Comment: This recommended M&A practice, whose change in direction could be already seen last year, advises an unprecedented strong flow of work from the Far East offices. The change in culture is noticeable with the first signs that a Europe-wide sector approach can pay dividends. Sacher continues to work on significant private M&A transactions for major German corporations, advising SAP for the first time. The growth of the M&A partnership in Germany is allowing a degree of specialization not seen for some years at Ashurst: Von Schorlemer is increasingly active in energy deals (esp. renewable) while Eyring can focus more strongly on public takeovers. The two younger partners also have a noticeable focus on ?private equity, in particular real-estate transactions.
Strengths: Strong Asia practice.
Recommended: Dr. Benedikt Frhr. von Schorlemer, Dr. Thomas Sacher, Reinhard Eyring (“level-headed, solution- and service-oriented negotiator”, competitor).
Practice: Midsized to large-volume transactions, incl. specialty in real estate transactions; also ?private equity. (5 partners, 4 counsel, 5 associates)
Clients: ?? Biotest on sale to Creat; Itochu consortium on acquisition of 22.5 percent share in Butendiek offshore wind farm; SAP on acquisition of Fedem Technology; Argo Hytos Group regarding investment by Capcellence; Modern Times Group on acquisition of 35 percent share in InnoGames.
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