CURTIS MALLET-PREVOST COLT & MOSLE

Comment: This respected firm in Frankfurt is regrouping in its corporate practice after losing one of its most prominent partners, Dr. Thilo Winkeler, to K&L Gates. A counsel specializing in cross-border M&A has been appointed, which is a step in the right direction although it cannot entirely make up for the loss. Currently this office, which is the US firm’s only branch in Germany, is concentrating on strengths other than funds. The focus of this practice, which also has the largest team, is on various utility companies, which it advises on investments. The business is heavily influenced by real estate funds, thus yielding synergies with the real estate practice, which is highly transaction-oriented. Georg Melzer’s departure for KMO Kestler Mielert & Partner lost the firm employment competence, which is now missing from its M&A transaction work.
Strengths: Advice to utility companies on investment funds and asset management.
Recommended: Oliver Thum.
Practice: Corporate and M&A, real estate, tax. (6 partners, 2 counsel, 7 associates)
Clients: ?? Nimbus ongoing, incl. purchase of the Battenfeld-Cincinatti Group; Tweedy Browne Value Funds ongoing on investment law; various utilities on investment and real estate law.
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