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Number of partners: 10

Number of lawyers: 29

Languages: German, English, French

Firm Overview:

Düsseldorf based GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ is an independent law firm focusing exclusively on corporate and competition including litigation and compliance work and is a proven competitor to major law firms. The lawyers of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ act on complex national and international matters, which require highly specialised skills and experience.

International:

About 50% of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ' client base consists of international clients, including large corporations and financial institutions like Gilead, Mettler Toledo, Samsung, Schneider Electric, Total or Xerox and various international private equity funds. GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ' domestic clients include DAX corporations, MDAX corporations, German Mittelstand and industry associations.

Clients value the high partner attention and entrepreneurial understanding and praise the outstanding quality of the firm's work products.

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 to ensure top tier legal services to GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ' clients in all their legal needs. In addition, GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ has a track record of steering large and complex domestic and cross-border projects also in collaboration with major law firms.

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 efficient and powerful teams is tailored to the specific needs of the clients in every individual assignment.

Accolades

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 JUVE Awards in the categories 'Law Firm of the Year for Competition' and 'Law Firm of the Year for Corporate' and was shortlisted in 2018 as 'Law Firm of the Year' in Germany. JUVE: '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 in its GCR 100 ranking (2022) 'GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ consistently punches above its weight to compete with the big national and international firms in the German antitrust market.'

The partners of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ are regularly top ranked in the German league tables and in international publications.

Main Areas of Practice: 

■ Corporate/M&A: 7 partners

■ Competition: 3 partners

■ Compliance: 3 partners

■ Litigation: 5 partners

Recent & Notable Work: 

Bank für Sozialwirtschaft AG:

Legal advice with regard to risk management and governance concerning self-organized trading in non-listed BfS-shares.

Partner: Dr Jochen Markgraf

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.:

Merger control advice to Clearlake Capital Group with regard to inter alia its acquisitions of Cornerstone OnDemand as well as of Quest Software Holdings Ltd. and One Identity Holdings Ltd., each of which had a transaction volume of more than USD 5 billion.

Partner: Dr Silke Möller

Continental AG:

Advice to Continental AG with regard to corporate and capital markets law in connection with ongoing compliance cases.

Partners: Dr Marco Sustmann, Dr Alexander Retsch

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 and before the EU's General Court.

Partners: Dr Markus Wirtz, Dr Christian Karbaum

DK-PAY:

Counsel to the Project "DK-PAY" for nearly the whole German banking landscape including institutions like the Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, or DZ Bank and the associations of other private banking institutions as well as of cooperative banks and saving banks in its endeavors to establish a uniform digital payment system.

Partners: Dr Silke Möller, Dr Markus Wirtz

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. as well as in connection with the exit of the joint venture by Rentokil Initial plc. at a later stage.

Partners: Dr Achim Glade, Dr Andreas Merkner, Dr Markus Wirtz, Dr Christian Karbaum, Dr Friedrich Schulenburg

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH:

M&A and capital markets law advice in selling a 7.3% stake and granting a call option for a 15.2% stake of the voting capital in METRO AG to EP Global Commerce GmbH and in connection with the takeover offer launched by EP Global Commerce GmbH.

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

Mercedes-Benz Group AG (formerly Daimler AG):

Advice on the separation of the commercial vehicle business from the Daimler Group through the spin-off of a majority shareholding in Daimler Truck AG (Project Focus 2021)

Partners: Dr Andreas Merkner, Dr Marco Sustmann, Dr Alexander Retsch, Dr Friedrich Schulenburg

Mercedes-Benz Group AG (formerly Daimler AG):

Advice on the reorganisation of the Daimler Group by spinning off the Cars & Vans and Trucks & Buses divisions into two independent stock corporations (Project Future 2017 to 2019)

Partners: Dr Marco Sustmann, Dr Andreas Merkner, Dr Alexander Retsch, Dr Friedrich Schulenburg

Mercedes-Benz Group AG (formerly Daimler AG):

Advice to Mercedes-Benz Group AG in the defense against investor claims in connection with diesel exhaust emissions.

Partner: Dr Marco Sustmann, Dr Alexander Retsch

Oakley Capital:

Merger control advice to Oakley Capital regarding its acquisition of the international over-the-counter medicines platform WSM Holding including its international subsidiaries.

Partner: Dr Christian Karbaum

United Internet AG:

Merger control advice to United Internet AG regarding the public takeover offer made jointly with Morgan Stanley for the acquisition of all shares in Tele Columbus AG. Following the clearance by the European Commission United Internet and Morgen Stanley jointly acquired 95% of the shares in Tele Columbus enabling United Internet's brands like 1&1 to access Tele Columbus' cable and fibre-optic network.

Partners: Dr Markus Wirtz, Dr Christian Karbaum

Provinzial Rheinland:

Corporate and antitrust advice to Provinzial Rheinland, a leading public insurance group, in its merger with Provinzial NordWest to create a top-ten insurer in the German market.

Partners: Dr Achim Glade, Dr Andreas Merkner, Dr Christian Karbaum, Dr Friedrich Schulenburg

ZF Friedrichshafen AG:

Sale of ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH, a world-leading manufacturer of dynamic components for light and medium helicopters, to Airbus Helicopters.

Partners: Dr Achim Glade, Dr Jan Hermes, Dr Christian Karbaum

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Germany

Competition/European Law
Band 3
Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market
Band 2

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Germany

Competition/European Law


Christian Karbaum
Up and Coming
Markus Wirtz
Band 2
Silke Möller
Band 5

Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market


Achim Glade
Band 1
Andreas Merkner
Band 5
Marco Sustmann
Band 5

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Band 1
Achim GladeCorporate/M&A: Mid-Market
Band 2
Markus WirtzCompetition/European Law
Band 5
Silke MöllerCompetition/European Law
Andreas MerknerCorporate/M&A: Mid-Market
Marco SustmannCorporate/M&A: Mid-Market
Up and Coming
Christian KarbaumCompetition/European Law

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North Rhine-Westphalia

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D - 40213

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