Private Equity

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

Private Equity - Germany


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

What the team is known for Advises on a range of private equity-related transactions including fund formation, buyouts and follow-on investments. Also assists with financing, refinancing and ongoing portfolio company management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It provided a great service at a good price." 

Work highlights Advised Equistone Partners Europe on the acquisition of a majority stake in Vivonio Furniture Group.

Advised Palero Capital on the acquisition of Tesa Bandfix from Tesa.

Notable practitioners  

Benedikt von Schorlemer advises private equity investors on all aspects of the investment cycle. He has particular experience of the telecommunications, chemical and automotive sectors. 

Significant clients General Atlantic, Nordic Capital, Allianz Capital Partners, Capvis, Capiton.

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

What the team is known for Handles private equity matters across a number of sectors including healthcare, utilities and manufacturing. Expertise includes tax issues related to buyout deals, fund creation, and structuring and exit strategies. Collaborates with capital markets and tax practices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team knows our business well." 

"It is one of the best for cross-border work." 

Work highlights Advised Bridgepoint Capital on the sale of Aenova Holding.

Advised Chequers Capital on the acquisition of Deutsche Fachpflege Holding.

Notable practitioners

Oliver Felsenstein is highly regarded by peers and clients alike and is noted for his market understanding. He has particular experience of transactions within the real estate, automotive and retail sectors.

Christopher Kellett is praised for making legal concepts accessible to non-lawyers and for his broad understanding of transactions. "I'd recommend him for complex, bigger deals," reports a client.

Significant clients Montagu Private Equity, Cinven Partners, HgCapital, EQT Infrastructure.

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

What the team is known for Leading private equity and venture capital practice which handles a high volume of transactions across the mid-cap and large-cap markets. Highly commended for cross-border work. Also advises on regulatory developments at the EU level.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Highly responsive with extensive resources." 

Work highlights Advised Mayfair on the merger of Germanischer Lloyd and DNV.

Advised Highland Holdings on the acquisition of Deutsche Bucht, a North Sea wind farm project.

Notable practitioners  

Clients appreciate Stefan-Ulrich Müller for his venture capital expertise within the life sciences sector. "Even when it gets tough at the end of a deal he does not lose sight of the important points," reports an interviewee. 

Udo Simmat handles many of the firm's large-cap deals. His practice includes private equity transactions, public to private M&A, and IPOs.

Ulrich Springer is respected by private equity clients as a skilled venture capital lawyer. He is based in Munich and also advises on M&A.

Martin Bell is praised by commentators for his technical ability and pragmatism. "He knows how to get a deal over the finish line," confirms one interviewee.

Significant clients BC Partners, Capiton, NORD Holding, LBBW Venture Capital, Silver Care Holding. 

Basic facts about the department 
- 28 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Heavyweight private equity practice handling market-leading transactions with a cross-border dimension. Acts for both buy-side and sell-side clients on carve outs, mixed share and asset deals and auction procedures. Visible on a number of buy-outs in the pharmaceutical sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is great: committed and commercially savvy." 

Work highlights Advised Providence on its acquisition of HSE24 from AXA Private Equity.

Advised Advent International on the acquisition of Cytec Industries' Coating Resins business.

Notable practitioners 

Nils Matthias Koffka has experience of advising private equity firms on complicated debt-for-equity structures. He also co-heads the firm's infrastructure and transport group.

Andreas von Werder assists private equity firms, vendors and management with a range of matters including venture capital transactions and leveraged buyouts.

Practice head Ludwig Leyendecker "plays an important role in the team." He was co-lead partner advising Charterhouse Capital Partners on the EUR3.1 billion sale of ista International to CVC Capital Partners.  

Anselm Raddatz handles many sizeable deals, including acting for Triton on its sale of Rütgers to Rain CII. He is co-head of the global energy and natural resources sector group.

Andreas Fabritius is an experienced corporate lawyer who works with private equity sponsors. Other clients include banks, sovereign wealth funds and government agencies.

Markus Paul impresses peers with his performance on a variety of private equity transactions. He brings experience of advising clients in emerging markets.

Corporate partner Ferdinand Fromholzer advises private equity funds alongside major German corporates. Another aspect of his practice is assisting with internal compliance investigations.

Oliver von Rosenberg is visible on several major transactions. He acted for CVC Capital Partners on the listing of Evonik in Frankfurt and Luxembourg.

Significant clients KKR, EQT Partners, Charterhouse Capital Partners, Permira, BC Partners. 

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

What the team is known for Comes highly recommended for private equity transactions in the German market, where it advises both international and domestic clients. Successful in retaining key big-name clients such as The Blackstone Group, and particularly active in energy and infrastructure projects in recent months.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Flexible and performance-oriented." 
What's new? Acquired several new clients, including Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

Work highlights Advised Blackstone on the acquisition of a EUR586 million stake in WMF Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik. 

Advised Soros on the EUR200 million acquisition of a stake in Evonik as part of a private placement.

Notable practitioners

Jan Bauer has a strong focus on advising private equity investors and hedge funds on M&A, joint ventures and public takeovers. Clients describe him as "great to work with and extremely responsive," adding: "He really knows what he is doing and is very commercial in his thinking."

Christian Cascante is a highly regarded figure in the German market, with an excellent reputation for public takeovers, private equity transactions and cross-border work. He also heads the firm’s corporate/M&A practice.

Significant clients Lindsay Goldberg Bessemer, One Equity Partners, Triton, Tiger Global Management, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds.

What the team is known for Benefits from exceptional strength in M&A transactions, and known for its involvement in the biggest and most complex private equity transactions in the German market. A top choice for international as well as domestic private equity investors in Germany.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Hengeler Mueller does the mega transactions." 

Work highlights Advised CVC Capital Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in ista Deutschland from funds advised by Charterhouse Development Capital.

Advised Bregal Capital on the acquisition of LR Health and Beauty Systems from Apax.

Notable practitioners  

The "fantastic" Maximilian Schiessl recently advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts on its acquisition of the majority of shareholdings in WMF Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik. The deal was worth EUR600 million.

Interviewees say Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain is an "excellent lawyer with an excellent reputation," particularly in the banking industry. His recent mandates include advising Capvis Equity Partners on the acquisition of ONDAL Group from Findos Investor.

Christof Jäckle is widely recognised in the German private equity market and recently advised Goldman Sachs on the acquisition of filter manufacturer Seebach from founder Stefan Seebach.

Clients say they consult Jochen Vetter for bigger, more complex transactions. He receives praise for his commercial approach and negotiation skills: "He really understands the business and supports you on the commercial points – great at negotiations, and very diligent."

Significant clients E.ON, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Highstreet Consortium, The Blackstone Group, Fortress.

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded boutique firm advising on a wide variety of private equity deals, including LBOs, MBOs, and PIPE transactions. Active in the small to mid-cap market, with a strong focus on the technology sector.

Work highlights Advised Clarus Films on its sale of a majority stake in the company to PINOVA Capital.

Notable practitioners  

Market commentators say Thomas Heymann has "really first-class clients." He has substantial experience of advising on the acquisition and structuring of technology companies.

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

What the team is known for Extensive experience in the private equity sector, particularly of buy-outs, joint ventures and take private transactions. Frequently advises US clients on investment opportunities in Germany, and is also popular with German private equity houses.

What's new? New clients for the team include Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, Forbion Capital Partners and Otto Capital.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is technically extremely strong, and thinks very commercially to achieve the best results for its clients." 

Work highlights Advised Pamplona on its proposed acquisition of Rutgers Group from Triton.

Advised Gordon Brothers on the sale of Peine to Swiss Astraia Holding.

Notable practitioners  

Joachim Habetha heads the firm's German private equity practice and boasts a distinguished track record within the field. Clients praise him for being "detail-oriented and highly experienced." 

Significant clients Arques Industries, Atila Ventures, BIP Investment Partners, Cinven, Conduit Ventures.

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

What the team is known for Jones Day's private equity team advises funds and industrial companies on both the buy and sell-sides of private equity transactions. Closely integrated with the firm's finance and capital markets practices, and benefits from the firm's recent opening of an office in Düsseldorf.  

What's new? Prominent new clients for the practice include One Equity Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan.

Work highlights Advised Seventure Partners on the sale of e-commerce company Tradoria to Japanese internet service company Rakuten.

Advised Goldman Sachs on the takeover of DNick Holding by Wickeder Westfalenstahl. 

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Ivo Posluschny as "technically very good and a very intelligent lawyer." He recently advised Findos Investor on the acquisition of Johann Mader, as well as the sales of IndustrieHansa and Ondal Medical Systems.

Significant clients Frankfurter Beteiligungsberatung, OM Group, The Riverside Company, Ventech, Capital Partners.

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

What the team is known for Solid reputation for private equity transactions, with particular strength in fund structuring work. Benefits from market-leading venture capital practice, which is becoming increasingly visible in the digital media and life sciences sectors. Advises venture capital funds and high-growth companies on all stages of the financing process.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I was impressed with the in-depth detail of the team's work." 

What's new? New clients for the practice include Karibu Games and Nauta Capital.

Work highlights Assisted Star Capital Partners with the disposals of Blohm & Voss Industries and Blohm + Voss Oil Tools Group.

Advised Deutsche Beteiligungs on the acquisition of a majority stake in Formel D Group.

Notable practitioners  

Clients appreciate Frank Vogel's combination of practicality and attention to detail, saying: "He is extremely diligent and pragmatic." He recently advised Kennet Capital on the VC financing of Trademob.

Significant clients Earlybird Venture Capital, Viewpoint Capital, AXA Private Equity, Triton, Steadfast Capital.

Since publication, Frank Vogel has joined Vogel Heerma Waitz

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

What the team is known for Best known for its representation of private equity funds and companies from Europe and the USA in transactions involving Germany, and comes particularly highly recommended for deals with a US element. Offers advice on a broad range of issues, including acquisitions, disposals, and reorganisations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extremely responsive to everything we need, and proactive at identifying potential deals."

"Fantastic on the US angle." 

Work highlights Advised H.I.G. Capital Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in St. Gilgen International School.

Advised Strategic Value Partners on the acquisition of Klöckner Pentaplast from The Blackstone Group.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Volker Kullmann gives "outstanding service." His recent mandates include advising AXA Private Equity on the acquisition of a majority stake in retail fashion company Schustermann & Borenstein.

Significant clients Irving Place Capital, Bridgepoint Capital, Gilde Buyout Partners, Summit Partners, Golden Gate Capital.

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

What the team is known for Benefits from close links with key private equity clients in the US and Germany, winning praise for its fund structuring capabilities in addition to its successful transactional practice. Focuses on the healthcare, cleantech, and energy sectors.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"A great team, which we use for situations in Germany and the US."

What's new? Secured a number of new clients, including Advent International and Equinox.

Work highlights Advised Advent International on its EUR1.5 billion voluntary public tender offer for Douglas Holding.

Advised Capvis Equity Partners on the sale of Bartec to Charterhouse Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say Jörg Kirchner is "very strong from both a technical and commercial standpoint." One of his recent highlights is advising Onex on the EUR568 million acquisition of KraussMaffei Group.

Dirk Oberbracht remains a well-regarded figure in the German private equity market.

Burc Hesse assists private equity investors with domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. His practice covers both the buy-side and sell-side of acquisitions as well as co-investments.  

Hans-Jürgen Lütt advises German and international companies on both M&A transactions and private equity deals. He recently assisted Varde Investments with the sale of EuroAvionics.

Significant clients Silverfleet, Trilantic Capital Partners, Bain, BC Partners, Nordic Capital.

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- Over 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Remains highly visible in German and cross-border private equity transactions, with a strong focus on buy-outs, acquisition financing, portfolio deals and fund structuring. Highly recommended for its full-service capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team provides great service – it is really top notch."

Work highlights Advised Allianz Capital Partners and Borealis Infrastructure on the EUR1.6 billion acquisition of Czech RWE subsidiary Net4Gas.

Advised Cinven on the structuring of Cinven Fund Five, which generated EUR5 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Ralph Drebes as a "young, self-sufficient partner who is on top of the detail." One adds: "He has a realistic view on risks, and gives accurate advice."

Clients describe head of department Rainer Traugott as a "brilliant negotiator who is technically excellent and good at tactics." He recently advised Deutsche Beteiligungs on the acquisition of textile print media company Heytex Bramsche.

Ulrich Wolff advises private equity houses, corporate clients, and investment banks. He recently advised Brambles on the acquisition of container business Pallecon from CEVA Logistics.

Significant clients Triton, Oaktree, Apax, The Gores Group, Deutsche Beteiligungs.

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

What the team is known for Visible in a variety of complex private equity transactions, including mid and large-cap LBOs and minority participations. Works closely with the firm's successful corporate and M&A practices to advise on public takeovers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I would recommend the team for complex, bigger deals." 

Work highlights Advised Apax Partners on the sale of LR Health and Beauty Systems.

Advised Lafayette Capital Partners on the acquisition of Sondermann Brot.

Notable practitioners  

Clients enthuse about Peter Nussbaum's top-notch negotiation skills, client-focused attitude, and ability to run complex deals efficiently with smaller teams. He receives further praise for his high level of technical legal expertise and clarity of thought, with clients saying: "He is very skilled and user friendly, and takes complexity out of a matter instead of building it in. He is able to make a point very efficiently and clearly, as opposed to getting lost in complex details."

Norbert Rieger has vast expertise in all areas of private equity, including public takeover and public-to-private transactions. He is also exceptionally strong in tax law. 

Clients describe Peter Memminger as "hands-on, commercially focused and problem-solving." Interviewees also appreciate his efficiency and ability to be "always on top of matters."

Significant clients Nordwind Capital, The Carlyle Group, GS Capital Partners, Advent International, Vitruvian Partners.

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

What the team is known for Strong venture capital practice advising on all stages of financing, structuring of management participations, and disinvestment. Also active in the private equity sphere, where it benefits from its focus on the media and entertainment sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Turnaround times are excellent."

What's new? Recently secured a number of new clients, including Marlin Equity Partners, Patron Capital and Saints Capital.

Work highlights Advised Apollo on its EUR180 million acquisition of the German office portfolio Xanadu.

Advised e-commerce company Zalando on the sale of shares worth EUR278 million to Swedish investor Kinnevik.

Notable practitioners  

Georg Christoph Schneider and Thomas Schulz co-head the team and are the key points of contact.

Significant clients Saints Capital, BC Partners, Orlando Management, Mandarin Capital Partners, T-Venture.

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive track record in fund formation and venture capital transactions, as well as management equity programmes. Recognised for the consistent high quality of its advice, as well as its excellent network within the German private equity industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers are very efficient and reliable, even under pressure, and at the same time they're able to reconcile conflicting interests and to come up with pragmatic solutions."

"Very experienced and extremely flexible." 

Work highlights Advised the management of KION on Weichai Holding's acquisition of 25% of KION Holding Group.

Represented KraussMaffei in the acquisition of KraussMaffei by Onex, valued at EUR568 million.

Notable practitioners  

Matthias Bruse is a leading lawyer in private equity and M&A. Sources say: "He's technically excellent, with a great track record. Certainly one of the very best."

Benedikt Hohaus specialises in advising on management participation programmes, where he is widely regarded as "outstanding." He recently advised Equistone Partners on the management participation programme aspects of its acquisition of Sunrise Medical.

Michael Inhester is recognised in the market for his experience in buy-out and venture capital transactions. His work highlights include advising Corimmun on its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen-Cilag.

"Excellent lawyer" Philipp Von Braunschweig is regularly seen in private equity transactions, and also advises on management participation schemes.

Andrea von Drygalski is well known for her strong relationships with mid-cap funds. Her recent transactions include advising Equistone Partners on the acquisition of EuroAvionics Holding from Varde Investments Ireland.

Private equity department head Otto Haberstock recently advised Ista on CVC's acquisition of a majority stake in Ista from Charterhouse.

Christian Tönies is widely acknowledged as one of the leading names in the German venture capital market. Clients say: "He combines his high professional standards with a profound knowledge of the German capital venture market." 

Significant clients Apax Partners, Deutsche Beteiligungs, VR Equitypartner, Equistone Partners Europe, Hasso-Plattner-Ventures.

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

What the team is known for Relatively new entrant to the German market, recognised for its extensive activity in the venture capital sector. Assists clients with all aspects of venture capital transactions, including financings and investments.

Work highlights Advised WHEB Capital Partners on one of its funds' acquisition of a majority interest in Hoffmeister Leuchten.

Advised Target Partners on a financing round and the restructuring of business units of THEVA Dünnschichttechnik.

Notable practitioners

Justus Binder recently advised British Gas Venture Capital on the series B financing round of Power Plus Communications.

Significant clients Target Partners Fund II, WHEB Capital Partners, British Gas Venture Capital, ASTUTIA Equity Partners, Mercateo.

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

What the team is known for Assists with a broad range of private equity matters, including leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, and recapitalisations. Particularly visible in the mid-cap market, and frequently collaborates with colleagues in Europe and the US on transactions.

Work highlights Assisted Quadriga Capital with the acquisition of LR Health & Beauty Systems.

Advised Hillenbrand on the acquisition of Coperion Capital. 

Notable practitioners  

Matthias Jaletzke is highly recommended by peers and clients for his experience in private equity transactions. Clients say: "He's quick and good at resolving issues without creating additional problems."

Clients say Lutz Zimmer is "constructive, sensitive, proactive and targets reasonable solutions." He recently represented the management of HSE24 Beteiligungs in its reinvestment in the company, in connection with AXA Private Equity’s sale of HSE24 to funds advised by Providence Equity Partners.

Significant clients Silverfleet Capital, Odewald & Compagnie, Doughty Hanson, TA Associates, Halder Beteiligungsberatung.

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

What the team is known for Recommended for its successful venture capital practice, which has a strong focus on the TMT and renewable energy sectors. On the private equity side, at its most visible in mid-market transactions. Also equipped to provide advice on minority participations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The teamwork at Taylor Wessing is very good."

Work highlights Advised River Rock Capital on the proposed leveraged buyout of the SANHA group.

Advised Aster Capital-Group on a financing round for SolarFuel.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise corporate lawyer Ernst-Albrecht von Beauvais for his outstanding negotiation skills, as well as his knowledge of both the legal and commercial aspects of his transactions, adding: "He's polite, not aggressive, and very good at handling people."

New private equity head Walter Henle has a strong focus on management and leveraged buyouts. Whilst at previous firm Skadden, he advised Equistone Partners Europe on the EUR210 million sale of Ratioform Verpackungsmittel to TAKKT.

Peter Hellich is a firm favourite with venture capital clients, who describe him as "experienced and extremely well-connected in the community." He has an excellent reputation in the renewable energy sector.

Sources say Maria Weiers is "very to-the-point, constructive and efficient." She has a strong focus on the venture capital sector, where she advises on a range of corporate issues.

Significant clients HackFwd, Index Ventures, digital pioneers, HTGF.  

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

What the team is known for Dedicated private equity practice, frequently seen handling distressed M&A in addition to matters such as add-on acquisitions and recapitalisations. Recommended for its international capabilities, particularly with regard to the USA.

What's new? Barbara Jagersberger was promoted to partner, and the firm won a number of new clients, including Charterhouse Capital Partners.

Work highlights Advised Charterhouse Capital Partners on its EUR500 million acquisition of Armacell Group.

Advised Grohe Group on the increase of its shareholding in Joyou.

Notable practitioners  

Clients say department head Gerhard Schmidt is "excellent," adding: "He co-ordinates the team extremely efficiently, and assists well in negotiations." He advised Summit Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in 360 Treasury Systems.

Significant clients TPG Capital, Unitas Capital, Lone Star, Summit Partners, EQT Partners.

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

What the team is known for Increasingly visible in large private equity transactions on behalf of prestigious clients. Clients highlight its impressive international capabilities and proactiveness in identifying potential business opportunities as draws to the firm.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A strong team."

Work highlights Assisted Bilfinger Berger Capital with its investment in SunFire.

Advised Conetwork Erneuerbare Energien Holding on the acquisition of a solar park in Ahlhorn.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise Andreas Stilcken's focus on getting the deal through, which "really helps in de-escalating fraught negotiations." Another client says: "He's highly experienced and has a calm and straightforward approach to things. He's very constructive and you feel you can rely on him."

Significant clients Nordic Capital, Motion Equity Partner, H.I.G Europe, Perusa, Steadfast Capital.

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

What the team is known for Known for expertise in mid-cap deals, but becoming increasingly prominent in larger private equity transactions. Works closely with the firm's tax and HR practices to advise on management participation programmes, a growing source of work for the private equity team.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers are very pragmatic and goal oriented, as well as comprehensive in their advice – really looking at everything that is relevant."

What's new? New clients for the team include Fonds Zurmont Madison.

Work highlights Advised EQT on the investment in Sportradar.

Assisted AXA Private Equity with the acquisition of Riemser Arzneimittel.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise Mario Schmidt for his in-depth knowledge of the private equity industry and deal-driven approach, saying: "He is very solution oriented and doesn't just hold up the transaction by raising theoretical legal issues." Other interviewees highlight his exceptional commercial awareness and responsiveness.

Significant clients 3i, Argantis, Palamon Capital Partners, Sterling Group, Waterland Private Equity.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Christoph von Einem recently joined ARQIS Rechtsanwälte's Munich office from White & Case. He frequently undertakes private equity and venture capital transactions, where his client base includes German and international private equity funds.

Interviewees regard Nikolaus Reinhuber of Baker & McKenzie as an experienced transactional lawyer. He acts for corporate and private equity clients across various industry sectors.

Nikolaus von Jacobs of McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is highly recommended in the private equity sphere. Clients praise his availability: "Even when he is tied up he will make sure he takes calls."

Clients recommend Andreas Nelle of Raue LLP for his excellent negotiation skills and commercially oriented advice, as well as his "fantastic knowledge of the venture capital scene," adding: "He is creative and often has solutions that are unconventional."

Ulf Renzenbrink of Renzenbrink Raschke von Knobelsdorff Heiser remains recommended for private equity work.

Gerhard Wacker of Rödl & Partner leads the firm's venture capital team, covering issues such as financing and the structuring of venture capital transactions.

Frank Vogel of Vogel Heerma Waitz 

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