The law firm GvW Graf von Westphalen has achieved a major success for its client before the European Court of Human Rights: The ECHR not only admitted the complaint filed in early 2013, but has now affirmed a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights as well and adjudicated compensation to the complainant represented by GvW (Bajić v. North Macedonia – Application No. 2833/13, judgment of 10 June 2021).

The Goettingen-based MDAX company Sartorius acquired the chromatography process equipment division of Novasep through its subgroup Sartorius Stedim Biotech in a mixed share/asset deal. Novasep’s division expects to generate sales revenue of approximately 37 million euros in 2020 at double-digit profit margins and employs approximately 100 people, the majority of whom work at its Pompey site in northern France and some in the USA, China and India. The proposed transaction is subject to antitrust approvals and the information and consultation of Novasep’s works council and is expected to close during the first half of 2021. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

GvW Graf von Westphalen advised the shareholders of dna Gesellschaft für IT Services mbH on the sale of the company to DATAGROUP.

Germany’s search for a repository site for high-level radioactive waste is making progress. The selection procedure to find such a site is carried out by the Federal Company for Radioactive Waste Disposal, (Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH – BGE), a 100% federally-owned company under private law responsible for radioactive waste disposal.

GvW Graf von Westphalen remains in the lead for the ranking in customs and excise tax in the JUVE Manual for Tax Law with a 5-star rating and gains a strong rating in tax law.

GvW Graf von Westphalen advised Scienta Scientific AB of Uppsala, Sweden, on its acquisition of the German company ENVINET GmbH.

GvW Graf von Westphalen continues to move forward on its fast-track path of strategic and dynamic growth. The latest additions to the firm are equity partners Dr Maximilian Emanuel Elspas, Dr Sebastian Heim and Dr Axel von Walter, who are joining the firm with their teams from Beiten Burkhardt and will strengthen its Energy and Digitalisation & Technology Focus Areas. GvW thus sees its Munich and Berlin offices grow by three teams with almost 20 attorneys.

GvW Graf von Westphalen advised Munich-based Parkdepot GmbH on a € 4.2 million seed financing round with Amsterdam-based venture capital investor henQ.

OQmented GmbH, the technology leader for MEMS-based VR/AR, LiDAR and 3D-camera solutions, has successfully concluded a multi-million-euro seed financing round. The international consortium of investors is led by Vsquared Ventures and includes BioNTech supervisory board chairman Helmut Jeggle and a renowned Chinese tech entrepreneur. GvW Graf von Westphalen advises Vsquared Ventures on this financing round.

Invesco Real Estate (Invesco), the global real estate investment manager, has a new management company for 11 of its hotels in Germany: Westmont Hospitality Group will take the baton from insolvent Tidal Operations Germany (TOG) and manage and operate ten hotels of the Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza brands in Germany from now on.