Managing Partners: Georg Frowein and Rainer Krause
Number of partners: 86
Number of lawyers: 300
Hengeler Mueller specialises in high-end legal advice to companies in complex business transactions. The firm’s clients include major domestic and foreign entities in a variety of sectors, as well as leading private equity investors and family-owned enterprises in Germany, Europe and worldwide.
As a leading German firm, Hengeler Mueller is dedicated to absolute quality of legal advice and the highest standards of service, delivering the most creative and efficient solutions designed to optimise clients’ business objectives. The prerequisite: a true, independent and homogeneous partnership of professionals, entrepreneurial in thinking and handling and international in education, training and practice. Cultivating an in-depth knowledge and expertise in a wide spectrum of business law matters, lawyers at Hengeler Mueller establish for each transaction result-oriented and cost-effective teams - interactively in various fields of practice - tailor-made for client requirements.
Asset Management, Investment Funds
Banking Supervision & Financial Markets
Regulation Capital Markets (ECM and DCM)
Family-owned Businesses, Private Clients, Wealth Management
Intellectual Property, IT
Internal Investigations, Crisis Management & Compliance
Mergers & Acquisitions
Public Law & Regulatory
State Aid & Subsidies
Main Areas of Practice:
Key practice areas of the firm are M&A, private equity, corporate law as well as banking and capital markets. In addition Hengeler Mueller has highly developed expertise in specialised areas of law such as competition and antitrust, compliance, crisis management and investigations, employment, insurance, IP/IT, litigation, arbitration and ADR, public law and regulatory, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, tax and white collar crime.
Hengeler Mueller provides comprehensive legal advice in all major industry sectors, e.g. automotive, banking and finance institutions, chemicals, energy and the utilities sector, family-owned enterprises, healthcare and life sciences, infrastructure, transport and logistics, primary products, private equity, the real estate industry, TMT and the insurance sector.
The firm advises its clients worldwide and handles their cross-border transactions. In recent years, the firm has operated in more than 70 different countries.
Instead of opening offices across the globe, the firm has chosen to work with partner firms which share a common culture. Unfettered by bureaucracy, the firm thinks creatively, providing teams that respond swiftly to dynamic changes as they happen.
As the firm assembles its international teams to meet the specific needs of each assignment, it brings together the right lawyers with the relevant experience – no more, but also no less: efficient, diligent, and with the firm’s own special blend of agility and incisiveness. Multiple firms, one team, one solution.
Standard-setting International Network:
Hengeler Mueller strongly believes that cross-border service of the highest quality can best be provided by independent firms, upholding their own partnership of professionals and thus strengthening their respective brands by mutual commitment to absolute standards of service. The firm’s co-operation with pre-eminent firms in major jurisdictions on cross-border matters is far more than a mere ‘network’ or ‘referral relationship’.
Through integrated teams, clients have access to international legal services that are client-focused, cost-effective and result-oriented. Hengeler Mueller’s success in cross-border representations demonstrates that integrated teams give clients what they want: seamless handling of the transaction from beginning to end and legal advice of unsurpassed quality.
In any given matter, Hengeler Mueller will choose the lawyers from each jurisdiction to be included in the integrated team in consultation with the client (client-focused) — keeping in mind the requirements of the matter (result-oriented). The result is a tailor-made team of the best lawyers from the relevant jurisdictions, with clear management responsibilities and no unnecessary duplication of work (cost-effective).
The firm’s ties with leading firms throughout the world are exemplary, widely recognised as setting the standard in international legal services. For decades, Hengeler Mueller has been working intensively with ‘best friends’ Slaughter and May (UK) in addition to Bonelli Erede Pappalardo (Italy), Bredin Prat (France), Uría Menéndez (Spain), De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (the Netherlands) and further renowned European firms. Hengeler Mueller’s long established relationships to top law firms in the US continue to be a focal point of ist international presence. In recent years, the firm has expanded its cooperation with leading law firms in China, India, Russia and other countries with rapidly growing economies.
Together with its ‘best friends’ the firm has an unparalleled track record in cross border transactions, and it constantly strives to raise the benchmark of best practice in global legal services. In 2019, the firm’s Best Friends group acted in 250 deals worth an aggregate of more than USD 265bn.