McDermott Continues to Grow in Frankfurt with New Partner Appointment


Frankfurt (April 3, 2017) – International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Oliver K. Hahnelt, LLM as partner in the Firm’s Transactions practice group in Frankfurt. Dr. Hahnelt, who joined McDermott on 1 April, is the third partner appointed in Frankfurt this year. Since the beginning of the year, the Firm’s German practice welcomed four partners and two counsel in total.

Dr. Hahnelt focuses on providing advice on acquisition finance (leveraged buyouts, including recapitalizations), corporate finance (corporate lending) and structured finance. His clients include financial institutions, private equity and other investors, direct lending /debt funds and corporates.

Prior to joining McDermott, Dr. Hahnelt worked as counsel in the Frankfurt office of another international law firm where he led the refinancing of Scout24 Group, the financing of DuMont Media Group and the acquisition of Cherry Group. Additionally, he was a member of the management team that supported various financing engagements of Rantum Capital.

Philipp von Ilberg, head of McDermott’s Frankfurt office, said, “We are delighted to welcome Oliver to McDermott. This is the third partner appointment into our office this year, which shows our increasing importance in the German market, and in Frankfurt. Oliver’s expertise will allow us to expand our competence in the field of acquisition and corporate finance and further strengthen our comprehensive offering to our clients.”

Dr. Norbert Schulte, head of McDermott’s German practice, added, “With his proven experience in corporate finance, Oliver is a perfect fit for our finance team which works very closely other groups within the firm, our Private Equity group in particular. This new addition is also testament to our dynamic growth in the German market which we continue to pursue.”

In January 2017, McDermott’s Frankfurt office welcomed Private Equity experts Dr. Michael Cziesla as partner and Norman Wasse as counsel. Tax law partner Markus Hill joined shortly after. In March 2017, the Firm’s Düsseldorf office was joined by Regulatory partner Dr. Alexa Ningelgen and Transactions counsel Dr. Eva Schöneich.

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McDermott Will & Emery is a leading international law firm. With over 1,000 lawyers we are represented worldwide at the following locations: Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt a. M., Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. There is a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai. The German branch is managed by McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP.

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