Germany: Capital Markets 2019

In this chapter we identify 37 practitioners in Germany’s capital markets space who stand out for their excellent work on a range of matters, including IPOs, syndicated financing and acquisitions.

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

Hengeler Mueller seees seven of its practitioners listed this year. 
Dirk Busch is a standout name in the German market. His speciality lies in capital market transactions, including IPOs, secondary share placements and bond issuances for large multi-national corporations and partnerships.
Wolfgang Groß is praised by respondents this year as “a top-tier practitioner”. He is particularly experienced in transactional matters such as capital increases, block trades and IPOs.
Daniel Weiss is a highly skilled expert in capital markets practice who is experienced in advising both lenders and borrowers on a variety of financial products including syndicated loans, bilateral financings and bonds.
Dirk Bliesener is a well-recognised capital markets lawyer whose speciality lies in structured finance, regulatory matters and acquisitions. 
Capital markets financing expert Henrik Haag is one of the top names in this year's research thanks to his premier work for underwriters and issuers in debt-based financing deals.

Sullivan & Cromwell sees four of its practitioners nominated this year.
Carsten Berrar is a leading name in the German market who is praised by peers for his expertise in IPOs as well as his “excellent work on block trade matters”.
Krystian Czerniecki is identified as a top-notch figure by respondents in the German market this year. His practice centres on IPOs, rights offerings and high-yield debt offerings.
Konstantin Technau gains recognition from market commentators across Germany as a capital markets expert. He has long-standing experience and expertise handling IPO matters for international clients.
Wolfgang Feuring is a well-regarded figure in capital market transactional work and wins high praise from peers this year for his impressive work in the space.

Global, full-service firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer achieves highly this year, and sees four of its practitioners listed.  
Mark Strauch is described as “one of the top 10” practitioners in Germany for capital markets work, particularly when it comes to complex IPO matters relating to both the German and US markets. 
Rick van Aerssen is well regarded among peers who commend his first-rate practice which focuses on acquisition and IPO matters for large institutional clients.
Christoph Gleske is “a top name” in the capital markets field who has built a broad practice that spans a range of debt and equity matters.
Andreas König is also identified as an excellent practitioner in the market by respondents this year.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s Gabriele Apfelbacher is an accomplished practitioner with a well-developed corporate practice that focuses on ISOs, acquisitions and regulatory matters.  
Ward Greenberg enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market among market commentators. His capital markets practice spans IPOs, high-yield issues and capital increase matters.

Sebastian Maerker at Clifford Chance is a well-known figure in Germany’s capital markets space. His speciality lies in advising clients on international and domestic securities offerings, listings and regulatory matters pertaining to securities.
George Hacket impresses market sources with his first-class capital markets practice and is highly sought after for his expertise on the debt and equity side.

Benedikt Gillessen at Norton Rose Fulbright is praised by respondents in Germany for his “truly excellent book building and block trade practice”.

At Allen & Overy, Marc Plepelits is a first-rate practitioner who has “a very busy practice” and specialises in advising European companies on cross-border securities offerings.

Stephan Hutter at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom comes highly recommended and is praised as “a top practitioner in the market”. His practice focuses on IPOs, capital increases and high-yield debt financing matters.

Thorsten Kuthe at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is recognised as a standout name in the domestic market who has experience in IPO matters and share placements for clients in the energy sector.

At Hogan Lovells, Sven Brandt draws praise from sources this year for his expertise in structured finance, debt securitisation and other capital markets products.

Marco Carbonare at Linklaters is a well-regarded figure in the capital markets space whose practice spans a wide range of capital markets matters, including IPOs and high-yield bond issuances.

Lutz Krämer at White & Case is a go-to lawyer who commands over 20 years of experience in advising issuers and investment banks on the full range of capital markets law.

Oliver Seiler at Latham & Watkins is a top-tier name in the market thanks to his exceptional expertise in IPOs in particular. Among his major recent representations was for Siemens in its medical technology unit IPO.


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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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