Who's Who Legal Germany 2014

The guide identifies the leading firms and experts recognized for their expertise. P+P is represented in six practice areas with 13 professionals, some of whom in more than one practice area.

In arbitration, Munich counsel Alice Broichmann is commended for being "professional yet approachable" and "is praised for being well-received by clients".

In M&A, one of P+P's core areas, Munich partners Matthias Bruse and Reinhard Pöllath are both highly recommended experts. Matthias is seen as a "true specialist", who "represents private equity clients and family-owned businesses", and Reinhard has a "prestigious reputation in the market".

Reinhard Pöllath is also applauded for his expertise in corporate governance as "highly proficient in a full range of corporate governance matters. Peers regard him as professional and personable and praise him for his significant experience".

He receives additional praise for his corporate tax advice and is "highly sought after for his tax expertise", alongside his colleagues Thomas Töben and Andreas Rodin, who "concentrates on private funds and tax law and is a leader in the field".

Andreas is also one of five P+P lawyers who stand out for their knowledge of investment management. He has an "unmatched reputation" and is "without doubt one of the stars in the marketplace". His colleague Patricia Volhard is admired for her "exceptional regulatory advice", whereas Amos Veith is "well versed in private equity funds, fund of funds, mezzanine and secondary funds." Munich partner Michael Best is "greatly admired by colleagues for his depth of knowledge" on structural and tax aspects of private equity funds. Berlin partner Uwe Bärenz is "particularly noted for his experience with specific investors' needs". He specializes in "tax and regulatory requirements in relation to private equity funds and alternative investments".

In the private client sector, only five individuals were listed in Germany, among them Berlin partner Andreas Richter, who is a "trusted advisor to many ultra-high net worth individuals", whose expertise covers "trust and estate planning, family-owned companies, expatriation taxation, philanthropy, foundation law and alternative investments".

Moreover, in real estate, Matthias Durst is "well-known in the real estate law community as a very accomplished practitioner" with expertise in project development and financing. Stefan Lebek is "highly recommended for his work in relation to leasehold purchase contracts, asset and share deals and commercial tenancy law" and known as a "favourite among clients". Munich partner Wolfram Pätzold is "immensely talented" and advises major commercial clients on "complex real estate transactions and project development".