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Advice to insurers

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  1. Advice to insurers
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Joachim Grote - BACH LANGHEID DALLMAYR
    • Wessel Heukamp - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Winfried Schnepp - CMS
    • Jan Schröder - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Daniel Wilm - Hengeler Mueller

Next generation lawyers

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    • Anne Fischer - Allen & Overy LLP

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Clients rate Allen & Overy LLP’s insurance team for its ‘high-quality and reliable work’ alongside its ‘industry knowledge’. The five-strong team, which is led by Jan Schröder, who stands out for his ‘deep practical expertise in the insurance business’ as well as his ‘knowledge in insurance supervisory and corporate law’, acts for an extensive roster of insurance companies including Ergo Group, Gothaer Group, Swiss Life Group and Zurich Group. Recent highlights include advising Allianz on its joint venture with Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society, and assisting Markel International with the foundation of a property insurance company in Germany as a result of Brexit. In the transactional space, the team frequently acts for Frankfurter Leben, including advising on the acquisition of a majority stake in Arag Lebensversicherung, and on the acquisition of Pro bAV Pensionskasse from AXA. Schröder and counsel Anne Fischer led assistance to ELI Global with the acquisition of the InsurTech company finanzen.de.

Handling corporate and transactional insurance work constitutes a key area of expertise for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer but the team also has substantial knowledge in insurance supervisory and contractual matters. A highlight in the run-off insurance space was practice head Wessel Heukamp’s advice to Catalina on the acquisition of Zurich’s German medical malpractice portfolio. Clients also benefit from the team’s banking and finance expertise: Frank Laudenklos led advice to AXA Investment Managers on the financing of the acquisition of a €180m nursing home portfolio from Blackstone. Regulatory expertise is another key strength of the practice; it is handling several long-term instructions from various German insurers of the Zurich Group on the implementation of Solvency II alongside mandates from insurance companies, including AIG and Lloyds, on the development of Brexit strategies. Other clients include Allianz, Equitable Life, Frankfurter Leben and Generali.

Hengeler Mueller’s multi-faceted offering includes assistance with regulatory, corporate and insurance supervisory law matters but the team also covers transactions, which are frequently handled in co-operation with its antitrust team in Brussels. Daniel Wilm led the team’s advice to AXA on the reorganisation of Roland Rechtsschutzversicherung’s shareholder structure, acted for Assicurazioni Generali in proceedings following the squeeze-out of Generali Deutschland, and advised a German insurance group on the sale of a life insurance company in the course of a bidding process. Highlights on the corporate side included Jochen Vetter assisting with the restructuring of a German insurance company to facilitate the expansion of its offering to include non-insurance services, while, in Brexit-related work, the practice advised an English life insurance provider on the transfer of its German branch’s business to an Irish company under a Part VII Transfer. Hannover Rück, Swiss Life and Talanx, including the majority shareholder and parent company HDI, are other key clients.

Clifford Chance’s strength lies in handling transactional matters for insurance and reinsurance companies as well as financial institutions. In recent work, team head Thomas Krecek advised Bremer Kreditbank on the acquisition of approximately 90.2% of Allianz Deutschland’s share capital in Oldenburgische Landesbank, while, in other significant work, he advised BNP Paribas on the acquisition of ABN Amro’s wealth management and insurance operations in Luxembourg. Advising insurance companies on Brexit-related matters is another key area of expertise, as showcased by the team’s assistance to an English insurance group with the establishment of a German insurance company and the portfolio transfer. Clients, including Allianz Real Estate, also benefit from the team’s real estate expertise, leading to instructions on matters pertaining to the acquisition of various office blocks, which are routinely handled by Christian Keilich.

DLA Piper stands out for its ‘substantial expertise, quick response times and a good understanding of economic interrelations’. As well as its corporate and insurance supervisory law expertise, the team is also well versed in handling pension and life insurance matters alongside product design work, and has recently expanded its compliance offering. The ‘solution-oriented’ Jan Eltzschig assisted Basler Versicherungen with the sale of its stake in Deutsche Ring Bausparkasse to Bawag Group and Gunne Bähr, who is noted for his ‘extensive industry knowledge’, provides regular advice to Aviva on life insurance matters. Ludger Giesberts heads the team, which also includes Volker Lemmer, who was appointed counsel.

The ‘very good’ insurance practice at Gleiss Lutz provides ‘a very good and quick service at fair prices and also has excellent industry knowledge’, leading to regular instructions from national and international insurance companies such as Allianz Deutschland and Munich Re, which are frequently handled in co-operation with its corporate, regulatory and antitrust teams. Most notably, this cross-practice co-operation comes into play when dealing with complex transactions. Acting for statutory health insurers, including Bayern and AOK Baden-Württemberg, constitutes another key area of expertise. Team head Ingo Brinker, Hansjörg Scheel and Maximilian von Rom are the key contacts.

Insurance companies including Allianz, AXA, Ergo and Munich Re routinely draw on Hogan Lovells International LLP’s corporate and regulatory expertise. The seven-strong team, which is led by Christoph Küppers, is particularly well versed in handling restructuring work, which regularly includes cross-border elements. Birgit Reese assisted a major international reinsurance company with global restructuring matters, and advises Generali Group on its restructuring in Germany including the establishment of a new property insurance company and the transfer of the brokerage business to the newly set up entity. In a transactional highlight, the team assisted Talanx with the acquisition of FVB Gesellschaft für Finanz- und Versorgungsberatung.

Linklaters routinely works in conjunction with its corporate, M&A and financial regulation practices when assisting national and international insurance companies with corporate and insurance supervisory matters as well as transactions. Highlights included advising AXA on the sale of Pro bAV Pensionskasse to Frankfurter Leben-Gruppe as well as acting for Athora on the acquisition of Aegon Ireland. Wolfgang Krauel heads the team, which also includes Frederik Winter and managing associate Thomas Broichhausen.

Covering a broad range of insurance work, Bach Langheid Dallmayr is well versed in handling corporate issues, advising insurance companies, banks and other financial services providers on mergers, portfolio transfers and product development issues. Highlights included Joachim Grote and Martin Schaaf, who has a specialism in regulatory work, advising a German insurer on a portfolio transfer, and assisting a pension fund with insurance supervisory, contractual, distribution and company pension matters. Tobias Britz, who has particular expertise in occupational retirement provisions, was also involved in the latter. Carsten Hösker, Oliver Tammer and Ulrich Ruchatz were promoted to the partnership in January 2018 and Holger Schacht was made-up to partner in January 2019. Friederike de Biasi, Dominique von Kölln, Jan Kordes and Stefan Schriever were appointed counsel.

CMS has a focus on insurance supervisory and transactional work, acting for national and international insurance companies and insurance brokers, but the team also receives regular instructions on product design matters. Team head Winfried Schnepp assisted FinanceApp with the development of a combined personal liability and household contents insurance to be distributed via digital channels. The team regularly assists Octium Life and Lombard International Assurance with the design of insurance products, which frequently includes tax law issues, and advised lbatros Versicherungsdienste on insurance contract and insurance brokerage law issues.

Noerr has corporate and insurance supervisory law work at its core and predominately advises D&O and E&O insurers, while also having expertise in liability and product design matters. The ‘highly solution-oriented and pragmatic’ team, which is jointly led by Oliver Sieg and Thomas Heitzer, recently assisted a German financial services provider with the set-up of a D&O insurance, and advised an international insurer on contractual and insurance supervisory law matters pertaining to the terms and conditions for a liability insurance product designed for the German market. Kai-Michael Hingst, who was previously at White & Case LLP, joined the team in April 2017.

Advising clients on transactions and insurance supervisory law matters alongside insurance distribution and brokerage issues are the central pillars of Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice, which also has notable experience in the warranty and indemnity insurance segment. Sven Förster, Eva-Maria Barbosa and Andreas Börner, who specialises in cross-border transactions, are the key names.

As well as advising on corporate and insurance supervisory law issues, the team at Oppenhoff & Partner also provides insurance product and investment-related assistance. Its client portfolio consists of numerous renowned German and international insurance companies including Generali Deutschland, Hannover Rück and Prudential International Assurance. Transaction experts Peter Etzbach and Rolf Koerfer alongside Hanno Goltz, who specialises in insurance supervisory law, are the key contacts.

The ten-strong team at Taylor Wessingmakes the time to allow for thorough and extensive advice’ and delivers ‘very good results’. Having particular expertise in distribution and insurance supervisory law matters alongside insurance agent and compliance issues, it acts for a broad client portfolio, including various insurers such as Ergo, Chubb and Provinzial Rheinland Versicherung. Team head Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn advised HUK-Coburg Haftpflicht-Unterstützungs-Kasse kraftfahrender Beamter Deutschlands on the implementation of new IDD requirements, and assisted AXA with the run-off of its reinsurance portfolio. Jan Andresen was made partner. Tessa Schoof left the firm


Insurance litigation

Index of tables

  1. Insurance litigation
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Björn Fiedler - Fiedler Cryns-Moll Jüngel
    • Thomas Gädtke - DLA Piper
    • Tobias Lenz - Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner
    • Björn Seitz - BACH LANGHEID DALLMAYR
    • Oliver Sieg - Noerr
    • Mark Wilhelm - Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

Next generation lawyers

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    • Carsten Hösker - BACH LANGHEID DALLMAYR
    • Henning Schaloske - Clyde & Co LLP

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Having a fine reputation in insurance and liability law, Bach Langheid Dallmayr acts for several well-known German and international insurers and financial services providers and is recognised for its broad contentious and non-contentious offering: Rainer Büsken is the main contact for indemnity insurance matters, while Dirk-Carsten Günther is best known for handling property insurance issues and claims arising from cyber attacks. The team has also been increasingly active in the health insurance sector and advised, with Stephan Hütt in the lead, a German health insurer on a premium adjustment including various related procedures. Together with counsel Sven-Markus Thiel, Björn Seitz, who stands out for his D&O expertise, assisted an international insurance company with matters pertaining to a major incident in the alternative energy sector. In other work, life and accident insurance expert Joachim Grote together with Martin Schaaf and Andrea Nowak-Over provided forensic assistance to a German life insurer in a dispute with a consumer protection association regarding the scope of injunctive relief related to full elimination claims. Carsten Hösker, Oliver Tammer and Ulrich Ruchatz were made up to partner in January 2018 and Holger Schacht was promoted to the partnership in January 2019. Friederike de Biasi, Dominique von Kölln, Jan Kordes and Stefan Schriever were appointed counsel.

In addition to representing clients in large-scale liability and damage claims, handling D&O proceedings, most notably in a banking and insolvency setting, has become another central pillar of CMS’ insurance practice but it has also been increasingly active in the InsurTech sector: team head Winfried Schnepp assisted the Swiss insurance agency FinanceApp with the development of a combined private liability and household insurance to be distributed via digital channels. Clients, including Lombard International Assurance and Octium Life, also benefit from the firm’s expertise in tax law,

DLA Piper receives praise for its ‘good industry knowledge’ and ‘target-oriented approach’, while clients also benefit from its close co-operation with the firm’s dispute resolution and regulatory teams. D&O expert Thomas Gädtke advises BayernLB on D&O claims brought against its former board of directors and administrative council pertaining to the failed acquisition of Hypo Alpe Adria Group and failed ABS investments made during the financial crisis. Other areas of expertise include pension and life insurance matters as well as reinsurance issues; the latter are frequently handled by Gunne Bähr; while Christian Schneider is the main contact for liability, property and transport damage work. Handling automotive sector instructions has been an area of growth for the practice, most notably those pertaining to the development of insurance products. Volker Lemmer was appointed counsel.

Clyde & Co LLP fields ‘a young, dynamic and persuasive team of top lawyers’, who are ‘always available’ and are recognised for their ‘excellent expertise and industry knowledge’ as well as their ‘business acumen’. Led by the ‘solution-oriented and pragmatic’ Henning Schaloske, who is ‘highly regarded in the German financial lines insurance market’, the team routinely acts for insurers and reinsurers on D&O, E&O and W&I matters, as well as occupational and product liability, while handling work related to cyber risks has become increasingly important for the practice. Its client portfolio includes, among others, CNA Insurance, Swiss Re, Versicherungskammer Bayern and Westfälische Provinzial Versicherung. The ‘excellent’ Tanja Schramm and senior associate Kathrin Feldmann, who clients ‘fully recommend’, are other key individuals in the team.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is experienced in acting in liability and property insurance matters and in defending clients against recourse claims, but the team also handles regular instructions on D&O, credit and life insurance as well as freelancer liability matters. Recent highlights include advising, with Markus Rabe in the lead, an international insurance company on telematics car insurance contracts, and Herbert Palmberger leading assistance to a rental car provider with insurance contracts for its fleet of cars at European airports. Rüdiger Schnug, Stefan Jöster and Michael Lauterbach are other key members in the team. Allianz, AXA, HDI and Zurich are among the long-term clients.

The ‘pragmatic and solution-oriented’ team at Noerr is considered ‘one of the market leaders for D&O litigation’. Clients also value its ‘competent and specialised advice’ and regard its business model extension to also include insurance holders as ‘highly interesting’. Oliver Sieg advised a major German bank on matters regarding the defence of a fund company in a dispute including retrocessionaires against an investor before the High Court in London, and Thomas Heitzer acts for a large German insurance group in US and German D&O proceedings against an automotive group pertaining to falsified capital markets information. In other work, he advised an insurance group on coverage matters pertaining to a case for damages where a hospital concluded treatment contracts with foreign states for war victims.

Recognised for its ‘efficient and structured approach, very good insurance law expertise and very high quality standards’, Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB’s eleven-strong team specialises in representing insurance holders in major damage claims including those arising from business interruption, delayed commissioning, product defects, breach of duty by the management and compliance incidents, and is considered ‘an absolute leader in this field’. Founding partner, ‘excellent tactician’ and ‘flexible thinker’ Mark Wilhelm regularly handles instructions on complex liability and D&O procedures, and Fabian Herdter, who has ‘an analytical and creative’ approach ‘provides strong arguments’, focuses on financial lines insurance. Senior associate and expert in liability and machinery and assembly insurance Christian Becker joined Eversheds Sutherland as counsel. Andreas Shell, previously global head of claims at Allianz Global, joined as counsel.

Allen & Overy LLP has particular expertise in liability and D&O proceedings involving regulatory issues and in another key area of focus, the team led by Marc Zimmerling also defends against liability claims made against tax and accounting firms. Its client portfolio includes German and international insurers alongside financial sector companies.

Noted for its ‘extremely high standards’, bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten acts for several well-known national and international insurance groups such as Gothaer, HDI-Gerling, Ergo and R + V, which the team regularly represents in contentious D&O and E&O proceedings. Stefan Bank, who provides ‘competent advice on liability matters and is pleasant to work with’, recently acted as coverage counsel for Allianz in proceedings pertaining to the delayed filing of Siag’s insolvency against ten board members and managing directors. Dirk Schmitz, who is praised for his ‘technical know-how’, represented prospectus insurers in insolvency-related proceedings against investors and insolvency administrators. Ulrike Müller and Silke Rohnfelder were appointed counsel and Daniel Al-Hami made associated partner.

Insurance companies routinely call on Dr. Eick & Partner Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB to assist with personal, property and indemnity insurance matters but the practice also has expertise in the motor vehicle and medical liability sectors alongside construction and architecture-related work; Hermann Schumacher is the main contact for construction and architecture sector matters. Michael Burmann and Rainer Heß are noted and Simone Hensen was promoted to the partnership at the start of 2018.

Acting for clients in D&O and manager liability procedures is a central pillar of Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner’s practice, which is noted for its ‘very quick, precise and practical advice’ and ‘strong commitment’ at ‘fair prices’. The eight-strong team is jointly led by Tobias Lenz and Carsten Laschet and acts for several well-known German and international insurers.

Taylor Wessing’s client roster includes household-name national and international insurance groups including AXA and Chubb European, for which it regularly assists with coverage and recovery proceedings following major claims. Franz Janssen represented Provinzial Rheinland Versicherung in coverage and liability redress proceedings involving property, personal and financial losses, while the team also handled matters pertaining to a major claim concerning the construction of a luxury hotel building for Schloss Elmau. Team head Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn has a specialism in D&O, liability, accident and residual debt insurance. Jan Andresen made salary partner. Tessa Schoof left the firm.

Insurance companies frequently instruct Thümmel, Schütze & Partner with liability and fidelity insurance matters and benefit from the team’s D&O expertise, while it is also expierenced in acting as monitoring, coverage and defence counsel for directors and managing directors alongside supervisory board members. Roderich Thümmel, Jens Haubold and Franck Schmidt-Husson are the key contacts.

With a specialism in financial sector work and substantial corporate expertise, the team at White & Case LLP regularly handles D&O liability and coverage matters, which frequently include cross-border elements, while also having experience in dealing with cyber risk matters. In a significant matter, the team is defending a Berlin-based private bank against damage claims amounting to millions pertaining to a co-operation agreement in the life insurance sector with a large French insurance company; this was jointly led by the ‘solution-oriented and responsiveChristian Wirth and counsel Ulrich Carlhoff. Sara Vanetta was made local partner.

Representing insurance groups including HDI Versicherung, Mecklenburgische Versicherung and Kravag Versicherung in liability and insurance law disputes constitutes a central pillar of Glauber & Partner’s practice, which is also well versed in handling product design and general contractual matters. Name partner Jan Glauber and Britta Hannemann are recommended.

The opening of Ince’s Cologne office in 2016, its second German office alongside Hamburg, is now bearing fruit. The ‘very well-versed and solution-oriented’ team, which is co-led by Stefan Segger, Eva-Maria Goergen and Markus Eichhorst, focuses on assisting liability insurers and reinsurers with coverage matters and on liability defence work. It also has expertise in product liability matters in the pharmaceutical, life sciences and food industries as well as energy sector-related property and technical insurance issues. The practice also acts as D&O monitoring counsel.

‘Highly experienced’ boutique firm Meschkat & Nauert provides ‘a very high level of service’ and is also praised for its ‘very good communication skills, timely advice and commercial approach’. The team specialises in representing medium-sized companies in contentious damage and liability proceedings against insurers, while also frequently acting against suppliers and other responsible parties in regress proceedings. Norbert Meschkat is also well versed in assisting insurance companies and handles property insurance recourse proceedings alongside liability insurance mandates pertaining to architects, engineers and environmental matters, while Ralf Nauert focuses on general liability issues, motor vehicle liability insurance, medical liability and medical damage issues as well as industrial liability, D&O, product and employer’s liability insurance work.

Patzina Lotz Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB is considered as ‘one of the best firms in the financial loss liability insurance sector’. The team represents a medium-sized auditing company in eleven damage claims arising from prospectus liability claims. In the D&O space, Reinhard Patzina represented a former supervisory board in proceedings pertaining to a failed capital increase in 2016 and to borrowing at unfavourable terms. It also has experience acting for solicitors: the ‘highly knowledgeable’ René Matz represented a partner of an international firm against a community of heirs in a succession settlement dispute.


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