Comment: This highly recommended corporate practice enjoys good contacts to companies, thanks to its consistent approach of focusing on particular sectors. Louven, for example, advises two notable insurers on all strategic and compliance issues. In the energy sector, the heavy-hitting team around Hirschmann is extremely present. Another plus is the very good global network, which gives rise to work in the auto sector from the US. However, the firm lacks a presence in currently sought-after issues such as D&O liability – this remains the decisive factor that differentiates HL from leading competitors.
Strengths: Successful focus on ?corporate advice to insurers, ?pharmaceuticals and healthcare, ?energy, chemicals and finance sectors.
Development potential: HL has the contacts to boardrooms in M&A, but does not always manage to extend these to corporate D&O advice. Whether it is HSH or the diesel scandal, the fact remains that clients in crisis tend to turn to competitors such as Gleiss Lutz. If HL wants to close the gap to such firms, it will have to tackle this more thoroughly.
Recommended: Dr. Lutz Angerer (“very pleasant, good negotiator”, competitor), Dr. Tim Brandi (“strong expert in banking”, competitor), Dr. Franz-Josef Schöne, Dr. Andreas Meyer, Dr. Alexander Loos, Dr. Christoph Louven (“excellent expertise and very dedicated”, client), Jens Uhlendorf, Dr. Detlef Haß, Matthias Hirschmann (“is now a heavyweight at Hogan Lovells, top expert for the energy sector”, competitor), Birgit Reese.
Practice: Strong cross-border practice. Hamburg: focus on Scandinavian investors, energy and steel. Düsseldorf: banks/insurance and chemistry. Munich: high tech and pharma. Frankfurt: financial institutions. (Corporate in total: 18 partners, 12 counsel, 23 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? EnBW on JV with Siemens Financial and Deme Concession Wind; Media-Saturn on shareholder dispute; Xinjiang Urban Construction on reverse takeover of Jiansu Jinsheng Industrial; Baxter on integration of Gambro Group; advice on various AGMs, e.g. Delticom.
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