WILMERHALE

Comment: This respected team in Frankfurt is getting smaller and going through some changes, with plans to rely on its US parent firm to a greater extent in future. First the entire IP and litigation team around well-known partners Reinhart Lange and Dr. Christofer Eggers left for Squire Patton Boggs. Then the leading member of the employment practice, Dr. Holger Thomas, left with his team for Pusch Wahlig. At the same time, WH expanded its litigation practice by bringing Dr. Vanessa Wettner from Hengeler Müller on board. This new partner specializes in civil and capital markets disputes, as well as IP. Litigation work here focuses in part on regulated industries, where one prominent client was Lufthansa. The well-established IT practice is also strong in litigation, esp. for US companies, where there is close cooperation between the Frankfurt and US offices. M&A work has an international focus, although some prominent clients, such as Coop, are based in Germany.
Strengths: Long-standing experience in IP and antitrust.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Kamann (“constructive”, “super fast”, clients; litigation, European law).
Practice: Banking and regulatory, ?state aid, ?compliance, ?commercial litigation and liability, ?antitrust, ?M&A, trademarks and unfair competition, ?corporate, ?IT. (4 partners, 5 counsel, 6 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Facebook on data protection and in various proceedings, e.g. fan websites and Freundefinder (before the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof)); Coop on merger of Edeka and Kaiser’s Tengelmann; Deutsche Lufthansa against follow-on damages claims concerning air freight cartel; Krombacher brewery on damages claims against the sugar cartel (before Cologne Regional Court (Landgericht)); McDonald’s Deutschland ongoing on data protection.
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