Comment: Recommended M&A practice, which continues to enjoy a solid deal flow with the proportion of deals being offered in an integrated fashion with the huge consulting and tax arm increasing all the time. In addition, it is noticeable that the complexity of the deals, and in particular the amount of cross-border work is increasing, belying the widely held perception that the firm’s M&A practice is merely mid-cap and domestic. Competitors praise not only the process management (a strength of the firm), but also note the partners “are just as good as other practices”.
Development potential: In truth, however, this year is more of a preparation for what is to come. The reorganization of KPMG’s legal arm is designed to increase integration with the rest of the firm and the large investment in legal technology and further laterals will probably provide a different platform. The test will be if the firm can gain market share on that new basis.
Recommended: Dr. Volker Balda, Maximilian Gröning, Dr. Thomas Peschke.
Practice: Focus on (international) mid-cap M&A deals. The lawyers are spread widely across more than a dozen offices. The M&A practice is focused on Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. (Corporate in total: 8 equity partners, 15 salary partners, 35 associates)
Clients: ?? Element Materials Technology on acquisition of Germanischer Lloyd Prüflabor; owner of Betten Duscher Group on sale to Odewald; Atos on acquisition of Arvato Systems; Austin Europe on planned acquisition of Orica explosives business; Auden regarding various investments.
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