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A clear market-leader’, Bach Langheid Dallmayr’s ‘extremely specialised’ team focuses on insurance and liability law. It gives comprehensive advice to an extensive range of insurance sector clients, among them domestic and international insurance groups, as well as financial services companies. It recently attracted a number of cross-border matters, such as advising a US industrial insurer on groundwater contamination issues in a major German city. Several D&O insurers have been receiving advice on Volkswagen’s emissions scandal. Supervisory law expert Joachim Grote is recommended for ‘large, complex matters’. Theo Langheid, Björn Seitz and Rainer Büsken also come in for praise. Eva-Maria Goergen left to bolster Ince & Co Germany LLP’s new Cologne office.

Winfried Schnepp leads CMS’ team, which handles substantial claims and liability matters. Recent work includes acting for several D&O insurers in coverage issues resulting from claims. The practice’s client base includes numerous longstanding relationships, such as with several D&O insurers. Stefan Segger joined Ince & Co Germany LLP’s recently opened Cologne office.

DLA Piper is extremely well regarded for its contentious work and adeptly leverages its international network, setting up specialist sector teams in several jurisdictions when needed. A particular strength is advising on contentious D&O matters, where it regularly represents D&O insurers in claims, but also advises companies on D&O coverage and potential recourses to former executives. Christian Schneider has ‘outstanding sector knowledge and always provides excellent solutions’; he regularly handles high-value liability claims and has expertise in goods and transport insurance matters. Thomas Gädtke ‘considers all stakeholders in order to achieve the best result’ and numbers ‘among Germany’s most recognised insurance partners’. Gunne Bähr is equally highly recommended; he represents insurance and reinsurance companies as well as insurance agents in litigation.

Noerr’s team has been busy advising on several high-value D&O claims and regularly acts for HUK-Coburg. It ‘gives advice within budget and timeframes’ and clients ‘would only use a competitor if the team was conflicted’. Insurance, reinsurance and liability insurance expert Helmut Katschthaler regularly handles complex claims, displaying ‘in-depth subject matter knowledge and commercial acumen’. Thomas Heitzer and Oliver Sieg jointly lead the broad team. A team which included the renowned Henning Schaloske and Tanja Schramm joined Clyde & Co LLP’s newly opened Dusseldorf office in September 2016.

Dr. Eick & Partner Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB has a particular focus on liability and insurance law, where it exclusively acts for insurers. The team is experienced in representing clients in claims resulting from car accidents and handling large-scale matters; it has niche expertise in construction and architect’s liability. Hermann Schumacher, Michael Burmann and Rainer Heß are recommended.

The team at Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner Rechtsanwälte MBB focuses on manager liability, D&O insurance and product liability. Tobias Lenz heads the practice. The renowned Björn Fiedler left to set up his own firm, Fiedler Cryns-Moll Jüngel.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek mainly acts for insurers but also represents companies from a wide range of sectors. The team has attracted a number of high-value contentious matters across a range of coverage areas. It regularly defends Gothaer in coverage litigation; Zurich and HDI are also clients. Michael Lauterbach, Rüdiger Schnug and Herbert Palmberger are recommended.

Thümmel, Schütze & Partner’s team shows ‘in-depth sector knowledge’. Although the team mainly represents insurers, it also assists insured companies and professionals. Representation of D&O insurers remains a focus area, including cases with a cross-border aspect. Roderich Thümmel, who represents boardmembers, managers and supervisory board members in D&O matters, is recommended along with D&O litigation expert Jens Haubold, and Franck Schmidt-Husson, who has particular expertise in corporate and insurance law with a regional focus on France.

White & Case LLP’s team has ‘excellent, detailed D&O knowledge’. Clients also value the team’s ‘great international network and client focus’; the German team recently worked with colleagues in New York to represent a German listed mechanical engineering company in enforcing liability claims against a large English insurance broker. ‘Talented mediatorChristian Wirth has ‘particular expertise in complex, international legal issues’; Henning Berger is also recommended.

The ‘recommendable’ and ‘consistently good’ team at Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB represents clients in large-scale claims settlements and in liability and coverage litigation; D&O and product liability work are core areas of expertise. Reinsurance companies, brokers, public entities and domestic and international companies are among the team’s clients. Mark Wilhelm is recommended along with Lars Winkler. Fabian Herdter has been promoted to partner.

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