Our German office enjoys an outstanding reputation in the market as a valuable resource to clients in Germany, across Europe and around the world.
The breadth and depth of our German practice provides important benefits to multinational clients on a wide array of matters. We represent clients in M&A transactions, corporate, commercial, antitrust and other regulation, litigation, restructuring, tax, employment, data protection and privacy. We have a strong focus on the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector, as well as on other industries, such as private equity, venture capital and financial services, real estate and transportation.
Our German lawyers are frequently ranked among the top lawyers in their fields by leading independent directories, such as JUVE, Legal 500 and Chambers.
Our German Practices
Corporate and M&A. We have a strong focus on M&A transactions, including related antitrust and regulatory issues. In particular, we are acknowledged market leaders in the TMT sector. Our corporate practice also covers startup work, private equity and venture capital, finance and corporate restructuring. In addition, we have broad experience in corporate counseling and other business transactions, including advising boards of directors and executive officers as well as shareholders and investors.
Litigation. We represent our clients in corporate and capital market lawsuits, post-M&A litigation, compliance and other proceedings. We also counsel on matters likely to result in legal action, e.g., critical shareholders' meetings, and in relation to restructuring, squeeze-outs, domination agreements and takeover proceedings.
Antitrust and Regulatory. We have extensive experience in advising on a broad range of antitrust and regulatory matters, with a particular focus on the TMT sector. This includes regulated-market transactions, merger control, advice on abuse of market dominance and anti-competitive practices, internal investigations, damages claims and compliance counseling.
Tax. We provide high-end tax advice on German and cross-border matters, including on the structuring of cross-border investments, in relation to national and international transactions – both inbound and outbound – on the restructuring of multinational companies and on business transactions, such as sale and leaseback transactions.
Employment. We advise and represent national and international companies in all areas of individual and collective employment law, including on employment consequences of corporate restructuring, acquisitions and sales of German and foreign companies. We also advise on the hiring and firing of employees and management board members, including on remuneration plans and incentive schemes.
Data Protection and Privacy. We have in-depth knowledge of privacy issues, prior solutions and industry concerns, and we advise clients on global compliance with data protection and privacy law requirements. We handle worldwide data breaches and work with our clients to design and strengthen their data security policies and practices.
Real Estate. We have extensive experience in advising clients from the real estate and fund sector on national and international real estate investments. We provide advice on real estate transactions, including development, financing, structuring and restructuring, on asset and share deals and REITs, on leasing and asset management, and on the negotiation and implementation of complex tax structures.
Notary Practice. Our highly regarded notary practice advises on complex corporate and real estate transactions, including financing, restructuring and reorganization measures. A particular focus is on the preparation and conducting of annual stockholder and shareholder meetings.