MUNICH (4 November 2005) — McDermott Will & Emery's German practice won the prestigious JUVE award for Law Firm of the Year for Media. McDermott Will & Emery's Telecom, Media & Technology Practice Group (TMT) in Germany is led by Dr. Ralf Weisser and includes partners Dr. Oliver Steffens and Dr. Wolfgang von Frentz. The TMT Group was presented with the award on 27 October 2005 from JUVE, the leading publisher in the German legal market.
"We are delighted that our clients have rated our work so positively, as this award is the result of their confidence in us and we very much appreciate this accolade," commented Ralf Weisser, who also co-heads the Firm-wide TMT practice.
JUVE commented that the Firm's TMT Group has firmly established itself in the market after only four years. JUVE added: "Team leader Dr. Ralf Weisser has managed to continually expand the department. In the previous year, the law firm was joined by Dr. Wolfgang Raitz von Frentz, who was referred to as 'one of the most promising young lawyers in this field' by senior competitors. In 2005, McDermott further improved its reputation by employing a tax team from KPMG. Two of the four new partners are Claudia Sendlbeck-Schickor and Oliver Kächele, who are well-known in the area of film financing."
The Firm's TMT Practice Group provides a full range of legal services on corporate, M&A, commercial, regulatory, litigation and financing matters to all companies operating in Europe´s TMT industries. It represents clients in the mobile and fixed line telephony, fibre optics, DSL, cable and satellite TV, media, broadcasting, entertainment, film production and distribution, film financing, merchandizing, IT, software, hardware, outsourcing, telematics, technology developments, internet and e-commerce industries as well as financial institutions with interests in these industries.