LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR: GERMANY

WINNER: Hengeler Mueller

It was the depth and quality of Hengeler Mueller’s blue-chip practice that persuaded the judges to award it German Law Firm of the Year.

Corporate remains Hengeler Mueller’s strongest practice area, with a dominant market position. The firm advised on a number of deals worth over €3bn (£2.47bn) last year, including acting for Kabel Deutschland on its €10.7bn takeover by Vodafone. The judges thought the firm’s development of a strong contentious practice also stood out.

Although there is still a long way for Hengeler Mueller to go on diversity, it is investing heavily to recruit and retain women. About 40 per cent of associates are now women and the firm is committed to keeping these lawyers.

Hengeler Mueller has also initiated a Best Friends Leadership Programme with its best friends network. The scheme focuses on developing the tools needed for a private practice career.

Shortlist

  • Flick Gocke Schaumburg
  • Gleiss Lutz
  • Graf von Westphalen
  • Noerr
  • Oppenhoff & Partner