Our team advises national and international companies, banks and other financial institutions, private equity firms, and issuers and borrowers on all relevant aspects of banking and financing law.

Our lawyers not only have solid specialized knowledge, they also have many years of experience and are very familiar with the market. Combined with a thorough understanding of the individual needs of our clients, the result is constructive, practically oriented, efficient handling of transactions.

In close cooperation with our colleagues from the areas of corporate law, tax law, private equity, energy, real estate, restructuring, and litigation and regulatory, we offer our clients complete multi-disciplinary services at local, national and international levels.

Focus areas

We offer advice in connection with all types of financing. This includes structuring financing transactions and drafting and negotiating financing agreements, particularly in the following areas:

  • Loans
  • Banking laws and regulatory requirements 
  • Real estate financing
  • Loans and acquisition financing
  • Infrastructure and project financing
  • Investment funds and asset management
  • Capital market law
  • Mezzanine financing
  • Private equity
  • Structured financing/asset-based lending
  • Syndicated loans

Experience

Bonds

  • Advised the ICL Group (a global supplier of fertilizers) on the multi-jurisdictional extension of a USD 400 million securitization of trade accounts receivable
  • Advised Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG, a member of the UniCredit Group, on the privately placed interim bond financing for 13 wind farms in Germany and France belonging to Breeze Four Energy GmbH & Co. KG and Parc Eolien Guern SNC
  • Advised Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG in connection with the 'Breeze Three' transaction; provided support for the transaction, from purchase and refinancing of the purchase price using credits under German law secured with German and French collateral, to refinancing of the loan with secured class A, B and C bonds
  • Advised Landesbank Berlin AG on setting up, developing and placing bonds under the 'Daheim' programme. The bonds are known as structured covered bonds and are secured by real estate loan claims of savings banks – hybrid products between RMBSs and covered bonds
  • Advised a major German bank on a series of privately placed, secured interim bond financing transactions for an offshore wind farm project currently under development
  • Provided support to a major German bank in purchasing a portfolio of German and French wind farms and financing the purchase price through several privately placed secured interim bond financing transactions
  • Advised a major German bank in connection with privately placed, secured interim bond financing transactions for two geothermal projects currently in development

Banking laws and regulatory requirements

  • Advised a payment card provider in connection with an analysis of civil law and regulatory requirements for a pan-European rollout
  • Advised a German stock exchange operator on the creation of a completely new set of rules for the credit trading segment
  • Advised a specialized financial institution domiciled in Germany and a US company in the background concerning an application to SoFFin (Special Financial Market Stabilization Fund)
  • Advised a major UK bank in connection with interbank services offered by its German branches
  • Advised a major English bank in connection with issues related to the EU banking passport
  • Advised the German branch of a Scottish bank on the introduction of international corporate credit cards for an international company
  • Prepared a comprehensive analysis for an international financial services company concerning the recognized principles of general corporate governance and corporate principles for the financial services subunit within a transnational team
  • Advised a Belgian bank on regulated savings investment products

Credit and acquisition financing

  • Advised an Irish bank on EUR 250 million of financing for the acquisition of a German real estate portfolio
  • Provided advice on the first tranche of a loan agreement to finance the acquisition of a retail portfolio with a projected total value of approximately EUR 300 million
  • Ongoing advisory services for the financing of real estate transactions in Germany; in 2008, advised on the acquisition of a logistics facility with a volume of approximately EUR 50 million project development, during which the facility was completed and acquired in two phases)
  • Advised Meinl International Power Ltd/PI Power International Ltd. on the preparation and negotiation of all financing agreements and all direct agreements related to project financing from a German regional bank for four photovoltaic power plants in Spain
  • Advised a consortium of 12 Spanish banks on a EUR 100 million acquisition and financing package for three four-star hotels in Berlin and Munich
  • Advised a major Spanish bank on syndication of a EUR 500 million borrower’s note loan for a listed company in the petrochemical industry
  • Advised an international bank on the sale of a loan portfolio with a total volume of EUR 4 trillion; provided advice on the German portfolio package worth EUR 500 million
  • Advised a German regional bank on the conditions for participation in a borrower’s note loan arranged for a corporation by another regional bank
  • Advised a London financial institution on the financing for the acquisition of a company in the food sector by a foreign investor and ongoing financing for the company (combined acquisition base, borrowing base, receivables finance and letter of credit facility)
  • Advised a financial services provider on an asset-based lending agreement as part of a leveraged management buyout (MBO)
  • Advised an international company specializing in vacuum technology in connection with a cash pooling agreement to ensure compliance with the German Act to Modernize the Law on Private Limited Companies and Combat Abuses (MoMiG)
  • Advised a consortium of Spanish financial institutions on the financing of a takeover offer for a listed company
  • Developed standard promissory note documentation under German law for a leading Spanish financial institution
  • Advised a leading road construction company in connection with financing of a freeway construction project
  • Advised a US bank and a US financial services provider on securing the pledging of a share in a company valued at USD 20 million
  • Advised a US investor on the acquisition of a portfolio of German and international software companies and the associated financing issues
  • Advised aAIM on the acquisition of German retail properties worth EUR 700 million
  • Advised Wichford PLC on the purchase of an interest amounting to almost 95% of a German office building portfolio valued at EUR 149,500,000
  • Provided advice to approximately 7,000 investors on the acquisition of a limited partner’s shares in a closed-end media fund, as well as advice on financing
  • Advised a major Spanish bank in connection with a loan agreement in the amount of EUR 103 million
  • Advised a European financial services provider on the restructuring of a group of companies whose corporate purpose is to acquire and hold portfolios of non-performing loans, including the necessary adaptation of the documentation on financing
  • Advised a leading European servicer on a revolving financing facility for the purchase of portfolios of non-performing loans, including complete documentation of collateral
  • Advised two major Irish banks on financing for Holiday Inn at Stuttgart Airport
  • Advised an international company on due diligence under corporate law and provided advice on financing the purchase of shares in a multinational corporation, including a German subsidiary
  • Advised an international group of companies on providing and releasing German collateral
  • Advised an international investor on the financing of a listed Luxembourg holding company for the development of biofuels and biotechnologies
  • Advised the German branch of a Dutch bank on the structuring of inventory collateral and on financing imports of vehicles from Asia

Structured financing

  • Advised the ICL Group (a global supplier of fertilizers) on the multi-jurisdictional extension of a USD 400 million securitization of trade accounts receivable
  • Advised on financing in the amount of GBP 4.5 million in asset-based lending for a manufacturer of hydraulic components
  • Advised a commercial enterprise on USD 200 million in off-balance-sheet financing
  • Advised an international financial services provider on asset-based lending and creation of a lien for aircraft under German law
  • Advised a financial services provider on an asset-based lending agreement in connection with a leveraged management buyout (MBO)
  • Advised a London financial institution on the financing for the acquisition of a company in the food sector by a foreign investor and ongoing financing for the company (combined acquisition base, borrowing base, receivables finance and letter of credit facility)
  • Advised a Dutch bank on the restructuring of German collateral
  • Advised a South African bank on mezzanine financing for the benefit of a German automotive supplier
  • Advised a US company on an asset-based lending facility combined with a mortgage loan from Lloyds TSB in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, with particular focus on requirements under a U.S. indenture at the level of the US parent company of the group
  • Advised on an asset-based lending facility combined with a mortgage loan for acquisition purposes
  • Advised a Spanish bank on preparation of model documentation for supplier financing in Spain, the UK, France and Germany

Project financing

  • Advised a consortium comprising Strabag SE and Züblin Scandinavia A/S in connection with the KLIPLEV-SØNDERBORG MOTORWAY PPP roads project in Denmark (project duration 30 years, construction volume around EUR 150 million)
  • Advised on the regulatory risks involved in financing the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport
  • Advised on the low-cost carrier system for Berlin-Schönefeld Airport for the purposes of the acquisition of Germanwings, easyJet and Ryanair
  • Advised airports and German states in response to requests for information from the Commission concerning state aid
  • Advised municipal power companies in subsidy proceedings
  • Advised the KONFAM bidder consortium during pilot projects for the A model
  • Advised the financing banks retained by one bidder in the PPP schools project of the German-speaking community of Belgium
  • Ongoing advisory services for a leading international financial institution concerning the refinancing of wind power plants.