Comment: With its head office in Münster, this respected Westfalen firm works in an all-round capacity for its primarily Mittelstand client base. It advises both regionally rooted and nationally operating companies in fields ranging from corporate to construction and employment through to unfair competition. Work done for clients in the Netherlands, which AF advises from its Rheine office, continues to attract attention for all the right reasons. The practice recently bolstered its ranks here by hiring an experienced associate who moved from a firm specializing in Dutch legal matters. The outfit also has an insolvency practice in Emsdetten that regularly generates business.
Strengths: Corporate advice with an international focus, esp. on the interface with Dutch law. Insolvency administration.
Development potential: The large number of partners provides an opportunity for the firm to strengthen its internal network and consequently increase its visibility in the market. Competitors such as Brandi, which also have a large number of partners, are way ahead here.
Practice: All-round advice on corporate (restructuring and transactions up to €50m, incl. notary advice), company succession (specialty in inheritance law); also commercial, construction, employment and administrative law. IP and tax criminal law. Advice on international activities, esp. in the Netherlands. Insolvency administration, also insolvency-related advice on a smaller scale for companies and creditors. Clients: mainly high-end Mittelstand companies from Westfalen, also banks, municipalities and several major companies. (23 equity partners, 2 salary partners, 18 associates)
Clients: ?? Insolvency advice: ISC Münster, Carl Mussweiler Glashandelsgesellschaft, Borghorster Frottierweberei Reygers. Ongoing corporate advice to nationally active clothing retailer; family-run company on corporate restructuring and JVs.
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