Boosting banking and finance in Frankfurt

31 Jan 2019

Dr Jens Gölz, who was formally a Counsel at Allen & Overy LLP in Frankfurt, specialises in the Financial Institution (FI) and Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure (Energy) sectors. He will join the firm on 1 February 2019.

Dr Jens Gölz joins the firm with over 10 years’ experience in the FI sector. He studied law at the University of Mannheim in Germany, receiving his doctorate in 2008. With a particular focus on the FI and Energy sectors, Jens Gölz will enhance the teams FI offering as he supports the planned expansion in these areas. Upon joining the firm, he will focus on supporting the growing FI practice in Frankfurt. His expertise and contacts within the Energy & Infrastructure market will offer new potential and access to a market segment temporarily unexploited in Germany.

Commenting on the arrival of Dr Jens Gölz, Germany’s Country Head, Bernulph von Crailsheim said: “Jens is one of the upcoming expert lawyers in Germany combining banking & finance with the energy expertise. He has worked on a number of impressive projects, including acting as legal advisor to the lenders on the first non-recourse financing of a conventional coal-fired power plant project in Germany and to ING on financing the Lakiakankas wind farm in Finland, which receives its revenues without any state subsidies solely on the basis of a corporate PPA. His experience fits extremely well to our practice as it evolves and strengthens.”

Dr Jens W. Gölz added: “I’m delighted to be joining Simmons & Simmons. The firm offers an excellent platform to establish a significant practice in the field of “cash-flow” based financing, especially with regard to real estate, energy and infrastructure transactions. Its focus on financial institutions and asset managers as well as its collegial culture makes this a perfect fit for me. I look forward to contributing to our global team.”

Over the past year, the firm’s Frankfurt office has seen many positive developments, including many large Brexit related assignments and a stable deal flow including both in and outbound financings. In the year ahead they will be focusing attention on the “spending power” of German lenders as well as German sponsors/borrowers and it will be important for the firm to have top quality finance capability in one of its major Continental European jurisdictions.

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