SHEARMAN & STERLING

Comment: A firm recommended in Frankfurt, increasingly defined by its work on international M&A transactions. Here it benefits from the rainmaking ability of offices in other countries but also contributes its own well-known clients to the network. Its cross-border work for Albemarle in the sale of Chemetall to BASF and its handling of German cases from Allianz or Friedhelm Loh demonstrate the spectrum of advice covered by the office. A counsel who led international arbitration in Germany left the firm for Dentons, and another who focused on capital, corporate and financing went to Memminger, leaving the staff spread rather thinly.
Development potential: Additional staff at all levels would help this office, which is the only one in Germany, to leave a bigger footprint in the market.
Recommended: Dr. Alfred Kossmann, Dr. Thomas König, Dr. Esther Jansen, Winfried Carli, Georg Thoma.
Practice: Focus on ?M&A work and ?bank lending and acquisition finance, also ?corporate, ?private equity and venture capital. (5 partners, 4 counsel, 16 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Allianz on sale of majority share in Oldenburgische Landesbank; Albemarle on sale of Chemetall to BASF; BofA, Credit Suisse as financial advisors to Bayer in connection with takeover of Monsanto; Friedhelm Loh Group on increasing stake in Klöckner.
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