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Germany: Corporate Governance 2017

The following 26 individuals are considered leading experts in Germany when it comes to advising boards of directors of listed companies and substantial privately held entities with respect to the most difficult and sensitive corporate disclosure, governance and policy issues.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Gerd Krieger Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
Christoph Seibt Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hamburg
Michael Arnold Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart
Stephan Harbarth Schilling Zutt & Anschütz, Mannheim

Hengeler Mueller’s resources and expertise in corporate law is well noted, with an impressive bench of established practitioners. Michael Hoffmann-Becking is “the grandee of the corporate bar” and an incredibly respected name. Gerd Krieger is highly praised by peers and clients. One respondent notes, “He is always on top of the changing legal landscape and is always able to provide the best possible advice to clients.” Andreas Austmann is regarded as a seasoned and very knowledgeable expert in governance issues, with a prominent client base of DAX 30 companies.

Gleiss Lutz has an exceedingly strong set of corporate governance experts, including one of the very top names in our research. Michael Arnold has an excellent portfolio of clients, including Volkswagen AG’s supervisory board. He is “a trusted adviser” to some of the biggest German and multinational corporations, observe peers. Gerhard Wirth acts as of counsel to the firm with a reputation as “a longstanding and respected veteran of corporate law”, particularly in relation to major listed companies. An established senior figure in corporate law, Gerhard Wegen earns abundant recommendations to see him placed in the top quartile of the research.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s offering includes several senior names. Christoph Seibt’s prominent governance practice largely focuses on public companies. One source states, “He is business-minded and very knowledgeable about current develops.” Andreas Fabritius is a key adviser, covering all aspects of governance issues, to a number of prominent clients in the financial services and automotive industries.

Schilling Zutt & Anschütz is highly rated, particularly among German clients. Jochem Reichert is a very sophisticated practitioner and is noted for helping to establish corporate governance regimes in a number of DAX 30 companies. Stephan Harbarth’s practice is also strongly established in the domestic market, with a respondent calling his advice “pragmatic, straightforward and shared with conviction”.

Allen & Overy’s Hans-Christoph Ihrig has a strong practice around governance issues for listed companies. One peer summarises him as “a very intelligent man that knows his practice area back to front”.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg’s Stefan Simon is “a very well known, practical and respected corporate governance expert”.

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