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Dr Benjamin Parameswaran

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Corporate

Position

Dr. Benjamin Parameswaran has extensive experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, public takeovers and corporate law, and advises both major multinational corporations as well as SMEs in complex cross-border transactions. One of Benjamin's focus areas is rendering advice to European investors with regard to their Indian ventures as well as to Indian clients in respect of their activities in Europe. Benjamin Parameswaran is jointly with Bernd Borgmann the Managing Partner for DLA Piper in Germany.


Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate

Within: Corporate

DLA Piperhandles mandates in the agreed timeframe, provides transparent invoices’ and is able to draw on its large international network. The group has a strategic focus on expanding its client portfolio in the DAX/MDAX segment and in the area of large medium-sized companies; clients include BASF, Lufthansa, Siemens, Syngenta and Rolls-Royce Power Systems. The group advised on men’s fashion manufacturer Ahlers on its annual general meeting, where the conversion of the previous preference shares into ordinary shares was approved by a preference shareholders’ resolution. Practice head Nils Krause is responsible for China-related matters, while co-managing partner Benjamin Parameswaran maintains good relations with Indian companies. The firm recently reinforced its capital markets group. Kerstin Schnabel and Mathias Schulze-Steinen are noted; Carlos Robles y Zepf joined the partnership in May 2018.

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M&A: large deals (€500m+)

Within: M&A: large deals (€500m+)

DLA Piper’s ‘down-to-earth’ team is also increasingly involved in large-cap transactions. It assisted Rolls-Royce Power Systems with the sale of L’Orange to Woodward, and advised Syngenta on the €1.4bn acquisition of Nidera Seeds. A particular highlight was acting for BASF on the €1.6bn acquisition of Solvay’s polyamide business. The ‘outstandingBenjamin Parameswaran, who stands out for his ‘negotiating skills’, led all transactions.

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M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)

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

DLA Piper has seen a number of personnel changes recently: it strengthened the Frankfurt office with several lateral hires and promoted Carlos Robles y Zepf to the partnership at the beginning of 2018; following this, Florian Hirschmann joined the Munich office in April 2018. Fifteen partners, including Nils Krause and Benjamin Parameswaran, provide advice on mid-cap transactions. The group assisted IT consulting firm Wipro Limited with the $405m sale of Hosted Data Centre Services to Ensono and advised Stillfront Group on the acquisition of the German Goodgame Studios.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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