Enhancing the firm's financial markets practice

01 Jul 2019

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to expanding its offering in the financial markets practice with the arrival of a new partner. Michaela Sopp (49) joined the firm’s Munich office on Monday 01 July as a partner in the financial markets practice.

Michaela brings over 20 years’ experience to the firm with a particular expertise in finance, ranging from real estate finance, acquisition finance, corporate finance and restructuring among others. Michaela joins the firm from Linklaters, where she was a partner in the banking practice.

The appointment of Michaela is part of the firm’s ongoing strategic plans and is corresponding to a changing and very competitive market for all participants.

Upon arrival Michaela will focus her attention on financial institutions clients and debt funds as well as sponsor/investment management clients with their specific products as loans, unitranches and senior/mezzanine structures. Especially, Investment managers and funds are expected to become actively engaged and visible with significant investment in German real estate, coming mainly from Asia and the US.

Commenting on Michaela’s arrival partner, Heiko Stoll said: “Michaela Sopp is one of the leading expert lawyers combining the real estate and the investment management sector as well as financial institutions and funds in Germany. She has worked on a number of impressive projects for clients in these sectors. Her experience fits extremely well to our practice as it evolves and strengthens.” 

Michaela Sopp added:  “I’m delighted to be joining Simmons & Simmons in Munich. The firm offers an excellent platform to establish a significant finance practice in Germany. The firms focus on financial markets and the real estate sector, as well as its collegial culture focussing on expansion, makes this a perfect fit for me. I look forward to contributing to our global team.”

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