Comment: A firm recommended in M&A, which has undergone a period of consolidation after the rebooting of its practice last year. The firm enjoyed a breakthrough with large Chinese investors in early 2016 but was not able to repeat that. Instead there was a steady flow of mid-cap deals (e.g. Smaato) from both Asia (where MB has one of the largest and longest-established practices) and its US homeland where there is a huge industrial client base (e.g. Generac). It is well known in the market that the firm is advising on the sale of IKB in an auction: using that high-profile deal to gain further market shares will be the challenge. The vastly increased standing of the ?private equity practice is also already providing exit work, e.g. Star Capital on the sale of Blohm+Voss. One interesting new area has been the advice to M&A insurers on deals.
Strengths: Global network with offices in Asia.
Recommended: Dr. Klaus Riehmer, Dr. Marco Wilhelm (esp. distressed M&A), Dr. Julian Lemor (“superb knowledge, very good French/English skills”, competitor), Dr. Joachim Modlich, Birgit Hübscher-Alt, Dr. André Schwanna (“well versed in banking-related M&A, good approach to advice”, client), Carsten Flaßhoff (“hands-on, great to work with”, client).
Practice: International practice characterized by an industrial client base. Focus on investing foreign industrial corporates. (Corporate: 10 partners, 4 counsel, plus associates)
Clients: ?? Star Capital on sale of Blohm+Voss to Lürssen; Generac Power on acquisition of Motortech; Spearhead Integrated Marketing on acquisition of Smaato; Wells Fargo on German law aspects of acquisition of GE Capital units; Avedon on sale of Tesch Inkasso Group.
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