LTO, 06/09/2019Armira joins Boxine

Armira acquires a stake in Toniebox manufacturer Boxine. The Boxine founders remain managing partners. Berner Fleck Wettich, Hengeler Mueller and Arnold Ruess are legal advisors to Boxine and its shareholders respectively. CMS advises Armira.

Boxine is based in Düsseldorf and was founded in 2013. The company distributes the Toniebox, an audio system for children, and the associated audio figures, the so-called Tonies, on which a total of almost 200 radio plays, audio books and music titles are stored. Last autumn, Armira entered the UK market and is set to expand further with the entry of Armira.

In addition to the Munich industrial holding company, other investors, including the Hexal founding family Strüngmann through their Family Office Athos Service, have invested in Boxine.

Berner Fleck Wettich advised the founders and Boxine, with Dr. Thilo Fleck in charge.

Read the complete press release (in German) here.

Legal Tribune Online, 28/08/2019Innogy sells VSEH stake in RWE

Innogy has sold its 49 percent stake in the Slovakian holding company VSEH to RWE. Hengeler Mueller, Berner Fleck Wettich and Freshfields provide legal advice.

VSEH is a holding company whose subsidiaries are active in the field of electricity supply and distribution as well as sales in Slovakia. Innogy will initially sell the stake to RWE and RWE intends to transfer the shares to Eon in the coming year. The transaction is part of Eon’s planned acquisition of Innogy’s network and distribution business.

Hengeler Mueller advised Innogy on the transaction, the Düsseldorf-based corporate boutique Berner Fleck Wettich was legal advisor to the Innogy Management Board. RWE has been advised on the acquisition of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The law firms are also advising on the planned split of Innogy into RWE and Eon.

For the complete report (in German) click here.

BFW as sponsor of the Founders Golf Club on 30.08.2019 in BerlinGolf event for golfing and non-golfing founders of the digital industry

The Founders Golf Cup is far more than just a classic tournament, it is a golf event for golfing and non-golfing founders of the digital industry. It is about enabling exciting encounters between entrepreneurs and founders at eye level, even beyond the sport of golf. The tournament is an invite-only event by founders for founders. The event will take place on 30.8.19 in the GC Pankow.

Berner Fleck Wettich is sponsor of the Founders Golf Cup. Interested founders are welcome to contact us for participation in the Golf Cup.

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Handelsblatt “The Best Lawyers and Law Firms in Germany 2019”Berner Fleck Wettich awarded in the Areas of Compliance & Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law

The Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers have awarded Berner Fleck Wettich in three categories in their latest edition “Germany’s Best Lawyers 2019”. The ranking contains an overview of the law firms of the year 2019 in various fields of law and the lawyers particularly recommended this year.

All four partners of Berner Fleck Wettich are recommended in the current ranking for the following areas of law

– Compliance & Corporate Governance: Carsten Wettich

– Mergers and acquisitions: Christian Nienkemper

– Company law: Olaf Berner, Thilo Fleck

For the eleventh time already, the Handelsblatt has published the list “Die besten Anwälte und Kanzleien Deutschlands 2019” (The Best Lawyers of Germany 2019), based on research by the US publishing house Best Lawyers. Based on a peer-to-peer survey, Best Lawyers has identified Germany’s most renowned lawyers in various fields of law.

The complete results can be found here: Germany’s best lawyers 2019.

WirtschaftsWoche TOP Law Firm 2019Berner Fleck Wettich awarded as TOP Law Firm for corporate law 2019 – three Partners listed as TOP corporate lawyers’

The German business magazine  WirtschaftsWoche has awarded Berner Fleck Wettich in its current issue ass TOP Law Firm for corporate law 2019. At the same time, three partners, Olaf Berner, Thilo Fleck and Carsten Wettich, have been included in the list of the best corporate lawyers in Germany. This makes Berner Fleck Wettich one of only eight law firms in Germany and the only boutique with such a high number of mentions in the TOP corporate lawyers’ ranking.

For the selection of the best German corporate lawyers, the Handelsblatt Research Institute (HRI) interviewed more than 4,000 lawyers in 245 law firms about their most renowned colleagues. From this list, a jury of experts selected the 55 top law firms in Germany and the 86 best corporate lawyers.

JUVE, 14/3/2019Czech Republic: RWE acquires gas network from innogy – BFW advises executive board of innogy SE

RWE turns up in gas network operation wider: The energy supplier has acquired a majority stake in innogy Grid Holding from innogy. […]

Advisor Executive Board innogy:
Berner Fleck Wettich  (Düsseldorf): Dr. Carsten Wettich (leadership), Dr. Christian Nienkemper (both Corporate)

For the full article (in German) please see.

RWS, 27/02/2019Berner Fleck Wettich advises Philipp Hasenaecker on the acquisition of shares in Bartscher & Hasenäcker Consulting GmbH by PROSTEP AG

Click here for the full article (in German).

Berner Fleck Wettich with Carsten Wettich represented in the JUVE “40 under 40” listing JUVE presents 40 aspiring lawyers who own the future

For the fourth time, JUVE presents 40 lawyers from law firms, corporates and the judiciary, for whom they predict a great future in the market. Berner Fleck Wettich is represtend in the list with its partner Carsten Wettich. What unites them all: They have not yet celebrated their 40th birthday.

According to JUVE, the “40 under 40” list is the result of many years of market observation and numerous editorial discussions. This is a prediction by the JUVE editors, whom the professional public will perceive as an “outperformer” in the future. In the market research for the well-known JUVE handbook, the editors analyzed the extraordinary deals, major processes and consulting projects for recurring names, and looked at a wide variety of legal areas, firm sizes and company sizes. The list is varied: 25 of the 40 lawyers come from law firms – large firms and boutiques, 15 from corporates or the judiciary.

JUVE handbook German Commercial Law Firms (GCLF) 2018/2019Berner Fleck Wettich included in national ranking for corporate/M&A

The corporate law boutique Berner Fleck Wettich has been included again by „JUVE Verlag für juristische Information“ in its JUVE handbook German Commercial Law Firms. Besides the ranking for Western Germany (region Duesseldorf), the boutique firm has been included in the national ranking for corporate and M&A practice for the first time.

IFLR1000 Ranking Germany 2019Berner Fleck Wettich again listed in IFLR1000’s 2019 ranking for Corporate and M&A

As in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, the corporate law boutique Berner Fleck Wettich has been distinguished by the international law directory IFLR1000 – “The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms” for its Corporate and M&A practice and has been ranked in its annual ranking for M&A – Germany 2019.

In the review, IFLR 1000 states:

Berner Fleck Wettich is a German firm recognised in M&A. In terms of recent transactions, the firm advised both buyers and sellers, with the emphasis on representing acquirers. For example, the firm advised Robert Bosch Group on its 100% acquisition of MTA.

The firm hired Christian Nienkemper as partner in M&A from Hengeler Mueller in 2017.

The firm has also advised various private families, along with Sazka Group, Atlas Mara Beteiligungs, and Cognotekt, to name a few.

Client feedback

„Deep expertise in M&A, very goal oriented and entrepreneurial mindset and client approach.“ – M&A

„Efficient and pragmatic.“ – M&A

„BFW works at a high level. The accessibility is exceptionally good. In addition, all partners have an equally high level of service as well as personal expertise. We feel all around well advised and have often recommended BFW.“ – M&A

Click here for the full review.