Firm Profile > SKW Schwarz > Hamburg, Germany

SKW Schwarz
Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 1
20459 Hamburg

Media > Entertainment Tier 1

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte continues to be one of the most important media firms in Germany. In recent years, the practice's traditional core expertise in film advice has been supplemented by new elements which are now contributing to the group's continuous success. While the service offering was expanded by music rights expertise, the advice to the film industry continues to attract the highest praise and merit. Here, Mathias Schwarz was able to negotiate a tariff contract for short-term work during film productions, which lightened the burden of filmmakers unsettled by the pandemic; thereby, the group's expertise in employment law was particularly important. The highly regarded Martin Diesbach advises the largest companies worldwide on media and copyright law as well as regulatory and licensing issues. And practice head Norbert Klingner specialises in film and series productions where he represents producers, animation service providers and global distribution companies.

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'The SKW Schwarz media team is technically excellent, business fluent, results-oriented. Top law firm. '

'Norbert Klingner is very strong in national and international media law. He also has a lot of experience on the distribution and broadcast side, so that he can ideally support legal issues. He is also very well networked with colleagues from other specialist areas. '

'Continue to set the market standard in excellent advice on all media law issues.'

'Norbert Klingner has put together an extremely friendly, courteous and technically outstanding team. The office is well organized. Even with a high volume of work, urgent matters are always prioritized according to the situation. Extremely committed, highly qualified advice on the diverse range of topics in international licensing law. When it comes to specific expertise from other specialist areas (labor law, insolvency law), he draws on other colleagues. Really excellent job. '

'Norbert Klingner is an extremely committed lawyer with many years of experience. One of the best media lawyers in Germany. He is always up to date with the latest regulations in copyright law, the Film Funding Act, etc. He advises extremely far-sighted and professionally flawless. A special feature is that he is extremely transparent to his clients and tries to convey his knowledge at all times. '

Key clients


Beta Film

Münchner Verlagsgruppe

Fundacio Gala- Salvador Dali

Blue eyes Fiction

SamFilm GmbH


Wiedemann & Berg


Grid Esports

Koch Films

The Match Factory

Epic Games (“Fortnite”)

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Information technology > Data protection Tier 2

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's broad data protection practice offers high-quality advice at various interfaces. Due to a hotline service, the group has asserted itself as a strategic advisor of the cyber insurance sector on data breaches and further expanded its competencies in the data security space. Data protection litigation is another area whose successful establishment led to attracting outstanding instructions. Hereby, the group focuses on defending clients against claims of affected individuals, also before the European Court of Justice. Most recently, the team further advised on the development and implementation of extinguishing concepts as well as data protection-compliant business processes; practice head Matthias Orthwein leads the advice in many of these projects. Oliver Hornung is an expert in developing data protection concepts, GDPR implementation and IT compliance.

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'The lawyers at SKW Schwarz have very well-founded and broad expertise in all matters of IT and data protection law. Due to the many years of experience and the size of the team, even very complex issues can be dealt with promptly, carefully and competently. The team impresses with creative and innovative solutions that are precisely tailored to the client. '

'Matthias Orthwein advises at a very high technical level and with great professionalism.'

'Matthias Ortwein is an extremely knowledgeable and reliable contact person.'

'Oliver Hornung is very competent with a very broad knowledge base in data protection and information technology. Matthias Orthwein is a team player in the cooperation and results-oriented in the interests of the client. '

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E.ON Energie Deutschland GmbH


IKEA Deutschland

CNA Hardy Versicherung

Commerzbank AG

Deutscher Tierschutzbund

DIEHL Stiftung & Co. KG

Webasto SE

Robert Bosch Power Tools

Toll4Europe GmbH

Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation Tier 2

With the help of strong synergies between the renowned media practice and its IP and IT departments, SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte has accomplished an exceedingly successful combination; hence, leading digital content platforms represent the group's main clients. However, the reach of its stand-alone advice on IT security and traditional IT contract law is not to be underestimated, where established German and international, medium-sized as well as large companies instruct the firm. Particularly notable is also its focus on e-sports which has been strategically expanded. Matthias Orthwein heads the IT and digital business practice and focuses of the digitalisation of processes and products as well as on internet of things.

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'Very pragmatic and precise, excellent legal analysis.'

'The mix is very good, i.e. very competent colleagues are called in for individual legal questions. Despite the high workload, necessary agreements and inquiries are processed at short notice and further elaboration is accepted. '

'' Always available and focused on the client. Very transparent billing.

Julian Westpfahl is always there for the customer and can be reached even on vacation. Always think of the client first. '

'Matthias Orthwein: Experienced partner in IT law. Well received by the department. '

'Martin Schweinoch – well-known in the market, extremely well prepared, battle-tested, technically up-to-date, excellent analytical understanding.'

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Giesecke & Devrient

Motorola Solutions Inc.

Robert Bosch

LoveScout24 (FriendScout24 GmbH)

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Krones AG

Commerzbank AG

Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 2

In the competition law space, SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte focuses on e-sports as well as branded content and influencer marketing, while in 2019/20 the group also strengthened its position in the medical cannabis and know-how protection areas as well as its advice to life sciences and pharmaceutical companies. The firm follows an interdisciplinary approach which builds on the incorporation of experts from other areas, for instance media and IT, to advise on its various topics. In January 2020, the Berlin-based Sascha Pres made partner which underlined the firm's litigation practice. Practice head Margret Knitter in Munich assists with strategic matters as well as judicial disputes.

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' Margret Knitter is a top trademark and competition lawyer who has an excellent track record and is very technology-savvy. When providing advice, she is always up to date with the latest trends and has excellent knowledge that she knows how to use. She is also very pleasant to work with. '

' Very responsive and practical advice. Competent contacts are always available. '

' Margret Knitter is an excellent lawyer. Very good legal knowledge, but at the same time very practical and precise in advice. Understand exactly the needs of the client. Can always be reached by phone or email and never leaves a request unanswered. '

Key clients

Velux Deutschland

Procter & Gamble

OTD Oil Trading

BMF Media Information Technology

Aristo Pharma


Sanity Group

El Pato Medien

Information technology > IT transactions and outsourcing Tier 3

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte has wide-ranging competencies in the outsourcing and IT transactions space which contribute to its strong positioning in the technology segment. The practice's profile further sharpened with the arrival of technology transaction specialist Martin Böttger, who joined from Fieldfisher in April 2019. The team is increasingly attracting instructions for important IT transactions and for instance advised clients such as Bosch on joint ventures and strategic technology-related transactions. Here, practice head Matthias Orthwein was a key figure.

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Robert Bosch





Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 3

With the partner promotion of Sascha Pres in January 2020, SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte underlined the importance of its dispute resolution practice as a central pillar of its soft IP advice. The firm has earned a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking addresses in the market, which is not least due to the further development of its IT and data protection-related IP advice, the specialist expertise in the e-sports space as well as in branded content, advertising and influencer marketing and its experience in advising on medical cannabis as part of its growing life sciences and pharmaceutical practice. With five offices in Germany, the group is always close to its clients and provides a broad team set-up. Munich-based Margret Knitter, who comprehensively advises on IP and competition law, heads the team that also includes Berlin-based trade mark lawyer Ulrich Hildebrandt.

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' SKW is one of the progressive law firms in the IP and especially in the trademark area. The law firm is always up to date with the latest developments and technologies and therefore 'next generation' for us to the long-established IP law firms. Of course, from our point of view, the partners / lawyers have excellent expertise and high skills in procedural law. '

' Very closely interwoven team in which everyone is in top form. '

' Excellent quality and very accessible. You are ready to take responsibility and provide efficient advice. '

'' A high level of competence with the partner, fast reaction times, very good external network for international trademark applications. '

' SKW Schwarz is characterized by a high level of professionalism and client affinity. '

' SKW Schwarz is an extremely progressive law firm in terms of IP that always manages to get close to the latest developments and thus has a lead over the competition. '

' Sandra Sophie Redeker and Sascha Pres are very competent lawyers, efficient and quick to react. You have in-depth knowledge of demanding cross-border IP disputes, coordinate the individual proceedings perfectly and anticipate problems that arise. '

'' Distinct brand know-how – high level of consulting competence – very pleasant cooperation with partner Sandra Redeker. '

' Sandra Redeker and her team are reliable, fast and always ready to support us in our IP matters. '

' Sandra Redeker is a great team leader. She quickly understands our complex issues and leads her team to implement the best possible solution. Very well connected and pragmatic, she is the perfect business partner. '

' The full commitment of Sascha Pres in his mandates is very much appreciated. '

' Sascha Pres: Rising Star at SKW. It fits seamlessly into the experts at SKW. High legal skills! '

' Markus Brock is an extremely competent legal advisor and advisor in trademark law and data protection issues. His technical expertise also regularly asserts itself in the drafting of contracts with our contractual partners. He can present the legal context and conclusions to the client exceptionally well at any time. '

' Margret Knitter and Ulrich Hildebrandt as well as Sascha Pres are particularly recommended. '

' Ulrich Hildebrand is' the brain' in trademark law. His knowledge is inexhaustible and his publications in this area are also valuable for a trademark lawyer outside Germany. '

' Ulrich Hildebrandt is the' mastermind 'of trademark law. It is a changing lexicon in trademark law and UWG. He has every decision ready in his head and knows how to apply it. Arguments are extremely difficult for every opponent. '

' Margret Knitter is a very good trademark and competition lawyer who has an excellent track record and is very technology savvy. When providing advice, she is always up to date with the latest technologies and has excellent knowledge that she knows how to use. She is also very pleasant to work with . '

' Margret Knitter is very accessible and knowledgeable. She is also extremely pragmatic and always keeps the strategic perspective in mind. '

' Margret Knitter: She thinks progressively about trends in society that could have an impact on the IP in order to be able to react quickly and precisely for the client. '

' Margret Knitter is very clever and engaging. It puts a lot of effort into penetrating the sectors it covers (e.g. social media, food). She is easily accessible and always does an excellent job. '

' Margret Knitter is an exceptional lawyer, very accurate, very accessible. Very experienced in trademark and competition law. Your advice is always clearly formulated and pragmatic. '

Key clients

Epic Games (Fortnite)

Margarete Steiff GmbH

Procter & Gamble

Aurelius Group

VF Konzern (The North Face, Vans Inc.)


Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG

Webasto SE

Hologate GmbH

Media > Press and publishing Tier 3

The 'top informed' and 'very well-organised' press and publishing team at SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte impresses with 'promptness, care, precision and advice'. The client base includes notable publishing companies, particularly in the book, newspaper and magazine sphere, which appreciate practice head  Konstantin Wegner's professionalism, Johann Heyde's know-how and Pia Sökeland's performance. Right of privacy and freedom of speech disputes in and out of court constitute the practice's central pillar.

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'Well informed, really very well organized.'

'Johann Heyde is absolutely competent and has super comprehensive know-how for all inquiries, which you can always rely on.'

'Top speed in answering questions with well-founded specialist knowledge.'

'Friendliness, understanding of the situation, openness, communication, speed, care, precision, but also advice and decision support.'

'Johann Heyde, his clear vision for the best and often the most realistic way. Remarkable ability to assess the other side and to derive instructions for action. '

'Konstantin Wegner is competent, well connected, full of ideas and fair.'

'Pia Sökeland does an excellent job with legal defenses'.

Trade and distribution > Foreign trade law Tier 4

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte primarily handles contentious foreign trade law, defending clients in investigative proceedings, among other procedures. The practice is led by Jürgen Sparr, who has a personal focus on anti-dumping law as well as on representing clients in customs audits. Counsel Sven Pohl is experienced in setting up and optimising internal control systems and customs compliance systems.

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Jebsen & Jessen

Trade and distribution > Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 4

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte provides clients across a wide range of sectors with broad commercial and distribution law advice, including contract law, franchising and disputes. As well as acting as arbitrator, practice head Oliver Korte has a focus on contract law in the sale and purchase of goods. Niels Witt heads the team in Hamburg and counts many shippers and forwarders among his clients. Recently, the team, working across various practices, has also dedicated much of its time handling trade and logistics 4.0 matters, such as issues pertaining to the use of smart glasses in the logistics sector.

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Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 5

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte focuses on disputes with regard to trade, liability and coverage law as well as on civil proceedings. The team especially has experience in proceedings following the disruption of delivery chains, a particular advantage in recent times with regard to the corona crisis. Practice head Arndt Tetzlaff advises insurance companies and banks on disputed situations. Oliver Korte and Andreas Seidel are also key contacts.

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Very good technical competence, tactical skills, careful litigation.

‘In addition to excellent legal expertise, Arndt Tetzlaff has a very good understanding of the industry and the realities of a commercial enterprise.’

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GEHE Pharma Handel GmbH

Home Away Inc.

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Signal Iduna Gruppe

Schufa Holding

Expedia Inc.

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 5

The flagship of SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte's procurement practice is its advice to participants in the emergency services and civil protection areas. Here, the network and expertise of practice head René Kieselmann is of great importance. The team's competence in advising on IT issues related to procurement projects of the public authorities is also notable, where the team advises both contracting authorities as well as bidders.

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' The law firm embodies a very competent and professional demeanor, which is reflected in very intensive support that meets the requirements. For complex legal issues, the law firm uses both its broadly diverse expertise and in-depth specialist knowledge in special areas. This makes it particularly clear what level of experience the law firm has in the area of procurement law. '

' Mr Kieselmann is particularly capable of classifying specific legal questions for an individual constellation and is therefore able to offer advice that is strongly tailored to the needs of the client. In doing so, he benefits greatly from his own professional experience in the field of rescue services and thereby links the higher-level legal framework components of the rescue service with the effects in practical application. In our experience, he always invests a lot of time in his advice in order to involve us as a client in the decision-making processes and to participate in the strategic direction. '

' What makes the team unique is the efficient, solution-oriented and rapid response to questions of all types of public procurement law. Ambiguities, questions and problems are answered in such a way that even “non-lawyers” understand them. The team is coordinated with each other and even if a team member is not present, you are well informed about the representation. '

' Particularly outstanding are Dr. Matthias Pajunk (Counsel, specialist lawyer for public procurement law) and Mr. Rene Kieselmann (partner, specialist lawyer for public procurement law). Questions and problems are answered in a technically excellent manner, new ideas and perspectives are also introduced when accompanying the award procedure, hints and problems are pointed out, objectivity and calm are conveyed in difficult award procedures. We feel that we are in very, very good hands with this law firm and especially with these two contact persons. One or the other personal word is also often told on the phone, so that a pleasant atmosphere is created during phone calls or personal appointments. '

Key clients

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, Kreisverband Solingen e.V.

WHG Wohnungsbau- und Hausverwaltungs-GmbH Eberswalde

Luna Restaurant GmbH

Rettungszweckverband “Südwestsachsen” Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts

VDSKC (Verband Deutscher Schul- und Kita Caterer e.V.)

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbeitsrecht Alexander Möller
Bankenrecht und Finanzierung Frank van Alen
Gesellschaftsrecht / M&A Dr. Stephan Morsch
Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz (IP) Dr. Sascha Pres
Handels- und Vertriebsrecht Oliver Korte
Insolvenzrecht und Sanierung Jan M. Antholz
Medien und Entertainment Norbert Klingner
Öffentliches Wirtschaftsrecht Klaus Jankowski
Private Clients Christoph Meyer
Prozesse, Schiedsverfahren & Mediation, Versicherungsrecht Arndt Tetzlaff
Real Estate Christine Lingenfelser
Steuerrecht Heiko Wunderlich
Transport- und Logistikrecht Niels Witt
Vergaberecht René M. KIeselmann
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jan M. Antholz, MBA photo Jan M. Antholz, MBA Partner Certified Expert in Insolvency Law Rechtsanwalt
 Jens Borchardt, LL.M. photo Jens Borchardt, LL.M. Partner Certified Expert in IT Law Certified Expert in Copyright and Media…
Ms Bettina-Axenia  Bugus  photo Ms Bettina-Axenia  Bugus Partner Rechtsanwältin, Banker
 Jan-Sören Grundmann photo Jan-Sören Grundmann Associate Certified Expert for Transportation and Shipping Law Rechtsanwalt, Banker
 Oliver Korte photo Oliver Korte Partner Certified Expert for Commercial and Corporate Law Rechtsanwalt
Ms Christine  Lingenfelser, LL.M. (London School of Economics)  photo Ms Christine  Lingenfelser, LL.M. (London School of Economics) Partner Rechtsanwältin
 Stephan Neubauer photo Stephan Neubauer Partner Certified Expert for Insolvency Law Rechtsanwalt, Business Mediator
 Sven Pohl photo Sven Pohl Counsel Rechtsanwalt
Dr Jürgen Sparr, LL.M.  photo Dr Jürgen Sparr, LL.M. Partner Rechtsanwalt
Dr Niels Witt  photo Dr Niels Witt Partner Certified Expert for Transportation and Shipping Law Rechtsanwalt
 Frank van Alen photo Frank van Alen Partner Certified Expert in Banking and Finance Law Rechtsanwalt, Banker
 Mareike van Alen, LL.B. (London) photo Mareike van Alen, LL.B. (London) AssociateRechtsanwältin
Mr Jan-Christian von Eye  photo Mr Jan-Christian von Eye Senior Associate Rechtsanwalt
Anzahl der Anwälte und Anwältinnen : 120
Anzahl der Partner und Partnerinnen : 70

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