Comment: A firm recommended for M&A, which has had a remarkable year, building consistent deal flow in international mid-cap deals. The major breakthrough, however, was Rückert’s involvement in the huge GfK deal, involving a complex public takeover and new shareholders’ agreement. The practice is for the most part focused on the Düsseldorf office with Hartmann in particular gaining a good reputation for efficient transaction management. The Munich office was focused on transactions in renewable energies and the Hamburg office was strengthened by Dr. Sven Labudda from Luther, who has a background in work for Scandinavian clients. In summer 2017, Dr. Martin Böttger joined the Munich team from an M&A boutique.
Strengths: Cross-border M&A; public takeovers; value for money.
Development potential: The rapid growth of the firm both in its home base of London and in western Europe has already provided impressive cross-border work. The integration of the practice to compete with longer-established firms will be a major challenge.
Recommended: Jan Hartmann, Dr. Susanne Rückert (esp. public takeovers).
Practice: Large number of cross-border deals (also thanks to London office), esp. with strategic investors. Specialty in financial services providers. Experienced in public takeovers. (5 partners, 7 associates)
Clients: ?? GfK Verein on shareholder agreement between GfK SE and KKR incl. public takeover; Deutsche Börse on investment in Digital Growth Fund; Sonova on acquisition of AudioNova; Nexec Holding on acquisition of ViA-Online; Umformtechnik Radebeul on sale to strategic investor.
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