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Germany

About

Germany is an innovation-driven business and investment market. In this challenging and dynamic environment, our Firm is represented by lawyers, tax consultants and notaries at our offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg.

As one of the world's leading corporate law firms, we are at home in both national and international commercial law. We understand what moves industry and decision makers, thus anticipating the complex challenges that leading businesses and financial institutions face every day. As consultants, we create efficient and innovative solutions – together with our clients.

The work with our clients is a collaboration based on partnership and mutual trust. Building lasting relationships is an essential aspect of how we do business. We have a 150-year history of legal advice in Germany – and we are proud of the fact that we have been successfully working together with many clients for decades.

For us, competent consulting is about more than just outstanding professional insight – the successful work we do for our clients is based on common goals, constructive dialogues and a high level of personal commitment.

We are able to solve sophisticated challenges anywhere our clients do business. Our global network and our expert knowledge of local markets make this possible.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Chambers Europe 2016 (Germany)
Band 1 for Compliance and Restructuring and Insolvency-Administration
Band 2 for Energy-Regulatory, Projects, TMT-Information Technology and Transportation-Rail & Aviation Asset Finance
"White & Case were efficient, really helpful and gave fast responses to any lender request. The lawyers helped out explaining the specifics of German law to the international parties."
"The firm demonstrates the ability to appropriately treat highly complex transactions, and covers the full spectrum of required expertise with a good level of experience."
"The team is solution-driven, pragmatic, goal-oriented and quick."

JUVE 2016/2017
Tier 1 in Compliance Audits and Investigations, Energy Law-Regulatory,  Information Technology-Transactions and Outsourcing as well as Insolvency Administration and Trusteeship

The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 (Germany)
Tier 1 in Information Technology-Data Protection and Outsourcing, Insolvency and Restructuring-Insolvency and White Collar-Corporate Advice
Tier 2 in Debt Capital Markets, Project Finance, Corporate, M&A (large domestic deals—over €500 million), M&A (mid-sized international deals—under €500 million), Public Sector-PPP, Restructuring and White Collar
"White & Case LLP's well-structured team, has exquisite specialist knowledge and always provides a very good service."
"White & Case LLP's excellent team provides quick and practical advice at the highest level."
"Noted for its strategic advice, White & Case LLP is highly regarded by corporate counsels and managers alike."
"White & Case LLP's solution-oriented, professional and excellent restructuring practice pools together insolvency administration, corporate, banking and finance expertise."
"White & Case LLP is noted for its 'perfect mix of business sense and industry knowledge."

Experience

United Arab Shipping Company
Representation of United Arab Shipping Company and its majority shareholders (Qatar Investment Authority and Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia) in the US$11 billion business combination with Hapag-Lloyd AG, a German publicly listed container shipping company.

IK Investment Partners
Representation of private equity firm IK Investment Partners on the acquisition of the Hamburg-based ZytoService Group, a leading compounder of pharmaceuticals for patient-individualised infusions, from the founders and Capiton. The Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of ZytoService will remain with the business in managerial roles, and will be shareholders alongside IK.

Aixtron
Representation of TecDAX and NASDAQ listed Aixtron SE on the intended approx. €670 million takeover by the Chinese financial investor Fujian Grand Chip Investment. Germany-headquartered Aixtron is a leading provider of deposition equipment for the semiconductor industry. The transaction had to be abandoned by prohibitive order of US President Obama regarding Aixtron's US business.

Covestro
Representation of a consortium of banks led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Société Générale and UniCredit regarding the €1.5 billion debut bond issuance of Covestro AG.

Senvion
Representation of (i) a consortium of banks led by Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan regarding the issuance of a €400 million high yield bond in connection with the complex €1.5 billion leveraged buyout of Senvion SE by Centerbridge Capital Partners and (ii) Representation of a consortium of banks led by Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Citigroup on the IPO of the German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion.

Steering Committee / Scholz
Representation of the Steering Committee (Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg, Commerzbank AG, Bayerische Landesbank and Norddeutsche Landesbank) in connection with the financial restructuring of Scholz AG, a leading international metal recycling company.

Steering Committee / ENERVIE
Representation of the Steering Committee (NORD/LB Nordddeutsche Landesbank, Bayerische Landesbank, NRW.Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH and Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale) on the financial restructuring of ENERVIE Group. This was the first major restructuring of a municipal utility company. All banks agreed on a financial commitment until 2019 and the shareholders provided ENERVIE Group with a €60 million subordinated shareholder loan. More than 40 financial institutions are creditors of ENERVIE.

Consortium consisting of STEAG GmbH and Beijing Capital Group
Representation of a consortium consisting of STEAG GmbH and Beijing Capital Group in connection with the contemplated acquisition of the EEW Energy from Waste GmbH (EEW) from EQT Partners. We advised the consortium regarding the bidding procedure, due diligence, SPA negotiations, financing and merger control procedure.

STEAG and Macquarie
Representation of a consortium consisting of STEAG and Macquarie in the bidding process to purchase the lignite and hydroenergy sectors of Vattenfall, including comprehensive mining law verification.

International syndicate / Tank & Rast
Representation of an international syndicate consisting of Allianz Capital Partners, Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., Infinity Investments SA and MEAG, the asset management arm of Münchener Rück, on its acquisition of Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH, the German autobahn services company.

Equens
Representation of Equens SE, one of the largest payment service providers in Europe, on a strategic business combination with the European market leader in payment and transactional services, Worldline SA. The business combination created an industrial Pan-European champion in payment services. In addition, Worldline SA acquired PaySquare, the commercial acquiring subsidiary of Equens.

A7
Representation of the joint lead arrangers, lenders and institutional investors, on the first project bond with European Investment Bank (EIB) credit enhancement in Germany, for the financing of the extension and operation of the A7 federal highway between Hamburg and Bordesholm. The €770 million project, which is the largest public-private partnership (PPP) project that has been launched in Germany, was awarded by the federal state to the consortium of Hochtief, institutional investor Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF) and construction company Kemna. This is the first PPP project in the German market to be financed by project bonds with EIB project bond credit enhancements and Bank Bridge financing. It is also the first combined bank–bond financing in Europe using the EIB project bond credit enhancement.

EVG
Representation of a bank consortium consisting of, inter alia CIBC, Crédit Agricole CIB, ING Bank, SEB AG and Scotia Bank as arrangers ON the financing of the acquisition of Erdgasversorgungsgesellschaft  Thüringen-Sachsen GmbH (ECG) and associated gas networks, sold from E.ON SE and Verbundnetz Gas Aktiengesellschaft (VNG) to the infrastructure fund EDIF of First State Investments, the asset manager of the Commonwealth Bank. We already advised the arrangers of the acquisition financing of Ferngas Nordbayern GmbH and its high-pressure natural gas pipeline networks through the EDIF.

Allianz Renewable Energy Fund / Allianz Global Investors
Representation of Allianz Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) / Allianz Global Investors on (i) the acquisition of a portfolio of six French onshore wind farms from DIF Renewable Energy Fund (approx. 62 MW), (ii) the acquisition of the 50.4 MW solar farm Vandel in Denmark from European Energy A/S, (iii) the acquisition of the solar farm Great Glemham (approx. 19.5 MW), (iv) the acquisition of a German onshore wind farm portfolio from DIF Renewable Energy Fund (approx. 57 MW) and (v) the acquisition of the French solar farm project „La Coste" from BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH (approx. 58 MW).

PATRIZIA Alternative Investments GmbH
Representation of PATRIZIA Alternative Investments GmbH (PATRIZIA) on the acquisition of three retail property portfolios for a German special regulated fund: (i) acquisition of 21 retail properties by way of a share deal from LaSalle German Retail Investments S.à r.l. from Luxemburg, (ii) acquisition of 18 retail properties from MSREF/REDOS and (iii) acquisition of 10 retail properties from Newport Holding GmbH. The total deal volume comprises approximately €750 million. The special regulated fund has been set-up by PATRIZIA as a platform for investments of savings banks, insurance companies and pension funds which are managed by PATRIZIA.

Deutsche EuroShop AG
Representation of Deutsche EuroShop AG on the acquisition of a 50% stake in the owner of the Saarpark-Center Neunkirchen shopping center from BAT Custodian e.V., the pension fund of British American Tobacco in Hamburg.

DMG MORI SEIKI AG (formerly Gildemeister AG)
Representation of the market-leading listed German tool manufacturer Gildemeister AG on its international cooperation with the listed Japanese tool manufacturer MORI SEIKI Ltd. Gildemeister AG and MORI SEIKI Ltd. have been cooperating in areas of production, procurement, distribution and research since 2011 and have over the years increased their cross-shareholdings. Among others, we have advised on several cross-participations and shareholdings in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014, each of them with a value of several hundred million Euros as well as the mutual name change to DMG MORI SEIKI AG and DMG MORI SEIKI Co. Ltd. Recently, we have been advising the client on a Cooperation Agreement with DMG MORI SEIKI CO. Ltd, and the friendly takeover announced on Jan 22, 2015.