Comment: This recommended firm uses its advisory approach to position itself in numerous major projects in Frankfurt. In addition to traditional construction advice, a traditional strength of HFK, it increasingly profits from its cooperation with the public lawyers and the real estate expertise of Schauss (“experienced and pragmatic”, competitor). In project development, currently a high-demand sector, it is taking advantage of this strength throughout Germany. HFK is also gaining market share in infrastructure projects, e.g. advice to the Mainz transport authority on expansion of the tram network. Along with Robert Sprajcar, who left to go in-house last year, the firm lost another equity partner but did not suffer lasting damage to its market position. HFK bolstered its ranks in real estate with Dr. Maximilian Schulte from Noerr, who joined as a salary partner.
Strengths: Advice to principals, high specialization, esp. architects’ law.
Recommended: Bernd Knipp (“competent and trustworthy”, competitor), Dr. Christian Nunn (“many years of working together with mutual trust”, client), Ernst Wilhelm.
Practice: Construction (also public construction), incl. litigation, as well as ?public procurement. Real estate transactions, rent, project development, PPP models, public sponsors and investors in infrastructure projects. Knipp is also an arbitration judge; alternative dispute resolution, developing cooperative contracts. (6 equity partners, 9 salary partners, 2 counsel, 12 associates, 1 of counsel, incl. real estate)
Clients: ?? MVG Mainzer Verkehrsgesellschaft on new construction of tram line; RTL in litigation over building flaws; Allianz Handwerker Services on various building projects; SDL Citybaumanagement ongoing on building and litigation; Corestate on transactions.
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