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SKW Schwarz
Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 1
20459 Hamburg

Media > Entertainment

Through the creation of strong links between its IP, IT and digitisation teams, SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's media and entertainment department is able to act across several key markets as well as globally. For instance, the new esports focus group around senior associate Moritz Mehner was able to assist with the establishment of a world league in esports and thus with the development of new regulations and models. Furthermore, the firm offers strategic advice on the new media state treaty and in negotiations, for example related to short-time work collective agreements. In the latter area, Mathias Schwarz, an expert in film and television production as well as copyright and personal rights, excels in particular. Martin Diesbach focuses on national and international digital business models. Norbert Klingner heads the practice.

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‘Norbert Klingner’s department has been doing excellent work on complex contracts and legal issues for a long time. This is always done with absolute competence. Norbert Klingner is also a strategic partner who always advises with foresight. This is an invaluable advantage in the international film business.’

‘Norbert Klingner: For more than 15 years always reliable and professionally first class. He is an outstanding expert on international film distribution issues and international financing. Very well connected, always state-of-the-art.’

Key clients


Fundacio Gala- Salvador Dali

Blue Eyes Fiction

SamFilm GmbH


Wiedemann & Berg


Grid Esports

Koch Films

The Match Factory

Epic Games (Fortnite)

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion

Softmachine Immersive Productions GmbH

Caligari Film und Fernsehproduktion GmbH

Work highlights

  • Assisting with the successful initiative of Allianz Deutscherproducers – Film & Fernsehen eV to set up a €50m default fund to cover Covid-19 risks in cinema productions.
  • Advising 13 contractual partners on the establishment of a world league in esports (CS:GO) with regard to franchise agreements.
  • Comprehensive legal and contractual support for Jun.ique Film GmbH in a pure Instagram film production (probably the first in Germany).

Information technology > Data protection Tier 2

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's data protection practice assists with digital transformation and cloud strategies as well as issues pertaining to the commercial and industrial use of artificial intelligence among others. Due to its close cooperation with other practice groups such as media, publishing and IP, as well as with the sector group automotive, these competencies represent a crucial part of the firm's advice offering, whereby the practice also advises clients on cyber security, data protection impact assessments and risk assessments for the development of new business models. At contentious level, Matthias Orthwein's group recently excelled in representing Schufa in a GDPR court case, with Oliver Hornung and Franziska Ladiges taking the lead. Elisabeth Noltenius made partner in January 2021.

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‘Always available and absolutely short response times for urgent matters. Appear as a duo to predict working structures and next steps directly.’

‘Matthias Orthwein: Maximum integrity, competence and reliability, convincing even in difficult and contradictory circumstances. A valued contact for discussions outside the box.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corp, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH, Microsoft Online Ireland


VELUX Deutschland GmbH

Ask Brian GmbH

Erich Netzsch GmbH & Co. Holding KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Microsoft on GDPR-compliant product design.
  • Support for SCHUFA in over 100 pending court proceedings on GDPR issues.
  • Worldwide data protection support for Erich Netzsch during a cyber attack that shut down operations.

Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation Tier 2

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte successfully assists medium-sized companies as well as large international corporations such as Adidas, Apple and LinkedIn with digitization issues; notably, the group recently particularly often advised on digital business model development. In addition, the practice frequently acts in the mobility sector and advises, for instance, automotive companies on the procurement of vehicle software and on development cooperations, and in close cooperation with the firm's IP department also covers matters related to discontinued components of internet infrastructures. The group is also experienced in relevant regulatory matters. Matthias Orthwein heads the team, which also includes Elisabeth Noltenius, who made partner in January 2021, and Daniel Meßmer; the latter is particularly experienced in IT infrastructure and network protection.

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‘Matthias Orthwein is a very experienced IT lawyer who is well received by the client and has a pleasant way of negotiating contracts.’

Key clients


LinkedIn Ireland

Adidas AG

ESport League

Robert Bosch GmbH

Luneau Technology Deutschland GmbH

Red Bull GmbH

Wort&Bild Verlag

1822direkt Gesellschaft der Frankfurter Sparkasse GmbH


Work highlights

  • Advising Apple on regulatory issues and compliance requirements at the intersection of IT and media law.
  • Support of Robert Bosch GmbH in contract negotiations for a cooperation with a Chinese provider of AI systems and data pools for autonomous driving.
  • Advising a number of companies on the establishment of a world league in e-sports (CS:GO), including all marketing rights for corresponding digital products and data licensing.

Information technology > IT transactions and outsourcing Tier 2

As part of the firm's full digital business offering, SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's team led by Matthias Orthwein advises medium-sized companies and corporations on the development and expansion of digital business models and the execution of IT projects and outsourcing projects. Through close cooperation with other practice groups, the team offers a 360-degree service which also includes representation in outsourcing disputes and advice on the commercial and industrial use of AI and virtual reality. The client base encompasses numerous clients from regulated sectors such as  banking and automotive. Elisabeth Noltenius made partner in January 2021.

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equensWorldline SE Germany


Robert Bosch GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising equensWorldline SE Germany on an outsourcing project.
  • Transaction-related advice to various clients on the establishment of a world league in eSports.
  • Transaction-related advice to Robert Bosch GmbH on strategically important technology-related company acquisitions and on the cooperation with a Chinese provider of AI technologies for autonomous driving.

Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 2

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte is a particularly good choice for competition law matters in the areas IT, digital business and media. With an advisory focus on branded content, influencer marketing and eSports, practice head Sascha Pres and his team clearly stand out among competitors. Growth was noticeable in the medicinal cannabis, sports goods and FMCG fields. In addition to its activity in the development of protection strategies for goods and services, the group also handles disputes, increasingly in cross-border proceedings. The in-house legal tech initiative offers clients tailor-made solutions to increase the efficiency of advice. Ulrich Hildebrandt moved to Hildebrandt in January 2021, while in January 2022, Oliver Stöckel from von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB, who is particularly well versed in trade mark and competition law in the pharmaceutical industry, joined the team.

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Procter & Gamble

OTD Oil Trading

BMF Media Information Technology

Aristo Pharma


Sanity Group

El Pato Medien

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 3

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte‘s advice on trade mark law mirrors the firm’s industry focus on the IT, digital economy, media and technology sectors. Among the key topics are e-sports, branded content, including influencer marketing, as well as medicinal cannabis and the growth area FMCG, especially pertaining to the food and cosmetics industries. The service offering also includes strategic portfolio advice and licensing agreements, including distribution matters, and the increasingly busy litigation practice. The latter primarily expanded with cross-border mandates, with additional expertise from the TerraLex network, among others. The importance of legal tech was emphasised with the founding of the SKW@Tech GmbH. Led by practice head Sascha Pres in Berlin, the group also includes Margret Knitter and Dorothee Altenburg in Munich, who have longstanding expertise in IP, Berlin-based Sandra Sophia Redeker , Markus Brock as well as  Markus von Fuchs and Magnus Hirsch in Frankfurt. Ulrich Hildebrandt joined Hildebrandt in January 2021.

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‘Sandra Redeker is super flexible, always available and has an extraordinary ability to identify and solve problems.’

‘Fully dedicated IP team led by Sandra Redeker, a lawyer with a sharp mind whose advice is always worth listening to.’

Key clients

On Clouds / On AG

FitX Beteiligungs GmbH

Merck KGaA

Borussia Dortmund

VF Konzern (The North Face, Vans Inc.)


Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG

Webasto SE

Procter & Gamble

Deutsche Bahn

Gitti GmbH


Work highlights

  • Legal representation of On Clouds GmbH in a comprehensive cross-border IP dispute against PUMA and the e-sports provider Cloud9 Inc.
  • Lead Counsel for Oatly.  

Media > Press and publishing Tier 3

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's media team, headed by Konstantin Wegner, also fields an established press and publishing law practice whose expertise further covers the interface to IP and digital business; Johann Heyde regularly represents publishers on consent declarations for digital content, while counsel Pia Sökeland frequently assists with judicial and extrajudicial disputes pertaining to freedom of speech and privacy. The group recently advised a publisher on a high-volume matter in the pharmaceutical publishing sector, which related to the digital cooperation between Google and the Federal Ministry of Health.

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‘Technically first league. Responsive. Great for both complex issues and high-frequency day-to-day business.’

‘Konstantin Wegner: technically well-founded; Leads a well-organized team, always with an eye on the bigger picture. Pia Sökeland: Outstanding litigator in press and copyright law, highest competence, always client- and solution-oriented.’

‘The best in book publishing: pragmatic, creative, hands-on’

‘Johann Heyde is a very good contract lawyer with a very good market overview in the areas of publishing, marketing and music. He is a very convincing negotiator and works consistently and reliably.’

‘Johann Heyde: very good strategist, negotiator and litigator; in-depth knowledge of copyright and media law; in particular also the law of the collecting societies.’

‘Kontantin Wegner is a leading media lawyer. Competent, well networked, experienced.’

Key clients

Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe GmbH

Piper Verlag GmbH

Europa Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

PAL Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

Work highlights

  • Legal support and litigation of a publisher against the Federal Ministry of Health because of digital cooperation between Google and the Federal Ministry of Health wg. portal.
  • Comprehensive support and advice to Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe GmbH on media and freedom of speech law, in particular handling disputes related to freedom of speech.
  • Intensive copyright and contractual support for PAL Verlagsgesellschaft mbH in all publishing areas.

Trade and distribution > Foreign trade law Tier 4

In foreign trade law, SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte primarily advises on customs and export control law as well as excise law. Clients are also represented before financial courts and the ECJ, which often involve fines and criminal proceedings. Jürgen Sparr heads the practice and advises on the entire spectrum of foreign trade law with a particular focus on anti-dumping law and customs audits. Counsel Sven Pohl is well versed in customs law and excise tax law, he also conducts internal compliance reviews.

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‘Very high level of competence and very practical advice from the team Mr. Pohl and Dr. Sparr in terms of foreign trade and export control issues. Very good contacts at BAFA and Ministry of Economic Affairs round off the team even in the most difficult situations.’

‘We are constantly asked whether a procedure can also be implemented in practice and where topics can arise as a result. There is active questioning and thinking about the information given.’

Key clients

Lapmaster Wolters GmbH

F. REYHER Nchfg. GmbH & Co. KG


ZOBA Zollberatung und -abwicklung GmbH

Oerlikon Friction Systems (Germany) GmbH

Jebsen & Jessen GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Lapmaster Wolters GmbH in dealings with BAFA on export control issues.
  • Representing a trading company in opposition and lawsuit proceedings to defend against anti-dumping duties.
  • Defending a manufacturer of technical components in preliminary proceedings; Support in the reorganization of internal customs and export processes.

Trade and distribution > Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 4

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte ‘s expertise in commercial, distribution and logistics law includes advising on contracts, commercial agency and antitrust law as well as merger control and clients’ representation in court. Innovative topics, such as trade 4.0 are also becoming increasingly more important, for example in the development of a legal tech tool for distribution companies. The practice is headed by Oliver Korte and Niels Witt, with the former being responsible for commercial and distribution law matters and the latter handling logistics. Retail companies and departments are mainly advised by Jürgen Sparr on project and contract-related matters and antitrust issues.

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‘The law firm has very good interdisciplinary specialist lawyers whose expertise complements each other seamlessly. Even international issues and disputes are carefully clarified and coordinated with the client via the leading contact lawyer and, thanks to the high level of internal expertise, almost without research. ‘

‘Our interests have been represented by SKW Schwarz for over 12 years. Mostly by the co-owner Mr. Korte, occasionally by Mr. Witt. The factual manner, the negotiating skills, the quick and, above all, correct legal assessment should be emphasized. The skills during court proceedings are also shaped by strategy, conviction, legal certainty and, if necessary, assertiveness.’

‘Proactive and thinking outside the box. For a larger firm, we feel we’re getting a very bespoke personal approach, which is refreshing.’

‘This is where a great deal of know-how, a great willingness to serve, professionalism and a pleasant working relationship come together. I’ve gotten to know that differently at other law firms.’

‘Oliver Korte deserves his very good reputation because he has very deep knowledge. In addition, he is able very quickly to provide his legal expertise of a very high quality, so that this can serve as the basis for a good decision. I therefore value him very much as an intellectual sparring partner and always look forward to the exchange.’

‘Oliver Korte provides a very conscientious and knowledgeable service. Thinks outside the box and offers very personal advice.’

‘A very professional and communicative team, fast and constructive, uncomplicated advice.’

‘Always in touch and ready to help.’

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to a gas station chain with several hundred gas stations on various commercial, contract and sales law issues.
  • Ongoing advice to VELUX Deutschland GmbH on various commercial, contract and sales law issues.
  • Advising an Italian motorcycle manufacturer on commercial, contractual and distribution law issues.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 5

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte is experienced in corporate, commercial, finance and liability law issues and has most recently been entrusted with contentious supply chain matters and cross-border trade disputes. The firm has a longstanding focus on technology and media and thus also covers related IT and data protection disputes. Arndt Tetzlaff, who is experienced in mediation and arbitration, heads the group, which also includes counsel Kerstin Aust, who acts before state and arbitration courts, and Oliver Korte, who specialises in commercial and distribution law disputes. Andreas Seidel joined Schalast & Partner Rechtsanwälte in late summer 2020.

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‘The practice at SKW Schwarz is extremely service-oriented. In addition, the entire law firm has been very strong in digital communication for years, which simplifies many steps and is simply up-to-date.’

‘Mr. Tetzlaff has in-depth specialist knowledge in his field and an exceptionally pleasant personality, which impresses with professionalism and humor in the right place. In addition, he can communicate at eye level, is approachable and at the same time a very assertive lawyer in court.’

‘Very good accessibility and fast processing by the team. High quality of processing by all team members.’

‘Frequent collaboration with Arndt Tetzlaff. Comprehensive reconsideration of legal positions. Convincing representation in pleadings and very flexible/spontaneous response in court when required. Clearly indicates the risks in advance during the consultation.’

‘The law firm has specialists in practically every field. You can fall back on this even if you are working with a specific person on the case.’

‘Mr. Tetzlaff has outstanding ideas and is able to take unconventional paths at the client’s request.’

‘Arndt Tetzlaff: Very good thematic induction, proactive recommendations for action, clever process strategies.’

‘Very good team for complex civil litigation. The litigation team at SKW convinces with the good cooperation of specialists across all locations and departments of the law firm. In court proceedings, tax and corporate law aspects are also perfectly prepared in this way and convincingly presented to the court by SKW’s litigation team.’

Key clients

Home Away Inc.

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Signal Iduna Gruppe

Schufa Holding

Expedia Inc.


Hanwha Q Cells


GEHE Pharma Handel GmbH

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 5

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's 'always very committed and very constructive' procurement law practice has expertise across all procurement matters in relation to emergency services and civil protection. René Kieselmann in Berlin heads the practice and has particularly made a name for himself with two successful ECJ cases. The team often cooperates across practices and also assists with procurement in the healthcare sector, in relation to planning and construction projects and in the IT sector.

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‘We have always experienced the law firm as very committed and very constructive. The law firm’s competence and uncomplicated way of working and communication have always helped us.’

‘In Mr. René M. Kieselmann, we got to know a likeable and highly competent lawyer who has helped us on several occasions in the meantime, always in an uncomplicated and committed manner on issues relating to procurement law.’

Key clients

Landkreis-Sächsische Schweiz Osterzgebirge

Landkreis Oberspreewald-Lausitz


Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Landesverband Berliner Rotes Kreuz e.V. und Tochtergesellschaft SWB gGmbH


WIRO Wohnen in Rostock Wohngesellschaft mbH

Taboule Cateringservice GmbH


DRK Kreisverband Naumburg/Nebra e.V.

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Rettungs- und Einsatzdienste Düsseldorf gGmbH

Bereichsausschuss für den Rettungsdienst im Ortenaukreis

SAVD Videodolmetschen GmbH

SGB Schutz & Sicherheit GmbH

Bayerisches Rotes Kreuz Landesverband

INFODAS Gesellschaft für Systementwicklung und Informationsverarbeitung mbH

DRK Landesverband Thüringen e.V.

WHG Wohnungsbau- und Hausverwaltungs-GmbH

NEUWOGES Neubrandenburger Wohnungsgesellschaft mbH

Abraxas, die Küche – Ausbildungsbetrieb gGmbH

TAMAJA Berlin GmbH

Luna Restaurant GmbH

DRK Kreisverband Weserbergland e.V.

Zweckverband für Rettungsdienst und Feuerwehralarmierung Saar

DRK Deutsches Rotes Kreuz e.V. Generalsekretariat

Work highlights

  • Advising the non-profit German Red Cross (DRK) Society, which set up vaccination centers at six locations in Berlin within a very short period of time and provides extensive medical (including in cooperation with the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians) and other services there.
  • Support for the district of Oberspreewald-Lausitz in the tender for rescue services/civil protection.
  • Advice on public procurement law to the Vogtland district on the award of technical consulting services for further broadband expansion.

Germany > Employment

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte advises medium-sized companies and international corporations on day-to-day employment law, especially at the interface with IT and data protection. The group also represents clients in litigation proceedings.

Germany > Private clients and non-profits

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's Christoph Meyer  and his team ‘does an excellent job‘ in advising foundations as well as in assisting with family law.

Ihre Herausforderungen von morgen sind unser Antrieb von heute.

SKW Schwarz ist eine unabhängige Kanzlei mit über 300 Mitarbeitenden. Wir haben über 130 Anwältinnen und Anwälte, vier Standorte und einen gemeinsamen Anspruch: Wir denken weiter. In einer Welt, in der alles in Bewegung ist, braucht es eine Rechtsberatung, die Veränderung als Chance erkennt. Die da weitermacht, wo andere aufhören. Die sich komplexen Themen ebenso leidenschaftlich widmet wie neuen Technologien, neuen Märkten und neuen Herausforderungen. Eine Rechtsberatung, die auf Partnerschaft basiert und nicht nur redet. Sondern etwas bewegt.

Obwohl wir uns intensiv mit Zukunftsthemen beschäftigen, arbeiten wir täglich mit einer Technik, die es schon sehr lange gibt: Wir hören zu. Wir analysieren und schaffen Klarheit. Wir denken voraus und finden neue Antworten. Wir versuchen das Unmögliche, um das Mögliche zu erreichen. Denn nur so können wir auch Rechtsfragen kompetent beantworten, für die es noch keine Antworten gibt. Dies erfordert Mut und eine vertrauensvolle Zusammenarbeit als Team. Nicht nur vor Ort, sondern auch mit allen Beteiligten weltweit: Als Mitglied von TerraLex sind wir eine international operierende und global vernetzte Kanzlei. Davon profitieren Sie doppelt: Sie erhalten noch mehr Kompetenz und können sich darauf verlassen, dass wir Ihre Interessen überall dort vertreten, wo es erforderlich ist. Schnell, konsequent und erfolgreich. Wir nennen das: Vernetztes Handeln für nachhaltige Ergebnisse. Unsere Mandanten nennen es: Typisch SKW Schwarz!

Als Full-Service-Kanzlei beraten wir in allen relevanten Gebieten des Wirtschaftsrechts. Auch in einem Bereich, der für Unternehmen besonders wichtig ist: der Zukunft. Deshalb arbeiten wir schon heute in den wesentlichen Rechtsbereichen von morgen. Digitaler Wandel, disruptive Technologien und innovative Geschäftsmodelle verändern alles. Die juristischen Fragen, die hier täglich neu entstehen, sind unsere Leidenschaft. Dabei sind wir in den Bereichen IT & Digital Business, Intellectual Property sowie Medien und Entertainment besonders stark. Über Digitalisierung reden wir übrigens nicht nur, sondern leben sie. Deshalb haben wir einen eigenen Legal Tech Bereich aufgebaut und unsere Aktivitäten seit 2018 konsequent weiterentwickelt, um Prozesse zu vereinfachen, neue Lösungen anzubieten und kosteneffizienter zu arbeiten.

Sie finden SKW Schwarz nicht nur in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg und München, sondern auch in der internationalen Fachpresse. Zum Beispiel in der Handelsblatt-Liste Deutschlands Beste Anwälte 2020 oder im JUVE-Ranking Top50 2020. Obwohl uns diese Bewertungen freuen und motivieren, gibt es etwas, das uns noch wichtiger ist: Ihre Meinung. Denn wir wissen, dass man Vertrauen nicht gewinnen kann. Man muss es sich erarbeiten.

Arbeitsrecht Alexander Mö
Bankenrecht und Finanzierung Frank van
Gesellschaftsrecht / M&A Dr. Stephan
Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz (IP) Dr. Sascha
Handels- und Vertriebsrecht Oliver
Insolvenzrecht und Sanierung Jan M.
Medien und Entertainment Norbert
Öffentliches Wirtschaftsrecht Klaus
Private Clients Christoph
Prozesse, Schiedsverfahren & Mediation, Versicherungsrecht Arndt
Real Estate Christine
Steuerrecht Heiko
Transport- und Logistikrecht Niels
Vergaberecht René M.
Jan M. Antholz, MBA photoMr Jan M. Antholz, MBAPartner Certified Expert in Insolvency Law Rechtsanwalt
Jens Borchardt, LL.M. photoMr Jens Borchardt, LL.M.Partner Certified Expert in IT Law Certified Expert in Copyright and Media…
Bettina-Axenia Bugus-Fahrenhorst photoMs Bettina-Axenia Bugus-FahrenhorstPartner Rechtsanwältin, Banker
Jan-Sören Grundmann photoMr Jan-Sören GrundmannAssociate Certified Expert for Transportation and Shipping Law Rechtsanwalt, Banker
Oliver Korte photoMr Oliver KortePartner Certified Expert for Commercial and Corporate Law Rechtsanwalt
Christine Lingenfelser, LL.M. (London School of Economics) photoMs Christine Lingenfelser, LL.M. (London School of Economics)Partner Rechtsanwältin
Stephan Neubauer photoMr Stephan NeubauerPartner Certified Expert for Insolvency Law Rechtsanwalt, Business Mediator
Niels Witt photoDr Niels WittPartner Certified Expert for Transportation and Shipping Law Rechtsanwalt
Frank van Alen photoMr Frank van AlenPartner Certified Expert in Banking and Finance Law Rechtsanwalt, Banker
Mareike van Alen, LL.B. (London) photoMs Mareike van Alen, LL.B. (London)Associate Rechtsanwältin
Anzahl der Anwälte und Anwältinnen : 120
Anzahl der Partner und Partnerinnen : 70

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