Firm Profile > SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte > Munich, Germany

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
WITTELSBACHERPLATZ 1
80333 MÜNCHEN
Germany

Entertainment Tier 1

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte has 'excellent expertise' regarding film, music and online platforms and advises domestic and international media companies, financial institutions and film studios on topics such as market entry, financings, distribution structures and contracts. The team surrounding Norbert Klingner is also continuing to expand its services in the e-sports and augmented and virtual reality segments. The very well regarded Martin Diesbach is considered an outstanding advisor in the area of film financing and when it comes to representation in media law disputes. Recently the music law expert Götz Schneider-Rothhaar joined the practice from FUHRMANN WALLENFELS.

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Testimonials

‘Andreas Peschel-Mehner and Florian Hensel are outstanding experts in online platform matters.’

‘The firm is broadly positioned in the film and TV sectors as hardly any other firm in Germany. The deep industry expertise allows for advice and exchange at eyelevel.’

Key clients

Beta Film

Blue eyes Fiction

Münchner Verlagsgruppe

Fundacio Gala- Salvador Dali

Ndf neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft

SamFilm GmbH

X-Filme Creative Pool

Produzentenallianz

Wiedemann & Berg

Data protection Tier 2

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's broad data protection practice led by Matthias Orthwein, whose 'reliability and tact' are well regarded, is noted for the team's 'high expertise and practical explanations of legal issues'. Although the firm is known primarily as German entity, it did not miss out on the opportunity caused by the GDPR to participate in international business (especially in China and the US). Advice on data protection breaches, cybersecurity and data management continues to constitute the bulk of the work. The team also acts as data protection officer for companies and provides foreign clients with services as EU representative in accordance with the GDPR. At the start of 2019 Benjamin Spies was promoted to equity partner and Nikolaus Bertermann made salary partner.  Hans Markus Wulf, however, had already left for Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in July 2018.

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‘High skills and very good understanding of clients’ problems, as well as always practical solutions. Particularly in the data protection segment there are currently a lot of firms which deliver qualitatively low services. SKW, however, is highly recommendable.’

Key clients

Commerzbank AG

Autoliv B.V. & Co. KG

bayme – Bayerischer Unternehmensverband Metall und Elektro e.V.

CNA Hardy Versicherung

Markel SE

Deutscher Tierschutzbund

Diaotyutai Mansion Hospitality GmbH

DIEHL Stiftung & Co. KG

E.ON Energie Deutschland GmbH

IKEA Deutschland

Webasto SE

SCHUFA Holding SE

Robert Bosch Power Tools SE

Toll4Europe GmbH

Information technology and digitalisation Tier 2

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's large media practice is complemented by its IT law and digital business group. Consequently much of the clientbase revolves around media companies and platforms, but it also includes companies in the automotive and healthcare sectors. Besides classic IT matters (including software contracts and cloud services) the team covers innovation driving  issues such as cyber security and industry 4.0 and also represents clients in IT litigation. Advice to online platforms remains a big focus of the practice, including the implementation of international e-health platforms, and most recently the topic e-sport. Noteworthy is the firm's use of newly developed legal tech tools via the SKW Schwarz@Tech GmbH which was founded at the end of end 2018. With the partner promotion of Benjamin Spies at the start of 2019 and the arrival of employment lawyer Martin Landauer, previously at Noerr, who also has expertise in work 4.0 and digital networking, the firm is compensating for the loss of Hans Markus Wulf to Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in July 2018. Practice head Matthias Orthwein is noted for his 'pragmatic and solution-oriented approach'.

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‘Very pragmatic but also good legal depth, seamless communication also with other practice areas; great breadth of experience.’

‘Extremely high specialist expertise paired with a great measure of empathy.’

‘SKW offers a team which quickly grasps relevant issues and topics and tries to find practical solutions.’

‘Stefan Schicker: Outstanding skills, good manager and honest advisor.’

Key clients

LoveScout24 (FriendScout24 GmbH)

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Krones AG

Commerzbank AG

T-Systems International GmbH

Robert Bosch

Adidas AG

Giesecke+Devrient GmbH

Lemma Group

Unfair competition Tier 2

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte has a focus on technology, media and IT sector work and provides highly specialised advice on branded content, advertising and influencer marketing. Margret Knitter, who made equity partner in January 2019, heads the practice from Munich, while the Frankfurt and Berlin offices also provide unfair competition law expertise, which frequently comes into play in a contentious setting but also in non-contentious matters such as product launches and marketing campaigns.

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‘The SKW-team always did an excellent job and is always available. I am impressed, how detail-oriented and competent the lawyers are.’

‘Unlike other law firms, economically sensible solutions are found and reasonable alternative solutions are pointed out.’

‘Johann Heyde immediately responds to requests. He is an excellent solicitor and has a thorough interest in the day-to-day business.’

Key clients

Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG

basic AG Lebensmittelhandel

BVB Merchandising GmbH

ECOVER Deutschland GmbH

Margarete Steiff GmbH

Webasto SE

Trade marks Tier 3

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte has carved out a strong practice acting for technology, media and IT sector clients. Due to the strong links between the firm's IP and IT practices, the team is well placed to handle eHealth and eSports work. Other key areas of expertise include influencer marketing, branded content and advertising, with advice spanning the development of national and international trade mark and design portfolios to the enforcement of IP rights before German and, in cooperation with foreign law firms, international courts. International trade mark clearing and anti-counterfeiting work are also key strengths. Margret Knitter, who made equity partner in January 2019, heads the practice, which includes recommended trade mark lawyer Ulrich Hildebrandt.

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Testimonials

‘Competent, engaged, close to the client.’

‘The law firm is very modern and progressive. The newest developments in the economy and IT are immediately covered. The expertise in IP, particularly trademark law, is very, very high.’

‘The accessible, young team at SWK delivers world-class advice in the area of industrial property rights. Extremely smart heads in several locations are covering the rather broad area of industrial property rights (and its offshoots) perfectly well: from hardcore-trademark law to unfair competition law and completely new questions concerning international e-commerce to media and copyright law- no matter what, at SKW there is always competent advice and support on the project.’

‘With Ulrich Hildebrandt and Sascha Pres, the law firm has two extraordinary good trademark- and competition law solicitors, who, unlike competitors, also choose unconventional and successful ways.’

‘Margret Knitter is an excellent lawyer of trademark- and competition law, who grasps and processes complicated circumstances fast. She has a very high expertise in these areas and a lot of experience in court. She always keeps up with the times (or further onwards) with regards to the newest technological and economical developments.

‘Ulrich Hildebrandt is a mastermind on trademark law. Not only does he (really) know almost all relevant decisions of the German and European Courts and authorities, but can also interconnect those with a depth, that hasn’t been matched yet.

‘Magnus Hirsch: Great litigator. Finds solutions, where others have given up already.’

Key clients

Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG

Margarete Steiff GmbH

ECOVER Deutschland GmbH

BVB Merchandising GmbH

basic AG Lebensmittelhandel

Webasto SE

Foreign trade law Tier 4

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte is particularly active in embargo matters and also focuses on issues at the intersection with the logistics sector. Handling customs law and anti-dumping duties constitutes another key area of expertise for the team and is one of team head Jürgen Sparr's key strengths, while he also deals with customs audits. Associate Sven Pohl represents clients before customs authorities and frequently provides assistance with the establishment and optimisation of customs procedures within companies with a focus on internal control systems.

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Commercial litigation Tier 5

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte is particularly experienced in trade and distribution law, where it receives instructions for both national and international proceedings. Furthermore, the dispute resolution team increasingly focuses on its cooperation with the M&A and real estate practices of the firm, in order to be well equipped for post-M&A conflicts. Practice head Arndt Tetzlaff regularly advises on tort law and Oliver Korte has expertise in wholesale and foreign trade as well as in the food and medical products sectors. Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz is another key contact.

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Very competent and individual advice from the team. Furthermore, the group impresses with a high degree of practice-orientation and good knowledge of the company.

Oliver Korte has a very efficient approach and smart, clear negotiation management. He always delivers excellent performances.

Key clients

Hanwha Q Cells

GEHE Pharma Handel GmbH

Home Away Inc.

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Signal Iduna Gruppe

Schufa Holding

Expedia Inc.

Public procurement Tier 5

The health and IT sectors take centre stage in SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's procurement law practice. Practice head René Kieselmann successfully represented the German Red Cross Solingen concerning the direct award of the contract for emergency services in Solingen before the ECJ and is now expecting higher advice demand in this segment. The advice at the interface to other practice areas, for instance state aid law, is another key component.  

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The team works hand in hand and is always available via phone or email. For the clarification of also spontaneously raised matters of day-to-day work, immediate availability is necessary.

The communication is very good. We always receive timely responses. On the basis of these responses we’re able to see that our enquiries, even if very small, are taken seriously. The written and also verbal communication is readily used by both sides and delivers fast and efficient solutions.

The individuals have comprehensive knowledge in this area. Nothing is just said without purpose, every statement holds water. The documents are very precise and substantial. Matters are precisely flagged and discussed – as it should be.

Key clients

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, Kreisverband Solingen e. V.

WHG Wohnungsbau- und Hausverwaltungs-GmbH Eberswalde

Real estate Tier 5

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte advises an international client base on transactions and project developments as well as on financings issues across several asset classes. In addition to a significant strength in commercial tenancy law, in which context Olaf Kreißl  regularly assists medium-sized companies, practice head Jan Prielipp's team also has expertise in transactional due diligence as well as project development and litigation. A particular niche is covered by advising social institutions on developer-specific legal issues, while various national real estate funds instruct the firm with corporate matters. The client base is complemented by institutional investors and the public authorities.

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‘Reliable, good organisation. Comprehensive, secure contract design in the field of fundamental rights and construction law.

Very pleasant atmosphere, nice welcome, quick reactions.

‘Jan Prielipp has very sound knowledge of tenancy law for social enterprises. Competent advice on equal footing, takes his client serious, very structured work approach with relatable proposals for action, very competent litigious representation.

‘Mr Prielipp is a very pleasant conversation partner, who skilfully applies his legal advice to difficult matters and who positively influences even difficult negotiations in our interest through his reliable, assertive and simultaneously pleasant demeanour. With regards to technical expertise, one always feels in good hands with Mr Prielipp. Particularly positively notable is his ability to create legal advice that is practical and immediately implementable. This is of particular importance to us. There are many legal theorists, but not many succeed in applying this expertise as practical added value in the real world. Mr Prielipp does succeed. His communication happens in a way that even legal laymen can quickly grasp legally complex matters and solutions can be found together. Deadlines were always met by Mr Prielipp, documents were always exemplarily prepared and reviewed.

‘Dr Kreissl is a highly intelligent contact for legally and economically complex matters.

‘Friedemann Scholten is an extremely diligent and methodically operating lawyer.

Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 5

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte covers trade, distribution and logistics work with significant emphasis on cross-border mandates. Oliver Korte is the main contact for commercial and distribution law matters and the 'very solution-orientedNiels Witt for issues in the logistics space. Working in conjunction with other German offices, the team handles both contentious and non-contentious work and makes increasing use of legaltech solutions. Its international clients include food and medical products sector players as well as logistics companies and insurers.

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‘The team at SKW Schwarz consists of technically competent colleagues, who maintain a pleasant and binding collaboration, as well as a trusting togetherness at eye level.’

‘Pragmatic, consent-oriented approach under consideration of the particular proceedings situation – this is a summary of the collaboration with Oliver Korte.’

‘Oliver Korte has a very efficient, cautious working method. He also convinces with his speed, the compliance with commitments and a very good quality of work.’

‘Niels Witt shows high competence and great skill in negotiations with the opposing party.’

‘Niels Witt advises technically versed, fast and safely and also takes specific requirements into consideration.’

Key clients

Eurofins-Gruppe

Tax Tier 7

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's core competence lies in transactional work including associated financing matters and tax structuring. This offering also extends to the structuring of real estate portfolios alongside private equity and venture capital arrangements. Private clients also instruct the practice to provide assistance with succession planning matters, including the establishment of foundations. Heiko Wunderlich heads the practice and advises on cross-border tax law matters, among other issues, and has particular media and entertainment sector know-how.

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Robert Bosch Gruppe

Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Ulrich  Fuchs  photo Dr Ulrich  Fuchs Partner Certified Expert in Copyright and Media Law Rechtsanwalt
Dr Dorothee Altenburg  photo Dr Dorothee Altenburg Partner Certified Expert in IP Rechtsanwältin
 Marion Anzinger  photo Marion Anzinger PartnerRechtsanwältin
Dr Kerstin Aust  photo Dr Kerstin Aust CounselRechtsanwältin
Dr Martin Böttger  photo Dr Martin Böttger Partner Rechtsanwalt
Dr Christian Becker  photo Dr Christian Becker Counsel Certified Expert in Tax Law Rechtsanwalt
 Eva Bonacker  photo Eva Bonacker Counsel Rechtsanwältin
Dr Martin Diesbach, Licencié en droit  photo Dr Martin Diesbach, Licencié en droit Partner Rechtsanwalt
 Kirill Engelmann  photo Kirill Engelmann Senior Associate Rechtsanwalt
Mr Wilhelm Freiherr von Feilitzsch  photo Mr Wilhelm Freiherr von Feilitzsch Associate Rechtsanwalt
Dr Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz, LL.M. (NY University)  photo Dr Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz, LL.M. (NY University) Partner Certified Expert for Commercial and Corporate Law Rechtsanwalt
Dr Martin Greßlin  photo Dr Martin Greßlin Partner Certified Expert for Employment Law Rechtsanwalt
Dr Christoph Haesner, M.C.L. (Illinois)  photo Dr Christoph Haesner, M.C.L. (Illinois) Partner Certified Expert for Copyright and Media Law Rechtsanwalt, Banker
Dr Johann Heyde  photo Dr Johann Heyde Partner Rechtsanwalt
 Insa Janßen, LL.M. (UCLA), Attorney at Law (NY)  photo Insa Janßen, LL.M. (UCLA), Attorney at Law (NY) Senior Associate Rechtsanwältin
Dr Bernd Joch  photo Dr Bernd Joch Partner Certified Expert for Employment Law Rechtsanwalt
 Maximilian König  photo Maximilian König Associate Rechtsanwalt
 Hanna Karl  photo Hanna Karl Counsel Certified Expert for Employment Law Rechtsanwältin
Dr Jens-Hendrik Kern, LL.M. (Trinity College Dublin)  photo Dr Jens-Hendrik Kern, LL.M. (Trinity College Dublin) Senior Associate Rechtsanwalt, Business Mediator
 Norbert Klingner  photo Norbert Klingner Partner Rechtsanwalt
 Margret Knitter, LL.M. (University of Edinburgh)  photo Margret Knitter, LL.M. (University of Edinburgh) Partner Certified Expert for IP Rechtsanwältin
 Sabine Kröger  photo Sabine Kröger Partner Certified Expert for Banking and Capital Markets Law Certified Expert for…
Dr Martin Landauer, M.Jur. (Oxford)  photo Dr Martin Landauer, M.Jur. (Oxford) Partner Certified Expert for Employment Law Rechtsanwalt
Dr Daniel Meßmer  photo Dr Daniel Meßmer Counsel Certified Expert for IT Law Rechtsanwalt
 Moritz Mehner  photo Moritz Mehner Associate Rechtsanwalt
 Christoph Meyer  photo Christoph Meyer Partner Certified Expert for Tax Law Certified Expert for Family Law Rechtsanwalt
Dr Stephan Morsch, Maître en droit  photo Dr Stephan Morsch, Maître en droit Partner Rechtsanwalt
Dr Ulrich Muth  photo Dr Ulrich Muth Partner Certified Expert for Banking and Capital Markets Law Rechtsanwalt
Dr Stefanie Nabrotzki, LL.M. (Stockholm)  photo Dr Stefanie Nabrotzki, LL.M. (Stockholm) Senior Associate Rechtsanwältin
 Elisabeth Noltenius, LL.M.  photo Elisabeth Noltenius, LL.M. Counsel Rechtsanwältin
Dr Matthias Nordmann, M.A.  photo Dr Matthias Nordmann, M.A. Partner Certified Expert for Commercial and Corporate Law Rechtsanwalt
Dr Matthias Orthwein, LL.M. (Boston)  photo Dr Matthias Orthwein, LL.M. (Boston) Partner Rechtsanwalt
Dr Stefan Peintinger, LL.M. (Georgetown)  photo Dr Stefan Peintinger, LL.M. (Georgetown) Senior Associate Rechtsanwalt
Dr Andreas  Peschel-Mehner  photo Dr Andreas  Peschel-Mehner Partner Rechtsanwalt
Dr Angela Poschenrieder  photo Dr Angela Poschenrieder Counsel Rechtsanwältin
Dr Zahra Rahvar  photo Dr Zahra Rahvar Counsel Rechtsanwältin
Dr Ulrich Reber  photo Dr Ulrich Reber Partner Certified Expert in International Business Law Rechtsanwalt
 Pia Sökeland  photo Pia Sökeland Counsel Rechtsanwältin
 Johannes Schäufele  photo Johannes Schäufele Counsel Rechtsanwalt
Mr Stefan C. Schicker, LL.M. (Nottingham Trent)  photo Mr Stefan C. Schicker, LL.M. (Nottingham Trent) Managing Partner Certified Expert for IT Law Certified Expert for IP Law…
Mr Nikolai Schmidt  photo Mr Nikolai Schmidt Associate Rechtsanwalt
Dr Amelie  Schroth der Zweite  photo Dr Amelie  Schroth der Zweite Associate Rechtsanwältin, Mediator
Prof Dr Mathias Schwarz  photo Prof Dr Mathias Schwarz Partner Rechtsanwalt, Appointed Public Accountant, Mediator
 Martin Schweinoch  photo Martin Schweinoch Partner Certified Expert for Information Technology Law Rechtsanwalt
Dr Gerd Seeliger  photo Dr Gerd Seeliger Partner Rechtsanwalt, Tax Consultant, Mediator
 Corinna Sobottka  photo Corinna Sobottka Senior Associate Rechtsanwältin
 Benjamin Spies  photo Benjamin Spies Partner Rechtsanwalt
Dr Petra Steinheber  photo Dr Petra Steinheber Counsel Rechtsanwältin
 Wenzel Steinmetz  photo Wenzel Steinmetz Associate Rechtsanwalt, Mediator
Mr Philipp Thomé  photo Mr Philipp Thomé Associate Rechtsanwalt
 Georg Wallraf  photo Georg Wallraf Of Counsel Rechtsanwalt
Dr Konstantin Wegner, LL.M.  photo Dr Konstantin Wegner, LL.M. Partner Rechtsanwalt
 Johanna Weiß  photo Johanna Weiß Senior Associate Rechtsanwältin
Ms Nicole Wolf-Thomann  photo Ms Nicole Wolf-Thomann Senior Associate Certified Expert in Tax Law Rechtsanwältin
 Heiko Wunderlich  photo Heiko Wunderlich Partner Certified Expert for Tax Law Certified Expert for Inheritance Law Rechtsanwalt