In this year’s edition of WWL: Germany, practitioners from 360 firms are recognised, including many world-renowned outfits. Seven of the very best law firms in the market account for over one quarter of these listings, and we profile these firms here.
Renowned international firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer demonstrates the strength and depth of its offering in the German market this year, with a total of 79 listings across 25 different practice areas.
The firm distinguishes itself in the field of competition law, with 11 of its lawyers listed for their outstanding work representing clients in a variety of abuse of dominance, merger review and other behavioural matters at both a German and EU level.
The firm also performs impressively in the M&A field, with seven of its lawyers securing a listing thanks to their expertise advising clients on M&A transactions and regulations. The firm further demonstrates its prowess in corporate law with six listings for its corporate tax specialists, who have extensive experience and skill advising clients on a host of domestic and EU tax requirements and regulations.
Outstanding names at the firm include, Helmut Bergmann, Uta Itzen and Tobias Klose, pre-eminent figures in competition law. Andreas Fabritius is a top name for M&A transactions while Boris Kasolowsky is a go-to arbitration specialist.
Full-service law firm Noerr demonstrates its position as a leading outfit in the German market this year, achieving 64 listings across 22 practice area chapters.
M&A is an area in which the firm performs particularly well. This is reflected in this year’s research, where 11 lawyers are singled out for their market-leading work on a range of high-value corporate transactions. The firm receives a further five listings for its excellence in corporate governance.
Data law is a further strength of the firm, with seven of its lawyers highlighted this year for their deep expertise in data privacy, data protection, e-commerce and content platforms among others.
The firm also excels in the energy sector, with a total of seven practitioners listed in our corresponding chapter for their impressive handling of a range of matters from energy projects to disputes.
Standout names at the firm include Karsten Metzlaff, a leading light in franchise law and Peter Bräutigam who is widely regarded as a go-to name in the data, telecoms and media sectors. Bärbel Sachs is distinguished for her excellence in trade and customs law, while Alexander Birnsteil is recognised for his first-rate competition practice. Cornelia Kermel ranks highly among peers for her in-depth knowledge of energy law. Tobias Bürgers receives plaudits for his deep expertise in corporate governance, and Alexander Ritvay is commended for his adept handling of complex M&A deals.
Top-tier law firm Hengeler Mueller ranks highly in the German market, which is reflected in our research this year where the firm receives 61 listings across 18 practice area chapters.
M&A is a core strength of the firm, with an impressive 10 lawyers highlighted in our corresponding chapter. The team stands out for its work advising major clients on high-value private and public transactions. Corporate governance is a further area in which the firm excels. Eight practitioners are listed for their excellence in the field. The firm’s top-notch corporate finance offering is further illustrated with listings in our project finance and corporate tax chapters.
Capital markets is another area in which the firm receives plaudits from sources, with lawyers recognised for their market-leading work on IPO offerings and on structured finance transactions.
Standout names at the firm include Hendrik Haag and Johannes Tieves for their world-class banking practices. Thorsten Mäger and Alf-Henrik Bischke are widely recognised as stellar competition lawyers, while Jan Bonhage is held in high esteem for his deep expertise in state aid matters. Dirk Uwer impresses thanks to his world-class energy law practice, and Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain is known for his expert handling of M&A deals. Markus Meier draws praise as one of Germany’s leading litigators and Thomas Müller wins praise for his excellent work in the real estate sector.
Top-tier German law firm Gleiss Lutz enjoys a prominent position in the domestic market, where it illustrates the strength of its offering, achieving 58 nominations across 19 practice areas this year.
The firm proves itself be a dominant player in competition law and sees nine lawyers listed in our corresponding chapter. The team stands out for its excellence in antitrust-related compliance, cartel investigations, merger control, follow-on damages claims and vertical agreements.
Corporate finance is a core strength of the firm, with nominations achieved across a range of related areas including M&A, capital markets, corporate tax, corporate governance, and insolvency and restructuring. The firm’s dispute resolution capabilities are also recognised with individuals highlighted for their excellent work in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Labour and employment law matters are another mainstay for the firm with seven lawyers this year highlighted for their ability when it comes to handling restructurings, pension schemes and employment-related litigation.
Key names at the firm include Ingo Brinker, a pre-eminent name in competition law. Andreas Spahlinger is widely recognised as one of the foremost restructuring and insolvency lawyers in the German market, while Christian Arnold is commended for his deep expertise in labour and employment law. Tim Weber is a go-to name for real estate matters, while Martin Diller ranks highly among peers for his impressive pensions and benefits practice. Christian Cascante is singled out for his top-tier handling of M&A transactions.
Full-service international firm CMS stands out in our research this year with a total of 40 listings across 18 practice areas, illustrating its strong position in the German market.
The firm excels across the data sector, with six top-tier lawyers singled out in our corresponding chapter for their leading work on an array of issues, from data protection and privacy to advising on international data transfers.
Labour and employment law are further strengths of the firm, where its team achieves four listings for its excellence in advising clients on a range of issues from outsourcing to redundancy proceedings.
The firm showcases its sector-related expertise in this edition, spanning shipping, construction, life sciences, real estate and energy law.
Key figures at the firm include Klaus Michael Sachs, who stands out for his impressive arbitration practice and Andreas Roquette who is distinguished as a top name in construction law. Jan Wölper, excels in the shipping sector and Michael Frege ranks highly among peers for his expert handling of restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Malte Grützmacher is a leading figure in data law and Björn Gaul stands out for his first-rate labour and employment practice.
Full-service international outfit Clifford Chance ranks as a leading firm in the German market. It showcases its strong presence across the country in this edition, and received 39 listings from its offices in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.
The firm is highly active in the real estate sector, with five lawyers listed in our corresponding chapter for their outstanding work advising on high-profile developments, transactions and disputes.
It also stands out for the strength of its dispute resolution practice, with four litigators and two leading arbitrators recognised in this edition. They are experienced in contentious proceedings across a wide array of sectors, from energy to tax-related disputes.
The firm further excels across a range of sectors, including banking and life sciences.
Leading names at the firm include Peter Dieners who is distinguished for his deep knowledge of regulatory issues across the life sciences sector. Stefan Sax is a leading light for restructuring and insolvency matters, while Christian Keilich is considered a top name for real estate law. Sonya Pauls is singled out for her deep expertise in investment management, and Bettina Steinhauer ranks highly among peers for her first-class and finance practice.
International heavyweight firm Hogan Lovells performs impressively in this year’s research into the German market, securing 39 listings as a firm across 14 different practice areas.
The firm stands out in the life sciences sector, with five of its lawyers securing a listing for their top-tier work advising and representing clients on transactional, regulatory, product liability and patent litigation issues. The firm receives a further five listings for its impressive patents practice.
Product liability defence is another area of strength for the firm, with four of its lawyers listed for their experience representing clients across a range of sectors in contentious product proceedings, at both a domestic and EU level.
The firm is also home to a strong real estate practice. This year, we recognise four lawyers who are well equipped to advise clients on a range of transactional, regulatory and financing matters in the commercial real estate market.
Standout names at the firm include Karl Pörnbacher, a leading light in construction and arbitration law and Stefan Schuppert who is hailed as a distinguished data privacy and IT specialist. Ina Brock is looked upon with enormous favour by sources for her market-leading life sciences and product liability practice, while Andreas von Falck is commended for his outstanding ability in patent litigation proceedings in the life sciences sector.