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Germany: Investment Management 2017

In this section, we identify 27 of the country’s leading investment management specialists. The lawyers listed have significant expertise advising institutions, private equity firms, pension funds, venture capital funds and private investors on the full gamut of fund-related issues, including formation, tax and regulatory matters.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Edgar Wallach Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt
Patricia Volhard P+P Pöllath + Partners, Frankfurt
Andreas Rodin P+P Pöllath + Partners, Frankfurt

P+P Pöllath + Partners remains at the top of our research in this area once again, achieving six listings in the following pages. In Frankfurt, founding partner and head of the firm’s fund structuring practice Andreas Rodin is an eminent, market-leading authority with over 30 years of experience in the funds space. He regularly advises domestic and international private equity firms on fund formation, regulatory and tax issues relating to inbound and outbound structures. Interviewees were effusive in their praise of Patricia Volhard’s “outstanding” practice, with one source singling her out as “one of the country’s most accomplished and celebrated funds lawyers”. In Berlin, Uwe Bärenz is a visible force in the market thanks to his considerable experience advising private equity funds, pension funds, investment funds and private investors on fund-related tax and regulatory issues. The “exceptional” Amos Veith is a key player who is highly sought after for his incisive counsel in the fund-of-funds space. The “technically astute” Tarek Mardini is commended by sources for his expertise in venture capital fund formation and private investment fund structuring. Sources warmly endorse Michael Best for his “rigorous approach and keen eye for fine details”. A tax specialist, Best regularly advises clients on the tax aspects of private equity funds.

Three practitioners stand out at international full-service firm Dechert. In Munich, Hans Stamm specialises in advising on the legal and tax structuring of private funds and structured asset management products. Frankfurt-based Achim Pütz is considered “a go-to lawyer” for institutional investors looking for advice on both traditional and alternative fund structuring. Benedikt Weiser’s broad practice sees him advise clients on the formation and structuring of a diverse range of investment funds. In particular, peers single him out for his regulatory expertise.

Hengeler Mueller’s Frankfurt office is home to two leading practitioners. Edgar Wallach is an internationally renowned practitioner held in high regard for his visibility in the market and deep knowledge of industry-related issues. The “superb” Thomas Paul is commended for his “bespoke advice” relating to publicly listed funds and asset management.

Two nominees are selected from accounting firm PwC. Joachim Kayser receives widespread praise for his regulatory and tax expertise with one source praising his “calm and diligent approach”. Thomas Jesch is a veteran of the German funds space and regularly provides clients with advice on the establishment and management of cross-border fund structures.

Sources hail Norton Rose Fulbright’s Martin Krause as “one of the most technically gifted practitioners in the market” thanks to his fantastic knowledge of fund regulations. In Hamburg, Ludger Verfürth provides clients with “practical advice” on the full range of issues relating to both open and closed funds. One interviewee notes, “He is bright and forward-thinking, addressing issues before they become a problem.”

Two lawyers at King & Wood Mallesons enjoy widespread acclaim. Christian Schatz is well-respected for his expertise in tax-related aspects of fund formation. Sources describe him as “a pleasure to work with”. The “accomplished” Sonya Pauls is a major player in the Germany market. She is particularly strong in the private equity fund space and regularly advises key European and global investment managers on the formation and structuring of such funds.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Ernst Thomas Emde is well known in the market and advises asset managing firms and financial institutions on regulatory issues. Joining him in the firm’s Frankfurt office is the “excellent” Gunnar Schuster who draws praise for his close links to the German financial services regulator, BaFin.

At CMS Hasche Sigle, Tillman Kempf is “a dynamic and knowledgeable adviser” with a specific expertise in the tax issues relating to funds. He advises domestic and international asset managers as well as investors. Daniel Voigt is also recognised for his regulatory expertise, with sources commending his “shrewd counsel” and “commercial awareness”.

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