Comment: A recommended firm for M&A whose practice is closely interwoven with the market-leading ?private equity activity, as shown by a series of portfolio company sales and add-on deals. The partners’ ability to branch into entirely new fields was on show in advice to Piëch family members on selling their shares in Porsche SE. While close connections to south German family businesses, which rarely lead to deal work, are long-established, contacts among other independent firms were consolidated, e.g. in the UK and US. These were a source of far more deals than in previous years. However, this work is almost solely the domain of go-getting partner Thiäner. The firm will need to create a broader basis to capitalize more effectively on the demand for alternatives to large firms.
Strengths: Good contacts to family businesses. Portfolio transactions for PE houses.
Recommended: Dr. Matthias Bruse, Dr. Andrea von Drygalski (“quick reactions, assertive”, competitor), Philipp von Braunschweig, Otto Haberstock, Dr. Georg Greitemann (“excellent and very capable”, competitor), Jens Hörmann, Dr. Michael Inhester (“strong negotiator, entrepreneurial-minded”, “quick, intelligent, competent”, competitors), Dr. Frank Thiäner (“excellent, deal-oriented negotiating style”, competitor).
Practice: Transactional advice to both acquirers and sellers, esp. in the ?private equity and venture capital sector, as well as large private investors, shareholders, institutional investors (insurers, trusts) and investment banks. Also ?company succession and trusts. (13 partners, 4 counsel, 19 associates)
Clients: ?? Deutsche Leasing on acquisition of 53 percent share in Deutsche Factoring Bank; Beko senior shareholder on investment by Pro7Sat.1 Group and General Atlantic; Nanogate on acquisition of 75 percent share in Walter Goletz; Adcuram on sale of share in Hennecke Group; VTC Group on acquisition of offshore installation division of Bilfinger.
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