Rakuten’s Partnership Agreement with 1&1

Rakuten's Partnership Agreement with 1&1Rakuten's Partnership Agreement with 1&1

Baker McKenzie advised Rakuten on the deal. Hengeler Mueller advised 1&1 AG. Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised 1&1 Versatel.

Rakuten signed a long-term partnership agreement with 1&1 to build its own mobile network. Together with 1&1, Rakuten will build Europe’s first fully virtualized mobile network based on the innovative OpenRAN technology. 

Rakuten Group, Inc. is a leading global technology group. 

1&1 AG offers its customers a comprehensive portfolio of wireless services and broadband access.

Drillisch Netz AG and 1&1 Versatel Deutschland GmbH are subsidiaries of 1&1 AG.

The Baker McKenzie team consisted of Partner Dr. Holger Lutz (Picture); Corporate/M&A: Dr. Peter Wand (partner, Frankfurt); Corporate/M&A: Prof. Dr. Artur M. Swierczok (counsel, Frankfurt), Rouven Reuter, Yixin Yang, Nikolas Lazaridis (all associate, Frankfurt); IT: Florian Tannen (partner, Munich), Simone Rieken (senior associate, Frankfurt), Susanna Milne (associate, Berlin); Public Law: Prof. Dr. Joachim Scherer (partner, Frankfurt), Anahita Thoms (partner, Berlin), Dr. Claire Dietz-Polte (partner, Berlin), Vivien Vacha (senior associate, Berlin); Commercial & Trade: Dr. Johannes Teichmann (partner, Frankfurt), Dr. Ingmar Oltmanns (senior associate, Frankfurt), Rebecca Romig (associate, Frankfurt); Banking & Finance: Dr. Oliver Socher (partner, Frankfurt), Silke Fritz (counsel, Frankfurt), Emmanuel Hadjidakis (principal, Singapore), Philipp Thimm (associate, Frankfurt), Wataru Inagaki, Fei Zhou (both associate, Tokyo); Tax: Dr. Stephan Schnorberger (partner, Dusseldorf), Jochen Meyer-Burow (partner, Frankfurt), Sonja Klein (senior counsel, Frankfurt), Benjamin Bergau (associate, Frankfurt); Employment: Amelie Czekalla (associate, Frankfurt); IP: Andreas Jagusch (associate, Frankfurt).

The Hengeler Mueller was led by partners Katharina Hesse (M&A/Regulatory, Düsseldorf) and Sebastian Schneider (M&A) and also included partners Daniela Favoccia, Lucina Berger (both M&A/Corporate), Thomas Lang (Real Estate/M&A), Frank Burmeister (M&A), Johannes Tieves (Financing) (all Frankfurt), Christian Möller (M&A), Dirk Uwer (Regulatory), Wolfgang Kellenter (IP/IT) and Carl-Philipp Eberlein (Insurance) (all Düsseldorf), counsel Patrick Wilkening (IP/IT, Düsseldorf), Johannes Baumann (M&A) and Christian Häußer (Employment) (both Frankfurt) as well as associates Marika Öry, Jan Häller, Moritz Weidemann, Maximilian Kunzelmann (all Frankfurt), Jesco Lindner, Maxi Ludwig, Daniel Roggenkemper (all M&A), Michael Schramm (Regulatory), Marvin Geisler (Insurance) (all Düsseldorf).

The Heuking team included Markus Lennartz (Corporate/IT), Dr. Jörg Schewe (Corporate/M&A; Hamburg; both lead), Dr. Philip Kempermann (IT/Competition; Düsseldorf), Dr. Kai Bandilla (Corporate/M&A; Hamburg), Dr. Thomas Jansen (Munich), Christine Grau, Michael Kuska (Düsseldorf), Britta Hinzpeter (Munich), Antje Münch (Stuttgart); Associates: Manuel Poncza, Alexa Finke (Düsseldorf), Dr. Felix Drefs (Stuttgart; IT/Commercial), Antonia Allmendinger (Corporate/Commercial).

The inhouse team at 1&1 Versatel was led by Markus Kadelke, General Counsel), Dr. Christian Bron (Regulatory Affairs) and Steffen Vogel (Düsseldorf).

The inhouse team at 1&1 AG was led by Dr. Gerd Kiparski (Head of Legal & Privacy) and Dr. Marc Schütze (Vice President Regulation Group).

Involved fees earner: Benjamin Bergau – Baker McKenzie; Amelie Czekalla – Baker McKenzie; Claire Dietz-Polte – Baker McKenzie; Silke Fritz – Baker McKenzie; Emmanuel Hadjidakis – Baker McKenzie; Wataru Inagaki – Baker McKenzie; Andreas Jagusch – Baker McKenzie; Sonja Klein – Baker McKenzie; Nikolas Lazaridis – Baker McKenzie; Holger Lutz – Baker McKenzie; Jochen Meyer-Burow – Baker McKenzie; Susanna Milne – Baker McKenzie; Ingmar Oltmanns – Baker McKenzie; Rouven Reuter – Baker McKenzie; Simone Rieken – Baker McKenzie; Rebecca Romig – Baker McKenzie; Joachim Scherer – Baker McKenzie; Stephan Schnorberger – Baker McKenzie; Oliver Socher – Baker McKenzie; Artur Swierczok – Baker McKenzie; Florian Tannen – Baker McKenzie; Johannes Teichmann – Baker McKenzie; Philipp Thimm – Baker McKenzie; Anahita Thoms – Baker McKenzie; Vivien Vacha – Baker McKenzie; Peter Wand – Baker McKenzie; Yixin Yang – Baker McKenzie; Fei Zhou – Baker McKenzie; Johannes Baumann – Hengeler Mueller; Lucina Berger – Hengeler Mueller; Frank Burmeister – Hengeler Mueller; Carl-Philipp Eberlein – Hengeler Mueller; Daniela Favoccia – Hengeler Mueller; Marvin Geisler – Hengeler Mueller; Jan Häller – Hengeler Mueller; Christian Häußer – Hengeler Mueller; Katharina Hesse – Hengeler Mueller; Wolfgang Kellenter – Hengeler Mueller; Maximilian Kunzelmann – Hengeler Mueller; Thomas Lang – Hengeler Mueller; Jesco Lindner – Hengeler Mueller; Maxi Ludwig – Hengeler Mueller; Christian Möller – Hengeler Mueller; Marika Öry – Hengeler Mueller; Daniel Roggenkemper – Hengeler Mueller; Sebastian Schneider – Hengeler Mueller; Michael Schramm – Hengeler Mueller; Johannes Tieves – Hengeler Mueller; Dirk Uwer – Hengeler Mueller; Moritz Weidemann – Hengeler Mueller; Patrick Wilkening – Hengeler Mueller; Antonia Allmendinger – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Kai Bandilla – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Britta Hinzpeter – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Felix Drefs – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Alexa Finke – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Christine Grau – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Thomas Jansen – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Philip Kempermann – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Michael Kuska – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Markus Lennartz – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Antje Münch – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Manuel Poncza – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek; Jörg Schewe – Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek;

Law Firms: Baker McKenzie; Hengeler Mueller; Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek;

Clients: 1&1 Drillisch AG; 1&1 Versatel GmbH; Rakuten, Inc.;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler