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"Germany's Best Lawyers" Three awards for FRANZ RECHTSANWÄLTE

Handelsblatt and the US specialist publisher Best Lawyers have included Dr. Christian Franz, Dr. André Kowalski and Dr. Patrick Vogt, three partners of FRANZ RECHTSANWÄLTE, in their current Best Lawyers Ranking for the field of corporate law.

"We are very pleased with the awards and are proud to be recommended by colleagues in our field of law," states Dr. Christian Franz. "Following last year's award by FOCUS magazine as a top law firm for corporate law, which was based in particular on recommendations from our clients, these awards, based on recommendations from colleagues, confirm the appreciation of our work in the market".

Dr. Christian Franz is admitted as a German lawyer and as a French avocat. He advises German and international companies and financial investors on acquisitions, financing and corporate and capital market law issues as well as in arbitration proceedings. In addition, as part of the French Desk of FRANZ RECHTSANWÄLTE, he advises French companies on commercial law issues and assists German companies in their business activities in France.

Dr. André Kowalski is mainly active in Mergers & Acquisitions and advises companies, its shareholders and corporate bodies in corporate related matters, in particular, but not limited to, restructuring processes as well as the establishment of joint ventures. Another focus is advising family owned companies and their shareholders. Dr. André Kowalski is also frequently appointed as arbitrator in corporate-related arbitration proceedings.

Dr. Patrick Vogt is mainly active in Mergers & Acquisitions and corporate law advice to partnerships and corporations. Dr. Patrick Vogt furthermore advises clients on corporate group law issues and intra-group restructuring processes. Dr. Patrick Vogt teaches M&A at Hochschule Fresenius.

FRANZ RECHTSANWÄLTE is a business law firm with around 20 lawyers and headquartered in Düsseldorf. The firm's practice focuses on operational business / commercial and corporate law / M&A, complemented by the full spectrum of commercial law advice, including employment law, litigation, financing and antitrust law. In addition to listed companies, the firm supports medium-sized companies and entrepreneurs in Germany and abroad.

FRANZ Rechtsanwälte advises on the sale of GSM Gladbacher Spinnstoffindustrie GmbH & Co. KG

FRANZ RECHTSANWÄLTE has advised the family shareholders of GSM Gladbacher Spinnstoffindustrie M. Mühlen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach, on the sale of their family business to STW Schwarzwälder Textil-Werke Gruppe, Schenkenzell.

GSM Gladbach Spinnstoffindustrie M. Mühlen GmbH & Co. KG is one of the world' s leading chemical fibre recycling companies based in Mönchengladbach. STW Schwarzwälder Textil-Werke Gruppe is a manufacturer of fibre products and offers tailor-made fibre solutions to its customers. The STW Schwarzwälder Textil-Werke Gruppe will continue operations at the Mönchengladbach site.

The transaction was completed in mid-March 2019.

The family shareholders of GSM Gladbacher Spinnstoffindustrie M. Mühlen GmbH & Co. KG were advised by the partners of our law firm Axel Staudt and Dr. Christoph Neven.

Contact: Axel Staudt

Sarah König strengthens team as new lawyer

On 1 February 2019, Sarah König joined FRANZ Rechtsanwälte.  Sarah advises national and international clients on M&A transactions and corporate law. Prior to joining FRANZ RECHTSANWÄLTE, Sarah worked a couple of years for the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Düsseldorf.

Sarah König: "I am excited about the new career opportunities and challenges that FRANZ RECHTSANWÄLTE has to offer, especially with regard to a further expansion of my advisory focus".

FRANZ Rechtsanwälte now comprises 20 lawyers (12 of whom are partners).

The Corporate Law/M&A practice group of FRANZ Rechtsanwälte advises companies and entrepreneurs on all aspects of corporate law, from the formation of companies to corporate housekeeping, the acquisition and sale of companies and in connection with joint ventures, both nationally and internationally. This also includes advice on structural changes such as transformations and other restructurings as well as on corporate financing issues.

 

FRANZlegal advised QSIL in the acquisition of Barat Ceramics

FRANZlegal advised QSIL, one of the leading manufacturers for quartz glass and oxide ceramic, in the acquisition of the special ceramic producer Barat Ceramics. With this acquisition, QSIL Group grows to 600 employees and a sales revenue of more than EUR 100 million. The transaction was concluded shortly before Christmas 2018 and was already closed at the end of 2018.

For FRANZlegal the partners Dr. Christian Franz, Antonio Calderón and Dr. Christoph Neven as well as Dr. Patrick Vogt, Axel Staudt, Dr. Timm Jordans, Nehle Bornemann und Nina-Sophie Dreyer were involved in the transaction.

Contact: Dr. Christian Franz / Axel Staudt
 

FOCUS honored FRANZlegal as Top Law Firm for Corporate Law

October 2018. Based on a survey of approximately 13,000 inhouse lawyers and attorneys, FOCUS published a list of the best German commercial law firms (FOCUS Spezial 4/2018). FRANZlegal scored a top mark for corporate law, thanks in particular to the recommendations of its clients.

"We are very proud of this award, precisely because it is based on the feedback from our clients," says Dr. Patrick Vogt, partner of the firm in the area of corporate law. "We don't just want professional excellence, but always strive for solutions that are taylor-made for our clients," Vogt continues, "and I think that our clients appreciate that."

After the Handelsblatt had already honored partners Dr. Christian Franz and Dr. André Kowalski several times as best lawyers, this new award underlines the positive perception of the firm on the market.

FRANZlegal is a business law firm with 20 lawyers and headquarters in Düsseldorf. The firm focuses on operational business/commercial and corporate law/M&A, complemented by the entire spectrum of commercial law advice, including employment law, litigation, financing and antitrust law. In addition to listed companies, the firm supports medium-sized foreign and domestic companies and entrepreneurs.

With a team of seven experienced attorneys, FRANZlegal's Corporate Law Practice advises companies and entrepreneurs on all aspects of corporate law, starting with the formation of companies, through corporate housekeeping to the sale of the company, both in domestic and cross-border transactions. This also includes advice on structural changes such as transformations and other restructurings as well as corporate financing issues.

Contact: Axel Staudt