GRAF VON WESTPHALEN

Comment: This firm recommended for M&A is gradually taking its work to the next level. International activity now features more heavily, esp. via the strong Shanghai office. But clients from the UK and US regularly trust in the M&A team’s expertise too. For core clients (high-end German Mittelstand), the firm handles an impressive number of small and mid-cap deals. The basis of GvW’s success is the greater interdisciplinary and interoffice cooperation throughout the firm that it has been pushing for a few years. The staff situation was unsettled: Dr. Markus Rasner (from GSK Stockmann) and Till Liebau (from CMS) went to Oppenhoff having only joined last year.
Strengths: Midsized transactions, often with an international element. Strong China desk.
Recommended: Christian Mayer-Gießen, Dr. Ritesh Rajani, Eric Messenzehl, Dr. Markus Sachslehner.
Practice: Focus on mid-cap M&A for Mittelstand clients with much cross-border work. Office in Shanghai. (15 equity partners, 2 salary partners, 12 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Barnes Group on acquisition of shares; Concardis on sale of shares to PE investors; Tacton Systems on acquisition of Lumo Graphics; Turkish Aerospace Industries on acquisition of aircraft supplier; Jiangsu Olive Sensors High-Tech on investment in German company.
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Graf von Westphalen Partnerschaftsgesellschaft10117 Berlin
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