Comment: This highly recommended firm in corporate litigation recently attracted a highlight instruction in the capital market disputes forming part of the VW diesel scandal. Its first-class clients emerge from the firm’s excellent contacts to the management floors of large DAX companies and family businesses. It is no secret that SZA has ties to Deutsche Bank, for example. The firm has gathered a great deal of experience in highly complex litigation matters – esp. as it is generally able to advise executive and supervisory bodies without risking conflicts of interest. This also explains why the firm is often called upon for a second opinion in the growth area of D&O liability.
Strengths: Outstanding contacts to family businesses; stock corporation law and capital markets. The ?corporate lawyers boast vast litigation experience.
Recommended: Dr. Thomas Liebscher, Dr. Jochem Reichert, Dr. Marc Löbbe, Christian Gehling, Markus Pfüller.
Practice: Notable DAX corporates/listed stock corporations on disputes related to stock corporation law and capital markets, frequently from ongoing advice; also conflict advice to large Mittelstand business partnerships and family businesses on all types of corporate and shareholder disputes. Also ?commercial litigation and liability. Clients include many high-net-worth individuals ( ?company succession and trusts). Advice and litigation for members of decision-making bodies. (Dispute resolution: 11 partners, 1 counsel, 30 associates, 2 of counsel)
Clients: ?? VW in over 1,500 investor claims and proceedings under the Capital Markets Test Case Act concerning the breach of public disclosure duties in the diesel scandal on a global level with the exception of USA and Canada (regional and higher regional courts); BayernLB in claim against former chairman of the administrative board concerning the acquisition of Hypo Group Alpe Adria; majority shareholder of Dr. Haas Group (Mannheimer Morgen) in dispute with private equity investor BWK and Medien Union Ludwigshafen, incl. assertion of corporate claims concerning the authority of the shareholder’s meeting at a limited liability company to issue directions to the managers; Jürgen Großmann against a claim filed by Rustenburg concerning failed joint venture with RWE; public knowledge: Deutsche Bank supervisory board on special audit.
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