Our LL.M. International Finance students accompanied by ILF staff went on a field trip to the Bavarian capital Munich from 15 to 17 February 2017.
Upon their arrival by train on 15 February 2017, the group went on a 2-hour walking city tour of Munich to discover the beautiful and historical sights of the city. In the evening, the students enjoyed a dinner with typical Bavarian food and the famous beer of the Augustiner brewery in the traditional Augustiner Keller.
On the second day of the field trip, the group visited the headquaters of the BMW Group where the students were welcomed by Dr. Cosmas Asam, Vice-President, M&A, Cooperation Management, Economics, Mobility and Environment. Dr. Asam held the presentation "BMW – History, Changes, Strategy and M&A" in which he gave an overview of BMW Group’s historical development, its future business strategy, especially in regards to e-mobility, car sharing businesses, i-mobility services and autonomous driving, and its M&A transactions. Subsequently our students had the special opportunity to participate in a 2-hour tour at the BMW automobile plan to learn about the BMW’s highly technologized car manufacturing. At the end of the tour, the group was invited by Dr. Asam to the BMW Museum Cafe for a short reception.
On the third and last day of the field trip, the students visited the Munich office of Gleiss Lutz. The group was welcomed by Dr. Rainer Loges, Partner, who together with his colleague from the China practice group, Simon Dewes, Associate, held the presentation “An introduction to Gleiss Lutz and its China practice”. While Dr. Loges talked about the development of Gleiss Lutz , the law firm’s co-operations and working structure in general, Simon Dewes focused in his speech on his experience as a lawyer in the China practice group and the Chinese M&A market. The presentation was followed by a lively discussion between the speakers and the students.