Graf von Westphalen has once again received strong endorsements in the JUVE Handbook. In the latest edition 2011/2012, the leading guide to commercial law firms in Germany recommends Graf von Westphalen as one of the top law firms in the areas of trade, commercial/M&A, real-estate law, environmental and planning law as well as state-aid and public-procurement law.

The Graf von Westphalen law firm held its partners' meeting on November 11 and 12, 2011. In addition to many issues, the meeting's agenda included a number of elections.

Graf von Westphalen together with HHP Attorneys-At-Law has advised Lonza Group Ltd. ("Lonza"), one of the world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries based in Basel, Switzerland and listed on the Six Swiss Exchange, on the PRC legal aspects of its successful secondary listing on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited ("SGX-ST").

Graf von Westphalen is one of Germany’s most popular legal employers: Two highly respected rankings list the firm among the 100 most attractive employers for law graduates and young legal professionals.

Together with the UK law firm Mills & Reeve, Graf von Westphalen has advised Ubisense Group plc., a leading global provider of real-time location systems, in its public listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

The recently published 12th edition of “Kanzleien in Deutschland – eine Auswahl deutscher Wirtschaftsanwälte” (“Law Firms in Germany – a Selection of German Commercial Attorneys”) underscores the comprehensive advising expertise of Graf von Westphalen as one of the few commercial law firms “that could hold its own at the top among service providers.”

Since 2 May 2011 Graf von Westphalen's China team has been further enlarged with yet another lawyer with a Chinese background joining the firm's Hamburg office.

Graf von Westphalen has again received high ratings in the international directory “The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa.” In the 2011 edition, the law firm is recommended, in particular, in the practice areas of “Banking and finance: Bank lending”, “Corporate and M&A: Mid-sized deals”, “Employment”, “Public sector”, “Real estate and construction”.

Graf von Westphalen partner Marian Niestedt is one of four Germany-based lawyers and 250 other experts worldwide to be named as a leading figure in the Who’s Who of Trade and Customs Lawyers 2010.

Graf von Westphalen has strengthened its China team by hiring Helena Wan-Rong Chang-Schöne. Ms. Chang-Schöne will join the firm’s office in Frankfurt on April 1, 2011.