Comment: This firm, which is respected in real estate, used last year’s loss of three renowned partners to Goodwin Procter to reposition itself strategically and in terms of staff. The German practice is now better integrated within Ashurst’s international network, which is a source of outbound and inbound referrals, e.g. work for Credit Suisse and regular client Aberdeen. This is no doubt one of the reasons the firm was able to maintain and strengthen relationships with notable clients like Cerberus and Samsung. Ashurst was again active in some high-profile deals, e.g. the acquisition of the Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt. The firm stepped up interdisciplinary cooperation among the German offices, where partner hires paid off in restructuring and investment law. The practice has always had a strength on the interface with real estate finance and Opitz’s team again handled a series of high-volume instructions, e.g. for a consortium around Société Générale. A partner appointment underlines the positive development.
Recommended: Dr. Liane Muschter (“excellent in real estate transactions, strong negotiator”, client), Derk Opitz (“specialist expertise, quick reactions, pragmatic solutions, lateral thinker”, client).
Practice: Transactions for investors; extensive experience in finance and refinancing. (3 partners, 5 associates, plus paralegals and finance)
Clients: ?? Consortium around Société Générale on financing acquisition of Panacea portfolio; Samsung on acquisition of Commerzbank high-rise; Credit Suisse on real estate finance; Cerberus on portfolio sale; EQT on acquisition and financing of Technologie Park Cologne.
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