Reed Smith

Comment: This practice recently gave its team a boost with former King & Wood partner Francis Bellen, who enjoys a solid reputation esp. in financial disputes. “The man for client-oriented settlement conferences,” praises one competitor. An antitrust lawyer also moved together with Bellen; both lawyers have gained a strong position as a team in disputes concerning cartel damages – a new area for RS. The challenge now comes in integrating the lateral recruits into the existing ?Munich-based practice, where the partners’ strengths lie in commercial disputes, often with technology elements, besides ?compliance and product liability. Crossovers may well emerge with Oliver Rathje, who, like Bellen, is well versed in banking topics and praised by clients from the sector for his “outstanding litigation know-how”. (4 partners, 4 associates)
Clients: ?? Dietmar Hopp Foundation and GH Besitzgesellschaft against Lehman insolvency administrator (Federal Court of Justice); Qantas against claim for cartel damages by Barnsdale/Deutsche Bahn (regional court); Expedia in lawsuits concerning best price clauses; AVS Fahrzeugfenster in post-M&A dispute; Hyundai against German insolvency debtor in supply dispute.
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