Germany: M&A 2019

In this chapter we highlight 66 eminent M&A lawyers for their vast experience advising German and international clients on public and private M&A matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain Hengeler Mueller, Munich
2. Christoph Seibt Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Hamburg
3. Tobias Bürgers Noerr LLP, Munich
4. Maximilian Schiessl Hengeler Mueller, Düsseldorf
5. Thorsten Reinhard Noerr LLP, Frankfurt

Leading German firm Hengeler Mueller sees ten highly regarded practitioners listed here.
Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain is a leading light in Germany, who impresses peers with “his very pragmatic and detail-oriented advice”. He is a go-to adviser among listed companies and private equity companies and is widely endorsed as “a truly excellent lawyer”.
Maximilian Schiessl “is a big name in Germany” say peers, who describe him as “a very impressive lawyer” and highlight his “up front and to-the-point advice”.
Emanuel Strehle stands out as “a very important figure in the market” for providing technical advice on major commercial transactions. He is regularly engaged to represent large companies and investors in cross-border deals.
Jochen Vetter is a widely recognised figure in the German market who comes highly recommended for his work handling sophisticated M&A transactions and public takeovers.  
Christof Jäckle is “a great lawyer” who stands out among peers for his impressive work advising both German and international clients on complex corporate transactions.

Full-service firm Noerr achieves nine listings in this chapter.
Tobias Bürgers has a first-rate corporate practice is a go-to adviser among listed companies. He comes highly recommended for his sophisticated advice on major transactions.
Thorsten Reinhard impresses market commentators with his broad corporate knowledge and extensive experience advising multinationals and financial sponsors in high-profile M&A transactions.
Alexander Ritvay is recognised as “an outstanding lawyer” by sources who commend his high-quality advice on cross-border transactions.
Michael Brellochs is a well-known M&A lawyer with a strong practice advising listed companies and financial institutions in private and public M&A. Peers highlight “his excellent work for insurance companies”.
Alexander Hirsch draws praise for his expertise in complex M&A transactions and is well known for providing high-quality advice to strategic investors and blue-chip companies.
Christian Pleister comes highly recommended for his “top-notch practice” advising technology and media companies and financial clients on large-scale transactions.
Gerald Reger is an esteemed expert in cross-border M&A and joint venture transactions. He is a trusted adviser to major listed corporations and is highlighted for his responsive client service.

Gleiss Lutz is home to five esteemed M&A lawyers.
Christian Cascante leads the firm’s corporate group and is a very well-known name in the market. He stands out for providing specialist advice on major transactions and is a trusted adviser to German and international clients.
Michael Arnold is widely endorsed as “a great lawyer” in the corporate space. He advises on complex and business-critical transactions and is regularly engaged to advise a broad range of domestic and international clients.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer achieves seven listings in this chapter.
Christoph Seibt “is always a good choice” for high-quality representation in M&A transactions, say peers, who describe him as “the go-to guy for public M&A”.
Stephan Waldhausen stands out as “a very good and commercial lawyer” with impressive experience advising on public and private M&A transactions. Peers hold him in high esteem as “a great deals lawyer”.
Arend von Riegen “is a very well-known name” in Germany who impresses peers with his broad M&A practice and extensive experience in private equity transactions.

P+P Pöllath + Partners sees five lawyers recognised this year.
Matthias Bruse is highlighted as "a very strong M&A lawyer" who is "great to work with" on high-stakes deals.
Wolfgang Grobecker is recognised by peers as a skilful M&A lawyer to whom they "wouldn't hesitate to refer work".
Otto Haberstock stands out as a "strong name" in the German market for his vast experience advising on sophisticated M&A transactions.

Linklaters achieves two listings here.
Ralph Wollburg stands out for his first-rate corporate practice and is regularly engaged to advise on large commercial deals. Market commentators say, “He is very good on public M&A”.
In Düsseldorf, Hans-Ulrich Wilsing is endorsed as “a brilliant lawyer” who is recognised for his “very commercial approach and strong corporate practice”.

Clifford Chance sees two lawyers listed here.
Anselm Raddatz is highlighted as “the go-to M&A guy” with a strong practice in the regulated industries. Peers speak highly of his work in the energy sector and say, “He is very well reputed among private equity clients.”
Andreas Dietzel is a highly sought-after adviser to major industrial clients and is well known for his broad corporate experience and specialist expertise in M&A transactions.

Latham & Watkins is home to two prominent practitioners.
Rainer Traugott is “a top name” in Germany who enjoys an excellent reputation for his work in the M&A space. Peers highlight him as “a standout practitioner on complex deals”.
The “excellent” Oliver Felsenstein is a seasoned M&A lawyer with over 25 years’ experience advising clients on corporate and private equity transactions.

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy achieves two listings.
Norbert Rieger is a leading light at the firm who impresses market commentators with his broad knowledge of complex private and public M&A transactions.
Peter Nussbaum is a prominent practitioner who draws wide praise from market commentators, who report, “He is really commercial and knows how to resolve technical issues with ease. He is solutions-oriented, and his commercial skills are outstanding.”

At Allen & Overy, Astrid Krüger draws praise as “a brilliant lawyer” with a strong corporate practice. Peers say, “She is excellent in real estate transactions.”
Nils Koffka is “a brilliant guy and transactional lawyer” who is “very well known” for his work when it comes to private equity transactions.

Roger Kiem is a highly regarded practitioner at White & Case. He is highlighted as “an excellent lawyer” and is well known for advising large companies and financial institutions on domestic and cross-border transactions. 

Jan Bauer at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is held in high esteem as “a very commercial lawyer who really gets results and finds agreements”. He has vast experience in M&A law and “is very good at what he does”.

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