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Germany: Banking 2018

In this chapter, 29 leading lawyers are highlighted for their expertise handing regulatory and transactional work in the banking sector.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Bettina Steinhauer Clifford Chance, Frankfurt
2. Daniel Weiss Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt
3. Johannes Tieves Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt
4. Frank Laudenklos Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Frankfurt

International law firm FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER leads this year’s research with six stand-out individuals highlighted.
Yorck Jetter heads the firm’s banking practice and draws international praise for his extensive expertise advising major financial institutions on complex corporate debt restructuring matters.
Frank Laudenklos impresses international commentators with his extensive knowledge of the banking sector. He is particularly well regarded for his transactional expertise.
Gunnar Schuster is a prominent player in the banking regulation sector, who receives widespread acclaim for his capital markets and takeover work.

HENGELER MUELLER is a leading German law firm with a well-established banking practice. The firm achieves an impressive five listings in this year’s research.
Johannes Tieves impresses market commentators with his extensive experience advising German and international clients on a range of financial products, including syndicated loans, bonds and acquisition financings.
Daniel Weiss is described as “a leading individual when it comes to financing activities” by one source. He focuses his first-rate practice on a broad range of financing, banking and capital markets matters.
With more than 30 years’ experience, Hendrik Haag is renowned for his broad expertise across a wide range of areas including capital market-based financing, regulation of financial markets and restructuring and insolvency matters.

Multinational firm CLIFFORD CHANCE is renowned for its excellent financial practice. This year, three outstanding practitioners from the firm have been highlighted.
Bettina Steinhauer is a leading expert in acquisition finance and general bank lending who is widely considered “particularly strong when handling M&A transactions”.
Barbara Mayer-Trautmann is an internationally celebrated practitioner who draws praise for her exceptional expertise handling complex cross-border transactions for leading financial institutions. 
Marc Benzler is “one of the leading lawyers with regards to M&A transactions” according to one impressed source.

At LINKLATERS two high-ranking practitioners are recognised for their strong work.
Marc Trinkaus is a distinguished practitioner who is widely considered one of Germany’s leading banking lawyers. He is particularly well regarded for his tremendous understanding of public acquisition financing.
Carl Peter Feick boasts more than 20 years’ experience in the market and receives international acclaim for his expertise in complex financings across the credit spectrum.

Thomas Ingenhoven at MILBANK TWEED HADLEY & MCCLOY is a prominent name in the banking and finance market whose first-rate practice encompasses acquisition finance, syndicated lending and financial derivatives.

Johannes Kremer at SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM is a leading bank finance expert, most notably when it comes to regulatory work, acquisition finance and corporate lending.

NOERR’s Wolf Stumpf is highly regarded by peers and clients alike, who commend him for the way he “uses his deep legal knowledge to reach practicable solutions”.

Winfried Carli of SHEARMAN & STERLING is a banking specialist whose world-class practice spans the full remit of domestic and cross-border bank financing and restructuring matters.

Helge Kortz at GLEISS LUTZ is internationally renowned as a leading name in the region, and stands out for his expertise in syndicated lending, refinancing and restructuring.

Neil George Weiand at ALLEN & OVERY ranks prominently for his top-tier practice, receiving wide-ranging endorsements for his expert knowledge of syndicated lending and acquisition finance.

With more than 15 years’ experience, Alexandra Hagelüken of LATHAM & WATKINS boasts a well-rounded global finance practice, and receives endorsements from international sources.

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