ARQIS

Comment: By ramping up its headcount over the past two years, this practice recommended for M&A raised its clout. Traditionally focusing on mid-cap M&A, Arqis is now seen in higher volume deals thanks to Düsseldorf partner Schulze and his specialist discipline, W+I insurance. The market-leading Japan practice was also involved in two major deals, though these were not closed. An M&A specialist who joined from Clifford last year has already translated his contacts into work, e.g. for Fit Reisen.
Strengths: Transactions with a Japanese element.
Recommended: Dr. Shigeo Yamaguchi (“good communication”, client; “superb in the German-Japanese market”, competitor), Dr. Jörn-Christian Schulze (“highly professional in transactions”, “preeminent corporate expert”, clients), Andreas Dietl, Prof. Dr. Christoph von Einem.
Practice: Large range of mostly midsized transactions, frequently with cross-border aspects. Increasingly ?private equity and venture capital. Strong focus on Japan, also thanks to JV with Tokyo office. (Corporate in total: 4 equity partners, 9 salary partners, 12 associates)
Clients: ?? Trigo Group on planned acquisition; Fit Reisen on acquisition of kurz-mal-weg.de; KPIT on acquisition of Ansys; Fuji Machine on share acquisition; Net Mobile on sale of Net-M Privatbank 1891.
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