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Global Guide

Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market — Germany

We do not rank firms for this territory and specialism but we rank individuals.

Senior Statesmen

Haver & Mailänder

From the Chambers Global guide

Peter Mailänder of Haver & Mailänder is best known as an adviser of corporations and their supervisory boards, as well as an arbitrator of corporate disputes. He has additional experience in competition and media matters.

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Senior Statesmen

P+P Pöllath + Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner and of counsel Reinhard Pöllath of P+P Pöllath + Partners serves as chair of several corporate boards. He is well respected as a corporate adviser, especially on tax-related matters.

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Band 1

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Recent hire Klaus Riehmer has significantly strengthened the department and stands out as one of the most active lawyers in mid-market M&A. His extensive praise from clients sees him advance to the top band. He advised Publicis Groupe on the squeeze-out of minority shareholders of Pixelpark. One client states: "He is very knowledgeable, user-friendly and experienced. He is good at advising clients on cross-border situations."

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Band 2

P+P Pöllath + Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Matthias Bruse of P+P Pöllath + Partners focuses on all types of M&A transactions, often representing private equity clients and family-owned businesses. He is also active in corporate arbitration.

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Band 2

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Global guide

Matthias Heisse has a strong profile in the area of public M&A as well as restructuring and reorganisations. He recently advised Messe München on the acquisition of CTT EXPO. One client states: "He is great. He is smart, reliable and supportive, and has an extremely good track record and a lot of experience."

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Band 2

Heymann & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

The "well-reputed" Thomas Heymann of Heymann & Partner has long-standing experience in corporate advice. He is best known for assisting with acquisitions and restructuring in the technology sector.

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Band 2

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Federico Pappalardo of Dechert LLP is noted for advising investors, private equity companies and family offices on acquisitions and restructuring. One client states: "He is more than a lawyer; he has an understanding of everything involved in and behind transactions."

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Band 2

GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas von Oppen of GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte is very active in both public and private M&A transactions. He advised Elanders on the acquisition of the Schmidt printing group. One client states: "I particularly appreciated his skills and fine character."

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Band 3

Glade Michel Wirtz

From the Chambers Global guide

Achim Glade of Glade Michel Wirtz is an esteemed adviser to several DAX 30 management and supervisory boards as well as large family businesses. He also assists with joint ventures and M&A transactions. One client states: "He is very entrepreneurial and solution-focused. He has excellent technical knowledge and negotiation skills."

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Band 3

Raue LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Andreas Nelle of Raue LLP advises corporates and private equity funds on a range of M&A transactions. He is particularly focused on the technology and media industries. He represented the founding shareholders of myToys Group in the sale of 20% of its shares to Otto Group.

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Band 3

Renzenbrink & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Ulf Renzenbrink of Renzenbrink & Partner is extremely well known in the market for his work on mid-cap and private equity M&A. He regularly advises HOCHTIEF on PPP transactions, including the sale of its shares in the concession company of the San Cristóbal toll roads in Santiago de Chile. One client states: "He is extremely committed, reliable and very good at building bridges with the lawyers on the other side. He has an excellent commercial understanding whilst being very accurate and detail-oriented."

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Band 3

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients praise Sven Schulte-Hillen of Dechert LLP for his abilities in cross-border M&A and international corporate structuring. Interviewees describe him as "quick-thinking, commercial and a very tough and knowledgeable communicator."

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Band 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

As co-chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP's global media group, Christoph Wagner is particularly active in larger media transactions. He also specialises in technology and communication. He advised Viacom on the establishment of a joint venture with Axel Springer for TV and video ad-sales. Sources describe him as "an expert in media transactions and very reputable."

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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 is active in M&A transactions, where he typically represents international companies and family offices. One client states: "He is practical and has good judgement. The turnaround time is fast and the work is of high quality."

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Band 4

Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Björn Neumeuer of Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner is noted for his transactional work and strong focus on the energy sector. He frequently assists international clients with the establishment of businesses in Germany. He advised Faistec on the acquisition of all shares in CargoGuard. One client states: "He has always given us good advice and communicates well with both the business team and the legal department. We have great trust in him."

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Band 4

Ashurst

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients describe Thomas Sacher, a new addition to Ashurst, as "very experienced," particularly in M&A, private equity and alternative investments. He is the key contact for several of the firm's top clients and advised Grammer on the EUR50 million acquisition of REUM Group from HTP Investments.

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Band 4

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Christian von Sydow is best known for his work on M&A, including private equity transactions. He also frequently represents corporates in M&A arbitration.

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Band 5

P+P Pöllath + Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Wolfgang Grobecker of P+P Pöllath + Partners' work on corporate advice and public and private M&A has strengthened his profile. He represented the Kreke family in the sale of Douglas to a common holding company owned by the Kreke family and CVC Capital Partners.

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Band 5

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Global guide

Walter Henle is held in high regard among his colleagues for his long-standing experience of international M&A and corporate advice. He is particularly focused on private equity matters.

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Band 5

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Katja Heuterkes of Dechert LLP is increasingly active in the area of international transactions and private equity investments. She advised PhotoBox on the GBP400 million sale by its current shareholders Highland Capital and Index Ventures to Exponent and Electra. One client states: "She gave me an excellent first impression; she is surely a rising star in this field."

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Band 5

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients speak warmly of Berthold Hummel of Dechert LLP and his work in private equity, M&A and venture capital financing. One source says: "He is dedicated to doing a perfect job, and has a very strong commercial and structural sense."

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Band 5

ARQIS Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Global guide

Jörn-Christian Schulze enters the rankings this year for his substantial client praise and his dedicated work on M&A transactions. Recent work highlights include advising CRH on the acquisition of assets from Lafarge and Holcim. One client states: "He has good industry insight and outstanding business acumen. He is excellent and very helpful; the work was delivered with utmost speed and quality."

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Band 5

Heymann & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Titus Walek of Heymann & Partner is best known for his corporate work in the technology and pharmaceutical industries. He has a proven track record in private equity and venture capital transactions. Domestic M&A is a particular focus of his.

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Up and Coming

Heymann & Partner

From the Chambers Global guide

Henning Bloss of Heymann & Partner focuses on mid-market M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. He is known for representing tech companies and has additional expertise in restructuring and finance questions.

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Up and Coming

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers Global guide

Nina Leonard has built up a strong reputation in international M&A and shareholder dispute resolution. She is particularly active in the technology, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. She advised recent client win Rollon Group on several issues including on the acquisition of Hegra Linear Evolution. Sources say: "She is a very good lawyer and a good mediator; she knows how to handle different personalities."

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Up and Coming

Glade Michel Wirtz

From the Chambers Global guide

Drawing on his abilities in capital markets, Andreas Merkner of Glade Michel Wirtz advises his clients on all areas of corporate law, with a focus on stock corporation and transformation matters. He is also active in M&A and public takeovers. He has advised several businesses on the impact of the EU Market Abuse Regulation including Daimler, Haniel, GEA Group and Klöckner & Co. Sources say: "He is a brilliant lawyer; I was very impressed." 

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