Investment funds are a key component of the financial industry, with trillions of dollars under management worldwide. They provide investors with a diversely pooled form of investment that can provide exposure to a wide range of assets and industries. At the heart of this industry are the lawyers who structure, advise, and handle the legal and regulatory aspects of these funds. In Germany, the landscape of investment funds lawyers is particularly vibrant and diverse. Here, we take a closer look at some of the most interesting and highly-rated professionals in the field.
These professionals work across a wide range of funds including real estate, private equity, debt, pension and infrastructure funds. They deal with high-value investments and fund closing, tax and regulatory issues, fund structurings and launches, among other things. They may have expertise in domestic explicitly German issues or specialize in cross-border and international investment matters. They often act for prestigious national and international investment funds, private equity firms, insurance companies, as well as real estate clients.
Let us now delve into specific profiles, shining the spotlight on some of the most accomplished professionals in this field. Each lawyer profiled here has a formidable track record and brings unique insights and capabilities to the industry. They operate within big-name firms or specialize in niche practice areas. All bring a wealth of experience, a keen understanding of market dynamics and a commitment to providing their clients with top-notch advice.
Operating from Clifford Chance, Marco Simonis brings strong expertise in the regulation of high-value investments. His experience extends to cross-border fund structuring, global real estate investments, and fund closing. Interestingly, Simonis also has a background as a tax lawyer, thus solidifying his handling of cross-border tax planning matters.
Markus Wollenhaupt from Linklaters has a robust focus on high-value fund structurings and launches. Wollenhaupt’s expertise is further enhanced by his proficiency in regulatory issues, single investor funds, and fund of funds matters, largely focusing on real estate funds.
Based at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Achim Pütz is a go-to for fund structuring and legal, regulatory, and tax due diligence. He regularly advises investment management and insurance companies and alternative investment funds, demonstrating a particular understanding of the Luxembourg market.
Representing YPOG, Helder Schnittker offers reliable assistance with fund structuring, co-investment structures, and new venture capital funds. He has noteworthy expertise in tax and regulatory issues and is an experienced adviser in the private equity sphere, alongside specialization in technology funds.
Operating from POELLATH, Peter Bujotzek is a rising figure in the field. He advises on the contractual, tax, and regulatory aspects of high-value funds for institutional investors. He also has significant experience in cross-border matters.
Benedikt Weiser, part of the Simmons & Simmons LLP team, consistently advises on fund structurings and launches, new investment products, and real estate portfolio acquisitions. He also works comprehensively on private equity, debt, pension, and infrastructure funds.
Also hailing from POELLATH, Amos Veith is well-established in the field. He counsels well-known national and foreign investors on all matters pertaining to fund structuring, including tax, regulatory, and contract law. His expertise includes investments in private equity, debt, and infrastructure funds.
Christian Schatz, a member of Flick Gocke Schaumburg, brings a full suite of qualifications on matters relating to investment funds, displaying a particular knack for tax law. His clientele includes private equity, venture capital, and asset management companies.
Allen & Overy’s Frank Herring is an adept advisor on the structuring and launching of new funds, portfolio transactions, and international investments. He specializes in real estate and debt funds, forward funding projects, and is versed in regulatory issues.
Carsten Bödecker of Bödecker Ernst & Partner specialises in fund structuring, pension scheme investments and asset acquisitions. He has extensive knowledge of regulatory and tax issues and serves national and international investment funds, as well as real estate clients. Bödecker is also well-versed in Luxembourg funds.
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