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Four new partners and three new counsel at Gleiss Lutz

On 1 January 2015, Gleiss Lutz will welcome four lawyers from among its own ranks as partners: Adrian Bingel (corporate/M&A, Stuttgart), Moritz Holm-Hadulla (competition and antitrust, Stuttgart), Urszula Nartowska (corporate/M&A, Hamburg) and Matthias Tresselt (restructuring, Stuttgart). In addition, Christian von Köckritz (competition and antitrust, Brussels), Andreas Kohlheim (banking and finance, Frankfurt) and René Kremer (dispute resolution, Stuttgart) will be appointed as counsel.  

In doing so, Gleiss Lutz reaffirms its commitment to organic growth and the promotion of young talent in key areas. The German legal directory JUVE recently praised the firm for this, pointing out that Gleiss Lutz “... can currently draw on a wide range of younger partners who already have a strong reputation in the market”.  

“We are pleased to appoint a further seven excellent young lawyers as partners and counsel. They have all the qualities that have always characterised our Gleiss Lutz culture. They have proven themselves through their excellent legal abilities, commitment to innovation and exceptional motivation”, said Rainer Loges, Managing Partner at Gleiss Lutz.  

Adrian Bingel advises on national and cross-border M&A transactions and on questions relating to corporate and capital market law. He has special expertise in the advisory of listed companies and their shareholders. For example, he assisted the financial advisor Perella Weinberg in connection with the takeover of Kabel Deutschland by Vodafone. Recently he was also involved in another multi-billion cross-border transaction, advising on the merger of TRW and ZF Friedrichshafen.

Moritz Holm-Hadulla advises on German and European antitrust law, in particular in merger control proceedings, cartel investigations and antitrust compliance programs as well as private antitrust litigation. His clients include renowned media companies, which he has successfully represented in connection with follow-on actions for damages and with major transactions. He also advises various consumer goods manufacturers, at present mainly in antitrust proceedings relating to their retail activities. Furthermore, Moritz has recently assisted companies active in the automotive, chemical and technology sectors particularly with complex merger control proceedings.

Urszula Nartowska advises on M&A transactions and corporate law. Her regular clients include the private equity investor Lindsay Goldberg and the South African Sasol Group. Recently she was also part of the team that advised the insolvency administrator for the Praktiker Group on the sale of the latter’s foreign subsidiaries. Her corporate law advice focuses on corporate governance, corporate responsibilities and shareholder disputes. For example, she advises the Hypo Real Estate Group on questions of D&O liability.

Matthias Tresselt is an expert in restructuring and insolvency law. For example, he is currently advising the publishing house Suhrkamp Verlag on protective shield and subsequent insolvency (plan) proceedings. He was recently also involved in the restructuring of Solarworld, Pfleiderer, IVG, the Weltbild Group and Primacom and advised clients directly and indirectly involved in the insolvency proceedings of OLT Express, Frankfurter Rundschau and Nortel GmbH.

Christian von Köckritz advises on European and German antitrust and merger control law, EU state aid law and other areas of EU law. He regularly represents clients in proceedings before the Commission and the European courts in Luxembourg. For example, he advised Infineon in the DRAMs antitrust proceedings which ended in the first settlement under EU antitrust law and was part of the Gleiss Lutz team that recently obtained a substantial reduction of a cartel fine for Sasol in the General Court of the European Union. Christian also advised Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank and the Bank of Ireland in successful state aid proceedings before the European Commission.

Andreas Kohlheim specialises in real estate and corporate financing, restructuring, securitisation and loan syndication. He has special expertise in covered bonds. In recent years, he has advised on numerous domestic and cross-border financing transactions, representing both banks and companies. His clients include Aareal Bank, which he regularly advises in connection with the financing of logistics, hotel, office and retail real estate both in Germany and the rest of Europe.

René Kremer advises and represents clients primarily in liability-related matters, focussing on capital markets liability as well as post-M&A and commercial disputes. He is currently representing, among others, Hypo Real Estate in its defence against numerous investor actions combined in a model case pursuant to the German Capital Markets Model Case Act. He also advises clients on product liability law and the structuring of complex agreements under civil law.