PAUL HASTINGS

Comment: This recommended office in Frankfurt has an impressive track record for its size. For private equity clients, it showed an increase in closed deals. The best known corporate lawyers are partners Engelstädter and Wolff, the latter was praised by a client for his “ability to evaluate a situation, even beyond legal issues”. The arrival of Meyer-Witting (formerly of Clifford Chance) also gave rise to more transaction work. In addition to funds and stock corporations, the client base includes numerous industrial companies. PH benefited from cooperation with the international offices, esp. in Asia. One example is the long-term relationship with client Samsung, which was recently advised on its takeover of the audio-electronics manufacturer Harman. On the other hand, less business came in from the US offices. Dr. Karl Balz’s departure for the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority did not negatively affect the M&A practice.
Strengths: Distressed M&A, financing, incl. real estate transactions.
Recommended: Dr. Christopher Wolff (“very competent”, client; corporate/finance), Dr. Regina Engelstädter (“very confident and a strong negotiator”, competitor; corporate), Dr. Bernd Meyer-Witting (“great experience in transactions, excellent legal knowledge”, competitor; corporate)
Practice: Corporate, ?M&A, ?private equity and venture capital, structured financing, restructuring, tax, real estate, banking and finance (incl. project financing). (6 partners, 1 counsel, 6 associates)
Clients: ?? Samsung on purchase of Harman; Dexcom on purchase of Nintamed; Filtration Group on purchase of Porous Technologies Business; Helaba on project financing; Fujian Grand Chip on public takeover bid for Aixtron.
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