HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS

Comment: This recommended Frankfurt office of a British firm is distinguished by its strong international orientation. The team traditionally works closely with its London and Paris colleagues. The interface between financing and real estate is becoming more important, which was evident in its repeated advice to Vonovia, this time on the takeover of Austrian company Conwert. In real estate, the firm re-emphasized its strengths, e.g. on deals for Cording. The M&A practice’s involvement in the purchase of the Taunus tower for Qatar Investment was a success. The dispute resolution practice gained six associates last year. The team now has 18 fee earners (four of them partners) and is now better placed to handle all-round, complex cases thanks to its cooperation with the white collar crime lawyers.
Strengths: Corporate/M&A and private equity, litigation.
Recommended: Dr. Nico Abel, Dr. Mathias Wittinghofer, Dr. Patricia Nacimiento, Dr. Helmut Görling.
Practice: Focus on corporate/ ?M&A work, incl. ?real estate deals. Ongoing work for ?private equity houses. Specialty in litigation ( ?commercial litigation and liability). Also financing, antitrust, ?compliance and employment. (10 partners, 2 counsel, 21 associates)
Clients: ?? Natixis and Citigroup on financing of planned sale of Engie E&P to Neptune Energy; Beechbrook Capital LLP on refinancing for Ufenau Capital Sky; Qatar Investment Authority on stake in the Taunus tower; Cording on purchase of real estate portfolio; Ardian Germany on purchase of Wappenhalle offices.
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