Comment: This recommended practice for litigation and arbitration is highly sought after thanks to its unique position as corporate advisor to executive and supervisory boards, also in D&O liability disputes. SZA is therefore benefiting from the trend towards increasingly harsh liability regulations in companies more than many competitors. One example of advice here is Löbbe’s work for BayernLB in demands for damages against two former members of the administrative board following the loss-making Hypo Alpe Adria deal. The creation of a capital markets practice in Frankfurt right before the VW diesel scandal hit the headlines proved to be a strategic stroke of luck: SZA now coordinates the defense of around 1,600 investor claims with a large team concentrated around Markus Pfüller. Cartel damages are emerging as another growth field: due to the strong profile of its ?antitrust practice, SZA is often instructed by cartel members being sued in monetary fine proceedings. Litigation expert Liebscher is usually called upon here. The appointment of Dr. Stefan Zeyher to partner and two litigators to counsel underlines the positive development of the practice.
Recommended: Dr. Thomas Liebscher (“strong when it comes to asserting corporate claims”, competitor), Prof. Dr. Jochem Reichert (“profound knowledge of corporate law, perfect for post-M&A disputes”, competitor), Dr. Marc Löbbe (“superb specialist in stock corporation law”, competitor).
Practice: Focus on ?corporate litigation incl. stock corporation law and compliance, also D&O liability. Disputes related to capital markets and insolvency. Post-M&A disputes, esp. arbitration. (12 partners, 3 counsel, 25 associates)
Clients: ?? BayernLB on damages against former member of the board concerning acquisition of Hypo Alpe Adria; majority shareholder in shareholder dispute concerning Mannheimer Morgen newspaper against BWK and Medien Union Ludwigshafen; VW in defense against investor claims related to diesel scandal (regional and higher regional courts); Vossloh in defense against damages in rail cartel and internal recourse claims against fellow members of the cartel; former HRE executive Heide-Ottosen and former member of the supervisory board Kolbeck, also as third party defendant in investor model case proceedings.
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