JONES DAY

Comment: Highly recommended corporate practice which is frequently involved in public takeovers – a significant step forward considering the situation just a few years ago, when the firm focused more on private M&A deals. Also improved is the team’s presence in ongoing corporate advice. This is a significant development, as it goes hand in hand with an increasing orientation toward corporate governance and compliance-related advice. The lawyers working on the VW instruction were able to gather experience on this interface, and the broad-based arbitration expert Willheim lent his expertise to the corporate practice, leading to a highly promising major international project.
Recommended: Ansgar Rempp (“we’ve always been very happy with him”, client), Dr. Ralf Ek, Dr. Karsten Müller-Eising, Johannes Perlitt (“has proved to be a great catch for Jones Day”, competitor), Dr. Johannes Willheim (esp. dispute resolution/compliance), Dr. Kerstin Henrich (“outstanding legal knowledge”, client).
Practice: Focus on advice to subsidiaries of international companies in Germany. Client base consists of German Mittelstand companies and corporates. (17 partners, 7 counsel, 6 associates, 4 of counsel)
Clients: ?? VW on dealing with emissions affair; GfK on takeover bid of KKR; Ogel on takeover bid for Biotest by Creat Group; International Automotive Components on JV with Shanghai Shenda; Safran on JV with Airbus.
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