THE FIRM This leading German firm is a recognised leader in the capital markets arena. In debt capital markets, the team represents both issuers and underwriters, and recently acted for Commerzbank and UniCredit on the refinancing of local company Symrise. In equity, the team advised a syndicate of 36 banks on a pre-emptive rights offering by Deutsche Bank totalling EUR10.2 billion. It also undertook a variety of securitisation transactions for names such as WestLB, Citibank and BNP Paribas.
Sources say: "The firm gives top service across different capital market products and demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit. The team members are very responsive and give helpful, high-quality advice." "The number one in Germany."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Hendrik Haag comes recommended for his "long-standing experience in debt capital markets."
Dirk Bliesener is a key member of the structured products team. He frequently advises on covered bond programmes and recently served as counsel to BNP Paribas in this respect.
Torsten Busch specialises in equity transactions, where sources describe him as "outstanding – a really impressive lawyer." He led the team representing the bank consortium in the Deutsche Bank capital increase.
Wolfgang Groß recently advised Commerzbank on its equity capital markets portfolio and is widely acclaimed by peers in this arena.
Maximilian Schiessl addresses a range of capital market transactions, with a focus on equity.
Sources perceive Reinhold Ernst as having an important profile in the equity market, where he handles IPOs and capital increases.
Daniela Favoccia's practice covers corporate and capital markets transactions. During the last year she represented Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank in the EUR420 million capital increase of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen.
Stefan Krauss is the partner in charge of the firm's structured finance and securitisation work, and has a particular focus on derivatives. His recent transactions include the restructuring of a Euromax VI ABS for Citibank.
Daniel Weiß maintains his prolific activity in structured finance and securitisation, and also earns praise for his extensive banking and restructuring expertise.
London-based Martin Geiger is a well-known name in the German structured finance market, and recently represented WestLB in connection with the securitisation of lease receivables worth EUR250 million.