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Gleiss Lutz appoints two new partners and three counsel

Gleiss Lutz continues to expand its partnership: With effect from 1 January 2016, the firm has elected Jacob von Andreae (public law, Düsseldorf) and Frank Schlobach (banking and finance, Frankfurt) to the partnership. In addition, Iris Benedikt-Buckenleib (competition/antitrust, Munich), Roland Sterr (corporate/M&A, Munich) and Sebastian Tusch (banking and finance, Frankfurt) will be appointed as counsel.

“Next year will see the addition of five excellent lawyers as partners and counsel – with specialities that are key to our clients’ success and a winning personality. We look forward to building on our successful working relationship”, says Gleiss Lutz Managing Partner Rainer Loges.

Jacob von Andreae specialises in public commercial law. His practice focus is on regulatory law in the energy sector, subsidies and state aid as well as building, planning and environmental law. He regularly advises on M&A deals with a public law dimension as well as project developments. For example, Jacob von Andreae recently advised the GETRAG Group on the public law aspects of its sale to Canadian automotivesupplier Magna for EUR 1.75 billion as well as Blackstone on its acquisition of the Armacell Group. He also advises both domestic and international energy sector clients on regulatory issues.

Frank Schlobach specialises in banking and finance. He advises private equity firms, financial institutions and corporates on domestic and cross-border financing transactions, in particular leveraged buyouts and other acquisition financings, corporate loans, infrastructure financings and restructurings. He recently advised Lindsay Goldberg on the financing of its acquisition of VDM Metals, Pfleiderer GmbH on its refinancing and United Internet AG on the financing of its acquisition of Versatel. Frank Schlobach is recommended by both JUVE Handbuch and Chambers and Partners for advice on loans and acquisition financing.

Iris Benedikt-Buckenleib advises on German and European antitrust law with a focus on merger control. In recent years she has assisted numerous companies with domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, including agricultural chemistry group Syngenta on the hostile takeover attempt by Monsanto, which raised global merger control issues. Further focuses include cartel investigations, distribution cartel law and compliance.

Roland Sterr advises domestic and international clients on M&A transactions and general corporate matters. In recent years he has advised on numerous complex and cross-border M&A transactions (including carve-outs). Most recently he was part of the Gleiss Lutz team that advised Deutsche Telekom on the sale of its T Online platform and assisted L-3 Communications with its sale of a major global business unit.

Sebastian Tusch specialises in financial regulatory law, and advises banks, financial service providers, insurance companies and holding companies on the regulatory requirements for their businesses. He has also advised clients on regulatory aspects of numerous financial sector transactions and restructurings. Legal 500 Deutschland 2015 praises Sebastian Tusch as a “bright young regulatory advisor”.