Germany: Corporate Governance 2018

We highlight 33 leading practitioners in this chapter for their excellent work advising boardroom clients, including boards of directors, management teams, committees and shareholder groups on commercially sensitive and sophisticated corporate disclosure, governance and policy issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jochem Reichert SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschütz, Mannheim
2. Tobias Bürgers Noerr LLP, Munich
3. Christoph Seibt Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Hamburg

HENGELER MUELLER stands out one of Germany’s premier full-service firms with a research-leading seven nominations.
Michael Hoffmann-Becking is an esteemed figure in the market, leveraging his broad corporate expertise and more than 40 years’ experience to provide effective counsel to a range of corporate entities.
The extremely well-regarded Jochen Vetter is highlighted for the top-tier counsel he delivers to boards of directors on securities regulation, the planning and management of shareholder meetings and director protection matters.
M&A specialist Maximilian Schiessl is a prominent name in our research. His sophisticated understanding of large corporate and capital market transactions is a key source of insight and underpins his advice to boards of directors at several large public companies.
Andreas Austmann is applauded by market sources for both his knowledge of transformational transactions, including carve-outs, takeovers and acquisitions, as well as his astute commercial judgement.
Gerd Krieger enjoys a strong reputation in the market for the guidance he provides to boards and committees on securities laws and the conduct of general meetings.

Full-service international outfit FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER sees four individuals highlighted in this chapter.
Christoph Seibt is “a prominent name” in the field according to sources, who are quick to point out his great intelligence and “broad knowledge of corporate matters”.
Thomas Bücker is hailed as an authority on a range of complex challenges faced by boards and special committees. In particular, he draws praise for his shareholder-management expertise and guidance on the coverage of contentious decisions by the business judgement rule.
Christoph von Bülow is a vastly experienced corporate practitioner who is highly sought after by clients for his impressive expertise in the space.
Andreas Fabritius is a firm favourite among clients who praise his wealth of experience advising companies and institutions in the financial sector.

NOERR demonstrates the strength of its corporate governance offering with four outstanding practitioners listed.
Tobias Bürgers wins widespread praise from market sources, marking him out as one of the leading lights at the corporate bar. An M&A specialist renowned for his knowledge of stock corporation law, he is one of the go-to lawyers for public companies seeking advice during complex capital market transactions.
Gerald Reger is widely respected for his world-class corporate governance practice, and is noted particularly for his advice to boards on leveraged takeovers and compliance and director liability matters.
Laurenz Wieneke is a highly accomplished practitioner whose broad corporate practice includes stock corporation law and compliance matters.
Alexander Ritvay is also highlighted in this chapter and receives international praise for his impressive corporate practice.

GLEISS LUTZ also garners four nominations in our research this year, including the highly respected Michael Arnold, whose practice covers the full spectrum of stock corporation law, from planning and managing shareholder meetings to designing compliance procedures.
Head of the firm’s corporate practice Christian Cascante is recognised for his proficiency in a broad array of governance matters, including change of control transactions, the effective management of activist shareholders and director liability issues.

SZA SCHILLING ZUTT & ANSCHÜTZ’s three listings are led by the globally recognised Jochem Reichert. Peers are unequivocal in their praise of his expertise across the corporate governance field, particularly in corporate litigation defence proceedings. He stands out as one of the pre-eminent figures in the German market.

At LINKLATERS Hans-Ulrich Wilsing brings 25 years’ experience in corporate restructurings, corporate transactions and capital market issuances to his corporate advisory practice, winning commendation from market sources as a knowledgeable and strategically minded adviser.

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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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