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German Practice

With one of the largest and most distinguished groups of German-born and German-speaking lawyers around the globe, we not only converse in your language, but also have decades of experience working on behalf of both German and international clients based in Germany, as well as  those German and international clients based elsewhere in the world (including, e.g., the US and China) but who are doing business in Germany.

Our German Practice advises companies and entities of all sizes and types, with a strong focus on privately held and publicly listed mid-tier companies. We advise German Fortune 100 companies and businesses across many industries and sectors.

Lawyers in our German Practice who are based in the US are versed in the typical legal issues that German and other European companies face when doing business in the US. They are licensed and have practiced law both in the US and Germany and cover areas of legal expertise that are most important to you. Lawyers in our German practice, who are based in Germany, have been providing customized legal advice to our clients for 15 years from our offices in Berlin, Böblingen and Frankfurt.

Our German Practice lawyers are, of course, fluent in German, but many speak additional languages, including English, French, Spanish, Latvian, Russian, and Chinese. Because of our cross-cultural focus, and our globally positioned team, we stay abreast of global legal, business and cultural developments. We have in-depth knowledge of the German legal system, complemented by the local knowledge of our colleagues who are based in Germany. We understand how our clients operate and know how to meet your expectations.

Why Choose Us

  • A dedicated German Practice – More than 80 lawyers in various practice groups around the world provide a highly inter-disciplinary service. By involving specialized lawyers within the firm as needed, our German clients can tap into our full array of services.
  • Global partner of the German “Mittelstand” – Our integrated team of German lawyers provide a wide range of advice to small and medium-sized enterprises and is familiar with family-owned companies in Germany. We understand the needs of the German “Mittelstand,” the “engine of the economy,” and can support your business around the globe, protect your interests and achieve positive outcomes wherever you go.
  • Deeply rooted in Germany – We have been providing legal services to German and international clients in Germany for 15 years and are strategically positioned not only in Berlin, but also in Germany’s banking hub, Frankfurt, as well as in one of Germany’s economic heartlands, Baden-Württemberg.
  • Access to our global network – Our three German offices are directly linked to our other 47 international offices,  in such global business centers as San Francisco, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Brussels, London, Prague and Warsaw. We are truly Germany’s international law firm with 47 offices in 20 countries.

Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Our team offers a “one-stop shop” for any organization that needs to address data protection and e-privacy issues. We have substantial experience advising clients in many sectors on compliance, including the evolving interpretation of existing e-privacy, data protection and data retention rules, as well as the implications of significant legislative changes at EU level. Our country experts have substantial experience advising multinational clients on how to prepare for and respond to data breaches involving personal data, as well as conflicts of laws involving access to personal data. We have data protection experts in virtually our entire global network of offices. Our team works across borders and practice specialties to deliver comprehensive and strategic advice and counsel on cybersecurity. We address cybersecurity and privacy issues, cyber theft and data breach prevention, and liability stemming from data breaches and post-breach forensics. 

Financial Services 

Our Financial Services team focuses on capital markets and other finance industry-related transactions, in particular securitization, real estate finance, acquisition and asset finance, and other forms of structured finance and capital markets instruments. We advise German and international banking and 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 such transactions and instruments.

Global Corporate

Our corporate lawyers advise large public and private companies, as well as emerging companies. We have extensive experience in all areas of corporate activity including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, public takeovers, initial public offerings and secondary offerings, partnership structures, private equity, venture capital, joint ventures and project support. We advise on corporate mandates across the spectrum, ranging from smaller, more straightforward deals to complex multibillion-euro/US dollar and multidisciplinary transactions, which are often completed under the most challenging time constraints. We make our collective expertise, gained from handling complex deals for some of the world’s most renowned companies, available to every client. 

Intellectual Property and Technology 

Our Intellectual Property & Technology (IP&T) team provides patent, trademark and copyright services to a large client base. These companies span many diverse fields, including aerospace and avionics, the internet, semiconductors, computer hardware and software, life sciences, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, retail and publishing. Our experience in IP&T law, combined with our ability to handle the largest of litigated cases and all forms of dispute resolution, enables us to assist businesses by protecting and enforcing their IP&T rights and properly defending them from charges of violating the intellectual property rights of others. 

International Dispute Resolution 

Disputes involving multinationals and multiple jurisdictions can present complex challenges, requiring a deep understanding and practical experience of a range of governing laws and applicable rules. Our International Dispute Resolution team is one of the few international legal teams truly able to serve the needs of clients globally. Having prior experience of the various bodies involved in arbitration is essential for a successful outcome. Our lawyers have vast experience 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, as well as on an ad hoc basis. 

Labor and Employment

Our Labor & Employment team has both the experience and depth of resources necessary to meet all your advice needs. We advise clients on both collective and individual labor law issues, including negotiations with trades unions and works councils on the amendment or termination of collective agreements and the development of social plans as the need arises. We have experience in counseling national and international corporate clients, especially in relation to mergers and acquisitions processes, site closures and restructurings, as well as extensive trial experience in termination disputes and lawsuits with works councils. 

Litigation

No matter where you do business in the world, the risks associated with litigation are always present – and in some countries more openly than in others. Our Litigation team is skilled at applying creative and efficient solutions to the complex challenges presented by both local disputes and disputes involving multiple countries and legal systems. In the US, our German speaking litigators practice on a national basis and have decades of experience in representing German clients and their US subsidiaries in state and federal courts. Our US class action lawyers are active in the national coordination and litigation of class actions, including defective products, wage and hour, toxic tort, alien torts claims act, financial services, products liability and statutory disclosure. 

Product Liability 

Germany’s designers, manufacturers and inventors deserve a world-class defense of their world-class products regardless of where they sold. Our product liability team is a globally-known leader in product liability defense with an impressive record of defense verdicts. Our approach to handling litigation in the US as well as other jurisdictions is simple, straightforward and focused on reaching an outcome that is efficient, cost-effective and, most importantly, successful. When a claim must be litigated, we act decisively to establish a vigorous and complete defense. We maintain solid working relationships with prominent experts in the US and Europe in a multitude of disciplines, including vehicle crashworthiness, vehicle dynamics, accident reconstruction, metallurgy, fire science and biomechanics. 

Real Estate 

Our Real Estate team provides comprehensive services to clients engaged in all aspects of real estate transactions in Germany and internationally, from acquisition, planning and construction through to disposition of properties. Our lawyers take innovative approaches to addressing the rapidly changing political and business climate and legal regulations that shape the real estate sector. We apply carefully considered strategies to facilitate maximum results in our clients’ real estate transactions and assist them with achieving their long-term strategic goals. 

Restructuring and Insolvency

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

Supply Chain Management and Compliance 

Our team supports clients in implementing robust compliance programs to develop policies, engage suppliers, monitor supply chain practices and take remedial action to respond to identified risks. Well-structured corporate supply chain compliance programs are relatively new concepts in some industries, and many companies may be unfamiliar with how to best develop them. However, these compliance programs can be tailored to each company’s industry, country-by-country regulations and particular supply chain needs. Implementing a robust compliance program that addresses various sourcing and supply chain risks will reduce reputational risk and will also reduce the likelihood of high-profile and costly litigation – domestically and across borders. We focus specifically on the legal issues that arise in the supply chain from extraction of raw materials through to end-user – across the globe. 

Tax Strategy and Benefits 

We focus on domestic and international tax structuring and advisory work, enabling clients from all sectors to implement their decisions in the most tax-effective manner. Our team delivers a wide range of tax services, including traditional tax planning and the design and implementation of innovative solutions.

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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 and Product Liability
  • 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 US, South America, the UK, Middle East, China, Luxembourg and Poland