Germany: Capital Markets 2018

In this section we feature 33 leading lights in the capital markets space, spanning structured finance and debt and equity transactions. They are highly sought after for their guidance on complex financing transactions, public issuances (including IPOs) and the structuring and sale of financial instruments.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Mark Strauch Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Frankfurt
2. Oliver Seiler Latham & Watkins LLP, Frankfurt
3. Hendrik Haag Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt

HENGELER MUELLER boasts the country’s pre-eminent capital markets offering; over one-fifth of the lawyers identified in this year’s research hail from the prominent full-service firm.
Leading the firm’s seven nominees, Hendrik Haag is considered by peers to be one of the strongest practitioners in the country. He leverages more than three decades of experience in capital markets transactions to provide highly praised counsel to several DAX clients on their debt issuances, specifically bonds.
Dirk Busch is “a first-rate lawyer”, and receives plaudits for his outstanding work in the capital markets space particularly on IPOs and bond issuances.
The “truly excellent” Reinhold Ernst brings a broad corporate background to his capital markets practice, which encompasses IPOs, secondary offerings and capital markets compliance issues. 
Wolfgang Groß is singled out by sources for his remarkable breadth of experience, combining a comprehensive understanding of sophisticated financial instruments and transactions with a standout securities advisory practice.
Daniel Weiß is an extremely well-regarded capital markets practitioner and frequently provides effective counsel to both lenders and borrowers on financial products and capital markets transactions.

SULLIVAN & CROMWELL achieves four listings in this edition, including “first-class lawyer” and co-head of the firm’s capital markets offering, Carsten Berrar. He is counted among the very best in the field by peers, who consider him an authority on convertible and exchangeable bond-offerings and other equity-linked debt instruments.
The eminent Wolfgang Feuring draws high praise from market sources who describe him as “one of the top capital markets experts in the country”. He possesses more than 35 years’ experience handling a wide array of corporate and capital markets matters.
Krystian Czerniecki is another standout practitioner at the firm whose expertise advising on rights offerings and IPOs across a host of European countries makes him highly sought after by clients.
Konstantin Technau is also highlighted for his strong expertise in the field, particularly when it comes to debt and equity capital markets matters.

The capital markets practice at international powerhouse FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER is one of best in the country, winning three nominations this year.
International capital markets specialist Mark Strauch is described by peers as “a top ECM lawyer in Germany”, an assessment confirmed in our research this year as he features among the most highly regarded practitioners. He leverages his market-leading expertise on the US market to advise European clients on US-specific equity transactions.
Corporate practice head Rick van Aerssen is noted for his exceptional counsel to both creditors and borrowers, including large listed companies. He is particularly commended by peers for his strong expertise handling IPOs.
Christoph Gleske is recommended for his outstanding practice which covers the full spectrum of debt and equity capital markets matters, including IPOs and convertible and straight bond offerings.

Full-service international firm LINKLATERS demonstrates the strength of its capital markets practice with three nominations.
Herbert Harrer is a distinguished practitioner renowned for his exceptional work advising on capital increases in numerous industries and jurisdictions, including Italy, where he assisted UniCredit in its record €13 billion capital increase on the Italian Stock Exchange.
Marco Carbonare and Peter Waltz are also recognised in this chapter. They are widely respected in the market for their wealth of expertise in ECM and EDM matters.

At HOGAN LOVELLS, capital markets practice leader Michael Schlitt is described as “a fantastic capital markets lawyer, certainly in the top 10 in Germany.” He counts large multinational companies and major investment banks among his clients, whom he advises on the full spectrum of ECM instruments and transactions.
Dietmar Helms is recognised for his notable expertise in the securitisation of auto-loans, and is frequently engaged by the financial services groups of major automotive companies.
Sven Brandt leads the firm’s debt capital markets practice and is highlighted for his expert handling of the whole gamut of capital markets matters, from the structuring of transactions to regulatory issues.

At LATHAM & WATKINS the “excellent” Oliver Seiler leads our research as the most highly regarded practitioner in the capital markets space. He enjoys a fantastic reputation as “a top pick in the field” for his broad practice that includes advising major investment banks and financial institutions on IPOs, capital increases and bond issuances.

Stephan Hutter at SKADDEN ARPS SLATE MEAGHER & FLOM is held in high esteem by respondents who count him among the best in Germany and “would not hesitate to recommend him” for his work on both debt and equity transactions.

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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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