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Corporate/M&A (Expertise Based Abroad) — Germany


Advokatfirmaet Grette AS - Corporate/M&A Department

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Foreign desks The firm's German desk in Oslo provides specialist advice on transactions between Germany and Norway. The team is able to provide assistance in German, Norwegian and English and consists of lawyers with prior experience of working in Germany. The desk represented German software company Nemetschek in its EUR24.5 million acquisition of Norwegian software provider dRofus. Roland Mörsdorf heads the desk and is a key client contact.

Qualified to practice in both Germany and Norway, Roland Mörsdorf heads the firm's German desk in Oslo and regularly advises on cross-border mergers and acquisitions between the two jurisdictions, with a focus on assisting German companies with investments into Norway. He is particularly active in the IT sector, and latterly acted for Materna Group on its acquisition of DSG Bagdrop from Bertel O. Steen. Mörsdorf has previously worked as a partner at a law firm in Germany and speaks fluent Norwegian in addition to his native German.

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Arzinger - Corporate/M&A Department

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Foreign desks The firm's German desk in Kyiv is headed by Timur Bondaryev and houses a number of German-speaking lawyers who advise on investments and transactions between Germany and Ukraine. Recent cross-border work includes advising Leineweber on corporate law issues relating to its joint venture with a Ukrainian party. The group houses an array of large and mid-sized German companies as clients.

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CMS - Corporate/M&A Department

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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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Cuatrecasas - Corporate/M&A Department

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Foreign desks Based in Lisbon, the firm's German desk assists with inbound and outbound transactions between Portugal and Germany, mainly advising Iberian and Latin American companies on their affairs in Germany and other German-speaking jurisdictions. The team is made up of a number of fluent German speakers and provides support in German, Portuguese, Spanish and English. Transactions handled by the desk include the EUR16 million acquisition of the Lux Park Hotel in Lisbon by INTERNOS Global Investors, where the team acted for the buyer. Frederico Pereira Coutinho and João Mattamouros Resende are the desk's key points of contact.

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Karanović & Nikolić OAD Belgrade - Corporate/M&A Department

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Foreign desks The firm's German desk in Belgrade advises on investments from the German-speaking region into Serbia and other Balkan jurisdictions. Headed by Miloš Vučković, the desk provides clients with access to a number of German-speaking experts with extensive cross-border M&A experience.

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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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Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC - Corporate/M&A Department

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Foreign desks The firm's German desk specialises in acquisitions and investments in Mexico on behalf of German clients, and has a particularly impressive foothold in the automotive sector. Clients benefit from an on-the-ground presence of German-speaking lawyers in the team, who are also able to assist with corporate compliance issues in Mexico. Examples of the desk's work include its advice to Valeo on its acquisition of FTE automotive, a German company with operations in Mexico. Based in Mexico City, Rupert Hüttler is a key contact for this desk.

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Weinhold Legal v.o.s. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Foreign desks Ondřej Havránek and Dalibor Šimeček head the firm's Prague-based German desk and advise Czech and German clients on inbound and outbound cross-border M&A transactions. The desk offers extensive German language capabilities, in addition to providing advice in Czech and English.

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Belarus

Alexander Liessem

bnt legal and tax

From the Chambers Global guide

Alexander Liessem of bnt legal and tax is a German-qualified lawyer based in Minsk. He frequently advises large and mid-sized German clients on investments into Belarus and is fluent in German, Russian and English. Sources highlight his "unique position" in Belarus as a "good expert in German law."

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Brazil

Christian Roschmann

Lefosse Advogados

From the Chambers Global guide

São Paulo-based Christian Roschmann of Lefosse Advogados is dual-qualified in Germany and Brazil, and has practised in both jurisdictions. His German expertise is highlighted in the market, where commentators appreciate his "strong network of European contacts, which makes him stand out." He predominantly focuses on cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures, and acts for an array of well-known German enterprises.

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China

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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China

GvW Graf von Westphalen

From the Chambers Global guide

Shanghai-based Patrick Heid of Graf von Westphalen advises both German and Chinese clients on cross-border M&A mandates between the two jurisdictions. He speaks German, Chinese, English and French.

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China

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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China

Christian Möller

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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China

Jakob Riemenschneider

H.M. Chan & Co in association with Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Global guide

Jakob Riemenschneider of H.M. Chan & Co in association with Taylor Wessing heads the firm's Hong Kong office and is admitted to the Bar in Germany. He advises German companies on their investments into China, and is also a key contact for Chinese clients looking to invest in Germany, handling acquisitions, divestments and restructurings.

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China

Hengeler Mueller

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Czech Republic

Noerr

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Czech Republic

Lukáš Ševčík

Kinstellar

From the Chambers Global guide

Lukᚊevčík of Kinstellar is managing partner of the firm's Prague office. He is admitted to the Bar in Germany and the Czech Republic, and speaks fluent Czech, German and English. His focus lies in cross-border M&A transactions, where he has prior experience advising German companies on acquisitions and disposals in the Czech Republic. Sources praise his language skills, and add that he is an "excellent communicator in international transactions."

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Czech Republic

Vejmelka & Wünsch, s. r. o.

From the Chambers Global guide

Prague-based Petr Wünsch of Vejmelka & Wünsch, s. r. o. offers expertise in cross-border M&A and real estate transactions. He is a fluent speaker of German, and also advises a range of German clients on corporate law matters in the Czech Republic.

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France

Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc

August Debouzy

From the Chambers Global guide

Based in Paris, Valéry Denoix de Saint Marc of August Debouzy is qualified to practise in Germany and France and assists domestic and international clients with cross-border transactions and joint ventures. He speaks French, German, English and Russian.

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Hungary

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Hungary

Martin Wodraschke

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Italy

Wolf Michael Kühne

DLA Piper Italy

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Italy

Carsten Steinhauer

McDermott Will & Emery Studio Legale Associato

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Latvia

bnt Klauberg Krauklis ZAB

From the Chambers Global guide

Riga-based Theis Klauberg of bnt Klauberg Krauklis ZAB is dual-qualified in Germany and Latvia and has a strong track record advising German clients on cross-border M&A transactions involving Latvia, and also assists Latvian companies with their dealings with German counterparts. He acted for Kittner-Gruppe on its divestiture of certain subsidiaries in Latvia and other Baltic states to MøllerGruppen.

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Mexico

Luis Cuesta Salces

Cuesta, Llaca y Esquivel

From the Chambers Global guide

Luis Cuesta Salces of Cuesta, Llaca y Esquivel is based in Mexico City and frequently advises on complex, cross-border M&A transactions between Mexico and Germany, counting both German corporations and Mexican subsidiaries of Germany-headquartered organisations among his clients. Clients highlight his depth of knowledge and appreciate that "he speaks English and German," adding that "he adapts himself to different cultures." He is also a native Spanish speaker, and holds a German law degree.

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Netherlands

Christian Delgado

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Netherlands

Martin Grablowitz

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Global guide

Based in the Rotterdam office of NautaDutilh, Martin Grablowitz advises on cross-border transactions between Germany and the Netherlands, acting for a range of prominent German companies. He is a native German speaker and advised Intel on its acquisition of a 15% stake in Netherlands-based map software company HERE, a joint venture owned by BMW, Daimler and Audi.

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Netherlands

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Norway

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

From the Chambers Global guide

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Russia

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

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.”

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Russia

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Russia

DLA Piper Rus Ltd

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Russia

Noerr

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Spain

Luis Miguel de Dios Martínez

CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Spain

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Sweden

MAQS Advokatbyrå

From the Chambers Global guide

Stockholm-based Jürgen Conzen of MAQS Advokatbyrå has long-standing experience advising German companies on mid-cap and large-cap M&A transactions involving Sweden. He has previously studied law in Germany, and speaks German, Swedish and English.

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Sweden

Wistrand Advokatbyrå

From the Chambers Global guide

Robert Kullgren of Wistrand Advokatbyrå is based in Stockholm and has previously worked at a law firm in Germany. He is fluent in German, Swedish and English, and has a strong track record advising German companies on their investments into Sweden, and also advises Swedish clients on acquisitions and disposals of German businesses. Highlights include advising Tacton Systems on its acquisition of German software company Lumo Group.

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Thailand

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Richter of Blumenthal Richter & Sumet is a native German speaker and frequently advises listed German companies on their affairs in Thailand. His expertise encompasses cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures and restructurings.

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Turkey

Moroğlu Arseven

From the Chambers Global guide

Located in Istanbul, E Seyfi Moroğlu of Moroğlu Arseven is fluent in Turkish, German and English, and has obtained a doctorate in German law. He acts for corporates and financial institutions on cross-border M&A transactions between Germany and Turkey.

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UK

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Ute Mueller of Duane Morris LLP is admitted to practice in Germany and England and Wales, and works in the firm's London office. Fluent in German, English and French, she advises clients on cross-border transactions with a heavy German angle, and assisted OLS Holdings with its acquisition of subsidiaries and other assets based in the UK, France, Germany and the US.

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UK

Noerr

From the Chambers Global guide

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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UK

Mónica Weimann Gómez

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados S. L. P.

From the Chambers Global guide

Mónica Weimann Gómez of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados S. L. P. splits her time between the firm's London and Madrid offices. She is a native speaker of German and Spanish, and also offers English and French language capabilities. Her focus lies in representing German companies in cross-border M&A transactions involving Spain. Clients describe her as "very easy to communicate with" due to her linguistic abilities.

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USA

Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Kai Bitter of Frost Brown Todd LLC is admitted to practice in Germany and Ohio and works in the firm's Cincinnati office. A fluent German speaker who has previously worked at major international law firms in Germany, he has a wealth of experience advising German clients on transatlantic M&A transactions and joint ventures.

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