With more than 120 attorneys, GvW Graf von Westphalen is one of Germany’s largest independent law firms. The firm’s client base is the internationally active German Mittelstand and large multinational corporations with business interests in central Europe. With its German offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, GvW is represented in all major German business centers. The Shanghai office serves the clients regarding their business dealings in China and also meets the increasing demands of Chinese companies for legal advice when entering the German and European markets. The Brussels office underscores the relevance of the firm’s EU law practice.
Banking and Banking Supervision
Commercial Criminal Law and Tax Criminal
Employment and Labor
Foreign Trade and Customs
Insolvency and Restructuring
IP, IT and Media
Law on Food and Animal Feed
Mergers and Acquisitions
Real Estate and Construction
State Aid and Subsidies
September 2018: Germany member firm Graf von Westphalen recently advised the Midwich Group on the acquisition of Nuremberg-based Bauer und Trummer GmbH, which trades as New Media. The Midwich Group, which is headquartered in the United Kingdom, is one of the leading distributors of technology solutions in the audiovisual sector with operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Iberia, the Benelux and Australasia. Midwich has longstanding relationships with over 330 vendors including blue-chip organizations such as Samsung, LG, Epson and NEC. The Graf von Westphalen team was led by Dr. Ritesh Rajani and included partners Dr. Malte Evers, Dr. Frank Tschesche, Stephan Menzemer and Dr. Patrick Wolff, associated partners Dr. Christian Triebe, Lutz Leonard Lamprecht, Johan van der Veer and Dr. Andreas Wolowski, and associates Dr. Michael Engel and Sven-Erik Holm. The sellers were advised by KPMG Law in Nuremberg.
May 2018: Titus Walek has joined Germany member firm Graf von Westphalen in its Frankfurt office as an equity partner in the firm’s M&A practice. He focuses his practice in the areas of M&A, private equity and venture capital. His clients include financial investors and strategic investors as well as mid-size German family-owned enterprises. A transaction specialist with a “proven track record in private equity and venture capital transactions” (Chambers Global Europe), Mr. Walek began his career as an attorney in the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He later joined Heymann & Partner, where as a partner he was involved in numerous national and international transactions, including most recently San Francisco-based SmartRecruiters’ acquisition of Jobspotting GmbH in Berlin.
April 2018: Hitachi Europe has developed the Hitachi Energy Trading Optimizer, or HETO, a software tool that operates on the basis of self-learning algorithms, with which public utilities and energy companies can commercially optimize their trading and operation of production plants. Germany member firm GvW Graf von Westphalen provided Hitachi Europe with an interdisciplinary team skilled in the areas of energy and digitalization to assist the company in the development of this product. The firm’s Hitachi Europe team consists of Helmut Kempf (team leader, energy), Arnd Böken, Stefan Menzemer (data protection and IT security), Dr. Patrick Wolff (regulatory), Dr. Dietrich Drömann (public procurement), Dr. Jochen Mulch (intellectual property) and Dr. Maren Mönchmeyer (contract structuring). Hitachi Europe is active in 13 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in the fields of semiconductor performance systems, information systems, particle radiation therapy systems, digital media and consumer goods, industrial components and materials, procurement and purchasing as well as smart cities.
March 2018: Germany member firm GvW Graf von Westphalen has launched an aviation practice, drawing upon the expertise of a broad swath of its attorneys, representing different specialties and from multiple offices, in order to provide its clients customized legal solutions in this burgeoning area of the law. Having previously assisted clients in multiple transactions in the aerospace industry, the firm’s newly constituted practice group will expand the range of services it provides aviation-related companies to include collective bargaining, insolvency, state aid, subsidy law and procurement law. The practice will be headed by Düsseldorf partner Dr. Malte J. Hiort, who has had considerable experience working with U.S. companies in the area of corporate law and with handling their mergers-and-acquisitions work in Germany. Also at GvW Graf von Westphalen, the firm reports that it generated €42.2 million ($52.2 million) in revenue in FY 2017, with RPL of €384,000 ($475,000) – a new firm high. Overall profits were €18.4 million ($22.8 million), up 12.2% over last year. At its recent partner meeting in Lisbon, Christof Kleinmann and Dr. Robert Theissen, who are largely credited with having engineered this achievement, were each returned to a fifth successive two-year term as managing partners.
February 2018: Benjamin Schwarzfischer of Germany member firm Graf von Westphalen has been promoted to associate partner. Mr. Schwarzfischer has been a member of the firm in its Frankfurt office since 2011. As a member of its mergers and acquisitions practice group, he focuses on advising German Mittelstand enterprises and family-owned businesses on corporate matters and mid-cap M&A transactions. He is active in acquisitions and business combinations of all types – mergers, acquisitions of shares, asset purchases and joint ventures. He recently advised German company H. Stoll AG & Co. KG in establishing an international joint venture with Myant, a technology and advanced manufacturing company in Toronto. Mr. Schwarzfischer is an active member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and regularly publishes in legal journals on topics related to corporate law.
February 2017: For the third year in a row, U.K. legal publication The Lawyer has nominated Germany member firm GvW Graf von Westphalen for one of its 2017 “European Awards.” Now in their eighth year, the awards were the first initiative of their kind to reward and celebrate excellence across the European legal market. This year the awards will focus on and recognize the growing importance of cross-border instructions to firms across the continent. Besides GvW Graf von Westphalen, other SCG Legal member firms nominated for one of the 2017 “European Awards” are Ireland member firm Mason Hayes & Curran, Poland member firm Domański Zakrzewski Palinka, and Turkey member firm Moroğlu Arseven. This year’s awards ceremony will take place at Grange St. Paul’s in London on March 16, 2017. For more information about the event, go here.