Germany: Banking 2019

In this chapter we highlight 32 of the foremost lawyers in the German banking market for their expertise in financing, transactional and regulatory work.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Bettina Steinhauer Clifford Chance Deutschland LLP, Frankfurt
2. Hendrik Haag Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt
3. Johannes Tieves Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt
4. Eva Reudelhuber Gleiss Lutz, Frankfurt

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer dominates the market and sees six practitioners listed.
Mario Hüther is a banking expert who frequently advises clients on issues such as debt financing, public takeovers and leveraged finance transactions, with a particular emphasis on the automotive industry.
Michael Josenhans focuses his top-tier practice on complex syndicated lending and acquisition financings on both a domestic and an international level.
Gunnar Schuster is “a well-known regulatory lawyer” who possesses extensive experience working on a wide range of domestic and international banking matters.
Frank Laudenklos is highly experienced in debt financing matters, and is recognised for his work advising clients on real estate financing, syndicated lending and leveraged buyouts.

Hengeler Mueller sees four outstanding lawyers recognised.
Hendrik Haag is a seasoned banking lawyer with extensive experience advising clients on corporate financing issues in addition to his knowledge of banking regulation matters.
Johannes Tieves stands out as “a first-class finance lawyer” who regularly advises financial institutions and companies on syndicated loans, bonds and hybrid financing. One peer considers him “an excellent practitioner, among the best”.
Stefan Krauss expertly advises clients on matters relating to derivatives, payment systems and regulatory issues and is recognised by sources as “a very well-known structured finance practitioner”.
Daniel Weiss is recognised for his broad range of expertise in banking matters, ranging from syndicated financing to unitranches.

Noerr also achieves four listings.
Sebastian Bock specialises in real estate and project financing as well as securities matters, where he frequently advises borrowers and financial institutions.
Tom Beckerhoff advises clients on a variety of banking and financing matters that include acquisition financing, syndicated loans and project financing, with peers noting that he is “extremely active” in the field.
Jens Kunz co-heads the firm’s financial services regulatory group. He is known for his work for a wide range of financial institutions and other providers in all types of regulatory matters.
Wolf Stumpf stands out for his impressive work advising clients on financings, transactions and banking-related litigation.  

Clifford Chance sees three lawyers recognised here.
Bettina Steinhauer leads our research this year and is highly regarded by peers for her exceptional work across the banking sector. Peers say she is “one of the big names in the market” and “always does an excellent job”.
Marc Benzler is an expert in banking and capital markets issues with a focus on regulatory matters, boasting comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the area.
Barbara Mayer-Trautmann is highly experienced in advising large institutions that include corporations, private equity firms and banks on transactional matters from both a domestic and a cross-border perspective.

At Gleiss Lutz, Eva Reudelhuber stands out as one of the most prominent banking lawyers in the country. She is recognised by sources as “excellent on the corporate lending and acquisition side”.
Helge Kortz also gains recognition here for his first-rate banking practice, where he regularly handles complex refinancings and syndicated lending matters.

Peter Hoegen at Allen & Overy has extensive experience in the space with one respondent commenting that he is “very well known for his restructuring work”.
Neil George Weiand is recognised by sources as “one of the stars” in the German market. He wins high praise for his expert handling of financing matters across the banking sector.

Alexandra Hagelüken of Latham & Watkins is identified by sources as “an excellent practitioner” who is “very active and well known” in the banking space.

Marc Trinkaus at Linklaters is “a very active and strong figure” in the market who advises large corporations and financial institutions on banking matters that include restructuring, leveraged financing and syndicated lending.

At Shearman & Sterling, Winfried Carli is a well-known practitioner with experience in financing and restructuring work. Sources comment that he is “an excellent lawyer and very active” in the field.

Thomas Ingenhoven at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy is a dedicated banking practitioner who enjoys significant experience in issues such as syndicated lending, asset financing and leveraged financing.

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