WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER

Comment: This firm highly recommended for M&A has been involved for significant clients on large deals, even if few have come to completion. It is on the one hand the consequence of Linde’s rise to be one of the most highly rated M&A lawyers in the market, but on the other, there is a risk that such a small practice may be unlucky in bids. There are signs that with Schwab, Linde has an able lieutenant emerging. The ?private equity practice is carried by Schmidt and generates a considerable volume of portfolio transactions and exits. The past year also saw the first substantial work for family offices – an interesting field for the future.
Strengths: Strong reputation for deal management. Integrated practice with the New York office.
Recommended: Mario Schmidt, Georg Linde (“very experienced, solution-focused, entrepreneurial-minded”, competitor), Dr. Stefan Jörgens, Dr. Axel Wahl, Dr. Maximilian Schwab.
Practice: Very active M&A practice for industrial clients, strong focus on ?private equity and venture capital (thus much exit work). (5 partners, 12 associates)
Clients: ?? Waterland on sale of Casino Royal to Novomatic; international chain of radiology practices on planned acquisition of 15 practices in the Ruhr Valley.
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