Comment: Recommended firm from Münster described by one competitor as a “well-established outfit that has successfully overcome the generation change”. Younger partners are building up business, esp. in corporate and M&A transactions. This is reflected in the assistance provided to various real estate owners on a sale to investment companies. In this respect, the firm is predominantly active for large Mittelstand clients from within the region and across Germany. The notary office continues to be an important pillar at HLW, generating follow-up instructions in practice groups such as corporate and construction. Moreover, work in customs law and export controls is progressing rather impressively. Young partner Dr. Nils Harnischmacher joined forces with experienced associate Ovie here, driving business forward, and advised clients such as Mahle and Betek. Two partner appointments in employment round off the firm’s positive development.
Strengths: Corporate, litigation, esp. in the banking sector. Customs and trade law.
Development potential: The individual practices are evolving well; however, they still act largely independently. The comprehensive work for regular client Remondis, which sees lawyers from the corporate practice pulling together with those from customs and trade as well as IP, could serve as a blueprint for other instructions.
Recommended: Dr. Christoph Harnischmacher (corporate), Dr. Jörg Bonke (banking, civil law), Dr. Nils Harnischmacher (“highly competent and pleasant”, competitor), younger lawyer: Dr. Talke Ovie (both customs and trade).
Practice: Focus on corporate (litigation and advice), esp. restructuring, sales, MBOs and company succession. Also employment (esp. collective) and insurance. Insolvency and corporate rescue advice in close cooperation with insolvency administrators. Commercial and tax criminal law besides customs and trade. Clients: mainly regional Mittelstand, nationwide litigation. Banking advice to savings banks and cooperative banks. (11 equity partners, 14 associates)
Clients: ?? Ongoing advice to Remondis on corporate, employment, compliance and IP; Mahle on export controls; Caldic in excise law; ongoing corporate advice to Münster public utilities; R+V Versicherung on insurance law.
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