BRANDI

Comment: This highly recommended firm in east Westfalen has not one but five offices in the region. With this setup, Brandi seeks to be as close as possible to its client base, which is deeply rooted in the local Mittelstand and among family companies. This is reflected above all in instructions handled by the corporate practice, with its striking diversity of companies from various industries which Brandi assists on an ongoing basis, not only in corporate but also in transactions. Driving such industrial diversity is the extensive notary office, which is present at all offices and deals with a mixture of corporate, real estate and succession law, often generating follow-up instructions for the lawyers. Besides the regional focus, instructions increasingly feature international elements, mainly thanks to the firm’s affiliation with the Pangea network. This explains how Brandi found itself handling an inbound instruction in the field of M&A alongside its existing outbound work, e.g. in IP. Work in public law continues to be far-reaching, with the firm often advising regional companies and municipalities on environmental and planning law besides energy and public procurement topics. Work related to environmental law is still esp. strong in criminal cases, where the partners collaborate closely with the firm’s newest office in Hanover ( ?Niedersachsen), which specializes in white collar crime.
Strengths: International corporate advice, esp. through the international Pangea network. In-depth specialty in employment and public law ( ?environmental and planning law).
Recommended: Dr. Jörg König (rent law, IP), Dr. Franz Tepper (corporate/tax), Dr. Bernhard König (corporate), Prof. Dr. Martin Dippel, Dr. Nils Gronemeyer (both public law), Dr. Hans-Jürgen Hiekel (employment), Dr. Kevin Kruse (IP/IT).
Practice: All-round advice, often as an outsourced legal department. Focus on ?corporate and tax (structuring, company succession, transactions), real estate and construction, also strong notary office. Highly international commercial and distribution activity. Strong pillar in public law ( ?environmental and planning law). Employment, ?M&A, trademarks and unfair competition. In Hanover also white collar crime. Clients: renowned Mittelstand companies, incl. owner-run companies from various industries, wholesale chains and charities, also across Germany. Interoffice competence groups, incl. compliance. (42 partners, 26 associates)
Clients: ?? Miele Venture Capital on acquisition of minority interest as strategic investor; Dr. Matthias Fockele on sale of shares to DMG Mori; ongoing corporate advice to Claas Group. Public law: Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe on site protection measures concerning paper mill.
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