WATSON FARLEY & WILLIAMS

Comment: This firm is recommended in employment and defended its good name for major restructuring projects. Several of these kept the practice busy, incl. advice on the new works council structures to Vonovia Group and a broadening of work for Apple Retail. Recently appointed equity partner Kleffmann took the lead in a long-running corporate rescue project for Munich municipal hospital, and a salary partner named last year is active in collective employment law for Tank & Rast. This positive development makes growth at associate level more pressing. Expanding the Frankfurt office with a lateral (a move WFW has long aimed for) could raise the firm’s nationwide visibility.
Strengths: Restructuring.
Recommended: Dr. Nikolaus Krienke (“very knowledgeable and committed, his sector expertise helped us a great deal in our structural measures”, client; “strong expertise and practical solutions”, competitor), Dr. Anne Kleffmann (“excellent, experienced and assertive negotiator”, competitor on both; “competent and assertive”, “solution-oriented”, competitor); Dr. Frank-Peter Reissinger.
Practice: Broad practice. Ongoing advice incl. litigation as well as focus on restructuring and reorganization, also transaction advice mainly in Munich ( ?private equity and venture capital/ ?M&A). Advice to decision-making bodies and management. (2 equity partners, 1 salary partner, 7 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? HR Group, Immeo Group, Autobahn Tank & Rast on reorganization; Munich municipal hospital on 8-year corporate rescue plan; Vonovia regarding new works council structures; Audi on director contracts; ongoing advice to VGRD regarding Audi division.
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