Jones Day Expands Corporate And M&A Practice In Dusseldorf

Monday, April 9, 2012 - 14:01

Jones Day has announced the arrival of a team of five corporate lawyers in its new office in Düsseldorf. Ulrich Brauer from Simmons & Simmons, Kerstin Mast from Bird & Bird, Ralf Recknagel from GSK, and associates Norman Kulpa and Zhaoxia Chen, both from Simmons & Simmons, will join Jones Day's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in Düsseldorf.

Ulrich Brauer led the German corporate and M&A practice of Simmons & Simmons since 2007. With almost 20 years of professional experience, he is recognized as one of the leading M&A lawyers in the Düsseldorf market. For many years, he has been representing national and international clients in complex cross-border transactions and corporate matters. One of his areas of focus is the representation of Japanese and Chinese clients with respect to their in-bound German and European investments. At Simmons & Simmons, he oversaw the successful development of the firm's China desk. Mr. Brauer brings with him associates Norman Kulpa and Zhaoxia Chen from Simmons & Simmons. Mr. Kulpa's practice focuses on international transactions and German corporate matters. Ms. Chen focuses on the representation of Chinese clients investing and doing business in Germany.

Kerstin Mast has extensive experience in international M&A and private equity transactions as well as privatizations of public entities. Ms. Mast, who also is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales, was a partner at Noerr LLP from 1999 until joining Bird & Bird's Düsseldorf office in 2011 to build that firm's transactional practice in Germany. She is recognized as a very experienced cross-border transactional lawyer and has represented many clients from Europe, the United States, China, and India.

Ralf Recknagel was a partner at Noerr LLP from 2003 until May 2010, when he joined GSK's Düsseldorf office as a partner in their transactional practice. He has 17 years of experience and focuses on M&A and private equity transactions as well as privatizations of public entities. One of his additional areas of focus is advising German and international clients on complex compliance issues.

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Jones Day ranked #1 globally in M&A league tables for the first quarter of 2012, maintaining a position it has held for 46 consecutive quarters.

Jones Day led all law firms for number of completed deals worldwide in the Q1 2012 M&A rankings released this month by Thomson Reuters. The firm received credit from Thomson for 82 completed deals worldwide. Thomson also ranked the firm #1 for completed deals with U.S. targets with 45 deals. The firm captured the #1 ranking in every published Thomson league table based on deal count.

In the Bloomberg league tables, which are based on announced transactions, Jones Day ranked #1 both for number of worldwide deals and for number of deals involving U.S. companies. Bloomberg published 23 rankings based on deal count. The firm ranked #1 in four of these and in the top 10 in 12 of the 23 total.

The firm has maintained the #1 worldwide ranking for number of deals in both the Thomson and Bloomberg tables every quarter since year-end 2000.

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Jeffrey J. Bresch has joined Jones Day’s Pittsburgh office as a partner in the Business and Tort Litigation (USA) Practice. He joins Jones Day from Reed Smith, where he was partner in the trial group. Mr. Bresch's significant and diverse practice includes energy, intellectual property/trade secrets, and general commercial litigation, among many others. As first chair counsel, he has tried both bench and jury trials to successful verdict in a wide array of matters throughout the United States. 

Mr. Bresch has handled a variety of civil litigation, including technology, medical device, pharmaceutical, employment law, product, corporate/shareholder disputes, personal injury, securities, action, defamation, civil rights, insurance, and environmental  litigation. His background covers commercial arbitrations, as well as appellate work, including arguments before state and federal appellate courts. Mr. Bresch's trial experience has taken him into courts across Pennsylvania as well as Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, West Virginia, Virginia, Wisconsin, Washington, Delaware, Ohio, Texas, and the District of Columbia. Mr. Bresch also is a frequent lecturer on the intersection of technology and the law. He is admitted in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Mr. Bresch also serves as counsel to several publicly traded companies and assists in effectively managing their litigation and non-litigation, including numerous corporate transactions and employment matters. As a result, he is routinely involved in high-level strategic discussions with executive management on both corporate and litigation issues. 

He was federal law clerk and trial partner at Buchanan Ingersoll before moving to Reed Smith in 2003. Mr. Bresch sits on numerous charitable boards, including the Sarah House and the Watson Institute.