JONES DAY

Comment: The strength of this highly recommended M&A practice traditionally lies in international transaction work, as confirmed once again, be it in work for US clients like Materion and Lincoln Electric, regular German clients like Mahle, or a number of notable new clients. The team is also seen in public takeovers now: it was unlikely to have been sought out for a project like GfK/KKR a few years ago. Besides transatlantic deals, transactions with an Asian (esp. Chinese) element are now an established pillar of M&A work. JD successfully broadened its sector specialties: last year’s new addition Henrich already brought her energy expertise profitably into play.
Strengths: Global reach with an exceptionally strong US practice.
Development potential: Visibility is limited by the relatively small associate team. Although major instructions like the diesel scandal investigation at VW are hardly the rule, they do come at the expense of the M&A track record because of the high amount of partner input. A more solid associate base could help.
Recommended: Ansgar Rempp, Sandra-Christine Kamper, Ivo Posluschny, Adriane Sturm, Dr. Ulrich Brauer, Johannes Perlitt, Dr. Philipp Grzimek, Dr. Kerstin Henrich (“capable, service mentality, focuses on the essentials, considers the business aspects and does not overdo it in her billing”, client).
Practice: Many cross-border transactions with US, European and increasingly Asian elements; domestic work for German corporates. (17 partners, 6 counsel, 10 associates, 4 of counsel)
Clients: ?? GfK on takeover bid by KKR; Mahle on sale of industrial filtration division and forging operations; Total on sale of Atotech; Ogel on takeover bid for Biotest by Creat Group; Pandox on acquisition of hotel portfolio.
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