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King & Spalding has one of the leading practices representing German companies in the United States and non-German as well as German companies in Germany in a wide-range of investment and financing transactions. In just its second year with an office in the German market, King & Spalding's real estate practice received favorable mention in the prestigious JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms, 2014/2015 edition, along with two of its Frankfurt-based lawyers, founding partner Mario Leissner and counsel Sven Wortberg. The firm’s German real estate and finance lawyers collaborate with lawyers in the firm’s tax, litigation, arbitration, labor, ERISA and trade practices in offices in the U.S., London, Paris and Middle East to provide innovative, valuable and practical solutions to a wide variety of issues facing German companies and high-net-worth individuals investing or doing business in the United States and by non-German as well as German investors in Germany. The firm serves these needs mainly from offices in Frankfurt, New York, Atlanta and Dubai.

In the United States, King & Spalding’s German practice focuses on real estate and corporate matters. The firm has handled international joint ventures, cross-border merger and acquisition transactions, and acquisitions of U.S. real estate and has counseled clients on the formation of a wide variety of real estate equity investment funds. The firm has represented German companies across many industries, including aerospace, automobile supply, healthcare, turbine manufacturing and finance, in financing and other commercial matters. In addition, the firm has assisted high-net-worth German families with real estate investments in the United States.

In Germany, King & Spalding provides a full service commercial practice for investors from the U.S., the Middle East and other countries around the world with an emphasis on real estate and private equity investments, and it represents major investment management companies, fund sponsors and institutional investors based in Germany, both with German and with U.S. parent companies, in structuring and conducting their inbound and outbound activities.

The German Practice Group comprises a substantial number of German lawyers with years of international experience and lawyers who were educated in both Germany and the United States and who are licensed to practice in both countries. The group handles U.S.-inbound and Germany-inbound transactions and is uniquely qualified to execute cross-border transactions, which have unusual tax and finance conditions, because of its background in German law and hands-on international transactional experience. In order to maintain close contact with clients and stay attuned to the business climate, lawyers in the group make regular trips to Germany or to the U.S. and Middle East respectively. They share their experience and perspective through presentations given at seminars and conferences throughout Germany.

Wilfried E Witthuhn 
T: +1 212 556 2230 NEW YORK
T: +49 69 257 811 000 FRANKFURT
Mario Leissner 
T: +49 69 257 811 001 FRANKFURT