This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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The past year has seen great change for Hengeler Mueller with several key promotions and the announcement of its plan to launch an office in China.
|Banking||4||Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
|Capital Markets||4||Labour & Employment||1|
|Commercial Litigation||2||Life Sciences||1|
|Corporate Tax||2||Private Funds||2|
The planned Shanghai office is due to open at the end of 2014, pending the required approvals, and will specialise in corporate law, M&A and equity capital markets. This will be the firm’s first office outside Europe, where it currently has a presence across Germany, in Brussels and in London.
The firm has also appointed three new partners and three new counsels from existing members of the firm, showing its commitment to promoting from within.
|Total Listings in WWL||38||Established||1990|
|Home jurisdiction||Germany||Total size of firm||Over 250|
|Number of partners||90||Number of offices||6|
People and Practices
One of the firm’s strongest areas is competition, with its practice described as “market leading”. Hans-Jörg Niemeyer specialises in competition and EU law and is based in the firm’s Brussels office. He gives “clear, concise advice” and is a “prominent figure in the market”. In the firm’s Düsseldorf office, Alf-Henrik Bischke is a “trusted authority” on competition law matters and a “thorough” practitioner. Also commended for his antitrust work is Christoph Stadler, whose practice is described by peers as “exemplary”. Nominated for his energy as well as his competition work, Thorsten Mäger “stands out” for his “dedicated approach to clients’ problems”.
Corporate governance is a further field in which the firm excels. Rainer Krause sits in the firm’s India desk and has strong experience in corporate governance and restructuring work. Michael Hoffmann-Becking chairs the commercial law committee of the German Law Association and is “highly committed to achieving his clients’ goals”. Two practitioners from the firm are highlighted for their work in both corporate governance and M&A. Maximilian Schiessl specialises in corporate restructuring and is a “go-to name for restructuring work in Germany”. Fellow Düsseldorf-based partner Andreas Austmann focuses his practice on public takeovers. He is praised for his “solutions-oriented approach”.
The firm’s banking practice also stands out as being “well respected” and “very active”. Johannes Tieves is a “leader in the market” for his “problem-solving skills” in relation to clients’ banking and finance needs. Listed for both their banking and capital markets expertise, Daniel Weiss and Hendrik Haag are “trusted authorities” in both areas. Weiss specialises in structured finance work, while Haag’s debt and equity capital markets practice garners praise for being “one of the foremost” in the field.
The firm has a strong pro bono practice and helps a wide range of organisations and charities. The majority of the firm’s work focuses on charitable institutions for education, health care, environment, arts and culture, and human rights. Examples of Hengeler Mueller’s recent work includes giving legal and tax advice to a children’s hospice, helping Goethe University on its move to become a public law foundation and giving start-up advice to an organisation working with adults living with congenital heart defects.
Looking to the future, Hengeler Mueller hopes to maintain and develop its current strong market position within Europe, while focusing on the successful implementation of its new office in China. The firm also aims to continue to offer a high degree of specialisation, creativity and innovation in its practices to ensure clients receive the best possible advice and results.
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