and digitalisation Tier 2

DLA Piper's very broad IT practice takes on a leading role in digitalisation projects of various clients. The banking and insurances sectors are particularly invited to increase their digital offering, thereby representing the core of the group's client base. Additionally, the team also advises companies from the automotive, healthcare, financial services and real estate sectors for whom the team's networking with other practice groups is particularly valuable. Hence, projects in the fintech, medicine as a service and data monetising spheres are addressed in a cooperative manner and are innovatively promoted. In the context of a specialised mobility group, the Munich team and especially Jan Geert Meents  are very active in the automotive sector. Meents frequently assists with international IT compliance and represents clients in various IT proceedings. Jan Pohle  is another leading team member and predominantly advises on cyber security and its IT components, as well as on matters touching on insurance law. Stefan Engels and Thilo Von Bodungen jointly head the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Thorsten Ammann; Jan Geert Meents; Jan Pole

Testimonials

'The strength of the team varies as required. The law firm is extremely flexible and has a very strong staff. '

'The main contact person is the partner Jan Pohle. You always want him to sit on his side of the table. One can only recommend him. Really a great lawyer who makes everything possible. His team supports him in an exemplary manner, especially Counsel Thorsten Ammann. '

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

ATOS Information Technology GmbH

Dachser SE

Insurance litigation Tier 2

The dispute resolution and claims settlement practice at DLA Piper offers insurers and policyholders a broad range of services. Led by Ludger Giesberts, the team stands out due to individual specialisations. Particular emphasis is placed on D&O-disputes, including patent-related mandates. The group also advises insurers on claims in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic and the corresponding adaptions of existing products. Gunne Bähr, an acknowledged insurance regulatory expert, demonstrates particular strength in advising domestic and international insurers and reinsurers on compliance matters. Thomas Gädtke has expertise in contentious matters pertaining to D&O and product liability. Claims settlement in the area of third party liability insurance is a key area of expertise for Christian Schneider's practice, including technical insurance in the construction industry and property insurance. Of counsel Thomas Fausten joined the team in October 2019 from Ince; he strengthens the team with his expertise in reinsurance law.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Gunne Bähr; Thomas Gädtke; Christian Schneider; Thomas Fausten; David Buntenbroich

Testimonials

"The subject of D&O insurance is a niche topic that only a few specialists cover."

'Thomas Gädtke writes thoroughly thorough statements with careful consideration of jurisprudence and literature.'

'Thomas Gädtke is very experienced, competent and has a large, high-performance team.'

'Thomas Gädtke is a very experienced litigator and highly competent in the field of insurance law / D&O liability.'

Key clients

Bayerische Landesbank

Evangelische Zusatzversorgungskasse (EZVK)

PartnerRe

VOV GmbH

IT transactions and outsourcing Tier 2

DLA Piper's high transactional activity also includes IT transactions and generates instructions in the IT area. Hereby, the digital transformation including advice on topics such as cloud services, big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain, as well as related IT and business process outsourcing, the development and implementation of agile programming procedures as well as IT procurement take centre stage within the group's broad advice portfolio. Jan Geert Meents  (Munich) and Jan Pohle (Cologne) are the practice's key contacts; Stefan Engels and Thilo von Bodungen jointly head the broader IP and technology department.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Geert Meents; Jan Pohle

Press and publishing Tier 2

DLA Piper's media team possesses press law and freedom of speech expertise which it predominantly puts to use for publishing houses. A distinctive feature of the group is its additional involvement in competition dynamics and other disputes between publishing companies. Simultaneously, the practice around the 'excellent' Stefan Engels also advises companies on reputation management. 

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

'Stefan Engels is an excellent lawyer and a very good strategist and tactician who is extremely well networked and has very in-depth knowledge of the media industry.'

Key clients

Axel Springer SE

Bauer Media Group

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

Freizeitwoche Verlag Gmbh & Co KG

ProSiebenSat.1 Media Group

Ströer Group (u.a. t-onine.de)

WeltN24 GmbH

Wort & Bild Verlag Konradshöhe GmbH & Co. KG

Real estate Tier 2

A multitude of national and international real estate investors and asset managers rely on DLA Piper's 'committed, loyal and experienced team' in often cross-border transactions, whereby most recently the team assisted with several pan-European portfolio acquisitions. While the practice has also seen an increase in demand from Korean clients seeking assistance with real estate matters, on-going advice to real estate proprietors and asset managers is also part of the group's daily business. Its asset category expertise spans housing, hotels and particularly specialist properties such as data centres and health care facilities as well as logistics properties; in the latter segment, the team often already advises during the project development stage. Transactional expert Fabian Mühlen and Lars Reubekeul , who is adept in prop tech, real estate blockchain technologies, smart buildings and data centres, jointly head the practice, which also includes Martin Haller ; he is a popular advisor for project developments and investors.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Martin Haller

Testimonials

' Very good interaction, very good feeling for the client, unbureaucratic coordination, does not produce legal treatises but clear recommendations for action. '

' Dr. Martin Haller: Always available, very reactive, very good sense for the cases and also the right tone in negotiations, masters the entire range from good to bad guy. '

' Dr. Catharina Voß: Very competent and quick feedback, very persistent. '

' Very customer-oriented, efficient, readily available, goal-oriented. '

' Martin Haller, Manuel Indlekofer and Thomas Herbst: technically excellent, negotiating skills, good market knowledge .'

' Good quality, solution-oriented processing, adherence to deadlines and budget .'

' Martin Haller: confident demeanor, winning manner and assertiveness .'

' Great team of competent lawyers who solve all problems arising in the context of real estate asset management at very short notice and sometimes think "out of the box" . "

' Dr. Martin Haller: Absolutely competent and very trusting in our long-term cooperation; can grasp problems very quickly and finds excellent solutions that are also practical. '

' Dr. Catharina Voss is very determined and has a lot of staying power even when dealing with protracted problems. '

' Dr. Florian Biesalski – calm, goal-oriented and solution-oriented. The results and the joint collaboration are always excellent. '

' Dedicated, loyal and experienced team with a broad range of content. '

' Lars Reubekeul is always ready to go the "extra mile" for his clients. The collaboration with Lars Reubekeul and his team is professional, calm and pleasant, which means that a transaction is handled efficiently and at the highest level . '

' Not just lawyers, but also good project managers .'

' You always have the big picture in mind! '

' As a partner, Fabian Mühlen has organized a team so that an LDD can also be carried out cost-effectively. '

' Strongly positioned internationally. '

' Transaction-oriented – reliable – customer-oriented. '

' The team at DLA Piper stands out in addition to its very good quality and speed, in particular due to its proactive anticipation of commercial issues. We made several transactions with DLA Piper in the last year and have found that less and less coordination is necessary, as DLA Piper knows which topics are important to us and how (including commercial) points must be addressed. You can tell that the experience from past transactions is actively taken into account in current transactions . '

' The outstanding partner is Dr. Martin Haller. His pragmatic way of working and solution-oriented thinking have already been very helpful in many places. '

' Outstanding senior associate in the team of Dr. Haller is Dr. Manuel Indlekofer. He controls the transactions from start to finish and is always well informed about every topic. '

' Outstanding associate in the team of Dr. Haller is Thomas Herbst. No topic is lost with him; you can always be sure that nothing will be overlooked. '

' Solid real estate team with good tax law coverage. Legally very profound, but sometimes a bit too cerebral. Overall, a good solution for non-complex transactions. '

' Dr. Dennis Hog: good lawyer with excellent market coverage, understands how to make money with real estate. '

' Dr. Marie-Theres Rämer: excellent lawyer with outstanding real estate expertise. '

' Big team with many experts. Always responsive and with a commercial approach. '

' Dr. Dennis Hog has already taken on and carried out numerous projects for us alone. He is very experienced and has an overview of complex transaction structures down to the last detail. We would recommend him anytime. '

' DLA Piper offers exceptional customer support with availability around the clock and first-class service for our real estate acquisitions. '

' The DLA Piper team consists of extremely well-qualified and pragmatically thinking professionals who are business-oriented and customer-oriented. Dennis Hog and Konstantin Decker-Horz are working very hard to get our deals across the line. They are great fun to work with too! '

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

AXA

Barings

Catella Real Estate AG

Hahn Gruppe

HanseMerkur Grundvermögen AG

Indigo Invest

Jochen Schweizer Gruppe

Joint Venture aus Allianz Real Estate und einem von Universal-Investment betreuten Fonds der Bayerischen Versorgungskammer (BVK)

Kingstone Investment Management

Konsortium koreanischer Investoren unter der Führung von Meritz Securities Co. Ltd.

Novapierre Allemagne

PGIM

Principal Real Estate

Tilad

Tishman Speyer

UBS Asset Management

Unfair competition Tier 2

Alongside traditional competition law expertise, DLA Piper also fields a well-equipped team for competition law frameworks of digital products and services as well as experience in trade secrets protection. Here, the group acts in both forensic as well as advisory capacity, for instance for product launches, advertising campaign launches and marketing measures as well as for the development and implementation of protection strategies. The interface between competition and public law, particularly with regards to data protection and gambling law, is covered by a team that is specifically composed for this area. For clients with cross-border needs, the group can rely on its own extensive international network, thereby offering international one-stop advice. The team's sector focuses include the media, technology, consumer goods and fashion industries. Life sciences companies and clients from the hospitality sector also increasingly trust the group's expertise. It is led by Stefan Engels who acts both in advisory capacity as well as in contentious matters. Ulrike Grübler joined ERLBURG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Burkhard Führmeyer; Kai Tumbrägel

Testimonials

'' Very experienced team that exchanges and supports each other across the boundaries of the sub-areas of intellectual property protection. '

' Very competent advice with very short response times. Binding and very pleasant cooperation. '

Key clients

About You GmbH

AIG

Ansys Germany GmbH

Axel Springer SE

Bacardi Ltd.

Bauer Media

Bethesda Softworks LLC

BRITA GmbH

Geely Auto Technical (Deutschland) GmbH

Globe Union Germany GmbH & Co. KG; Toom GmbH (REWE)

Guccio Gucci

Hyatt International

Mondelez Deutschland Services GmbH & Co. KG

Nike

Newell Brands

ProSiebenSat.1 Media

Ralph Lauren Europe

Samsung Electronics GmbH

Ströer Publishing

Verivox

Wort & Bild Verlag Konradshöhe GmbH & Co. KG

Advice to the transport sector Tier 3

At DLA Piper, transport and traffic law advice is provided by the litigation & regulatory practice led by Ludger Giesberts. The team advises clients on air, land and water transport in equal measure, while the automotive sector plays a major role overall, where the team advises on autonomous driving as well as on road and motorway infrastructure. The group is also well versed in the aviation sector, primarily advising airports and airlines on planning, financing and charging issues. In the inland waterway sector, the team handles state aid and procurement law matters and advises on user contracts as well as shipping accidents. Besides team head Giesberts, who frequently acts for aviation sector clients, Guido Kleve is recommended; he is particularly well versed in harbour law.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Guido Kleve

Testimonials

'Excellent specialist knowledge with fast and efficient consulting practice.'

Key clients

Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn GmbH

Flughafen KölnBonn GmbH

Rolls-Royce plc

Stadt Gelsenkirchen

Stadt Köln

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 3

DLA Piper predominantly represents national and international companies in proceedings pertaining to energy, corporate, trade and insurance law. Daniel Sharma is experienced in disputes with reference to the energy, technology, aviation and financial services sectors; Thomas Gädtke on the other hand is well versed in liability matters. Frank Roth is an infrastructure, IT, life sciences and government contracts expert and Wolfgang Jäger is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Sharma; Thomas Gädtke; Frank Roth; Wolfgang Jäger

Commercial litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper is 'very competent, high-performance and established' and has several German offices. The team advises on numerous legal matters, but particularly stands out with expertise in mass proceedings as well as corporate and D&O disputes; Thomas Gädtke is a key figure for the latter. Frank Roth and practice head Ludger Giesberts are experienced procedural lawyers at the Cologne office; and the 'intelligent and strategic' Wolfgang Jäger frequently handles criminal proceedings. Additionally, counsel Sebastian Schneider is experienced in contentious banking and capital markets issues.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Gädtke; Frank Roth; Wolfgang Jäger; Christian Schneider; Sebastian Schneider; Daniel Buntenbroich

Testimonials

The team around Thomas Gädtke has a high level in issues such as manager liability, D&O coverage and litigation.’

Thomas Gädtke rightly has an excellent reputation in the area of liability manager and D&O policies. His experience is very broad and he also has important contacts and personal relationships in this area.

Pragmatic weighing of all possibilities with good preparation of potential financial impacts. High level of “translation skills”.

Wolfgang Jäger is a top lawyer, very intelligent and strategic. He and his team prepare appointments and court mail in an excellent and timely manner. For a lawyer, he takes the trouble to understand even difficult technical issues, on the other hand he is able to make complicated legal matters clear to the layman.

Thomas Gädtke’s litigation / arbitration team is very competent, efficient and well-rehearsed, especially when it comes to managing complex and large-scale legal disputes.

Sebastian Schneider stands out very positively with his experience and competence.

Despite the complex issues, the team quickly got used to it, quickly recognised the weak points in the plaintiff’s arguments, and argued itself in a very well-founded and targeted manner.

Constant availability, competent contact persons for the most varied of problems paired with professional competence and a high level of commitment.

Key clients

Stadt Gelsenkirchen

Stadt Köln

Zurich

Energy Tier 3

Led by Cologne-based Michael Cieslarczyk, the team at DLA Piper works in cross-practice cooperation when handling energy law matters. Cieslarczyk is particularly experienced in energy trading and energy contract law and also covers associated matters at the intersection with regulation and compliance. His expertise became particularly evident in his work as an advisor to the European Federation of Energy Traders in drafting the first model contract for PPAs. Other key elements include transactions and projects, including project finance, with a focus on cross-border work, which is regularly handled in cooperation with the offices in London, Vienna and Spain. The practice acts for clients from the gas and renewable energy sectors in issues such as electromobility and smart metering. Energy sector clients also benefit from the firm's experienced litigation and arbitration practice.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

TrailStone Renewables

TrailStone UK Ltd.

EFET European Federation of Energy Traders

ERG

Europäische Kommission

EWE

ICGB

RECS International

Unicredit Bank AG

Vorläufiger Insolvenzverwalter der Bayerischen Energieversorgungsgesellschaft (BEV), Axel Bierbach

Foreign trade law Tier 3

At DLA Piper, foreign trade law matters are handled by the litigation & regulatory department led by Ludger Giesberts. Clients from various sectors, such as automotive and information technology, count on the team's expertise in export control and sanctions law and also instruct it to assist with foreign trade audits and subsequent proceedings. Counsel Thilo Streit is the key contact for foreign trade law compliance as well as for cross-border transactions pertaining to investment control law.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Thilo Streit

Testimonials

' Dr. Christian Schoop, Dr. Marius Haak, Dr. Thilo Streit: A well-rehearsed team with excellent technical expertise. A recommendation at any time! '

' Dr. Christian Schoop: Excellent white collar crime lawyer and excellent negotiator. Dr. Marius Haak: Legal expertise and absolute adherence to deadlines. Dr. Thilo Streit: Outstanding specialist in the areas of German and EU foreign trade law. '

Key clients

Andera Partners

Zeppelin International AG

Internal investigations Tier 3

Due to its full-service approach, the team at DLA Piper covers a broad range of topics including data protection, employment law, antitrust law and insurance law as well as criminal law matters. Christian Schoop and senior counsel Jürgen Taschke are among the key contacts for the last-mentioned segment. With Emanuel Ballo, Daniel Zapf, who made counsel in May 2020, and counsel Stefanie Bischof forming the core team for national and international investigations alongside regulatory investigations, the team also has in-deep expertise at junior level. Its client base consists to a large part of German DAX 30 companies.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Jürgen Taschke; Emanuel Ballo; Daniel Zapf; Stefanie Bischof

Testimonials

Christian Schoop’s team has extensive experience and important knowledge of tax (criminal) law problems and knows how to work effectively with companies in dealing with internal issues. Internal investigations are effectively and purposefully accompanied, and the company’s managers are made aware of the specific problems and risks in terms of criminal and administrative law . ‘

Christian Schoop rightly has an excellent reputation in the field of white collar crime .’

The team impresses with its expertise and efficient, trustworthy approach to very sensitive issues.

Key clients

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

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

For transactions in the mid-cap segment, DLA Piper has an experienced team of M&A experts who regularly advise DAX30-companies, upper mid-sized companies and international corporations on high-profile mergers, takeovers and increasingly on distressed M&A. The practice has particular expertise in the energy, technology, chemistry and healthcare sectors, as well as financial service providers. The team regularly handles cross-border matters; particularly noteworthy here is the firm's Africa desk, managed by Sebastian Decker who was promoted to partner in May 2019. Nils Krause and Benjamin Parameswaran are known for their transactional expertise in cross-border deals and jointly head the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Decker

Key clients

BASF

Bauer Media Group

BrewDog

ControlExpert

France Air

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Helios Investment Partners

KRAHN Chemie GmbH

Rolls-Royce plc

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

Senvion Holding GmbH

Sopra Steria

Syngenta

Tirona Ltd.

VARTA AG

Wipro Limited

Wundr Co.

Patent litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper combines experience in advising on simultaneous infringement and nullity proceedings with an internationally positioned patent law practice, which is reflected by Markus Gampp 's dual function as practice head in the Munich office and co-chair of the firm's global patent law practice. The team succeeded in 2019/2020 to develop even further, leading to several new large international cooperations trusting the practice to advise on challenging matters. The group's participation in a series of connected car litigation indicates its solid position in Germany's patent sphere. The life sciences practice is also increasingly sharpening its profile, particularly through attracting notable medical products and pharmaceutical companies as clients.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Cepl; Constanze Krenz; Kokularajah Paheenthararajah

Testimonials

' DLA Piper's German patent litigation practice has clearly gained in profile with the addition of Philipp Cepl. He is an excellent and very experienced patent litigator. He is technically extremely competent and always has the goals and needs of the client in mind. '

Key clients

Alpinestars S.p.A.

Aptiv Plc

Dell

Extreme Networks

Globeride Inc.

Harman International Industries, Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Medtronic

Microsoft

Nike Inc.

Yoop B.V.

Real estate finance Tier 3

DLA Piper focuses on work for lenders but the team also takes on occasional mandates from borrowers. This focus was further strengthened during the reporting period through the expansion of existing client relationships, most notably alternative lenders including debt funds. Due to its cross-border expertise, the team is well placed to handle multijurisdictional transactions across all asset classes. Most recently, the practice advised on senior and mezzanine financing, share and asset deals, project developments and portfolio transactions. With Frank Schwem, the team also has experience in the refinancing and restructuring sector. Torsten Pokropp regularly assists with the financing of hotel, office and logistics portfolios as well as shopping centres.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

'' Communication at eye level, personable / human, thinking economically, good network; Ability to document complex issues in the customer's interest. '

' Extremely customer and practice-oriented with great willingness to help at all times. '

' We work with DLA Piper primarily on cross-border real estate financing; We particularly appreciate advice in a wide variety of jurisdictions from a single source. '

' With different characters, the team is very well equipped for any eventuality and complements each other perfectly. Great atmosphere! '

' Top team – very competent and very fast. '

' Torsten Pokropp knows how to achieve a mutually acceptable result and to avoid conflicts, even in highly complex situations. We particularly appreciate his calm and objective manner, his commercial and always objective thinking. '

' Torsten Pokropp: Always friendly, very close to business, with excellent legal expertise. '

' Torsten Pokropp is extremely service-oriented with the highest level of legal expertise! '

' Frank Schwem delivered a very high quality of documentation as well as specific topics. In the context of Corona, unexpected legal questions arose during the closing process. These were processed pragmatically and factually and good solutions were mapped out. '

' Frank Schwem: Warm, extremely assertive and highly regarded. '

' Torsten Pokropp and Frank Schwem: team players, practical and solution-oriented, stable opinion and willingness to compromise at the same time. '

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

Ärzteversogung Westfalen-Lippe

Berlin Hyp

Caerus Debt Investments AG

Collineo Asset Management GmbH

Debt Fonds

Helaba

LBBW

Restructuring Tier 3

DLA Piper has continuously expanded its service offering, initially only advising creditors on restructurings. The team now also advises insolvency administrators, debtors as well as managers of distressed companies. Pre-insolvency advice, as well as providing assistance with measures to avoid insolvency or the orderly planning of insolvencies, are key focus areas. Additionally, financial restructurings on the lender as well as debtor side and distressed M&A transactions contribute to the workload of the team. Insolvency litigation matters are on the increase, where both companies and insolvency administrators are represented in contestation or liability claims. Intersection expertise of the 'serious and conscientious' team exists in criminal law. Also, the group can make use of its international network with regard to complex cross-border matters such as non-performing loans. Clients predominantly stem from the manufacturing, financial services, service providers and healthcare sectors. Practice head Dietmar Schulz   has expertise in refinancing loans and all aspects of distressed credit and M&A matters. The 'strong in negotiations and very experienced' Mike Danielewsky   advises national and international companies, executives, banks, investment companies, funds as well as investors on restructuring and reorganisation in and out of insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Mike Danielewsky

Testimonials

‘DLA gives the client the feeling of being flexibly available with the necessary capacity at all times from the first contact to the closing. Where very specific expertise is required in the matter, for example across national borders, it is mobilised at short notice. Apparently there is a well-maintained network within the DLA association of law firms.’

‘Experience has shown that the individuals are always available at very short notice for technical discussions and queries. They are very open-minded to grasp the individual facets of the respective case constellation and to pay close attention to the clients’ interests, which are sometimes not fixed from the start, in order to enable efficient advice.’

‘Extremely high level of specialist knowledge and that actually on all team levels, precise implementation and, if necessary, expansion of the teams in the process, the latter without you noticing it or having to explain what is going on from the start. Always completely calm, which is important and very pleasant.’

‘Mike Danielewsky has a maximum of specialist knowledge, is extremely good at negotiating and at the same time pleasingly uncomplicated. He usually knows what is coming and is prepared. If there is a solution, he will find it.’

‘We are very grateful that our needs as customers were understood and effectively translated into contracts. In addition, this ability, combined with the ability to find solutions quickly and negotiate with the other side, is essential in restructuring.’

‘Dietmar Schulz accompanied the entire process of looking for alternative solutions, competently drafted the contracts and concluded the negotiations. He not only helped us in legal terms, but also with his in-depth understanding of the needs of our business. As foreign investors, we also needed support in understanding German law and the German system.’

‘The team is relaxed and calm, but always serious and conscientious.’

‘Mike Danielewsky – well connected and very experienced.’

Key clients

Anchorage

Deutsche R+S Dienstleistungen Köln GmbH

FINNFUND

Gebauer & Griller

Gruppo Ceramiche Ricchetti SpA / Dekoramik

Guala Closures Group

Haitong

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Hilco

Intrum

Katharina Kasper Viasalus

Knorr Bremse

Maas & Roos Gruppe

Pressmetall Gunzenhausen GmbH in Eigenverwaltung

Schulmann

Senvion GmbH

UniCredit

Varner

Vorläufiger Insolvenzverwalter Axel Bierbach / BEV

Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 3

DLA Piper fields a highly specialised commercial and distribution law practice, specialising in commercial contracts as well as retail, consumer goods and manufacturing sector work. Advising on transformation and innovation projects constitutes a key portion of its workload; this includes digital aspects, which Thilo von Bodungen's team routinely handles in cooperation with the firm's IT group. Its offering also includes assistance with supply chains and distribution channels as well as, in the light of the current pandemic, restructurings and alternative financing solutions for production facilities. Von Bodungen handles national and international matters with a focus on manufacturing, consumer goods and retail, supporting clients along the entire value chain. The appointment of Sylvia Ebersberger as global co-chair of the automotive subgroup in June 2020 underlines her expertise in this space. She also advises on cross-border cooperations and data-based business models. Counsel Susanne Weckbach complements this offering with her expertise in the chemicals and industrial goods sectors as well as in joint ventures in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Sylvia Ebersberger; Susanne Weckbach

Testimonials

'Exact adjustment to the question, a holistic approach to a solution that is really consistent, and exact tracing of our business transactions.'

'Sylvia Ebersberger asks exactly the right questions, outlines solutions and tailors them precisely to the needs of the customer. Particularly noteworthy is her communicative ability to bring several contacts on board and to present the results to a larger group. '

'The law firm DLA Piper plays in the area of commercial and distribution law at the level of the large commercial law firms, both in terms of excellent expertise and a very high level of service.'

'Thilo von Bodungen is an experienced lawyer in the commercial sector with a very pleasantly calm manner and high responsiveness at the same time.'

'Efficient and practice-oriented legal advice.'

'Thilo von Bodungen is very experienced and practice-oriented.'

'A high level of technical competence paired with a hands-on mentality that has a very strong customer focus.'

'Outstanding technical competence.'

Key clients

Guala Closures Group

Harman

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Paige Europe Limited, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Kering, Levi’s, Golden Goose

pressmetall Gruppe

Rolls Royce Power Systems AG

Schlemmer Gruppe

Employment Tier 4

DLA Piper advises national and international companies on various individual and collective employment law matters and, thanks to its multidisciplinary and cross-location cooperation, the team is well equipped to guide clients through matters at various intersections such as restructurings and transactions. Within this space, the expertise of practice head Kai Bodenstedt is frequently called upon but he also regularly acts for clients in disputes with employees and works councils in court, including the Federal Labour Court, and before conciliation boards. Other key areas of expertise include occupational pension schemes, compliance and employee data protection. In August 2019, the practice lost Sascha Morgenroth to Simmons & Simmons, where he now heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Jens Kirchner, Marco Arteaga; Pascal Kremp; Volker von Alvensleben; Bernd Borgmann;  Eva Einfeldt

Testimonials

' The legal analysis is very thorough and the post-processing precise. '

' Good international cooperation. Consultants from different countries have known each other for many years and work closely together across borders. '

' DLA consultants are very familiar with the latest legislative changes and requirements, current market conditions and the sector in which they operate. The team is responsive and has excellent assertiveness. '

' The team is a great source of information and has years of experience. '

' The DLA Piper team was characterized in particular by: rapid familiarization with hitherto little-known and niche topics, very fast response times, broad internal network of specialist lawyers in a variety of directions, very fair pricing and contract design, excellent access to authorities and ministries, quick, honest and unvarnished legal assessments. '

' Kai Bodenstedt is combative, practical and always brings his advice to the point. The advice goes exactly to the needs of the company. '

' Jens Kirchner: Pragmatic, clear and very focused in terms of content. '

Key clients

Bird Rides

BorgWarner Inc

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Etihad Airways

Emirates Airlines

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA

Georgsmarienhütte

Gruppe Ceramiche Ricchetti S.p.A.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

H & M Hennes & Mauritz VB.V. & Co. KG

Pandora

PVH (Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein)

SoftwareOne AG

Zwilling J. A. Henckels AG / Zwilling J. A. Henckels Deutschland GmbH

Planning and environment Tier 4

Within DLA Piper's environmental and planning law practice, its traditional forte in product law continues to stand out while related compliance and regulatory matters are increasingly gaining importance. In addition, related planning law matters have also come to the fore once again. The team advises on several infrastructure projects, but also handles environmental issues, for example pertaining to air pollution control plans and water contamination. Hereby, the practices assists a considerable number of DAX30-listed companies alongside other notable national and international clients, including raw material suppliers, industrial corporations, energy companies and automobile manufacturers. The firm is also consulted by the public authorities. Ludger Giesberts  heads the partner duo; Guido Kleve  is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Guido Kleve

Key clients

CytoSorbents Europe GmbH

DexCom, Inc.

European Chemicals Agency

Flughafen KölnBonn GmbH

GS Engineering and Construction Corp.

Stadt Gelsenkirchen

Stadt Köln

Wintershall DEA GmbH

Trade marks Tier 4

DLA Piper boasts a broad advice spectrum in the trade mark, design and competition law sphere. In contentious matters, the team is particularly known for its active summary proceedings practice, its experience in cross-border disputes and its assistance with conflicts related to digital issues. The team also provides sound knowledge and longstanding experience with regards to portfolio management and strategic protection law advice, including in relation to due diligence and product labelling issues; here, it can rely on the expertise of its corporate and regulatory colleagues. Media and entertainment, technology, consumer goods and fashion industry clients represent the core of its client base, although it is increasingly complemented by companies from the life sciences, hotel and hospitality sectors. Stefan Engels in Hamburg heads the practice and acts in advisory capacity as well as particularly in contentious matters. Ulrike Grübler joined ERLBURG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Kai Tumbrägel; Burkhard Führmeyer; Gabriele Engels

Testimonials

' We mainly work with Stefan Engels and his IP team at DLA Piper Hamburg, who are both advisory and forensic on almost all matters in this area for our company. The reason for the ongoing cooperation is in particular the excellent broad coverage and thus also good interlinking in the field of industrial property protection and media law, so that advice and support is guaranteed from a single source. '

Key clients

Alpinestars

Atos Information Technology GmbH

Bacardi Ltd.

BRITA GmbH

Geely Auto Technical (Deutschland) GmbH

Gemological Institute of America, Inc

Globe Union Germany GmbH & Co. KG; Toom GmbH (REWE)

Guccio Gucci

Happy Socks AB

Hyatt International

LEGO System A/S

Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc.

Manolo Blahnik

Newell Brands

Nike, Inc.

PlastPack Defence ApS

Shure Europe GmbH

Snap-on Inc.

Spal Automotiv

Antitrust Tier 5

The strength of DLA Piper's antitrust group lays in its assistance with high-volume merger control proceedings, where the team also often appears in phase II proceedings, as well as with transaction-related matters. Most recently, the group increasingly diversified its advice spectrum which now also includes antitrust compliance and cartel proceedings. Led by Ludger Giesberts  , the team routinely relies on the support of new technologies and specialises in the media, automotive, chemical, energy and consumer goods industries. Jan Dreyer  regularly defends clients in non-compliance cartel proceedings and is well versed in market abuse and price fixing matters. Compliance systems and antitrust-compliant distribution models are the key aspects of Semin O 's practice which also covers the team's focus international merger control.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Jan Dreyer; Semin O; Bertold Bär-Bouyssière

Testimonials

'The team is very practice-oriented and advises according to the client's business activities. The response time is short, and attention is always paid to precise knowledge of the company's situation and careful research is maintained. The answers are well adapted to the respective question and show good solutions. '

'Semin O is outstanding in providing practice-oriented advice with constantly updated legal knowledge. He is always reliable and very pleasant to work with. He also pursues the interests of the company in the long term and is always available to provide short-term assistance. '

'In addition to his outstanding technical competence, constant availability and responsiveness, Semin O distinguishes itself by the fact that he has a pronounced understanding of economic relationships, which enables him to bring the legal and economic interests of our group into harmony in a solution-oriented manner.'

'The team at DLA is familiar with the industry and particularly experienced in preparing documents and communicating with authorities. DLA is a pleasure to work with. '

'Bertold Bär-Bouyssière and his team convinced us with their efficiency and professionalism.'

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Atos

BASF SE

EWE AG

FTI Counsulting, Inc.

Gruppo Ceramiche Ricchetti SpA

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

ITM Power

KT&G (Korean Tobacco and Ginseng)

Merck KGaA

Metric Capital Partners LLP

Noventiz GmbH

Principal Real Estate Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

publity AG

Rolls-Royce plc

Samsung Electronics

Sopra Steria

The Carlyle Group

Tilad

Tirona Ltd.

VARTA AG

Public procurement Tier 5

Frank Roth  in Cologne heads DLA Piper's procurement law practice which focuses on IT, healthcare and infrastructure award procedures. The team advises on large-scale projects such as the billion-euro federal motorway project A3 among other matters. Clients, including both bidders as well as contracting authorities, are advised on award procedures as well as on administrative procurement disputes and review procedures. The close cooperation with the finance and antitrust practice as well as Roth's additional expertise in dispute resolution is of advantage. Counsel Regina Fock left the firm in June 2020 and now works for the City of Cologne.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Atos Information Technology GmbH

Ballast Nedam

BAM PPP / Kemna Bau

Eiffage PPP

Cancom on line GmbH

Flughafen Köln-Bonn

SAP Deutschland

NetApp

Fujitsu

GE Healthcare

Tax Tier 5

DLA Piper has corporate tax at its core and puts particular emphasis on transaction tax, international tax, transfer pricing, indirect tax, compliance and tax investigations; a spectrum that is routinely handled in cooperation with various other practices and offices. Practice head Marie-Theres Rämer is a key contact for tax aspects arising from financings and real estate transactions. Her team, and its transfer pricing capabilities in particular, received a boost with the arrival of Ulf Andresen and his team from PwC in October 2019. He covers a wide range of tax law and also assists clients with tax audits and requests for mutual agreement procedures under the double taxation agreement (DTA) and the EU Arbitration Convention.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Ulf Andresen; Björn Enders

Testimonials

Great flexibility to cater to the needs and special framework conditions of the client.

Intensive cooperation with Ulf Andresen: Extremely strong technical competence and industrial experience combined with a very distinctive team spirit.

Extremely qualified tax partners – best tax work compared to competitors.

Marie-Theres Rämer – absolutely outstanding in terms of tax knowledge; strong industry focus; extremely happy with working on a wide variety of projects.

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Guala Closures Group

INEOS Enterprises

Rolls-Royce plc

JDA Software, Inc.

Patrizia

PassportCard

Transactions Tier 5

DLA Piper is well versed in transactions entailing capital markets aspects as well as in the regulated industries, while the team has particular experience in the technology sector and also assists with fund structuring. Nils Krause  heads the practice and acts both in M&A as well as private equity deals. Andreas Füchsel  'combines high quality with excellent business acumen' and Simon Vogel is a key contact for investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Füchsel; Simon Vogel; Michael Rebholz

Testimonials

' DLA Piper is one of the law firms that has good expertise and a good track record in the areas that are important for our fund (corporate law close to capital markets, private equity, special situations) .'

' Andreas Füchsel's private equity team acts as a trusted advisor. Andreas Füchsel combines high quality with an excellent understanding of business. '

Key clients

Active Ownership Capital

exceet Group

Metric Capital Partners LLP

Sun Capital Partners

The Carlyle Group

EQT Ventures

FinLab AG

FinLab EOS VC Europe I GmbH & Co. KG

Space Capital

Surplus Invest GmbH

Sviper GmbH

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Gunne Bähr  photo Gunne Bähr
Mr Michael Cieslarczyk  photo Mr Michael Cieslarczyk
 Jan Pohle  photo Jan Pohle

At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com