This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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In 2014, Noerr developed even greater strength and depth in Europe by opening its sixteenth office in Brussels. The new office, which is a reaction to increasing client demand particularly in the area of competition law, highlights the increasing importance of having a presence in the centre for EU lawmaking.
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Noerr has also made several partner hires since the beginning of 2013. The competition practice was expanded with an associated partner, who has joined the new office. The capital markets practice made three further lateral partner hires in Frankfurt, Munich, and Moscow; the energy practice made two in Berlin and Frankfurt; the banking practice made one in Frankfurt; and the private equity practice made a further hire in Munich.
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|Number of partners||191||Number of offices||16|
PEOPLES AND PRACTICES
The firm has a prodigious M&A practice. Its leading lawyers include Tobias Bürgers, one of the firm’s two speakers. He is among the most experienced specialists in the area, and his most notable deals include acting for the German real estate company GBW in its acquisition by a Patrizia-led consortium, worth €2.5billon. Alexander Ritvay, a fellow co-speaker, is an “accomplished” lawyer who is recommended for cross-border transactions and corporate restructuring. Thomas Schulz, who co-heads the M&A and private equity practice groups, is widely regarded as an “exceptional” lawyer. He specifically deals with cross-border M&A transactions for strategic and financial sponsors. Gerald Reger co-heads the corporate department of the firm. His expertise in the areas of corporate law includes international M&A, joint ventures and capital market transactions. Jörg Menzer, the managing partner of the Bucharest and Budapest office, is a “brilliant corporate lawyer” with expansive knowledge of the M&A market. He excels in advising domestic and foreign clients in national and international deals. In the New York office, Robert Loef provides “outstanding” advice to clients on both sides of the Atlantic on German corporate, IP and insolvency law. He also focuses on cross-border transactions, especially in restructuring matters.
Noerr’s energy practice is held in high esteem. The “brilliant” Christof Federwisch heads the energy group. He has extensive experience advising the firm’s top clients throughout the realisation of their projects. Uwe Erling is a “highly respected” leader in both the energy and environment sectors. His advice on international environmental law and emissions trading law is extremely well regarded. Holger Schmitz leads the regulatory and governmental affairs department, and has “significant experience” in advising German and international investors and public services in complex planning and infrastructural projects. Christoph Spiering’s clients include multinational energy and water utility companies, who he advises on acquisitions and restructurings; he is also an expert in counselling enterprises on central and eastern European investments
In the franchise and competition chapters, the firm also excels with several top lawyers recognised for their skills. Karsten Metzlaff is co-head of the firm’s antitrust group. He advises on all areas of EU and German competition law, particularly in the manufacturing, media, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. He is also internationally recognised as one of the top German lawyers for his work in the franchise field, in which his advice is considered “indispensable”. Barbara Kusak, managing partner and head of corporate in the Prague office, is a “fantastic” lawyer. She is a specialist in advising international companies on their investments, particularly with regard to franchise and competition law, in central and eastern European countries. Karl Rauser co-heads Noerr’s distribution systems and logistics group. He is also counsel to one of the world’s leading franchise systems and provides assistance in all franchise law issues, including corporate law and tax matters.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Noerr is committed to giving back to society by founding much needed and worthwhile projects in Europe. Noerr Children’s Camp is one such organisation. Lawyers from the firm established the holiday village for socially deprived children at Fuschl Lake in Austria and charities across Germany, Romania and Austria have sent children there to be cared for.
Noerr’s new office in Brussels is a testament to the desire of the firm to strengthen its long-term advisory abilities in strategic growth areas. In addition to competition law, Noerr feels it is important to further its practices in industries in which demand has significantly increased such as: aviation, banking, energy, media, telecommunications, and insurance.
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