Comment: This firm recommended for M&A made strides on several levels. Traditionally known for advice to the German Mittelstand, BB has now branched into the startup scene, which should secure a future deal flow for the young partner generation. One accomplishment in this respect was advice for the first time to fintech fund Digital Space Ventures. The M&A practice profited again from deals with a Chinese element, e.g. for new client Tianjin Keyvia Electric. Work for Bosch shows how BB is still firmly rooted among German industrial companies.
Strengths: Pronounced Chinese expertise, numerous country desks.
Development potential: The new practice management is pressing ahead with a focus on individual sectors. Strategically concentrating on fewer sectors could help to sharpen the practice’s profile.
Recommended: Dr. Christof Aha, Dr. Guido Krüger, Dr. Axel Goetz (“excellent advisor and litigator”, “very good at working with clients”, “excellent”, competitors), Dr. Christian von Wistinghausen.
Practice: German and cross-border transactions for Mittelstand companies, industrial corporates, financial services providers and high-net-worth private clients. Internal integration with ?company succession and trusts, restructuring and corporate rescue, banking, ?media and ?IT. Focus on the automotive, healthcare, energy, media and real estate sectors. Close cooperation with the firm’s accounting department. (11 equity partners, 19 salary partners, 10 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Digital Space Ventures on acquisition of minority stake in Cashboard; Tianjin Keyvia Electric on acquisition of 2 German subsidiaries of Balfour Beatty Group; Megatech Industries on takeover of all shares in Boshoku Automotive Europe and various Toyota Group subsidiaries; Bosch Rexroth on sale of all shares of Bosch Rexroth Monitoring Systems; Vitrulan Group shareholder on sale of shares to Adcuram.
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