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Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market — Germany


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

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Norbert Schulte
- 27 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Standout practice advising on cross-border M&A, including share and asset transfers, divestitures, strategic investments and joint ventures. Especially well known for deals with strong US and Asian components. Represents companies from the German Mittelstand, as well as larger corporations. Offers broad-ranging sector expertise, with a strong footprint in the healthcare, real estate, life sciences and food and beverage industries.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's full-service and international reach. One describes it as a “strong team that interacts very well and efficiently,” before adding: “It's a true one-stop shop with excellent resources, and its cross-border experience adds value.”

Others are impressed by the lawyers' ability to factor in crucial non-legal issues. Comments include: “They are legally and technically very good but at the same time think commercially and entrepreneurially.”

Work highlights Advised Nagel-Group on its acquisition of MUK-Transthermos from Doblinger Group.

Assisted Sabre Corporation with its EUR145 million acquisition of Trust Group from Battery Ventures.

Significant Clients Intersnack, Celanese, Statkraft, Blackstone, Invacare.

Notable practitioners

“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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P+P Pöllath + Partners - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Wolfgang Grobecker, Georg Greitemann and Otto Haberstock
- 15 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Stellar mid-market practice with an excellent reputation for private equity-driven transactions, complemented by strong tax and venture capital teams. Predominantly advises financial sponsors on the buy and sell sides, while also acting for domestic Mittelstand corporates and family-owned businesses. Further expertise lies in public takeovers, company reorganisations, corporate governance and general management and shareholder advice.

Strengths Interviewees point out the lawyers' determination to complete a transaction, saying: “All individuals are very thorough, thoughtful and transaction-oriented. They point out the risks when there are risks but are also very geared towards closing the deal.”

Another source reports that “the team was always readily available and flexible to address unforeseen issues.”

Work highlights Assisted Schoeller with the structuring of a new shareholder agreement for Schoeller Allibert Group between its holding entity and J.P. Morgan.

Advised WCM Beteiligungs- und Grundbesitz on its acquisition of shares in an SPV holding of a Bavarian retail park to a value of EUR55 million.

Significant Clients KäuferPortal, VTC Group, Deutsche Leasing, Equistone Partners Europe, Nanogate.

Notable practitioners

Reinhard Pöllath 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.

Matthias Bruse 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.

Wolfgang Grobecker 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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Over the last 30 years P+P professionals have advised on a great number of major domestic and internationals transactions.

A team of specialists provides comprehensive advice in all areas related to M&A, private equity/venture capital and real estate including advice on management investments, restructuring, financing and competition law.

P+P also advises on corporate law, and group company law, capital market rules, corporate litigation, reorganisations and compliance.

The firm advises publicly listed and private companies on preparing and conducting their general and shareholder meetings on all matters, e.g. mergers, spin-offs and hive-downs, conversions of legal form, e.g. into a European stock corporation (SE), and on all corporate advisory matters related to management and supervising bodies (corporate governance). A further core area is advice on public takeovers with subsequent corporate Integration (taking private).

Domestic and international surveys confirm P+P's market-leading transactional and corporate practice in Germany.

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Eversheds Sutherland - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Matthias Heisse and Christof Lamberts
- 10 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Robust mid-market team with a broad client portfolio comprising German SMEs, listed companies and overseas corporates. Often advises foreign investors entering the German market. Its vast international network allows the team to act on cross-border M&A transactions, public takeovers and joint ventures. Also provides day-to-day corporate advice to a number of prominent multinationals. At its most visible in the automotive, manufacturing and financial services sectors.

Strengths Clients rate the team's ability to act in pressurised situations. One describes the lawyers as “very pragmatic and able to deal with a lot of chaos,” and adds that they “had quick solutions to everything.”

Similarly, another source likes that the lawyers attempt to get straight to the point, saying: “They have a rather practical approach that is focused on providing an answer.”

Work highlights Advised Autoliv on the setting up of a joint venture with Volvo Cars for the development of software.

Acted for Horizon Global Corporation on its EUR167 million acquisition of Westfalia-Automotive.

Significant Clients Chemtura Corporation, Globalways, Parker Hannifin, WestRock, Wimdu.

Notable practitioners

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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Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Düsseldorf

What the team is known for Dedicated German practice covering the full scope of corporate and M&A matters. Handles both public and private M&A transactions, and possesses extensive expertise in corporate compliance. Further areas of focus include company and shareholder restructurings, joint ventures, corporate litigation and advice to management and supervisory boards of listed corporates. Predominantly acts for large and mid-sized companies, from both Germany and overseas, and is active in the automotive, technology and construction sectors.

Strengths Commentators identify the lawyers' “in-depth knowledge” as a key strength, describing them as “solution-focused and very reliable.” Another adds: “They commit themselves to the client completely.”

One source states that Glade Michel Wirtz's corporate team has a “profound way of working.”

Work highlights Advised Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund on its planned EUR670 million public takeover offer of AIXTRON by its indirect German subsidiary.

Assisted Franz Haniel & Cie. with the establishment of a joint venture between its wholly-owned subsidiary CWS-boco and Rentokil Initial.

Significant Clients dm-drogerie markt, Einkaufsbüro Deutscher Eisenhändler, QIAGEN, ETRIS BANK, L'Oréal.

Notable practitioners

Achim Glade 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.

Andreas Merkner 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.

According to clients, Marco Sustmann "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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Düsseldorf based GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ was established in June 2007
as an independent law firm focusing exclusively on corporate and competition work. The lawyers of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ work on complex national and international matters, which require highly specialized skills and experience.

The focus of our firm's consulting services in the CORPORATE practice:

General company law – law on partnerships and corporations, law on groups of companies

Capital markets law

Mergers & Acquisitions

Public takeovers

Restructuring

Litigation

Compliance



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GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Frankfurt

What the team is known for Dedicated boutique advising on public and private M&A, including auction processes, reverse takeovers and divestitures, with experience in both share and asset deals. Further expertise lies in joint ventures and corporate compliance. Acts for a broad range of SMEs and Mittelstand companies, most notably from the media, technology, life sciences and mining industries.

Strengths One interviewee speaks highly of the uncomplicated working relationship established by GREENFORT, saying: “They always manage to give clear legal advice, and if something is unclear we can go to them and discuss it, and go in a different direction if needed.”

Other sources praise the firm's “good teamwork and reliable co-operation.”

Work highlights Represented Elanders in an auction process and subsequent acquisition of LGI Logistics Group.

Advised Starland Holdings on the German aspects of its USD157.5 million reverse takeover by Ayondo.

Significant Clients Bertelsmann, Celanese, CSL Behring, Remondis, CRONIMET Group.

Notable practitioners

The “excellent” Andreas von Oppen 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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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Stefan Duhnkrack
- 60 partners
- 77 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Chemnitz, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Large domestic team with a widespread presence across the country. Extremely deep bench facilitates broad sector coverage, offering considerable expertise in industries including automotive, energy, financial services, real estate, TMT and transportation. Handles a vast quantity of mid-cap M&A transactions in the form of both asset and share deals, whilst also advising on joint ventures and corporate litigation.

Strengths The firm is commended for its full-service set-up and the high level of partner attention it provides. Typical comments include: “Very pragmatic and client-oriented, breadth of knowledge of all significant areas, and good senior support.”

Another source reports that the lawyers “did an exceptional job in terms of difficult negotiations with third parties.”

Work highlights Assisted Duisburger Hafen with the formation of a USD60 million logistics joint venture in Turkey with Arkas Holding.

Acted for House of HR on its acquisition of TimePartner Group.

Significant Clients DATAGROUP, Janoschka Group, Mackprang Holding, Odewald KMU, Syntellix.

Notable practitioners

Stefan Duhnkrack heads the corporate and M&A department and is the key contact for queries.

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Cutting-edge, practical and experienced consulting services in the field of Corporate/M&A.
Our expertise ranges from providing comprehensive counsel to corporations in "corporate housekeeping" up to legal and taxation advice on complex domestic and foreign transactions.

In the last few years, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has become one of the leading German transaction firms. We work both in classical M&A fields and on capital market-oriented projects, real estate transactions and other large asset purchases and sales; in particular, transaction business in the energy and renewables industries has developed strongly.

At present, private equity transactions and above all capital market transactions are noticeably on the increase in our law firm.The members of our Practice Group Corporate/M&A are experienced individuals who have been providing counsel to medium-sized and large corporations for many years.

For more information see here: https://www.heuking.de/en/practice-groups/legal-consulting/corporatema.html

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Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Thomas Kuhnle
- 30 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart

What the team is known for Sizeable department that is a popular choice for domestic, mid-market transactions thanks to its full-service offering and broad geographical coverage in Germany. Also often instructed on cross-border M&A deals, with particular experience advising clients from Asia and Europe on inbound investments into Germany. Active across a wide spectrum of industries, having fostered long-standing client relationships with companies from the healthcare, energy, logistics and automotive sectors. Snap-on is a new addition to the team's client base.

Strengths One interviewee considers Luther to be “excellent advisers for mid-cap M&A transactions, as they look for pragmatic solutions in the interest of their clients.”

Others appreciate the team's “hands-on and solution-oriented approach,” as well as the fact that the lawyers “always have the greater picture in mind without missing crucial details.”

Work highlights Advised TE Connectivity Germany on its acquisition of Intercontec.

Assisted Knorr-Bremse with its acquisition of UK-based GT Group.

Significant Clients Open Grid Europe, Eneco, H.B. Fuller Company, Metropolitan Partners Group, ITT.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Thomas Kuhnle is the main point of contact for clients.

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Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Stephan König and Harald Gesell
- 15 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cologne and Frankfurt

What the team is known for Renowned German practice active in M&A and reorganisations. Additionally enjoys a strong reputation for its expertise in corporate governance matters, advising a range of well-known corporates on complex structuring measures, shareholders' meetings and corporate disputes. Clients include established domestic businesses and overseas companies investing into Germany, often from the automotive, pharmaceutical, real estate and manufacturing sectors.

Strengths One interviewee speaks highly of the lawyers' creative approach. The team's ability to think commercially is also underlined by numerous other sources.

Work highlights Advised JAB Holding Company on the revision and expansion of its holding structure for portfolio investments.

Assisted Deutsche Post with the sale of its stake in Güll Group to 7Days Group.

Significant Clients Johnson Controls, Ford, DuMont Media Group, KSB, Evonik Industries.

Notable practitioners

Georg Maier-Reimer 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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Taylor Wessing - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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第二等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Klaus Grossmann
- 54 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Well-resourced team that is regularly mandated on both domestic and cross-border M&A transactions including distressed M&A, private equity and venture capital deals. Highly active in the TMT, energy, life sciences and real estate sectors. Represents both mid-sized and listed corporates. Particularly recommended for advice to companies based in China and the USA.

Strengths Clients particularly appreciate the lawyers' reliability and business understanding. One says: “They have an in-depth understanding of our commercial needs. I can leave the negotiations to them without being nervous.”

Another interviewee adds: “The team is very efficient and to the point.”

Work highlights Assisted Growth Industrial Asset Net-Income Trust (GIANT) with its EUR450 million acquisition of 34 logistics and industry properties in Germany and the Netherlands.

Advised Körber on its divestment of its subsidiary Baltic Elektronik to Prettl Electronics Lübeck.

Significant Clients BAS Traders, Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, SIXT Leasing, DaVita, REWE Group.

Notable practitioners

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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Beiten Burkhardt - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Axel Goetz and Christian von Wistinghausen
- 38 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Large team covering the full spectrum of corporate and M&A matters. Frequently advises on mid-sized M&A and private equity transactions, venture capital deals, corporate reorganisations and day-to-day corporate law issues. Strong focus on the automotive, chemicals, machinery, real estate, healthcare and TMT sectors. Trusted advisers to German family offices, Mittelstand and listed companies.

Strengths Sources consider the lawyers to be “very determined, responsive and solution-oriented.”

The team is also praised for its broad capabilities. One client states: “They cover all the areas we need within the M&A field.”

Work highlights Acted for LaSalle Investment Management on its disposal of a real estate portfolio comprising 21 retail centres to PATRIZIA for approximately EUR250 million.

Advised Init on its takeover of HanseCom Public Transport Ticketing Solution from Siemens and Hamburger Hochbahn.

Significant Clients Bosch, Drillisch, Amphenol, Tianjin Keyvia Electric Co., Vitrulan.

Notable practitioners

Co-heads of the corporate and M&A practice group Axel Goetz and Christian von Wistinghausen are the key contacts.

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Corporate / M&A

Corporate

BEITEN BURKHARDT has first-hand experience with important corporate law developments, such as delistings and squeeze-outs. The firms’ practical advice takes into account economic aspects and provides creative solutions without compromising on legal standards. BEITEN BURKHARDT advises listed corporations, internationally active enterprises, medium-sized companies and family-run partnerships. The firm establishes and restructures companies and groups, develops stock option programs, and provides support both during shareholders’ meetings and in the case of disputes.

M&A

Since the establishment of the law firm, Mergers & Acquisitions has been one of the core competencies at BEITEN BURKHARDT. The expierenced team advises well-known listed companies, large and medium-sized companies and the public sector as well as financial investors when it comes to national and international mergers, public takeovers, company acquisitions or sales from private investors.
        


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Dechert LLP - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 8 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Advises financial investors and strategic clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Recommended for international deals involving the USA, profiting from its established presence in New York. Considerable experience in private equity transactions on both the buy and sell sides, with further strength in venture capital, corporate restructuring, joint ventures and corporate-driven commercial contracts. Well known for its expertise in the life sciences and technology sectors, and also present in the financial services industry, counting various financial sponsors and investment banks among its clients.

Strengths Sources praise the broad knowledge and capabilities housed by the team: "It is highly unusual and unique to find, in a single team, such knowledge and skills with regard to all aspects of our business and the special situation we found ourselves in."

Other qualities highlighted include the “sharp advice, remarkable negotiation skills, great flexibility and availability.”

Work highlights Assisted STAHL CraneSystems with its EUR224 million acquisition from Konecranes by Columbus McKinnon.

Advised American Express Global Business Travel on its EUR100 million acquisition of Klee Data System.

Significant Clients 4SC, Akka Technologies, Gimv, Haufe, HeidelbergCapital.

Notable practitioners

Federico Pappalardo 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.”

Sources describe Sven Schulte-Hillen 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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DLA Piper LLP - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Nils Krause and Benjamin Parameswaran
- 13 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Well-known for its cross-border M&A capabilities, particularly involving the USA, China, the Middle East and Europe. Additionally handles real estate transactions, corporate restructurings, annual shareholders' meetings and compliance matters. Acts for various financial institutions, private equity houses and companies in regulated industries, including insurance, energy, automotive and life sciences.

Strengths Interviewees repeatedly praise the level of the team's client service, as one outlines: “The lawyers are easy to access, response time to questions is very fast, they translate complicated legal topics into comprehensive language for clients.”

Others add that the lawyers are “very client-oriented and get to the point very quickly,” and value the “excellent cross-border advice due to an exhaustive international network.”

Work highlights Advised Qualcomm on its formation of a USD3.5 billion joint venture with TDK Corporation.

Acted for Columbus McKinnon on its EUR224 million acquisition of STAHL CraneSystems from Konecranes.

Significant Clients Baloise Group, CVC Capital Partners, HIG Europe Capital Partners, Arsenal Capital Partners, Sirio Pharma.

Notable practitioners

Nils Krause and Benjamin Parameswaran are key contacts in the department for queries.

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GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Yorick Ruland and Wolfgang König
- 21 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Cologne, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Respected corporate team with a loyal following among clients from the German Mittelstand, particularly in the energy and automotive sectors. Often seen acting on distressed M&A in conjunction with its strong restructuring practice. Further areas of expertise include real estate M&A, where the team advises on both share deals involving holding companies and asset transactions. Also increasingly active representing private equity investors.

Strengths Multiple interviewees highlight the firm's efficient use of its resources, while others are impressed by the user-friendly advice provided to overseas clients. One source enthuses: “When I work with GÖRG, I not only have confidence that I'm getting top-notch legal advice, but also getting cultural insight into non-legal business norms and expectations. This is incredibly valuable in negotiations. I also really appreciate the depth of resources in the firm's network.”

Another client describes the team as “extremely accurate, reliable, and very reactive,” and also mentions the “high availability of resources.”

Work highlights Advised Vitrolife on its acquisition of OCTAX Microscience and its affiliate MTG Medical Technology Vertriebs-GmbH, including an inter-company restructuring.

Assisted SSW Industries with its divestiture of SSW PearlFoam to IZOBLOK Group.

Significant Clients Merck, Vitanas, Concordix Group, Dätywler Schweiz, Schütz & Co.

Notable practitioners

Yorick Ruland and Wolfgang König are key contacts for clients.

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Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- 8 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Düsseldorf

What the team is known for Compact team best known for its expertise in M&A transactions, venture capital financing and corporate structuring matters. A popular choice among mid-sized German companies, as well as Asian clients entering the German market. Particularly visible on share and asset acquisitions for energy and technology companies. New client wins include Kuhn Gruppe and Shanghai Baolong Automotive Corporation.

Strengths Clients note that the lawyers are “very flexible and always available,” and appreciate the “backup for other areas of law” at the firm's disposal.

Work highlights Acted for technotrans on its EUR20 million acquisition of gwk Gesellschaft Wärme Kältetechnik.

Advised Ströer on its EUR4.5 million acquisition of Vitalsana.

Significant Clients UDG United Digital Group, Dometic Group, CMS Pflegewohnstift (Bochum-Wattenscheid), Otrum, HI WAY PIONEER.

Notable practitioners

Björn Neumeuer 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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Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB specialises in advising commercial clients with high expectations in Germany and abroad. We provide comprehensive legal advice to businesses on a wide range of commercial matters as well as advice on complex transactions and highly specific issues. Our clients include small and mid-sized German firms as well as DAX 30 and MDAX companies and companies listed on foreign stock exchanges.

The corporate law practice is one of the firm’s key areas. Solid know-how, wide-ranging experience and industry expertise are taken for granted. Our advice in corporate law is further strengthened by our expertise in the fields of M&A and capital market law.

Our advisory services comprise the following subjects:

  • General Corporate Law
  • Participatiom of Management and Employees
  • Restructuring and Reorganisation of Companies
  • Corporate Law Disputes
  • Corporate Governance and compliance

Our expertise in M&A:

  • Sale and Purchase of Companies
  • Mergers and Takeovers
  • Joint Ventures
  • MBOs and MBIs
  • Competition Law and Merger Control

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Mayer Brown LLP - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Klaus Riehmer
- 9 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf and Frankfurt

What the team is known for International firm with an expanding corporate team. Recommended for cross-border private and public M&A transactions, acting for clients in the automotive, financial services, energy, IT and telecommunications sectors. Also handles corporate restructurings, distressed M&A and private equity transactions. Represents mid-sized and large companies from both Germany and overseas, with a strong focus on clients based in the USA and China.

Strengths Highlighting the firm's full-service capability, one source praises the “broad range of expertise” on hand, adding that the lawyers are “very responsive and quick, while still always thorough in their assessment and work.”

Another interviewee speaks highly of the lawyers' commercial mindset, saying: “They are very business-minded, service-oriented and very thorough without getting lost in details.”

Work highlights Assisted STAR Capital Partners with its sale of Blohm+Voss to Bremen-based shipbuilding company Lürssen.

Advised Generac Power Systems on its purchase of MOTORTECH.

Significant Clients Wells Fargo, Universal Investment, Avedon Capital Partners, Knorr-Bremse, WEPA Group.

Notable practitioners

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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Ashurst - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Benedikt von Schorlemer
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Continually expanding team that ascends the rankings following impressive feedback and several notable lateral hires. Visible on cross-border, mid-cap M&A transactions, enjoying a regular flow of mandates from both larger multinationals and German Mittelstand companies. Additionally handles a variety of corporate law matters, including corporate governance and compliance issues, and sits on panels of numerous prestigious companies. Sector focuses includes automotive, infrastructure, energy, healthcare and consumer goods.

Strengths One client lauds the high standards and reliability of the lawyers, stating: “They produce work of the highest quality, are very commercial, available at any time and their responsiveness is amazing.”

Another source describes the team as “client-oriented and able to find solutions when dealing with the counterparty.”

Work highlights Advised SAP on its acquisition of Norway-based engineering software developer Fedem Technology.

Assisted Grammer with its defence of a planned takeover by Hastor.

Significant Clients adidas, ALNO, Bosch, Itochu, Clariant.

Notable practitioners

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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GSK Stockmann - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Max Wilmanns
- 15 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg and Munich

What the team is known for Domestic practice advising clients from the German Mittelstand on corporate governance as well as M&A. Best known for its long-standing expertise in the real estate sector, where it frequently handles share and asset deals, forward transactions and joint ventures. Also recommended for small and mid-cap acquisitions in the financial services, automotive, IT, healthcare and energy sectors. Corporate law expertise encompasses corporate structuring, reorganisations, compliance and post-M&A disputes.

Strengths The team attracts praise for its strength in negotiations and commitment to the deal, as one source explains: “The main partners have a business approach and are instrumental in closing negotiations successfully. The team is very dedicated, provides full support and meets its deadlines.”

Another interviewee considers the firm a good choice for foreign investors with German business interests, for the reason that the lawyers “understand the requirements of overseas companies and how to help them navigate German law and business practice.”

Work highlights Acted for Diringer & Scheidel on the sale of Mannheim's new Q6/Q7 urban district to BMO Real Estate Partners for over EUR300 million by way of a share deal.

Advised Delphi Automotive on the structuring of its integration of the German division of HellermannTyton following its acquisition.

Significant Clients Jones Lang LaSalle, Markement, Universal Investment, AviaRent Capital Management, MIB.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Max Wilmanns is a key contact for this practice area.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Dirk Besse
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Berlin

What the team is known for Renowned for its expertise in the technology and media sectors, where the team regularly acts on M&A and corporate structuring mandates with complex associated regulatory issues. Frequently advises clients from the USA and Asia on cross-border transactions and joint ventures in Germany. Additionally acts for domestic blue-chip corporates. Many clients highlight the firm's international network.

Strengths Clients repeatedly praise the team's depth of resources and cross-border capabilities, noting the team's “broad skill set both in Germany and internationally," and describing them as "very responsive and easy to access a deep bench of resources through very committed partners in Germany.”

Another comments similarly that “it's a very reliable and confident team with a broad network of experts domestically and abroad for specific items touching legal areas outside the scope of advice,” and also singles out its “strong hands-on approach in ad-hoc solution finding.”

Work highlights Advised Tencent as part of an investor consortium with NavInfo and GIC on its acquisition of a 10% stake in HERE from Audi, BMW and Daimler.

Assisted RNTS Media with its USD72 million acquisition of Inneractive.

Significant Clients 21st Century Fox, DEAG Deutsche Entertainment, Fujitsu, Sony, Tele Columbus.

Notable practitioners

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: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Klaus Bader, Frank Peter Regelin and Klaus von Gierke
- 18 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for International firm with a large network and a strong cross-border focus, often acting for companies with interests in China or the USA. Active on private acquisitions, share and asset disposals, public takeovers and joint ventures, and well known for its presence in the financial services, energy, infrastructure, transportation, technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors. Also assists with post-merger integration, corporate governance and compliance issues.

Strengths Clients routinely praise the team's ability to manage cross-border deals and communicate effectively. The lawyers' timeliness and co-operation amongst each other also receives considerable credit.

Work highlights Assisted ROFIN-SINAR Technologies with its USD942 million acquisition by Coherent.

Advised Eight Roads Ventures & Management on its EUR260 million divestment of InnoGames to Modern Times Group.

Significant Clients BMW, IMI Group, Sandvik, Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze, CACEIS.

Notable practitioners

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: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Thomas Mayrhofer
- 12 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf and Munich

What the team is known for Continues to expand its footprint in Germany, having made several lateral hires in 2016 and 2017. Dedicated focus on the technology and energy sectors, with a solid track record of acting for mid-sized industry clients on share deal acquisitions and divestments. Additionally offers significant expertise in the real estate sector, where the team assists with portfolio transactions, single asset deals and outbound cross-border investments. pmOne is a new client win for the department.

Strengths Sources are impressed by the lawyers' speed and ability to take in large quantities of information. Typical comments include: “They are very quick to respond, you never need to remind them of any issues and they always pick up everything you throw at them. They also have a very commercial view of things.”

Responsiveness is a common denominator in various client responses. As one source states: “They can look at a whole transaction within 2-3 days. I also appreciate the level of detail in the work.”

Work highlights Advised SBKF Beteiligungs on its disposal of 17 DIY outlets in Munich to Hagebau.

Acted for S&T on its EUR60 million acquisition of a 29.9% stake in Kontron.

Significant Clients Raymond James, Getty Images, Rollon Group, Siemens, AIG.

Notable practitioners

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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Raue LLP - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 6 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Berlin

What the team is known for Capable domestic offering that is acknowledged for its strength in small and mid-cap M&A transactions, as well as corporate governance and compliance matters. Client roster comprises German Mittelstand companies, private equity firms, shareholders and management and supervisory boards. Possesses considerable industry-specific expertise, particularly in the energy, media and technology sectors. Further expertise lies in corporate litigation cases. Schlemmer and Böhlau are new additions to the team's clientele.

Strengths One satisfied client contends that Raue's corporate and M&A team is “extremely clear, very smart at coming up with solutions and sees through lots of very complicated issues to get to the heart of the matter. Their arguments were insightful and won the day.”

Others appreciate the transaction management skills of the lawyers. One reports that they “took everything into account when negotiating and were extremely good at guiding the process.”

Value for Money The department is also praised for the accuracy of its billing practice, which is widely considered value for money. One client praises the team for being “transparent about the costs.”

Work highlights Acted for GASAG on its acquisition of a controlling stake of 56.67% in Provedo.

Assisted the founder of MTS Globe with the sale of the company to EQT and its portfolio company Kuoni.

Significant Clients Alpiq, Sixt, Refined Labs, Suhrkamp.

Notable practitioners

Andreas Nelle 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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Corporate, M&A, Finance

Raue LLP advises enterprises, shareholders, associations, foundations, as well as the representative and supervisory bodies of corporations in all fields of corporate law, including capital market law, the laws governing commercial balance sheets, tax law, and insolvency law. We assist our clients in establishing enterprises, in taking capital measures, and in restructuring, or when their companies fall into crisis, and represent them both in court and in out-of-court dispute resolution proceedings. On a regular basis, we provide legal advice where an enterprise is to be acquired or sold, as well as in transactions concerning the sale or purchase of ownership interest in a company. We advise on corporate finance matters and the financing of transactions.

Focus Sectors

In our focus sectors energy, media, healthcare, real estate, and infrastructure, as well as in the field of private equity and venture capital, we not only bring the requisite regulatory expertise to the table, but also our many years of experience in the industry.

Notarial Office

Raue LLP maintains a well-established notarial office for corporate law matters.

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Rödl & Partner - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: José Campos Nave, Michael Wiehl and Horst Grätz
- 12 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm noted for its multidisciplinary set-up, with extensive coverage of the mid-cap and small-cap M&A markets. Particular strength in distressed M&A and transactions in the renewable energy and real estate sectors. Increasingly advises Asia-based clients on inbound cross-border transactions. Corporate expertise encompasses company restructuring and formation, corporate compliance, preparation of shareholders' meetings and corporate disputes.

Work highlights Advised BKW Group on its takeover of engineering company LINDSCHULTE Group.

Acted for AccorHotels on its acquisition of a 30% shareholding in 25hours Hotel Company.

Significant Clients Weiler Werkzeugmaschinen, P&P Gruppe Bayern, Julius Schüle Druckguss, EJOT Holding.

Notable practitioners

José Campos Nave is the key contact for corporate-related queries, while fellow heads of department Michael Wiehl and Horst Grätz are the main contacts for M&A matters.

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SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Stephan Morsch
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Well-regarded team focusing on both domestic and cross-border mid-cap M&A transactions. Renowned for its capabilities in the media and technology sectors, where the firm has a robust practice at its disposal and advises numerous companies on acquisitions, joint ventures and asset and share divestments. Further industries covered include retail, consumer goods and life sciences. Accel-KKR is a new client win for the team.

Strengths The firm attracts constant praise for its expertise in the IT industry, with one client highlighting the “quick and good service” and adding that the team is “very well suited to small to mid-sized transactions with a focus on IT matters.”

Another client considers the lawyers to be “absolutely reliable and responsive.”

Work highlights Assisted X Filme with the reorganisation of its operative business divisions and the formation of a strategic partnership with Beta Film.

Advised Kadant on its EUR51 million takeover of PAALGROUP.

Notable practitioners

Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz 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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Raschke von Knobelsdorff Heiser - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Band 5

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Hamburg

What the team is known for Boutique firm that routinely advises international clients and German Mittelstand companies on M&A transactions and corporate law matters. Often assists with the preparation of AGMs and shareholders' meetings, compliance and liability issues. Additional prowess in restructuring, private equity, venture capital and real estate transactions. Regularly advises family-owned companies, private equity houses and industrial clients.

Notable practitioners

Dominik Ziegenhahn and Kristian Heiser are two of the key contacts at the firm.

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Reed Smith LLP - Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 8 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Expanding team that has significantly increased its manpower in the last year. Recommended for inbound and outbound cross-border M&A, advising a client portfolio of German and international companies. Advises on public takeovers, private equity deals, tender offers and joint ventures, while also offering corporate law expertise regarding investments. Has experience in a variety of sectors, including heavy industry, automotive and hospitality. CIMC Financial Leasing is among several new additions to the team's client roster.

Strengths One impressed client declares the department to be “very hands-on, result-oriented and pragmatic.”

Others praise the “solid team” and its “excellent skills.”

Work highlights Advised CBPE Capital on its purchase of Safechem Europe from Dow Chemical.

Assisted SKF with the USD339 million sale of its Kaydon velocity control business to Stabilus.

Significant Clients Dr. Helmut Rothenberger Holding, Eisvogel Group, FARO, Life Fitness, Michelin Travel Partner.

Notable practitioners

Justus Binder and Andreas Jürgens are among the department's key contacts.

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Senior Statesperson

Georg Maier-Reimer

Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Georg Maier-Reimer 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 Europe guide

Reinhard Pöllath 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

Matthias Bruse 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 Europe guide

Achim Glade 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 Europe 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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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Heymann 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 Europe 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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Federico Pappalardo

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Federico Pappalardo 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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Andreas von Oppen

GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

The “excellent” Andreas von Oppen 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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Raue LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andreas Nelle 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 Europe 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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Sven Schulte-Hillen

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Sven Schulte-Hillen 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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Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers Europe 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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Herbert Smith Freehills Germany

From the Chambers Europe 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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Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz 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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Wolfgang Grobecker

P+P Pöllath + Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Grobecker 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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Sidley Austin

From the Chambers Europe 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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Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe 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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Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe 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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Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Europe 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 Europe guide

Andreas Merkner 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 Europe guide

Björn Neumeuer 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 Europe 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 Europe guide

According to clients, Marco Sustmann "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 Europe 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 Europe 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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