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Corporate/M&A (Foreign Expertise) — Germany


ARQIS Rechtsanwälte - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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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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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DLA Piper 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 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 and Florian Hirschmann, 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.

Florian Hirschmann jointly heads the firm's Germany-based China desk and acts on inbound and outbound deals involving China, frequently advising Chinese investors on acquisitions in Germany and German companies on establishing joint ventures in China. He has notable experience within the private equity field and latterly assisted China Development Bank Private Equity with acquisitions in Europe for its portfolio company Cardionovum.

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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Gleiss Lutz - Corporate/M&A Department

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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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Hengeler Mueller - Corporate/M&A Department

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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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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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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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Chile

Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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China

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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China

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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

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China

Florian Hirschmann

DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Florian Hirschmann jointly heads the firm's Germany-based China desk and acts on inbound and outbound deals involving China, frequently advising Chinese investors on acquisitions in Germany and German companies on establishing joint ventures in China. He has notable experience within the private equity field and latterly assisted China Development Bank Private Equity with acquisitions in Europe for its portfolio company Cardionovum.

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China

DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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China

Michael-Florian Ranft

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Global guide

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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China

Sabine Stricker-Kellerer

SSK Asia

From the Chambers Global guide

Sabine Stricker-Kellerer of SSK Asia heads a specialised Munich-based boutique focusing on China-Germany cross-border transactions. She mainly advises international clients on investments into China, as well as on the restructuring of existing investments. Stricker-Kellerer is fluent in Mandarin.

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China

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Based in Cologne, Thomas Weidlich of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH regularly acts on cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures with a strong focus on China. He is an especially popular choice for European clients looking to invest in China and the Asia-Pacific region.

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China

KWM Europe Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

From the Chambers Global guide

Native Chinese speaker Hui Zhao of KWM Europe Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is a key contact for cross-border transactions between China and Germany.

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France

My Linh X Vu-Grégoire

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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India

Klaus Marinus Hoenig

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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India

Benjamin Parameswaran

DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Japan

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Japan

ARQIS Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Latin America-wide

Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Qatar

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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Russia

Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

Judith Aron of Dentons splits her time between the firm's Berlin and Moscow offices and has considerable experience working as a lawyer in Russia. Fluent in Russian, English and French, she regularly assists Russian clients with M&A transactions in Germany, and also advises on cross-border joint ventures involving Russia.

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Russia

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Russia

White & Case

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Russia

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Russia

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Russia

Gleiss Lutz

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Sweden

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Sweden

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Ukraine

Integrites

From the Chambers Global guide

Julian Ries of Integrites is managing partner of the firm's Munich office and worked for a number of years in its Kyiv office. He has significant experience advising German clients on M&A transactions and joint ventures in Ukraine, and offers noteworthy expertise in the automotive, agricultural and energy industries. Ries is a fluent speaker of German, Russian and English.

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USA

Susanna Fuchsbrunner

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

From the Chambers Global guide

An experienced adviser in US-German cross-border mandates, Susanna Fuchsbrunner of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH focuses on multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions and restructurings. She is admitted to practice in Germany and New York, and worked for a number of years in a New York-based law firm. Her highlights include assisting US-based company Snap-on with its acquisition of Car-O-Liner.

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USA

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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USA

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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USA

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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