Corporate/M&A - Germany
Andreas Fabritius is widely acknowledged as a leading figure in the market. Sources say: "His wealth of experience enables him to find very creative solutions."
Matthias-Gabriel Kremer's scope of expertise covers public and private M&A and corporate reorganisations. He recently advised BWK on automotive parts company Mahle's acquisition of a majority shareholding in cooling systems manufacturer Behr.
Sources describe Christoph Seibt as a "knowledgeable and elegant lawyer." He recently represented CVC Capital Partners in the sale of a 62% stake in Elster Group to Melrose.
Department head Christoph von Bülow is considered an extremely strong corporate lawyer. He formed part of the team advising on E.ON's sale of its interest in SPP to EPH.
Interviewees view Nils Matthias Koffka as an active figure in the market, particularly on the private equity side.
Ludwig Leyendecker's recent highlights include advising EQT on its EUR1.8 billion acquisition of BSN Medical.
Stephan Waldhausen recently advised Oerlikon Group on the sale of its natural fibres and textile components business units to Jinsheng Group. Clients describe him as a "fantastic guy - very pragmatic, and smart in terms of interpersonal skills."
Marius Berenbrok recently assisted the Albert-Ballin Konsortium with its acquisition of Hapag-Lloyd shares.
An expert in EU competition law, Michael Esser splits his time between Brussels and Cologne. He recently represented Liberty Global before the Court of Appeals in Düsseldorf following an appeal by Deutsche Telekom against the FCO’s decision to clear the takeover of Kabel BW. One client enthused that he "does not hesitate to ask difficult questions and understands the complexity of our business."
Peter Haberrecker's Italian language skills and knowledge of Italian law and culture make him well placed to advise Italian companies doing business in Germany. He was part of the team that advised the Italian Barilla corporation on the sale of its stake in the German bakery producers Lieken to the Czech company Agrofert. One client was impressed that "no matter what the problem was, he was very reactive."
With many years of experience assisting German and Turkish buyers with cross-border deals, Hartmut Nitschke heads the firm's Turkey desk. His recent mandates include advising E.ON on its acquisition of a 50% stake in Turkish energy company EnerjiSA-Group from Verbund of Austria.
Sabine Stricker-Kellerer has over 25 years of experience dealing with Chinese matters, and is the firm's senior China counsel. She is a member of the panel of arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and a founding member of the German Chinese Dialogue Forum. Of late she has advised a major European airline on various investments in China.
An experienced practitioner in French-German deals, Britta Zierau recently advised the French automotive group PSA on the creation of a joint German headquarters for the Peugeot and Citroën brands in Cologne.
Based in the Shanghai office, Heiner Braun is a Germany-qualified lawyer and represents Chinese clients in mandates with German aspects.
Brussels-based Frank Montag is highly rated for his work on significant corporate transactions and investigations. Clients regularly seek him out for advice on competition issues with German aspects, and he recently assisted Deutsche Bahn with the international competition aspects of its acquisition of Veolia's central transport business. "He is in the top tier and we would recommend him highly," states a client.
Tobias Müller-Deku is based in Riyadh. He has extensive experience of handling cross-border matters involving Germany and the Middle East, recently representing Volkswagen in the formation of a joint venture with Automotive Technologies Alliance and Saudi Arabian Marketing & Agencies. Clients say: "He has tremendous client focus and is pragmatic and business-oriented."
Michael Schwartz has a broad practice covering corporate and commercial law, as well as project finance. He recently moved from Moscow to Munich and is a popular choice for German clients entering the Russian market for the first time.
Brussels-based partner Thomas Wessely frequently advises German clients on domestic and European competition matters. He recently assisted Brenntag with its appeal against a decision by the German competition authority before the Düsseldorf court.
Foreign Desks Freshfields' Switzerland desk regularly advises German clients on transactions involving Switzerland or Swiss companies. Key contacts include Mark Strauch and Christian Bunsen in Frankfurt am Main.
The Turkey desk advises foreign companies on their Turkish investments as well as Turkish companies abroad. It has long-standing experience of working in Turkey and has strong links with Turkish law firms, financial institutions and government agencies. Hartmut Nitschke in Cologne is the main contact for the desk.
Since publication, Axel Epe has retired from this practice.