OPPENHOFF & PARTNER

Comment: In this recommended M&A practice, the young partners are playing a growing role. Schilling advised Burda publishing for the first time and continued her advice to Evonik, this time in a deal with a Canadian element. Baars’ South America practice has flourished for years. Senior partners like Koerfer are still active, but it is the work of Meißner in Frankfurt, like that of Schilling and Baars, that is key for the future. The practice welcomed Dr. Markus Rasner and Till Liebau in Frankfurt from Graf von Westphalen. They got off to a good start with a transaction for SGL.
Strengths: Cross-border transactions, esp. for foreign investors. Contacts to high-net-worth industrial families and the defense industry.
Recommended: Rolf Koerfer, Dr. Stephan König, Dr. Harald Gesell, Dr. Peter Etzbach, Michael Abels (esp. defense industry), Ronald Meißner (“constructive cooperation”, competitor; “in touch with practice”, client), Myriam Schilling, Alf Baars (“very pleasant, solution-oriented”, competitor).
Practice: Long tradition of advice to international investors on activities in Germany. Also transactional advice concerning ?tax, antitrust and ?employment. Increase in network activity with independent international firms. (15 equity partners, 3 salary partners, 7 associates)
Clients: ?? Burda publishing on sale of Güll Group; Gamigo on takeover of online and mobile games business of Pro7Sat.1; Evonik on acquisition of Canadian Transferra Nanosciences; SGL Group on sale of CFL/CE business to Triton; ongoing advice to Deutsche Post, incl. on sale of Postbus and Optivo.
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