Möhrle Happ Luther

Comment: This highly recommended MDP in Hamburg is consistently driving internal integration and steady development. MHL pushed the already strong cooperation between its lawyers and tax advisors by setting up an interdisciplinary tax practice and put this into action in all-round advice to Bertram Rickmers and in various restructuring cases. “Formidable expertise in insolvency, employment, social and civil law, good cooperation in interface work,” was praise from one competitor for the improving synergies between practices. MHL also put in a strong performance in real estate for notable clients like HafenCity and JPMorgan Asset Management. “With its flexibility and superb real estate expertise, MHL is indispensable for us as a company,” praised a client. MHL is fine-tuning its staffing structures: it brought in young partners Sebastian Siepmann from Freshfields’ restructuring practice and Andreas Walter, a funds specialist from WTS, and appointed two home-grown lawyers as partners in international tax and real estate. The firm also suffered a departure, however, when salary partner and head of antitrust Dr. Nils Gildhoff left for PwC Legal. A corporate partner now covers antitrust issues.
Strengths: Integrated collaboration between corporate lawyers and tax advisors.
Recommended: Dr. Martin Luther (pharma), Rüdiger Ludwig, Dr. Tobias Möhrle, Dr. Frauke Möhrle (all corporate), Dr. Sven Oswald (capital markets), Dr. Lars Bohlken (“excellent litigator”, competitor), Dr. Helge Hirschberger (insolvency), Henning Anders (“very good industry knowledge and advice on pharma law”, client), Oliver Reimann, Dr. Anne Schöning (“exceeded our expectations thanks to their creativity in negotiations and the transaction”, client on both).
Practice: Stock corporation law, ?corporate, ?pharmaceuticals and healthcare, trademarks and unfair competition, employment, antitrust and real estate, ?insolvency and restructuring. Advice to family trusts. Advice on AGMs and restructuring, also litigation (defense against prospectus liability claims). Extensive expert-opinion work. Accounting company with international connection to Crowe Horwarth. (12 equity partners, 6 salary partners, 21 associates, 4 of counsel, 59 tax advisors/accountants)
Clients: ?? Bertram Rickmers on restructuring and subsequent insolvency of Rickmers-Holding; Atlantic Lloyd on restructuring; Petronord regarding majority stake in Swedish PS Olje; ongoing advice to Deutsche Fernsehlotterie/Stiftung Deutsches Hilfswerk on tax and new compliance structure; Hartmann on financial restructuring.
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