Die Gesellschafter des Logistikdienstleisters EF-Express Gruppe haben ihr Unternehmen an den französischen Wettbewerber Flash Europe International Group verkauft. Über den Kaufpreis sowie weitere Details wurde Stillschweigen vereinbart.

The German air navigation service provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS) continues to expand its sales and consulting business for air navigation services. In January 2016, DFS opened a new office in Singapore, followed by a regional office in Beijing in late December.

Jiangsu Olive Sensors High-Tech Co.,Ltd. (“Olive”) through its wholly owned subsidiary in Luxembourg, acquired 32% of the shares in the Plettenberg subsidiary and in the Polish subsidiary of Schürholz, which specialize in stamping, stamping-bending, welding and assembling. The share purchase contracts were notarized January 13, 2017.

GvW Graf von Westphalen, just as in the previous year, and now for the third time in total, is among the commercial law firms in Germany which have been nominated for "The Lawyer European Award 2017". The corresponding shortlist in the category "Law firm of the year: Germany" was announced today by the leading British industry publication The Lawyer.

Private equity investors Advent International and Bain Capital have acquired all shares in the leading German payment solutions provider Concardis GmbH headquartered in Eschborn/Frankfurt. Sellers are numerous representatives of the German banking sector, amongst others Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, DZ Bank and the German Savings Bank Association (DSGV). Closing of the transaction is subject to the approval of the supervisory authorities.

Joachim Herz Stiftung makes a strategic investment into Competo Capital Partners GmbH: The Hamburg based foundation acquires 25% of the Munich based investment and asset management company from Körber Stiftung. Competo founders Ralf Simon and Thomas Pscherer will be equal shareholders with Joachim Herz Stiftung and Körber Stiftung. After several real estate investments in the USA, this investment marks the entry of Joachim Herz Stiftung in the German real estate market.

The worldwide market research company GfK in Nuremberg has concluded a lease agreement for its new headquarters in Nuremberg. The company is now able to combine its locations distributed throughout the city at one location in a new building complex build for the company at the location "Am Kohlenhof".

GvW is among the law firms which are most frequently recommended by in-house lawyers. According to the current ranking kanzleimonitor.de 2016/2017, "the law firm again improved and reached place 21 this year" (total ranking Top 100: number of recommending companies). The law firm is now recommended in 16 areas of the law, including foreign trade and export controls as well as public law, in each case with a Top 3 ranking.

To what must attention be paid when transferring data to the USA and other foreign countries? Data transfers to the USA can no longer be based on the so-called Safe Harbor Framework. The ECJ decided this in the fall of 2015. It is necessary to rely on alternatives since then: standard contract clauses or the privacy shield which took effect in July.

Gateway Real Estate AG has acquired a shopping center in Bavaria near Regensburg, and the transfer of the benefits and burdens is planned to take place soon.