Comment: This boutique is respected in real estate and holds on to numerous regular clients with its close ties between real estate and tax advice. JM handled the acquisition of an inner-city project development in a forward deal for Axa, and several transactions for BMO, incl. its purchase of the Mannheim district Q6/Q7. JM increasingly reels in larger, international real estate players. Deals are often advised on a purely tax basis, demonstrating JM’s pronounced tax expertise, e.g. work for GEG concerning its acquisition of the Commerzbank high-rise Global Tower and IBC.
Strengths: Closely related tax and corporate expertise.
Development potential: Douglas Graf von Rittberg, a young partner praised by competitors, left the firm to set up his own with another JM lawyer and one from Trûon. Another JM partner moved to the spinoff shortly afterwards. Though JM has a well-positioned team of mid-ranking lawyers, these departures leave a gap in the otherwise sturdy firm. This stability must now be restored. A partner appointment was a positive sign.
Recommended: Dr. Philipp Jebens (“excellent expertise”, “outstanding technical skills”, competitors), Heiko Petzold, Bendix Christians, Hans-Thomas Nehlep.
Practice: Transactions, finance and refinancing. Also tax expertise and funds; project development, investment law. (7 partners, 14 associates, incl. tax)
Clients: ?? Tax advice to GEG concerning acquisition of Global Tower; Axa on acquisition of project development in Leipzig city center; BMO on acquisition of city district Q6/Q7 in Mannheim and shopping center acquisitions; Quantum on sale of Zeisehof in Hamburg (public knowledge).
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