DÜSSELDORF (January 23, 2009) – As a highly-skilled lawyer in M&A, financing and real-estate transactions Dr. Jens Ortmanns will be a great asset to McDermott Will & Emery's Corporate Department in Düsseldorf where he joined as partner on January 1, 2009. Dr. Ortmanns joined McDermott from Hypo Real Estate Bank International, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of domestic and foreign financing in London and Munich and was also the Compliance Officer for Germany.
Dr. Ortmanns previously worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the field of real-estate law where, among other things, he assisted with large portfolio transactions such as the acquisition of the Deutsche Bank real-estate portfolio by Blackstone, the sale of a real-estate portfolio of AMB Generali Immobilien comprising 76 properties to Whitehall, and the acquisition and the subsequent resale of the real-estate holdings of DSM Deutsche Städte Medien by Ströer. While he was at Freshfields, from 2001 to 2004, Dr. Ortmanns worked with Dr. Norbert Schulte and Dr. Stefan Fink, both now partners at McDermott. Since 2004 Dr. Schulte has been responsible for the development and expansion of the Corporate Real Estate Practice Group at McDermott in Germany.
Due to his experience in the field of financing, Dr. Ortmanns will be the ideal enhancement to McDermott's corporate team. In addition Dr. Ortmanns has specific experience in complex real-estate transactions as well as in commercial tenancy law.
Simon Browne, Head of Transaction Management Europe, Middle East and India at HRE International said of Dr. Ortmanns, "We are very sad that Dr. Ortmanns is leaving. Dr. Ortmanns has outstanding legal skills and moreover, while working for the bank, due to his exceptional business knowledge, he built up an excellent reputation both among colleagues and also with the bank's customers."
Dr. Schulte, head of the Corporate Real Estate Practice Group in Germany, commented on the appointment of Dr. Ortmanns, "We are very pleased to be able to resume our working relationship with Jens Ortmanns. Jens Ortmanns has outstanding experience in the field of acquisition finance in the corporate M&A and restructuring sector which will greatly enhance the experience of our corporate practice."