The law firm GvW Graf von Westphalen continues to grow from the own ranks. Effective as of 1 January 2020, Karsten Kujath, Felix Wolf and Dr. Andreas Wolowski were named equity partners.

The customs and foreign trade practice group at GvW Graf von Westphalen remains unchallenged in first place in Germany as the JUVE editorial board clarified in the rankings in the Handbook for Commercial Law Firms 2019/2020. Competitors praise the team of 10 attorneys headed by practice group leader Dr Lothar Harings for the team's "extreme depth of specialized knowledge" and its "great practical experience; the team exclusively provides advice in the areas of export controls, sanctions, customs law, import value added tax, excise taxes and state aid law.

GvW Graf von Westphalen has established its new management. At the most recent partner’s meeting in Athens, the partners in the Law Firm reappointed for the fifth time their managing partners Christof Kleinmann (Frankfurt) and Dr. Robert Theissen (Hamburg). Two new members were elected to the GvW Board, Dr. Wolfram Desch (Munich) and David Wende (Frankfurt).

Webasto Group, a leading supplier to the automotive industry headquartered in Stockdorf, Germany, has divested its majority shareholding in a sino-foreign joint venture company to its former Chinese joint venture partner.

ÄHF Immobilienfonds GbR has sold Ärztehaus Friedrichshain to the Canadian NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT. In terms of deal volume, the transaction is one of the largest deals in the asset class of ambulant health centres in Germany. GvW Graf von Westphalen provided legal advice on the sale and liquidation of the fund.

Which of the employers do you consider to be particularly attractive as potential employers? This is what Trendence asked young lawyers in its graduate barometer. The law firm GvW Graf von Westphalen again received the most votes from medium-sized law firms.

"Integration is more than just a word, specifically for a law firm such as GvW Graf von Westphalen which places great value on working together and does not like individualists. Integration is the standard for everything." The publisher JUVE writes this in its Handbook for Commercial Law Firms 2019/2020 that has now been released, and JUVE praises the strong networking within the law firm. GvW is "on the same level as the large law firms with regard to networking" as a mid-size law firm. The law firm "simply gets going", it is also stated, "transactions or projects in which multiple offices and practice teams work together are daily business."

Premier Inn hat sich ein weiteres Portfolio in Deutschland gesichert: Die britische Muttergesellschaft des Hotelunternehmens, das an der Londoner Börse notierte Traditionshaus Whitbread, erwarb drei Hotels mit insgesamt 482 Zimmern von einem Privateigentümer.

Investments in the Chinese healthcare sector continue to increase, as recent press releases indicate: Medical technology manufacturer Eckert & Ziegler recently announced a joint venture for tumor radiation equipment in China. Pharmaceutical companies such as Novartis benefit from easier access to the Chinese market for their preparations.

The Cologne startup CASE is completing the next step in its development. The entrepreneurs Dr. Thomas Alt (Metaio) and Rolf Schrömgens (Trivago) have acquired stakes in the company with a single-digit-millions amount. GvW-Partner Titus Walek advised Dr. Alt in this financing of growth.