Comment: Highly recommended corporate practice, which made remarkable progress in D&O advice. This is evident in the work for Commerzbank, in which Bürgers advised the supervisory board on the potential liability of the executive board for fines in the US. Another example is the firm’s prominent role in the Tönnies family dispute, which lasted for years and ended with successful settlement negotiation. Noerr is thus becoming increasingly established in D&O disputes as an alternative to the leading outfits. Aside from this, corporate advice on international joint ventures is a core discipline and the firm saw success here with its advice to Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. The semi-exclusive ties to Rocket Internet gave rise to ongoing advice. Upon opening an office in Hamburg, the corporate and capital markets lawyer Land joined Noerr from White & Case; he maintains good relationships to Hamburg companies such as Otto.
Strengths: ?Insolvency and restructuring, ?corporate litigation. Presence in eastern Europe with its own offices. Extensive experience in international joint ventures.
Development potential: Noerr’s track record in the fiercely competitive field of public takeovers is somewhat lacking. This is what separates the firm from the leading corporate practices.
Recommended: Dr. Torsten Fett (“popular among executive boards”, client) Dr. Tobias Bürgers, Dr. Gerald Reger, Dr. Dieter Schenk, Dr. Laurenz Wieneke, Dr. Thomas Schulz, Dr. Alexander Ritvay, Prof. Dr. Christian Pleister (“very present in M&A advice to the media sector”, competitor), Dr. Thomas Hoffmann, Dr. Holger Alfes (“by no means an easy opponent, but always constructive”, competitor), Dr. Thorsten Reinhard (“well versed and efficient”, “asks the right questions”, competitors), Dr. Volker Land.
Practice: Focus on individual sectors (regulated industries, automotive, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, ?media, construction, financial services). Also very active in ?corporate litigation. (19 equity partners, 19 salary partners, 27 associates)
Clients: ?? Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems on strategic partnership with Kongsberg and Atlas Elektronik; Hello Fresh on conversion into an SE; Trivago on corporate reorganization and Nasdaq IPO; RIB Software on JV with US software house Flex; Commerzbank supervisory board on investigation of managers’ liability for fine in the US.
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