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By Dr. Torsten Volkholz, Otto-Philipp von Gruben, and Sven Nickel This week, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) issued its eagerly awaited judgment on rent payment obligations during COVID-related business closures. The judgment eases, at least in part, landlords and tenants’ uncertainty about who bears the risk of official restrictions on use — namely, not one lease party alone. The judgment[i]  is of particular importance for all commercial leases, as the…
Compliance & Investigations im Jahr 2025  „Wirksame Compliance erfordert ganzheitliche Ansätze.“ Was ist für die Themen „Compliance & Investigations“ im Jahr 2025 zu erwarten? Fünf Thesen von Prof. Dr. Thomas Grützner und Novartis-Vorstand Dr. Klaus Moosmayer*. Von der EU-Hinweisgeberrichtlinie über das Finanzmarktintegritätsstärkungsgesetz (FISG) bis hin zum Lieferkettengesetz: Auf die Wirtschaft rollt eine Welle von neuen regulatorischen Anforderungen zu, die Entscheider*innen vor erhebliche Herausforderungen stellen. Zugleich hat die Corona-Krise die oftmals ohnehin bereits diffuse Erwartungshaltung gesetzlicher…
von Frank Grell, Stefan Patzer, Dr. Marco Grotenrath Der Bundesgerichtshof (BGH) hat mit Urteil vom 18. November 2020 (IV ZR 217/19) entschieden, dass Ansprüche gegen GmbH-Geschäftsführer auf Ersatz von Zahlungen, die nach Insolvenzreife vorgenommen wurden, vom Versicherungsschutz der D&O-Versicherung umfasst sind. Mehrere Oberlandesgerichte hatten dies zuletzt noch anders beurteilt. In der Praxis hatte dies zu einer erheblichen Unsicherheit geführt, nicht zuletzt mit Blick auf die infolge der COVID-19-Pandemie vorübergehend geänderten Insolvenzantragspflichten. Hintergrund der…
by Dr. Nikolaos Paschos, Dr. Susan Kempe-Müller, Pia Sösemann With virtual connectivity on the rise, the tech industry has seen an increase in dual- and tri-track M&A processes, as well as in private equity investments. 2020 was a year in which technology facilitated rapid changes in how people work and live. Despite fewer M&A megadeals and a lower volume overall, tech stood out as an increasingly active and competitive sector that is poised…
by Dr. Henning Schneider, Christoph Engeler The healthcare and life sciences (HCLS) sector remained particularly active throughout 2020. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, deal activity was very strong in the first half of the year — with notable transactions including Asklepios’ US$1.3 billion takeover of listed Rhön Klinikum AG. The second half of the year saw continued deal activity in HCLS, including Siemens Healthineers US$16.4 billion acquisition of Varian and the sale of German-Spanish pharmaceutical…
By Dr. Tobias Larisch and Dr. Jana Dammann de Chapto The energy and infrastructure sectors continue to experience transformative changes at a high pace, a trend that Latham expects to sustain momentum for the foreseeable future. Energy Sector The global mega-trend of decarbonization had repercussions in Germany in 2020, most prominently displayed by the “Coal Exit”. In July 2020, the German federal government passed legislation to end coal-fired power generation in Germany by 2038, and…
By Alice Fisher and Prof. Dr. Thomas Grützner Recent developments include updated DOJ compliance guidance, a continued rise in FCPA proceedings and penalties, and new investigatory approaches in light of the pandemic. 2020 saw many important developments in US white collar enforcement, driven by Administration priorities, business trends and practices, and the realities of COVID-19. The legal and business communities paid particular attention to the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) updated guidance on “Evaluation of…
by Frank Grell and Dr. Nils Röver Looking back at the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit many companies hard and amplified disruptive trends in various sectors. In addition to other measures to address COVID-19 impact on businesses, Germany has made significant progress toward international best practices for restructuring: StaRUG — known as the German scheme — came into effect on 1 January 2021, as one of the most modern restructuring laws in…
von Burc Hesse, Dr. Tobias Larisch The German M&A/PE market was off to a good start in 2020, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, unsettling the market and leaving many market participants to wonder whether we were going to face a situation comparable to the financial crisis in 2007, when there was a shutdown in the capital markets and M&A dropped precipitously. When business went largely virtual in 2020, so did M&A activities. While…
von Dr. Nikolaos PaschosDr. Dirk KocherSebastian GoslarDr. Andreas Lönner Der Gesetzgeber hat für die Hauptversammlungssaison 2021 punktuelle Änderungen an den Regelungen zur virtuellen Hauptversammlung beschlossen. Diese sind bei der Vorbereitung ab sofort zu berücksichtigen. Key Points: Die Möglichkeit der virtuellen Hauptversammlung bleibt für die Hauptversammlungssaison 2021 bestehen. Während Aktionären in 2020 lediglich eine Fragemöglichkeit eingeräumt werden musste, steht ihnen ab 2021 wieder ein Fragerecht zu. Damit korrespondiert eine grundsätzliche…