MORGAN LEWIS & BOCKIUS

Comment: This firm is recommended in Frankfurt and is best known for its M&A practice and its competence in antitrust. The M&A practice did some high-profile work for BASF in connection with the purchase of Chemetall. MLB emphasized the significance of the antitrust practice through a partner promotion. However, the firm also lost long-standing antitrust partner Dr. Jürgen Beninca to Jones Day. Other staff changes include the departure of a corporate partner last year and the arrival of a lawyer from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a partner at MLB. He will reinforce the M&A and private equity practices. The notary office is no longer extant, as the entire team has left for Görg. The firm now relies on external notaries when necessary and the loss has not significantly damaged the practice.
Strengths: Takeover law, antitrust.
Recommended: Dr. Christian Zschocke (antitrust/corporate), Jörg Siegels (tax/corporate).
Practice: ?M&A (esp. in the network), all-round advice on ?corporate, banking and finance, antitrust, employment, tax, litigation. (6 partners, 2 counsel, 14 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? BASF on purchase of Chemetall; Dyckerhoff in connection with repeated suit for damages from Cartel Damages Claims S.A. against HeidelbergCement; Dutch industrial company on debt financing; drug manufacturer on downsizing; medical products manufacturer on dismissal protection and damages claims.
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