Eight lawsuits are pending before the Federal Administrative Court (BVerwG) against the construction of the planned Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link (FBQ). The highest administrative court in Leipzig has now announced this. In all legal proceedings, the state of Schleswig-Holstein will defend the zoning decision with the support of the lawyers of the law firm GvW Graf von Westphalen.

The shareholders of Simi Reality Motion Systems GmbH ("Simi") headquartered in Unterschleißheim have sold 90% of the shares to ZF Friedrichshafen AG ("ZF"). GvW Graf von Westphalen represented the sellers in this M&A transaction.

Exactly one year after the declaration of the USA to withdraw from the "nuclear deal" with Iran, the President of the United States has imposed further severe sanctions against Iran with Executive Order of 8 May 2019.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH (F.A.Z.) has acquired IQB Career Services GmbH (IQB). GvW Graf von Westphalen provided legal advice in the sale to the sole shareholder of the company Hans Eick.

GvW Graf von Westphalen has advised EXHEAT Group Ltd on the acquisition of the German SEICO Group. The UK based EXHEAT Group Ltd is a world class provider of hazardous area heating and control solutions that has extensive global experience in electrical, mechanical and thermal design.

GvW Graf von Westphalen has advised the Elevion Group on the acquistion of En.plus GmbH. The Elevion Group is together with its 100% subsidiaries – D-I-E Elektro AG, EAB Elektroanlagenbau GmbH Rhein/Main, Rudolf Fritz GmbH, ETS Efficient Technical Solutions GmbH, Elektro Decker GmbH and En.plus GmbH – one of the market leaders for mechanical and electro-technical building technology in Germany.

The Turkish aluminum manufacturer Assan Alüminyum Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. ("ASAS") is developing an approximately 80 hectares large area at the former steel plant Rasselstein in Neuwied. GvW Graf von Westphalen advised the metal industry company in the purchase of the property from ThyssenKrupp and supported ASAS in negotiations with the City of Neuwied on matters of urban development.

The Bossard Group is strengthening its presence in the German market. The Swiss corporate group has acquired BRUMA Schraub- und Drehtechnik GmbH ("BRUMA"). Both parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality about the amount of the purchase price. GvW Graf von Westphalen advised BRUMA in this transaction.

Alnatura also won the dispute against dm in the second instance: The organic food company was allowed to extraordinarily terminate the contract with dm-drogerie markt. The OLG Frankfurt decided this today and rejected the appeal of the drugstore chain (file no. 12 U 13/17).

Funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”) have acquired three “elbgym” branded fitness centers in Hamburg through its German portfolio company Fitness First Germany Holdings GmbH (“Fitness First”).


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