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8 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Hengeler Mueller

DCM

Many see Hengeler Mueller as the cutting-edge, leading firm when it comes to developing innovative finance solutions for international capital markets. The firm works on the entire spectrum of hybrid and debt transactions as well as structured finance and derivatives, designed for the specific needs of its clients. The expertise includes covered bonds, hybrid bonds, debt issuance programmes and securitisation of any size and for listing on any exchange.

Hengeler's DCM team advises issuers, underwriters and other market participants as well as shareholders and management. In any year, it works on more than 150 issues with a total value of c. EUR 80 bn.

ECM

Hengeler Mueller covers all areas of equity transactions, tailor-made for the needs of its clients. The firm's expertise comprises, inter alia, initial public offerings (IPOs), private placements, capital increases, high yield bonds and hybrid bonds of any sizes, as well as stock market listings. It advises issuers, underwriters and other market participants as well as shareholders and the management.

Many consider Hengeler Mueller pioneer in developing innovative solutions for the international capital markets. The firm assumes leading roles in complex transactions, in particular with respect to dual or triple track transactions as well as spin-offs. In addition, its track record includes numerous cross-border transactions as well as private equity exits.

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Capital Markets: Debt - Germany
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What the team is known for

Hengeler Mueller boasts an outstanding capital markets practice that enjoys an unrivalled position, being top-ranked in equity, debt and structured finance alike. The DCM team covers a broad range of mandates with a focus on strategically important matters. Acting for banks, public entities and corporate issuers, its expertise includes green bonds, debt issuance programmes and high-yield bonds. The law firm's ECM team is very active on high-profile IPOs, capital increases and private placements, with further expertise in dual-track processes, where the firm can draw on its extensive experience in M&A projects. Lastly, Hengeler Mueller is recognised for its prowess in handling large securitisation and factoring transactions, assisting with a broad range of instruments, such as mortgage loan and mail order receivables. Its clientele of blue-chip corporates and leading financial institutions further evidences the law firm's dominant market position.

Work Highlights

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  • Was among three law firms that advised the Deutsche Finanzagentur on the issuance of its first green government bond, valued at approximately EUR6.5 billion.

Notable Practitioners

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Stefan Krauss
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Stefan Krauss
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Considered a "paramount" name in the market, Stefan Krauss is held in high esteem for his experience in structured finance work. He advises prestigious clients on large and novel matters, such as conditional pass-through structured bond programmes and complex synthetic securitisation deals.

Hendrik Haag
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Hendrik Haag
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Leading practitioner Hendrik Haag draws on his substantial experience when advising well-known German and international corporates and underwriters on complex DCM mandates, including green bonds and dual-tranche bonds as well as US SEC shelf bonds. Clients describe Hendrik Haag as "one of the best capital markets lawyers in Germany, with very broad legal and economic expertise as well as a pragmatic approach."

Reinhold Ernst
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Reinhold Ernst
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Reinhold Ernst is widely appreciated for his expertise in advising German corporates on their IPOs. He is also well versed in handling capital increases via rights issues and placements via ABBs. A client describes Reinhold Ernst as "a trusted adviser who combines profound know-how with unique understanding of how to get a deal done. He is also extraordinarily experienced, super smart and very creative."

Martin Geiger
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Martin Geiger
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Experienced practitioner Martin Geiger is regularly involved in diverse and complex mandates, including securitisations via ABCP programmes and restructuring securitisations of leasing receivables to achieve STS status. One client values that "he is always available, technically absolutely excellent, very structured and very calm."

Alexander Rang
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Alexander Rang
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Alexander Rang rises in the rankings due to growing market appreciation and involvement in large and complex ECM mandates. He advises well-known German corporates on IPOs, dual-track processes and capital increases. Furthermore, he offers expertise at the intersection of DCM and ECM, assisting with convertible bonds. Endorsing his promotion, one interviewee explains: "Alexander Rang has done a great job, and is really fantastic and super open-minded."

Dirk Busch
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Dirk Busch
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Dirk Busch is highly active on ECM mandates and regularly advises on IPOs and capital increases via rights issue. He also assists with convertible bonds and the exit of investors, illustrating his holistic offering to clients. Appreciating his knowledge, one client defines Dirk Busch as an "expert on financial disclosure, very dependable and good at giving independent opinions."

Wolfgang Groß
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Wolfgang Groß
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Wolfgang Groß is experienced in advising well-known German corporates on a range of ECM issues such as capital increases as well as convertible bonds. Interviewees describe him as a "very strong capital markets lawyer."

Ranked Lawyers at
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Capital Markets: Debt

Hendrik Haag
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Hendrik Haag
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Capital Markets: Derivatives

Stefan Krauss
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Stefan Krauss
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Band 2
Capital Markets: Equity

Alexander Rang
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Alexander Rang
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Band 2
Reinhold Ernst
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Reinhold Ernst
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Wolfgang Groß
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Wolfgang Groß
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Dirk Busch
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Dirk Busch
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Capital Markets: Structured Finance

Stefan Krauss
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Stefan Krauss
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Martin Geiger
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Martin Geiger
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