K&L GATES

Comment: Respected corporate practice which profited in transactions from the boom in work with China and advised SafBon, for example, on an acquisition in Germany. The team has good ties to the firm’s Paris office, for which Banke is known; he advises concerns such as Electricité de France ongoing. There was some staff unrest, however: a clear setback for the Frankfurt practice was the departure of the three rainmakers Schulze Steinen, Füchsel and Paul to DLA Piper, while in Berlin Christian Horn moved to Luther. In Munich, where the firm opened its doors in 2016, Dr. Franz Schaefer and a counsel came from King & Wood; clients have already praised them as “circumspect and dedicated” and they brought ties to the SDAX-listed printer manufacturer Koenig & Bauer.
Strengths: Cross-border restructuring.
Recommended: Boris Kläsener, Klaus Banke, Dr. Thomas Lappe.
Practice: Strong international practice with a focus on high-end Mittelstand, increasingly active for German corporates. (9 partners, 1 counsel, 9 associates)
Clients: ?? Fidelium on establishing fund structure; all-round advice to Koenig & Bauer; Alfons Haar; ongoing advice to Tristone Flowtech, Bundesdruckerei, EDF.
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