The firm’s second German office is based in Frankfurt, an important financial center of continental Europe with strong links to London, Paris, Warsaw, the U.S. and the Asia Pacific Region, as well as within the German marketplace itself.
The Frankfurt transactional team regularly conducts complex German and multijurisdictional transactions. The group has significant experience in cross-border deals in particular in the TMT and life science sectors. The group also advises on joint ventures, distressed M&A and restructuring.
The private equity/special situations group offers legal and strategic advice to private equity funds, hedge funds, family offices and other opportunistic investors targeting large/mid-cap investments in the Germany-Austria-Switzerland region, in particular on LBOs, MBOs, MBIs, PIPE and P2P transactions, venture capital investments, management participation programs and special situations. The team is recommended for Private Equity (Transactions) (JUVE 2012/13–2017/18).
In the area of capital markets, we advise German and international issuers, banks and investors on IPOs, public offerings and private placements of securities, listings and delistings, changes of stock market segments and share repurchase programs, as well as on a broad range of capital markets compliance issues.
Our German finance team has extensive experience advising German and international banks, export and loan underwriters, financial institutions, companies, local authorities, investors and sponsors on domestic and cross-border finance transactions. The group advises on a full range of finance issues from classic asset finance, debt financing and syndicated loans to complex cross-border finance transactions, special situations lending, restructuring and project financing.
The Banking and Finance practice is recommended for Banking and Finance: Bank Lending and Acquisition Finance (Legal 500 Germany 2014–2018, Chambers Global 2015, JUVE Handbuch 2014/15), a first-tier firm for Transportation: Rail and Aviation Asset Finance (Chambers Europe 2016 and 2017) and mentioned in the category “Other Noted Firm” for Banking and Finance (Chambers Europe 2016). Legal 500, 2016-2018 also ranks us for Banking and Finance: Investment Funds.
Our IP team has extensive experience in the protection and enforcement of IP rights, with a focus on contentious work in the area of patent infringement. Moreover, the team advises on non-contentious IP matters, particularly in the areas of R&D projects, licensing, and distribution agreements. The work covers various technologies such as automotive, medical, electronic, telecoms and computer hardware and software, among others.
Our tax team advises companies and corporations, investors, banks, insurers, funds, developers, investment advisers and other service providers on German and international tax law. In particular, we advise on the optimization and structuring of business acquisitions, reorganizations and investments in real estate and other asset classes. JUVE 2013/14–2017/18 and Legal 500, 2016-2018 recommend us for Tax.
Our private clients team advises entrepreneurs, family companies, wealthy individuals, artists and athletes as well as private banks and family offices. Our lawyers and tax advisers are experienced professionals who respond to matters regarding the succession and wealth management of companies and private individuals, especially in cases with an international component. Our services include the ideal structuring of donations, wills, inheritance contracts, articles of association and prenuptial agreements as well as the preparation of corresponding tax declarations and defense of the chosen structure. Further key areas include private tax planning, relocation planning, sale or restructuring of (family) companies, capital investments, establishing and managing foundations and other non-profit associations as well as providing comprehensive advice on inheritance matters, including estate planning and administration.
Our dispute resolution team advises on international and national arbitration and court proceedings in the areas of domestic and international business law. Our lawyers also have experience advising investors and governments on investment protection matters.