FRIEDRICH GRAF VON WESTPHALEN & PARTNER

Comment: This firm is recommended for its corporate advice and is anchored in the German Mittelstand, which it advises on shareholder disputes and complex company succession plans. However, the team’s repeated instruction by the Swedish healthcare concern Getinge and Swiss auto supplier Adval Tech proves not only that the corporate lawyers have advised family companies for years (e.g. Haufe-Lexware, Fürst zu Fürstenberg, Wuppermann Group) but also that they are well versed in stock corporation law and can advise listed companies as well.
Strengths: Very good international network, experience with complex holding structures and cross-border mergers.
Recommended: Gerhard Manz, Dr. Barbara Mayer (“outstanding service, quick, precise, very reliable”, client), Dr. Hendrik Thies (“highly intelligent and agreeable”, competitor), Arnt Göppert.
Practice: Mainly advice to internationally active Mittelstand companies. Strong practice for D&O/managers’ liability. Stock corporation law and capital markets, corporate litigation and ?M&A. (12 partners, 1 counsel, 11 associates)
Clients: ?? Herder after the investment in Thalia; ongoing corporate advice to ITV Studios, Patron Capital Partners, GID Fonds; Festo on corporate structure.
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