Our German team enjoys an outstanding reputation in the market as a valuable resource to clients in Germany, across Europe and around the world.
The breadth and depth of our integrated practices provides important benefits to our multinational clients. We advise on corporate and M&A, capital markets, commercial/IP, antitrust and sector specific regulation, litigation, tax, employment, data protection and data security. We have a particular focus on the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector, as well as on other industries, such as private equity, venture capital and financial services, real estate, transport and life sciences.
A key characteristic of our work is its international flavor. We work together with our colleagues in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, providing our clients with advice across jurisdictions.
Our lawyers are ranked among the best in their fields by leading independent directories such as Chambers, Legal 500, Best Lawyers and JUVE.
Our German Practices
Corporate and M&A. Our German team has a strong focus on advising on national and cross-border M&A transactions, including on related financing, due diligence and regulatory issues. In particular, we are acknowledged market leaders in the TMT sector. We advise on squeeze-outs, corporate structuring and restructuring, as well as on foreign investments and acquisition financing. Another focus is on advising in the areas of private equity and venture capital, and start-ups, including on related financing structures.
Capital Markets.We cover the entire spectrum of debt and equity capital markets transactions. Our equity capital markets practice has profound experience in initial public offerings, capital increases, rights offerings and private placements, equity linked products and convertibles. A particular focus is on the preparation and conduct of shareholders meetings. Our debt capital markets practice offers expertise to meet evolving and diverse funding requirements such as issuances of Eurobonds, high yield bonds, regulatory capital (AT1, Tier 2, MREL), assignable loans (Schuldscheindarlehen) and German registered and bearer bonds (Namens- und Inhaberschuldverschreibungen). Our expertise covers EMTN programmes as well as liability management transactions and our global network allows us to facilitate offerings and listings of German law governed securities in Europe, Asia or the United States.
Finance. We are advising borrowers and credit providers in relation to corporate finance, syndicated lending, leveraged buyouts, and real estate finance, as well as debt restructuring matters. We also cover venture debt financings and receivable financings including through FinTech structures.
Corporate compliance and internal investigations.We advise German and international companies regularly on compliance and investigation matters – in Germany and across borders. We conduct internal investigations in cases of suspicion of wrongdoing, and support state investigation procedures and communication with public authorities and stakeholders. We represent during the enforcement of damage claims and in the implementation of corporate and employment law measures following compliance violations. In order to avoid compliance violations and prevent a detrimental reputational effects, we advise clients on establishing and developing compliance organization and internal guidelines, and conduct tailor-made training sessions. We support compliance officers and in-house teams in their daily work and advise management boards and supervisory boards on strategic questions. Assistance with respective change management processes is an integral part of our advisory practice.
Litigation. We advise and represent our clients in corporate and capital market lawsuits, in post-M&A disputes and commercial litigation. We counsel on matters likely to result in legal action, e.g. with regard to critical shareholders' meetings, in relation to restructuring, squeeze-outs, domination agreements and takeover proceedings.
Antitrust and Regulatory. We have extensive experience in advising on a broad range of antitrust and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on the TMT sector. We advise and represent our clients in merger control proceedings at the Federal Cartel Office and the European Commission, as well as in abuse of market dominance and cartel damage proceedings. We provide comprehensive advice on competition law and other regulatory issues of business operations, e.g. on telecommunications and public media law, as well as on compliance issues.
Commercial and IP. We advise comprehensively on commercial and IP aspects in German and cross-border transactions, as well as on all legal issues relating to the production, purchase and sale, distribution and delivery of physical and digital goods and services. We advise on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, and draft and examine general terms and conditions (B2B and B2C). We advise on the structuring and implementation of new business models and on related contract and IP issues.
Tax. We have extensive experience in advising on national and cross-border M&A transactions in the form of share and asset deals, both inbound and outbound. We advise on the complex tax structuring of cross-border investments, on the restructuring of multinational companies and on business transactions, such as sale and lease back transactions. In addition, we advise our clients in complex tax audits and fiscal proceedings, including representation up to the European Courts.
Employment. We advise national and international companies in all areas of individual and collective employment law. A particular focus is on advising on employment consequences of corporate transactions and restructuring. We also represent and advise our clients in complex employment disputes, on the hiring and firing of employees and management board members, including on remuneration plans and incentive schemes. Another focus is the advice on compliance issues (reporting, anti-bribery and anti-corruption), as well as in internal investigations.
Data Protection and Data Security. We have extensive expertise in consulting multinational companies on complex data protection issues, in particular in the context of pan-European and global compliance assessments, on the introduction of data protection and IT policies, as well as on whistleblowing systems. Our advice includes the assessment and optimization of new business models and online platforms with regard to data protection aspects, and the introduction of binding corporate rules (BCR). In addition, we advise on responding to security incidents and investigations by data protection authorities.
Real Estate. We have extensive experience in advising clients from the real estate and fund sector on national and international real estate investments and transactions. This includes advice on the development, financing, structuring and restructuring of real estate projects in Germany and worldwide, on asset and share deals, REITs, on leasing and asset management, and on the negotiation and implementation of complex tax structures.
Notary Practice. Our highly regarded notary practice advises on complex corporate and real estate transactions, including on the financing and restructuring and on reorganization measures. A particular focus is on the preparation and conducting of annual stockholders and shareholders meetings.
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