Linklaters is renowned as one of Germany’s premier law firms. The firm operates from Frankfurt, Germany’s key financial centre, the key industrial centres of Düsseldorf and Munich and from Berlin, the nation’s capital.
The firm’s corporate and M&A specialists in Germany are involved in numerous significant national and international cross-border transactions, public takeovers, restructurings and complex stock corporate law issues. The firm leads German, European and global M&A league tables. The finance team advises on transactions, investments and other financing activities - on German, UK and U.S. law. Linklaters has a market-leading position for banking and project finance, equity and debt capital markets, regulatory, true sale and synthetic securitisations, derivatives and other structured financings as well as investment management. In the private equity sector our dedicated team advises investors, banks and PE financed enterprises at all stages of investment.
In both corporate and finance transactions, Linklaters includes tax-related with other legal and commercial considerations. The firm’s tax team provides clients with innovative advice from financial structures and transactional work to the areas of transfer pricing and tax litigation. Specialist competition/antitrust lawyers represent German and international companies before the European Commission, the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) and the European and German courts. They advise, for example, on merger control, abuse of dominance or state-aid.
Crisis affected companies, creditors, shareholders and investors rely on the cross-border expertise of the firm’s restructuring & insolvency team. The group advises on reorganisation measures, security interests, the restructuring of financing schemes or the distressed M&A area, including non-performing loans. Our dedicated real estate team acts for investors, developers and banks on all aspects of major national and international real estate transactions, tax-optimised financing and project development. Linklaters offers a comprehensive notarial service.
The firm’s litigation and arbitration specialists have an excellent reputation for complex corporate and capital market cases. The team has extensive experience in settling disputes of all kinds, including mediation. The employment team advises companies on individual and collective employment law, particularly focused on M&A, restructurings, pensions and employee incentives. In Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT), Linklaters advises leading market participants on challenging outsourcing transactions in all sectors, such as IT, telecommunication, financial service, logistic or personnel management as well as data protection.
In public commercial law Linklaters is a market leader in public-private-partnerships and procurement law. The team is part of the firm’s regulated markets group, which advises private and public enterprises and investors on corporate transactions, privatisations and project financing. Sector focus includes public banks, healthcare, energy and infrastructure.
Senior Partner Germany - Andreas Steck
Corporate/M&A - Hans-Ulrich Wilsing
Banking and Capital Markets - Kurt Dittrich
Tax - Jens Blumenberg
Restructuring & Insolvency - Sven Schelo and Kolja von Bismarck
Dispute Resolution - Rupert Bellinghausen
Competition/Antitrust - Daniela Seeliger
Real Estate - Wolfram Krüger
Public Commercial Law - Jan Endler
Employment - Georg Annuß
TMT - Daniel Pauly
Private Equity - Ralph Drebes
Regulated Markets - Kai Pritzsche
Financial Regulation Group - Andreas Steck and Frederik Winter
Investment Management - Alexander Vogt and Markus Wollenhaupt