Comment: This leading firm in construction enjoys the respect of numerous core clients, who consult the firm often and praise it in the highest terms. One client calls the firm “outstanding nationwide and very competent”. While the team has mainly served large clients until now, its relatively new Cologne office is attracting small and Mittelstand companies. Boosting headcount would consolidate the Cologne practice further. The firm’s engagement in manifold large projects shows how strong its position is in the key Berlin market. It advised an investor on the development of exclusive residences in Berlin as well as a major German bank on sale of real estate in central Hamburg and Berlin. SMNG has also gained new clients and is advising them on projects in the capital. Rainer Schilling has become a solo practitioner, making room for a younger partner.
Strengths: High level of specialization, strong architects’ law department.
Development potential: The firm’s reputation is still based mostly on the founding partners, but positioning the younger partners is important for sustainable growth. An office in Berlin would be a smart move; Hamburg could also be strategically advantageous from a revenue perspective.
Recommended: Prof. Christian Niemöller (“thoroughly competent”, client), Klaus Höflich, Alexander Dietrich (“business-oriented advice”, client), Kay Wolter, Klaus-Peter Radermacher, Helwig Haase, Klaus Heinlein (both architects’ law), Rafael Kurz.
Practice: Construction advice for principals and contracts, as well as insolvency administrators; mediation, incl. out-of-court dispute resolution. Also public procurement, sector-specific employment law. Litigation, incl. class action. For institutional investors the firm handles due diligence before purchases. Advice to architects and engineers. Real estate transactions/due diligence. (12 equity partners, 11 salary partners, 15 associates)
Clients: ?? A/U/F on windows and facades; state of Hessen on city railroad project and public procurement; investor on development of residential properties in Berlin; a bank on construction for headquarters expansion in Hessen; international project developer on construction in Hamburg.
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