Germany: M&A 2018

This chapter recognises 57 leading M&A specialists, identified for their extensive expertise in a wide range of matters, including public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures, private equity and corporate restructurings.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain Hengeler Mueller, Munich
2. Jan Bauer Gleiss Lutz, Frankfurt
3. Maximilian Schiessl Hengeler Mueller, Munich
4. Ralph Wollburg Linklaters, Düsseldorf

HENGELER MUELLER is a prominent German law firm which is widely recognised as being in the top tier of firms for M&A work. This year 11 leading practitioners from across all four of its German offices are listed.
Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain is “a leading lawyer” who is described as “an extremely strong practitioner” by peers. He frequently advises high-profile corporate clients on complex M&A matters.
“Star practitioner” Maximilian Schiessl is “a heavy hitter in the corporate M&A space”. He is described by one source as “one of the best in all of Germany”.
Andreas Austmann draws praise from international sources for his extensive experience advising German and international publicly listed companies on the full spectrum of transactional matters.
The “excellent” Jochen Vetter is a standout figure in the market, regularly advising listed and family-owned companies and entrepreneurs on complex M&A transactions.
First-class practitioner Emanuel Strehle is widely recognised for his expertise in public and private mergers and acquisitions.
Rainer Krause receives international praise for his impeccable knowledge of M&A projects. He is described as “one of the top practitioners in the field” by one source.

Full-service firm NOERR also boasts a strong corporate M&A practice, and is home to nine practitioners highlighted in this year’s research.
Till Kosche is “highly appreciated” by international sources for his expertise advising foreign and domestic investors on complex M&A and private equity transactions.
Sascha Leske is “famous in the legal world” thanks to his expert knowledge of corporate transactional matters. He regularly advises high-profile clients in major M&A transactions, private equity investments and reorganisations across a range of sectors. 
The “top-notch” Tobias Bürgers is highly recommended by commentators for expertly assisting listed companies and notable family-owned businesses in corporate takeovers and M&A transactions.
Thorsten Reinhard is well regarded by peers for his expertise in distressed and restructuring set-ups and private equity matters.
Christian Pleister is described as “a top practitioner” and has an international reputation for advising key clients in complex transactions in the TMT, financial services and energy sectors.
Gerald Reger is “highly visible” in the market and draws widespread acclaim for his deep understanding of international M&A transactions and joint ventures.

Seven practitioners are recommended from FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER in this edition.
Andreas Fabritius is “very well known in the market” thanks to his top-tier corporate practice. He has extensive experience advising major German and international clients in public and private M&A transactions.
Stephan Waldhausen is “a strong player” in the public M&A space, impressing commentators with his vast experience advising key corporate clients on large-scale transactions.
Christoph Gleske specialises his first-rate practice on debt and equity capital markets and is a prominent figure in the corporate space.
Christoph Seibt is a long-standing fixture in the market with more than 20 years’ experience handling a wide range of corporate matters including takeovers and complex stakeholder issues.

Leading corporate law firm GLEISS LUTZ sees five pre-eminent practitioners highlighted.
The “highly respected” Jan Bauer impresses international commentators with his phenomenal expertise handling international M&A transactions. He is particularly strong in his work advising private equity investors.
Michael Arnold is described as “outstanding” by one impressed source, who highlights his strength advising international clients on mergers and acquisitions and public takeovers.
“Strong practitioner” Christian Cascante leads the firm’s corporate practice, drawing respect from peers for his comprehensive experience advising foreign and domestic companies on major M&A transactions.

P+P PÖLLATH + PARTNERS achieves three listings in this year’s guide.
Otto Haberstock is a widely recommended practitioner who impresses peers with his strong corporate practice advising clients on private M&A and venture capital transactions.
Eva Nase receives praise from commentators for her highly rated practice advising German and international clients on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.
Matthias Bruse garners wide-ranging endorsements for his expert handling of complex M&A transactions.

At CLIFFORD CHANCE two high-ranking practitioners are recognised for their exceptional work.
Anselm Raddatz is recognised as “a key name in the private equity world”. He is renowned for his excellent work on both domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and private equity transactions.
Andreas Dietzel is a respected name in the field with a strong reputation for his broad corporate practice. He has notably worked with Coca-Cola on numerous M&A transactions.

Two exceptional practitioners from multinational law firm LINKLATERS are featured this year.
Ralph Wollburg is regarded as “a heavy hitter” in the corporate M&A world and is widely recognised as a market leader when it comes to German stock corporation law.
Hans-Ulrich Wilsing receives plaudits from peers for his “strong corporate expertise”. He is recognised as one of the foremost M&A advisers in the country.

International law firm MILBANK TWEED HADLEY & MCCLOY is also well regarded for its strong M&A practice. This year, two outstanding individuals have been nominated for inclusion.
With more than 25 years’ experience “leading lawyer” Norbert Rieger is internationally regarded as an authority on tax issues surrounding complex corporate reorganisations and M&A activities.
Peter Nussbaum is a well-established figure in the German market and is praised by sources for his outstanding knowledge of mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets.

Roger Kiem at WHITE & CASE is renowned for his exceptional expertise handling complex M&A transactions. He regularly advises major banks and financial institutions on complex corporate law issues.

Thomas Meyding at CMS HASCHE SIGLE has more than 30 years’ experience advising on some of Germany’s most prominent mergers and acquisitions across the automotive, financial services and media sectors.

Gerhard Schmidt of WEIL GOTSHAL & MANGES is recommended by international commentators for his expert handling of complex cross-border transactions.

BAKER MCKENZIE’s Florian Kaestle is a top name, recommended for “always getting deals over the finishing line”. He is well regarded for his boundless M&A experience which includes public takeovers, joint ventures, post-merger integrations and post-M&A disputes.

Regina Engelstaedter at PAUL HASTINGS is a superb advocate who enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market for providing expert advice on domestic and international M&A transactions.

Tim Brandi at HOGAN LOVELLS is highly regarded by peers for his well-established corporate practice. He has more than 20 years’ experience advising on public takeovers and private M&A transactions.

Hans-Christoph Ihrig at ALLEN & OVERY is internationally recognised for his top-notch practice, with sources remarking that he is “a very notable practitioner”.

“Highly respected practitioner” Rolf Koerfer at OPPENHOFF & PARTNER is one of the leading names in the market when it comes to complex corporate transactions. He is particularly strong in relation to cross-border M&A transactions and reorganisations.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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