The firm's second German office is based in Frankfurt, an important finance center of continental Europe with strong links to London, Paris, Warsaw, Moscow, the United States and the Asia-Pacific Region, as well as within the German marketplace itself.
The Frankfurt office works closely with the Berlin office to comprise a seamless German practice. The German offices and their approximately 75 lawyers offer clients a broad array of legal services, including corporate/M&A, private equity, banking (including banking regulation law) and complex financings, insolvency and restructuring, real estate, telecoms, media & technology (TMT), public procurement, antitrust and trade, tax, employment, IP, IT, (international) dispute resolution and equipment leasing.
The Frankfurt transactional team regularly conducts complex German and multi-jurisdictional transactions. The group has significant experience in cross-border deals in particular in the TMT and life science sectors. The group also advises on joint ventures, distressed M&A and restructuring. Clients include German and international blue chips, major international utility service providers, investment banks, private equity funds, and mid-sized (Mittelstand) companies. The Legal 500 EMEA, 2010; 2011 ;2012, JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2010; 2011; 2012 and JUVE Handbuch 2010/2011; 2011/2012, 2012/2013 recommend us for Corporate/M&A , JUVE Handbuch 2012/2013 for Private Equity.
Our German finance team has extensive experience advising German and international banks, export and loan underwriters, financial institutions, companies, local authorities, investors and sponsors on domestic and cross-border finance transactions. The group advises on the full range of finance issues from classic asset finance, debt financing and syndicated loans to complex cross-border finance transactions, restructuring and project financing. The Banking & Finance practice is recommended for Banking Lending and Acquisition Finance (JUVE Handbuch 2011/2012; 2012/2013), Asset Finance & Leasing: Aviation (Chambers Europe 2010) and Rail (Chambers Global 2011 and 2012 -- Tier 1).
Our tax team advises on German and international tax issues, including on structuring domestic and cross-border acquisitions, financings and refinancings, investment and corporate restructurings, joint ventures, closed-end funds, optimizing real estate transactions and asset management, and advising institutional investors on regulatory and tax issues relating to real estate investment structures.
Our dispute resolution team advises on dispute resolution, international and national arbitration and court proceedings in the area of domestic and international business law. Our lawyers also have experience advising investors and governments on investment protection matters. The team is recommended for Litigation (JUVE Handbuch 2012/2013).
Our German practice was recently ranked among the top 100 employers in Germany by Trendence 2012/2013 and by Azur 2012 (affiliated magazine of JUVE, one of the leading German legal directories). In addition, the firm is ranked in JUVE, Chambers and Legal 500 for M&A, Corporate, Private Equity, Banking and Finance, Media, IT, Telecommunications, Public Procurement, PPP and Project Finance, Real Estate, Public Law and Litigation. The German practice was also awarded “Law Firm of The Year – Region East 2012”, “Law Firm of the Year for Public Procurement 2010”, “Law Firm of the Year for Media 2009”, “Law Firm of the Year for TV, Film and Entertainment 2009 and “Law Firm of the Year for Telecommunications 2009” by JUVE.
Awarded from JUVE as "Law Firm of the Year - Region East" 2012.