Herbert Smith Freehills

Comment: The recommended corporate practice of this British-Asian firm worked on some remarkable highlights, although the German practice is still in its infancy. The public takeover for Vonovia was esp. important and enabled Lauer to really hammer home HSF’s skill in this field. Hamann’s work for the German government concerning the Airbus defense electronics division shows potential and led to follow-on instructions. Becker maintains strong relationships to German corporates. The firm’s reputation in ?compliance opens the door to work on the interface with corporate.
Recommended: Dr. Sönke Becker, Dr. Markus Lauer, Dr. Dirk Hamann.
Practice: Corporate expertise at all three offices, strong corporate practice in Düsseldorf; Frankfurt focuses on ?M&A and public takeovers. (6 partners, 2 counsel, 10 associates)
Clients: ?? Atlas Elektronik on JV with Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (public knowledge); Vonovia on public takeover of Conwert Immobilien.
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