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Dr. Stefan Schultes-Schnitzlein is a tax partner in the Düsseldorf office. Stefan is both qualified as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) and as a German tax advisor (Steuerberater).
Stefan is listed as frequently recommended in Germany's leading lawyer ranking magazine JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms (2017/2018). Clients recommend Stefan for his work and say that he "can convey complicated facts convincingly, does not expand teams unnecessarily ".
Stefan is also mentioned by Legal 500 Corporate and M&A Deals in Germany 2018 for international medium company deals (€ 100M to € 500M).
He advises industry clients, private equity funds and financial institutions on all sorts of German tax and accounting issues. Stefan's focus lies on corporate and real estate transactions, financings and re-financings and restructurings as well as on tax field audits and tax litigation in connection with any of the former. He also advises individual persons on succession and related issues. Prior to his move to Orrick in the beginning of 2014, Stefan has been with international law firms for eight years.
In addition, Stefan advises international businesses in international trade and compliance matters with a focus on import, export and passing of goods through Germany and their tax and customs implications.
Verena is Managing Associate in our Munich office and member of the practice group M&A and Private Equity. Verena advises national and international clients on all aspects of corporate law with a focus on domestic and cross-border M&A and Private Equity transactions, corporate restructurings as well as ongoing legal advice.
Prior to joining Orrick, Verena worked as Associate at the Munich office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Dr. Hans Felix Schäfer, Counsel in Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is a member of the Real Estate Group.
Felix has particular experience in the infrastructure and logistics sectors, where he has been focused on real estate transactions, structuring of real estate investments, fund counseling and private equity as well as restructuring of real estate financings. He has also advised on a series of diverse large scale project developments as well as (portfolio) transactions for German and international clients.
Felix previously worked at international law firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and DLA Piper UK LLP. He served as inhouse counsel with ProLogis Germany Management GmbH and spent two years with HFK Law Offices. Most recently, he was an associated partner with independent German law firm Graf von Westphalen.
Felix attended the University of Cologne, where he received his doctorate degree. He has been acknowledged as "frequently recommended" in the field of Real Estate by JUVE Handbook of German Law Firms (2012/2013) and is member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Mrs. Vanessa Sousa Höhl is an associate in the Düsseldorf office and a member of the Corporate and Private Equity Group.
Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions transactions and general corporate counseling. She joined Orrick in 2017.
Finding a niche to combine his passion for international law and competition law, Till Steinvorth is a partner in Orrick’s Antitrust & Competition practice group in Düsseldorf. He has practiced in several other major European centers, including Berlin, London and Brussels, and he received his PhD in Italy. It was there when his interest in European law was piqued and that brought him to the area of competition law.
Till practices in all aspects of competition, including mergers, compliance, cartels, litigation, abuse of dominance, among others – but his interest in antitrust damages claims has become a highlight of his practice. For example, he has brought an action for damages against the members of the German "sugar cartel" on behalf of a manufacturer of sweets and confectionary. This is one of the very first damages actions in Germany where the members of a cartel are being sued to disclose information for calculating the quantum of damages. Cartel investigations are also a centerpiece of his practice, including several matter where he has represented multinational companies in cartel investigations before the European Commission or the German Federal Cartel Office.
Till also pursues international trade and compliance matters, including matters involving foreign investment filings in Germany. He teaches competition law at the FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie und Management in Essen.
Till has been ranked by leading German business daily Handelsblatt among "Germany's Best Lawyers" for competition law (2020). He has also been ranked as top competition lawyer 2019 by the German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche.
Dr. Nikita Tkatchenko is a Partner in our Dusseldorf office and member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.
He advises mainly on M&A transactions, restructuring and general corporate law.
Prior to joining Orrick in 2011, Nikita worked at the German law firm Hengeler Mueller.
Amelie focuses on counseling in the area of Data Privacy and IP/IT. She is involved in GDPR readiness and general Data Privacy compliance and works on various aspects of trademark and competition law.
Amelie regularly advises on various aspects of IP and IT rights. She joined Orrick in 2017 after finishing her legal training in Berlin and New York.
Dr. Fabian von Samson-Himmelstjerna, a partner in Orrick’s Munich office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He focuses his practice on private and public M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions.
Fabian represents German and international financial institutions, corporate entities and financial investors, in particular on acquisitions and divestitures, public takeovers, joint ventures, carve-outs and portfolio transactions. He has specific industry expertise in the banking and financial services sector, in the engineering and automotive business as well as in the renewable energy sector.
Prior to joining Orrick, Fabian practiced with another leading international law firm. In 2012/13, Fabian was seconded to Deutsche Bank, where he worked on various cross-border M&A and integration projects.
Dr. Stefan Weinheimer, a partner in Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is a member of the European Corporate Group. Stefan's practice focuses on advice in respect of M&A, Corporate and Private Equity.
Stefan has been part of Orrick since 2004. Before that he was a partner with a German and with a major London law firm.
Robert, associate at Orrick's Düsseldorf office, is member of Data Privacy and Technology Company Group in Germany. He focuses on counseling in the area of Data Privacy, IP/IT and mergers and acquisitions in this field.
Robert has always been fascinated by new technologies and the digitization. Following his fascination, he focused his legal studies on media law, intellectual property law and data protection law. Prior to working at Orrick he also gained experience by founding a company provided a software as a platform solution and working for a German venture capital investor. His legal advice in mergers and acquisitions or legal assessments regarding data privacy will thus reflect not only his legal expertise but also his experience and fascination for new technology. For our clients, he prepares, among other things, privacy policies or data processing agreements or is involved in conducting a due diligence or drafting a shareholders' agreement. Robert is also advising in GDPR readiness and general data privacy compliance and works on various aspects of trademark and competition law.
He joined Orrick in 2017, after working as a scientific researcher in the field of Data Privacy.
Dr. Hang Xu is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate practices groups and is based in our Düsseldorf office.
Hang has a broad experience in advising Chinese investors doing outbound investments in Europe. Furthermore, he focuses on advising German as well as European investments in China, both, by way of M&A transactions, of joint ventures and wholly foreign owned enterprises. He also has significant experience in advising clients during the post-merger/post-acquisition integration. Hang is heading, together with Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff, Orrick’s China Desk in Germany
Prior to joining Orrick, Hang worked at several major international law firms in Munich and Shanghai.
Dr. André Zimmermann, a Certified Specialist for Employment Law (Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht), heads Orrick’s German Employment Practice. With well more than ten years of international experience, André is well-versed in restructuring and headcount reduction, employment aspects of M&A transactions and employment related litigation with a sector focus on technology companies and multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment law issues.
André is listed as "frequently recommended" employment law expert by JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms, editions 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, Germany's leading lawyer ranking, and has been ranked as top employment lawyer by renown German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche 2019. Clients recommend André to JUVE as “straight shooter" and "always refreshingly honest".
Our clients praise André's "creative and efficient style of working" and "a very practical and efficient style of providing advice", referring to him as "extremely responsive and accessible when we have urgent matters" and as "an excellent advocate in court hearings".
André advises companies on a wide range of HR legal matters with a special sector focus on technology companies, including hiring and discrimination concerns, misclassification, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border employment issues, HR data privacy compliance, roll out of employee handbooks and policies, performance management and terminations. Having long-standing experience in negotiating with works councils and unions in restructuring measures of all kind, a special focus of André's practice is on restructuring, outsourcing and headcount reductions. He is an acknowledged specialist in employing third-party personnel, especially through temporary agency work.
André has thorough knowledge of and genuine passion for the tech industry. Most recently, he has advised leading multinational technology companies such as Pinterest, Flexera, GitHub, Nvidia, Optimizely, Sabre and Splunk on various employment matters.
André is a core member of our global employment law practice consisting of 80 specialized employment lawyers and world leading practices in our offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, offering the highest level of employment advice in all major jurisdictions. Our well-established teamwork across offices ensures international advice in employment law in our clients' cross-border projects.