In a sale-and-lease-back-transaction Union Investment has acquired the Barceló Hotel Hamburg for the open-ended real estate fund “UniImmo: Deutschland“ and hereby initiated its cooperation with the third largest Spanish hotel operator. Barceló Hamburg is a new 4-star-superior hotel with 193 rooms, which opened in March 2012. Simultaneously, Union Investment acquires the famous Hotel Barceló Raval in Barcelona. The purchase agreement for Barceló Raval should be closed in spring 2013. Union Investment leases both Hotels in the long term to the Barceló Group.

GvW Graf von Westphalen's customs and foreign trade practice continues to enjoy an excellent reputation in the market. The JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms 2012/2013 once again named GvW as one of the top three firms in customs and foreign trade law. In Who's Who Legal Germany 2013 the firm was, as last year, the only firm with several leading lawyers in the field "Trade & Customs".

Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Company (SMEPC) successfully participated in the privatisation process of the electrical generation sector in Nigeria as part of a consortium. The consortium was selected as preferred bidder for the Nigerian power plant Geregu.

The JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms 2012/2013 confirms that GvW Graf von Westphalen has made good headway. After being nominated for law firm of the year 2012, JUVE's independent editorial team states in its Handbook 2012/2013 that the firm is "on the right track".

GvW Graf von Westphalen is promoting Dr Sven Donner, Dr Magnus Dorweiler, Dr Gerd Schwendinger, LL.M. and Dr Patrick Wolff to the status of associate partners with effect from 1 January 2013. Their promotion shows the firm continuing to grow within its own ranks.

In Saxony-Anhalt, Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems International has commissioned the construction of Germany’s largest “TwinCore” data centre and one of the most modern data processing centres worldwide. Together with an in-house team of Deutsche Telekom AG, GvW Graf von Westphalen advised T-Systems International over the past two years on the legal design, land development and obtaining the building permits as well as in the negotiation and conclusion of leasing and project contracts.

Teleflex Incorporated has completed the acquisition announced August 13, 2012 of substantially all of the business of LMA International N.V. with, on October 23, 2012 by way of an asset deal. The transaction value amounted to approximately SGD 343.5 million.

GvW Graf von Westphalen has advised the Survitec Group in its acquisition of the marine lifesaving services divi-sion of Gummi Hasenkrug GmbH by way of an asset deal.

Dr. Thomas Senff, an expert in real-estate and construction law, has joined the ranks of lawyers being hired by Graf von Westphalen’s new office in Düsseldorf. The 43-year-old Senff came to the firm in March after giving up his position as partner at Mütze Korsch in Düsseldorf.

Sebastian Wiendieck, a further German lawyer, joined the firm's Shanghai office on 1st September. Wiendieck has over ten years of professional experience at various large international commercial law firms in Germany and China.