Comment: Corporate governance and compliance advice dominates in this recommended corporate practice. It is public knowledge that WH advised the Daimler supervisory board on the diesel scandal, for example. This shows the partners’ good contacts to boardrooms at German companies. Along with their US counterparts, the partners are seeing extensive work for banks on compliance violations, often in connection with dividend stripping (“cum-ex”) trades. Another huge plus is the close ties to the strong antitrust and regulatory practice. In keeping with firm strategy, however, the practice has been streamlined: the well-known corporate partner and notary Alexander Kollmorgen jumped ship to K&L Gates.
Strengths: Advice on the interface with ?antitrust and public law and ?compliance, esp. for companies from regulated industries (banking and regulatory, ?energy).
Recommended: Dr. Roland Steinmeyer (notary), Martin Seyfarth.
Practice: Broad practice, advice on stock corporation law/D&O, AGMs, restructuring and compliance structures. Considerable increase in US inbound work and large notary practice in Berlin. (3 equity partners, 4 salary partners, 4 associates)
Clients: ?? Daimler supervisory board on emissions scandal; HSBC on internal investigation (both public knowledge).
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