The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Eversheds Sutherland

Work +49 89 54565 0
Fax +49 89 54565 201


Employment - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland is particularly well established in Munich but also increasingly able to utilise its extensive global network, resulting in new client relationships. A leading food manufacturer is among the new clients and received advice on outsourcing options for pension obligations. Traditionally strong at advising executives, the team also receives an increasing amount of employee data protection mandates with a focus on the industrial, commercial, non-profit and healthcare sectors. As a highlight, the practice acted for an international printer and photocopier group in a large restructuring programme. Stefan Kursawe heads the practice, which includes the recommended Frank Achilles and Susanne Giesecke.

[back to top]

Germany: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A: Corporate - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland

Mid-sized companies are core clients of Eversheds Sutherland’s corporate group, which mainly acts on annual general meetings, restructurings and the establishment of joint ventures. A recent highlight was advising automotive supplier Autoliv on founding a joint venture with Volvo Cars for the development of autonomous driving and driver assistance system software. Boeing is a regular client, with recent instructions including restructurings and compliance matters. The ‘very thorough, committed and persistentSven Schweneke led advice on this matter; he and practice head Matthias Heisse are based in Munich. In May 2016, the Berlin-based Christian Hilpert and the Munich-based

[back to top]

M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m)
Corporate and M&A: M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m) - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s M&A practice is gaining visibility due to its involvement in numerous cross-border transactions. Recently, the group handled transactions related to China, France, the United Kingdom, Iran, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. For example, Christof Lamberts advised Starbucks on the sale of all shares in Starbucks Coffee Deutschland to AmRest and was also involved in advising IT infrastructure provider Globalways on its acquisition by Star Capital Partners. The ‘very thorough, dedicated and persistentSven Schweneke led advice to automotive supplier Horizon Global on the €167m acquisition of Westfalia-Automotive and Terwa from DPE Deutsche Private Equity and other co-investors. He also led assistance to automotive supplier Autoliv with founding, together with Volvo Cars, the joint venture Zenuity for the development of software for autonomous driving and driver assistance systems. Practice head Matthias Heisse and Christian Mense, who joined the partnership in May 2016, are also renowned lawyers.

[back to top]

Germany: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland acts in antitrust and competition law litigation alongside corporate and commercial disputes, frequently with practice head Joos Hellert in the lead: he represented a client from the luxury furniture sector in several sales antitrust law proceedings, and assisted a new client with a corporate dispute, including cross-border elements, pertaining to the inclusion of shares in a medical device company and related damage claims. An industrial machinery company retained the team to act in several disputes resulting from a restructuring, including the fulfilment of warranty claims, among other issues.

[back to top]

Germany: IT and outsourcing

Data protection
IT and outsourcing: data protection - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s data protection lawyers ‘quickly understand clients’ needs’ and stand out for their ‘very high availability, deep industry expertise and team work’. The team led by the highly recommended Alexander Niethammer increasingly handles cross-border data protection projects and frequently advises on international data transfer, employee and customer data protection and data protection compliance. Recent clients include the US-Swedish automotive supplier Autoliv regarding data protection aspects of a joint venture with Volvo Cars, a US manufacturer of water treatment plants on data protection compliance and new client Messe München (the Munich Trade Fair) on customer data protection. Vodafone and Microsoft are also new clients; the practice won the latter through Lutz Schreiber’s arrival from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2016; he was recently promoted to partner.

Next generation lawyers

Lutz Schreiber - Eversheds Sutherland

[back to top]

Germany: Intellectual property

Trade marks and unfair competition
Intellectual property: trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 6

Eversheds Sutherland

Since January 2017, the trade mark and competition law group at Eversheds Sutherland has been led by Tobias Maier, who was made partner in May 2016. The team, which has expanded its international scope significantly by merging with the US law firm Sutherland, scores highly with clients due to its ‘quick response times and good industry knowledge.Axel Zimmermann advised a private-label company in the food sector on counterfeiting proceedings. Other clients include Aspen Pharma, Avon Cosmetics, the Kering Group and Starbucks.

[back to top]

Further information on Eversheds Sutherland

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Eversheds Sutherland in other jurisdictions.

United Arab Emirates

Offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi


Offices in Vienna


Offices in Brussels


Offices in Shanghai and Beijing


Offices in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, and Düsseldorf


East Anglia

Offices in Cambridge and Ipswich

East Midlands

Offices in Nottingham


Offices in Madrid


Offices in Tallinn


Offices in Hämeenlinna, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Tampere, Turku, and Pori


Offices in Paris

Hong Kong

Offices in Hong Kong


Offices in Budapest



Offices in Baghdad and Erbil


Offices in Dublin


Offices in Milan and Rome


Offices in Amman


Offices in Vilnius


Offices in London EC2V and London E1W


Offices in Riga



Offices in Port Louis


Offices in Newcastle upon Tyne


Offices in Rotterdam and Amsterdam

North West

Offices in Manchester


Offices in Warsaw


Offices in Doha


Offices in Bucharest


Offices in Moscow and St Petersburg


Offices in Edinburgh


Offices in Stockholm

Saudi Arabia

Offices in Riyadh


Offices in Zurich, Bern, and Geneva


Offices in Tunis

United States

Offices in New York, Austin, Washington DC, Houston, Atlanta, and Sacramento


Offices in Cardiff

West Midlands

Offices in Birmingham

Yorkshire and the Humber

Offices in Leeds

Legal Developments in Germany

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • LAG Düsseldorf: Dismissal with immediate effect valid in response to threat

    Anyone who seriously threatens their employer or superior should expect to be dismissed with immediate effect. This was confirmed by a ruling of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Düsseldorf [Regional Labour Court of Düsseldorf] from June 8, 2017 (Az.: 11 Sa 823/16).
  • Tax evasion: Only voluntary disclosure affords protection from severe penalties

    Anyone who has been caught for tax evasion should expect to be faced with severe penalties. Voluntary disclosure is the only way of returning to a state of normal tax affairs and avoiding penalties.
  • GSK Update: AIFM Marketing in Germany - The clock is ticking for U.S. and other non-EU fund managers

    Our GSK Update informs about the impact of recent German investment fund legislation (UCITS V Implementation Act) for AIF managers, who are not domiciled in the EU (“non-EU-AIFM”) and who seek to market AIF shares in Germany in accordance with applicable German investment fund law under the EU-AIFM Directive (2011/61/EU).
  • GSK expands Luxembourg presence with a new tax partner

    Opened at the beginning of March 2016, GSK Stockmann + Kollegen continues to expand its Luxembourg office. Mathilde Ostertag recently joined the Luxembourg team of Equity Partners Dr. Marcus Peter, Andreas Heinzmann and Dr. Philipp Mößner as Local Tax Partner.
  • EIA - Strengthening the role of the public

    Among other things, the recent amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act has broadened the rights of (what is termed) the "affected public". The affected public consists primarily of various citizens' initiatives pursuing environmental or public-health purposes. It may for instance file an appeal against a negative decision at the screening stage (i.e., a decision according to which the given project does not require the issuance of an EIA report), and seek its annulment in court. The affected public has been granted a stronger voice also in subsequent procedures in which the fate of a building project is being decided: zoning proceedings and the proceedings on the issuance of a building permit. Taken together, these legislative changes may make it more difficult to implement projects which require an EIA report; in particular, the length of permission proceedings may be substantially extended.
  • New Top Level Domains – Noerr expert warns against trademark infringements

    On June 13, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published the names of those who have applied for a new top level domain the ending of which may be geographic, such as "munich", industry identification such as "insurance" and even all trademark names and company descriptions such as "canon" and "adidas".
    - Noerr
  • No obligation to set up filtering systems in order to prevent copyright violations

    ECJ, decision of February 16th, 2012, ref. C-360/10 – SABAM
  • Further ECJ Ruling concerning NGO’s right of action under German environmental law

    For the second time within a short period of time, the non-governmental organisations right to challenge administrative decisions under German law is going to be subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In January 2012, the German Supreme Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) referred a case to the ECJ for a preliminary ruling concerning the NGO’s right of action.
  • Lessons in Cross-Border M & A Transactions

    The fundamental advice for international business transactions is obvious and easy to understand: different countries have different laws, business habits and cultures. These differences may range from minor nuances, such as lengthy French business lunches or unusual Spanish office hours, to significant legal roadblocks, such as strict European employment laws.
  • Priority rental rights in insolvency

    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.