Reed Smith

Comment: Two years after the opening of its recommended Frankfurt office, this firm is focusing on the dispute resolution practice, previously based in Munich. Litigation specialist Francis Bellen, who came from King & Wood with an associate, has already gained new business, e.g. representing ABL Technic in a corporate dispute before the Munich Regional Court (Landgericht). The M&A practice’s ability to build bridges to Munich can be seen in its advice to CBPE Capital on acquisition of Safechem Europe from The Dow Company, where the Frankfurt team cooperated with other practice groups and teams in other cities. The compliance practice is another focus, and recently expanded its client portfolio: a healthcare company and a furniture manufacturer are relying on the practice around Hünermann for internal investigations.
Recommended: Dr. Volker Kammel, Rolf Hünermann, Dr. Octávio de Sousa (“first rate”, client).
Practice: ?IT, strategic ?M&A transactions with small to midsized volumes. M&A clients come through the international network. ?Venture capital advice to private equity, DAX and Mittelstand companies. ?Compliance advice on internal investigations and preventive measures. (8 partners, 1 counsel, 5 associates)
Clients: ?? CBPE Capital on purchase of Safechem Europe from The Dow Company; Schiller Fleisch on sale to Hannover Finanz; Helmut Rothenberger on corporate law for investment in Leistritz Group; Dietmar Hopp Foundation in legal dispute against Lehman Brothers International; ABL Technic Entlackung on corporate dispute.
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