FRIEDRICH GRAF VON WESTPHALEN & PARTNER

Comment: In recent years, this recommended M&A practice added capital markets advice related to public takeovers to its steady, cross-border deal and project work. The lead role in deals, which are mainly in the mid-cap segment, is still generally played by one of the accomplished senior partners, though competitors are increasingly registering young partners in deals, esp. Thies, who is gathering impressive experience in healthcare sector transactions. The firm is increasingly sought after for restructuring-related deals and manages complex company acquisitions arising from insolvency for investors, e.g. the Röder Präzision acquisition.
Strengths: Cross-border mid-cap deals.
Development potential: The senior partners have ensured a good base of up-and-coming partners and now need to transfer the lead role to them more often, to share deal work over more pairs of shoulders and tap the potential in international work.
Recommended: Gerhard Manz, Dr. Barbara Mayer, Arnt Göppert, Dr. Hendrik Thies, Dr. Stefan Lammel.
Practice: Focus on mid-cap M&A, often for family companies. Much cross-border work, often arising from the strong international network. (9 partners, 1 counsel, 9 associates)
Clients: ?? Herder publishing on investment in Thalia; Duravit majority shareholder on sale of shares to Swiss Franke Group; Wuppermann Group on investment in Aquakin; insurance broker Südvers on acquisition of Hannoversche Versicherungs-Vermittlung; Adval Tech on acquisition of family company Fischer.
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