DLA PIPER

Comment: Highly recommended firm in corporate that has long been known for the stock corporation law and AGM practice of Meyer-Landrut and Schnabel, but is increasingly taking on high-margin work, e.g. in restructuring. The corporate lawyers often advise in concert with the ?employment practice. DLA’s huge international network plays a significant role; the firm is a natural choice when it comes to cross-border joint ventures in the industrial sector. DLA seems to be approaching its goal of gaining further footing among German companies. The client list in the D&O field, incl. financial service providers, would astound many competitors. The driver here has been the compliance practice, which works intensively with the teams in ?white collar crime and litigation. With its focus on the insurance sector, DLA is more than capable of challenging the market leaders.
Strengths: Highly specialized in stock corporation law (squeeze-outs). Advice on the interface with corporate, ?compliance and ?corporate litigation.
Development potential: Bank regulatory law is an obvious gap in the firm’s palette; filling it could help it gain a stronger position in the Frankfurt bank sector.
Recommended: Dr. Andreas Meyer-Landrut, Kerstin Schnabel, Dr. Nils Krause, Dr. Jörg Paura (“highly experienced”, competitor), Dr. Benjamin Parameswaran (“more than just a transaction lawyer”, competitor).
Practice: Focus on stock corporation law, advice on restructuring, changes of legal form and mergers. Also D&O liability issues, ?litigation and liability, increased contacts in ?insurance. AGMs. (Corporate in total: 15 partners, 4 counsel, 22 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Qualcomm on JV with TDK; Bancobet on consolidation of business operations with Digibet Group; Otto-Krahn Group/Albis Plastic on JVs with William Barnet & Son; Lufthansa on JV with MTU Aero Engines (public knowledge); BayernLB on D&O claims against former executive and administrative board members concerning Hypo Alpe Adria.
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