Linklaters

Insurance Department

Germany
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What the team is known for Reputable team which benefits from a robust international network to advise clients on multi-jurisdictional M&A deals in the insurance sector. Assists insurers with a variety of transactions, including portfolio, capital markets and real estate mandates. Also offers strong expertise in corporate governance, tax and regulatory issues, such as in connection with innovative reinsurance structures and insurance products. Additionally advises on alternative investments as well as group restructurings.

Strengths The team receives praise from one client who describes them as "very well organised and structured" and goes on to highlight its "very extensive knowledge, also across topics, and very good overview of upcoming changes in the legal and tax system or regulatory area."

Another client recommends Linklaters for complex mandates, describing its approach as "very efficient and very tailor-made."

Work highlights Advised ADAC Autoversicherung on the change of its shareholder structure with Allianz taking over 51% of shares formerly held by Zurich.

Notable practitioners


Frederik Winter
is a well-known regulatory lawyer with a strong focus on the insurance sector. He frequently advises insurance companies on supervisory and capital markets law aspects regarding new products and contingency planning. A client highlights his "friendly and competent impression" of Winter and values that "the co-operation with him is very pleasant. He is very committed and interested in a deeper legal exchange of opinions."


Wolfgang Krauel
is an established and experienced adviser to German and international insurance companies, whom he assists with M&A, capital markets and run-off transactions. He also provides corporate and commercial advice connected to innovative internal and external reinsurance structures. According to a client, Krauel "is very responsive, a good negotiator, very senior with gravitas and approaches the practical topics hands-on."