KING & SPALDING

Comment: This firm, which is recommended for real estate, continued along its winning course. Clients and competitors praise practice head Leißner for his “outstanding expertise in funds”, which has brought K&S numerous loyal clients, who now also bank on it for transactions. The team thus constantly extended client connections through its specialist expertise, incl. in finance and litigation. This good setup was bolstered by Kaufmann, who advises mainly German banks on financing transactions in the US. The team’s success was demonstrated by the arrival of some notable new clients, among them Hannover Leasing and Tishman Speyer. There was a rise in transaction work, increasingly for non-regulated clients. Hiring a counsel from Clifford Chance last year thus paid off.
Strengths: Investment law, established international network.
Development potential: The team is excellently placed in the increasingly regulated transaction market. But potential lies in gaining new clients away from funds.
Recommended: Mario Leißner (“funds specialist”, client), Dr. Sebastian Kaufmann, Dr. Sven Wortberg (“reliable and friendly”, “competent”, competitors), increasingly: Henning Aufderhaar (“very professional, very meticulous and sound legal expertise”, competitor).
Practice: Advice to investment companies, also investors. Focus on investment law and transactions. Finance, restructuring. Complementary expertise in tax. (5 partners, 4 counsel, 4 associates)
Clients: ?? Tishman Speyer on acquisition of Pressehaus on Alexanderplatz, Berlin; Hannover Leasing on transactions, incl. sale of Colosseo in Frankfurt, and on regulatory law, fund structuring, restructuring and new fund formation; Barings Real Estate on acquisition of Volksbank headquarters, Berlin; Beos on structuring and forming new fund for institutional investors; Bank of Montréal on various transactions in various countries.
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