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Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability Department

Germany
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What the team is known for Formidable corporate and M&A department that is a top choice for complex, high-value transactions. Exceptionally strong global presence, which enables excellent performance in cross-border matters. Uniformly praised for its handling of major acquisitions and mergers, as well as large-scale corporate restructurings and joint ventures. Also handles complex demergers and carve-outs for multinational companies. Routinely advises the management and supervisory boards of DAX 30 companies on corporate governance and strategic issues. Especially active in the energy, pharmaceutical, financial services and automotive sectors.

Strengths Clients consider the team to be a valuable address for complex matters. One client says: "The team is one of the top firms in Germany, so I work with them on difficult topics."

Further clients praise the team's commercial affinity and problem-solving skills. An impressed interviewee reports: "Theyunderstand more than only the legal issues they also come from the commercial side and understand the business needs the company has. They come up with creative ideas on how to solve roadblocks."

Work highlights Represented LetterOne in the USD21 billion business combination between DEA Deutsche Erdoel and Wintershall.

Notable practitioners


Hans-Ulrich Wilsing
is highly regarded for his aptitude for handling complex boardroom advice mandates, frequently representing domestic household names. One client enthuses: "He is one of the heavyweight lawyers in corporate law in Germany – he is intelligent and clever, and you want to have him on your side."


Ralph Wollburg
remains a towering figure in the corporate and M&A sphere, assisting a plethora of DAX clients with prominent acquisitions, significant corporate matters and boardroom advice. Market sources highlight his strong networking and negotiation skills. An impressed client reports: "He is extraordinarily experienced and well connected.He solves difficult and complicated situations on an equal footing with the decision-makers in your own organisation and on the other side."


Stephan Oppenhoff
routinely advises international corporates on public takeovers and divestitures. "He is a very well-versed, experienced technician," says one impressed client, who adds: "He finds practical solutions."