Comment: This practice recommended for M&A is having an eventful time. On the plus side, the firm handled its biggest deal ever – the sale of Wirtgen to US corporate John Deere, where FGS demonstrated everything that sets it apart: excellent interdisciplinary cooperation and its use of the Taxand alliance internationally, esp. in tax law. The firm also entered the (PE) mid-cap market with the arrival of partner and former King & Wood Mallesons lawyer Dr. Martin Brockhausen in Munich, along with funds/tax structuring expert Christian Schatz. On the downside, the spinoff around partners Dr. Helder Schnittker and Dr. Peter Möllmann and with them two salary partners (Dr. Stephan Bank, Dr. Benjamin Ullrich), who were strong in deals, tore a hole in the transaction team, which was already struggling more in pure M&A work than corporate. It is now up to Oltmanns in Berlin to fly the M&A flag.
Strengths: Combination of ?tax and ?corporate.
Recommended: Dr. Stephan Göckeler, Dr. Martin Oltmanns, Dr. Lambertus Fuhrmann, Dr. Michael Erkens, Dr. Dieter Leuering.
Practice: Public and private M&A, often with tax elements. Strong activity for Mittelstand and family businesses, family offices, also ?private equity and venture capital, mainly in Berlin (for investors, sellers and management). (Corporate in total: 13 equity partners, 12 salary partners, 25 associates)
Clients: ?? Wirtgen Group on €4.4bn sale to Deere & Company; Benteler International on sale of global engineering division to Altran; KAP/Daun & Cie. on divestment from Carlyle; Airplane Equipment & Service on sale to Aurelius; EQT as bidder for ProXes.
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