DLA Piper > Munich, Germany > Firm Profile

DLA Piper
MAXIMILIANSTRAßE 2
80539 MUNICH
Germany

Information technology > Data protection Tier 1

DLA Piper‘s data protection team is a popular choice for first-class transactional support, the implementation of data protection measures as well as in contentious proceedings before data protection supervisory authorities and against affected individuals and consumer protection associations. The team has in-depth knowledge particularly of the automotive sector, the high-tech industry and at the interface to insurance law, but the team’s consistent exchange with law firms worldwide also broadens its understanding of other adjacent areas, such as the manufacturing industry and the financial services sector. The group around Stefan Engels and Thilo von Bodungen also stands out for their expertise in ransomware attacks, compliance, data protection disputes, AI and data analytics. Jan Pohle advises on cyber security, while Verena Grentzenberg focuses on assisting with data protection matters pertaining to new business models and big data projects.

Testimonials

‘What is special about the law firm is that it has excellent specialist knowledge, it is fast but precise and understands how our company works and how the internal legal department communicates with the business.’

‘DLA Piper’s privacy team is excellent at handling all types of privacy issues. They always get their priorities right.’

‘DLA covers almost all jurisdictions in which German companies operate (about 50 countries worldwide) and the quality of their work is always the same, regardless of the jurisdiction or country.’

‘DLA Piper’s privacy team is always available, even if an urgent matter arises. They always support us with practical, but legally correct and clear advice.’

‘DLA Piper communicates (if necessary) in such a way that non-legal employees can easily understand her advice.’

Key clients

1&1 Telecom GmbH

H&M

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

About You

LANXESS AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on various outsourcing projects, including the transfer of the Shared Service Center for Purchase and Financial Management to an external service provider.
  • Expert opinion and representation of 1&1 Telecom GmbH in fine proceedings at the Bonn Regional Court.
  • Representing H&M in regulatory proceedings (in close cooperation with the regulatory team) and providing additional data protection compliance advice and communications advice.

Information technology > IT transactions and outsourcing Tier 1

DLA Piper‘s international IT transaction practice features lawyers who are considered among the strongest in Germany as well as an extensive global network. Jan Geert Meents frequently advises on various outsourcing projects, including shared service centres transfers to external service providers, SAP systems implementations, WAN services transfers to new providers as well as on contractual issues. He leads the Munich-based practice whose offering is complemented by the expertise of Jan Pohle‘s team in Cologne which focuses on assistance with complex IT procurement projects and BPOs; both teams are part of the firm’s broader technology practice led by Stefan Engels and Thilo von Bodungen.

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Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 1

Major international law firm DLA Piper specialises in competition and advertising law and is predestined for cross-border mandates. The team handles numerous digitisation-related competition law matters and offers experience in trade secret protection and know-how protection. A growing field of activity is the enforcement of public law norms under competition law, including in the core sectors entertainment, technology, consumer goods and fashion, digital business and hospitality, among others. Practice head Stefan Engels in Hamburg and his team, including Kai Tumbrägel in Cologne and Burkhard Führmeyer in Frankfurt, are well versed in advising on the development of protection strategies and court proceedings. The group also covers transactional matters.

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Testimonials

‘Stefan Engels has a well-organized team that works pragmatically and cost-effectively. He has many years of experience in publishing, a very good market overview and is a good litigation tactician.’

Key clients

About You GmbH

Bacardi Ltd.

BRITA GmbH

CFA Institute

Coboplus S.L.U.

Duracell

Guccio Gucci

Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG

Hyatt International

LEGO System A/S

Newell Brands

Nike Inc.

Ralph Lauren

Rituals Cosmetics

Samsung Electronics

Snowflake

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Wort & Bild Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Representing the Wort & Bild Verlag in various competition law proceedings against Burda (and its subsidiaries) regarding advertising law issues relating to the opposing party’s health magazine mylife.
  • Advised Daimler Truck AG on the establishment of a joint venture with Volvo for the development, production and marketing of fuel cell systems, including advice on a highly complex IP structure, including IP transfers, IP reorganizations and licensing.
  • Advising Lego System A/S on the legally secure design of online sweepstakes on competition law and gambling law.

Media > Entertainment

Most recently, DLA Piper‘s media team was particularly active in the TV and broadcasting sphere, with Stefan Engels‘ team comprehensively advising prestigious broadcasters as well as marketing and media companies in connection with new TV formats on contract design, sales, marketing and advertising, as well as product launches and digital issues. Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt has longstanding experience in media law and also advises ‘reliably, creatively and practice-oriented‘ on regulatory and public commercial law in the media, entertainment, gaming and telecommunications sectors. Kai Tumbrägel also deals with esports and gaming; his core competencies include the protection of intellectual property, unfair competition and national and international transactions, especially in the video games sector.

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Testimonials

‘The deep understanding of the market makes the practice unique. The team has excellent skills in classifying the legal and regulatory framework and its effects. This enables it to provide efficient and practical advice.’

‘Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt has many years of experience in media law and provides reliable, creative and practice-oriented advice. He reacts quickly and efficiently and is very pleasant.’

‘When additional resources are needed, they are quick and reactive. This is important for time-critical matters. They are proactive rather than just reactive, addressing potential issues before they arise. Informative and open’.

‘Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt and his team are always professional in all matters.’

Key clients

Akatsuki Inc.

ProSiebenSat.1

Asmodèe Group

Evoke Gaming Ltd.

EWE AG

GROUP ONE MANAGEMENT PTY LTD

LEGO Systems A/S

Mr. Green & Co. AB

NeoLotto Ltd

Readly International AB

Spiegel-Verlag

Stillfront Group AB

The Premier League

Trustly Group AB

Twitch Interactive

Winamax SAS

ZeniMax Media

Work highlights

  • Advising Japanese gaming publisher Akatsuki Inc. on an international project regarding the worldwide rollout of a new mobile game.
  • Representing ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH in proceedings that led to one of the most important decisions of the BVerwG in regulatory and broadcasting law in recent years.
  • Advising and representing the world’s largest provider of sports betting, Winamax SA, based in Paris, on all aspects of gaming law, including German sports betting concession proceedings.

Media > Press and publishing Tier 1

DLA Piper‘s world-class press team impresses with an ‘outstanding broad coverage’. The team around the renowned Stefan Engels has extensive expertise that guarantees support ‘from a single source’ and ranges from press and copyright law to reputation management, legal protection and general media law. In the publishing sphere, the group’s representation of clients such as Axel Springer, Spiegel and Bild in disputes up to and before the Federal Court of Justice is particularly notable. Finally, the practice particularly often assists with issues pertaining to war reporting, youth protection regulations and the right to access information.

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Testimonials

‘Stefan Engels and his IP team act in an advisory and forensic capacity for almost all media law cases. They have an excellently broad coverage and thus also good interlocking in the field of commercial legal protection and media law, so that advice and support “from a single source” is guaranteed.’

‘Stefan Engels is particularly valued as an excellent lawyer and very good strategist and tactician, who is excellently networked and has very deep knowledge of the media industry and the media business. His commitment and ability to “think outside the box” of the specific mandate and to fully support the client deserve special mention.’

Public sector > Planning and environment

DLA Piper predominantly advises prestigious international companies from the consumer goods, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors as well as representatives of the public sector on product-related issues, including product recalls, product compliance and classifications. Ludger Giesberts, who is an experienced litigator, leads the team from the Cologne office, while Guido Kleve has particular experience in infrastructure law and in crisis management.

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Testimonials

‘The mandates were processed by a team with different levels of experience. This was definitely advantageous. In this way, on the one hand, many years of practical experience could be incorporated into the work, but on the other hand, a relatively up-to-date state of research and teaching.’

Key clients

Unilever

DeltaPort GmbH & CoKG

Winterhall Dea GmbH

Stadt Köln

CytoSorbents Europe GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice on product law for Unilever (product safety, product liability) with regard to end-user products and pre-products – manufacturers.
  • Advising Wintershall Dea GmbH on possible water contamination from the operation of oil production facilities.
  • Advising an Irish packaging manufacturer on the short-term regulatory feasibility of Covid-19 testing options including own laboratories in coordination with the responsible authorities.

White-collar crime > Advice to companies Tier 1

DLA Piper impresses with its practice's internationality, which is reflected not only in extensive capacities in cross-border investigations and criminal proceedings, but also in a client base consisting of financial institutions and industrial heavyweights from the US, Asia and Europe. The highly regarded team represents both defendants and claimants and is regularly instructed to assist with corruption, fraud, embezzlement and money laundering issues. The practice's legal expertise also includes representation in proceedings related to accounting fraud, insolvency, customs and foreign trade crimes as well as advice on banking and capital markets criminal law, environmental crime and cybercrime. The last two areas represent Christian Schoop's main focus, who also assists with traditional commercial criminal law issues, while Emanuel Ballo frequently assists companies in Europe and Asia.

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Testimonials

Excellent accessibility of the team.

dr Christian Schoop is a personable and always solution-oriented contact person .’

dr Emanuel Ballo is a solid criminal lawyer who is pleasant to work with.

Banking and finance > Real estate finance Tier 2

DLA Piper mainly acts on the lender side where it assists German real estate financiers and asset managers, mortgage bond banks, insurance companies and funds on senior loan and mezzanine loan level. In addition, the team also continues to expand its advice to debt funds. This diverse client base relies on the team's extensive financing and refinancing expertise, which it most recently applied in financings of logistics and residential portfolios, project developments as well as in connection to real estate acquisition financing of office complexes. Torsten Pokropp, who jointly heads the practice with Frank Schwem, further focuses on the financing of hotels and shopping centres, while Schwem also handles construction project financing.

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Testimonials

‘Solution-oriented action, goal-oriented and commercial thinking. Very good specialist knowledge, also with regard to bond issues.’

‘Torsten Pokropp: professional, pleasant contact, very experienced.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Aareal Bank AG

Aukera Real Estate Debt Lux. S.C.A., SICAV-RAIF

Berlin Hyp AG

CAERUS Debt Investments AG

Collineo Asset Management GmbH

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG (pbb)

Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen

ING

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

PGIM

Work highlights

  • Advising Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba) on the acquisition financing of landmark high-rise Silberturm in Frankfurt am Main. It was acquired by a joint venture between IMFARR Beteiligungs GmbH and SN Beteiligungen Holding AG by way of a €700m share deal.
  • Advising Allianz Real Estate on the granting of a financing by several Allianz Group companies to an institutional investor involving Arminius Group, an independent transaction and fund manager, for the acquisition financing of the Grand Campus in Frankfurt.
  • Advising ING, pbb and Berlin Hyp AG on the refinancing of a €580 million pan-European logistics portfolio owned by AEW. The portfolio includes 42 properties and developments in Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and the Netherlands.

Compliance Tier 2

DLA Piper advises DAX30 companies and international corporations on compliance management systems, due diligence and corporate governance, among others. Clients also benefit from the merger with the Boston Consulting Group, as well as the white-collar crime expertise demonstrated by practice head and criminal lawyer Christian Schoop. Emanuel Ballo and senior counsel Jürgen Taschke also handle criminal law matters and assist with compliance issues and internal investigations. The group frequently acts at the interface with insurance supervisory law, banking supervisory law, corporate law, employment law as well as public law. The insurance lawyer Gunne Bähr, Ludger Giesberts, who covers regulatory matters and has expertise in environmental and product law, and Kerstin Schnabel (capital markets compliance and corporate governance) are other key contacts.

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Testimonials

‘The team is internationally positioned and very well versed in the field, also when it comes to cross-border activities. The good internal networking with other practice groups at DLA (both national and international) should be emphasized, which successfully reduces the often high level of complexity, especially with international issues, and leads to quick and above-average results.’

‘Jürgen Taschke is technically well versed and experienced. A smart strategist and skillful negotiator.’

‘Very effective and competent team with quick responsiveness.’

Key clients

H&M

HNA Airport Group

Work highlights

  • Representation of H&M in regulatory proceedings and additional data protection compliance advice and communication advice.
  • Regulatory advice to a German automotive supplier in connection with the establishment of a sales network in South America, China and the USA.

Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 2

In addition to traditional corporate matters, DLA Piper also covers international restructurings, corporate governance and D&O liability issues as well as digitisation matters and annual general meetings. This offering also includes dedicated desks for matters pertaining to China, India and Africa as well as sector-specific expertise in automotive and manufacturing. The two practice heads Benjamin Parameswaran and Nils Krause offer combined M&A and corporate expertise, while Kerstin Schnabel covers the capital markets interface. Andreas Meyer-Landrut complements this offer with experience in D&O issues and corporate disputes.

Testimonials

‘Broad expertise, so almost all areas can be covered.’

‘The contact persons are easy to reach, can also answer critical questions quickly and comprehensively and support the decision-making process.’

‘In every deal, DLA ensures a balanced team that always advises and implements competently, promptly and in the interests of the client. It is the combination of competence, “limitation to the necessary” and excellent cooperation that makes me and my company fall back on DLA again and again.’

‘Benjamin Parameswaran has great broad knowledge, formulation and negotiation skills. With him at your side, a negotiation in a professional and at the same time friendly manner is guaranteed. His remuneration is reasonable, he never puts it above our trusting cooperation. He is and remains my best partner in M&A deals.’

‘Dr. Cornelius Frie: Brilliant in law, very responsive, extremely pleasant to work with, perfect knowledge of English.’

‘Dr. Benjamin Parameswaran: Always available, very reliable, very good processing and very quick feedback on all of the topics; In addition to the very good legal expertise, he is also characterized by a very good understanding of economics, which is very helpful in transactions and is an essential point.’

‘We mainly work with Nils Krause and Cornelius Frie, both of whom take on their tasks very enthusiastically. Nils was happy to work weekends to finalize the deal and Cornelius was willing to understand another jurisdiction’s legal system to better serve his clients.’

‘Great expertise, lots of experience, very accurate and hands-on.’

Key clients

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Atos SE

Ahlers AG

EWE AG

Matica Technologies AG

McKesson Europe AG

Nordzucker und Nordzucker Holding AG

REALTECH AG

Rolls Royce Power Systems AG

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

q.beyond AG

LPKF Laser & Electronics AG

GELSENWASSER AG

TTL Beteiligungs- und Grundbesitz-AG

Kölner Pensionskasse VVaG und Pensionskasse der Caritas VVaG

LPKF Laser & Electronics AG

STEAG GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on the comprehensive package of measures to increase profitability announced by the company.
  • Advising Atos SE on corporate law structuring issues in connection with a comprehensive IT outsourcing project by Bayer AG.
  • Advice on supervisory law to the Cologne pension fund and the Caritas pension fund vis-à-vis the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) as well as advice on the design and implementation of the restructuring concept and the associated formal transition to liquidation status.

Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation Tier 2

Jointly led by Stefan Engels and Thilo von Bodungen, DLA Piper‘s IP and technology team is split between Hamburg, Munich and Cologne. The firm’s international network enables smooth cooperation and advice on cross-border projects, thereby also offering foreign clients ‘clear and concise’ assistance. Mainstays of the practice encompass data analytics, digital transformation, IoT and artificial intelligence, with Jan Geert Meents considered a proven expert in these areas. Jan Pohle specializes in international and national IT compliance, data protection and cyber security projects. The team is also adept at assisting with IT issues in relation to financial and tax law.

Testimonials

‘The team is easy to reach and always available to explain key nuances of German law and practice to a foreign client. They help him to understand best practices when working in the German market. They explain key legal principles in a clear and concise manner and know enough about US and UK commercial law to go through key differences when structuring transactions.’

‘Jan Pohle and Thorsten Ammann are very communicative. Their English is exemplary, as is their ability to explain complex legal issues in English. Their style is particularly helpful as they are always happy to take the time to discuss key differences in law, client and practice that one must consider when doing business in Germany.’

Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 2

Regulatory issues are at the heart of DLA Piper‘s insurance advice; other core competences include portfolio transfers in the run-off sphere, compliance, transactions and corporate issues. The team is led by Ludger Giesberts and most recently saw an increase in advising reinsurers, particularly on issues pertaining to pandemic-related business closure insurance. Gunne Bähr maintains good contacts with the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority and assists clients with governance issues, distribution matters and insurtech. In addition to dispute resolution, Christian Schneider is also well versed in advisory insurance law matters, including product development and structuring of insurance solutions. Jan Eltzschig and counsel Heike Schmitz joined Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in October 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Outstanding expertise in insurance supervisory law, very good knowledge of the market and excellent networking in the industry (also with the supervisory authority BaFin).’

‘Dr. Gunne Baehr and Dr. Volker Lemmer are both excellent in insurance supervisory law.’

‘The team around Dr. Christian Schneider is technically well versed (also with regard to liability law topics), easily accessible, thinks outside the box and is always extremely friendly. The team is an established point of contact for all of our company’s insurance matters, but especially for critical issues.’

‘Dr. Christian Schneider: Great contact person with brilliant know-how; Idea giver; creative, but always a balanced perspective for everyone involved.’

‘Extremely well-founded legal advice on insurance and insurance supervisory law, combined with highly qualified advice on other related legal issues (e.g. company pension law).’

‘Very customer-oriented and flexible. Also available at short notice and always able to give competent advice, even in complex matters.’

‘Extensive knowledge of various jurisdictions, valuable in cross-border consulting.’

‘Gunne Bähr actually knows everything about insurance law.’

Key clients

Kölner Pensionskasse VVaG/ Pensionskasse der Caritas VVaG

Steadfast Group

Baloise Gruppe

Gen Re

Gothaer Gruppe

HanseMerkur Krankenversicherung

Kommunaler Versorgungsverband Baden Württemberg (KVBW)

Liberty Speciality Services Limited

Partner Re

RGA International Reinsurance Company

VOV GmbH

Zurich Insurance plc

Work highlights

  • Advising the Cologne pension fund/ Caritas pension fund on insurance supervisory law issues as well as on company pension and insurance law issues in connection with benefit cuts.
  • Advising an ecologically oriented life insurer in connection with the low-interest phase and the regulatory solvency requirements as well as the conclusion of a reinsurance contract for the transfer of the additional interest reserve build-up risk.
  • Advising the Steadfast Group on increasing its stake in unisonSteadfast AG to a majority stake of 60%.

Insurance > Insurance litigation Tier 2

In the insurance litigation sphere, DLA Piper impresses with a special focus on D&O insurance; here, the group advises and represents board members and managing directors of national and international companies in claim proceedings. Led by Ludger Giesberts, the team is also instructed by insurers and has expertise in product liability, financial lines, Covid-19 issues and at the interface to insolvency law. Thomas Gädtke has special expertise in D&O and product liability and, as a proven arbitration specialist, acts before ordinary courts and arbitral tribunals. In addition to compliance and management cases, Gunne Bähr‘s increasingly represents clients before the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority. Christian Schneider is also experienced in technical, construction and property insurance as well as in the settlement of liability claims. Insolvency disputes, particularly on behalf of insurers and banks, are covered by counsel David Buntenbroich.

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Testimonials

‘The team around partner Thomas Gädtke has a great deal of experience and a high level of expertise in the area of questions relating to D&O insurance and directors’ liability. When it comes to taking action against a former manager and the relevant D&O insurance (in court or out of court), Mr. Gädtke is an excellent address with an excellent reputation in the industry. In such cases, well-established contacts with the lawyers of the D&O insurance companies are of great importance.’

‘Partner Thomas Gädtke has excellent and relevant legal knowledge and many years of top-class experience in court proceedings and negotiations with D&O insurance companies. Combined with his very pleasant personal manner and the pronounced economic approach, he is highly recommended.’

‘The team led by Dr. Christian Schneider is a reliable partner, very in-depth knowledge, also in liability law, easily accessible. Trustful cooperation. ‘

‘Dr. Christian Schneider: Excellent cooperation, one of the top 5 in the D&O area, brilliant know-how; thinks outside the box; creative, but for the benefit of all parties.’

‘Very customer friendly approach, steady and professional when needed. Lawyers have a good understanding of their clients’ business and insurance issues.’

‘Good communication skills, always available. Very pragmatic and well structured approach.’

Key clients

Evangelische Zusatzversorgungskasse (EZVK)

Kölner Pensionskasse VVaG / Pensionskasse der Caritas VVaG

Bayerische Landesbank

Partner Re

VOV GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading global provider of industrial insurance as business liability insurer of a testing company and its domestic and foreign subsidiaries in connection with an accident in South America.
  • Representation of insurance companies of a DAX group in all insurance law and insurance supervisory law issues.
  • Advice on supervisory law to a Cologne pension fund and the Caritas pension fund vis-à-vis the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) on the design and implementation of the restructuring concept and the associated formal transition to liquidation status.

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 2

Due to the international network of DLA Piper, the team is well positioned for cross-border transactions, international project developments and pan-European portfolios as well as forward deals with cross-border aspects. Further strengths include the advice on real estate projects related to insolvency and supporting real estate financing issues. The two practice heads Lars Reubekeul and Fabian Mühlen focus on real estate blockchain technologies, smart buildings and data centres (Reubekeul) and advising insurers and asset managers on high-volume transactions (Mühlen). Martin Haller specialises in project developments across various asset categories, including office, retail and logistics, while Christian Lonquich routinely handles portfolio and loan transactions.

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Testimonials

‘Very strong team with a very long track record with our company. The team appears fully committed in the deals. Very high level of detail with fast processing/ feedback at the same time.’

‘Dr. Martin Haller: Very confident with a lot of experience and knowledge of the market. Always calm, matter-of-fact and friendly. Very high level of competence and experience in various asset classes (office, trade, logistics).’

‘Very harmonious, well coordinated team. Annual leave abscences are handled very well. You can tell that the competencies in the team complement each other very well. Always up to date.’

‘Martin Haller: Extremely good at negotiating and a running encyclopedia, especially interpersonal very good to steer the other side correctly.’

‘A very practice-oriented team with always good solution proposals and pragmatic approaches. A real asset.’

‘Dr. Martin Haller always keeps an overview and can play the soft as well as the hard tones very well.’

‘Competent contacts who keep calm even in difficult negotiations and find the right answers/solutions. The task was completed to our complete satisfaction.’

‘Fabian Mühlen advised us as a partner, and through his competent advice he made the purchase contract negotiations a success.’

Key clients

Aviva Investors

AXA Investment Managers

Catella Real Estate

CONREN Land

GLP

Hahn Gruppe

HALLMANN HOLDING

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Hotels & Resorts

Jamestown

KINGSTONE Investment Management

MARCOL

Novapierre Allemagne 2 SCPI

Principal Real Estate Spezialfondsgesellschaft mbH

PROJECT Immobilien Gewerbe AG

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the global investment company The Carlyle Group on the acquisition of a portfolio of 27 logistics properties in France and Germany. The transaction was structured as a sale-and-lease-back.
  • Advising the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Hotels & Resorts on the continuation of ten hotels of the franchisee Tidal Operations Germany GmbH (TOG) and their transfer to the new operator, the Westmont Hospitality Group.
  • Advising PROJECT Immobilien Gewerbe AG on the sale of the new office and commercial building MACHWERK74 in Berlin. The buyer is Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH in Hamburg.

Transport > Advice to the transport sector Tier 2

DLA Piper comprehensively covers regulatory issues in the transport sector as part of the firm's litigation and regulatory practice. The group has a focus on the automotive sector and recently saw a significant increase in instructions related to e-mobility and autonomous driving. In addition to its expertise in state aid and public procurement, the team also impresses at the interface to environmental and planning law and assists clients with aviation law issues. Practice head Ludger Giesberts advises on aviation and planning law as well as on public-private partnership projects among other matters. Guido Kleve advises on infrastructure law and also has special knowledge of aviation, subsidy and state aid law. Frank Roth is the key contact for contentious matters in the transport and traffic sector.

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Work highlights

  • Legal representation of a listed tourism group regarding two state aid lawsuits before the General Court of the European Union.
  • Advising a truck manufacturer on the importance and implementation of road traffic regulations with regard to the development of autonomous vehicles.

Compliance > Internal investigations Tier 3

DLA Piper 's full-service approach primarily appeals to global corporations and listed companies. The team has a strong connection with the criminal law practice, evident in the expertise demonstrated by Emanuel Ballo, Senior Counsel Jürgen Taschke and practice head Christian Schoop. Schoop also has specialist knowledge in the field of environmental crime and cyber attacks. Guido Kleve covers regulatory matters and also advises on environmental crime. Counsel Daniel Zapf focuses on cross-border investigations and anti-money laundering compliance. Counsel Stefanie Bischof (cross-border and regulatory investigations) joined Noerr in February 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Christian Schoop is very knowledgeable and has extensive practical experience in compliance and criminal law as well as in internal investigations. Of course, this experience and his considered and calm manner are of particular benefit to the clients.’

‘Very pleasant cooperation, high competence of the lawyers (also in the international network).’

‘Emanuel Ballo: Competence, working style, availability and flexibility.’

‘The team around partner Christian Schoop has a criminal law focus and therefore sees compliance issues primarily from this perspective. This can be helpful for management in terms of risk avoidance .’

Key clients

H&M

HNA Airport Group

Work highlights

  • Advising a MDAX group in connection with the internal clarification of possible breaches of contract by two contracting parties of a joint venture.
  • Advising the HNA Airport Group on an internal investigation and defense against suspected tax evasion, breach of trust and subsidy fraud.

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

DLA Piper ‘s M&A practice ‘is excellently positioned worldwide and has a large network covering almost every jurisdiction‘. In addition to ongoing transactions, the group is also active in M&A restructuring mandates and focuses on the industrial, consumer goods, chemical and technology sectors. Country managing partners Benjamin Parameswaran and Nils Krause jointly head the team and have longstanding experience in M&A, public takeovers and corporate law with Krause complementing the expertise in corporate group and group law as well as private equity and venture capital. TMT specialist Mathias Schulze Steinen and Africa desk manager Sebastian Decker are other key contacts.

Testimonials

‘It is the combination of competence, division of labor between associates and partners, adequacy of work products, compensation and perfect personal interaction with senior partner Benjamin Parameswaran that makes DLA my preferred law firm.’

‘DLA Piper has a very strong transaction force. We feel that we are in very good hands there, regardless of the country (in addition to Germany, the USA and France).’

‘We work with Nils Krause. He is a distinct personality in the field of M&A and ensures that transactions run smoothly with his problem-solving skills and understanding of economic backgrounds. He also responds optimally to the respective wishes of the client and makes extremely smart solutions that are acceptable to all parties.

‘The law firm is excellently positioned worldwide and has a large network covering almost every jurisdiction.’

‘Sebastian Decker has excellent knowledge of the industry and familiarizes himself with every topic without wasting any time. Depending on the client’s wishes, he is also able to find quick and pragmatic solutions without losing sight of potential risks.’

‘We were happy to carry out both a purchase and a company sale with DLA Piper Cologne. Not only the respective implementation is simply great, but also the support afterwards. Nothing has ever become time-critical. If need be, work was also done at the weekend.’

‘The precision of the team is like Swiss clockwork when it comes to legal qualifications and safeguarding clients’ interests. The cross-border experience and the in-depth knowledge of different industries and deal structures deserve special mention.’

‘Mathias Schulze Steinen is an outstanding lawyer; to learn professionally; very prudent and with a sure instinct for tricky situations.’

Key clients

Daimler AG

GM Cruise Holdings

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

HOYER

Unilever

Wipro Limited

Siemens AG

BASF

BearingPoint

Elisa Oyj

insightsoftware

KRAHN Chemie Gruppe

Lufthansa Technik AG

Nemetschek Group

Otto Group

PAVO

Ping An Global Voyager Fund

Senvion

Sopra Banking Software S.A.

Stillfront Group

Syngenta

team.blue

TRUMPF Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advising Daimler AG on the establishment of a fuel cell joint venture between Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group.
  • Advising GM Cruise Holdings LLC in connection with the acquisition of Astyx GmbH from Zukunft Ventures GmbH, a subsidiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and the founders of Astyx.
  • Advising Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on the extensive package of measures announced by the company to increase profitability.

Dispute resolution > Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 3

German and international companies from the automotive, aviation, IT, healthcare and finance sectors instruct DLA Piper's dispute resolution practice to assist with energy, insurance, corporate and commercial issues. Most recently, the group's cooperation with the tax and restructuring experts was particularly prominent. Key contacts include Daniel Sharma, who often advises on matters relating to India, class action specialist Thomas Gädtke, automotive expert Wolfgang Jäger as well as Frank Roth, who provides advice on contentious infrastructure and IT issues.

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Testimonials

‘DLA Piper was able to provide us with ‘seamless’ corporate law and arbitration advice. We felt very understood in relation to our business model and the related thought process, which in turn was the basis of the contract in these arbitration proceedings. The DLA Piper team’s proactive approach and constant availability have been outstanding.’

‘We would engage Wolfgang Jäger again at any time in a commercial context for German litigation/arbitration and would recommend him as a client-oriented lawyer.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a global US-based group of companies in an ICC arbitration regarding contractual disputes in connection with damages claims brought by the other party regarding a large construction project.
  • Cross-border advice to a leading international plant construction company on claims for an extension of the construction period and additional costs as part of a major plant construction project with a contract value of over €1bn that was affected by the pandemic.
  • Advising an international manufacturer of printing machines on damages claims as a result of a failed company sale.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper's dispute resolution practice assists with various commercial disputes and, thanks to its full service offering, is well positioned to advise on cross-practice matters which the group frequently handles in close cooperation with its global network. The team works very closely with the firm's corporate practice and has an advisory focus on contentious D&O issues. Interdisciplinary expertise is in frequent demand in relation to tax, finance and insurance issues. Litigation lawyer Ludger Giesberts heads the group, which also includes class action expert Thomas Gädtke and Frank Roth, who is experienced in joint venture disputes. Other key contacts for both litigation and arbitration are Wolfgang Jäger, Christian Schneider and counsel David Buntenbroich. Counsel Sebastian Schneider (also litigation and arbitration) joined GLNS Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater in September 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Wolfgang Jäger is recommended for German commercial litigation; very client-oriented.’

‘Good full-service offer, also deals with special topics that are relevant to us, such as inland shipping law.’

‘Frank Roth: experienced litigation lawyer; well-structured in communication; very efficient advice – always keeps an eye on the cost-benefit ratio. I have never had any unpleasant surprises here. Our “go-to litigator” for proceedings in Germany.’

Key clients

Atos

ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH + Sat.1 Satelliten Fernsehen GmbH

Spiegel-Verlag

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Advising a lawyer as insolvency administrator on the assets of BEV Bayerische Energieversorgungsgesellschaft mbH in a model declaratory action against Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV in connection with the consideration of a new customer bonus in energy supply contracts.
  • Representation of Atos in proceedings against a software company after a previous procurement law review procedure related to a failed IT project of one of the largest federal authorities.
  • Representing ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH + Sat.1Satellite Fernsehen GmbH in a dispute against state media authorities before the Federal Administrative Court regarding Sat.1’s broadcasting license.

Industry focus > Energy Tier 3

DLA Piper is particularly well positioned on energy contract and energy trading law due to practice head Michael Cieslarczyk in Cologne, whose team frequently advises investment banks. In 2020, the cooperation of Cieslarczyk’s team with the corporate and financing teams in Hamburg and Frankfurt was strengthened to give transactional and project work matters more emphasis than in previous years. Another core team is the litigation group, which is well known in the market due its advice on large-scale arbitration proceedings, especially in the gas market, and on compliance issues. In the renewable energies space, the group is primarily active in the offshore wind sector. The firm launched its own e-mobility initiative and is well positioned for the important growth areas of self-supply and corporate PPAs. As part of an international law firm, the practice is a very good choice for cross-border mandates. It has particularly close ties to the Austrian, British, Dutch, Italian and Spanish teams. Financing expert Wolfram Distler returned to the Frankfurt office from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Quick reaction and pragmatic solutions.’

‘Michael Cieslarczyk’s team impresses with its great expertise in the energy industry and its willingness to familiarize itself deeply with new topics. Even if we need the team at short notice, mature and high-quality contract drafts are made available to us.’

‘Christopher Ollech works in a very detailed and forward-looking manner. He understands how to put himself in the position of the given situation in a practice-oriented manner, how to ask meaningful questions and make comments, and thus how to draw up excellent draft contracts.’

Key clients

EFET – European Federation of Energy Traders

Insolvenzverwalter der Bayerischen Energieversorgungsgesellschaft (BEV), Axel Bierbach

ACT Commodities

Agder Energi Vannkraft AS

EWE

NetConnect Germany GmbH & Co KG

Javelin Global Commodities

EWE Go

Work highlights

  • Advising a large industrial group in connection with the acquisition of shares in a large offshore wind farm project, including advice on the entire project documentation as well as with regard to large-volume PPAs and all regulatory frameworks.
  • Advising a large energy infrastructure fund as part of its planned investment in a German offshore wind farm and in particular with regard to the conclusion of a large-volume PPA.
  • Advising a DAX company on two large-volume corporate power purchase agreements for the purchase of green electricity from Spanish and German renewable energy plants.  

Intellectual property > Patent litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper represents clients in infringement, nullity, opposition and enforcement proceedings. The IT industry, including telecoms, consumer electronics, technology and media, constitutes a key focus area for the team and especially counsel Constanze Krenz in Munich. The recent growth of the life sciences practice, which is mainly covered by Philipp Cepl and counsel Kokularajah Paheenthararajah in Cologne, is steadily becoming the firm's second cornerstone. With Markus Gampp leading the German practice and co-chairing the firm's global patent practice, the German team is an ideal choice for advising on cross-border matters. In 2020, under Gampp's leadership, the practice continued to expand across the most important patent infringement courts in Germany.

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Testimonials

‘Very friendly and creative team. Always willing to work collaboratively with in-house counsel.’

‘Markus Gampp is friendly and competent. Easily accessible and always sends promised information on time. Markus is a creative and very competent lawyer who we always enjoy working with.’

Philipp Cepl: Extraordinary specialist knowledge, clever litigator with the highest level of expertise in substantive law, efficient.’

‘Kokularajah Paheentharajah: Extremely diligent, his double qualification gives him a depth of knowledge and understanding that has hardly ever been seen anywhere else.

Efficiency, fairness without compromises at the expense of the client, always good spirit.

Philipp Cepl is an outstanding patent litigator, whom we value personally and professionally. Particularly noteworthy is his effective way of working, which is always oriented towards the goals and needs of the client.

‘DLA Piper has an excellent international set-up and works very well and efficiently on projects, even across national borders.

Markus Gampp is an excellent lawyer and litigator. He has almost 20 years of experience and has proven his skill and strategic acumen in many large, complex and often international proceedings. In all of this, he is also very pragmatic and keeps an eye on the economic goals.

Key clients

Alpinestars S.p.A.

Aptiv Plc

Ardagh Group

Dell

Extreme Networks

Harman International Industries, Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Medtronic

Microsoft

Nike Inc.

Vervaeke Belavi

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Microsoft, HP and Dell in several patent infringement proceedings before the LG Mannheim and the LG Munich regarding touchscreen technology.
  • Advising and representing Harman as a co-intervener in multiple series of patent infringement lawsuits brought by Avanci members against Daimler. The subject is the alleged infringement of several standard-essential patents of Sharp, Conversant and IP Bridge by, among others, telecommunications units (2G/3G/4G) supplied by Harman to Daimler, including advice on licensing/antitrust issues/FRAND.
  • Advising and representing Medtronic in various disputes regarding the enforcement of medical technology patents in the areas of respiratory and surgery.

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 3

DLA Piper primarily advises companies and banks on financial restructurings – especially in the real estate sector – as well as on distressed M&A, cross-border NPL transactions, insolvency challenges and directors' liability. Practice head Dietmar Schulz also focuses on these topics and is supported by Mike Danielewsky, who predominantly assists national and international banks, investment companies, funds, investors and companies including their bodies. The group's industry expertise includes automotive, aviation, hospitality and leisure as well as retail.

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Testimonials

‘Professionally excellent, very practical and solution-oriented. Very good international expertise and cross-legal know-how.’

‘Dietmar Schulz is a very agile and solution-oriented colleague.’

‘Practice-oriented specialist knowledge with solution-oriented application.’

‘Dr. Dietmar Schulz is a very good team player with excellent leadership qualities.’

Key clients

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Hotels & Resorts

Lufthansa Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Hotels & Resorts on the continuation of ten hotels of the franchisee Tidal Operations Germany GmbH (TOG) and their transfer to the new operator, the Westmont Hospitality Group.
  • Advising the insolvency administrator of the automotive supplier FLABEG on the sale of the group of companies with headquarters in Germany and international locations to an international investor.
  • Advising the Lufthansa Group with its companies Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Lufthansa Technik AG and SWISS as the main customer and main creditor in the insolvency proceedings of ZIM Flugsitz GmbH.

Trade and distribution > Foreign trade law Tier 3

In addition to the traditional areas of foreign trade law, DLA Piper provides cross-practice advice at the interface with other practices, particularly antitrust, insurance and commercial criminal law as well as the IP and IT segments. Investment control is increasingly becoming a mainstay of the team, especially with regard to critical technologies and infrastructures as well as the management of international transactions under investment control law. Practice leader Ludger Giesberts advises clients on export control law and also represents them in contentious matters in court. Counsel Thilo Streit supports companies from the automotive, mechanical engineering, IT, chemicals and insurance sectors in foreign trade law, which includes advice on export control and sanctions law as well as criminal law work and investment control. The group has further expertise in the pharmaceuticals and medical products sector.

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Testimonials

‘The particular strength of the DLA team lies in its pragmatic approach, ie the client is approached in a very targeted manner without first creating a large number of bookable hours. The professional expertise of the team, especially in the context of complex foreign trade issues, distinguishes this from other law firms. As a result, the DLA practice, in cooperation with the global contacts, is able to solve international issues quickly and competently.’

‘Thilo Streit has extensive in-depth knowledge of foreign trade law. Quite simply a very competent and experienced specialist.’

Key clients

Amadeus IT Group

Aphria Inc.

GMM Pfaudler Limited

Wipro Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Amadeus IT Group on the sale of a server farm to Microsoft as part of an outsourcing project with regard to investment control law issues in connection with the questionable classification as critical infrastructure.
  • Advising GMM Pfaudler on the acquisition of the Pfaudler Group, a manufacturer of medical and other special containers.
  • Investment control law advice to Wipro Limited on the acquisition of Capco, a software provider and international banking consultancy.

Trade and distribution > Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 3

DLA Piper offers clients a one-stop shop for all aspects of trade, distribution and logistics. The automotive, chemical, retail and consumer goods sectors are industry focuses, which are supported at the interface with IT and digitisation. The firm’s advisory portfolio includes all aspects of the supply chain and distribution channels, contract law, licensing agreements and cooperation in the form of strategic alliances and joint ventures. Most recently, the main focus was on Covid-19-related issues, such as the disruption of supply chains, force majeure and alternative business models. Thilo von Bodungen heads the practice and is primarily active in aspects of contract law and operational business, particularly in the industrial, consumer goods and retail sectors. Sylvia Ebersberger has extensive experience in supporting transformation processes and innovation projects, in which she often accompanies data-based business models. Contract law expert Susanne Weckbach and Silke Goschler, who specialises in distribution systems, are key contacts at counsel level.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of commercial law. Very good ability to draft contracts in English. Excellent service and personable tone. Smart.’

‘Thilo von Bodungen is an experienced partner who acts very attentively and works in a solution-oriented manner.’

Susanne Weckbach excels at drafting English contracts and is experienced in complex contract mechanisms.’

‘What is special about the law firm is that it has excellent specialist knowledge, it is fast but precise and understands how our company works and how the internal legal department communicates with the business.’

They always get the priorities right. They are our trusted advisers, we can turn to them with any kind of request and they always find a way to support us.’

They always support us with practical, but legally correct and clear advice. DLA Piper communicates (when necessary) in a way that non-legal employees can easily understand.’

‘The team shows very good empathy when evaluating the facts and, above all, shows economic understanding when processing the issues.’

‘The partner in the Munich office is an outstanding specialist who I trust, who is always available, who always works on time and who provides excellent professional advice. We are very satisfied with the support.’

Key clients

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

REE Automotive Ltd.

Waldaschaff Automotive Group

Active Nutrition International GmbH

BorgWarner Group

Dr. Wieselhuber & Partner Group

Methanex

Pressemetall Gunzenhausen

Sixt Leasing SE

William Grant

Wittur Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on various commercial contracts, new business models, contract joint ventures and sales law issues.
  • Advising REE Automotive Ltd. on several cooperation projects with strategic partners in numerous jurisdictions.
  • Advising the Waldaschaff Automotive Group, among other things, on the realignment of business relationships with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in the automotive industry.

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 4

DLA Piper stands out with sector focuses on the media, entertainment, technology and consumer goods industries. Integrated into the firm’s global network, the team increasingly advises clients from the hospitality and digital economy sectors on soft IP matters, while legal tech support is another core strength. The advice on trade mark and design law covers the entire life cycle of products and services, with additional capacities in domain, title and competition law. A combination of strategic portfolio advice and clients’ representation in contentious proceedings result in a busy workload for the practice, which expanded further in 2020 by acquiring and expanding new and existing mandates. Stefan Engels in Hamburg heads the team. Other key contacts are litigator Burkhard Führmeyer and Kai Tumbrägel in Cologne, who is active in media and sports law.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

DLA has in-depth knowledge of traders and the players in the parallel imports market.’

Key clients

Bacardi Ltd.

BRITA GmbH

CFA Institute

Daimler Truck AG

Duracell

Guccio Gucci

Happy Socks AB

Hyatt International

HSBC

LEGO System A/S

Lululemon

Newell Brands

Nike Inc.

Samsung Electronics

Snowflake

Ty Inc.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Work highlights

  • Taking over the management of the global brand portfolio of HSBC.
  • Representing Nike Inc. in trademark infringement proceedings before the Frankfurt District Court against a competitor; also ongoing advice on trademark and competition law issues and representation in contentious proceedings.
  • Ongoing advice to BRITA GmbH on IP and competition law issues, including parallel imports, advertising campaigns, trademark applications and trademark infringements.

Germany > Antitrust Tier 5

Internationally well connected and based on a strongly integrated consulting approach, DLA Piper's practice offers clients 'good specialist knowledge paired with a hands-on mentality' . The team frequently assists with antitrust aspects of transactions and joint ventures, compliance issues and merger control proceedings, while collaborating across practices with its corporate and commercial colleagues. Ludger Giesberts heads the practice from Cologne, Jan Dreyer is considered an 'attentive advisor' and Semin O has experience in cross-border merger control proceedings. The arrival of counsel Sergej Bräuer in June 2020, previously at Gleiss Lutz, has particularly strengthened the team's cartel damages claims practice. Justus Herrlinger joined from White & Case LLP at the end of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘In addition to the high level of professional competence, the team complements each other very well due to the different individual working methods. As a client, you receive comprehensive advice on legal and formal aspects as well as tips and recommendations on strategic aspects. For external contact, e.g. in appointments with the BKartA, it was also an advantage that a lawyer had the details of the documents in his head and also at hand and that his partner was able to grasp the sometimes tense situations on the relationship level and empathetically de-escalate them. Absences were always organized in such a way that a lawyer familiar with the procedure was available as a contact person.’

‘Good specialist knowledge paired with a “hands-on” mentality in consulting. The results of the consultation can be implemented in practice.’

‘Jan Dreyer is an attentive consultant who shows his own initiative and asks the right questions.’

‘The team works very professionally and is always up to date with the latest case law and legislation. The pragmatic and timely advice adapted to the “business” is very much appreciated. What also stands out is that the team is always available.’

‘Partner Semin O works at highest professional level and always has the client’s business interests in mind. The pragmatic legal advice is greatly appreciated.’

This is a very efficient and professional team.

Key clients

EWE AG

AOC Health GmbH

BearingPoint

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

insightsoftware

KRAHN Chemie Gruppe

Lufthansa Technik AG

Noventiz GmbH

Otto Group

Phoenix Mecano Ag

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on all aspects of antitrust law as part of their announced focus on core activities and portfolio adjustments.
  • Defending the approval of the Federal Cartel Office in merger control proceedings for the energy and telecommunications company EWE AG to establish a joint venture with Telekom Deutschland GmbH.
  • Advising Otto Group on the sale of the group’s own service provider for quality assurance and product safety, Hansecontrol Group, to Qima, a leading provider of supply chain compliance solutions.

Germany > Employment Tier 5

DLA Piper recently experienced several staff departures: Bernd Borgmann (restructuring and transactions) as well as Eva Einfeldt (restructuring and works constitution law) left for DWF Germany Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH at the end of 2020, while Volker von Alvensleben (works constitution and collective bargaining law and transactions) joined Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH as Of Counsel in April 2021. He was followed by Astrid Schnabel (works constitution law) in May 2021 and Marco Arteaga (occupational pension schemes) in July 2021. The team, led by Kai Bodenstedt, currently focuses on collective employment law, including restructurings and any associated litigation as well as negotiations with works councils. Occupational pension schemes are another core focus.

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Testimonials

‘DLA’s labor law practice is characterized by in-depth expertise in a wide variety of areas of labor law, e.g. B. Collective bargaining law, pension law, transfer of employees, etc., and the international orientation also in cross-border problems or transactions. In addition to legal excellence, the focus is particularly on the economic perspective in terms of the client. It is important to emphasize the networking in a wide variety of industries and the internal networking with other practice groups such as corporate, M&A or restructuring.’

‘Dr. Henriette Norda is a strategically far-sighted and legally excellent lawyer with great creative power and great negotiating skills.’

Highly professional and quick processing of our concerns, very short response times, goal- and practice-oriented and well-considered advice.’

Perfect networking of topics. It was very difficult to find a law firm that has expertise at the interface of labor law and insurance supervisory law. DLA Piper was able to cover this perfectly. Other law firms could not provide us with this expertise.’

Jens Kirchner and his colleagues have done an excellent job of dealing with the difficult area of the interaction between insurance supervisory law and labor law with regard to the co-determination rights of the works council and have found a good solution in negotiations with the employee committees. In particular, the very specific European legal regulations and the provisions of the BaFin could be used profitably in this way. The colleagues responded very well to us as clients, grasped the problem area very well and worked out a tailor-made strategy.’

Key clients

EasyJet

Georgsmarienhütte GmbH

Hertz Autovermietung

H&M Hennes & Mauritz Logistik AB & Co. KG

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Merlin Entertainment

Medtronic

Mozilla

NortonLife-Lock (f.k.a Symantec)

PVH (Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein)

Qualcomm Inc.

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Qualcomm Inc. on all works constitution issues.
  • Advising Georgsmarienhütte GmbH on the use of financial support from the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF).
  • Advising Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on the reorganization of their company pension scheme for employees in Germany.  

Private equity > Transactions Tier 5

DLA Piper offers clients a 'well-established team with creative solutions, even in complex situations '. Headed by Nils Krause, the practice assists investment companies with capital markets-related transactions and advises on PE transactions in regulated sectors. Here, the technology sector represents a particular focus for the group, especially fintech; hereby, the team regularly consults its data protection practice, although it also routinely cooperates with the capital markets, real estate and medical law teams. Andreas Füchsel is experienced in public takeovers and LBOs and Simon Vogel combines VC and PE expertise.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent quality, very responsive, well-established team with creative solutions even in complex situations.’

‘The DLA relationship partner Andreas Füchsel is involved in all of our transactions. We value Andreas Füchsel’s in-depth legal expertise coupled with an excellent commercial mindset.’

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 5

DLA Piper's procurement law practice around Frank Roth in Cologne is instructed by various national and international companies and focuses on the IT sector; here, it recently also advised on matters relevant to pandemic-related developments such as its advice to SAP on the Corona-Warn-App. The practice also shows strengths in transport sector procurement and can further draw on its dual expertise in procurement law and dispute resolution to represent clients in claim and review proceedings. Ludger Giesberts heads the German litigation and regulatory practice, which also houses the firm's procurement team.

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Key clients

Atos

Ballast Nedam

BAM PPP / Kemna Bau

Eiffage PPP

Cancom on line GmbH

Flughafen Köln-Bonn

SAP Deutschland

NetApp

Fujitsu

Work highlights

  • Advising SAP on the assignment together with T-Systems for the development and operation of the German Corona-Warn-App.
  • Representation of Atos in a lawsuit against a software company after a previous procurement law review procedure because of a failed IT project of one of the largest federal authorities.
  • Advising a leading global company for medical technology and pharmaceutical drugs on the consequences of emergency procurement during the peak phase of the pandemic and the resulting distortion of competition as a result of the free delivery of centrally procured devices to clinics outside of a pandemic-related need and regular procurement procedures.

Germany > Tax Tier 5

With cross-practice and cross-location cooperation being a consistent feature of its advice, DLA Piper focuses on the support of M&A, real estate and restructuring transactions on one hand and on transfer pricing, indirect taxes and tax compliance, including related investigations, on the other. Practice head Marie-Theres Rämer is one of the key contacts for the aforementioned transactional sphere and thereby regularly assists with tax-related financing aspects and the structuring of real estate investments. Tax consultant Ulf Andresen is usually in charge of transfer pricing matters.

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Testimonials

‘Very good network, always discussed in the team, even on vacation and illness.’

‘Technically very competent, on time, always available, understandably prepared.’

‘DLA’s tax department has both broad and deep experience. The team understands the technical requirements and is able to provide practical insights.

‘Outstanding conceptual approach in the area of transfer pricing, careful analysis in the area of tax planning and pitfalls, stringent approach in litigation. Very fast response behavior, cases are processed and closed in a short time. Fair judgment when a case is unsuccessful.’

The consultants always take the direct route to the goal.’

‘Dr. Ulf Andresen: Outstanding conceptual approach in the area of transfer pricing, very good tactical negotiator.’

‘Dr. Konrad Rohde: Very careful analysis of tax structures, hard but correct in dealing with the financial administration, does not take any complicated detours.’

‘Konrad Rhode was excellent. He knows his area of law well and applies a complex area in a constructive and easy-to-understand way.

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

InterContinental Hotel Group

FSC International

Lehman Brothers Holding Inc.

Lone Star

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals/Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma America Inc.

Wintershall

Work highlights

  • Tax law advice to Wintershall Dea GmbH on the issue of the first subordinated bond in two tranches in the amount of €1.5 billion.
  • Advising Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.  on transfer pricing issues in a complicated financing structure.
  • Tax support for Lone Star on the acquisition of a majority stake in ISARIA Wohnbau AG. In addition, ongoing tax advice for various Lone Star companies.

Capital markets > Equity capital markets

As part of its corporate practice, DLA Piper's capital markets team offers issuers and banks comprehensive expertise on a broad range of matters including advice at the interface to compliance and stock corporation law.

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.


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