Comment: A leading practice in litigation and arbitration which is highly sought after at present in connection with major, often cross-border investigations. For instance, the firm is active in an all-round capacity on behalf of Sarasin bank in dealing with the consequences of the sale of dividend stripping (“cum-ex”) products. Moreover, the practice is extremely experienced when it comes to complex major proceedings, e.g. related to investor claims, and is constantly attracting new clients with this expertise. HM typically represents major banks and listed companies here. The firm’s work for Uber shows that also foreign companies appreciate the strategic litigation advice, which is sometimes provided in collaboration with European best-friend firms. Although the ?Frankfurt team supporting Meier stands out for competitors, the litigation practice is also becoming increasingly diversified – a whole series of corporate lawyers are more active in litigation matters today than they were several years ago. Bälz, for example, has made a name for himself in arbitration proceedings at the ?Berlin office.
Strengths: Technical sectors (increasingly energy law and infrastructure) and leading contacts in ?banking and financial products ( ?debt issues and structured finance). ?Corporate litigation.
Recommended: Dr. Markus Meier (“precise and relentless – there’s a reason why he’s involved in all the major proceedings in Germany”, competitor), Dr. Henning Bälz (“extremely professional, conducts many major proceedings”, competitor), Dr. Carsten van de Sande (“thorough, pragmatic, always thinks way outside the box”, client; esp. securities and funds litigation), Dr. Philipp Hanfland, Dr. Peter Heckel (esp. arbitration proceedings), Prof. Dr. Jochen Vetter (“experienced and pleasant”, competitor).
Practice: Work in D&O liability arising from corporation law and ?compliance. Proceedings related to financial and capital markets, as well as post- ?M&A disputes. Actions for damages related to ?antitrust. Disputes in the media, telecoms and healthcare sectors.
Frequent arbitration in the technology and plant construction sectors (arbitrator and litigator). Pre-litigation advice and ADR. Frequent corporate governance work. (Core team: 10 partners, 3 counsel)
Clients: ?? Sarasin in dealing with the aftermath of the sale of dividend stripping (“cum-ex”) products and in investigation proceedings conducted by Cologne public prosecutor’s office; all-round advice to Uber on litigation strategy in Germany and Europe; Deutsche Telekom concerning Toll Collect arbitration proceedings; Deutsche Bank on defense against claims concerning Postbank takeover; Sal. Oppenheim on defense against action for damages by M. Schickedanz and assertion of claims arising from loans.
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