Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Comment: Recommended firm in Frankfurt, which caused headlines with its opening here in June 2016: the highly-respected partners Oberbracht (M&A, private equity) and Reinhardt (M&A, public takeovers) arrived from Latham & Watkins and were immediately involved in a major transaction: the acquisition of Mauser for US client Stone Canyon. That and another major transaction for OEP in the summer of 2017 demonstrates the potential of this office. Indeed, there are many who see the opening in Frankfurt as long overdue, since GDC has been in Germany for 15 years. There was further good news on the recruitment front: white collar crime specialist Dr. Finn Zeidler also arrived from Latham & Watkins, he fits in excellently with the strong compliance practice in Munich. In sum: a strong opening by the US firm which caused great interest in the Frankfurt community. The addition of a finance practice would be the next logical move, even though the Munich office gained a young finance partner from Ashurst in the summer of 2017.
Strengths: ?Private equity.
Recommended: Dr. Dirk Oberbracht (M&A, private equity), Dr. Finn Zeidler (white collar crime/compliance), Dr. Wilhelm Reinhardt (M&A).
Practice: Lots of international M&A work. Good relationships to Russian investors, Japan, the US and large German companies. (7 partners, 10 associates, 3 of counsel)
Clients: ?? One Equity Partner on purchase of SGB-SMIT from BC Partners; Stone Canyon/BWAY on purchase of Mauser from CDR; management of Xella on sale to Lone Star.
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