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The Firm

Renzenbrink & Partner was founded by a small group of internationally experienced lawyers and tax accountants with a background of top law firms (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hengeler Mueller) with the vision to provide legal counselling services and advice at the highest levels and to solve our client’s most important assignments and problems by a cohesive, highly specialized and motivated team.

As one of the few leading Corporate Boutiques in Germany we offer one-stop advice regarding Corporate, Finance, Tax und Litigation.

Our clients are primarily Financial Investors, Family Enterprises, Family Offices, (listed) multinational Groups as well as Company Organs and their members.

Practices

We have experience in the fields of M&A, private equity and venture
 capital, real estate transactions, corporate law and corporate governance, tax, financing
 and banking law as well as litigation and arbitration. Our partners have handled numerous large, complex and demanding transactions and litigation cases in Germany and abroad.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    Mergers & Acquisitions

    Advice on corporate acquisitions is one of the cornerstones of our practice. We advise industrial clients, financial sponsors and private investors on the preparation, execution and negotiation of national and international acquisitions and joint ventures. Our team combines many years of experience from complex domestic and cross-border transactions. The professional and pragmatic pursuit of the key economic interests of our clients is always in our focus. On international transactions, we coordinate the legal counsel from all jurisdictions involved.

    Key areas of our M&A practice involve the following:

    • Drafting and negotiation of share and asset purchase agreements, investor and joint venture agreements
    • (Vendor) Due Diligence
    • Management and employee participation schemes
    • Advice for management and supervisory board members and advisors in connection with corporate acquisitions
    • Distressed M&A

  • Private Equity

    Private Equity

    Renzenbrink & Partner has a strong focus on advising private equity investors, especially on national and international small- and mid-cap transactions. We are well experienced for meeting the specific demands of financial sponsors and provide a one-stop shop for legal and tax advice on the transaction structure, share purchase agreement, investment and shareholders’ agreements, tax structuring and acquisition financing.

    The key areas of our private equity practice involve:

    • Leveraged Buy-Outs and Buy-Ins, including acquisition financing
    • Auction processes (buy and sell side)
    • Management Equity Programmes
    • Recapitalizations

  • Venture Capital

    Venture Capital

    In the area of venture capital, we provide comprehensive advice to financial sponsors, strategic and private investors as well as founders on the setting of enterprises, investments, financing rounds and exits.

    Key areas of our venture capital practice involve the following:

    • Financing rounds and capital increases
    • Investment and shareholders’ agreements’
    • Employee Stock Option Schemes

  • Corporate Law

    Corporate Law

    We are trusted advisors for companies, shareholders, investors, founders and members of corporate bodies on all corporate and partnership law matters. Our advice covers the entire life span of companies and the specific questions arising in connection with the specific stages – from the formation of the company to changes in the shareholder structure and acquisitions. We combine our know how on corporate law matters with our high expertise in the areas of corporate finance, tax law, litigation and capital markets.

    Key areas of our corporate law practice involve the following:

    • Advice on the choice of the legal form for enterprises, formation of companies, drafting of articles of association and shareholder agreements
    • Advice and preparation of legal memoranda regarding questions of limited liability company and stock corporation law, European companies (SE) and the law of corporate groups
    • Corporate structural transactions (capital increases, domination and profit and loss transfer agreements, squeeze-outs)
    • Reorganizations and transformations in accordance with the German Transformation Act (domestic and cross-border mergers, spin-offs, hive-downs and changes of the corporate form)
    • Management and employee participation schemes
    • Advice for corporate bodies (management and supervisory board), corporate governance matters and the liability of management including representation in court and out-of-court settlements
    • Compliance
    • Company succession

  • Capital Market Law

    Capital Market Law

    We have substantial experience in assisting listed companies and their investors. We provide comprehensive advice on questions of capital markets law to our clients, both in the course of transactions and as part of our regular advice.

    Key areas of our capital markets law practice involve the following:

    • notification of voting rights, insider law, ad hoc disclosure and other post-listing obligations
    • securities laws including the drafting of offering and listing prospectuses for equity and debt transactions and support of the listing process
    • Public takeovers
    • Acquisitions and disposals of shares in listed companies (minority stakes and 'anchor investors')
    • Defense against BaFin in administrative fine proceedings
    • Advice for financial investors on the exercise of their participation rights
    • Representation regarding capital investor law suits

  • Real Estate Transaction

    Real Estate Transaction

    We advise sellers and purchasers on real estate transactions, specifically on portfolio transactions of various sizes as well as sale and lease back transactions. We have vast experience with both share deal as well as asset deal transactions. In addition, we offer advice on the tax structuring as well as on acquisition financing from one source.

    Key areas of our real estate practice involve the following:

    • Share deals and asset deals, specifically portfolio transactions (residential and commercial)
    • Infrastructure transactions
    • Sale and lease back transactions
    • Tax structuring
    • Acquisition and other real estate financing

  • Finance

    Finance

    We provide comprehensive advice in all areas of corporate finance and, additionally, offers advice with respect to specific aspects of regulatory law. We represent lender/investor side as well as borrower side. We are regularly in discussions with market participants regarding market trends and developments. Our focus, in particular, is on the economic interests of our clients. We support our clients in such a way that their economic interests are reflected in the finance documentation. We achieve practice-oriented solutions in close cooperation with our client.

    In particular, we offer advice in the following key areas:

    • Refinancing (including syndicated credit agreements and club-deals to finance working capital) and back-up facilities
    • Acquisition financing
    • Corporate Finance (senior/junior tranches, secured/unsecured facilities, mezzanine-financing, restructuring, issuance of bonds)
    • Project financing
    • Advice regarding investments in connection with the German Capital Investment Act

  • Litigation and Arbitration

    Litigation and Arbitration

    We have substantial experience in advising on disputes between shareholders, and also between the company and its shareholders and officers. Our advice covers the representation of our clients in controversial shareholders’ meetings, in proceedings regarding the enforcement of shareholder rights, deficiencies of shareholders’ resolutions and interim legal protection. In arbitration proceedings we act as a party representative or as arbitrator. Further, we develop solutions for amicable settlements.

    Key areas of our litigation practice involve the following:

    • Disputes between shareholders
    • Contracts of employment/personal liability of officers (including D&O Insurance)
    • Proceedings regarding the liability of auditors/tax advisers
    • Post-M&A disputes (including Warranty & Indemnity Insurance)
    • Capital investor law suits
    • Internal investigations

  • Private Clients

    Private Clients

    We advise family enterprises, high net worth individuals, family offices and entrepreneurs and offer solutions tailored to these clients' specific needs. This includes legal and tax advice on the structuring asset values and the transfer of assets to following generations. We support our clients in connection with the settlement of estates and advise on foundation law, non-profit law and business financing. Additionally, we represent family enterprises in the course of company acquisitions and sales – also with a specific focus on the concerns regarding succession planning.

    Key areas of our family enterprises / private client practice are the following:

    • Inheritance law and gift tax
    • Optimization of the individual tax situations of private clients
    • Legal and tax advice in connection with existing shareholdings and restructuring of such shareholdings
    • Advice on business financing and refinancing
    • Planning the private asset and company succession
    • Counselling of foundations in different legal and tax related scenarios and non-profit related issues
    • Marriage contracts and divorce settlements
    • Legal advice in connection with the execution of wills
    • Judicial and arbitration proceedings regarding inheritance disputes

  • Tax law

    Tax law

    We have extensive experience in advising company and real estate transactions, investments in all kind of assets e.g. renewables, restructuring of companies and tax optimized financing as well as with regard to succession and estate planning. Moreover, we provide assistance in tax audits and represent clients in administrative appeals and before tax courts. Our services are often sought by our clients (companies, entrepreneurs, investors and individuals) in cross-border cases and cases that are particularly complex. We are used to advising in close cooperation with the permanent tax advisors of our clients.

    Our areas of specialization:

    • Tax advice in the context of national and international M&A and P&E transactions (deal structuring, tax due diligence, post M&A structuring)
    • Tax structuring of acquisition, development and sale of real estate (asset deal / share deal / ongoing tax planning)
    • Reorganisation of companies (including cross border mergers)
    • Tax optimized financing / structured finance
    • Reorganisation of companies (including cross border mergers)
    • Domestic and international tax planning
    • Succession planning, in particular with respect to income and inheritance tax
    • Advice during tax audits and tax litigation

Lawyers

We focus on matters that require the attention, experience and sophistication of our partners. As a consequence, we aim at a ratio of associates to partners not significantly larger than 1:1.

Dr. Ulf Renzenbrink, LL.M.

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Marc Holger Kotyrba

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Dr. Lars Kirschner

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Dr. Andreas Stoll, LL.M.

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Dr. Gunnar L. Schmüser, LL.M.

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Dr. Dennis Schlottmann

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Dr. Niels Maier, LL.M.

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Annegret Spanka

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Dr. Alexander Haunschild

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Florian Seitz, LL.M. (UCT)

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Martin Degenhard

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Casey Reynolds

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Assistants

Jessica Hamann, Head of Assistants

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Alexandra Wagner, Legal Assistant

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Dr. Nicole Kubitza, Marketing/PR

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Maike Schröder, Receptionist

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Career

We are always looking for lawyers and trainees to complete our team who have an excellent legal expertise and a solid knowledge of corporate law as well as the ability to speak professional English.

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We are searching with immediate effect for lawyers and trainees in the fields M&A/Private Equity, Tax and Litigation.

Further information can be found here

References

Our partners have advised inter alia the following clients in transactions and/or litigation/arbitration proceedings:

BASF SE

BASF SE

on the sale of rail4chem

Bauer Venture Partners

Bauer Venture Partners

on corporate law matters

Captiva Capital Management SA

Captiva Capital Management SA

on the sale of a real estate portfolio

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Bahn AG

on the sale of Stinnes Data Services to Waterland and the sale of Frachtkonotor Junge to Warburg

ENERCON GmbH

ENERCON GmbH

on corporate law matters

ePages GmbH

ePages GmbH

on the joint venture with 1&1

Equistone Partners GmbH

Equistone Partners GmbH

in various auction processes

Ergon Capital Partners

Ergon Capital Partners

on the acquisition of Sausalitos-group and in other auction processes

Macquarie Private Equity

Macquarie Private Equity

in the auction process for Löwen Play

N24

N24

Management der N24 Gesellschaft für Nachrichten Zeitgeschehen mbH on the MBO

Siem Industries

Siem Industries

on the acquisition of Flensburger Schiffbaugesellschaft from Orlando

STRABAG Real Estate GmbH

STRABAG Real Estate GmbH

in connection with the sale of commercial property („Tanzenden Türme“, Hamburg) by way of a share deal and certain further real estate transactions (asset deal/share deal, buy-side and sell-side)

TAG Immobilien AG

TAG Immobilien AG

regarding tax advice in the context of the sale of Stadtquartier Südtor to PATRIZIA

Rankings

Focus Spezial Top Anwälte 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner is ranked as a Top-Corporate Law Firm in Corporate Law as well as in M&A

Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2017

Ranked as one of Germany's best lawyers (Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2017) in the field of corporate law

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner is listed as one of the leading law firms regarding M&A and in the Region Hamburg

Renzenbrink & Partner is also recommended regarding Tax, Private Equity and Venture Capital as well as Corporate Law

Kanzleimonitor 2016/2017

Ulf Renzenbrink is listed as one of the top 20 lawyers regarding M&A

Renzenbrink & Partner is one of the hidden champions in the field of M&A and was recommended several times

In addition, the law firm was named in the area of ​​corporate law

Focus Spezial Top Anwälte 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner is ranked as a Top-Corporate Law Firm in Corporate Law as well as in M&A

Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2016

Ranked as one of Germany's best lawyers (Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2016) in the field of corporate law

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2016

Recommended law firm for M&A

Recommended law firm for Tax

Recommended law firm for Private Equity and Venture Capital

Recommended law firm for Corporate Law

Recommended law firm for the Hamburg Region

Regarding JUVE Renzenbrink & Partner "was conidered to be one of the most successful Startups of recent years."

CHAMBERS 2015/2016

The lawyers of Renzenbrink & Partner are recommended in the fields of M&A and Private Equity

Kanzleimonitor 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner is listed as one of the “Hidden Champions in 2015” in M&A

Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2015

Ranked as one of Germany's best lawyers (Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2015) in the field of corporate law

Press

Deal-Report of May 18, 2018

Renzenbrink & Partner advises Deutsche Intensivpflege Holding on the acquisition of Linde Remeo Deutschland GmbH

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Deal-Report of April 25, 2018

Renzenbrink & Partner advised IK Investment Partners (Small Cap II Fund) on the acquisition of Bahr Modultechnik GmbH

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Deal-Report of April 25, 2018

Renzenbrink & Partner advised IK Investment Partners on all German aspects of the sale of Touristry Group to Dutch company Tourism Group Holding B.V.

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Deal-Report of April 6, 2018

Renzenbrink & Partner successful on behalf of former member of WKN AG’s Supervisory Board at Higher Regional Court of Schleswig

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Report of March 2, 2018

Renzenbrink & Partner is one of the leading law firms regarding the starting salary of Associates

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Deal-Report of February 27, 2018

Renzenbrink & Partner advises Körber on VC investment in Magazino

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Deal-Report of February 14, 2018

Renzenbrink & Partner advised J.F. Müller & Sohn AG on the acquisition of shares in StoryDOCKS

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Deal-Report of February 13, 2018

Renzenbrink & Partner advises shareholders of Deutsche See on sale to Parlevliet & Van der Plas

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Deal-Report of February 12, 2018

Renzenbrink & Partner advises svt Group and Ergon on the acquisition of the Rolf Kuhn Group

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Deal-Report of January 29, 2018

Renzenbrink & Partner advises Multiplast on the sale of MultiPet and Multiport

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Deal-Report of January 26, 2018

Renzenbrink & Partner advises KION Group on the reorganization of the group-wide cash pooling

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Deal-Report of November 29, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advised IK funds on the sale of svt group to Ergon Capital Partners

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Deal-Report of November 22, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advised IK Investment Partners on the acquisition of Studienkreis from Aurelius

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Deal-Report of November 2, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advised IK funds on the purchase of all shares in Debitor-Inkasso GmbH from Burda group

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Deal-Report of November 1, 2017

The newly published edition of the Juve Handbook 2017/18 ranks Renzenbrink & Partner again among the top German law firms, with top-rankings in the areas of M&A, Private Equity, Corporate Law and Tax.

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Deal-Report of November 1, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advises the shareholders of BALVI GmbH on the sale to Südwestdeutsche Medienholding

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Report of October 18, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner participates in the graduates fair of the Bucerius Law School and the donor´s reception

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Deal-Report of September 13, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advised the shareholders of Pumpenfabrik Wangen on the sale to Silverfleet Capital

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Deal-Report of August 4, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advised Körber on a participation in BigRep

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Deal-Report of July 5, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advised the Schneider family on the joint offer with the Dutch investor Novaccretio for parts of the insolvent Schneider Group

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Report of July 5, 2017

Ulf Renzenbrink is one of Germanys Best Lawyers 2017

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Deal-Report of July 4, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advised the founder and former main shareholder Gregor Gerlach in connection with the IPO of Vapiano SE

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Deal-Report of June 16, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advises SAT Sterling Group on the takeover of Italian competitor N.K.E.

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Report of June 2, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner grows with further experienced corporate and transaction lawyer from Hengeler Mueller

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Deal-Report of May 17, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advised Maredo group and the management on the sale of Maredo by ECM to Perusa as well as the refinancing

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Deal-Report of May 8, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advised IK Investment Partners on the acquisition of Messerschmitt Systems

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Deal-Report of April 24, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advised the Dutch sundio-Group on the acquisition of JAM-Reisen

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Deal-Report of February 24, 2017

Renzenbrink & Partner advises the shareholders of 3B Scientific on the sale to J. H. Whitney Capital Partners

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Deal-Report of November 29, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner advised Ergon Capital Partners regarding the acquisition of a majority stake in Deutsche Intensivpflege Holding (DIH)

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Deal-Report of November 3, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner and Orrick advised the shareholders of LANCOM

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Deal-Report of October 19, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner advises AURELIUS Growth Capital on the acquisition of Airplane-Equipment & Services A.E.S. GmbH

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Deal-Report of October 18, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner advised IK Investment Partners regarding the acquisition of the APOSAN group

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Report of October 12, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner is one of the Top-Corporate Law Firms according to Focus

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Deal-Report of September 28, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner advised HOCHTIEF regarding the sale of two geothermal power houses to Stadtwerke München

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Deal-Report of July 21, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner advised SCM Capital GmbH & Co. KG Renditefonds III – Hamburg Blankenese regarding the sale of a multi-tenant commercial property in Hamburg-Blankenese

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Report of June 30, 2016

Ulf Renzenbrink is one of Germanys Best Lawyers 2016

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Deal-Report of June 21, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner advises Dumrath & Fassnacht on the merger with Heise Group

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Deal-Report of June 2, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner advised svt Holding GmbH on the “add-on” acquisition of AIK Flammadur Brandschutz GmbH

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Deal-Report of May 27, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner advised the Danish VC-Fund North-East Venture ApS regarding the second capital increase of Style Remains GmbH (“REBELLE”)

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Report of March 5, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner is one of the leading law firms regarding the starting

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Deal-Report of March 4, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner advised HOCHTIEF regarding the acquisition of shares in the Herrentunnel in Lübeck

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Report of January 4, 2016

Renzenbrink & Partner promoted Dr Gunnar L. Schmüser to be a partner in the finance department

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Deal-Report of December 28, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advised the Brinkmann and Pickenpack families regarding the sale of Rügen Fisch

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Deal-Report of December 21, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advised a Hamburg-based family office on the acquisition of GHOTEL

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Deal-Report of December 15, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advises the shareholders of Hartmann Elektrotechnik on sale to SPIE

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Deal-Report of December 10, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner rendered tax advice vis-a-vis TAG Immobilien AG in the context of the sale of Stadtquartier Südtor to PATRIZIA

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Deal-Report of September 21, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advised Paribus-group on the acquisition of the investment house IWH ImmobilienWerte Hamburg

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Deal-Report of September 1, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advised TRANSNORM Systems GmbH regarding the add-on acquisition of Sovex Ltd.

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Deal-Report of July 31, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advised a Swiss investor regarding the sale of a residential real estate portfolio in eastern Germany

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Deal-Report of July 9, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advised HOCHTIEF regarding the sale of its shares in the concession company of the toll roads San Cristóbal in Santiago de Chile

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Report of July 9, 2015

Dr Ulf Renzenbrink is one of Germany’s leading lawyers 2015

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Deal-Report of June 25, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advised IK Investment Partners on the acquisition of the svt-group from capiton, SüdBG and Management

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Report of April 30, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner welcomes new partner from Hengeler Mueller

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Juve-Report of April 29, 2015

Hamburg: New Partner at Renzenbrink who is comming from Hengeler

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Deal-Report of March 16, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advised Adiuva Capital and the ascopharm-group regarding the entry of a new majority shareholder

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Deal-Report of March 9, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advised the Danish VC-Fund North-East Ventures A/S regarding its investment in Rebelle

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Deal-Report of February 27, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advised Evac Oy, a Finish portfolio company of IK Investment Partners, regarding the acquisition of Deerberg Systems

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Deal-Report of February 24, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner advised HOCHTIEF regarding the sale of its shares in the concession company of the PPP A 4 project (Thuringia) to the infrastructure funds Meridiam

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Deal-Report of January 12, 2015

Renzenbrink & Partner supported the shareholders of Trakken Web Services GmbH regarding the takeover by Omnicom Media Group Germany

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Juve-Report of November 6, 2014

Hamburg: Spin-off at Renzenbrink Raschke von Knobelsdorff Heiser

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Events

R&P Insight of February 15, 2018

Recruiting event with insight and get-together

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Lecture at BLS of November 16, 2017

Geschäftsführer im Fokus - Zivil- und strafrechtliche Haftungsrisiken

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Client Breakfast of October 12, 2017

Krise und Insolvenz - zivilrechtliche Haftungsrisiken des Geschäftsführers

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Client Breakfast of July 12, 2017

Rechtsformwahl bei Immobilien-Investments

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R&P Insight of March 2, 2017

Recruiting event with insight and get-together

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R&P Insight of October 27, 2016

Recruiting event with insight and get-together

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Client Breakfast of October 12, 2016

Finanzierungssicherheit bei M&A und Private Equity Transaktionen sowie aktuelle Trends bei Financial Covenants

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Client Breakfast of July 13, 2016

Geschäftsleiter im Fokus – zivilrechtliche Verantwortlichkeit und Haftungsrisiken

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Client Breakfast of March 23, 2016

Neue Entwicklungen bei Managementbeteiligungsprogrammen (MEP) und Roll-Over-Strukturen aus rechtlicher und steuerlicher Sicht

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R&P Insight February 18, 2016

Recruiting Event with insight and get-together

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Client Breakfast of November 18, 2015

Die Neuregelung der Ad hoc-Publizität durch die Marktmissbrauchsverordnung

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Client Breakfast of September 23, 2015

Kreditfonds – Änderung der BaFin-Verwaltungspraxis – eine neue Chance?

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Client Breakfast of July 8, 2015

Immobilientransaktionen und Grunderwerbsteuer aktuell – Zukunft des Share-Deals?

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Contact

Renzenbrink & Partner
Valentinskamp 70 (EMPORIO)
20355 Hamburg

+ 49 40 3501710-0

+ 49 40 3501710-10

info@renzenbrink-partner.de

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