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Glade Michel Wirtz

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Number of partners: 7
Number of lawyers: 26
Languages: German, English, French, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Düsseldorf based GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ is an independent law firm focusing exclusively on corporate and competition including litigation and compliance work. The lawyers of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ work on complex national and international matters, which require highly specialised skills and experience.

About 50% of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ’ client base consists of international clients, including large corporations and financial institutions like LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Mettler Toledo, Samsung, Total or Xerox. GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ’ domestic clients include DAX-30 corporations, MDAX corporations, German Mittelstand and industry associations. Its advice is sought after on managing board level. Clients value the outstanding quality of the firm and its independence. In particular, highly confidential projects are entrusted to GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ as clients appreciate the confidentiality of a smaller firm with no risk of leaks due to firm size.

Outside Corporate & Competition:
GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ has established a ‘best in class’ network which includes the German market leader boutique firms in each area of law and ensures the provision of top tier legal services to GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ’ clients in all their legal needs.

Outside Germany:
GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ regularly works with leading corporate and competition practices around the world.

First Class:
GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ provides its clients with first class legal solutions made in Germany. The partner led advice in small and powerful teams is tailored to the specific needs of the clients in every individual assignment. The firm is well known for its excellence and efficiency with which it is also capable of handling large and highly complex projects.

The Düsseldorf based firm is a valid alternative to the large international law firms. ‘GMW is now regarded nationwide as a role model of how to successfully establish a law firm, namely with a clear focus on two areas (corporate and competition law) and uncompromising quality’, according to legal magazine JUVE. The firm won the JUVE Awards 2012 in the category ‘Law Firm of the Year for Competition’ and 2014 in the category ‘Law Firm of the Year for Corporate’ and was shortlisted in 2018 as ‘Law Firm of the Year’ in Germany.

‘Competitors have great respect for the practice: they describe GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ as ‘sensationally well connected’ and even as the ‘alpha male of the boutiques.’ Global Competition Review says ‘The firm’s practice [...] is highly rated by its peers and is frequently mentioned in the same breath as much larger competitors. Several rivals say the small firm has been a key driver in boosting the competitiveness of the German competition bar.’ (GCR Volume, 18 issue 7, 2015). Global Competition Review concludes, ‘Probably the best of the boutiques is GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ.’ GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ’ partners are regularly top ranked in the German league tables as well as in international publications.

Main Areas of Practice:
: 4 partners
Competition: 3 partners
Compliance: 2 partners
Litigation: 5 partners

Recent & Notable Work:
■CWS boco International GmbH: Merger control advice to CWS-boco International GmbH regarding its acquisition of profi-con GmbH Contamination Control including its international subsidiaries.
Partner: Dr Christian Karbaum

■Daimler AG:
Acting as lead advisor to Daimler AG in preparing and implementing a new corporate structure by separating its cars & vans businesses and its trucks & buses businesses into new divisional entities Mercedes-Benz AG and Daimler Truck AG. Partners: Dr Andreas Merkner, Dr Marco Sustmann Advising Daimler in relation to investor lawsuits in connection with alleged breaches of disclosure obligations relating to diesel exhaust emissions.
Partners: Dr Marco Sustmann, Dr Jochen Markgraf

Deutsche Telekom AG:
Advice to Deutsche Telekom AG as opponent to Vodafone Group plc’s attempt to acquire Liberty Global assets in Europe worth about EUR 18.3 billion and representation in the European Commission’s merger control proceedings.
Partners: Dr Markus Wirtz, Dr Christian Karbaum

■Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH:
Corporate, M&A and merger control advice in forming a Europe-wide joint venture in the workwear, cleanroom and hygiene services between Haniel’s 100% subsidiary CWS-boco and UK listed Rentokil Initial plc. in 2016/2017 and in connection with the exit of Rentokil Initial plc. in 2019.
Partners: Dr Achim Glade, Dr Andreas Merkner, Dr Markus Wirtz, Dr Christian Karbaum

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH:
M&A and capital markets law advice in the sale of 7.3% in METRO AG to an acquisition vehicle of Daniel Křetínský, a Czech investor controlling EPH energy group, and Patrick Tkáć, a Slowak investor controlling a large financial services group, and granting of a call option for the remainder of Haniel’s METRO shares in 2018 and in connection with the takeover offer launched by the Czech investor for the acquisition of all outstanding METRO shares in summer 2019 and the settlement of the call option in November 2019.
Partners: Dr. Achim Glade, Dr Andreas Merkner, Dr Christian Karbaum

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH:
M&A and merger control advice in the acquisition of Rovema Group from its management team and HQ Equita, HQ Capital’s mid-cap buyout firm.
Partners: Dr Achim Glade, Dr Andreas Merkner, Dr Christian Karbaum

■Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP:
Advice regarding the EUR 670 million voluntary public takeover offer for all shares in AIXTRON SE, a leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, under German law and observing US tender offer rules for ADRs with limited exemptions.
Partners: Dr Achim Glade, Dr Marco Sustmann, Dr Markus Wirtz

■ING Groep N.V.
Merger control advice to Dutch ING Groep N.V. in its acquisition of joint control (together with Falkenstein Investments B.V.) over contract logistic provider Baerbergh. The Dutch ING Groep is a provider of financial services with activities in more than 40 countries and more than 38.4 million private and institutional clients.
Partner: Dr Silke Möller

Martinrea International Inc.:
Merger control advice to Martinrea International Inc. with regard to its acquisition of the structural components business for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles of Metalsa S.A. de C.V. Martinrea is a globally active tier 1 automotive supplier listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Partner: Dr Silke Möller

Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc:
M&A advice to Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc, a FTSE100 company, in its disposal of commercial and industrial air humidification equipment manufacturer HygroMatik GmbH to Carel Industries S.p.A., Italy.
Partner: Dr Achim Glade

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 2 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ advises Haniel subsidiary ROVEMA on the acquisition of Hassia India

Andreas Merkner, Jan Hermes, Christian Karbaum

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GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ advises Crosby Group on the acquisition of Feubo

Dr Jan Hermes, Carsten Lamberth

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