Comment: This firm highly recommended for employment is reaping the rewards of its strategic realignment, which began with the 2010 merger of Hogan Hartson and Lovells and ended (at least for the time being) with an internal reorganization of capacities and IT structures over the past two years: the team now benefits from integration within the whole firm, esp. cooperation with the corporate lawyers in Germany and the US, who feed high-volume, complex employment transactions to the practice. The team size allowed it to specialize in interface issues early on, and that is now paying off: in Wybitul and Klemm, HL has renowned experts for data protection and company pensions in its ranks; a young partner in Düsseldorf is active in high-volume restructuring work. Despite the large-firm structure, the practice size allows the lawyers to remain visible in stand-alone employment, unlike at some competitors, e.g. in the supply of temporary workers and cross-border matters. It is with good reason that the practice generates some of the highest turnovers at HL and that associate attrition – previously an obstacle to team development – is a thing of the past.
Strengths: Specialization in the insurance, banking and pharma sectors. Company pensions.
Recommended: Dr. Eckard Schwarz (“superb legal expertise, esp. in litigation”, client), Dr. Ingrid Ohmann-Sauer, Bernd Klemm (“a broad cooperation that has grown soundly over the years”, client), Dr. Hendrik Kornbichler, Tim Wybitul (“sets the tone in employee data protection, reliable peer”, competitor).
Practice: Traditional advice provided to a number of well-known internationally active companies, frequently in (cross-border) projects ( ?insolvency and restructuring, reorganization). Alongside all-round regular work and numerous stand-alone instructions, support work for the ?corporate/ ?M&A practice. Strength in company pensions. Expertise in data protection and ?compliance. (8 partners, 2 counsel, 22 associates)
Clients: ?? BAT on restructuring; Dell on sale of consulting branch; Dorea on acquisition of Margarethenhof Group; first bad bank EAA on sale of EAA Portfolio Advisers; LH Bundeswehrbekleidungsgesellschaft on restructuring.
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