Comment: Recommended firm for M&A, which has over the past few years seen in particular the ?private equity part of its transactional work grow rapidly, with a high proportion of partners serving both financial and strategic investors. The arrival of Dr. Christoph Brenner (from King & Wood) in the Munich office has further deepened relations to the former, also allowing Schmid in Munich and the Düsseldorf office to explore opportunities in the network more thoroughly. Duys worked on a number of deals from Japan, Nolting-Hauff from China. It was not all one-way traffic: Duys exported a major German client for deals in China. The improvement in network deals has become an important aspect of Orrick’s international corporate practice thanks to the strengthening of the European offices: Paris and Milan now play an important role, something unthinkable a few years ago.
Strengths: ?Private equity; highly regarded individual partners.
Recommended: Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff (“nuanced thinker, pragmatic”, competitor), Dr. Oliver Duys (“more than just a good deal lawyer, can solve difficult problems”, competitor), Dr. Thomas Schmid, Dr. Stefan Weinheimer, Dr. Jörg Ritter.
Practice: Primarily midsized transactions, traditionally much cross-border activity. Increasingly ?private equity. (8 equity partners, 3 salary partners, 2 counsel, 12 associates)
Clients: ?? Aaron Hotels & Hostels on sale of shares in A&O Hotels; AB Fagerhult on takeover of WE-EF Group; Hella KGaA Hueck on sale of Special Applications division; Kai Burkhard/Sebastian Birwe on sale of shares in Markenloft; Nitto Denko on acquisition of Nolax’s airbag business.
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