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Gleiss Lutz


Gleiss Lutz - Stuttgart
  • Lautenschlagerstraße 21
  • Stuttgart
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Germany
  • 70173
  • Tel:+49 711 8997-0
  • Fax:+49 711 85 50 96
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: Rainer Loges
  • Number of partners: 86 
  • Number of other lawyers: more than 200

Firm Overview:
Gleiss Lutz is one of Germany’s leading full service law firms. The firm’s success and reputation are based on its commitment to providing both top-quality advice and outstanding service to clients. As a full service firm, Gleiss Lutz provides lawyers recognised as true experts in their chosen fields. Their legal skills set the standard for the competition. The lawyers work in small, hand-picked teams that can be scaled up and down as required. As one of Germany’s largest law firms, the firm also has the necessary resources to manage even the most complex projects.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking/Finance/Capital Markets:
The practice focuses on syndicated loans, acquisition, real estate and project finance, refinancings and restructurings. In the area of capital markets, the team has special expertise in structuring cross-border equity offerings, as well as in the debt market. Contact: Hoimar von Ditfurth Email: hoimar.ditfurth@gleisslutz.com

Gleiss Lutz is one of the leading antitrust practices in Germany and Europe. It has been involved in shaping antitrust law since day one, having played an active role in all major national and international developments and cases for more than 60 years.
Contact: Ingo Brinker
Email: ingo.brinker@gleisslutz.com

Gleiss Lutz assists clients in internal investigations, in court proceedings and in dealing with antitrust and criminal authorities. The team also helps optimising tailored compliance programmes.
Contact: Hansjörg Scheel
Email: hansjoerg.scheel@gleisslutz.com

Gleiss Lutz is one of Germany’s leading M&A firms, with decades of experience in advising on complex national and international transactions.
Contact: Christian Cascante
Email: christian.cascante@gleisslutz.com

Dispute Resolution:
Gleiss Lutz is a top firm for complex litigation and arbitration. The practice handles all disputes in financial and capital markets, on questions of product liability, contract disputes, energy law, contractual disputes as well as disputes relating to M&A transactions, and on plant engineering projects, restructurings and insolvencies.
Contact: Stefan Rützel
Email: stefan.ruetzel@gleisslutz.com

Gleiss Lutz is a market leader in Germany in the area of employment law. The practice covers all areas of individual and collective employment law.
Contact: Stefan Lingemann
Email: stefan.lingemann@gleisslutz.com

Gleiss Lutz’s energy practice provides advice along the entire energy value chain and has a particular strength in the renewables market, most notably the wind sector.
Contact: Petra Linsmeier
Email: petra.linsmeier@gleisslutz.com

Intellectual Property:
Gleiss Lutz has decades of experience in assisting clients with intellectual property issues. The spectrum of services covers trademarks and designs, patents and utility models, unfair competition and food as well as information technology and copyright.
Contact: Andreas Wehlau
Email: andreas.wehlau@gleisslutz.com

Private Equity:
Gleiss Lutz supports clients through the entire lifecycle of an investment project. The firm advises on the structuring and financing of investments and the structuring of private equity and venture capital funds. Additionally, the practice assists on exit strategies, such as private sales, IPOs, or dual-track processes.
Contact: Christian Cascante
Email: christian.cascante@gleisslutz.com

Public Law:
Gleiss Lutz advises on all issues of building and planning law, especially on regional planning matters and on the preparation or amendment of development and land utilisation plans, on environmental law issues and on PPP-projects, to only name a few.
Contact: Marcus Dannecker
Email: marcus.dannecker@gleisslutz.com

Real Estate:
The team provides advice on all questions of real estate deals, project development and property use.
Contact: Hans Schlarmann
Email: hans.schlarmann@gleisslutz.com

Gleiss Lutz has long been a go-to firm for restructuring, insolvency and distressed M&A, and has advised on many major restructuring and insolvency cases in Germany in recent years.
Contact: Andreas Spahlinger
Email: andreas.spahlinger@gleisslutz.com

Gleiss Lutz covers the entire spectrum of national and international tax law. The main strengths of the practice lie in the development of innovative, tailored solutions for complex structures and in providing advice on complex tax matters.
Contact: Achim Dannecker
Email: achim.dannecker@gleisslutz.com

International Work:
Gleiss Lutz is regularly involved in major crossborder projects and is counsel to a wide range of international clients. For example, the firm has advised on some of the largest cross-border M&A deals in recent years. The firm has built a strong and tested international network with leading law firms and lawyers across the globe. This flexible network enables the firm to put together international project teams, pooling expertise and know-how across borders tailored to the client’s needs.

Clients: Leading German and international businesses, including numerous DAX listed and Fortune 500 companies, major privately held companies and public authorities.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking/Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition/Antitrust
  • Compliance
  • Corporate Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • IT
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Patents
  • Private Equity
  • Product Liability
  • Public Law
  • Public Procurement
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring
  • State Aid
  • Succession, Foundations & Trusts
  • Tax
  • Trademarks
  • Unfair Competition


  • Friedrichstraße 71,
  • Berlin,
  • Germany
  • 10117
  • Tel +49 30 8009 790
  • Fax +49 30 800 979 979
  • Website : www.gleisslutz.com
  • Bleichstraße 8-10,
  • Düsseldorf,
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Germany
  • 40211
  • Tel +49 211 54061-0
  • Fax +49 211 54061-111
  • Taunusanlage 11,
  • Frankfurt-am-Main,
  • Hessen
  • Germany
  • D-60329
  • Tel +49 69 955 140
  • Fax +49 69 9551 4198
  • Hohe Bleichen 19,
  • Hamburg,
  • Germany
  • 20354
  • Tel +49 40 4600 17 0
  • Fax +49 40 4600 1728
  • Karl-Scharnagl-Ring 6,
  • Munich,
  • Bavaria
  • Germany
  • 80539
  • Tel +49 89 216 670
  • Fax +49 89 216 67 111
  • Lautenschlagerstraße 21,
  • Stuttgart,
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Germany
  • 70173
  • Tel +49 711 8997-0
  • Fax +49 711 85 50 96
  • Email : melina.merz@gleisslutz.com
  • Rue de Loxum 25,
  • Brussels,
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • B-1000
  • Tel +32 2 551 1020
  • Fax +32 2 551 1039

Competition/European Law - Belgium

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive reputation for cartel work, assisting clients with related fine proceedings and private enforcement claims. Broad experience of international merger control and state aid mandates. Strong choice for issues involving the German authorities and the European Commission.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Gleiss Lutz has approachable and client-oriented lawyers. Its teams in different cities work together well."

"The firm has an excellent reputation for cartels and is a strong presence in court."

What's new? Christian von Köckritz and Philipp Melcher have both been promoted to associated partner.

Work highlights Represented the Bank of Ireland in a major state aid case before the European Commission, a matter involving issues relating to its restructuring and recapitalisation. 

Notable practitioners

Ulrich Soltész is a high-profile state aid lawyer with an impressive track record in complex proceedings. "He understands how the European institutions work, and knows all the relevant case law," says one interviewee. Soltész is also noted for his broader competition expertise, with experience of topics including cartel investigations.

Significant clients Commerzbank, Evonik, GM, Robert Bosch.

Corporate Investigations - Europe-wide

What the team is known for Leading German team with an extremely strong antitrust department. Often acts for clients such as banks and insurance companies on compliance matters and internal investigations. Frequently collaborates with other firms across Europe and is especially active on Russian matters. 

Work highlights Acting for Astellas Pharma Europe on a compliance review in Germany, France and Italy.

Notable practitioners

Stuttgart-based Hansjörg Scheel is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte, BUYIN, Ferrostaal.

Banking & Finance - Germany

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 8 associates

What the team is known for Strength in acquisition financing and syndicated loans. Particular expertise in corporate loans, refinancings and restructuring transactions, as well as real estate financings. Also noted by sources for its capabilities in rail asset finance. 

What's new? Acquisition finance specialist Frank Schlobach moved to the firm from Clifford Chance in February 2013. New clients include Pfleiderer and Wieland-Werke.

Work highlights Advised VNG Verbundnetz Gas in connection with taking out a syndicated loan.

Advised Scholz on a comprehensive refinancing of the group, including a syndicated loan agreement, promissory notes and real estate financing.

Notable practitioners  

Of late Burkhard Jäkel has been visible advising on acquisition financings and syndicated loans. He is also equipped to advise on restructurings and insolvencies.

Helge Kortz has been particularly active advising on syndicated loan agreements over the past twelve months. His recent work includes acting for Behr on the EUR350 million refinancing of a syndicated loan agreement, and advising Aareal Bank on granting a loan for the financing of the Marriott Hotel in Munich. Sources praise the precise and thorough nature of his work.

Peers and clients react positively to acquisition finance partner Frank Schlobach's recent arrival at Gleiss Lutz. His scope of expertise includes domestic and cross-border financing transactions such as subordinated debt financings, corporate loans and infrastructure financings.

Significant clients Aareal Bank, Helaba, Scholz.

Capital Markets - Germany

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 associates

What the team is known for Known for its work in equity capital markets, advising issuers and underwriters on a range of corporate finance mandates. Comes particularly recommended for IPOs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A strong team which is always available."  

"For due diligence, the lawyers are very hands-on, know how the market works and run the process very smoothly."

"A strong firm in Germany for issuers' work."  

What's new? New client wins include LEG Immobilien and GSW Immobilien.

Work highlights Advised the management board on LEG Immobilien's EUR1.2 billion IPO.

Advised GSW Immobilien on the issue of a EUR185 million convertible bond.

Notable practitioners  

Satisfied clients describe head of equity capital markets Stephan Aubel as "professional and pragmatic." He also attracts praise for his "fast, uncomplicated and solution-oriented advice." He recently advised KSPG on its planned IPO.

Hoimar von Ditfurth heads the capital markets team and advised GRENKE LEASING on a EUR54 million capital increase under the exclusion of subscription rights. Market commentators view him as "a senior and experienced partner."

Significant clients BayernLB, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan, Bosch, SHW Automotive.

Competition/European Law - Germany

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 29 associates

What the team is known for At the forefront of the competition market, recognised for significant strength within the domestic market. Often present in international merger control and cartel investigation proceedings before the German Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent cross-border co-operation between the Brussels and German offices."

"One of the strongest market players in Germany."  

What's new? Recently won a place on Bayer's EMEA antitrust panel, and hired seven new associates during 2012 and the first half of 2013.

Work highlights Advised the Federal Republic of Germany on rearranging the EADS shareholder structure.

Notable practitioners  

Star practitioner Rainer Bechtold in Stuttgart continues to be viewed as a leading light in this market, with sources saying: "The number-one person I would turn to if I was a client would be him."

Head of the competition and antitrust group, the "excellent" Ingo Brinker advised the Federal Republic of Germany on the rearrangement of the EADS shareholder structure. Sources say: "He delivers high-quality work and has a profound knowledge of the material. He knows the most recent developments in his field and most importantly, he is pragmatic!"

Frankfurt-based Wolfgang Bosch advised the Kion Group on the largest direct Chinese investment into Germany to date. Market observers view him as "a very smart guy – really efficient and a brilliant chap."

Sources recommend "high-flyer" Ulrich Denzel for his efficiency and the strength of his work. He recently led the team advising Fresenius Kabi on global merger control proceedings for the takeover of Fenwal Holdings.  

Martin Raible in Düsseldorf advised US Wheelabrator Technologies on the antitrust and merger control aspects of the planned acquisition of E.ON Energy from Waste.

Matthias Karl recently provided antitrust advice to Evonik Industries on the establishment of a production joint venture in Mexico.

Significant clients Daimler, Evonik, Munich Re/ERGO, Procter & Gamble, Siemens.

Corporate/M&A - Germany

Basic facts about the department
- 33 partners
- 70 associates

What the team is known for Highly regarded for all aspects of public M&A and corporate governance work. Increasingly involved in distressed M&A and advisory work linked to issues such as the German Securities Takeover and Securities Trading Acts. Boasts an impressive client base comprising domestic and international corporates from a variety of industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team has an excellent commercial understanding of what is really important, which makes a real difference in contract negotiations."

Work highlights Assisted German forklift manufacturer KION with Chinese conglomerate Shandong Heavy Industry's widely reported direct investment.

Advised the German government on changes to EADS's shareholder structure.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Christian Cascante remains highly sought for public M&A transactions. His recent highlights include advising on Shandong Heavy Industry's investment in KION.

Gerhard Wirth is praised for his considerable expertise and experience in corporate transactions. He recently advised Infineon Technologies on its defence against a claim brought by insolvency administrator Yesffe relating to alleged liability for capital shortfall.

Gerhard Wegen is recognised for his strength in cross-border M&A. His recent highlights include acting for Groupe Auchan on the EUR1.1 billion purchase of Real's Eastern European business from METRO.

Clients describe Jan Bauer as "clear-minded and energetic, with great communication skills and the ability to manage all interests really well." 

Ralf Morshäuser is known for his focus on distressed M&A. Clients say he is "smart and will fight your corner."

Respected practitioner Alexander Schwarz recently advised on the sale of a number of subsidiaries of Alpiq Anlagentechnik belonging to VINCI Energies. 

Significant clients Blackstone, Primark, Celesio, Pfleiderer, Axel Springer, Ferrostaal.  

Dispute Resolution - Germany

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 14 associates

What the team is known for Advises on high-stakes post-M&A, corporate and contractual disputes, as well as being increasingly busy with financial litigation and international arbitration. Impressive in additional areas including competition, product liability and regulatory compliance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Gleiss Lutz is an excellent and well-known firm with a lot of resources."

"The department running arbitration cases is very experienced and can cover not just the court case, but also the contractual side and any international issues."

What's new? The past year saw two internal partner promotions within the department.

Work highlights Defended Deutsche Telekom against claims by Kabel Deutschland and Unitymedia Kabel BW alleging anticompetitive excessive pricing for use of cable channel systems.

Represented Hypo Real Estate Holding in a compensation claim regarding allegedly incorrect capital market information in 2007 and 2008.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Stefan Rützel as "very knowledgeable in dispute resolution and excellent at strategic planning." A recognised litigator and arbitration counsel, he is frequently seen acting in financial litigation and D&O liability disputes.

Stephan Wilske is noted for his work as arbitration counsel. His recent instructions include representing German investor Adem Dogan against the Turkmenistan state in an investment arbitration regarding the expropriation of assets.

Gerhard Wegen divides his time between transactional mandates and international arbitration work. He is a member of various professional bodies, including the German and Swiss Arbitration Associations.

Significant clients Atos, Bertelsmann, Bosch, Daimler, Deutsche Bahn.

Employment - Germany

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

What the team is known for A top choice for employment law in Germany, with an impressive caseload, handling complex restructurings for leading German and global industrial companies as well as advising on disputes with executives and supervisory board members, collective bargaining and pensions. Stands out for the formidable size of the practice, which stretches across six German offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Every partner at Gleiss Lutz delivers perfect quality – it is clearly a market leader." 

"The lawyers are exceptionally strong." 

Work highlights Advised KION group on the employment aspects of the widely reported sale of its hydraulics division to Chinese company Weichai Power, as well as its participation in Chinese conglomerate Shandong Heavy Industry.

Handled the re-establishment of the entire management board of Portigon in the wake of the restructuring of WestLB. 

Notable practitioners  

Peers note that Jobst-Hubertus Bauer is "omnipresent in the German market," adding: "Wherever you go he's always there." He has substantial experience of advising on disputes and remuneration issues involving management board members.

Martin Diller handles an incredible range of employment matters for some of the firm's biggest global clients. He works out of the firm's Stuttgart office and has a particularly strong reputation for pensions law.

Stuttgart-based Gerhard Röder advises clients on questions relating to pension schemes, post-transactional matters and restructurings. He remains a highly regarded figure on the German employment scene.

Sources praise Ulrich Baeck for his work advising clients on individual and collective employment issues. His areas of focus include collective bargaining and reorganisations.

Significant clients KION, Landesbank Berlin Holding, Opel, Robert Bosch, Portigon.

Energy - Germany

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded full-service energy team with a growing focus on the renewables sector, where it is active in offshore wind transactions and solar insolvency disputes, as well as regulatory advice. Often advises key energy players on large-scale transactions, as well as handling proceedings before the Federal Constitutional Court with regard to regulatory matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I was very happy with the responsiveness, timings and organisation – it was really efficient work."

What's new? Tobias Leidinger was hired as of counsel from RWE in 2012.

Work highlights Advised Alpiq Holding on the EUR195 million sale of its energy transmission technology division to the French VINCI Energies group.

Represented E.ON before the Federal Constitutional Court with regard to the decommissioning and shortening of lifetimes of nuclear power stations.

Notable practitioners  

Munich-based Petra Linsmeier heads the firm's energy group and focuses on regulatory and competition issues affecting the industry. Her highlights include advising GDF Suez E&P on the effects of recent amendments to the recent Energy Industry and Renewable Energy Acts with regard to feed-in management and re-dispatch.

Christoph Moench is known for his long-standing and substantial experience in administrative law. He recently advised the Federal Ministry for the Environment on regulatory issues pertaining to private and direct energy consumption by third parties.

Significant clients Blackstone, DONG Energy, Evonik, Gaz de France, Schott Solar.

Healthcare - Germany

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

What the team is known for Impressive track record advising German statutory health insurance funds on public procurement and tender procedures, with well-established client relationships in this area. Frequently co-operates with the firm's successful antitrust and corporate teams to provide comprehensive advice to healthcare and life sciences clients. Also active advising pharmaceutical companies on the protection of their IP rights.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent combination of expertise in medical and corporate law."

"The lawyers provide high-quality knowhow in the specific areas of healthcare and public procurement law."

Work highlights Advised AOK Baden-Württemberg on a test case regarding invoicing issues in connection with outpatient surgical services.

Advised Labco on corporate and medical law following allegations of fraudulent deception during the acquisition of a laboratory.

Notable practitioners  

The "very experienced" Reimar Buchner is best known for advising on regulatory issues affecting health insurance funds and hospital finance. Recent standout mandates include acting for AOK Federal Association on amendments to a draft bill that requires health insurance funds to be subject to antitrust law regulations.

Clients appreciate that Andreas Neun is "specialised in public procurement law." Highlights include advising a consortium of health insurance funds in Baden-Württemberg on a joint invitation to tender for seven vaccinations.

Significant clients Celesio, Kliniken Schmieder, Fresenius, Bayer Pharma, Actavis.

Insurance - Germany

Basic facts about the department 
- 6 partners
- 8 associates

What the team is known for Highly respected for transactional mandates. Also handles regulatory and compliance matters as well as advising on test cases before the courts. Provides assistance in the related areas of banking and antitrust law.

Work highlights Defended Contact Air against a claim for damages brought by the insurer of Stuttgart Airport.

Represented WGV Verischerung in injunction proceedings commenced by the Consumer Advice Centre.

Notable practitioners  

Hansjörg Scheel is noted for advising insurance companies on M&A transactions and regulatory matters. He also handles insurance litigation and in a recent case defended WGV Verischerung against an injunction claim.

Significant clients Allianz, AOKs, Delta Lloyd Gruppe, ERGO Versicherungsgruppe, Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft.

Intellectual Property - Germany

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 18 associates 

What the team is known for Strength in patent litigation, unfair competition and trade mark work. Highly regarded for advice on technical, regulatory and patent-related matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers are very responsive, professional and polite, as well as being knowledgeable and easy to speak with. It's been a very positive experience for us."

"High-calibre attorneys."  

What's new? Matthias Werner in Munich was appointed as counsel. New client and panel wins include KION Group and Konica Minolta.

Work highlights Represented ViewSonic against Nokia in a series of disputes on the infringements of smart phones and tablets patents.

Advised Philip Morris on the EC's proposal to alter the Tobacco Products Directive to standardise packaging.

Notable practitioners  

Stefan Völker in Stuttgart remains a leading figure in trade mark and unfair competition law, advising on brand creation and trade mark conflicts.

Düsseldorf-based head of patents Thomas Bopp recently represented Actavis in two injunction proceedings. Clients say: "His knowledge is impressive and he has an exceptional legal background."

Andreas Schabenberger specialises in trade mark matters, design and copyright law.

Interviewees say counsel Matthias Werner "is excellent in court and for very complex work." He recently advised Spätzle-Shaker on the infringement of the patent and utility model of its signature product by a former business partner. 

Significant clients Actavis, Bayer Pharma, Daimler, Robert Bosch, Whirlpool.

Private Equity - Germany

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.

Projects - Germany

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners in project finance, 2 in construction
- 7 other qualified lawyers in project finance, 8 in construction

What the team is known for Full-service firm which prides itself on its ability to offer comprehensive legal advice on the whole project development process. Both the project finance and construction departments have a focus on energy, especially offshore wind, and are supported by the firm's outstanding public law practice. Most visible on the sponsor side of project finance transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers understand the legal and contractual issues – and also how big companies come to their decisions. They understand how the decision-making process within a huge utility works."

"Retained on more complex issues because of the team's reputation for being intellectually bright and willing to work very hard." 

Work highlights Provided Krieger with advice on various construction projects.

Advised Blackstone on the financing of the offshore wind park Meerwind.

Notable practitioners

Tobias Heinrich Boecken focuses on energy plant construction mandates. He is noted for his strong technical abilities and attention to detail, with clients saying: "He takes care of minor details that others might overlook."

Frankfurt-based Helge Kortz is a partner in the firm's banking practice and is the main contact for the project finance team.

Significant clients Blackstone, MW Group, LBBW Immobilien, Dr. Aldinger & Fischer Group, Hornbach Group.

Public Law - Germany

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 4 counsel
- 2 of counsel
- 16 associates

What the team is known for Acting on highly complex energy-related projects, constitutional law matters, nuclear waste disposal and a wide range of environmental planning law issues. A considerable force in terms of bench strength and experience. Also recognised for its significant public procurement expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very experienced, flexible and service oriented. Also, the firm has a wide network all over the country."

"The depth and the detail of the lawyers' work is very impressive."

What's new? New clients include STRABAG and voestalpine. The department also benefits from the recent arrival of Tobias Leidinger, who brings with him energy sector experience gained in his previous in-house position at RWE.

Work highlights Advised IKEA on the planning and construction of a store in the Munich area.

Advised AOK Baden-Württemberg and other regional health insurance funds on a joint invitation to tender for the procurement of multiple vaccines.

Notable practitioners  

Berlin-based public law expert Christoph Moench remains a top choice, especially for energy, planning and environmental matters. Clients praise his "understanding of complex planning and environmental law and his ability to make the problems and their solutions transparent to clients," adding: "He is very entrepreneurial and tries to see the problem from the client's point of view."

Michael Uechtritz is a renowned planning law expert who wins particularly glowing praise from clients for his strategic work on construction projects: "He's easy to work with, very direct and efficient."

Sources name Burghard Hildebrandt as an "excellent lawyer in his field," highlighting his planning law expertise. Sources also increasingly praise his work in the area of state aid.

A very well-known name in public procurement law, Andreas Neun is particularly active in the healthcare sector, often advising health insurance funds. Sources pick him out as "one of the best in his generation."

Clients have a great deal of confidence in Hans Schlarmann when it comes to planning and environment law advice: "He's very accurate and thorough in everything he does, great at building an argument and very quick to respond, which is important when you have to make a decision."

Clemens Weidemann is particularly visible in the area of product-related environmental law. Clients give him their solid endorsement: "He looks at all aspects of a case, which enables him to argue very convincingly. The court was impressed."

Christiane Freytag continues to play a significant role in the department, handling key public procurement mandates in the healthcare and energy sectors. "She makes a good impression," say sources.

Marco König earns a place in the rankings this year thanks to excellent feedback for his public procurement work, especially in the healthcare industry. "He is experienced, terribly effective, and comes straight to the point," say sources. König was promoted to partner in 2012.

Significant clients DONG Energy, Rolls-Royce, STRABAG, Merck, Bosch. 

Real Estate - Germany

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

What the team is known for Strong focus on larger real estate transactions, with an excellent reputation for shopping centre transactions and residential portfolio deals, where it advises investors and property developers. Particularly active in tax optimisation structures and innovative structuring of acquisitions, working closely with its real estate finance practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Gleiss Lutz really is a bespoke real estate firm."

Work highlights Advised GE Capital Real Estate on the sale of a residential portfolio valued at EUR180 million.

Advised Daimler Real Estate on the sale of production buildings and a factory to Porsche.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Johannes Niewerth as a "very knowledgeable lawyer who knows a number of key players on the market." Interviewees also appreciate his commercial mindset and ability to "cut through the rubbish to raise important issues." Recent highlights include advising Rockspring on acquisitions of retail parks in Berlin and Bavaria and a Leipzig shopping centre, with a total value of EUR100 million.

Tim Weber has extensive experience in significant single asset deals and portfolio deals and recently advised GE Real Estate on the divestiture of a large residential portfolio. His clients note that "he doesn't always tell you what you'd like to hear; instead he is reasonable and firm in the way he gives feedback and flags up any deal breakers."

Christian Steinke is highlighted by peers for his notarial practice, and also maintains a strong reputation for his work advising on various real estate projects. He was part of the team advising Mutschler on the development of Designer Outlet Soltau, including leasing agreements. 

Significant clients ProLogis, Rockspring, GAGFAH Gruppe, GE Real Estate, CIT Europe. 

Real Estate - Germany

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

What the team is known for Respected German group with strength in advising on the financing and refinancing of real estate assets, particularly on the lender side. Works closely with lawyers from the firm's highly regarded real estate transactional practice, as well as the successful tax team.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The Gleiss Lutz lawyers have great drafting skills and are excellent at wording the contracts appropriately so that the other party can accept it."

"The real estate finance team is very capable and has a solid client base in Germany."

Work highlights Advised Fitch Ratings on the restructuring of a loan portfolio that had been securitised against real estate assets.

Notable practitioners  

Maximilian von Rom has substantial experience in advising banks and real estate investors on restructurings and refinancings, where he is regularly seen acting on key mandates.

Significant clients Aereal Bank, Helaba, Morgan Stanley Real Estate, Rockspring, Resolution Property. 

Restructuring/Insolvency - Germany

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners

What the team is known for Particularly renowned for advising on restructuring and insolvency of renewable energy companies and suppliers. Also recognised for expertise in distressed M&A mandates.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A reputable and knowledgeable firm in Germany which is active in high-profile work."

Work highlights Advised Atlantik on the restructuring and acquisition of insolvent company Pfleiderer, involving EUR530 million of liabilities.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Andreas Spahlinger is a "very knowledgeable, eloquent and well-connected" lawyer. Sources commend him for his "very diligent approach to complex restructurings." He advised centrotherm photovoltaics on its restructuring and insolvency, and various financing matters.

Frankfurt-based Helge Kortz also advised on the significant restructuring and insolvency mandate for centrotherm photovoltaics. He has a particular focus on providing syndicated lending and refinancing advice.  

Significant clients centrotherm photovoltaics, Contact Air and Eheim, Deutsche Bank, Infineon Technologies, Nokia Siemens Networks.

Tax - Germany

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 12 associates

What the team is known for Well established as a support group for M&A, financing and restructuring transactions, and increasingly involved in standalone tax matters, including succession planning and compliance. Now offers tax capabilities in Stuttgart, Frankfurt, and Hamburg.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I've worked with other tax advisers who just tell us what what we shouldn't do. Now I always go to Gleiss Lutz because the lawyers there are very solution oriented."

What's new? 2013 saw the tax team undergo structural changes, becoming a distinct practice group under the leadership of Achim Dannecker. Tax had previously formed part of the firm's corporate practice group.

Work highlights Provided tax advice to Atlantik regarding its acquisition of Pfleiderer.

Advised KKR, Goldman Sachs and Kion on Shandong Heavy Industry's investment in Kion.

Notable practitioners

Practice group head Achim Dannecker concentrates on succession planning and assets for family-owned businesses. Clients describe him as "meticulous and effective," adding: "He was able to effect substantial tax savings on a high-value estate across multiple jurisdictions."

Michael Marquardt earns praise for his "deep knowledge of German tax law and wide-ranging technical skills," as well as his ability to "explain complicated transactions and controversies in a transparent and logical way." Marquardt is highly experienced in compliance and tax fraud.

Significant clients Ferrostaal, Atlantik, Blackstone, Konika Minolta, Pfalzwerke.

TMT - Germany

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

What the team is known for A solid track record in both transactional and advisory IT mandates, including public procurement. Also offers strength in outsourcing projects, data protection and e-commerce matters, both in Germany and abroad.

Work highlights Assisted KION with the transitional IT services and carve-out aspects of Weichai Power's acquisition of 70% of KION subsidiary Linde Material Handling.

Represented Garmin in an action for damages arising from navigational devices.

Notable practitioners  

Stefan Weidert heads the firm's IT group and assists clients with a range of transactional and advisory issues, including piracy prevention.

Significant clients Arvato, Dassault, Europäische Zentralbank, Hornbach, Stihl.