FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER

Comment: This leading firm for financial restructuring and corporate rescue played a pivotal role in most major restructuring cases. These included Air Berlin, the German companies of airbag manufacturer Takata, outdoor outfitter Jack Wolfskin and (due to the team’s strong Hamburg roots) various maritime corporate rescue cases, not only through the work for HSH. FBD is expanding its international restructuring expertise, e.g. raising its headcount in New York. German competitors are noting how FBD’s older corporate lawyers with a restructuring background are gradually becoming less visible, but praise Wilkens’ financing expertise in Frankfurt.
Strengths: Interdisciplinary know-how, esp. between restructuring and capital markets; close international cooperation.
Recommended: Dr. Lars Westpfahl, Dr. Franz Aleth, Prof. Dr. Christoph Seibt, Jochen Wilkens (“spot-on solutions”, “good negotiation management”, competitors).
Practice: Advice to various creditors on activity in crises (funds, credit institutes and investment banks, ?bank lending and acquisition finance), as well as advice to borrowers and shareholders on their shares during crisis situations and insolvency. Close cooperation with capital markets, ?M&A, ?corporate and tax. (15 partners, 30 associates)
Clients: ?? Air Berlin on planned restructuring; Takata Group on restructuring and planned sale; Jack Wolfskin on restructuring and change of owner; Korean shipping company Hanjin on attempted international restructuring; Bartec Group on refinancing.
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