The partners of the law firm GvW Graf von Westphalen have reelected their management at the partners' meeting in Lisbon: Christof Kleinmann (Frankfurt) and Dr. Robert Theissen (Hamburg) are now entering their fifth term of office as the managing partners of the law firm.

REFD Investment GmbH, the German subsidiary of a Chinese investor, has acquired 100% of the shares in EKOF Mining & Water Solution GmbH. The acquisition of this chemical company constitutes the market entry into Germany for the Chinese investor.

GvW Graf von Westphalen has advised Prince Minerals GmbH, a subsidiary of PMHC II, Inc. ("Prince Minerals") in the acquisition of Josef Opavsky & Sohn GmbH, Vallendar. The transaction has closed in the meantime.

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.

Five Russian athletes have now filed constitutional appeals with the German Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) against their exclusion from the Paralympics Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. GvW Graf von Westphalen filed the appeals for the athletes in Karlsruhe.

The expansion of the M&A practice group as well as the aspiring GvW focus area energy continues: Following the entry of Helmut Kempf as equity partner in Düsseldorf, two additional new equity partners, Jens Suhrbier and Dr Ulf Liebelt-Westphal, have joined the firm. Both lawyers came from Norton Rose Fulbright and will support the growth of the firm’s Hamburg office.

The experienced China expert Dr Oliver Maaz (44), who specializes in the structuring of foreign companies’ China investments and provides comprehensive legal advice to foreign investors in the country, will join the law firm Graf von Westphalen as a designated equity partner in Shanghai.