Firm Profile > Noerr > Munich, Germany
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Data protection Tier 1
Noerr only established a data protection group in 2018, but the firm's expertise in this field rests on longstanding experience, not least thanks to the expertise of practice head Daniel Rücker. With a consistently growing portfolio the firm advises German and international companies from its offices in Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt on data protection compliance issues, the processing and use of data and the introduction of data protection management structures and governance processes. Clients stem from the automotive, fashion, IT and finance sectors, among others. The team works particularly closely with the firm's Digital Business Group and is strengthening its ties with the compliance and litigation practices. Associate Sebastian Dienst is highly active in data protection matters and already recognised in the market and Benjamin Jahn, who focuses on data protection in an employment law context, was promoted to partner at the start of 2019.
Other key lawyers:
Joachim Schrey; Tobias Kugler; Pascal Schumacher
‘Very high capabilities in data protection and information technology-related matters paired with agile working methods.‘
‘Daniel Rücker: excellent lawyer, who always keeps an eye on the overall perspective of the business, provides high quality legal advice and at the same time finds pragmatic solutions.‘
‘Sebastian Dienst: Excellent knowledge of the GDPR. Easily reachable, pragmatic and pleasant when working together.‘
Entertainment Tier 1
In the media segment Noerr stands out both for its interdisciplinary advice and sector-specific expertise. The firm advises on copyright and regulatory issues, financing, transactions, media antitrust law and contractual matters. The team surrounding Johannes Kreile acts for numerous German and international film producers but also advises high-profile clients in the music, video game and gaming industries. Hans Radau is well versed in media transactions and financings. Katharina Domnick left for Brehm & v. Moers in January 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Hans Radau; Alexander Liegl; Ulrich Michel; Katharina Dominik
‘Highly skilled in media law. Very correct in calculating work loads in terms of time and money.’
‘Johannes Kreile: profound knowledge, competent, entirely reliable, comprehensive view of media law topics, antitrust and copyright law. One of the best advisors.’
‘Ulrich Michel – extremely high level of expertise, very reliable and courteous manner of working, enormous negotiation skills.’
‘Expeditous communication when taking over a mandate; always approachbale, solid and leading expertise in copyright law and the law of collecting societies, particularly in media and entertainment law.’
‘The team is very quick and capable of acting and always has another expert at hand for tricky questions. Very reliable and on schedule! Totally service-oriented. Queries are always dealt with in a timely manner. High competence and quick understanding for concrete circumstances.’
Foreign trade law Tier 1
With Bärbel Sachs in the lead, Noerr covers a wide range of international and European foreign trade law. Customs and export law advice is just as much part of its offering as embargo and sanctions law. Its client portfolio includes leading global companies from various industries, such as plant construction, aviation and medical technology. Sachs also has special expertise in WTO law and Christian Pelz frequently acts at the interface with criminal investigations and proceedings. Senior associate Johannes Schäffer is noted for his expertise in advising on financial services in embargoed countries.
‘Noerr has a very good market understanding and reachability and the advice is efficient and effective.’
‘Bärbel Sachs has outstanding industry experience, a very good access to the authorities and can efficiently steer proceedings.’
Noerr remains a market leader with its 'solid IT know-how'. The team covers digitalisation, industry 4.0, IoT and SaaS projects, cloud computing, e-commerce and social media but also advises on transactions, represents clients in IT-related litigation and on general IT contracts. In terms of industry expertise, mechanical engineering, the automotive, trade and insurance sectors constitute the main pillars for the practice. Recently the firm saw an increased demand for cloud solutions (such as in the housing industry and in the smart farming segment) and has been advising leading technology corporations not only on the negotiation of cloud contracts but also regarding financial regulatory aspects. Since the start of 2018 Thomas Thalhofer heads the newly formed practice group Digital Business and Daniel Rücker is the main contact for the data protection practice, while the renowned IT expert Peter Bräutigam acts as co-head of the firm's commercial division. The team, however, lost Martin Landauer and Konrad Żdanowiecki to SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte and Amazon Web Services' legal department respectively. Associated Partner Torsten Kraul is noted for strategic questions on operative projects in the telecoms, IT, internet, e-commerce and media sectors.
Outsourcing Tier 1
Noerr has recently handled several outsourcings in the media sector. The firm advises multiple publishing companies and advertisement agencies on the negotiation of contracts. The firm's client portfolio furthermore includes IT providers and on buyer side also banks and financial institutions, insurers and transport companies. The team boasts particular expertise in connection with contentious outsourcing matters arising from failed outsourcing projects. Thomas Thalhofer is the main contact. Tobias Kugler advises on cloud products.
Other key lawyers:
Joachim Schrey; Tobias Kugler
Planning and environment Tier 1
Holger Schmitz heads Noerr's environmental and planning law practice, which offers advice on various areas such as transactions, energy and construction projects as well as urban developments. Additional core competencies include the advice to ministries on experimental legislation and nuclear waste disposal financing as well as assisting federal states and investors with wind energy expansion. Martin Ahlhaus, who is adept in product-related environmental law as well as chemical and substance law, left the firm in June 2019 to work autonomously.
Product liability Tier 1
Noerr impresses with a specialised and well-versed team that is frequently consulted for advice on product liability and product safety-related issues. Thereby, the group has particular experience in recalls, both on national and international level, as well as in defence against guarantee claims due to product defects. Michael Molitoris is considered an expert in this field and is particularly active in the automotive sector. He is supported by Arun Kapoor, who has a similar focus, and Helmut Katschthaler, who predominantly assists with liability law, insurance and reinsurance law. Thomas Klindt is another experienced key contact.
Telecoms Tier 1
Noerr continues to be one of the transactional heavyweights in the market, while simultaneously expanding its regulatory practice. Its main areas of expertise include matters pertaining to the regulation of bitstream markets as well as broadband expansion projects, network neutrality regulations and the framework conditions for the provision of roaming services, while also advising on the satellite-based provision of internet services. Tobias Frevert heads the team, which includes regulatory specialist Tobias Bosch. Michael Bergmann moved to Raue in September 2018, while Hanno Schaper joined Deutsche Bahn in December 2018.
Other key lawyers:
Tobias Bosch; Pascal Schumacher; Julian von Lucius
‘Very high competence and practical relevance.’
‘Pascal Schumacher and Tobias Frevert are always excellent, extremely easy to reach and push to the core of the problem.’
In order to meet the challenges brought by digitalisation in commercial and distribution law, Noerr's Digital Business Group has pooled its expertise and is led by Karl Rauser, who also heads the distribution systems practice. The widely experienced team assists clients from various sectors with a wide range of matters, from the development and implementation of innovative business models to the development and expansion of suitable purchasing, distribution and logistics systems. Albin Ströbl is noted for his automotive and mobility sector expertise alongside his illustrious client portfolio, while Tom Billing is particularly experienced in the banking and finance industry. Handling matters at various intersections is another key element of the practice: Franchise expert Karsten Metzlaff frequently handles complex distribution antitrust law matters and associate Cathrin Wentzel plays an important role in the automotive practice group, specialising in supply contracts and relationships.
Venture capital Tier 1
The team at Noerr stands out for its 'high level of commitment and highly client-focused approach' and advises growth capital companies and investors on the full remit of VC. Healthcare, fintech and proptech are particular areas of expertise for the team co-led by Georg Christoph Schneider and Christian Pleister.
Georg Christoph Schneider; Christian Pleister
Other key lawyers:
Felix Blobel; Hans Radau
‘Excellent quality advice.‘
‘Very good combination of teams.‘
Noerr's commercial administrative law team under the leadership of Holger Schmitz advises federal and state ministries as well as companies and banks with government links. Key competencies include the representation of clients in constitutional appeal proceedings, liability claims and administrative complaint proceedings. Also noteworthy is the extensive advice in regulated sectors such as the finance, gambling and telecoms industries.
Other key lawyers:
Bärbel Sachs; Peter Bachmann; Christof Federwisch; Robert Matthes; Uwe Erling; Christian Mayer
‘Robert Matthes has excellent knowledge of laws and regulations and knows how to apply them to the issue at hand.’
‘Christian Mayer always keeps an eye on practical solutions to the benefit of our company.‘
Commercial litigation Tier 2
Noerr recently experienced growth not only on professional level due to various promotions, but also in relation to its client base. The firm is frequently involved in disputes pertaining to trade, corporate and antitrust law and has experience in the automotive, pharmaceuticals, health and energy industries as well as in the insurance and reinsurance sectors. Anke Meier and Oliver Sieg jointly head the practice, which also includes the automotive sector-experienced Michael Molitoris, Christine Volohonsky and Meike von Levetzow, who is well versed in antitrust tort litigation. Matthias Stupp is another key contact.
Anke Meier; Oliver Sieg
Christian Weller von Ahlefeld
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Michael Woodford MBE and Paul Hillman
Compliance Tier 2
Noerr's compliance practice impresses with a broad interdisciplinary approach which also includes the ability to set up flexible teams composed of lawyers, tax accountants and auditors on request. Torsten Fett is particularly well versed in stock corporation and capital markets law matters and jointly heads the practice with Sophia Habbe, who has wide-ranging experience in internal investigations and commercial criminal law. 'Smart mind' Martin Schorn was recently particularly active in compliance matters related to money laundering and Bärbel Sachs is an expert in trade compliance programmes. Christian Pelz is another important member of the team. Lars Kutzner joined Dentons and environmental compliance specialist Uwe Erling joined Pohlmann & Company in January 2020.
Sophia Habbe; Torsten Fett
‘The team is reliable; the advice is on point and inspired by subject matter expertise.‘
‘Martin Schorn is reliable and focuses on technical results; he always delivers high quality.’
Noerr's construction law group focuses on the plant engineering sector and often represents contractors in contentious matters. The client base includes leading German car manufacturers and numerous international corporations as well as market players in research-intensive sectors such as electronics, pharmaceuticals and aerospace technologies. Thus, the team around Stefan Weise and Volker Bock is particularly well versed in the development of extensive specialist properties, which either serve production or testing purposes. Another important pillar of the practice is the longterm assistance with logistic sites, while the firm also demonstrates additional competencies in the development of new city quarters.
Stefan Weise; Volker Bock
Corporate Tier 2
Noerr advises large German corporations on corporate core issues, such as annual general meetings and conversions as well as on cross-practice matters related to capital markets and group law; in addition, the team supports DAX 30 companies with compliance and executive liability expertise. Florian Becker in Munich und Alexander Hirsch in Düsseldorf head the practice. Oliver Sieg, also based in Düsseldorf, is key contact for and practice head of the corporate litigation team, while Lisa Guntermann, who is considered a recommended rising star, adds stock and capital markets law expertise.
Employment Tier 2
Thanks to the experienced and well-coordinated teams at the firm's six German offices, Noerr is well placed to provide high-quality advice on the full range of employment law. In doing so, the team led by Andreas Butz takes into account the changing nature of the labour market, particularly in the light of digitalisation, and is therefore well versed in applying legaltech tools. Butz focuses on restructuring matters, which translates into a steady stream of high-end instructions from employers. In other work, the team assists with employment law aspects arising from the firm's M&A work. Daniel Happ has particular expertise in flexible employment and employee leasing law, and Stefan Schwab assists with company pension schemes. Key contact for international employment law Heidi Mahr advises on secondments. At the turn of the year 2018/ 2019, Charlotte Sander moved to Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Martin Landauer joined SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte and Nicole Heider left the firm to work at Amazon Deutschland.
‘At Noerr, there’s always a competent contact available, also urgent queries are handled immediately.‘
‘The contentual and technical advice is always top.‘
‘Yvonne Dietzel and Till Stadtmüller shine due to their high technical competence and very good advice skills.‘
‘Stefan Schwab is very competent, exhibits extremely high availability and client-orientation as well as a very good business acumen.‘
Energy Tier 2
Noerr succeeded in further expanding its transactional practice, leading to an increase of its transactional deal flow in Berlin, Dresden and Düsseldorf as well as its Hamburg office, which was set up in April 2017. In the regulatory sphere, the team is particularly active in concession procedures and offshore and onshore wind energy matters, while also handling a wide range of electromobility work. Emissions trading is another key area of expertise, where the team acts for energy suppliers and energy-intense companies. Düsseldorf-based Maurice Séché was elevated to the partnership in January 2019. The team led by Christof Federwisch also includes concession contract specialist Cornelia Kermel, corporate lawyer Tibor Fedke and regulatory expert Christian Alexander Mayer. Environmental compliance specialist Uwe Erling joined Pohlmann & Company in January 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘Organically grown team with a good mix of specialists and generalists.’
‘Perfect coordination for cross-departmental mandates and consistently excellent quality for all contacts. Very efficient and goal-oriented processing of mandates with a coordinated focus on business-relevant strategies. You rarely see such a perfect match between legal precision and customer orientation. ‘
‘Tibor Fedke is the best man with great know-how and focus on customer requirements.’
‘From our perspective, Tibor Fedke is the driving force who with his enormous quality standards, outstanding commitment and the necessary overview ensures that the Noerr team can sustainably show extraordinary performance. With great empathy and sensitivity, he succeeds in transforming his high expectations into real motivation for his team. Competitors certainly have excellent lawyers to offer, but here it is the passion of an open-minded person that makes the difference.’
‘Katrin Andrä offers a high level of detailed knowledge and is digitally savvy.’
The dispute resolution team at Noerr is strong in the banking litigation sphere and thereby benefits from its cooperation with other practice groups. The client roster is composed of national and international banks and financial institutions, which the team represents in individual suits as well as in mass proceedings. Hans Christian Kirchner heads the group and has experience in contentious banking and bond issues. Kolja Dörrscheidt is mainly well versed in insolvency issues and Stefan Blum is another key contact for defending against damages claims against financial institutions.
Noerr's interdisciplinary structure enables the team to advise clients comprehensively on various financial services industry matters, whereby banking regulatory requirements, including contentious proceedings, form part of the team's workload just as much as financial market infrastructure and transactional matters. In addition to its broad focus, the team has particular expertise in payment services regulatory law, financial regulation and AML compliance, while also advising on digitalisation projects in the financial sectors, and on fintech matters. Jens Kunz and Thomas Heitzer jointly head the team.
Jens Kunz; Thomas Heitzer
Other key lawyers:
Torsten Fett; Martin Haisch; Kai-Michael Hingst
Internal investigations Tier 2
Noerr's compliance and investigations practice particularly often advises national and international corporations on suspicion cases, while the group was recently increasingly active in investigations related to breach of trust and money laundering. Due to the cross-practice cooperation within the firm, individual teams can be easily coordinated. Practice heads Torsten Fett and Sophia Habbe are experienced in matters pertaining to director's liability and liability issues and Christian Pelz, who along Martin Schorn has dispute resolution expertise, is the key contact for corruption, fraud and breach of trust cases. Lars Kutzner joined Dentons in April 2019.
Lending and borrowing Tier 2
Noerr is best known for its lender work, which makes it a popular choice for banks, lending syndicates and alternative lenders, while Andreas Naujoks' team has also been increasingly active for corporates. Its workload includes acquisition, corporate and real estate finance as well as matters in an insolvency and restructuring setting.
Other key lawyers:
Tom Beckerhoff; Sebastian Bock; Nikolai Warneke
‘Pragmatic, mittelstands-oriented solution competency.‘
‘Andreas Naujoks exhibits very good judicial competence combined with a strong economic understanding.‘
M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 2
Noerr is frequently instructed by companies in the regulated industries, automotive and media sectors to advise on large-scale transactions, while the firm's international offices as well as its international network facilitate seamless cross-border advice. Notably, the team was recently increasingly involved in matters in the health sector. Florian Becker and Alexander Hirsch jointly head the practice.
Florian Becker; Alexander Hirsch
‘Corporate team in Berlin with deep expertise in advising major start-ups and young corporates. Very good understanding of the venture scene, good local corporate expertise. All aspects of corporate law can be covered in collaboration with other Noerr offices.‘
‘Very pleasant, personal interaction. Willing to listen and react to clients. The team always has an idea or a solution for the current issue at hand.‘
‘Felix Blobel is an excellent corporate lawyer, very service-oriented and pragmatic.‘
‘Christoph Spiering is a good, assertive negotiator.‘
‘Armin Bartsch is very organised and always attentive.‘
‘Olav Wagner has very good sector expertise, is very attentive and basically always available, practice- and goal-oriented.‘
Real estate Tier 2
The real estate practice at Noerr puts strong emphasis on advising banks and financial institutions on the financing of project developments and portfolio expansion. The real estate investment group under the aegis of renowned practice head Annette Pospich is frequently instructed by a client base predominantly composed of national developers and investors seeking advice on capital management and construction projects in the asset classes hotel, office and logistics. Former practice head Alexander Goepfert left the firm in January 2019 to act as senior advisor to Apollo and its European real estate and distressed debt funds on its further expansion in Germany. Rene Dubois and David Zafra Carollo joined Dentons respectively in July 2018 and May 2019, while Philip Smitka joined Squire Patton Boggs in October 2018. Christoph Hons joined from Jones Day in February 2019 and Karsten Fink made partner the month before.
Other key lawyers:
Alexander Jänecke; Andreas Naujoks; Carsten Heinz; Christoph Brenzinger
‘Strong, committed team; firm covers all subsections of the real estate sector and is one of the best real estate teams in Germany.‘
‘The team at Noerr is technically very sound and communicates quickly. Noerr is also well equipped in all adjacent areas and can also process more in-depth issues (planning law, tax, investment law).‘
‘The team stays in the background, often we only have one key contact, which guarantees a high degree of efficiency.‘
‘Very goal-oriented and extraordinary market understanding.‘
‘Annette Pospich: a very good negotiator, very well connected.‘
‘Alexander Jänecke impresses with his prudential and calm behaviour, outstanding technical competence paired with empathy.‘
‘Alexander Jänecke has a very pleasant and good manner at the negotiation table and can outstandingly substantiate his opinion.‘
‘In acquisition negotiations, Alexander Jänecke is able to quickly come up with solution proposals and convince the opposite party.‘
Real estate finance Tier 2
Noerr's team is best known for its work for banks but it also acts for borrowers and covers all asset classes. Its workload includes the financing of individual properties, portfolios and project developments as well as M&A-driven financings. Andreas Naujoks heads the banking and finance group and frequently takes the lead in real estate financing work together with Karsten Fink and Sebastian Bock. Senior associate Doreen Pape regularly assists with national and international financing transactions and is also well versed in financial supervisory law.
Restructuring Tier 2
Noerr advises creditos, debtors, investors and insolvency administrators on national and international restructurings whereby its expertise includes both insolvency and self-administration proceedings. The team co-led by Thomas Hoffmann and Martin Kleinschmitt provides assistance with distressed M&A transactions and advises banks on various types of financial restructuring such as debt equity swaps. The team has also been increasingly handling trustee work, while also advising suppliers and business customers of insolvency debtors on the commercial implications of their business partners' insolvency, and assisting insolvency administrators with the liquidation of assets and restructuring measures to safeguard the interests of creditors. Baker McKenzie's former co-practice head and transactions specialist Dorothee Prosteder joined the team in September 2019, while Simone Schönen, who acts for debtors and creditors, joined one month earlier from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as salary partner.
Advice to companies Tier 3
The team at Noerr follows a broad and interdisciplinary approach: the team is particularly well versed in criminal tax law and internal investigations, but also has an established white-collar crime practice. Here, the group defends companies but also acts for damaged corporations, where instructions frequently stem from the automotive and consumer goods sectors. Christian Pelz is adept in acting in all stages of criminal proceedings; Martin Schorn relocated to the firm's Düsseldorf office to strengthen the practice's local market position; and counsel Steffi Kindler is also experienced in preliminary and administrative fine proceedings. Lars Kutzner joined Dentons in April 2019.
‘Christian Pelz and Martin Schorn are not only outstanding legal experts, but in my view they also have a sense for pragmatic solutions and an appropriate reaction for the respective case, without being over-reactive!‘
Advice to insurers Tier 3
Noerr provides supervisory and compliance advice as well as assistance with transactions and restructurings as part of its corporate support offering for insurers. The team also regularly deals with the trending topics digitalisation and cyber. The interdisciplinary arrangement with close links to other practice groups is of paramount significance for the team co-led by Oliver Sieg and Thomas Heitzer. The latter specialises in the transfer of insurance portfolios as well as in outsourcing and restructurings, including run-offs, while Sieg regularly takes the lead in disputes and claims in the insurance and reinsurance sector.
Oliver Sieg, Thomas Heitzer
‘The firm has deep know-how in insurance and insurance regulatory law.’
‘The team also covers interfaces with other practice areas, particularly employment law implications, competently and comprehensively.’
Antitrust Tier 3
With a decentralised approach, Noerr's antitrust team puts significant emphasis on national work, while always having the European context in mind and cooperating with antitrust law teams at several Eastern European offices. Clients also note the team's 'sharp eye for detail'. The group led by Fabian Badtke has a long tradition in antitrust damages work, where the firm represents both claimants and defendants. Kathrin Westermann is particularly renowned for representing clients in such proceedings. In addition to the traditional topics of merger control and antitrust compliance, handling matters at the interface with digitalisation constitutes another key area of expertise and is based on a strong cooperation with IT and data protection experts. In April 2020, the Hamburg team was augmented with the addition of Till Steinvorth from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘The antitrust team’s advice is highly professional. Responses are always fast and precise.‘
‘Helge Heinrich’s passion, thoroughness and zeal are hard to surpass and he is an extremely pragmatic legal advisor all the same.‘
‘Helge Heinrich is an excellent antitrust lawyer, who sees the bigger picture and delivers excellent advice services.‘
‘Alexander Birnstiel offers very good advice and the willingness, to deliver the best possible service to his clients in a short amount of time.‘
‘Sarah Blazek is a young, thriving lawyer with sound expertise in German and European antitrust law.‘
Noerr impresses with a large dispute resolution group that in addition to national matters also increasingly covers international arbitration proceedings. The practice is headed by litigator Oliver Sieg and Anke Meier, who is admitted as lawyer both in Germany as well as in New York. Meier has longstanding experience in arbitration proceedings, particularly in investment disputes. Meike von Levetzow is well versed in corporate and trade conflicts and Michael Molitoris also frequently acts as arbitrator.
Insurance litigation Tier 3
Monitoring and representing companies in complex cross-border claims form the focus of Noerr's practice. Co-lead by Oliver Sieg and Thomas Heitzer, the team has particular experience in D&O, E&O and financial lines. Other work pertains to product liability, property insurance and reinsurance-related claims. Sieg is also well versed in arbitration proceedings and acts as arbitrator. Heitzer frequently deals with liability and coverage litigation.
Oliver Sieg; Thomas Heitzer
‘The team has great expertise in the areas of D&O insurance and liability law pertaining to the financial services sector.’
‘The team has very good know-how of international insurance and supervisory law. Well-connected to other countries, so that clients can access the firm’s entire knowledge. Strong customer orientation and exemplary availability, clients can get in touch at any time.’
‘Oliver Sieg is one of the leading specialists in the area of D&O insurance.’
‘Oliver Sieg distinguishes himself with his experience, practice orientation, pragmatism and negotiation skills.’
‘Oliver Sieg is one of the best lawyers I have worked with over the past 20 years. His clients receive clear, sound advice, and they can count on the fact that Mr. Sieg takes a stand on legal issues and also supports this position. Additionally, he is always well-prepared and an excellent negotiator. ‘
‘Noerr LLP is very knowledgeable in German insurance law and also has provided us legal advice on insurance-related complaints and the drafting of legal documents and contracts. Their diligence and knowledge are outstanding. They are also very responsive to our requests.’
Noerr's M&A practice has continued to expand its sector-focused advice and demonstrates expertise in the automotive, health and media industries among other sectors. The team advises on company and share acquisitions, both on buyer and seller side, as well as on joint ventures and takeovers. Additionally, the China desk assists Chinese investors with transactions in the European market, while also advising German and European corporations on their market entry in China. Florian Becker and Alexander Hirsch jointly head the practice.
Florian Becker; Alexander Hirsch
‘In addition to the always trustworthy communication and consistently transparent client handling, we also appreciate that the partners are always available.‘
‘The advice is good and on point.‘
Non-profit Tier 3
Noerr's non-profit practice stands out for its interdisciplinary setup, which allows the group to easily retrieve various expertise, including corporate, tax and dispute resolution. The main focus lays on advising family corporations and private clients, although the team also fields considerable experience in assisting family-led and non-profit organisations. Tobias Bürgers advises on corporate matters, while Wolfram Theiss is particularly well versed in inheritance law. Counsel Caroline Picot is also very active.
Tobias Bürgers; Wolfram Theiss
Other key lawyers:
‘Caroline Picot provided excellent and knowledgeable service on a difficult cross-border inheritance issue affecting the UK educational charity of which I am Vice-Chairman. She makes me feel very well supported.’
Patent litigation Tier 3
Noerr has infringement proceedings at its core but also handles opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office alongside nullity and arbitration proceedings and licensing issues. Its sector focus lies on the segments electronics, mechanical engineering, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. Ralph Nack heads the practice from Munich.
Other key lawyers:
Unfair competition Tier 3
Noerr's integrated trade mark and competition law practice has become increasingly involved in international mandates, not least thanks to its offices in Alicante and Moscow. Representing clients in contentious proceedings also constitutes an increasingly significant portion of its workload but the team also acts in a purely advisory capacity. Team head Tobias Dolde divides his time between the offices in Munich and Alicante.
Other key lawyers:
Janina Wortmann; Valentina Nieß
Equity capital markets Tier 4
'Mastering even complex matters smoothly', the team at Noerr works in close conjunction with various offices, resulting in a broad range of services for companies and banks. The Frankfurt team focuses on advising issuers, investors and underwriters on various equity transactions, including IPOs and capital increases, while its Munich office specialises in advising companies on stock corporation law matters and capital markets law compliance on one hand and on IPOs and public takeovers on the other. The last segment is also handled from Hamburg. Gerald Reger and Holger Alfes co-head the team, which includes Stephan Schulz, specialist in share placements and public takeovers, who made partner in January 2019.
Gerald Reger; Holger Alfes
Other key lawyers:
Laurenz Wieneke; Stephan Schulz
‘Excellent coordination of different compliance rules.‘
State aid Tier 4
Noerr's state aid practice assists a multitude of companies from the Eastern European region with the construction of production and business premises, especially with the state aid compliant design of these projects and contract applications. Another focus is the advice on state aid aspects of transactions as well as on restructuring measures. Frankfurt-based Fabian Badtke heads the practice and Helge Heinrich, who acts from the firm's Munich and Brussels offices, is another key contact.
Other key lawyers:
Alexander Birnstiel; Helge Heinrich
‘High technical skills in diverse areas, individual and problem-oriented advice, a main contact for this matter.‘
Tax Tier 4
Noerr's tax law practice puts significant emphasis on corporate tax law, and on the tax reorganisation of corporate structures in particular, but it also advises on regulated financial investments and associated tax regulations. The team is co-led by Carsten Heinz and Georg Edelmann, who regularly handle tax aspects arising from real estate and M&A transactions. As well as its corporate capabilities, the practice is also well versed in providing private clients with succession planning assistance, including inheritance tax law and foundation issues. Christian Pelz regularly defends clients in tax litigation.
Carsten Heinz; Georg Edelmann
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Trade marks Tier 4
Noerr continues to focus on the establishment of its international practice and has seen an increase in cross-border instructions in both litigation and portfolio development. In addition, the practice has also been handling a number of international transactional instructions. The team led by Tobias Dolde, who divides his time between the Alicante and Munich offices, was further consolidated with the partner appointment of Christoph Rieken in January 2019 and the increase of its bench of associates in Hamburg and Munich.
Other key lawyers:
Jessica Loew; Valentina Nieß; Janina Wortmann; Christoph Rieken
Transactions Tier 4
Noerr assists national and international financial investors - with the firm's presence in London, the team has established particularly strong relationships with the latter - with medium and large-scale investment and buy-out transactions, which are frequently handled in cooperation with colleagues from the banking and finance practices. Handling management participation matters is also part of its offering. Georg Christoph Schneider and Christian Pleister jointly head the practice, which gained mid-cap specialist Holger Ebersberger from Ashurst LLP in August 2018.
Georg Christoph Schneider; Christian Pleister
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Public procurement Tier 5
The procurement law practice at Noerr, who continues to focus on assisting bidders, is increasingly active on contracting side, particularly for federal and state ministries. Competencies exist in advice on urban developments as well as in the areas public sector compliance and new mobility. The representation in review proceedings is also part of the advice spectrum. Olav Wagner heads the team, which also includes associated partner Julian von Lucius and Holger Schmitz.
Noerr > Firm Profile
Noerr stands for excellence and entrepreneurial thinking. With well-versed teams of strong characters, Noerr devises and implements solutions for the most complex and sophisticated legal matters. United by a set of shared values, the firm’s 500+ professionals are driven by one goal: the client’s success. Listed groups and multinational companies, large and medium-sized family businesses as well as financial institutions and international investors all rely on the firm.
Entrepreneurial thinking: Noerr’s advisors make their clients’ challenges their own and are always thinking one step ahead. In doing so, they assume responsibility and are at liberty to make their own decisions. The firm is committed to always going the extra mile for its clients and to resolving complex matters with the perfect mix of experience, excellence and sound judgement.
Innovative solutions: in complex and dynamic markets new approaches are regularly required – and delivered by experts who bring both the know-how and the necessary passion. This is precisely what Noerr excels at: implementing integrated and innovative solutions in the most efficient way.
Global reach: as one of the top European law firms, Noerr is also well established internationally. With offices in 11 countries and a global network of top-ranked ‘best friends’ law firms, Noerr is able to offer its clients truly cross-border advice. In addition, Noerr is the exclusive member firm in Germany for Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide.
Capacity in Central and Eastern Europe: Noerr has long had its own offices in all major Central and Eastern European capitals. The firm regularly advises on greenfield investments, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestments in Central and Eastern Europe by investors from all over the world. With around 100 professionals, Noerr is one of the leading law firms in the region.
|Antitrust and competition||Alexander Birnstiel|
|Banking and finance||Andreas Naujoks|
|Capital markets||Gerald Reger|
|Capital markets||Holger Alfes|
|Corporate/mergers and acquisitions||Alexander Hirsch|
|Corporate/mergers and acquisitions||Florian Becker|
|Data privacy||Daniel Rücker|
|Employment and pensions||Andreas Butz|
|Intellectual property||Tobias Dolde|
|Litigation, arbitration and ADR||Michael Molitoris|
|Regulatory and governmental affairs||Holger Schmitz|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Thomas Hoffmann|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Martin Kleinschmitt|
|Tax and private clients||Carsten Heinz|
|Automotive and new mobility||Dominik Wendel|
|Compliance and investigations||Torsten Fett|
|Digital business||Peter Bräutigam|
|Digital business||Thomas Thalhofer|
|Digital business||Karl Rauser|
|Insurance and reinsurance||Thomas Heitzer|
|Private equity||Georg Christoph Schneider|
|Private equity||Christian Pleister|
|The real estate investment group||Alexander Goepfert|
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Russia: Merger Control
Published: December 2019
Authors: Stefan Wolfgang Weber Tatiana Dovgan Artem Kara
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Merger Control laws and regulations that may occur in Russia.
Czech Republic: Mergers & Acquisitions
Published: March 2020
Authors: Barbara Kusak Petr Hrnčíř
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulations that may occur in Czech Republic.
Germany: Restructuring & Insolvency
Published: June 2020
Authors: Thomas Hoffmann Isabel Giancristofano
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Restructuring & Insolvency laws and regulations that may occur in Germany.
Published: July 2020
Authors: Peter Bräutigam Dr. Thomas Thalhofer
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Technology laws and regulations that may occur in Germany.
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