TAYLOR WESSING

Comment: Recommended corporate litigation practice which attracts instructions through the broad setup of its corporate practice. Similar to CMS, Taylor Wessing is able to reckon with a high level of market penetration here, esp. after closing a gap in its Berlin litigation practice recently with new additions from Squire Patton Boggs. The practice grew overall, however almost all of the five partner appointments in the litigation team are more focused on commercial matters. Furthermore, partner Dr. Andreas Wirth, who is specialized in corporate litigation and compliance, recently left the firm to start his own business. However, the team headed up by Düsseldorf lawyer Kranz is in itself a center of competence for D&O liability matters. Recent highlights include representing former Sal. Oppenheim shareholder Jansen in the defense against claims filed by the Arcandor insolvency administrator. Alongside companies, a number of insolvency administrators also count among the firm’s clients.
Strengths: Broad corporate practice with a number of contacts to companies, shareholders, insolvency administrators, banks and investors.
Recommended: Dr. Dietrich Max, Olaf Kranz, Dr. Dirk Lorenz.
Practice: Litigation arising from ?corporate (legal challenges, approval proceedings and shareholder disputes) for notable family businesses, also limited-liability companies and increasingly members of decision-making bodies. The Hamburg office provides mediation in corporate litigation. High-volume commercial litigation and liability work. (Corporate: 57 partners, 43 associates; dispute resolution: 13 partners, 14 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Former Sal. Oppenheim shareholder Jansen against Schickedanz and Tönnies Holding on repayment of tax revenues following the transfer of shareholder status to R. Tönnies; Pfleiderer on claims for damages arising out of D&O liability.
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