Sidley Austin

Comment: Respected firm for M&A. Just a few months after launching, the former Kirkland & Ellis team showed it is a force to be reckoned with: for a client from the international network, the lawyers played a hand in the Stada takeover poker (public knowledge), led by young partner Schinköth. The group formed in February 2017 also focused on its PE specialty. The prominently staffed restructuring practice promises plenty of work for the future, although it will be some time until SA can keep step with top dogs Weil Gotshal & Manges and Kirkland & Ellis.
Development potential: To underline the sustainability of its second run at the German market, SA will need to build up contacts among strategic investors in Germany besides its volatile PE activity. Raising the headcount could help.
Recommended: Volker Kullmann, Dr. Jan Schinköth, Dr. Christian Zuleger.
Practice: Focus on mid-cap ?private equity transactions, often for US and Asian clients. Much restructuring expertise. (7 partners, 7 associates)
Clients: ? Chinese co-investor concerning planned takeover bid for Stada (public knowledge).
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