This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Hengeler Mueller is a world-class international firm with a proud German heritage. Established in 1990 by the merger of two long-established German firms, Hengeler Kurth Wirtz and Mueller Weitzel Weisner, the firm now boasts offices in Brussels and London, as well as offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich. The firm attracts high-profile clients and has represented 22 of the 30 DAX companies. Hengeler Mueller ranks highly in our research with 37 lawyers chosen from 13 practice areas.
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 37|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Banking||4||Labour & Employment||1|
|Capital Markets||6||Life Sciences||1|
|Commercial Litigation||2||M & A||3|
|Competition||6||Oil & Gas||2|
|Corporate Governance||6||Private Funds||2|
|Corporate Tax||2||Real Estate||1|
The firm’s capital markets practice is particularly impressive with six “first-rate” lawyers selected for inclusion in this chapter, three of whom also feature in our banking chapter. The “pre-eminent” Thomas Cron recently advised Schmolz + Bickenbach on their refinancing of existing debt through syndicated revolving credit and term loan facilities including documentary provision for future bond transactions. Alongside him, “top names” Hendrik Haag and Stefan Krauss also feature in both our banking and capital markets chapters demonstrating their “interdisciplinary expertise”. Wolfgang Groß is noted for his “up-to-date market knowledge” while Torsten Busch’s work is praised for being “of the highest quality”. Düsseldorf-based Reinhold Ernst earns high praise for his “comprehensive advice”.
Competition is a further area of practice in which the firm excels. “High flyer” Christoph Stadler specialises in German and European competition law and is “held in high esteem” by fellow practitioners. Alf-Henrik Bischke has a “long-standing reputation” in the field for providing “solutions-oriented advice”. With a strong focus on competition and energy law, Thorsten Mäger is also listed in our oil and gas chapter and recently advised DONG Energy on the sale of a 50 per cent stake in Borkum Riffgrund 1 Wind Farm to KIRKBI and Oticon Foundation for €627 million. Clients describe him as a “pleasure to work with” and noted his “responsiveness and efficiency”. Brussels-based Hans-Jörg Niemeyer is “deeply knowledgeable on competition law as well as wider business considerations”.
Hengeler Mueller fields six practitioners to the corporate governance chapter including Andreas Austmann, who is highly recommended for his “ability to tailor his advice to clients’ needs”. He is joined by Oleg de Lousanoff in the Frankfurt office, a “trusted advisor” to many high-profile clients and a member of the firm’s Russia desk. Maximilian Schiessl ranks highly in both our corporate governance and M&A chapters and is a “top talent” in the field.
Further recognition goes to Dirk Uwer, a “phenomenal” oil and gas lawyer who is also recommended for his environmental practice. Along with other Hengeler Mueller lawyers, he recently advised RWE on the sale of a majority stake in Amprion to an investor consortium at an overall enterprise value of approximately €1,300 million.
The firm achieves additional listings in a further six chapters, demonstrating its impressive breadth of expertise.
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