Europe

Germany

Private Equity


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Private Equity - Germany

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact team, noted for its strength in both domestic and cross-border private equity transactions. Recommended for financings and refinancings, with additional strength in fund formation, exits and buyouts.

Work highlights Assisted Equistone Partners with its acquisition of Karl Eugen Fischer Group, a leading manufacturer of machines for the tyre industry and sheet metal processing.

Advised Castlelake on the acquisition of a business park in Munich Dornach.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Benedikt von Schorlemer recently advised Equistone Partners on its EUR230 million sale of Computerlinks Group to Arrow Electronics.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 13 partners

What the team is known for Renowned team with an excellent reputation for both cross-border and domestic private equity deals. Regularly involved in large-cap deals across a number of sectors, including healthcare, industrial manufacturing, automotives and shipping.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Clifford Chance always has the right partner for what I need, whether it is a global or domestic matter."

What's new? Joachim Hasselbach was recently appointed partner, while Frederik Mühl was promoted to counsel.

Work highlights Assisted Clayton, Dubilier & Rice with its acquisition of a majority stake in industrial packaging solutions manufacturer Mauser Group, with the deal valued at approximately EUR1.2 billion in total.

Advised Allianz Capital Partners and 3i on the sale of shares in Scandlines, one of the largest ferry operators in Europe.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees confirm Christopher Kellett's reputation as a leading private equity lawyer, saying: "He knows the industry inside and out." Kellett recently assisted Cinven's Fifth Fund with its EUR1.49 billion purchase of CeramTEC.

Oliver Felsenstein is widely regarded as "one of the most outstanding" private equity lawyers in the market, with clients describing him as a "very good negotiator with great commercial understanding." He advised Permira on the acquisition of speciality chemicals company CABB International from Bridgepoint.

Significant clients HgCapital, Montagu Private Equity.

Basic facts about the department
- 27 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptionally large team with a market-leading venture capital offering. Frequently seen advising on mid-cap and large-cap private equity transactions in the German market, with additional strength in cross-border deals. Particularly active in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and telecoms sectors. Continues to develop its fund structuring capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The quality and availability of the individual lawyers we work with is at a very high level, which gives us a very good overall impression of CMS as a whole. For this reason we rely on CMS and the people involved and can recommend them unreservedly."

"CMS has performed at A+ level. The team has absolute discipline and knowledge of private equity matters and is very committed to what we are doing."

Work highlights Represented Seafort Advisors in its acquisition of three companies from Auctus, one of the first private equity transactions to be structured and implemented in accordance with Germany's new Capital Investment Code.

Assisted HALDER with its acquisition of Aqua Vital Group as part of a management buyout.  

Notable practitioners  

Stefan-Ulrich Müller remains a top choice for venture capital mandates. Impressed clients say: "He is very experienced and has focused on venture capital for a long time. He is also interested in the mathematical side of things and can go beyond the legal aspects to the technical elements of the transaction." Müller receives further praise for his excellent negotiation skills. His recent mandates include assisting immatics biotechnologies with its EUR34 million Series D financing round.

Interviewees praise Udo Simmat for his focus on pushing through deals successfully. He recently advised VR Equitypartner on its sale of melvo Holding to SC Johnson.

Martin Bell's recent work highlights include advising TouGas Oilfield Solutions on growth funding.

Significant clients Holtzbrinck Digital, Mayfair, Aurelius Group, Cordea Savills, Wellington Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 28 partners

What the team is known for Universally acknowledged as a natural choice for large-cap private equity transactions, particularly those with a significant cross-border element. Works closely with its market-leading M&A practice and formidable international network. Increasingly active advising on investments in regulated industries such as the financial sector in recent months.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"What we really like about Freshfields is that it is very thorough and has a deep bench. You can really do a complex, international section with the team - it's completely covered."

"Freshfields has extremely high calibre people and you get the best possible quality."

Work highlights Assisted Cinven and Hannover Rück with their EUR300 million acquisition of Heidelberger Leben from Lloyds Banking Group.

Advised Black Diamond Capital Management on its acquisition of TFL Group, a company that offers speciality chemicals for the leather industry.

Notable practitioners  

Nils Matthias Koffka is widely acknowledged as a leading name in private equity in the German market, having recently led on BC Partners' EUR3.3 billion acquisition of publisher Springer Science Media. Clients rate him particularly highly for tough negotiations, saying: "He stays very cool."

Anselm Raddatz remains a renowned figure in the market. Clients say: "We value him because he has so much M&A experience and negotiates really well - nothing gets by him." Raddatz recently advised Triton Partners on its EUR1.075 billion acquisition of Befesa, a leading European recycling specialist, from Abengoa, a Spanish energy and environment technology company.

Andreas von Werder's recent work highlights include representing 3i in its acquisition of a stake in Scandlines from Allianz Capital Partners.

According to clients, the "extremely reliable" Ludwig Leyendecker is "technically very strong and able to build a good relationship with the counterparty."

The "smart" Markus Paul recently assisted Bridgepoint with the sale of CABB International to Permira.

Significant clients Advent International, Blackstone, CVC, One Equity Partners, Permira.

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Successful German team focusing on mid-cap and large-cap private equity deals in the domestic market. Offers additional capabilities in cross-border transactions, where it draws on the strength of its well-regarded best friends network. A trusted adviser to leading private equity houses such as Blackstone.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Gleiss Lutz always has the right people with the right experience. We choose to work with the team because we know that the process would be very quick and we will be able to get going immediately."

Work highlights Advised KKR on its proposed acquisition of GEA's heat exchanger division.

Advised Kohlberg & Company on its USD438 million acquisition of Steinway.

Notable practitioners  

Jan Bauer recently advised Blackstone on its EUR2 billion acquisition of a minority stake in the Scout24 Group from Hellman & Friedman. Clients say: "He's extremely commercial, smart and experienced - everything you want from a lawyer." 

Corporate practice head Christian Cascante brings his extensive M&A experience to bear on private equity transactions, recently advising Kohlberg & Company on its acquisition of piano manufacturer Steinway.

Significant clients BPE Private Equity, EURAZEO, Francisco Partners, One Equity Partners.

What the team is known for Draws on its outstanding M&A practice to provide top-notch service in major private equity deals, where it is widely considered to be a market leader. At its most visible in large-cap transactions, but also active in mid-cap deals. Demonstrates notable expertise in the energy, insurance and real estate sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Certainly a top-tier firm for private equity." 

"Very successful in establishing itself in the private equity sector."

Work highlights Advised Allianz Capital on the EUR165 million sale of its 50% stake in Scandlines to 3i Group.

Assisted Bain Capital with its acquisition of FTE automotive Group from PAI Partners.

Notable practitioners  

The "strong" Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain recently advised CVC Capital Partners on its EUR2 billion sale of Flint Group to Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and Koch Industries. He draws heavily on his substantial experience of M&A transactions in private equity deals.

Christof Jäckle is at his most visible in high-value private equity transactions. He led on Deutsche Telekom's disposal of 70% of its stake in Scout24 Group to Hellman & Friedman in a transaction valued at EUR1.5 billion.

The "fantastic" Maximilian Schiessl comes recommended for his strength in M&A. He recently advised EQT on its sale of Springer Science + Business Media to BC Partners.

Significant clients Carlyle, Advent, Blackstone, Cinven, CVC Capital Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Recommended private equity team advising on a wide range of matters, including leveraged and management buyouts and take private transactions. Offers notable strength in venture capital, where clients include start-ups, founders and venture capital funds, particularly in the technology sector.

Work highlights Advised The Founder Fund on its investment in EventKingdom.

Advised Grey Corp on a financing round of Berlin-based social commerce provider BonusBox.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Joachim Habetha recently advised Advent International on the EUR1.8 billion sale of chemicals manufacturer Oxea to Oman Oil Company.

Significant clients Quadriga Capital, Deutsche Telekom Venture Funds, Otto Capital, Target Partners, Pamplona.

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known on the market for its strength in fund structuring, where it maintains an excellent reputation. Further areas of activity include private equity transactions and management participation programmes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very good on the fund formation side." 

What's new? Michiel Huizinga was recently promoted to partner.

Work highlights Assisted EQT with the acquisition of a majority shareholding in BackWerk.

Advised ARDIAN on the sale of Competence Call Center to Silverfleet Capital.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Lemor heads the private equity practice at the firm and is the main point of contact for queries.

Significant clients Rubicon Partners, Silver Investment Partners, Star Capital Partners, Steadfast Capital, VR Equity Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A regular fixture on cross-border transactions with a significant US element, with a dedicated following amongst private equity funds and companies from Europe, Germany and the USA. Active of late in acquisitions, disposals and reorganisations in a wide variety of sectors, including education and manufacturing.

Work highlights Advised H.I.G. European Capital Partners on the acquisition of the majority of St. Gilgen International School, an international day and boarding school in Austria.

Assisted Intermediate Capital Group with the refinancing and acquisition of a minority stake in nora systems group, a leading manufacturer of rubber flooring around the globe.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise Volker Kullmann's ability to push deals through, saying: "He closes deals and gets them done how we want them to be done." Kullmann recently advised Gilde Buy Out Partners on the sale of Hofmann Menü Manufaktur group to the existing management team and Partners Group.

Significant clients Oaktree Capital Management, Golden Gate Capital, Summit Partners, Bridgepoint, Irving Place Capital.

What the team is known for Formidable private equity team which has of late been active in both large-cap and mid-sized transactions, demonstrating particular strength in regulated sectors such as finance, energy and healthcare. Brings strong links with colleagues in the USA to bear on cross-border deals.

Work highlights Advised Hellman & Friedman on its acquisition of a 70% stake in Scout24 Group.

Assisted Deutsche Private Equity with its acquisition of pharmaceutical manufacturer ZellBios.

Notable practitioners  

The "fantastic" Jörg Kirchner maintains an outstanding reputation in the market. Clients praise his negotiation skills, adding: "He is very level headed." He advised on Silverfleet's sale of Prämie Direkt, which provides customer loyalty and sales promotion services.

Clients praise Hans-Jürgen Lütt for his ability to deal with large-cap transactions. He advised Apollo Global Management on its acquisition of shares in KBC Bank Deutschland.

Dirk Oberbracht remains a recognised and well-regarded figure in the German market.

Burc Hesse recently joined the firm from Clifford Chance. He moves up in this year's rankings on the strength of excellent market feedback this year. Clients are quick to praise his in-depth knowledge of private equity buyouts and "impressive negotiation tactics," as well as his communication skills. Whilst at his previous firm, Hesse advised Chequers Capital on the sale of Silver Care Group to Orpea.

Significant clients The Carlyle Group, Capvis Equity Partners, Advent International.

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptionally large team, involved in a wide range of private equity matters, including leveraged buyouts, portfolio transactions, secondary buyouts and IPOs. Active of late in the food and beverage and energy sectors. Particular strength in pan-European mandates.

Work highlights Advised LIXIL Corporation and the Development Bank of Japan on the EUR3 billion acquisition of Grohe Group from TPG Capital and Credit Suisse.

Assisted LetterOne, an investment fund based in Luxembourg, with its EUR5.1 billion acquisition of RWE Dea.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Ralph Drebes as a "dynamic lawyer who is well rounded, experienced and hands on, with a commercial approach." He recently advised Allianz Capital Partners and Borealis Infrastructure Management on its EUR1.6 billion acquisition of Net4Gas from RWE. Interviewees add: "He is very pragmatic and doesn't get bogged down in the detail."

Clients single out Rainer Traugott for his problem-solving skills, saying: "He's really creative and thinks outside the box, which is really useful when you have a difficult situation and no-one has any idea of how to solve the problem." Traugott advised Triton on the EUR730 million acquisition of the accessories business for thermal power plants from Alstom.

Ulrich Wolff recently assisted the Public Sector Pension Investment Board of Canada with its EUR1.5 billion purchase of Hochtief AirPort from HOCHTIEF. 

Significant clients Macquarie, Deutsche Beteiligungs, The Gores Group, Apax, Fortress.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team with a particularly strong reputation in Munich. Broad scope of activity covering advice on LBOs, MBOs, public-to-private and PIPE transactions. Notable strength in public takeovers, where it draws on its strong corporate team. Frequently works in conjunction with colleagues in the UK and USA

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Certainly very strong in the Munich market, no question about it."

Work highlights Represented Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking in its EUR2 billion acquisition of Flint Group in partnership with Koch Industries.

Assisted RHJ International with its EUR384 million acquisition of BHF-Bank from Deutsche Bank.

Notable practitioners  

Impressed clients describe Peter Nussbaum as "very knowledgeable, experienced, creative and entrepreneurial." He recently advised Emeram Capital Partners on the acquisition of Americana International from HgCapital.

The top-ranked Norbert Rieger is regarded as "extremely strong" in private equity. He recently assisted Douglas Holding with its sale of Hussel to Emeram Capital Partners. Rieger receives further praise from interviewees for his background in M&A transactions.

Interviewees praise the "clever, commercial and confidence-inspiring" Peter Memminger for his negotiation skills, saying: "He puts everyone at ease and is a great mediator." Memminger recently advised Lafayette Capital on its acquisition of the insolvent Wessel-Werk.

Significant clients PAI Partners, Advent International, Carlyle Capital Partners, Apax Partners, Vitruvian Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding venture capital practice which rises to the top tier this year on the strength of excellent market feedback. Visible and active in an impressive number of transactions, and a trusted adviser to major start-up incubators such as Rocket Internet. On the private equity side, recent mandates include acquisitions out of insolvency and fund formation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Noerr operates as one team and is very good at establishing international connections."

"Clearly a name in venture capital." 

Work highlights Assisted UniCredit with its disposal of parts of its private equity portfolio to SwanCap Opportunities Fund.

Advised Deutsche Telekom on its EUR546 million acquisition of telecommunication service GTS Central Europe Group.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees describe Sascha Leske as the "number one player in venture capital in Germany." He is best known for his advice to leading client Rocket Internet and is frequently seen acting on its behalf in transactions.  

Georg Christoph Schneider heads the firm's private equity and venture capital practice. He enters this year's rankings following strong feedback from clients, who say: "He is a creative thinker who is very responsive, with a strong network of business contacts." Schneider recently advised Marlin Equity Partners on the transfer of Nokia Siemens Networks' optical division to Coriant.

Significant clients Annex Capital, Apollo, Better Capital, Orlando Management.

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sizeable team with an excellent reputation for venture capital, where recent mandates include financing rounds, exits and tax structuring. Clients include venture capital funds, investors and emerging growth companies. A top choice for private equity fund structuring and management participation programmes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Incredibly strong in structuring as well as on the management participation side."

Work highlights Assisted Equistone Partners Europe with the merger of four prominent marketing companies to create umbrella organisation Performance Interactive Alliance digital marketing.

Advised Stargate Capital on its acquisition of German TV manufacturer Loewe.

Notable practitioners  

The "very knowledgeable and entrepreneurial" Christian Tönies maintains a market-leading reputation for his representation of Berlin technology start-ups in venture capital deals. He recently advised Prime Ventures on its first financing round for AppLift, a marketing platform for mobile games.

Sources describe Matthias Bruse as a "leading name in fund formation." Clients further praise his long-standing experience, saying: "He is calm and solution-oriented and is able to solve difficult situations."

Interviewees regard the "hands-on" Benedikt Hohaus as a natural choice for management participation schemes, saying: "He is up to date with developments on the tax side, understands market conditions and is very quick to implement things." Hohaus recently advised EQT on the management participation aspects of its EUR3.3 billion sale of Springer Science + Business Media group to BC Partners.

Michael Inhester recently assisted JPMorgan with its investment in Zalando, providing continuous advice throughout a number of investment rounds.

Clients praise Otto Haberstock for his negotiation skills, saying: "He's very good at negotiating the tricky parts - he is able to go to the investors and make sure that our interests can be enforced." He recently advised on the EUR3.1 billion sale of ista Group to CVC Capital Partners.

Philipp Von Braunschweig advised Social Venture Fund on a financing round together with BayernKapital and Phitrust Innovation. His practice covers leveraged buyouts and management equity programmes, as well as venture capital.

Andrea von Drygalski continues to be active advising on cross-border acquisitions. She recently advised Equistone Partners Europe on its acquisition of Florida-based Geo Global Partner.

Significant clients Keyhaven Capital Partners, AFINUM, KION, Urbanara, Syntegra Capital Europe.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned Berlin venture capital team with a growing reputation in the market, where it is sought after by technology start-ups and angel investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The Raue team is really quick and works hard." 

"We would definitely use the same team again. If everything was that easy, it would all be fun!"

Notable practitioners  

The "super clever" Andreas Nelle is active in both private equity and venture capital transactions. He moves to the top tier in this year's venture capital rankings following outstanding feedback from clients, who say: "You can really tell that he's had experience with venture capital outside of the law industry." Interviewees add: "He can be tough when he needs to be but is very pleasant in negotiations."

Significant clients KRW Schindler Investments, Quandoo, Paragon Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact team with a strong focus on venture capital work. Assists clients with a wide range of matters, including venture and growth capital financings.

Notable practitioners  

Sources regard private equity head Justus Binder as a "wonderful venture capital lawyer." Clients add: "I can only say positive things about him - he is very personable and committed to getting results." Binder recently advised Siemens on a growth capital investment in the energy sector.

Significant clients ASTUTIA Equity Partners.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed private equity practice with strength in LBOs and MBOs, as well as recapitalisations. Additional expertise in fund structuring as well as management participation schemes. Particularly well placed to advise on cross-border transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Skadden Arps has a really good reputation in the market." 

Work highlights Represented VTC Partners in its acquisition of two machining units and four casting units from Vestas Wind Systems.

Advised OYSTAR Holding, a portfolio company of Odewald & Compagnie, on its sale of IWK Group to ATS Automation Tooling Systems.

Notable practitioners  

Matthias Jaletzke recently advised Bregal Capital on the acquisition of proALPHA, a leading provider of software solutions for medium-sized businesses in Germany. Clients praise his commercial acumen, saying: "He is not just a lawyer but thinks entrepreneurially, which is very helpful."

Lutz Zimmer advised Equistone Partners Europe on the acquisition of Caseking Group from AFINUM. Clients say: "Along with his industry understanding and personality, his experience is also extremely helpful."

Significant clients Apax Partners, Quadriga Capital, Doughty Hanson, Halder Beteiligungsberatung, TA Associates.

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent venture capital practice. Very active on both domestic and cross-border financing rounds and stake acquisitions in the technology sector. Particularly active in mid-sized private equity transactions of late.

What's new? Walter Henle recently joined the firm from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Work highlights Assisted Arrow Electronics with its EUR230 million acquisition of the Computerlinks group from Equistone.

Advised KKR on its EUR61.2 million strategic partnership with Hertha BSC.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Hellich remains in the top tier for venture capital. He has advised the shareholders of MEN Mikro Elektronik on the leveraged buyout to Equita with reparticipation, valued at EUR42 million.

Having recently joined, Walter Henle is head of the private equity subgroup. He continues to advise in corporate transactions and provide insight into tax jurisdictions.

Significant clients Index Ventures, DN Capital, efficient energy, Sky & Sand, Holtzbrinck Digital Strategy.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners

What the team is known for Solid team, recognised for its ability to provide advice on the full range of private equity transactions, particularly distressed M&A and restructuring situations. Particularly popular with US clients, including financial and institutional investors. Further areas of strength include take-private and recapitalisation transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We appreciated the lawyers' accuracy, responsiveness and flexibility as well as their business acumen and economic know-how."

Work highlights Advised TPG Capital and DLJ Merchant Banking Funds on its dual-track sale of a 87.5% share in Grohe Group to LIXIL Group Corporation.

Advised Montagu Private Equity on its USD805 million acquisition of Rexam Healthcare Devices and Prescription Retail divisions.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees single out Gerhard Schmidt for his restructuring work, where he is widely regarded as a "prominent market player." He represented Charterhouse Capital Partners in its acquisition of the Germany-based Armacell Group from Investcorp in a secondary buyout valued at EUR500 million.

Significant clients Lone Star Funds, Unitas Capital, Summit Partners, The Gores Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised German private equity team working closely with colleagues in London on cross-border transactions. At its most visible in mid-cap deals, where it demonstrates a particularly strong focus on the automotive and healthcare sectors.

Work highlights Advised H.I.G. Europe on the EUR135 million sale of Anvis Group to Tokai Rubber.

Represented Bonatrans Group in its acquisition of Gutehoffnungshütte Radsatz from Syntegra.

Notable practitioners  

Andreas Stilcken co-heads the firm's private equity practice. Clients praise him for his cross-border abilities: "In matters of global business investments we work very successfully with Dr Stilcken."

Significant clients Deutsche Beteiligungs, Halder Beteiligungsberatung, European Capital Partners, Nordic Capital, Steadfast Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Highly regarded team which continues to grow in size. Acknowledged for its strength in mid-cap investment transactions in the German market. Particularly noted for its focus on the finance and retail sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A smart team which is easy to work with. The lawyers really make sure they cover your back but also take the commercial realities into account."

"Broad enough to cover everything that matters." 

What's new? Jan Wilms was recently promoted to partner. Daniel Stengel joined the team from Linklaters.

Work highlights Advised Rockwood on its EUR1.49 billion sale of CeramTec to Cinven.

Advised Ardian Private Equity on the financing of the acquisition of Schleich, a toy manufacturer.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Mario Schmidt as a "super lawyer who is very focused and goal oriented," adding: "He has excellent experience in private equity and a great network." He recently advised Scout24 Group on its sale to Hellman & Friedman.

Significant clients 3i, Palamon Capital Partners, EQT, Waterland Private Equity, TPG.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Nikolaus Reinhuber of Baker & McKenzie continues to focus on cross-border private equity transactions, especially those involving the automotive and technology sectors. He is also a member of the firm's European private equity steering committee.

Thomas Heymann of Heymann & Partner remains an active and well-regarded adviser on private equity deals, particularly those involving the technology sector.

Ivo Posluschny heads the private equity team at Jones Day. His recent work highlights include advising Findos Investor on its acquisition of Roventa-Henex.

Nikolaus von Jacobs of McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is widely regarded as a strong private equity lawyer. His clients include private equity funds and industrial corporates.

Ulf Renzenbrink recently joined Renzenbrink & Partner from Raschke von Knobelsdorff Heiser. He continues to be active on small-cap, domestic acquisitions in the food and beverage industry. He led on advising Ergon on its EUR45 million acquisition of restaurant chain Sausalitos.

Frank Vogel recently left King & Wood Mallesons to set up new boutique Vogel Heerma Waitz in Berlin. He comes highly recommended for venture capital work and regularly advises on growth and risk capital transactions.

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Senior Statesman

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