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Global Guide

Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability — Germany

Senior Statesperson

Michael Hoffmann-Becking

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Hoffmann-Becking maintains his stellar reputation in corporate law matters. He has many years of experience advising on stock corporation law and corporate governance issues.

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Senior Statesperson

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

Gerd Krieger is widely perceived as an illustrious figure in corporate law, with extensive experience in restructuring, boardroom and shareholder advice. He counts listed companies and family-owned businesses among his clients.

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Senior Statesperson

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Georg Thoma continues to be regarded as an illustrious figure in the market, with an impressive track record in M&A transactions and corporate matters. He is especially well known for his advice to financial institutions.

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Senior Statesperson

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Global guide

Gerhard Wirth remains a leading figure at the firm and is highly respected for his long-standing expertise in corporate law and M&A transactions. He is especially knowledgeable in the area of stock corporation law.

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Eminent Practitioner

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients enthusiastically praise Ansgar Rempp for his deal-minded approach: “He is one of the most experienced and deal-minded M&A lawyers I've ever worked with. He's one of a kind as a transactional lawyer and what's most helpful are his negotiation skills in the transaction process.” He has a long-standing reputation for cross-border M&A and private equity deals, as well as restructuring and corporate governance. Rempp is admitted to the German and New York Bars, and focuses on US-German cross-border work, including his advice to WL Ross & Co on the divestment of its majority stake in VTG to Kuehne Holding and other buyers.

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Eminent Practitioner

Noerr

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-speaker Alexander Ritvay is well reputed for his experience in cross-border M&A transactions, with a strong focus on deals involving France. He is additionally present in corporate restructuring mandates.

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Star Individuals

Maximilian Schiessl

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

Maximilian Schiessl boasts a towering presence in the market, receiving regular instructions on high-profile private M&A transactions as well as public takeovers. He also provides ongoing advice to the boards of leading German corporates. Interviewees praise his shrewdness in negotiations, saying: “He is a very good negotiator who is able to see things coming and what arguments the other side might make.” His notable recent deals include acting for KKR on its EUR1.1 billion acquisition of the defence electronics division of Airbus Group. Market sources confirm: “He is definitely a star. He is absolutely brilliant.”

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Star Individuals

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Acclaimed as a “go-to lawyer for high-complexity and high-risk matters,” Ralph Wollburg possesses an outstanding reputation as one of the market's leading practitioners. He is frequently instructed by DAX 30 companies on complex, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, public takeovers and corporate advisory mandates, and acted for ThyssenKrupp on its combined GBP1.324 billion divestment of its stakes in ThyssenKrupp Slab International and ThyssenKrupp CSA Siderúrgica do Atlântico to Ternium and Atlântico respectively. Clients enthuse: “He is very good in negotiations and at navigating things internationally.”

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Band 1

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz

From the Chambers Global guide

Jochem Reichert of SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz offers masterful expertise in the corporate advisory field, and is regularly mandated by prestigious companies and family-owned businesses to assist with strategic and critical issues. He advised JM on various corporate issues including stock corporation law, reorganisation and management and supervisory board matters. Clients enthuse: “He has a successful way of aiding others to compromises."

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Band 1

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Norbert Rieger maintains his excellent standing in the M&A market, where he advises multinationals, investors and mid-sized companies on cross-border acquisitions, divestments and restructurings. He also draws on long-standing expertise in tax matters. Highlights include advising Bilfinger on the EUR1.2 billion disposal of its building and facility business unit to EQT. Interviewees report that he “works quickly, precisely and reliably.”

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Band 1

Hans-Ulrich Wilsing

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees deem Hans-Ulrich Wilsing a “heavyweight in corporate law who is able to manage difficult situations,” and add: “He is fast-thinking, balanced, and someone you want around in a difficult environment.” He regularly advises high-profile clients on strategic corporate matters, including restructurings and preparation of shareholders' meetings. Others also highlight his “great standing among supervisory boards” and say that “he is very convincing when he speaks.”

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Band 1

Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

The “very highly regarded” Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain continues to attract praise for his activity in the M&A market, most notably in private M&A transactions. His client base consists of publicly listed companies, family businesses and private equity houses, and he latterly advised EQT Partners on its EUR850 million sale of SAG Vermögensverwaltung to SPIE.

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Band 2

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Global guide

According to clients, Jan Bauer “always has a good grasp on complex transactions and the capability to convey complexity to others.” He is at his most visible in private equity transactions on both buy and sell sides, but also advises on corporate governance issues and restructuring. He advised KION Group on its USD3.25 billion acquisition of Dematic from Teachers' Private Capital and AEA Investors.

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Band 2

Christian Cascante

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Global guide

Described as “very client-oriented, likeable and a great guy to work with,” Christian Cascante is widely reputed for his expertise in high-value public takeovers and private equity deals. He represented Blackstone in its voluntary public tender offer for GfK.

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Band 2

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Hans Diekmann advises on a range of corporate law issues and M&A transactions. His focuses include public takeovers and boardroom advice to financial institutions, DAX and MDAX companies. Clients describe him as “very dedicated and always available.”

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Band 2

Andreas Fabritius

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Fabritius is well known for his expertise in public and private M&A transactions and corporate law, where his client base includes large companies, banks, private equity sponsors and government agencies. He acted for Vonovia on its public takeover offer to the shareholders of Conwert Immobilien Invest.

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Band 2

Hans-Christoph Ihrig

Ihrig & Anderson Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Hans-Christoph Ihrig co-founded Ihrig & Anderson Rechtsanwälte in August 2017. He is well known for his strength in corporate advisory matters, including stock corporation law, compliance and internal investigations, and has a strong track record advising the management and supervisory boards of large companies.

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Band 2

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Gerhard Schmidt impresses with his authority in negotiations. Clients describe him as "world-class," and one interviewee highlights his “feeling for how others at the table tick and what their capabilities are.” He predominantly advises on M&A and private equity transactions, and acted for Advent International and Bain Capital on their acquisition of Concardis.

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

According to clients, Christoph Seibt “has a very good entrepreneurial approach and understanding, combines the legal world with the business world” and “is spot on with everything he says.” He has carved out a strong reputation in corporate matters, specialising in corporate governance advice, company restructurings and takeover defences. Notable mandates include assisting Otto Bock Healthcare with the formation of a special negotiating body of employees as part of the streamlining of its supervisory board.

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Band 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources say that Harald Selzner “stands out with his excellent dealmaker qualities.” He advises on a range of corporate and M&A matters, including public takeovers, private equity deals, restructurings and joint ventures. One of his most significant mandates of late was assisting Henkel with its proposed USD1.05 billion acquisition of Darex Packaging Technologies.

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Band 3

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Austmann is best known for his corporate law expertise, often assisting with large-scale, cross-border restructurings, mergers and legal entity conversions. Clients say that he “is extremely experienced and brings the senior presence that is needed in certain situations.” He advised innogy on its carve-out and the formation of its new structure as a European public company.

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Band 3

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

Christof Jäckle is noted for his strength in M&A and private equity transactions. He advised Deutsche Telekom on the EUR600 million sale of Strato to United Internet.

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Band 3

Nils Matthias Koffka

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Nils Matthias Koffka focuses on M&A transactions, and is at his most visible in the private equity field.

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Band 3

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Hartmut Krause is recognised for his expertise in M&A transactions, joint ventures and reorganisations. He mainly acts for clients from the financial sector, and advised Deutsche Börse on the USD1.1 billion divestment of International Securities Exchange to NASDAQ.

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Band 3

Matthias-Gabriel Kremer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Matthias-Gabriel Kremer is well respected in the market for his wealth of experience in public and private M&A transactions, as well as company reorganisations. He has a strong track record advising clients from the financial services and transportation sectors.

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Band 3

Ludwig Leyendecker

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Ludwig Leyendecker has considerable experience acting on both the buy and sell sides of M&A transactions, advising on bidding processes, leveraged acquisitions and exits. His client base primarily comprises companies and investors in the TMT and aviation sectors.

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Meyding is highly experienced in cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and restructurings. He advised Implenia on its acquisition of Bilfinger Hochbau from Apleona, and also advises clients from the automotive, media and financial services sectors.

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Band 3

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Nussbaum handles a range of corporate matters, including joint ventures and takeovers, and also assists with M&A transactions. He advised Engineering Ingegneria Informatica on its acquisition of 51% stakes in Consulting and EMDS from F-Net. One client states: "He is responsive, pragmatic and understands the dynamics of the market. He advises on what the issues are and on what he thinks is the right solution and way forward."

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Band 3

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Arndt Stengel is best known for his expertise in M&A transactions, and often advises private equity sponsors on investments and LBOs. He advised i:FAO on the delisting public tender offer by Amadeus. Clients say that he is "efficient and combines commercial and technical knowledge for the best client solution."

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Band 3

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Rainer Traugott receives excellent feedback from market observers, whose testimony propels him up the rankings. He possesses extensive experience in M&A and private equity transactions and corporate restructurings, and advised OSRAM on the disposal of its lighting business to a Chinese consortium of investors.

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Band 3

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

Jochen Vetter specialises in corporate law matters, with a strong focus on shareholders' meetings, reorganisations and compliance. Clients state: “He has a good combination of law and economics, and is strong on numbers. He is also easy to get along with and provides top-notch quality.”

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Band 3

Stephan Waldhausen

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephan Waldhausen is highlighted by market commentators for his strength in public M&A transactions. His practice also includes joint ventures and corporate governance matters. He recently represented Vossloh in its USD117 million acquisition of Rocla Concrete Tie from Altus Capital Partners.

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Band 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Marius Berenbrok garners praise from peers for his prominence in large-scale M&A transactions, particularly within the shipping industry. Notable highlights include advising Hapag-Lloyd on its takeover of United Arab Shipping Company. He also offers expertise in privatisations and corporate restructurings.

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Band 4

Matthias Jaletzke

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Matthias Jaletzke is well known for his expertise in M&A and private equity transactions. He advised Terra Firma on its acquisition of Welcome Hotels Group from Warsteiner.

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Band 4

White & Case

From the Chambers Global guide

Roger Kiem mainly handles corporate law issues, with a strong focus on the financial services sector. He also regularly advises financial institutions from the Middle East on M&A transactions, with extensive experience in Qatari mandates, and acted for United Arab Shipping Company on its merger with Hapag-Lloyd.

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Band 4

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Various sources single out Thomas König for his negotiation abilities and finding the right tone in discussions. He focuses on M&A transactions and restructurings, and advised Friedhelm Loh Stiftung on the building of its stake in Klöckner & Co.

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Band 4

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

Rainer Krause is at his most visible in corporate law matters, regularly advising on company reorganisations, joint ventures and shareholders' meetings. His highlights include assisting IVG Immobilien with the distribution of a jumbo dividend worth EUR1 billion following insolvency proceedings and the reduction of its share capital.

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Band 4

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Oliver Schröder specialises in high-end M&A transactions and corporate law matters. He advised LVMH on its EUR640 million acquisition of RIMOWA. Clients say: “He has all the answers we need and is highly responsive.”

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Band 4

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Ulmer is highly experienced in private and public M&A, private equity transactions and joint ventures. He has a long track record advising large domestic and overseas organisations, as well as companies from the German Mittelstand.

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Band 4

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Global guide

“Very well-respected figure” Gerhard Wegen is vastly experienced in cross-border M&A transactions, with a strong focus on deals with a significant US component. His highlights include advising GoDaddy on its EUR1.7 billion acquisition of Host Europe Group from Cinven.

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Band 5

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Arnold is noted for his capabilities in corporate law issues. He focuses on boardroom advice, regularly assisting with shareholders' meetings, compliance and restructuring. He recently represented TUI in proceedings before the ECJ concerning the compatibility of the German Codetermination Act with EU law.

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Band 5

Herbert Smith Freehills Germany

From the Chambers Global guide

Sönke Becker of Herbert Smith Freehills Germany offers considerable experience in cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate advisory matters. Clients say: “He stands out with his wide range of experience, excellent knowledge of the area, holistic approach to specific topics and negotiating skills.”

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Band 5

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Carsten Berrar receives outstanding praise for his strength in public M&A transactions, and is also well known for his unsurpassed ECM practice. One client enthuses: “He has been nothing short of fantastic. He's incredibly knowledgeable, tremendously responsive, an excellent negotiator and very pragmatic.” He advised Praxair on its planned USD65 billion merger with Linde.

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Band 5

Tim Oliver Brandi

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Tim Oliver Brandi is described as "excellent at communicating, very effective and service-oriented." He advises on a variety of M&A transactions and has a strong focus on the financial services sector, where he possesses considerable regulatory expertise. Highlights include assisting a large group of financial institutions, including Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, with the divestment of payment service provider Concardis to Advent International and Bain Capital.

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Band 5

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Martin Erhardt focuses on M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate advisory mandates. He advised ProSiebenSat.1 Media on its EUR300 million acquisition of a majority shareholding in Parship Elite Group. Clients state: “It's a high-class service. He wants to dig into business models and find the rationale behind them.”

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Band 5

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients say that Stephan Harbarth of SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz is “very knowledgeable” and “always produces rapid and precise turnarounds.” His practice centres on boardroom advice, public takeovers and joint ventures. He advised the management and supervisory boards of 20/10 Perfect Vision on various issues, including shareholders' agreements and changes to the shareholder and supervisory board structures.

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Band 5

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

The “very knowledgeable” Katja Heuterkes specialises in M&A and private equity transactions, as well as restructurings. Her client base consists of corporates and investors.

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Band 5

Berthold A. Hummel

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Berthold Hummel is best known for his capabilities in private equity deals and venture capital financing. His client base includes strategic and institutional investors, sponsors and management boards.

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Band 5

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Florian Kästle mainly advises companies on M&A transactions, reorganisations and restructurings. His highlights include acting for Heraeus on the divestment of its global high-performance target materials division to Materion.

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Band 5

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Alfred Kossmann is best known for his expertise in M&A transactions, where he represents clients on both the buy and sell sides. He assisted Siegwerk Druckfarben with the divestment of its web offset division to Flint Group.

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Band 5

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Krecek joins the rankings after receiving considerable praise for his involvement in various large-scale, cross-border M&A transactions. Market commentators describe him as a “very smart lawyer.” He advised FCA Bank on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Ferrari Financial Services.

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Band 5

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

According to interviewees, Astrid Krüger is “pragmatic, hard-working, always able to find a compromise in negotiations and bridge between different partners.” She handles both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, distressed restructurings and corporate reorganisations. She assisted Bilfinger with the disposal of its subsidiary Bilfinger MCE to Habau.

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Band 5

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz

From the Chambers Global guide

Marc Loebbe of SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz enters the rankings after receiving highly positive feedback from peers and clients alike. He is best known for his experience in corporate governance and executive and board member liability matters. He also handles contentious cases, having advised BayernLB on potential damages claims against former supervisory board members arising from its acquisition of Hypo Alpe Adria Group. Sources note: “He impresses with his deep knowledge in corporate and board member liability law.”

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Band 5

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers Global guide

Bernd Mayer is best known for his strength in corporate governance matters, where he advises management and supervisory boards on issues including internal investigations. He also handles transactions, and acted for Daimler on its sale of various retail locations and dealerships in Germany and France.

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Band 5

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Dirk Oberbracht is best known for advising private equity investors as well as corporate entities on cross-border M&A including carve-outs and joint ventures. Clients describe him as "very experienced and helpful."

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Band 5

Stephan Oppenhoff

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephan Oppenhoff is best known for his expertise in public takeovers. He latterly advised Harmonic Drive Systems on its GBP218 million acquisition of the remaining shares in its listed German subsidiary.

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Band 5

Wilhelm Reinhardt

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Wilhelm Reinhardt is respected for his expertise in both private and public M&A transactions, and also handles private equity deals, joint ventures and corporate advisory matters. He assisted Bomin Linde LNG with the formation of a joint venture with Klaipėdos Nafta. Sources comment: “He is a quick thinker, can adapt to any situation, grasps complex issues very quickly and simplifies them for us.”

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Band 5

Henning Schneider

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Henning Schneider mainly advises on M&A transactions, privatisations, restructurings and carve-outs. He is at his most visible in the healthcare sector, where his client base comprises public bodies, corporates and private equity investors. Highlights include acting for Novo on its EUR90.3 million anchor investment in Evotec.

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Band 5

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

York Schnorbus joins the rankings following strong feedback from various market commentators. He advises corporates, financial institutions and financial investors on both public and private M&A transactions, and acted for Alibaba on its USD1 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Lazada.

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Band 5

White & Case

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Stilcken is at his most visible assisting with cross-border M&A transactions, LBOs and joint ventures. He advised Nestlé Waters Deutschland on the sale of its Fürst Bismarck brand to HANSA-HEEMANN.

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Band 5

Christian von Lenthe

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian von Lenthe is best known for his experience in corporate reorganisations, M&A and private equity transactions. He assisted Volkswagen with a large-scale compliance and corporate governance project following the emissions investigation.

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Band 5

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Wand has experience in both private and public M&A deals, where he chiefly represents large corporations and private equity investors. He is admitted to practice in New York and Germany, and focuses on transatlantic M&A transactions, with particular expertise in the financial services sector.

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Band 5

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

Daniel Wiegand is recommended for his expertise in M&A transactions, advising companies and investors on both acquisitions and divestments. He additionally handles joint ventures. One highlight was his advice to EPH and PPF Investments on the acquisition of Vattenfall's lignite operations.

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