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Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

HAMBURGER ALLEE 4 (WESTENDGATE), 60486 FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY
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Work +49 69 979 885 0
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https://www.arneckesibeth.com
Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Leer, Munich

Dr. Wolfgang Scholl and Dr. Jan Eichhorn, Managing Partner and Vice Managing Partner

Dr. Wolfgang Scholl, Managing Partner, explains how the firm is adapting to clients' changing needs and Dr. Jan Eichhorn, Vice Managing Partner, discusses current and future trends

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein from your competitors?

Dr. Wolfgang Scholl: In depth knowledge of the operational side of our clients’ business, we combine a no-nonsense commercial mind with astute legal advice to achieve pragmatic solutions because our aim is to help our clients to prosper; partner led personal support; always approachable, reliable – a safe pair of hands.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Dr. Wolfgang Scholl: Renewable energy (land based and off shore), M&A, digitalization in logistics, regulatory law (environment, sanctions) , hospitality, sports and media law.

Dr. Jan Eichhorn: ASD has well-known and acknowledged  experience in all of these growing practices. Our clients are in the unique position to draw from our joined profound knowledge   which is combined smoothly   across our offices to best serve the  requirements of the respective clieit’s project . We see that investors have pressure in the low-interest rate environment to work on high-output projects with an international approach whereby the tax side is also dramatically important and competent  legal advice and reliable assistance is  in very high demand. We are ready and happy to assist clients in  identifying and settling the issues and realizing the relevant projects with all bases covered.  

What's the main change you've made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Dr. Wolfgang Scholl: The merger with AS.  

By taking this step the firm with 44 partners and more than 150 fee earners in offices in Frankfurt/Main, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Leer and Dresden has become one of the largest SME players in the German legal market. On an international level, due to the firms focus over the past 80 years on the international maritime and other transportation industry, to a great experience in M&A transactions, as well as memberships in the top-ranking prestigious networks INTERLAW and MERITAS the firm enjoys a wide international acknowledgment.   

The firm’s philosophy is to remain focused on its competences in transport, insurance and real estate and to provide the respective industries with a full service in all other pertinent areas of law such as corporate finance, competition- und procurement law, M&A tax law, renewable energies and employment law.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them

Dr. Wolfgang Scholl: The increasingly sophisticated technology and communication  systems mean several  things: increased availability to the client and to sources  assisting in the provision of the required services; increased effectiveness  of internal office organization and operations – which ultimately also benefit the client.

Dr. Jan Eichhorn: We offer all competent legal advice and assistance on a 24/7 basis. This is what the industry needs and expect and this is our claim and this is what we provide. Simple as that.  

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Dr. Jan Eichhorn: In the restructuring field, –as usual we provide in-depth legal advice covering  all relevant tax issues. We also  involve our  global network of key players in the financing market in respect of corporate  restructuring   for new financings as well as for buyers for parts of their enterprise which were no longer  in the focus of their strategic approach e and create net profit to reduce the debts of the holding  adding value to the client’s business

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms? Wwhere do you see  the firm in three years time?

Dr. Wolfgang Scholl: Yes, I believe they are. This is why we consider our approach as described in para. 1 as successful – there is clearly a demand for a holistic approach due to the increased complexity of transactions where equally complex legal implications form part of the overall strategic business decision. But we did not change our clear focus: common, authentic and premium.  

Dr. Jan Eichhorn: We believe that the new approach due to the merger of ARNECKE SIBETH  Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater  Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB and Dabelstein & Passehl Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB with our six offices across Germany and the focused full service in legal and tax field we certainly have the potential to grow and expand in  future.  We prize ourselves at being the  the competitive alternative to international law firms;  due to our international legal network,  in particular MERITAS and INTERLAW, we have access to a sustainable standard of excellent legal advice and assistance worldwide form the clients benefit.  We are confident to become more visible still on the international radar being currently  ranked in several  top tier levels in Legal 500 including real estate, transport and shipping.

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    Parties to rental contracts for commercial premises often agree priority rental rights. In practice, this concept is used to cover a whole series of legal structures. These range from fixed options for the tenant to a promise made by the landlord as a business policy that if any additional premises become available, they will be offered to the tenant. In 2010 the Berlin Court of Appeal issued a ruling on such priority rental rights in insolvency; the decision has recently been published.