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Global Guide

Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market — Germany

Senior Statesperson

Georg Maier-Reimer

Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Senior Statesperson

Reinhard Pöllath

P+P Pöllath + Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Reinhard Pöllath of P+P Pöllath + Partners is widely viewed as an authoritative figure in the market. He commands a wealth of experience advising on corporate matters, M&A and private equity transactions.

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Band 1

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Band 2

P+P Pöllath + Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Matthias Bruse of P+P Pöllath + Partners enjoys a strong reputation for M&A transactions, with a particular focus on private equity-driven deals. He advised ADCURAM Group on the disposal of its stake in Hennecke to Capvis Private Equity Partners.

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Band 2

Glade Michel Wirtz

From the Chambers Global guide

Achim Glade of Glade Michel Wirtz has established an impressive reputation in the corporate field, where he advises family-owned businesses and the management and supervisory boards of listed companies on a range of corporate governance matters as well as on transactions. He assisted ZF Friedrichshafen with the takeover of the industrial and windmill gear business of Bosch Rexroth.

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Band 2

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Band 2

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Thomas Heymann of Covington & Burling LLP is best known for his specialist expertise in the technology sector, where he handles M&A transactions, restructurings and outsourcing deals. Commentators regard him as “very experienced and a good negotiator.” 

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Band 2

Hans-Christoph Ihrig

Ihrig & Anderson Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

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

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Band 2

Federico Pappalardo

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Federico Pappalardo of Dechert LLP is widely respected for his expertise in M&A transactions and restructurings, where he advises private equity houses, financial investors and family-owned businesses. He acted for shareholders of Lazada on their sale of a majority shareholding in the company to Alibaba Group. Interviewees note: “He can take difficult issues, simplify them and come to a resolution with the other side in a constructive manner.”

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Band 2

Andreas von Oppen

GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

The “excellent” Andreas von Oppen of GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte is broadly respected for his expertise in private and public M&A deals, where he mainly represents mid-sized companies and their shareholders. His highlights include acting for Pandriks Bake Off on its acquisition of a bakery factory in Germany from W-E-G Stiftung.

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Band 3

Raue LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Nelle of Raue LLP is at his most visible in mid-sized M&A and private equity transactions, including LBOs. He has a strong focus on the technology and media industries, and advised Paragon Partners on its purchase of a majority stake in Novagraaf from Gilde Buy Out Partners. One client highlights his negotiation skills, stating: "He always understands how to integrate both parties and find a common ground in the sense that no one had the feeling of winning or losing, but both found it a fair deal with benefits for both parties."

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Band 3

Renzenbrink & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Ulf Renzenbrink of Renzenbrink & Partner has a very strong reputation for his capabilities in mid-cap M&A and private equity transactions. His highlights include advising long-standing client HOCHTIEF on its disposal of two geothermal power plants to Stadtwerke München. Clients note that he “works precisely, reliably and thoroughly, knows what he's talking about and can be tenacious where necessary.” He is also commended for his “very solution-oriented” negotiating style.

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Band 3

Sven Schulte-Hillen

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources describe Sven Schulte-Hillen of Dechert LLP as “highly analytical, legally profound, creative and business-driven.” He advises on a range of M&A transactions and corporate structuring issues, and latterly assisted Röder Präzision with its EUR45 million group restructuring following its insolvency.

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Band 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Band 4

Herbert Smith Freehills Germany

From the Chambers Global guide

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

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Band 4

Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz of SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte focuses on M&A transactions in a variety of industries, as well as corporate advisory matters. He advised Brau Holding International on its acquisition of shares in a joint venture with Schörghuber Unternehmensgruppe.

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Band 4

Wolfgang Grobecker

P+P Pöllath + Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Wolfgang Grobecker of P+P Pöllath + Partners attracts vast recognition for his corporate law expertise and advances in the rankings thanks to positive feedback from commentators. He handles a variety of corporate governance issues, and acted for Lobelia Beteiligungs on the establishment of a shareholder agreement with several other parties in the context of the acquisition of Thalia.

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Band 4

Sidley Austin

From the Chambers Global guide

Volker Kullmann of Sidley Austin specialises in M&A and private equity transactions, including LBOs. He counts both domestic and international corporations and private equity investors among his clients.

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Band 4

Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

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Band 4

Christian von Sydow

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

“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.

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Band 5

Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

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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Band 5

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Global guide

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.

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Band 5

Glade Michel Wirtz

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Merkner of Glade Michel Wirtz is at his most visible advising on corporate law issues, including stock corporation law, joint ventures and investigations. He advised the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank on certain measures following regulatory investigations and civil litigation in Europe and the USA.

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Band 5

Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Björn Neumeuer of Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner mainly advises on M&A transactions and joint ventures. He is best known for his expertise in the energy sector, where he has a broad client base. Sources say: “He is very effective and experienced in transactions and contractual matters, finds the big points quickly and negotiates acceptable solutions for both parties.”

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Band 5

Jörn-Christian Schulze

ARQIS Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

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.”

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Band 5

Glade Michel Wirtz

From the Chambers Global guide

According to clients, Marco Sustmann of Glade Michel Wirtz "is able to match professional and practical requirements faced by businesses in their daily routine and remains extremely calm and concentrated under high time pressure.” He is praised for his expertise in public and private M&A transactions and recently assisted Franz Haniel & Cie. with its demerger from Metro Group.

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Band 5

GvW Graf von Westphalen

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients attest that Titus Walek of GvW Graf von Westphalen provides "solid negotiation skills and good advice." He regularly advises on mid-cap M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions.

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Up and Coming

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers Global guide

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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