Frankfurt am Main, December 5, 2007 – LAWFUEL – International Legal Newswire – The Frankfurt office of Dewey & LeBoeuf is expanding once again with the addition of a new expert in tax law. Dr. Bela Jansen, a qualified lawyer and tax advisor, will join the German practice as a local partner effective January 1, 2008. This brings the tax practice in Frankfurt to a total of 16 lawyers and tax advisors, including five partners.
Mr. Jansen has been with Clifford Chance in Frankfurt since 2002, and was appointed counsel earlier this year. He will focus on advising international clients on cross-border M&A transactions and financings as well as public takeover offers. In addition, he will work on company restructuring projects, real estate transactions, project and acquisition financing deals, squeeze-outs, and financing of portfolio acquisitions. Mr. Jansen also brings experience in tax and bank oversight aspects of core capital product structuring.
Mr. Jansen is the second lateral hire for the Frankfurt office since the merger of Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae last October. “Our strategy of strengthening the Frankfurt office by bringing in experienced talent from various firms to advise international top clients is increasingly paying off,” noted Dr. Hanno Berger, managing partner for Germany. “Bela is an ambitious tax lawyer who brings a combination of expertise in various tax fields combined with experience of a wide range of transactions – an ideal fit for our team.”
Mr. Jansen said of his imminent arrival: “Dewey & LeBoeuf has definitely become one of the most dynamic law firms in the German market over the recent years. Its acknowledged reputation in the field of innovative financial products, together with its rapidly growing transaction and real estate practice, promises to provide an extremely exciting environment for my area of specialty.”
Since the beginning of the year, Dewey & LeBoeuf has strengthened its team in Frankfurt by adding five experienced partners. Real estate lawyer Ralph Wagner joined the firm in October with six associates from P + P Pöllath + Partner. Capital markets partner Matthias von Oppen joined from White & Case. Derivatives specialist Dr. Walburga Kullmann, corporate lawyer Dr. Thomas Schmuck, and tax lawyer Dr. Frank Tschesche all joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In total, the German practice now has 15 partners.
The tax practice of Dewey & LeBoeuf Frankfurt advises clients in areas including innovative financial products, funds, and asset management. Other primary areas of activity for the team include corporate and real estate tax law, transnational structures, and consulting for family-owned businesses and private assets in issues related to restructuring, capital investments, gift planning, and inheritances. Transaction-based tax consulting ranges from M&A and private equity deals to real estate transactions.
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