Comment: This recommended M&A practice has its roots in advice to larger Mittelstand companies. With ten offices in Germany, Luther boasts strong regional ties and is a top dog in the mid-cap segment in cities like Leipzig or Hanover. Some individual teams, e.g. energy in Düsseldorf, are increasingly becoming standout practices, while some partners are consistently improving their market position. The firm also advised on high-volume deals, e.g. the acquisition of Jordgas Transport for Open Grid Europe. Asian inbound and outbound work is steady: this is driven by strong local offices (esp. Singapore); Luther is also a predestined advisor, considering Chinese investors’ growing interest in the German Mittelstand. In Munich, the firm built up PE activity with Dr. Christian Rodorff from King & Wood; Berlin welcomed Dr. Christian Horn from K&L Gates. The strong Cologne office, however, lost a team around long-time managing partner Dr. Stefan Kraus and partner Dr. Hermann Knott, who opened an office for Andersen.
Strengths: Strong roots in all regions of Germany. Advice to the public sector and the Mittelstand with a strong international element. Successful offices in Singapore and China.
Development potential: Luther is making steady headway in its traditionally strong energy, healthcare, real estate and public sector practices and is landing top-level work. The M&A practice must keep up and be a part of this development through strategic cooperation with the other teams if it wants to remain relevant within the firm.
Recommended: Dr. Axel Zitzmann, Dr. Carsten Beisheim, Dr. Thomas Kuhnle, Thomas Weidlich, Dr. Ulrich Philippi (“sound and client-focused style of working, easily comprehensible statements and recommendations”, client), Detlev Stoecker, Dr. Klaus Schaffner, Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Hahn, Dr. Andreas Kloyer, Dr. Andreas Blunk (“the transaction with him ran smoothly, lots of ideas and a willingness to think innovatively”, competitor), Dr. Stefan Galla (“flexible, but always very precise”, client).
Practice: All offices advise on ?corporate and M&A. Düsseldorf focuses on energy, Essen and Stuttgart on the Mittelstand. At international level, good cooperation with international offices (esp. Singapore) and befriended firms. (28 partners, 33 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Eneco on acquisition of Lichtblick; Open Grid Europe on acquisition of Jordgas Transport; Chinese Chongqing Zaishend Technology on investment in German technology company; Snap-On on acquisition of Ca-O-Liner Group; Ruland on sale of specialist clinic.
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