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Corporate/M&A — Germany


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

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What the team is known for A regular fixture on the largest and most complex cross-border transactions, with an excellent network of offices in Europe and further afield. Regularly acts in conjunction with its London office on high-end M&A deals and advises on Asian investment into Germany. Strong foothold in regulated industries including healthcare, life sciences, aviation, TMT, financial services and energy. Also handles pan-European joint ventures and corporate reorganisations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Frankfurt-based Heiner Braun often advises on Germany-China cross-border M&A transactions, including public takeovers and private equity deals. He is qualified in Hong Kong, Germany and New York and has prior experience of working in the firm's Shanghai office

Based in Munich, Michael Schwartz speaks fluent Russian and has extensive experience working in Russia. He is a strong choice for German companies investing into Russia, and also assists Russian clients with cross-border corporate transactions, including joint ventures.

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Hengeler Mueller - Corporate/M&A Department

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第一等

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What the team is known for Unrivalled practice that is routinely instructed on the market's largest cross-border M&A transactions, advising DAX-listed and overseas companies, private equity houses and family-owned businesses. Strong focus on German-Chinese transactions, facilitated by the strength of its China desk and an on-the-ground presence in Shanghai. Additionally works in conjunction with leading firms in other key European jurisdictions to handle complex, large-scale acquisitions, divestments and reorganisations.

Foreign desks The firm has at its disposal in Germany both German and Chinese-qualified lawyers, who advise German and Chinese clients on inbound and outbound transactions. Examples of the desk's work include advising China Three Gorges Corporation on its EUR1.7 billion acquisition of BCP Meerwind Luxembourg's 80% stake in the Meerwind offshore wind park. Annika Claus is a key contact in Frankfurt for China-related matters, while Changfeng Tu in Shanghai is admitted to practice in Germany and has extensive experience of working in the firm's Düsseldorf office.

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shanghai-based Changfeng Tu is qualified in Germany and has considerable experience advising Chinese clients on M&A mandates in Germany, with a particular focus on divestitures. He advised Donghai Securities Co. on its acquisition of shares in Axiogenesis.

Christian Möller divides his time between the firm's Shanghai and Düsseldorf offices and acts for Chinese corporations on their investments in Germany, including acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures. He also assists German clients with their Chinese-related affairs, and advised Felix Schoeller Group on its formation of a joint venture with Welbon Group to be headquartered in China.

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.

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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Corporate

We set the standards when it comes to corporate law. We tailor and implement according to your needs all kinds of complex transactions such as mergers, spin-offs, transformations, takeovers and post takeover integrations of listed companies, and group reorganizations, in Germany and across the border. One of our strengths is the combination of corporate know how with broad M&A and capital market expertise. We advise you on all matters of corporate governance, board compensation and board liability. We support you in your shareholder meetings and in any type of corporate litigation. Many of our partners are involved in scholarly legal research and the drafting of new corporate law bills in Germany and Europe.


M&A

Advising our clients on national, multi-national and cross-border M&A transactions forms an essential part of our core competence. We focus on both public and private deals.

Our track record in terms of the number and volume of transactions is outstanding. In recent years, we have been involved in more than 650 transactions of all sizes with a total deal value of more than EUR 300 bn.

We have a reputation for working in highly specialized teams and providing exceptional transaction support. We are renowned for our commitment and willingness to go the extra mile, and for our ability to find solutions that simply work.

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Linklaters - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Stellar global network enabling the firm to provide an excellent service in cross-border matters. Strong track record in high-end, multi-jurisdictional mergers, acquisitions, reorganisations and joint ventures, often advising DAX 30 companies from the energy, financial services and pharmaceutical sectors. Also acts for overseas clients on inbound investments, including companies from China, Japan and the USA.

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.”

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.”

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.

Klaus Marinus Hoenig is a key contact for India-based clients and is noted for his capabilities representing Indian companies in international M&A mandates. His skill set includes public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and restructuring.

A native German speaker in the firm's Madrid office, Alexander Kolb regularly acts on cross-border M&A transactions, with a strong focus on private equity mandates, including LBOs and MBOs. He mainly advises large companies on deals involving Germany and Spain, and was a key part of the team that assisted Siemens with the GBP5.236 billion merger of its wind power business with Gamesa.

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Gleiss Lutz - Corporate/M&A Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers noteworthy expertise in cross-border transactions, benefiting from close links to prominent firms in other major jurisdictions. Broad international focus, with a number of dual-qualified lawyers advising on deals involving the USA, Asia and Russia. Handles international acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, carve-outs, joint ventures and public takeovers. Advises DAX 30 companies on outbound transactions, as well as high-profile multinational companies on their affairs in Germany.

Foreign desks Michael Burian and Gerhard Wegen, both based in the Stuttgart office, are key points of contact for the firm's Chinese desk. The desk advises both German and Chinese clients on inbound and outbound investments, with extensive experience of cross-border M&A transactions involving both jurisdictions. Recent mandates handled by the desk include its assistance to JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital with their joint USD 2.75 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors' standard products division.

The Russian desk is headed by Frankfurt-based Cornelia Topf. The team assists Russian clients, including private companies and state-owned organisations, with investments into Germany, and advises domestic clients on their M&A transactions in Russia and the CIS region. The group's expertise also takes in complex corporate compliance matters.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

Fluent Japanese speaker Michael Burian is a key contact for German-Japanese cross-border transactions. He regularly assists German companies with M&A deals in Japan, and is a trusted adviser to Japanese clients on German corporate law issues. Clients appreciate his "good commercial awareness, high cultural sensitivity and great negotiation skills" when acting on international mandates, and add: "He has a notable understanding of Japanese clients."

Head of the firm's Russian desk Cornelia Topf enjoys close relationships to a number of clients from Russia and the CIS region, which she assists with cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures involving Germany. She is fluent in Russian, and has particular expertise in the energy and automotive sectors.

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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Latham & Watkins - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Widely acknowledged for its capabilities in complex, cross-border M&A transactions, acting on deals both in Europe and further afield. Significant strength in US-driven deals, while also adept at handling matters involving the UK, Asia and the Middle East. Advises both domestic and multinational clients from the financial services, automotive and life sciences sectors.

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.

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.

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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Allen & Overy LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong links to China and the UK allow the team to assist European and US clients with cross-border transactions. Regularly advises on complex, multi-jurisdictional acquisitions, mergers, divestitures and reorganisations, as well as distressed M&A transactions. Boasts numerous domestic and international clients from the banking, insurance, real estate and life sciences sectors.

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.”

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.

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.

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

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Clifford Chance - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-known international firm that draws on its global network to assist clients with Europe-wide and US-based joint ventures and M&A. Regularly advises multinational corporations and financial institutions on cross-border acquisitions, takeovers and divestments, with a strong focus on deals involving China, the USA and Western Europe. At its most visible in the banking, automotive, energy, real estate and healthcare sectors.

Marc Bartholomy is a German-qualified lawyer based in the firm's Moscow office. He advises on cross-border M&A transactions involving Germany, with a strong focus on private equity and real estate deals. Clients appreciate his ability to “build a cultural bridge,” adding that “he is very good at negotiating and solving issues.”

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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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recommended for high-end, cross-border M&A transactions, especially those with a significant US element. Also advises on multi-jurisdictional private equity deals and joint ventures. Present in a variety of sectors, with a particular focus on energy, pharmaceutical and financial services.

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.”

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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CMS - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised for the size of its practice and global network, making the team a popular choice for multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions. Makes use of its noteworthy regulatory expertise to advise clients from a range of sectors, including financial services, TMT, renewables and healthcare. Strong focus on the CEE region, benefiting from a vast spread of offices, in addition to transactions with significant Chinese and Spanish involvement.

Foreign desks Martika Jonk heads the firm's German desk out of Amsterdam and is a key contact for clients. The desk provides support to Dutch and German companies, with lawyers on the ground able to speak both languages fluently, and offers expertise in a range of M&A transactions and corporate law issues. Examples of the team's work include advising Germany-based capiton on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Gemaco Group.

The firm's German desk in China features a number of German and Mandarin-speaking experts who are admitted to practice in Germany, and maintain close contact with the firm's German offices. Its main focus lies in advising Chinese enterprises on entering the German market and expanding their activities, with considerable experience in M&A transactions, including in the private equity domain. The team also assists German clients with investments into China and latterly advised Schuler on its acquisition of a Chinese machinery company. Hong Kong-based Nicolas Wiegand is one of the desk's key contacts.

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.

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.

Luis Miguel de Dios Martínez is based in the firm's Madrid office and is fluent in Spanish, English and German. He is a trusted adviser to a number of German clients, and is highly active on M&A mandates between Spain and Germany.

Christian Delgado is a qualified German lawyer and a member of the firm's German desk in Amsterdam. He focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions between Germany and the Netherlands, and advises companies from both jurisdictions. A native speaker of German, he is also fluent in Dutch and English.

Shanghai-based Ulrike Glueck is admitted to the Bar in Germany and frequently advises German corporates on their investments into China. Clients appreciate that she “gives practical advice and is fast to provide answers” when it comes to cross-border mandates. She is a native German speaker, and is also fluent in Mandarin and English.

Thomas Heidemann regularly advises German and Russian clients on cross-border transactions involving the two jurisdictions, and has extensive experience working in the firm's Moscow office. A native German speaker, he is also fluent in Russian and English, and focuses on mandates in the automotive and real estate sectors.

Head of Netherlands-based German desk Martika Jonk works in the firm's Amsterdam office, and speaks German, Dutch, English and French. She frequently acts for German clients on their acquisitions and divestments in the Netherlands, and also supports Dutch companies seeking to enter the German market. She has particular experience in the oil and gas sector.

Andreas Köhler is based in Budapest and assists with M&A transactions between Germany and Hungary, as well as the wider CEE region. He speaks German and Hungarian and is qualified to practise in both jurisdictions.

Sources say that Martin Wodraschke has "good communication and ability to meet short deadlines with a high-quality outcome," adding that "he is able to work in both German and English." A German-qualified lawyer, he is located in the firm's Budapest office and is a popular choice for cross-border transactions spanning Germany and the CEE region.

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DLA Piper UK LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Popular choice for cross-border M&A transactions thanks to its extensive worldwide network. Regularly works alongside its other European offices to advise on pan-European deals, and is also highly active on transactions involving the USA, China and India. Clients include financial institutions, private equity houses and companies from the insurance, energy, automotive and life sciences industries.

Foreign desks Headed by Nils Krause, the firm's China desk in Germany offers a team of fluent German, English, Mandarin and Cantonese speakers who routinely advise on Chinese investment into Germany. The team also provides support to Chinese public authorities on cross-border corporate law issues, and serves as a point of contact to German companies active in China. Examples of the group's work include acting for Globe Tools Group on its sale of a minority stake to STIHL.

The firm's India desk focuses on advising large German and multinational companies on M&A mandates in India, and also has experience assisting Indian investors with their affairs in Germany. Benjamin Parameswaran, who divides his time between the firm's Hamburg and Cologne offices, heads the desk.

Moscow-based Steffen Kaufmann is qualified to practise in Germany. Fluent in both German and Russian, he advises companies and investors on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and has particular expertise in the real estate sector.

Hamburg-based Nils Krause co-leads the firm's China desk in Germany and is a strong choice for Chinese-German M&A transactions. He advised Sirio Pharma on its acquisition of Ayanda. Clients comment that he is "a hands-on lawyer with excellent commercial skills."

Admitted to practice in Italy and Germany, Wolf Michael Kühne is based in Milan and advises German and Italian clients on inbound and outbound cross-border mandates. In a recent highlight, he represented Innowatio in its acquisition of a 100% stake in Clean Energy Sourcing. Sources cite his knowledge of German and Italian law as a key strength.

Benjamin Parameswaran splits his time between the firm's Hamburg and Cologne offices and heads the Germany-based India desk. He specialises in advising large companies on their affairs in India, with a strong focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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第四等

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What the team is known for Strong international firm that is regularly instructed on cross-border M&A transactions thanks to its vast global network. Especially active on deals with a significant US element and on pan-European acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures. Advises clients from a variety of regulated industries, including energy, fintech, life sciences, insurance and telecommunications.

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.

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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Jones Day - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Broad global network allows the firm to assist with a range of cross-border M&A transactions, most notably in the financial services, real estate, TMT and life sciences sectors. Particularly strong in transatlantic deals with a large US element, co-operating with its many offices in North America. Also advises various US-based clients on their investments in Germany. Further expertise lies in public takeovers and joint ventures.

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.

A fluent French speaker, My Linh Vu-Grégoire is admitted to the Bar in Paris and splits her time between the firm's Frankfurt and Paris offices. She frequently acts on cross-border mandates involving France, with a particular focus on joint ventures, M&A and private equity transactions.

Dual-qualified in Germany and Sweden, Ralf Ek heads the firm's Nordic practice and assists with cross-border M&A transactions taking place in Sweden and the Nordic region. He is also a key contact for Swedish clients doing business in Germany, and is fluent in German, Swedish and English.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently instructed on cross-border M&A transactions, including distressed M&A, public takeovers and private equity deals. Works closely with its offices in London, the USA and Asia. Additionally offers renowned expertise in corporate advisory matters. Acts for numerous clients from the media sector.

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.”

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."

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."

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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Noerr - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Regularly handles transactions involving the CEE region, advising domestic and international clients on acquisitions and divestments. Works closely with its London and New York offices and assists Chinese clients with their inbound investments. Also offers Latin America expertise out of its German offices.

Foreign desks The firm's Brazil desk represents German clients looking to expand their business in Brazil, as well as Brazilian investors entering the German market. It provides support in English, German and Portuguese and comprises German and Brazilian-qualified lawyers. The team assisted Intelligent Apps, a subsidiary of Daimler, with the acquisition of Taxibeat. Holger Alfes and Alexander Liegl are key contacts for this desk.

Led by Florian Becker and Till Kosche, the China desk assists with inbound and outbound transactions between China and Germany. The team has at its disposal lawyers admitted to practice in both Germany and China, and has advised Lazada as shareholders on the USD1.5 billion acquisition of a leading online shopping portal in South-East Asia by Alibaba.

The firm's Moscow-based German desk has considerable experience advising on mandates between Russia and Germany, including cross-border M&A deals and joint ventures. The team also assists German clients with Russian corporate law issues, and is able to provide assistance in German, Russian and English. Björn Paulsen and Stefan Weber are key points of contacts for this desk.

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.

Prague-based Barbara Kusak is dual-qualified in Germany and the Czech Republic and highly experienced in cross-border acquisitions and divestitures. In a recent highlight, she advised Allianz Real Estate on the formation of a joint venture with VGP focusing on real estate projects in the CEE region.

Clients benefit from Björn Paulsen's extensive experience in cross-border M&A transactions involving Russia and Germany, as well as in corporate law issues. Qualified to practise in Germany and a native German speaker, he advises both Russian and German companies from his Moscow base.

Thomas Schulz serves as head of the firm's London office and is admitted to the Bar in Germany. He is a strong choice for UK-Germany cross-border mandates, with extensive expertise in the private equity field. Schulz was part of the team that assisted Axcel with numerous pan-European acquisitions of high-tech suppliers to the meat processing industry.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Regular fixture in cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Closely co-operates with its formidable New York office to handle deals with strong links to the USA, and is also recommended for pan-European work. Represents a range of large US-based multinationals, as well as DAX-listed companies and private equity firms.

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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Skadden has developed a leading M&A capability in Europe with a focus on complex, multijurisdictional transactions and domestic matters. Our M&A attorneys in Frankfurt and Munich advise on all M&A-related issues, including advance preparation for prospective targets, governance matters, asset sales and purchases, stock sales and purchases, tender and exchange offers, dual-track private equity exits, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and recapitalisations.

Our sector focus is broad and includes energy, mining, telecommunications, technology, internet, media, defence, pharmaceuticals, retail and financial services. Our clients include large and small corporates, including several of the DAX 30 companies, financial investors, private equity firms, banks and private individuals.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Attracts considerable praise for its expertise in high-profile, cross-border public M&A transactions. Benefits from a superb offering in New York to advise on big-ticket inbound and outbound deals involving the USA. Additionally has experience assisting with pan-European M&A and Asian investment into Germany. Client roster includes international listed corporations, investment banks and private equity houses.

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.

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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White & Case LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Forms an important part of the firm's broader EMEA network. Capably handles M&A transactions spanning multiple continents thanks to its enviable spread of offices worldwide. Especially prominent in the financial services, energy, IT and automotive sectors, and boasts corporations from the USA, the Middle East and Asia as clients.

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.

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.

Clients benefit from Hermann Schmitt's experience in the Russian M&A market, having previously worked in the firm's Moscow office. He is a fluent Russian speaker, and chiefly advises German corporations on their business interests in Russia, handling acquisitions and joint ventures.

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Baker McKenzie - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Regular fixture on cross-border M&A transactions, profiting from its expansive global network. Boasts significant strength in German deals involving China and the USA, often representing international clients in inbound investments. Additionally well known for public M&A, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance and compliance matters. Advises an international clientele drawn from a range of sectors, including automotive, construction, healthcare and TMT.

Foreign desks The firm's China desk is headed out of Frankfurt and features a number of Chinese-speaking lawyers qualified to practice in Germany. The group assists clients with inbound and outbound cross-border transactions, and offers expertise in a variety of German corporate law issues. In one highlight, the team advised ALBA Group on its sale of two parts of the business to a Chinese investor. Thomas Gilles is the key contact for this desk.

Christian Atzler frequently acts for German and Chinese clients on cross-border M&A transactions, and has previously worked in the firm's Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. A fluent Mandarin speaker, he was part of the team assisting ZF Friedrichshafen with the sale of its subsidiary Cherry Group to GENUI.

Clients turn to Max Gutbrod for his experience in cross-border M&A transactions involving Russia and Germany. Admitted to the Bar in Berlin, he is based in the firm's Moscow office and speaks Russian, German and English.

Admitted to practice in Sweden and Germany and a fluent Swedish speaker, Jon Marcus Meese advises on cross-border M&A, joint ventures and venture capital mandates. He has also previously worked in the firm's Stockholm office.

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.

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.

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.

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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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Advises boards of major domestic and international enterprises on corporate governance matters. Additionally well known for its strength in cross-border M&A transactions, with a strong focus on deals originating from the USA. Also acts on matters involving Russia and inbound investments into Germany from China. Mainly present in the automotive, consumer goods and technology sectors.

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."

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.”

The dual-qualified Markus Nauheim is admitted to the German and New York Bars. He represents clients in cross-border M&A transactions, including private equity mandates. Sources note that he is "very experienced" and highlight his depth of knowledge "in particular where US law aspects are relevant." His notable transatlantic work includes acting for Xylem on its USD1.7 billion cross-border acquisition of Sensus.

A fluent Russian speaker, Benno Schwarz advises Russian clients on investments into Germany, Western Europe and the USA. He has experience in private M&A transactions and joint ventures, and is also highly regarded for his compliance work. As one commentator sums up: "He is a renowned compliance adviser to international clients, with special language skills in the Russian market."

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Kirkland & Ellis International LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Popular choice for cross-border M&A transactions thanks to its integration with the firm's London and US offices. At its most visible in private equity deals, representing a number of prestigious US-based investors. Also handles carve-outs, corporate governance and distressed M&A, benefiting from a reputable German restructuring practice. Achim Herfs and Jörg Kirchner head the department and are key contacts for clients.

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Kirkland's corporate practice, with more than 900 attorneys worldwide, is an adviser to public and private companies and firms on all types of M&A transactions, including negotiated and unsolicited acquisitions; domestic and cross-border public company mergers; going private transactions; spin off transactions; acquisitions of majority and minority interests; tender and exchange offers, and joint ventures. We are also preeminent in the areas of private equity transactions and fund formation.

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Mayer Brown LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Regular fixture on cross-border M&A transactions, both public and private. Utilises its strong links to China and the USA to advise clients on inbound investments into Germany. Further areas of activity include corporate restructuring, distressed M&A and private equity. Mainly represents companies from the automotive, financial services, energy, IT and telecommunications sectors.

Klaus Riehmer is acclaimed as a leading mid-market M&A lawyer who is also known for his strength in corporate restructuring and corporate advisory work. He acted for Beijing Enterprises Holdings on its EUR1.4 billion acquisition of EEW Energy From Waste from EQT.

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McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Advises on a range of cross-border M&A and private equity transactions, as well as joint ventures, representing both mid-sized domestic companies and larger multinationals. Makes use of its significant international resources to play key roles in transactions with heavy US and Chinese involvement, with a strong focus on inbound investments into Germany. Broad industry expertise spans the healthcare, real estate, life sciences and food and beverage sectors.

“Great deal maker” Christian von Sydow is recognised for his expertise in M&A and private equity transactions, as well as joint ventures. He advised the shareholders of Medi-Globe Corporation on the company's intended EUR140 million sale by way of a bidding process.

Based in Rome, Carsten Steinhauer is admitted to practice in Germany and Italy and is a native German speaker. He is a seasoned cross-border M&A practitioner with considerable experience advising German companies on M&A transactions in Italy. Of late, he has acted for Penta Investments on its sale of Gimborn Group to Hillhouse Capital Group. Steinhauer also speaks fluent Italian and English.

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Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Well-reputed for its expertise in corporate governance matters, where the team advises national and international clients on structuring measures spanning multiple jurisdictions. Additionally acts on M&A transactions and corporate reorganisations. Particular focus on advising clients from the Latin America region on their investments into Germany, as well as pan-European transactions.

Alf Baars advises domestic and international clients on transactions between Germany and Latin America, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and restructuring. One example of his Latin America-related expertise was advising Hanwha on a number of acquisitions of photovoltaic projects in the Atacama Desert in Chile. A native German speaker, he is also fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Edder Cifuentes is qualified to practise in Chile and speaks Spanish, German and English. Based in Cologne, he mainly assists national and international clients with M&A mandates between the Germany and Chile.

Clients label Georg Maier-Reimer a “high-calibre genius,” and add: “He thinks twice as fast as others, and can explain complicated things in simple terms.” He has amassed a wealth of experience in advisory and contentious corporate law matters, as well as M&A transactions, and is seen as a distinguished figure in the field.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Active on a range of high-end, cross-border M&A transactions, with a strong focus on deals with a heavy US element, benefiting from close co-operation with its New York office. Represents both domestic and international corporates, in particular US-based companies. Also handles deals involving the UK and other European jurisdictions.

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.

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.

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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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Has a strong network covering jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and the USA. Advises both domestic and international corporations and investors on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions, with a strong reputation for distressed M&A. Boasts various US-based companies among its clients.

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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ARQIS Rechtsanwälte - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Regularly advises on cross-border M&A transactions, with a particular focus on private equity deals and M&A transaction insurance. Benefits from its robust Japan Desk and a team on the ground in Tokyo to handle cross-border deals involving Germany and Japan, boasting a number of well-known Japanese clients. Further expertise lies in China and US-related matters.

Foreign desks The firm's Japan desk assists Japanese clients with investments into Germany, including M&A transactions and joint ventures. It is headed by Shigeo Yamaguchi and features a number of Japanese speakers in the Düsseldorf and Munich offices. Of late, the desk has represented Nissha Printing Co. in its acquisition of Schuster Kunststofftechnik and Back Stickers.

Jörn-Christian Schulze of ARQIS Rechtsanwälte specialises in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, where he advises mid-sized companies and family-owned businesses. He recently acted for TRIGO Group on its acquisition of Böllinger. Clients value his “sound technical knowledge and extremely good business sense.”

Fluent Japanese speaker Shigeo Yamaguchi heads the firm's Japan desk and regularly advises Japanese clients on M&A transactions in Germany. Clients say: “He is especially valued for his fluent Japanese, English and German and his sensitive appreciation of the differences between German and Japanese business cultures."

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Ashurst - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Recommended for cross-border M&A transactions thanks to its comprehensive geographical coverage. Advises both international clients and German Mittelstand companies, and has a strong focus on deals originating from Asia, with a track record of assisting Chinese investors with inbound work. At its most visible in the automotive, infrastructure, energy, healthcare and consumer goods sectors. Also handles pan-European work.

Thomas Sacher handles a broad range of M&A and private equity deals, advising clients from sectors such as automotive, IT and healthcare. His notable mandates include assisting Babcock Mission Critical Services with its acquisition of Heli Aviation. One client states: "He is a good negotiator and fits perfectly into our team."

Reinhard Eyring offers considerable expertise in M&A deals, public takeovers and corporate law, and latterly acted for ARGO-HYTOS Group on the acquisition of a 49% stake in the company by CAPCELLENCE. One client says of him: “Alongside the high quality of his work, we appreciate his extremely quick response times, very pragmatic approach and good commercial understanding. He manages to convey complex material in an understandable manner and we have also been impressed by his smart negotiating skills.”

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Eversheds Sutherland - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Regularly advises on mid-cap M&A transactions with significant international components, benefiting from an extensive worldwide network. Mainly advises overseas buyers from the USA, the UK and China on their investments into Germany. Particularly strong in the automotive, manufacturing and financial services sectors.

Matthias Heisse is well known for his expertise in cross-border M&A transactions and reorganisations, and also assists with shareholders' meetings. He advised Messe München on its acquisition of a majority stake in Fenestration China. Clients say: “He is very good in negotiations, creative and usually comes up with new solutions.”

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Morrison & Foerster LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Highly recommended for cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures in the technology and media sectors, benefiting from long-standing industry expertise. Closely co-operates with its various US offices, as well as teams in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo to advise large and mid-sized companies on their affairs in Germany.

Christoph Wagner is highly regarded for his authoritative presence in the media industry, where he is continually sought out for M&A transactions, joint ventures and regulatory matters. He advised Viacom International Media Networks on its formation and structuring of a joint venture with Axel Springer for TV and video sales in Germany.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Renowned for its extensive international network, regularly co-operating with its teams in London, continental Europe, Canada and Asia. Advises domestic clients on outbound investments into Asia and North America, and has a proven track record representing Chinese companies in deals involving Germany. At its most visible on M&A transactions, public takeovers and joint ventures, and has a deep coverage of the financial services, energy, infrastructure, transportation, technology, life sciences and healthcare industries. Practice heads Klaus Bader, Frank Peter Regelin and Klaus von Gierke are key points of contact for clients.

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Pinsent Masons - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Advises on cross-border mid-cap transactions, with extensive expertise in the technology, energy and real estate sectors. Regularly operates in conjunction with its UK and Hong Kong offices on international deals, advising both inbound Asian investors and domestic clients entering the Asian market.

According to interviewees, Nina Leonard is “very quick and has a high level of business understanding.” She is active on an array of M&A and corporate law matters, including shareholder disputes, and advised Future Biogas on the corporate law and due diligence aspects of a potential new biogas plant project.

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Taylor Wessing - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Well-resourced team that is regularly mandated on both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures, including distressed M&A, private equity and venture capital deals. Makes use of a vast global network to advise on pan-European transactions, and investments into Germany from the USA and China. Boasts an international clientele mainly comprising companies from the TMT, energy, life sciences and real estate sectors.

Foreign desks Headed by Michael-Florian Ranft and Oliver Kirschner, the China desk comprises lawyers fluent in German and Chinese who advise clients from both jurisdictions. The desk has particular experience in German-Chinese M&A transactions, and closely co-operates with colleagues from the firm's Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong offices.

The “very reputable” Walter Henle is well known for his long-standing expertise in M&A and private equity transactions, including buy-outs. He enjoys a proven track record advising financial investors.

Beijing-based Christoph Hezel is a native German speaker, and is additionally fluent in Mandarin. He is admitted to practice in Germany and has long-standing experience in cross-border M&A transactions, often advising German investors on their acquisitions in China.

Michael-Florian Ranft founded the firm's Shanghai and Beijing offices, and regularly advises German and European companies on a range of transactions in China, including market entries, joint ventures and reorganisations. He additionally assists Chinese clients with M&A deals in Europe. Of late, he has acted for a leading European special interest publishing house on its exit from a joint venture with a Chinese partner.

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