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Comment: This highly recommended practice for equity capital markets has once again been involved in numerous transactions. These include such prestigious instructions as those on the E.on secondary offering and the listing of Metro Wholesale & Food Specialist. The practice is traditionally strong in transactions, incl. in Switzerland and London. This expertise provides a constant stream of new clients: the firm has, for example, begun to advise RHI Magnesita on a planned IPO and OMV Petrom on a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange. In addition, the €13bn secondary offering of UniCredit attracted a great deal of attention, although the Milan office took the lead here. Lately there have been several staff changes: while the debt issues expert Peter Waltz is now increasingly active in the equity field as well, long-time partner Dr. Herbert Harrer left the firm (unknown destination). In return, the firm strengthened itself with a counsel from Herbert Smith Freehills.
Development potential: Without Harrer’s experience, the ECM team will have to regroup, but this could also be an opportunity for cooperation within the practice.
Recommended: Marco Carbonare (“a very goal-oriented, ambitious lawyer with excellent negotiating skills and a high degree of perseverance”, competitor).
Practice: Advice to banks and issuers. Closely linked to ?debt issues. (3 partners, 2 counsel, 7 associates)
Clients: ?? E.on on secondary offering; Bayer on placement of Covestro shares; UniCredit on rights issue; Goldman Sachs, UBS on secondary offering of Deutsche Wohnen; Steinhoff International on secondary offering and reallocation of shares.
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