Berlin

Unter den Linden 14
10117 Berlin
Germany
F +49 30 72616 8001

Whether your business is international or focused on Germany, our three German offices, alongside our worldwide German Practice, provide you with a unique platform to meet your specific legal needs. 

Whatever your industry or location, we can provide a legal team with an entrepreneurial mind-set to protect your interests and achieve positive outcomes on your behalf.

We act for Germany-based and international clients of all sizes and types, with a focus on private and publicly listed mid-tier companies, as well as the public sector.

Why Choose Us

Beyond offering tailored legal advice, our approachable team can share a wealth of sector-specific expertise – from banking to pharmaceuticals, and from chemicals to retail. Our lawyers collaborate with colleagues worldwide to provide timely advice and guidance to corporations, financial institutions, government bodies, the service sector and investors. We can advise you on German domestic and multijurisdictional projects, with a distinguished legal team that is frequently recognized by its peers and in industry publications.

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Corporate

We have vast experience in corporate activity, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, private placements of securities, partnership structures, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures, project support and company secretarial services.

Financial Services

We focus on capital markets and other finance industry-related transactions, in particular securitization, real estate-related finance, acquisition and asset finance and other forms of structured finance and capital markets instruments. We advise German and international banking and other financial institutions in their capacity as lenders, arrangers or originators, as well as other investors, insurers, trustees, servicers, special servicers, funds and rating agencies, with respect to transactions and instruments.

International Dispute Resolution 

Disputes involving multinationals and multiple jurisdictions can present complex challenges. With a strong track record in this area, we possess a deep understanding of the governing laws and applicable rules. We are one of the few international legal practices able to serve your dispute needs globally. Having prior experience of the various bodies involved in arbitration is essential for a successful outcome. We are well versed in conducting arbitrations held under the auspices of institutions such as DIS, ICSID, ICC, ICDR (AAA), SCC, LCIA, CIETAC, GAFTA, LME, CEPAMI, CMAP, ICE, Madrid Arbitration Centre, and HKIAC.

Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology

We provide patent, trademark and copyright services to diverse companies such as aerospace and avionics, the internet, semiconductors, computer hardware and software, life sciences, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, retail and publishing.

Our familiarity with IP law, combined with our ability to handle large litigated cases and all forms of dispute resolution, enables us to help you protect and enforce your IP rights, and to provide defense from charges of violating the IP rights of others.

Labor and Employment

The experience and depth of resource necessary to meet all your employment advice needs in Germany. We can advise you on both collective and individual labor law issues, including negotiations with trade unions and works councils on the amendment or termination of collective agreements, and the development of social plans as the need arises. We counsel national and international corporate clients, especially in relation to merger and acquisition processes, site closures and restructurings. 

Real Estate

Comprehensive service in all aspects of real estate transactions in Germany and internationally, from acquisition, planning and construction through disposition of properties.

We take innovative approaches to addressing the rapidly changing political and business climate and legal regulations that shape the real estate sector. Our strategies will optimize the results of your transactions and help you to achieve your long-term goals.

Restructuring and Insolvency

All formal categories of insolvency, ranging from receivership, administration and liquidation to bankruptcy and voluntary arrangements. In addition, we have a strong disputes team including accredited mediators with successful track records. We handle complex commercial financial reorganizations and insolvencies for clients in many industries and have expertise in restructurings and insolvencies under new German insolvency law (ESUG).

Tax Strategy and Benefits

Often involved in a wide variety of issues, our tax team can work with you to help structure business and financial transactions, as well as self-generating work from German and non-German corporations and groups.

We provide general tax assistance to corporations, advising on corporate income tax, business tax, value-added tax (VAT), registration duties, tax planning and general tax issues with Germany’s authorities and before the courts. We also advise on German-based and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and have significant experience with taxation specific to high net worth individuals.

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  • Recommended by the Kanzleimonitor 2017/2018 (Survey of German In-House Counsels) and ranked as Top Law Firm for Antitrust, Capital Markets, Commercial, Corporate, Data Privacy, European & International Law, Intellectual Property, Labour & Employment, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Mergers & Acquisition, Pharmaceutical/Life Science, Product Liability.
  • Several lawyers are recommended as some of the best lawyers for corporate and IP law in Germany in the Handelsblatt edition of Best Lawyers - Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2017
  • Recommended by the Kanzleimonitor 2016/2017 (Survey of German In-House Counsels) and ranked as Top Law Firm for Corporate, M&A, Group Law, Commercial, Labour & Employment, IP, Data Protection, Capital Markets, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Product Liability and Tax.
  • Recommended by the Kanzleimonitor 2016/2017 (Survey of German In-House Counsels) and ranked as Top Law Firm for advice in the USA, South America, the UK, Middle East, China, Luxembourg and Poland. 
  • Recommended by JUVE Handbuch der Wirtschaftskanzleien 2015/2016 for Corporate and M&A
  • Recommended by the Kanzleimonitor 2015/2016 in the Survey of German In-House Counsel for Corporate, M&A, Group Law, Commercial and IP 
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 Deutschland 2016 for Real Estate 
  • Several lawyers are recommended as some of the best lawyers for corporate law in Germany in the Handelsblatt edition of Best Lawyers - Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2016
  • Ranked as one of the top 100 employers in 2016 in Germany by AZUR magazine
  • Ranked 2nd in corporate law in Berlin and Eastern Germany by the Kanzleimonitor 2014/2015
  • Ranked among  the top three law firms for M&A in Berlin and Eastern Germany by the Kanzleimonitor 2014/2015
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 Deutschland 2015 for Business Law
  • Recognized in Chambers Europe 2014/2015