Glade Michel Wirtz

Comment: It was already some years ago that this firm recommended for M&A made the breakthrough with its first large-cap transaction for ZF Friedrichshafen. Glade thus proved his ability to play a part in major deals. Work for long-time client Haniel, however, was now on the interface between JVs and M&A. Activity in the (ultimately broken) Aixtron deal showed that GMW is one of few smaller firms engaged for large public takeovers. Glade is by far the best-known name, but GMW boasts a solid team and is actively building up a counsel level to guarantee good deal handling.
Strengths: Public takeovers.
Development potential: The practice size is hindering the firm in growing its profile and means GMW can only occasionally play a part in major deals. It will need to grow if it wants to make further strides.
Recommended: Dr. Achim Glade (“vast expertise and negotiating skills”, client), Dr. Marco Sustmann, counsel Dr. Jan Hermes (“has the deal well under control”, competitor).
Practice: German and international companies from all sectors, increasingly DAX corporates. Close cooperation with the ?corporate and ?antitrust practices. (Corporate in total: 5 partners, 2 counsel, 7 associates)
Clients: ?? AHG on sale of hospital business to Waterland; Spirax-Sarco on acquisition of Flowserve’s Gestra division; Qiagen on acquisition of Adnagen; Fujian on planned acquisition of Aixtron; Haniel regarding JV between CWS-Boco and Rentokil.
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