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Three new partners for Gleiss Lutz from January 1, 2008

Gleiss Lutz continues to grow and has accepted three new partners, swelling the ranks to 76. The new partners are Dr. Andreas Neun, Berlin, and Dr. Matthias Sonntag and Dr. Christian Steinle, both Stuttgart.

Dr. Andreas Neun, a certified administrative lawyer, joined the Berlin office in 2001. His focus is public economic law, public procurement, and privatisations. He worked in London in 2006 on secondment to Herbert Smith. He has handled a number of leading public procurement cases, and one of his current cases is in the social security sector; he advises a large number of clients on regulatory issues (e.g. environmental), and has assisted the Finnish chemical group Kemira Oyj on a number of transactions.

Dr. Matthias Sonntag joined the Stuttgart office in 2002. He advises German and international clients in patent disputes, in particular in the areas of information technology (e.g. TomTom and Teleatlas) and pharmaceuticals (e.g. Takeda). Further focuses of his are technology transfer and transactions, most recently advising on the acquisition of Harman International Industries by US private equity investor KKR and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

Dr. Christian Steinle joined the Stuttgart office in 2003. He specialises in antitrust, particularly European and international antitrust proceedings, antitrust damages cases, and compliance measures. He has of late worked on some 15 European antitrust fine proceedings (including for Degussa and Siemens) and, in the field of merger control, advised Carl Zeiss Meditec AG on their takeover of the French IOLTECH S.A.