Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson

Comment: This recommended Frankfurt office of the US firm led a shadowy existence for many years after suffering from the effects of the financial crisis. The office recently gained several lateral hires and reinvented itself with a young, dynamic group of lawyers. After corporate lawyer Steffen Schellschmidt came from Linklaters, the firm gained a well-known private equity expert, Kleeberg from Taylor Wessing. Competitors describe him as “a man of action” who is “very focused on clients' interests”. Particularly for private equity cases, the practice cooperates closely with the London and NY offices. The arrival of Gänsler from Noerr signaled a rebuilding of the tax practice at the interface with M&A. The fact that the Frankfurt office has become more attractive to US clients can be seen in the firm’s work for TeamViewer, which FFHS&J is now advising in Germany as well, thanks to its expansion of the finance practice in Frankfurt.
Strengths: Private equity and venture capital.
Development potential: The firm is already benefiting from its close contacts to the strong NY practice, esp. in terms of private equity clients. Following this example, the firm’s closer cooperation with the London office, which has also developed strongly, still has potential.
Recommended: Dr. Christian Kleeberg (“gets the job done”, competitor), Katrin Gänsler (“extremely dedicated and very knowledgeable, esp. in conceptual design for companies”, client; “solution-oriented”, competitor).
Practice: Strong focus on corporate, esp. private equity and venture capital incl. financing. Also tax, real estate and antitrust. (5 partners, 1 counsel, 5 associates)
Clients: ?? Goldman Sachs regarding sale of shares in Foodpanda to Delivery Hero (public knowledge); Onex Partners on purchase of WireCo; Evoqua Water regarding quality defects in M&A transactions; Dirk Posner on D&O liability; Palmira and TeamViewer on acquisition finance.
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