Baker McKenzie was awarded "JUVE Law Firm of the Year 2019 for M&A". The renowned accolade was presented on 24th October 2019 at the "JUVE Awards 2019" gala of the JUVE legal publishing house at the Old Opera House in Frankfurt am Main. Baker McKenzie had also been nominated in the category "Law Firm of the Year 2019 for Antitrust Law".
Dr. Ingo Strauss, co-head of the German corporate practice group of Baker McKenzie: "The JUVE award as law firm of the year for M&A is a confirmation of our work in the past year. But it is also a result of our strategic focus on complex international transactions. We would like to thank our clients for the trust they have placed in us".
The jury based its decision to award the prize on a number of factors: "The M&A practice was the hub for many international deals, which it skillfully distributed across its offices. A young generation of M&A practitioners was repeatedly in the front row, most notably Thorsten Seidel in Berlin and Ingo Strauss in Düsseldorf. The team managed the acquisition of Hymer by US client Thor and negotiated sales worth billions for Evonik and Bayer. It made elegant use of the firm's good contacts in its energy and infrastructure practice as well as its global network. After concluding a billion-dollar deal, one client praised the firm enthusiastically: "Baker delivered a great performance and made a significant contribution to the overall success."
Baker McKenzie's German Corporate/M&A team recently advised on numerous major international M&A transactions, including METRO on its strategic partnership with the Chinese retailer Wumei Technology Group, Evonik on the sale of its Plexiglas business to PE Investor Advent International, and Bayer on the sale of its majority stake in the chemical park operator Currenta. In addition, Baker McKenzie advised Evergrande Health, listed in Hong Kong, on a joint venture with hofer powertrain, SPIE on the acquisition of OSMO, Toppan Printing Co. Ltd. on the takeover of the German Interprint Group, Mayersche Buchhandlung on its merger with Thalia, Sika on its offer to acquire Parex, DBAG on its investment in Kraft & Bauer Holding GmbH and Thor Industries on the acquisition of the German Erwin Hymer Group.