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Gleiss Lutz

Stuttgart

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: 89
  • 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 

Competition/Antitrust:
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 formore than 60 years.
Contact: Ingo Brinker
Email: ingo.brinker@gleisslutz.com

Compliance:
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

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

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

Employment:
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

Energy:
Gleiss Lutz’s energy practice is recognised as a leader in the market. The team 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 dualtrack 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

Restructuring:
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

Tax:
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
  • Company Succession & Trusts
  • 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
  • Tax
  • Trademarks
  • Unfair Competition

Branches

  • 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 366
  • 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

THE FIRM The Brussels office of this top German firm is especially known for its state aid work, and also handled a number of bank restructurings over the past year. A key mandate saw the competition group advise the Bank of Ireland on procuring approval for its second restructuring plan.

Sources say: "The team offers pragmatic, target-oriented know-how. It tries to see the case from a client's perspective and is very understanding." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Ulrich Soltész specialises in state aid cases, often assisting German clients. He recently represented Commerzbank in procedures following a capital injection and restructuring plan. "He's a very good negotiator, and has a good political perspective," commented one client.

Banking & Finance - Germany

THE FIRM With its strong corporate client base and growing market presence, this banking and finance team is going from strength to strength. Acquisition finance and syndicated lending remain its key areas of activity and the group has won a number of new clients of late, including Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan. A notable mandate saw it advise Blackstone on the German aspects of the financing for the purchase of Jack Wolfskin.

Sources say: "The firm has a very international reach but is locally based, which means clients don't risk international conflicts."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Helge Kortz focuses on syndicated loans, ABS and acquisition finance. He was recently instructed by the shareholders of CD Cartondruck in relation to financial questions regarding the merger of the company with Multi Packaging Solutions.  

Burkhard Jäkel enters the rankings on the back of glowing client feedback. As one observer describes, "he's an excellent lawyer and has a great, calm attitude that is very comforting in difficult situations." He is especially strong in asset finance and recently advised Mustang on the sale of its company shares to a group of investors.

Frank Schlobach wins praise for his dedicated approach and business understanding: "He is very hard-working and commercially informed. A really great lawyer."  

Capital Markets - Germany

THE FIRM This firm continues to be highly visible on mid-cap IPOs and capital increases. The team frequently acts as issuers' counsel but also assists underwriters such as Commerzbank, with which it enjoys a long-standing relationship. It is currently advising sole global co-ordinator Crédit Agricole on Adler Modemärkte's Frankfurt stock exchange EUR108 million IPO.

Sources say: “The team's work is precise and not overloaded with a lot of comments and restrictions in terms of giving a practical viewpoint.” “Gleiss is very strong in mid-cap capital markets transactions in Germany.” “The firm has specialists for all relevant fields and you know exactly what it's doing. We have an excellent impression of the firm as a whole.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources appreciate the way in which Stephan Aubel can bring his excellent grasp of legal theory to bear on practical problems. “He's a very good partner for discussing all questions with regards to capital markets and shareholders, and knows how to act in very specific situations like a takeover or IPO,” says a client. He is also recommended for negotiations: “He doesn't play the games lawyers often play in such situations; he's just focused and friendly and knows what he's doing.”

Fellow equity capital markets partner Hoimar von Ditfurth is described as “very focused on getting the transaction to move forward – he doesn't haggle over minor details but always keeps the big picture in mind.”

Competition/European Law - Germany

THE FIRM Interviewees consistently recommend this national powerhouse as one of the leading antitrust firms in Germany. The sizeable group displays a strong foothold in merger control proceedings, compliance matters and cartel investigations. The team recently represented Schott in antitrust proceedings before the Commission, investigating a possible cartel in the special glass market. Further key mandates include advising Bosch on merger control regarding a large number of transactions, including the acquisition of the Service Solutions division from US company SPX.

Sources say: "Responsive, quick and alert. The team always tries to understand the clients' perspective."

KEY INDIVIDUALS German and EU antitrust specialist Rainer Bechtold has tremendous expertise in merger control proceedings. Peers and clients agree that he is "definitely a star individual."

Ingo Brinker heads the competition and antitrust practice, and recently advised The Blackstone Group on merger control matters relating to its acquisition of a stake in Leica Camera, as well as its acquisition of Jack Wolfskin.

Clients are impressed with Martin Raible, saying: "He is very responsive, client-oriented and pragmatic, with good knowledge of the energy sector."

Sources describe Wolfgang Bosch as "extremely cost and time-efficient." He represented Schott in antitrust proceedings before the Commission regarding a possible cartel in the special glass market.

The "prominent" Ulrich Denzel handled extensive competition work for ProSiebenSat.1 over the past twelve months, including defending the company against actions for damages brought by RTL 2, MTV and TM-TV regarding the sale of advertising space.

Matthias Karl specialises in merger control and distribution law and is currently leading the firm's merger control work for Bosch.

Construction - Germany

THE FIRM The compact construction group at this renowned German firm gains market recognition for its work in power plant construction projects. The two-partner team's recent highlights include advising Vattenfall Europe Generation extensively on new coal-fired power station construction projects in Germany. Further prominent energy sector clients include Global Tech I Offshore Wind and Windreich. The team is also currently supporting clients in liability issues and more classical construction topics. 

Sources say: "The Gleiss lawyers have always been able to translate complex legal issues in a way that clients are able to follow. Very detailed and precise work, very reliable and you always get to speak with the same people - there seems to be a lot of continuity within the firm. We know it is one of the biggest law firms in Germany but it doesn't feel like it - the lawyers give a very personable service."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Berlin-based team head Tobias Heinrich Boecken demonstrates notable expertise advising on construction law in infrastructure and energy projects. Market observers say he is "a construction partner to be mentioned - doing very high-quality work in plant engineering." His recent work includes advising Vattenfall Europe Generation on the construction of coal-fired power stations.  

Corporate/M&A - Germany

THE FIRM This celebrated German firm offers full-service corporate and M&A advice to prominent domestic and international clients such as Daimler, Procter & Gamble and Bain Capital. The firm is particularly sought after for its public M&A expertise, and is widely viewed as one of the leading practices in this area. It also acts on corporate advisory and contentious matters, and successfully represented Hypo Real Estate in its legal dispute regarding nationalisation. Other key mandates include advising Blackstone on its acquisition of the Nördlicher Grund wind farm project.

Sources say: "We are delighted with the support we get from Gleiss Lutz." "The firm is on the rise; it's got a young team of talented but at the same time very pleasant partners who are handling a lot of large transactions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients describe practice head Christian Cascante as a "top choice for public M&A." He recently advised Siemens on its takeover offer for software company IBS.

Commentators admire Gerhard Wegen's depth of experience, particularly regarding international M&A. He recently acted for Mustang in relation to its sale to an investor consortium headed by private equity firm A-Capital.

Gerhard Wirth is widely recognised for his corporate advisory practice. Clients include the supervisory board of WestLB.

Peers highlight the increasingly visible Jan Bauer as "one to watch." Interviewees are impressed by the way he defends his clients' interests, saying: "He tries to get the best possible outcome for the client but also keeps in mind what the counterparty is thinking."

Managing partner Rainer Loges is developing the firm's M&A practice in the Munich area. His recent transactions include advising Nanometrics on its acquisition of Nanda Technologies.  

Ralf Morshäuser frequently advises on prominent cross-border M&A transactions. Deals involving distressed companies are a particular strength.

Sources highlight Alexander Schwarz as one of the firm's most visible figures on major M&A transactions.

Andreas Rittstieg enters the rankings thanks to enthusiastic market feedback. He recently advised the Albert Ballin consortium on its EUR700 million acquisition of shares in Hapag-Lloyd.

Dispute Resolution - Germany

THE FIRM This highly regarded national firm maintains a strong presence on the German arbitration scene, but is also increasingly visible in M&A follow-on disputes and commercial and financial litigation. It frequently handles cases on behalf of high-profile domestic companies and financial institutions such as Daimler, Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Bahn, the latter of which it is currently defending against EUR4.4 million damage claims.

Sources say: “A strong firm with great connections in the German corporate scene.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Dispute resolution practice head Stefan Rützel is a well-recognised and highly active arbitration counsel and litigator. Peers admire his considerable expertise and long-standing experience in the dispute resolution arena.

Industry insiders appreciate arbitrator Gerhard Wegen's dedicated focus on corporate/M&A law.

Peers commend Stephan Wilske's “extremely high-level” performance as counsel in arbitration matters. Clients value his “calm, non-confrontational” approach to dealing with the counterparty.

Andreas Rittstieg regularly arbitrates in M&A transactions and corporate litigation cases.

Employment - Germany

THE FIRM This firm wins praise across the board for the breadth and depth of its market-leading practice. The group is considered particularly strong in Stuttgart and Munich, but also offers respected practitioners in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin. It advises on topics including restructurings, collective bargaining, compliance and pensions, and counts internationally recognised names such as Allianz, The Blackstone Group and Procter & Gamble among its clients. Recent work highlights include advising Bosch on management terminations, and on employment issues related to the implementation of an IT system in 23 jurisdictions.

Sources say: "Gleiss Lutz is really an outstanding firm for labour law. It has great expertise and responsiveness." "An excellent service."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Described as "a great lawyer in the tradition of great lawyers at the firm," Jobst-Hubertus Bauer remains one of the most respected and experienced employment practitioners in the German market. Commentators highlight his long-standing experience: "He practically invented employment law in Germany," states one interviewee.  

The highly regarded Martin Diller is recognised for his strong focus on company pensions, and has recently represented ExxonMobil in disputes in this area.

Clients praise restructuring specialist Burkard Göpfert for his "business-minded, clear and reliable" approach. Prominent recent mandates include advising Nokia Siemens Networks on its German restructuring and the closure of its Munich site.

Gerhard Röder regularly handles the employment aspects of transactions and restructurings, but is also equipped to advise on negotiations with works councils and co-determination issues.

Ulrich Baeck advises on a broad spread of employment issues, including transactional support, restructurings, collective bargaining and works council negotiations.

Since publication, Burkard Göpfert has joined Baker & McKenzie

Energy & Natural Resources - Germany

THE FIRM This prominent German firm offers the full range of energy-related services, including regulatory and transactional advice and dispute resolution. Lately the team has intensified its focus on renewables projects, representing key client Blackstone in the development and financing of the award-winning Meerwind offshore wind farm, and winning a place on Dong Energy's panel. The team also handled a steady stream of litigation mandates relating to nuclear law, where notable mandates include advising E.ON on its constitutional appeal to the German government against the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

Sources say: "We are always exceptionally happy to work with Gleiss on energy matters."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The prominent and well-regarded Christoph Moench advises on constitutional and administrative issues involving energy and the environment. His recent work highlights include appearing before the German Constitutional Court on behalf of E.ON in an appeal regarding the decommissioning of nuclear plants.

Ralf Thaeter regularly advises on transactional mandates involving the energy industry. Clients praise his pragmatic and knowledgeable approach: "He has an eminent understanding of the law, combined with a very good understanding of the commercial realities of the market."

Petra Linsmeier is a visible figure on the German market, where she specialises in regulatory and competition issues affecting the energy sector. Standout mandates from the past twelve months include advising Blu-O International Affiliates on the competition aspects of its acquisition of Goldgas.

Since publication, Ralf Thaeter has joined Herbert Smith Freehills

Environment - Germany

THE FIRM Aided by its considerable public law strength, this firm offers broad and in-depth environment expertise. The practice is particularly strong in regulatory and planning law, but also handles a number of project development and litigation matters. In addition, it is increasingly active on transaction support work. Notable recent mandates include successfully representing Merck before the ECJ in relation to the distance provisions of the Seveso II Directive.

Sources say: "Skilled lawyers and excellent teamwork."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Renowned constitutional law expert Christoph Moench recently advised E.ON on the decommissioning and shortening of operating lives of nuclear power stations.

Healthcare - Germany

THE FIRM This national giant impresses commentators with its strong stance in life sciences and its growing reputation in the healthcare sector. The team advises clients on patent litigation, antitrust and corporate matters. The group successfully advised AOK Baden-Württemberg on an invitation to tender respecting vaccine supply contracts by all health insurance fund associations in the region. Clients appreciate the responsive nature of the lawyers and the quick turnaround time of mandates. New client wins for the group feature Klinikum Stuttgart and Labco Deutschland.  

Sources say: "The firm is doing a lot of really strong work for public funds in the healthcare sector." "An extraordinarily well-organised law firm - the lawyers reply immediately to questions and requests. They have a lot of experience in the healthcare sector - not only patents but registration, marketing and sales."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Public procurement specialist Andreas Neun in Berlin recently received instruction from AOK Baden-Württemberg with respect to vaccine supply contracts.  

Insurance - Germany

THE FIRM This German firm's insurance arm regularly represents prominent insurers, such as Munich Re and ERGO Versicherungsgruppe, in corporate and transactional matters. Notable highlights on the M&A side include advising Dutch insurer Delta Lloyd Group on the sale of its German business, in what was one of the first run-off transactions in the life insurance sector. The team is also becoming increasingly visible in insurance disputes, recently representing ERGO in arbitration proceedings with neckermann.de.

Sources say: "The Gleiss lawyers are excellent; very experienced and pragmatic. They pay a lot of attention to detail but what they say is very usable for a company."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients single out Hansjörg Scheel for his pragmatic, timely advice and multidisciplinary expertise. His recent work highlights include advising ERGO on its arbitration with neckermann.de.

Intellectual Property - Germany

THE FIRM A major player in both patent litigation and trade mark, Gleiss Lutz offers an enviable mix of excellent local expertise as well as strong international capabilities. A recent highlight for the trade mark and unfair competition group was its work for Blizzard Entertainment, regarding infringement action before the Hamburg District Court against a supplier of World of Warcraft cheat devices. On the patent litigation side the team recently defended Actavis against infringement action, with landmark proceedings before the Düsseldorf Regional Court.

Sources say: “The lawyers are very responsive and don't overload us with unnecessary information - they give us what we ask for and very quickly. They also send us all the documents to look over and welcome our input.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stuttgart-based Stefan Völker focuses on trade mark and unfair competition matters, and recently represented Margarete Steiff in the registration of its 'button in ear' trade mark.

Clients enthuse about patent litigation practitioner Thomas Bopp, who led on the firm's work for Actavis: “He has extraordinary experience and is great to talk to about how the litigation should play out."

The talented Andreas Schabenberger has been busy defending the famous Ritter Sport brand in trade mark and unfair competition litigation in recent months.

Private Equity - Germany

THE FIRM This private equity team has retained its impressive clientele on the strength and quality of its work, as well as recently expanding its client portfolio. A large part of the group's work in recent months has been advising on the restructuring of portfolio companies. A highlight for the team saw it advise Japanese company Nisshinbo Holdings on the acquisition of leading brake friction producer TMD Friction Group from Pamplona Capital. Long-standing key client The Blackstone Group continues to instruct the firm, and new client wins include Tyrus Capital and Endeavour Capital.

Sources say: "Certainly a high-quality firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jan Bauer in Frankfurt is providing ongoing advice to Eurazeo regarding its investment in Apcoa. Market observers state they are "impressed by way he defends the interests of his client and how he deals with difficult issues."

Head of corporate Christian Cascante is based in Stuttgart and is described as a "star" in this legal field. 

Projects - Germany

THE FIRM This three-partner group remains most visible in the renewable energy sector, where it frequently handles offshore wind projects. Over the course of the past twelve months it has continued to advise key client The Blackstone Group on the financing of offshore wind park Meerwind. The team works closely with the firm's other practice groups, including public and corporate, to offer clients comprehensive advice on all aspects of a project.

Sources say: "Gleiss Lutz is an excellent German firm with very strong people." "The team's quality is undisputed." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Frankfurt-based Helge Kortz is the key contact for the projects practice.

Public Law - Germany

THE FIRM Sources commend this distinguished German firm for its wide-ranging scope of public law expertise. It enjoys an excellent reputation in public procurement and state aid law, and demonstrates particular strength in administrative and constitutional law. The team recently represented E.ON in a case regarding the constitutional law aspects of the decommissioning of nuclear power stations.

Sources say: "A very well-structured firm with highly engaged lawyers." "I really appreciate the lawyers because what they do and ask for is always reasonable and well founded. You don't have the feeling you are dealing with someone who doesn't know what they are doing." "Overall a fantastic firm." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients consider administrative law expert Christoph Moench to be "an extremely experienced lawyer with an excellent reputation." He also wins praise for his "friendly, courteous and capable" manner.

Sources describe the top-ranked Michael Uechtritz as "one of the really sophisticated thinkers in German planning law." 

State aid specialist Burghard Hildebrandt impresses interviewees with his technical expertise, hands-on approach and client management skills.

Andreas Neun is particularly visible on public procurement matters affecting the healthcare sector. Clients praise his "high technical competence, speed and reliability." 

Hans Schlarmann maintains a strong reputation for administrative and infrastructure law.

Clemens Weidemann's areas of expertise include environmental, gambling and construction law. His recent work includes representing bwin in a challenge to legislation prohibiting and restricting the activities of private gambling companies.

Christiane Freytag enters the rankings for the first time this year, receiving praise for her excellent technical knowledge in public procurement law. Clients add: "She is practical and efficient." 

Real Estate - Germany

THE FIRM This German powerhouse regularly acts on major transactions, restructurings and leases, particularly in the retail, residential and commercial sectors. Recent highlights include advising ProLogis on the EUR137 million sale of a logistics portfolio, and assisting Rockspring with the EUR70 million acquisition of two shopping centres in Berlin and Bavaria. Other prominent clients are Edinburgh House Estates, Hornbach and Morgan Stanley Real Estate.

Sources say: "Particularly strong in Berlin." "Excellent service." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Berlin-based real estate partner Johannes Niewerth is "commercial, helpful and gets to the point," say impressed clients.

Sources say Detlef Schmidt has "fantastic technical skills." His scope of expertise includes both domestic and cross-border real estate transactions.

Christian Steinke is experienced in the sale and acquisition as well as the financing of real estate portfolios. He provides ongoing advice to clients such as Hornbach and Krieger Group.

Clients highlight Tim Weber's responsiveness and commerciality. He recently advised Valora on the real estate aspects of the acquisition of bakery group Ditsch/Brezelkönig.

Real Estate - Germany

THE FIRM In recent months the Gleiss real estate finance group has been particularly busy with acquisition financings. A recent highlight saw the team assist Resolution Properties with the financing of the acquisition of Göttingen Arcaden. It has also advised a number of financial institutions on real estate portfolio refinancings in Germany and abroad.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Maximilian von Rom is recognised for his work on behalf of the lenders in financings and refinancings. He is part of the team which advised Shandong Heavy Industries on its EUR738 million investment in Kion.  

Restructuring/Insolvency - Germany

THE FIRM Distressed M&A transactions and restructurings in the renewable energy sector have formed a major part of this national firm's restructuring workload of late. Market insiders praise the team's industry knowledge and expertise in related areas such as tax, corporate and employment law. Over the past twelve months, the firm provided comprehensive advice to Solon and its major shareholder Mithril on all aspects of its restructuring. It also handled Nokia Siemens Networks' restructuring and German staff redundancies.

Sources say: "The lawyers are extremely responsive and strike the right balance between being diligent and not drowning us in paper."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of restructuring Andreas Spahlinger is widely recognised for his deep and comprehensive knowledge of the sector: "He understands exactly what the circumstances are and how to bring the different pieces of the puzzle together to produce a clear and brief recommendation." Clients also value his "approachable and straightforward" manner.

Banking and finance head Helge Kortz is in charge of the refinancing aspects of restructuring transactions. 

Tax - Germany

THE FIRM M&A and real estate transactions remain a significant area of activity for this well-known group. Aside from transactional work, the full-service tax team handled a steady flow of succession planning, compliance and investment tax mandates in recent months. The group is traditionally known for its popularity with Mittelstand clients, but has also been active on behalf of international clients such as The Blackstone Group, whom it recently advised on the acquisition of Jack Wolfskin. Further work highlights include advising Bosch on its sale of part of its brakes business to KPS.

Sources say: “Excellent firm with an outstanding reputation.” "Client-oriented and success-oriented.” “The level of service is superb.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Interviewees describe Michael Marquardt as “very internationally minded” and appreciate his in-depth experience of German tax law. A clients says: “He will take the time to sit with me to explain the nitty-gritty of German tax laws, even though he's a very senior partner.”

Sources commend Achim Dannecker's detailed and thorough knowledge of tax legislation. “He is extremely knowledgeable and effective in achieving good results,” say clients. “I would say he is very thorough in evaluating any tax legislation and the impact it could have on our business. He makes it clear what the risks are.”

TMT - Germany

THE FIRM This independent firm has a thriving IT practice, serving a mixture of local and international clients. It handles a variety of matters in areas including online gaming, service procurement, competition and IT-related litigation. Recent instructions have come from significant game publishers, manufacturers and financial institutions.

Sources say: "The team represents our interests energetically and with great commitment."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stefan Weidert wins plaudits for his "fast, accurate and detailed advice." He runs a broad practice encompassing IT service agreements, disputes and corporate transactions.