The Legal 500

Latham & Watkins LLP

The firm

Latham & Watkins is a leading global law firm that offers clients full-service legal consultancy in key marketplaces around the world. With over 2,000 attorneys in 31 offices, the firm can advise its clients on every aspect of their transactional, corporate, litigation or regulatory needs. The firm’s global platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. Latham and Watkins’ attorneys offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex business and legal matters.

In Germany it has developed a powerful presence, with around 170 lawyers located in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. Latham & Watkins’ lawyers in Germany appeal to clients with their expertise in German law paired with the reach of an international law firm.

Whatever the home base of its clients, Latham & Watkins can act for them as a one-stop shop to serve their legal interests throughout the world.

As part of its widely admired one-firm approach, its lawyers share clients, cases and deals across offices and countries, assembling the best teams to represent its clients.

Latham & Watkins’ culture transcends offices, practice areas and national boundaries. Throughout the firm, its lawyers participate in the same global committees, use the same technology and firm systems, and adhere to the same principles of teamwork, collegiality and entrepreneurship. It works as a truly integrated firm. Therefore, clients will find that their ‘Latham experience’ will be the same whatever the office they work with.

The founders of Latham & Watkins instilled an ethic of hard work, commitment and quality that flourishes today and has nurtured the firm’s dramatic growth into one of the world’s premier business law firms.

Areas of practice

The firm’s clients in Germany include multinational corporations, German and European mid-market companies, and private equity firms, as well as banks and investment banks. It routinely advises these clients in connection with matters that have both German and multi-jurisdictional implications. Besides its specialisation in several practice areas, the firm bundles its expertise into multidisciplinary industry group teams that work together across areas of expertise striving to deliver the best results for clients.

In Germany, Latham & Watkins particularly focuses on aerospace and defence, automotive, cleantech, energy, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences, information technology, industrial and manufacturing, retail and consumer goods, and real estate.

For more information about the firm’s practice areas and industry groups please go to www.lw.com.

Languages
English
German

Other offices
Abu Dhabi
Barcelona
Beijing
Boston
Brussels
Chicago
Doha
Dubai
Düsseldorf
Frankfurt
Hong Kong
Houston
London
Los Angeles
Madrid
Milan
Moscow
Munich
New Jersey
New York
Orange County
Paris
Riyadh
Rome
San Diego
San Francisco
Shanghai
Silicon Valley
Singapore
Tokyo
Washington DC

Number of lawyers 2,000+

in Germany 170+

Above material supplied by Latham & Watkins LLP.

Legal Developments in Germany

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • GSK Advises EnBW AG on Acquisition of Eni’s Joint Venture Holdings in Gas Business

    EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) is acquiring the 50%  holdings of Eni Gruppe, Rome, in EnBW Eni Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, Stuttgart, thereby increasing its holdings to 100 %. This makes EnBW indirectly the sole shareholder of Gasversorgung Süddeutschland GmbH (GVS) and terranets bw GmbH. GSK Stockmann + Kollegen provided comprehensive legal advice to EnBW in connection with this transaction.
  • GSK Advises PAMERA Real Estate Group on the Sale of the PAMERA Companies to Cornerstone Group

    GSK Stockmann + Kollegen advised the shareholder of the PAMERA Asset Management GmbH, the PAMERA Retail GmbH and the PAMERA Development GmbH on the sale of these companies to the European Cornerstone subsidiary of US-American Cornerstone Estate Advisers LLC.
  • GSK Advises GEWA 5 to 1 GmbH & Co. KG on Issuance of Real Estate Project Bond

    GSK Stockmann + Kollegen advised the GEWA 5 to 1 GmbH & Co. KG in connection with the issuance of a real estate project bond in the amount of up to € 35 million. Following the issuance by the Cloud No. 7 GmbH this is the second bond issuance for the construction of an apartment and hotel tower that GSK Stockmann + Kollegen has provided advice on.
  • GSK Update: Proposal for Uniform Protection of Trade Secrets Throughout Europe

    In the information society trade secrets are among the most important assets of any business. The quantity and quality of the trade secrets represent a substantial part of the company's assets. In the European Union there are currently varying levels of protection, insofar as trade secrets are legally protected at all. This hinders cross-border business and companies that operate internationally are faced with legal uncertainty. The EU Commission now wants to change this and has submitted a proposal for a uniform level of protection and protective system across Europe.
  • GSK Newsletter: Taxation of Cross-Border Transactions in Germany

    There are a number of ways how a foreign entity or private individual can pursue business activities in Germany. First, you can become active without creating a physical presence in Germany simply by supplying goods and services to German clients from abroad. Second, the foreign business might establish a fixed place in Germany (e.g. a permanent establishment) from which it pursues its German activities. Third, the foreign business might set up a German subsidiary either as a partnership or as a corporation. Last but not least, collective investment schemes, whose taxation regime has been extensively reorganized recently, might also be an interesting alternative for foreign investors. Which route to follow will mainly depend on the kind and the size of the business activities to be carried out in Germany or with German clients as well as on tax considerations that will have an impact on the decisions to be made. This  GSK Tax Newsletter  shall provide a first introduction to the taxation issues a foreign business considering to expand its activities to Germany will have to take into account. We would be pleased to help you with any questions in this regard!
  • GSK advises 2D Holding GmbH in connection with sale of SÜDDEKOR Group to SURTECO SE

    GSK Stockmann + Kollegen advised 2D Holding GmbH in connection with the sale of SÜDDEKOR Group, a leading specialist in surface finishing of wood materials, to SURTECO SE. On October 23, 2013, 2D Holding GmbH and SURTECO SE entered into a pur-chase agreement regarding the sale of SÜDDEKOR Group consisting of  SÜDDEKOR GmbH in Laichingen, Dakor Melamin Imprägnierungen GmbH in Her-oldstatt, SÜDDEKOR Art Design + Engraving GmbH in Willich, SÜDDEKOR LLC (USA) and Süddekor OOO (Moscow) to SURTECO SE. The transaction was suc-cessfully completed on December 2, 2013 after antitrust release had been obtained. The parties agreed to keep the purchase price confidential.
  • GSK attorneys authored the German Chapter of GTDT's 6th edition of Banking Regulation

    Getting the Deal Through has published the fully revised and updated sixth edition of Banking Regulation, a volume in the series of annual reports, which provide international analysis in key areas of law and policy for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners and business people.
  • GSK attorney Karl v. Hase authored the German Chapter of GTDT’s 10th edition of Dispute Resolution

    Getting the Deal Through has published its fully revised and updated tenth edition of Dispute Resolution, a volume in the series of annual reports, which provide international analysis in key areas of law and policy for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners and business people. Following the format adopted throughout the series, the same key questions are answered by leading practitioners in each of the 47 jurisdictions featured. GTDT's German Chapter was authored by GSK attorney Dr. Karl von Hase. In his article he gives an overview of civil and commercial litigation in Germany, arbitration agreements and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
  • GSK attorneys authored the German Chapter of GTDT's 5th edition of Banking Regulation

    Getting the Deal Through has published the fully revised and updated fifth edition of Banking Regulation, a volume in the series of annual reports, which provide international analysis in key areas of law and policy for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners and business people.
  • Ownership of employee inventions under the German Law on Employee In-ventions (ArbEG) –

    Potential risks for companies and ways to minimize them