Comment: Highly recommended corporate practice consisting of ongoing work for core clients from the Mittelstand and family companies (the cornerstones of the firm) and advice in the run-up to and post transactions (esp. restructuring and spinoffs). Some partners, e.g. Gummert and Urban, maintain stable relationships to family companies in the Rheinland, while the Cologne office takes the lion’s share of the work in capital markets and public takeovers. The firm strengthened its profile with two important developments: firstly, after expanding its ?tax team HKLW is now instructed for restructuring work for which it previously would have been bypassed, and secondly, the litigation side of the practice was also bolstered, even though it is the strong arbitration team that is known in the market.
Strengths: Partner-driven advice. Recognized litigation and arbitration practice ( ?commercial litigation and liability).
Recommended: Dr. Wolfgang Kühn, Dr. Hans Gummert (“outstanding in advising family companies”, competitor), Dr. Andreas Urban (“renowned port of call for family companies”, competitor), Dr. Mirko Sickinger, Prof. Dr. Georg Streit, Dr. Thorsten Kuthe, Ulrike Gantenberg, Dr. Günther Bredow, Dr. Oliver Böttcher (“impresses with a high degree of pragmatism that leads to quick results”, client).
Practice: Clear focus of individual offices: insurance, technology (Cologne, Düsseldorf, Munich), logistics and funds (Hamburg), ?insolvency and restructuring (Munich, Cologne), energy/renewable energies (Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg), real estate (Düsseldorf, Chemnitz), media (Frankfurt, Düsseldorf), arbitration (Düsseldorf). Also stock corporation law, restructuring, shareholder disputes and corporate actions (Cologne, Hamburg, Munich). (Corporate in total: 62 equity partners, 29 salary partners, 45 associates)
Clients: ?? Syntellix/Utz Claassen on defense against hostile takeover attempt by MM Familien KG; Datagroup on SE conversion; Adler Real Estate on squeeze-outs on Westgrund; VBH Holding on squeeze-out and change of corporate form; Duisburger Hafen on JV with Turkish Arkas Group.
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