Arnold & Porter KAYE SCHOLER

Comment: A recommended firm in Frankfurt, which is profiting from its 2017 merger with US firm Arnold Porter, esp. the connection to its European offices in London and Brussels. Those offices focus on dispute resolution and antitrust, which complements the strengths of the Frankfurt office (credit financing, M&A, litigation, antitrust). One example of the intensive cooperation between offices and practices is its advice to the OSI Group, handled by a team of lawyers from Frankfurt, NY, London and Brussels. International colleagues cooperate with the Frankfurt team on cross-border transactions. Corporate advice is esp. influenced by Mittelstand clients. One highlight was the representation of a group of institutional investors against Volkswagen in connection with the diesel scandal.
Strengths: Credit financing; advice to the pharma industry.
Recommended: Dr. Annette Bödeker (corporate), Ingrid Kalisch (“outstanding lawyer with great understanding of business”, client), Sandra Pfister (both financing), Wolfgang Leip (patents), Dr. Michael Weigel (litigation).
Practice: Patents, ?litigation and liability, acquisition and project financing. Also tax, corporate, ?M&A, private equity and venture capital, employment, pharma, ?antitrust. Clients: mainly German Mittelstand and large international companies (chemical, pharma, IT industries) and large international banks. (10 partners, 1 counsel, 10 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? EQT Mid Market on purchase of Dorner Holding; Zinsser Analytic and ILS Innovative Laborsysteme on sale to Gardner Denver Thomas; OSI Group on purchase of Flagship Europe incl. merger controls and IP; Veeva Systems on purchase of Zinc Ahead; Bird & Bird on defense against damages claims.
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