Comment: This firm is recommended in corporate and is anchored in the German Mittelstand, where it profits from the close integration with the firm’s own accounting arm. This setup is mainly sought after for company succession issues, where BB has developed a mainstay in trusts advice. In addition to advising the high-end Mittelstand, a team of salary partners also advises the flourishing startup scene. The new practice group management continues to encourage partners to specialize in particular sectors and promotes international work through country desks, with the US forming a new focus. In Düsseldorf the practice was bolstered by the arrival of an experienced in-house counsel, Dr. Winfried Richardt from Metro, who focuses on corporate and capital markets, e.g. AGM advice.
Strengths: Extensive expertise concerning the Mittelstand, partner-centric advice.
Recommended: Dr. Guido Krüger, Dr. Axel Goetz, Roland Startz, Dr. Holger Peres, Dr. Karl-Dieter Müller (“very good expert”, client), Dr. Knut Schulte, Dr. Detlef Koch.
Practice: Advice with a focus on the industrial Mittelstand, incl. ?company succession and trusts for family companies and advice to international corporates. International work via informal network and country desks. Dispute resolution and corporate litigation with ( ?commercial litigation and liability). Also establishing compliance systems. (12 equity partners, 21 salary partners, 14 associates, 3 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Shareholder of Vitrulan Group on succession plan and subsequent sale of share; Groß & Partner on JV for real estate project development; Effecten Spiegel on AGM; Scanlab on restructuring and spinoff of business division; SDX on supervisory board/shareholder structure.
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