National and international arbitration is one of our prominent areas of expertise. Arbitration proceedings have become an important alternative to state courts for resolving disputes that deal with complex factual issues or in areas that are sensitive and confidential, especially in an international context. When acting as counsel for one of the parties, we represent the interests of our clients and accompany them during all the phases of the arbitral proceedings. Since all the partners in our arbitration team are regularly also appointed as arbitrators by parties and arbitration institutions, they are familiar with the relevant issues from the perspective of the arbitral decision-maker as well. Our team, comprising both acknowledged, aspiring experts of the younger generation and partners with many years of experience in international arbitration, has acquired an outstanding reputation which is acclaimed far beyond the borders of Germany.
We counsel and represent national and international companies in all areas of labour law, including the adjacent fields of corporate, social and tax law. In addition, we advise executive board members, managing directors and employees on collective and individual labour law. An additional area of activity of our law firm in this connection is sports law and providing legal advice to sports clubs and to sportsmen and women. We optimize and structure contracts and articles of incorporation to suit our clients’ needs and also advise and represent them in negotiations and litigation.
In an innovative and modern industrial society with growing digitalization (Industry 4.0), industrial property rights have become an indispensable tool for securing corporate success. Intellectual property (IP) such as trade mark rights, design rights, utility models and patents are becoming increasingly significant. The impending introduction of the European unitary patent and the establishment of the Unitary Patent Court will provide companies with completely new opportunities. We counsel at both national and international level with our in-depth experience and sound knowledge of specialist attorneys. We offer tailored solutions and enforce our clients’ rights in proceedings before state courts and at arbitral tribunals.
Successful sales and trade are the backbone of every company and are therefore also a core area of our legal work. We accompany both the national and international purchasing of products and services, the conceptualization, (judicial) enforcement and processing of sales systems, especially with regard to issues of indemnification for termination and prohibition of competition. Our clients benefit from our expertise in insurance law and similarly in dealing with product liability and recalls. We provide advice in the following fields in particular: automotive, foodstuffs, leisure and luxury goods, medical, security and industrial products, furniture, disposal and facility management, advertising and financial products.
We have decades of experience in advising and representing our clients on major construction projects and industrial plant. This includes legal advice to corporations on consortium and joint venture projects abroad and counselling architects and engineers on national and international projects. Real estate law and commercial lease and rental law form additional significant components of the legal services we offer.
Advice on antitrust law has always been one of the main focal points of our legal activity. In this context we represent the interests of German and international enterprises of all sizes and in all branches of industry, for example in connection with M&A transactions, when drafting contracts or evolving and implementing compliance programs in accordance with antitrust or public procurement law. Furthermore, we provide our clients with support on public procurement and state aid law. We have significant experience in representing our clients’ legal interests before European and national cartel authorities and courts in all types of proceedings and at all court levels.
A company crisis does not necessarily have to end in insolvency. For this reason, we provide our clients with advice on planning and conducting reorganization, and also on initiating und conducting insolvency proceedings. Our advice to shareholders and managing directors during reorganization and prior to insolvency proceedings focuses on avoiding liability risks. In addition, we support creditors of insolvent enterprises in establishing and enforcing their claims and in defending against the avoidance of claims asserted by the administrator in insolvency under insolvency law.
One of the core areas of our legal practice is to provide advice on all forms and facets of corporate law and to represent our clients with respect to all the issues relating to the organization of enterprises. Our clients therefore include both listed stock corporations as well as medium-sized enterprises and family-run partnerships. We analyse our clients’ entrepreneurial targets and support them in this context and we are applauded for the way we conduct litigation.
The topic of “bequests and inheritance” is a particularly complex one since inheritance law also involves issues from the adjacent fields of corporate, tax and family law. Whenever we are engaged by clients for private property and corporate succession, our steps are planned with a view to anticipating their effects and are implemented in a practical manner. In particular, complex financial circumstances and the full or partial transfer of family businesses to the younger generation present a special challenge, given that business management, corporate strategy and often psychological aspects also have to be addressed. This is where we have the very expertise required to provide our clients with competent advice.
We advise our clients on all the legal aspects involved in the sale and purchase of enterprises and shareholdings, including international transactions. In these international transactions we cooperate with law firms abroad, all of which are among the leading law firms in their respective jurisdiction, and we do so in a manner that has been tried and tested on numerous projects. We provide support on questions of structuring prior to the transaction, when processing and conducting due diligence investigations and during the contract negotiations to follow. We assist the management team on all the issues arising during the transaction phase and thereafter. Our skilled and experienced teams guarantee speedy and efficient implementation; one of the special strengths of our advice is the particularly strong cohesion between colleagues from different specialist areas who contribute their own special expertise (incl. labour law, industrial property rights, IT law, antitrust law, public law and on financing).
In addition to the comprehensive service we offer our clients in all relevant areas of business law, we also provide support on thoroughly personal matters too. This includes, above all, personal life planning, sensitive representation on this and bespoke advice on each individual case. In addition, spouses and civil partners frequently overlook the need to take precautionary measures and make provisions. We evolve concepts and structure contractual agreements in this respect. We provide our clients with support on national and international divorce matters and on all the typical issues arising from family disputes.
Entrepreneurship and innovative talent need freedom. This applies not only to people working in the film, broadcasting, press and publishing sectors, but also to the sales and marketing experts in craft trades and industry. However, when procuring and marketing products and services via modern IT and telecommunications channels, creativity is often constrained by copyright law and the rules of law of media policy. This demands the intrinsic expertise and in-depth experience we have pooled in a specialist competence team comprising specialists and specialist attorneys.
We have had an office in Brussels since 1987 already and were one of the first German law firms to open our own office there. This is where our law firm can keep directly in touch with the European Commission and the European Union’s other institutions. By incorporating European law into our legal work, we are able to represent our German and international clients before the relevant authorities and to provide competent advice at first hand.
Tax law is a matter which is becoming ever more complex and which plays a significant role in almost all legal advice to a greater or lesser extent. Transactions relating to corporate law in particular always have to be considered from the perspective of tax law and have to be assessed from this angle in order to avoid pitfalls and to ensure flexibility in future restructuring. With our expertise as specialist lawyers, we resolve and structure specific tax law issues, thus complementing our competence in all areas of commercial law.
We advise domestic and foreign financial institutions and institutional investors on all questions relating to banking law, banking supervisory law and the law of the capital markets. In the past few years alone, we have conducted 1,500 law suits, notably defending against consumers bringing claims for damages. The industry confirms that our specialist banking law team has particular expertise in advising and acting as counsel for financial institutions and issuing houses and in strategic advice when acting in bulk proceedings.