Ranking tables

Corporate/M&A | Global

Germany

The Corporate/M&A rankings table below has been designed to provide the most in-depth insights and reviews of the top ranked lawyers and law firms. The firms included in our rankings have been recommended by in-house counsel, other third-party experts and private practice lawyers. Our comprehensive research ensures you have all the information needed when looking to purchase legal services across Germany.

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Band 1
  1. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 1 | 25 Years Ranked
    The highly regarded corporate and M&A practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is renowned across the market for handling large-cap, complex deals. It is well equipped to manage both public and private M&A, as well as corporate advice and international reorganisations. It boasts a broad range of expertise, including carve-outs, investments and complex distribution agreements. A strong international network allows the team to manage large-scale cross-border deals. Close links to the law firm's US offices are of particular advantage for its German blue-chip clients and US investors in Germany. The team showcases broad sector expertise, covering automotive, technology, manufacturing and life sciences.
  2. Linklaters
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    Linklaters
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 1 | 20 Years Ranked
    Linklaters boasts an excellent corporate and M&A department that is a top choice for complex, high-value transactions. The firm has an exceptionally strong global presence, which enables the team to perform excellently in cross-border matters. It regularly handles major acquisitions and mergers, as well as large-scale corporate restructurings and joint ventures. It also handles complex carve-outs and takeover bids for multinational companies. The department also routinely advises DAX 40 companies on corporate governance and strategic issues. It is especially active in the energy, materials, financial services and automotive sectors.
  3. Hengeler Mueller
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. Clifford Chance
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    Clifford Chance
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 2 | 23 Years Ranked
    Clifford Chance features a prominent practice that attracts praise for its capabilities in cross-border M&A transactions. The firm regularly handles joint ventures and ensuing transactions and is well equipped to manage significant international carve-outs. Another strength lies in handling overseas market entries for prominent German clients. The team represents major domestic and international corporates, financial institutions and private equity houses. Its industry focus spans life sciences and health, energy, financial services, automotive and real estate.
  2. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
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    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    Sullivan & Cromwell demonstrates an exceptionally strong combination of its public M&A and ECM capabilities. It also has an impressive presence on private M&A mandates. The team specialises in big-ticket, complex transactions, with a strong focus on both inbound and outbound deals involving the USA, representing both buyers and target companies. Its clientele includes private equity houses, investment banks and both traditional and newer large corporates.
  3. Latham & Watkins
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. A&O Shearman
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    A&O Shearman
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 3 | 40 Years Ranked
    The firm is renowned for the depth of its international capabilities. It is a popular choice for complex cross-border transactions, including acquisitions, mergers and divestitures. Share buy-back programmes and joint venture expansions are also handled by the team, while further offering expertise in capital markets-related mandates. It is a trusted boardroom adviser to various DAX 40 companies as well as a strong choice for private equity transactions. The firm's industry expertise ranges from automotive and manufacturing to transportation and financial services. On 1st May 2024, Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling merged to form A&O Shearman.
  2. Milbank LLP
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    Milbank LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 3 | 18 Years Ranked
    The international law firm Milbank showcases a well-established team with a very strong reputation for advising large public companies on corporate law matters. It offers strategic advice to management, supervisory boards and shareholders, including on cross-border acquisitions and divestitures. The team also assists with corporate reorganisations and partnership agreements as well as financing rounds. Milbank additionally has significant expertise in handling deals for private equity funds and related portfolio company mandates. The law firm's versatile client base also extends to family offices and family-owned businesses, and it has particular strength in the healthcare and life sciences sectors.
  3. Gleiss Lutz
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Baker McKenzie
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    Baker McKenzie
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 4 | 31 Years Ranked
    Baker McKenzie boasts excellent cross-border capabilities thanks to its broad global network of offices. The team regularly advises on large-scale and often multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, with a strong focus on Chinese and US investments. Extensive partnership agreements and share sales are also handled by the team. The law firm's clientele is made up of domestic and international corporations from sectors including manufacturing, automotive, technology, energy and chemicals.
  2. CMS
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    CMS
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 4 | 43 Years Ranked
    CMS offers a strong team that draws on a deep bench of lawyers to handle a multitude of both high-end and mid-cap M&A transactions. The law firm routinely assists with the formation of joint ventures, especially in the energy and electric mobility sectors. CMS is particularly strong in M&A matters that have a significant regulatory component, benefiting from deep-rooted expertise in the TMT, energy, financial services and healthcare sectors. It also has a substantial client base in the automotive industry. Aided by its expansive office network, CMS is well placed to handle cross-border mandates.
  3. Hogan Lovells International LLP
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    Hogan Lovells International LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 4 | 21 Years Ranked
    The corporate practice at Hogan Lovells is commended for its knowledge and understanding of regulated industries such as energy, life sciences, insurance and telecommunications. It handles asset and share deals and restructurings, as well as auction proceedings and investments in start-ups. The team also handles partnership agreements and assists with supervisory law mandates. It caters to mid-market clients as well as large internationally active companies. The law firm's global network enables the team to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions, demonstrating broad European capabilities coupled with notable US expertise.
  4. 4
    Noerr
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 4 | 38 Years Ranked
    Noerr is a German law firm with international offices that comes recommended for handling a variety of matters, including acquisitions, divestitures, public takeovers and corporate reorganisations. Long-term partnership agreements and joint venture formations constitute a further area of expertise. The law firm regularly acts on international deals, including those involving China. It has a strong standing among German SMEs and public entities as well as catering to large corporate clients from Germany and abroad.
  5. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
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    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 4 | 20 Years Ranked
    Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom displays a strong M&A profile and is best known for its involvement in global and pan-European transactions, drawing on its international network. The team receives regular instructions for complex, high-end M&A and private equity deals. Partnership agreements and joint venture set-ups also fall within the firm's area of expertise. It regularly assists DAX 40 companies as well as large international corporations, investment firms and financial advisers. Many of its clients are headquartered in the USA.
  6. White & Case LLP
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    White & Case LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 4 | 20 Years Ranked
    White & Case is an internationally focused law firm advising on a mixture of M&A and corporate matters. It has extensive capabilities in high-end, cross-border transactions, including joint ventures, divestments and acquisitions via auction processes. The team's client roster boasts a number of prestigious domestic and international corporates. It also advises private equity funds and portfolio companies on acquisitions, and commands expertise in the real estate, financial services, technology, automotive and energy industries.
  7. Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. 5
    Dentons
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 5 | 15 Years Ranked
    Dentons is noted for its holistic coverage of mandates across Germany and beyond, utilising its impressive network of offices to advise on cross-border matters. The highly active team assists with M&A, corporate advisory and private equity deals. In addition, clients benefit from the firm's expertise in joint venture set-ups. The law firm is particularly active in the automotive, TMT, life sciences, mobility and energy industries.
  2. DLA Piper UK LLP
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    DLA Piper UK LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 5 | 25 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper boasts a highly regarded practice with expertise across the full corporate and M&A spectrum. Joint venture agreements, corporate reorganisations and large-scale acquisitions and sales are regularly handled by the law firm. Particularly clients from the chemicals, gaming, IT, automotive and manufacturing sectors seek DLA Piper's excellent services. The popular team is recognised for acting on cross-border matters in collaboration with the firm's network of international offices, including on inbound and outbound transactions connected to the USA, China and India.
  3. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 5 | 14 Years Ranked
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has a dedicated corporate team that offers advice on corporate governance to management and supervisory boards of several DAX 40 companies and international businesses. It also handles cross-border private and public M&A transactions, with a particular focus on US-driven deals. The firm offers additional expertise in international joint ventures. Active on both high-end and mid-cap deals, the team routinely handles inbound investments for international clients. It predominantly acts for clients from the life sciences, manufacturing and technology sectors as well as private equity houses and their portfolio companies.
  4. Jones Day
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    Jones Day
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 5 | 15 Years Ranked
    Jones Day is a well-known international firm, especially recommended for cross-border and multi-jurisdictional M&A deals. It handles acquisitions and divestitures with particular expertise in transactions involving the US and France. Further expertise includes carve-out and spin-off matters, cooperation agreements and venture capital investments. The law firm's client base includes private equity investors and corporates. Jones Day offers extensive expertise in the technology, automotive and healthcare sectors and also handles transactions for domestic and international clients in the manufacturing sector.
  5. SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz
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    SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 5 | 6 Years Ranked
    The German law firm SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz houses a well-regarded corporate law practice that acts primarily for domestic clients, assisting with national as well as cross-border matters. It provides boardroom and shareholder advice to DAX 40 clients, with notable strength in corporate governance matters. The law firm also handles corporate litigation, shareholder agreements and investments. High-value M&A transactions including acquisitions and divestments as well as carve-outs and spin-offs further fall under its expertise. It offers additional strength in corporate reorganisation matters. SZA attracts prestigious clients from a range of sectors, including financial services, automotive, pharmaceutical and technology.
  6. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    The international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher's expertise lies in mid as well as large-cap M&A transactions, and the firm acts for domestic and international corporates as well as founders and portfolio companies. Willkie Farr & Gallagher also enjoys a strong standing in private equity-related mandates. The team also assists with joint venture formations. Due to its international office network the firm is in a strong position to handle cross-border mandates across various industry sectors including pharmaceutical, technology, fashion and automotive.
  7. McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 5
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Band 6
  1. 6
    K&L Gates
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 6 | 1 Years Ranked
    K&L Gates is a well-established practice advising domestic and international clients from Europe and North America, with particular strength working on transatlantic transactions in cooperation with its offices in the USA. The team advises on M&A and private equity deals and joint ventures as well as transactions connected to startups. It has additional expertise includes corporate governance and capital markets matters. It is particularly active in the technology, life sciences, automotive and financial services sectors.
  2. Mayer Brown LLP
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    Mayer Brown LLP
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 6 | 15 Years Ranked
    Mayer Brown is an international law firm popular with private equity funds and their portfolio companies for advice on acquisitions and disposals. The firm represents mid-sized and large clients from both Germany and overseas, including a number of well-known multinationals. The team has ample experience acting on cross-border matters, especially those with a strong connection to the USA. The firm offers expertise across the financial services, automotive and manufacturing sectors.
  3. Morrison Foerster
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    Morrison Foerster
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 6 | 13 Years Ranked
    Morrison Foerster is an international law firm with a strong focus on the TMT sector. In addition to advising on domestic transactions, the team is well placed to act on both inbound and outbound sales and acquisitions. The firm offers additional expertise in joint ventures. The team acts on private and public M&A deals, including mergers and spin-offs, as well as private equity transactions. Its client base is made up of shareholders, financial investors and multinational corporations.
  4. Norton Rose Fulbright
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    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 6 | 10 Years Ranked
    Norton Rose Fulbright is an international law firm with a large network and strong cross-border facilities. The team advises clients on inbound and outbound acquisitions as well as multi-jurisdictional deals. It also acts on joint venture agreements and corporate restructurings, as well as private equity transactions. The law firm's key industries include finance, automotive, energy, manufacturing and technology. Its client base consists of German Mittelstand clients as well as multinational corporations and financial investors.
  5. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
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    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 6 | 3 Years Ranked
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe shows a strong track record in mid-cap M&A transactions and venture deals. The team is particularly adept at handling inbound and outbound cross-border work, with strong expertise in advising on acquisitions and investments in the German startup scene. The firm also assists with the formation of joint ventures. Due to its US ties, the law firm is also a favoured choice for transactions with a US angle. It frequently assists with deals in the technology, energy, financial services and life sciences sectors.
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    Pinsent Masons
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 6 | 11 Years Ranked
    The law firm Pinsent Masons is active on international matters, advising clients from Asia and the USA on transactions in the German market. The team assists domestic and international clients with strategic investments, M&A deals and joint venture agreements as well as exits. Its clients hail from a variety of industries, including automotive, energy, healthcare and technology.
  7. ARQIS
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 6
  8. Ashurst
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 6
  9. Eversheds Sutherland
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 6
  10. Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 6
  11. Taylor Wessing
    Corporate/M&A
    2024 | Band 6