Comment: This firm highly recommended in Hamburg is not relying on its good position in fields like food law and public law. Zenk built on long-standing, close company contacts through its well-known port industry expertise. The firm is also steadily increasing the number of Mittelstand Hamburg and north German companies advised, e.g. adding a food additives manufacturer to its list in commercial and employment. Defending issuing houses against investor suits accounts for a large portion of corporate work, with 700 suits at various courts. Zenk is turning its attentions to legal tech: thanks to experience in contract management for Villeroy & Boch, it is working on developing a service specifically for Mittelstand clients.
Strengths: All-round advice to the food industry. Public law and adjacent fields.
Recommended: Dr. Carsten Oelrichs (food law), Dr. Ralf Hüting, Dr. Wolfgang Hopp (both public law), Dr. Henrik Nacke (real estate and construction), Alexander Baden (real estate transactions), Jan Dietze (corporate), Dr. Bastian Schmidt-Vollmer (“results-oriented in corporate/M&A”, competitor), Dr. Stefanie Hartwig (“pleasant, constructive, professional and target-focused in unfair competition”, client).
Practice: Environmental and planning law (incl. public procurement and waste disposal law), M&A, ?corporate, tax and private equity advice on predominantly closed-end funds; all-round advice on ?food law and ?trademarks and unfair competition. Advice on construction and real estate. Advice to industrial companies and suppliers on energy law. Also state aid law and subsidy law. (13 equity partners, 2 salary partners, 2 counsel, 5 associates)
Clients: ?? Bunge Deutschland on acquisition of Westfälische Lebensmittelwerke Lindemann; Eurogate on container terminal expansion; city of Hamburg regarding Airbus plant expansion; Villeroy & Boch on contract management; EWE and SWB on various wind farm projects.
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