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Germany: Banking 2017

We highlight 33 leading lawyers in this chapter for their work in the banking sector, handling regulatory and transactional work on behalf of corporate clients and financial institutions.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Bettina Steinhauer Clifford Chance, Frankfurt
Johannes Tieves Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt
Daniel Weiss Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt

Hengeler Mueller co-leads the research with an impressive five listings. Johannes Tieves is one of the leading banking lawyers in the country, and is valued by clients for his “innovative and solutions-oriented counsel”. He is joined by Daniel Weiss, who is widely recognised in the sector for his “top-tier” finance practice. The “superb” Hendrik Haag wins praise for his “strategic approach” to banking matters. His practice particularly focuses on China and India-related work. Stefan Krauss and Thomas Cron are also among the leading banking partners at the firm.  

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer also achieves five nominations. Yorck Jetter leads the firm’s banking practice in Germany, and advises financial institutions and companies on a range of matters, from acquisition financings to debt restructurings. Peers consider Mario Hüther “a rising star” in the field; he regularly deals with acquisitions finance and syndicated lending. The “brilliant” Frank Laudenklos acts on behalf of both borrowers and lenders in matters concerning debt financing. Andreas König and Ernst Thomas Emde also gain recognition for their outstanding banking work.

Four leading practitioners at Clifford Chance are highlighted in this chapter. “Leading light” Bettina Steinhauer delivers “creative and practical” counsel to both domestic and international banks on infrastructure, property and cross-border financings. Alongside her, Barbara Mayer-Trautmann expertly handles cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. She recently advised JP Morgan in relation to the financing of the purchase of a portfolio of loans from HSH Nordbank.

Linklaters also receives four nominations, including senior partner Carl Peter Feick, who is “very well known” in the market for his work on public takeover and corporate acquisition financings. Marc Trinkaus is recognised for his “exceptional” work for financial institutions. Recent highlights include advising banks on the purchase by Heidelberg Cement of Italcementi for €4.4 billion.

At Allen & Overy, head of the German banking department Peter Hoegen has vast experience in the banking sector, and is known for the “strategic and practical advice” that he provides to clients on corporate lending, acquisition finance and real estate finance. Alongside him, Neil George Weiand is highly regarded by peers for his “superb practice” that encompasses both national and international financings. The “terrific” Walter Uebelhoer is also highlighted for his strong banking practice.

At Noerr, Wolf Stumpf has "a profound legal knowledge and a strong ability to present his client's interests in difficult negotiations and lawsuits".

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