KIRKLAND & ELLIS

Comment: The German office of this recommended M&A practice has undergone a huge transformation. On the one hand, it lost the founding partner in Germany, Volker Kullmann, who left with his team to join Sidley Austin. However, last year’s recruitment of Herfs and Kirchner has already made a huge difference. With the former, K&E now has one of the most experienced takeover lawyers in the market (the value of whom was seen in the acquisition of Stada). The arrival of Herfs also led to interesting referral work out of the London office, e.g. the advice of Chinese client Creat. The fact that K&E offices are now working more closely together could also be seen by its ability to export a key client such as Siemens for a deal in the US. The excellent new start needs to be backed up with some alacrity with further recruitment since a good part of the lower and middle ranks is also no longer at the firm.
Strengths: Public takeovers; immense US practice.
Recommended: Dr. Jörg Kirchner (“extremely experienced, very analytical”, competitor), Dr. Achim Herfs, Dr. Benjamin Leyendecker-Langner (“manages large teams with experience and an eye on what is important”, competitor).
Practice: Traditionally strong ?private equity client base. Also advice to strategic investors and German corporates abroad. (5 partners, 6 associates)
Clients: ?? Creat on acquisition of Biotest; major shareholders of IVG Immobilien on sale of Office First to Blackstone; Siemens on bidding procedure in US; WL Ross on planned acquisition of Performance Products division from SGL Carbon.
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