Comment: A highly recommended bank regulatory law practice boasting a broad setup and efficient interfaces with other practices. The implementation of the E-Money and PSD II Directive is a strong pillar of activity, alongside ongoing advice to state and business development banks. W&C is also experienced with liquidation scenarios. Its US and Russian presences allow W&C to provide cross-border advice on regulatory requirements ranging from the US to Europe and the CIS. The team lost a partner, Prof. Dr. Dr. Kai-Michael Hingst, and an associate to Noerr in Hamburg, but appointed two local partners with experience in genuine regulatory issues and fintech, and brought in a senior associate from CMS Hasche Sigle.
Recommended: Dr. Henning Berger, Dr. Andreas Wieland.
Practice: Broad practice, esp. on the product side, also coordination of foreign securities and active interface with ?state aid law and ?commercial litigation and liability. Corporate work for banks and financial services providers, together with regulatory advice, also NPL transactions. Outsourcing projects, advice on securities settlement systems, as well as litigation on letters of credit, prospectus liability and investor suits. (Core team: 4 equity partners, 2 salary partners, 2 counsel, 6 associates)
Clients: ?? Ameriprise Financial on planned acquisition of Pioneer Investments; Bridgepoint and Nordic Capital on planned acquisition of Concordis Group; LBBW and VR Bank Rhein Sieg on pilot proceedings at ECJ; DZ mbh and DZ Holding on merger into a joint holding company; Equens on merger with payment services provider Wordline.
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