Germany is an innovation-driven business and investment market. In this challenging and dynamic environment, our Firm is represented by over 200 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.
Band 1 for Compliance and Restructuring and Insolvency-Administration
Band 2 for TMT-Information Technology
"Highly regarded for its international network and comprehensive coverage of the German market."
"The firm has a strong foothold in Germany."
"A really pragmatic, open-minded and strong law firm."
Chambers Europe 2015 (Germany)
Tier 1 in Compliance Audits and Investigations, Information Technology-Transactions and Outsourcing and Insolvency Administration
Tier 1 in Insolvency and Restructuring-Insolvency and Information Technology-Outsourcing
Tier 2 in Debt Capital Markets, Project Finance, Corporate: International, M&A (mid-sized international deals—under €500 million), Public Sector-PPP, Restructuring and White Collar
"White & Case LLP has proximity to both market trends and decision-makers and thinks outside the box."
"White & Case LLP is rated as one of the top insolvency practices in Germany."
"With its strong international network, White & Case LLP focuses on global transactions and advises international companies on corporate matters ranging from IPOs, squeeze-outs and takeovers to D&O liability."
The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 (Germany)
Consortium consisting of STEAG GmbH and Beijing Capital Group
Advising 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
Advice for the 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
Advising 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.
Advising 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 will create the new pan-European leader in payment services.
We advised 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.
We advised 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.
We are advising Japanese Nidec Corporation on the acquisition of the Germany-based automotive supplier Geräte-und Pumpenbau GmbH Dr. Eugen Schmidt (GPM) from several private shareholders. This is one of the largest Japanese direct investments in a Tier 1 automotive supplier in Germany in recent years.
Advising Nordic Capital on its acquisition of the Sunrise Medical group from Equistone Partners Europe. Sunrise Medical is a world leader in the development, design, manufacture and distribution of manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and scooters as well as seating and positioning products.
Allianz Renewable Energy Fund (AREF)
We are advising Allianz Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) on several transactions in the renewable energies sector, including (i) the acquisition of the UK solar farm Great Glemham (approx. 19.5 MW), (ii) the acquisition of a German onshore wind farm portfolio with a total capacity of approximately 57 MW from DIF Renewable Energy Fund and (iii) the acquisition of the French solar farm project "La Coste" with a total capacity of approximately 58 MW from BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH.
PATRIZIA Alternative Investments GmbH
Representing of PATRIZIA Alternative Investments GmbH in connection with two portfolio transactions acquiring retail assets for a special regulated funds. The total deal volume comprises approximately €500 million at total.
DMG MORI SEIKI AG (formerly Gildemeister AG)
We are advising 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.
Federal Republic of Germany / German Ministry of Finance
We advised the German Ministry of Finance on the €471 million sale of TLG Wohnen GmbH to MDAX listed TAG Immobilien AG and on the €1.1 billion sale of TLG IMMOBILIEN GmbH to private equity investor Lone Star. The transaction was the largest real estate deal in Germany in 2012 and the largest privatization undertaken by the federal government over the past five years.
We are advising longstanding client Vattenfall on various transactions, including (i) the sale of its subsidiary 50Hertz Transmission GmbH (50Hertz) to the Belgian transmission system operator Elia and to the Australian Industry Funds Management, (ii) the sale of its majority shareholding in the regional energy supplier WEMAG AG (Schwerin) to "Kommunale Anteilseignerverband der WEMAG" and to Thüga AG, (iii) the sale of its 25 percent share in the Rostock hard-coal fired power plant to RheinEnergie AG, Cologne, (iv) the sale of its 24.9 percent share in Städtische Werke Aktiengesellschaft, Kassel, to Thüga AG, (v) the sale of its 85.5 percent majority shareholding in the waste incineration plant "Müllverwertung Borsigstraße GmbH" in Hamburg to Stadtreinigung Hamburg and (vi) the outsourcing of the facility operations services in Germany including the sale of its subsidiaries VSG GmbH and Hanuman FO GmbH to ISS Facility Services GmbH.