Comment: One of the leading firms in the Ruhr Valley, Aderhold has further strengthened its ties to the regional Mittelstand, esp. in corporate advice. Beyond the region, the Dortmund-based lawyers also advise on litigious instructions that have heads turning on the national level, as reflected in the firm’s litigation work for Signal Iduna against real estate developer Anno Jagdfeld (public knowledge). The transaction business has picked up pace once again in Dortmund following the departure of a Düsseldorf-based M&A partner a year and a half ago: the Dortmund team is now more closely involved in transactions, which emerge from the strong restructuring practice in the Rheinland. As with the Kettler instruction the previous year, this meant the Dortmund office got to work on instructions for Kik, Tedi and Woolworth together with other offices. The firm remains as talented as ever in advice on banking and bank regulatory law, where the Dortmund partners have primarily been active in corporate finance matters and various lawsuits.
Strengths: Nationally active team in banking and finance, very respected arbitration practice, corporate rescue advice.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Lutz Aderhold (corporate, arbitration proceedings), Jürgen Schemann (stock corporation law and capital markets), Dr. Gunther Lehleiter (banking).
Practice: Focus on ?corporate (incl. financing matters), as well as restructuring and corporate rescue. Also M&A, besides litigation on the national level ( ?commercial litigation and liability) in banking, often features in corporate arbitration proceedings and litigation. Extensive ?banking and bank regulatory law. Clients: high-end regional Mittelstand, many nationwide clients. (7 equity partners, 2 salary partners, 6 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Signal Iduna in litigation against Anno Jagdfeld; Kik, Tedi, Woolworth on acquisition of 200 store spaces from Charles Vögele; HR Group on sale of shoe chain Reno; Kettler Group on restructuring and continued financing; ongoing advice to Borussia Dortmund and Hahn Immobilien on stock corporation and capital markets law.
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