This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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Gleiss Lutz’s success is based on the “focus and expertise” of its lawyers across 10 offices in Germany, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. Starting out as a German antitrust boutique, the firm now offers a full range of legal services and benefits from an extensive international network. This year the firm achieves an impressive total of 30 listings across 12 practice areas.
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 30|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Arbitration||2||Labour & Employment||5|
|Commercial Litigation||2||Life Sciences||1|
|Competition||8||M & A||2|
|Internet & e-Commerce||1||Trademarks||1|
Gleiss Lutz maintains its reputation as a “top performer in the German legal market” with eight of its lawyers included in our competition chapter. Competition and antitrust practice head Ingo Brinker leads an “exceptionally strong” team which has acted on a number of key deals over the past year, including Südzucker’s takeover of rival ED&F Man, cases in the automotive parts sector, and Schott’s special glass antitrust proceedings. Rainer Bechtold is a long-standing competition practitioner, whose clients benefit from his extensive knowledge of the legal landscape and links with the relevant authorities. He is particularly noted for his expertise in merger controls. Alongside him in Stuttgart, Ulrich Denzel specialises in all aspects of competition law, having acted in high-profile merger controls and cartel proceedings as well as advising domestic and international companies on compliance issues. Cartel expert Christian Steinle is “one of the leading lights” in competition law. Ulrich Soltész is based in Brussels and has represented companies before the European Commission and national authorities. Having worked on matters including Konica Minolta’s acquisition of Instrument Systems, Petra Linsmeier is “one of the best”.
Corporate governance is a key practice area for Gleiss Lutz. Excelling in a full range of governance issues, the firm provides advice aimed at helping large and medium-sized companies avoid liability issues by complying with any necessary regulations and is recognised for its pragmatic approach to clients’ business needs. Christian Cascante heads the corporate team and focuses his practice on advising companies considering takeovers and acquisitions. With an additional listing in our M&A chapter, he has a “stellar reputation” and is “absolutely recommended”. Gerhard Wegen achieves listings in our corporate governance and M&A chapters as well as arbitration. Having advised major national and international companies as well as the German government, he is praised for his “outstanding track record”. Michael Arnold displays “impressive commercial awareness” and is recognised for his extensive work with clients including Landesbank Berlin Holding AG and Hypo Real Estate Holding. Colleague Gerhard Wirth is “first rate”.
An established market leader in management labour and employment, Gleiss Lutz boasts “unrivalled expertise and specialisation” which attracts prestigious clients including Nokia Siemens, BayernLB and Procter & Gamble. Among its five listings in this practice area is the “highly skilled” Jobst-Hubertus Bauer. Focusing on collective and individual employment law, negotiations with employment bodies and high-level service contracts, peers note his “intelligence, dedication and pragmatism”. Doris-Maria Schuster is an expert in company restructurings involving collective redundancies and is a “formidable lawyer”, excelling in both advice and litigation. Burkard Göpfert enjoys an “excellent” reputation among peers and international clients for his compliance work.
The firm fields a stellar patents team, including Matthias Sonntag, who recently acting for ViewSonic in its defence to an alleged patent infringement of Nokia’s tablet PCs and smartphones. Peers praise his “knowledgeable” approach and technical expertise. Alongside him is Thomas Bopp, who also features in our life sciences: IP chapter. One of the leading patent litigators in Germany, he displays “consummate expertise” and clients rate him a “superb” practitioner.
Gleiss Lutz displays its multi-disciplinary expertise with several further inclusions in our commercial litigation, environment, internet, trademarks and real estate chapters.
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