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Ben Beetz is an associate and member of the M&A and Private Equity Group in our Düsseldorf office. He mainly advises on M&A transactions, private equity investments, restructuring and general corporate law.
Ben Beetz advises national and international clients on complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments. Further, he has a special focus on restructuring and counsels major corporation in restructuring processes. Additionally, he provides general corporate counselling. He joint Orrick in 2018.
Carsten Bernauer has many years of experience in advising companies in the sectors of private equity and venture capital as well as in advising listed companies.A special focus is on the comprehensive support of start-up technology companies and their investors. In this context, he accompanies his clients through all stages of growth with the aim of providing fast and efficient support in the implementation of their growth plans and investment strategies.
Christoph has broad and longstanding experience and focus on private equity transactions (leveraged buy-outs, management buy-outs as well as minority participations and expansion or growth financings) and M&A transactions, often with cross-border aspects. He regularly acts for private equity sponsors, corporate and strategic buyers, owners and management teams.
Christoph graduated from the University of Munich where he also earned his Ph.D. (Dr. jur.) in 2000. Furthermore, he earned a law degree (maîtrise en droit) from Paris University (Paris II, Panthéon-Assas). In 2002/2003 Christoph worked as foreign attorney in London.
Prior to joining Orrick in Munich, Christoph was partner at another international law firm renowned for its international private equity practice.
Christoph is Managing Partner of the German Orrick offices together with Oliver Duys.
Adrian is a Senior Associate in the Munich office and a member of the Technology Companies Group. His particular focus lies on M&A, private equity, as well as venture capital investments.
Adrian represents clients in national and cross-border transactions, in particular local and international corporates, private equity/venture funds and high growth companies.
Prior to joining Orrick, Adrian worked at the Frankfurt/Main and Munich offices of leading international law firms renowned for their private equity and venture capital practices.
Adrian acts as a business angel for several venture capital start-up companies.
Dr. Oliver Duys is a member of the M&A/Private Equity Group.
He has extensive experience in complex corporate transactions including private equity and venture capital transactions, real estate portfolio deals, joint ventures and fund formation as well as restructuring. He also advises on Management Participation Programs and liability issues in this context.
Oliver Duys is Managing Partner of the German Orrick offices along with Dr. Christoph Brenner.
Oliver Duys worked for Slaughter and May and Hengeler Mueller. Following his partnership at Hölters & Elsing since 2006, Oliver Duys is a partner at Orrick since 2008.
Siegfried H. Elsing, based in Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is a globally recognized international arbitration lawyer with more than 30 years experience acting as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator or chairman. He represents private investors, international companies, sovereign states and state agencies on a national and international level.
Siegfried has acted in more than 250 arbitrations, including ad hoc proceedings as well as arbitral proceedings under the rules of leading arbitral institutions such as DIS, HCCI, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, SCC, VIAC and others. From 2011 to September 2017, he served on the Panel of Conciliators for the Administrative Council of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Siegfried's experience extends in particular to complex disputes involving M&A and corporate transactions, investment protection, energy law, infrastructure disputes, financing arrangements, insurances, joint ventures, distributorship agreements and IP disputes. He also advises on transactional matters, financing, licensing, construction, joint ventures and M&A transactions.
He is dual qualified, admitted in both Germany and New York, and is fluent in German, English and French. He has appeared as a legal expert witness in the German, U.S. and UK courts (on German law matters) and before other foreign law-making institutions.
Market commentary in Chambers Global 2017 states "the outstanding" Siegfried Elsing "is a leading German arbitrator who receives many international appointments" and he is lauded for his "excellent diplomatic abilities" in Chambers Europe 2016.
Siegfried's experience as arbitrator gives him the perspective of the decision-makers, which he can apply when acting as counsel. He takes a pragmatic approach.
Siegfried co-founded German law firm Hölters & Elsing in 1989 and oversaw the firm's merger with Orrick in 2008.
In 2013 Siegfried was selected to serve as Honorary Consul of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Carsten Engelings is an associate in the Düsseldorf Office and a member of the practice group tax.
Carsten advises on all sorts of German tax and accounting issues arising for industry clients, financial institutions and private equity funds. Mainly focusing on corporate and real estate transactions and restructurings. He also advises and represents clients with respect to tax field audits and in tax litigation against the fiscal administration and before German fiscal and civil courts. Prior to joining Orrick Carsten completed his legal traineeship in both national and international law firms.
Dr. Karsten Faulhaber, a Düsseldorf-based partner in the International Arbitration Group, brings more than a decade of experience as counsel and arbitrator. However, his proficiency goes beyond just arbitration, as he has deep knowledge in dispute resolution in many forms, and his background in transactional law allows him to provide solutions to clients’ problems – often before they even reach a courtroom.
He has been praised in Chambers Global for his “proactive and skillful” approach to arbitration. Karsten represents clients in arbitrations under various German and international rules but also regularly acts as arbitrator. In addition, he frequently represents global enterprises in international disputes before the national courts.
When he originally started practicing law, Karsten was an M&A lawyer, and as a result has extensive experience in contracts and their negotiation. But the opportunity to work in dispute resolution and especially arbitration appealed much to him. Calculating the strategy in complex disputes and the importance of thinking ahead, anticipating the moves of the other parties, the temperament of the opponents and ultimately the fight to win was simply more in line with his temperament.
Arne's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, including private equity and venture capital.
Arne advises national and international clients in all aspects of corporate law. His focus lies on domestic and cross-border M&A and Private Equity transactions.
Franziska Gräfin Grote is a member of the International Arbitration Group in the Düsseldorf offices of Orrick. Her practice focuses on national and international arbitration as well as commercial litigation.Franziska advises and represents clients in arbitration proceedings related to corporate law, post M&A disputes, construction law, energy law and investment law and she has acted under various rules, e.g. ICC Rules, DIS Rules, ICSID Rules and in ad hoc proceedings. In addition, she is regularly appointed as arbitrator. Further, she acts as counsel for global enterprises in disputes before the national German courts.
Dr. Sven Greulich, partner at Orrick's Düsseldorf office, guides technology companies of all stages and their financial sponsors through transformational corporate transactions. These deals include technology acquisitions, buy-out M&A of technology companies and strategic cross-border investments/JV as well as later stage venture capital investments.
Sven advises technology companies on complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and venture capital investments, and provides general corporate counseling.
His clients include technology companies of all stages and their investors at all points in the company life cycle. Supported by a global and cross-practice team, he also counsels major corporations on expansion/market entry projects and has a special focus on in- and outbound German/US investments and joint ventures.
The Legal500 Ranking EMEA for 2018 recommends Sven for “mid-sized international Corporate M&A deals (€100m-€500m)” and the leading German market publication Juve ranks him as "frequently recommended for PE, M&A and corporate advice. In its latest yearbook 2019/2020, JUVE named Sven as one of Germany's top attorneys for venture capital (the highest recognition for this category awarded by JUVE).
Sven is passionate about building a bridge for his clients from Germany to the US and other international technology hubs and to help them succeed in the international market. With a dual background in business and law, an entrepreneurial spirit, and experience in over 100 M&A transactions and financing rounds across many industries (including energy, automotive, information technology, commerce and life science), Sven has a unique perspective, which inspires him to find the best strategic and commercially viable solution for his clients.
In the 2017 edition of its Innovative Lawyers Report Europe, the Financial Times named Sven’s work to connect start-ups with Germany’s Mittelstand (mid-sized companies) a standout “for making bridges between Silicon Valley and Germany”. In 2017 and 2018, he also received the “Acritas Star Lawyer” award from the leading international legal research company Acritas based on clients' praise for Sven's responsiveness and business-oriented advice for technology companies.
Sven volunteers with entrepreneur groups (such as Prepare! The Entrepreneurs Academy or the WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable) and lectures at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Wolf "Konstantin" Heitmann, a partner in the Düsseldorf Orrick office, is a member of the European Corporate Group.
His practice focuses on a variety of domestic and international business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions, as well as general corporate and commercial law and corporate litigation. Konstantin is part of Orrick since 2004. Before joining Orrick he was working for major German and English law firms.