LINKLATERS

Comment: Leading bank regulatory law practice. Linklaters has been active in a large number of major projects in the financial sector for years, and maintained its impressive track record: it played a key role in the transfer/sale of HSH assets, the merger of NordLB and Bremer LB, and the merger of Deutsche Börse and LSE, which was canceled after extensive preparations. Under the radar, but no less extensively, the lawyers are involved in the Brexit-driven strategic considerations of various international banks. On top of this were a series of major fintech projects and some initial blockchain projects, with which Linklaters staked its claim to leadership in these promising fields. The appointment of Dehios as partner broadens German senior partner Steck’s team, and was esp. relevant as the new partner occupies the interface between compliance and investigations – a rich source of work in recent years.
Strengths: Excellent know-how in regulatory law and close links to the market-leading ?M&A and ?insolvency and restructuring practices; internal investigations.
Recommended: Andreas Steck, Dr. Frederik Winter, Klaus Saffenreuther (esp. litigation), Andreas Dehio.
Practice: Ongoing advice and project-related involvement. Balanced work for institutes (startups, outsourcing, ?compliance) and product-related work (equity securitizations, hedge funds, credit-default products), where there is an interface with ?investment funds and the structured products practice ( ?debt issues). Also ?state aid law and government-related advice. Market infrastructure issues, litigation in stock exchange criminal cases and ?corporate advice to insurers. (Core team: 4 partners, 1 counsel, plus associates)
Clients: ?? Deutsche Börse on planned merger with LSE; HSH Finanzfonds, city of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein concerning HSH Portfoliomanagement and privatization of HSH Nordbank; NordLB on full takeover of Bremer LB; Unicredit on sale of Pioneer Asset Management; Montagu on acquisition of Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft.
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