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Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Financial services: regulatory Tier 4

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH covers a broad spectrum of regulatory matters, leading to regular instructions from credit institutions, securities service providers, payment service providers and increasingly from unregulated companies. These clients receive advice on Brexit-related matters as well as on licensing and owner control proceedings and on payment services regulatory law issues. In other work, the team demonstrates its fintech experience in advising German and international corporations and fintech providers on regulatory structuring issues, licence applications and on negotiating and drafting cooperation agreements. Foreign fintechs also instruct Mathias Hanten's team to assist with entering the German market. White-collar crime expert Alexander Heist left the firm in September 2018 to found Heist Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mBH.


‘Well connected to other practice areas such as IT.’

‘The team’s expertise includes a variety of business models including financial services providers and payment transactions.’

‘Mathias Hanten is a very pleasant, long-term and personal point of contact.’

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 6

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH predominantly advises international corporations with investment aspirations on mid-cap transactions, often including cross-border aspects. The transactional assistance is complemented with cross-practice advice on financial and tax law. Markus Schackmann and Michael von Rüden in Düsseldorf jointly head the practice.


A pragmatic instead of dogmatic approach.

Solution-oriented working.

The legal team at Deloitte is from the first moment of contact until the project implementation consistently courteous, very quick, 100% skilled and 100% reliable.

Key clients

TRIMET Aluminium SE

capiton AG

Main Capital Partners B.V.

Refresco Deutschland GmbH

KYOCERA Document Solutions

TÜV Rheinland AG

Verifone Holding GmbH

Covestro AG

Rheinische Post Mediengruppe


Primetals Technologies

Mondelez Deutschland GmbH

DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH

Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG


B3i Services AG

Honda Motor Europe Limited

Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG (SMAG)


Teijin Frontier Co. , Ltd. Japan

Grupo Alimentario Citrus, S.L., Spanien

Gerflor SAS

cws boco International GmbH

SCM Group. Italy

ADC Blackfire Entertainment s.r.o.

Circ IT GmbH & Co. KG

DVV Media Group GmbH

David Hain und Tobias Hain

CIBT Gruppe

Ganahl AG

Unity Semiconductor SAS, Frankreich

Tax Tier 7

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises on measures to prevent corruption and on the implementation of criminal tax law compliance and preventative measures. The team also defends high-net-worth individuals and executives in pre-litigation and court proceedings with tax authorities - this is one of the practice's key areas of expertise and also includes tax audits, the correction of tax returns and self-disclosures. In the non-contentious space, the team regularly deals with VAT and transactional matters. Team co-heads Heiko Ramcke and Christian-Alexander Neuling provide assistance with the submission of declarations and tax law issues pertaining to restructuring and conversion processes.

The firm

Experience the future of law, today. In an ever more global, interconnected and complex world, companies need smart lawyers who bring more to the table than legal advice and memoranda. They need their legal advisors to work better, faster and with lower total cost. Someone who knows their business and industry, yet thinks and works in new ways. A steady hand at the centre of the transformation all around. An expert in law, commerce and technology, who is able to serve its clients globally. An accomplished confidante who is both pragmatic and pioneering.

With more than 2,000 legal professionals in over 80 countries around the globe and more than 130 lawyers in Germany, Deloitte Legal invites businesses to experience the future of law, today.

In working with Deloitte Legal, companies can benefit from a commercial mindset that integrates legal, business and industry expertise. Deloitte Legal knows that legal matters don’t happen in a vacuum but emerge from real-world demands and permeate every aspect of business. The firm thinks not only like lawyers but like business people – seeking to understand your specific operating model. The firm addresses legal questions not just in the abstract but with a holistic understanding of what your organisation is trying to achieve. More than simply responding to challenges as they emerge, Deloitte Legal is proactive about helping you craft solutions to new legal and business issues.

Details matter. Count on Deloitte Legal. Work smarter and experience the future of law, today.

Areas of practice

Corporate and mergers and acquisitions services: Deloitte Legal* provides a full range of corporate law services from complex advisory services related to major business life events through to general secretarial services. Deloitte Legal advises both domestic and non-domestic companies as well as national and international groups of companies. Its specialists provide tailored solutions for demanding corporate reorganisations and complex domestic and international projects. Deloitte Legal’s M&A team offers the full range of services relevant for any type of merger, acquisition or divestment project.

Commercial law solutions: companies are facing an increasing number of business challenges globally, including more rigorous regulations and enforcement by local authorities in the countries where they operate. The digital revolution brings along unprecedented change – but also unprecedented opportunities. As experienced advisers with a practical focus Deloitte Legal* can help clients develop commercial solutions which meet regulatory challenges and empower companies to make use of new opportunities. Deloitte Legal invests time to understand the needs and operational nuances of its clients. It offers a broad variety of commercial business law services in multiple jurisdictions. Its experience and global reach, combined with its access to the global Deloitte network with its endless expertise allow the firm to provide clients with tailor-made services for any business law issue, anywhere.

Employment and pension solutions: the disruptive potential inherent to the digital revolution requires companies to be agile and flexible in their staffing to remain competitive. Complex policies, frequent legislative changes and global operations make managing employee relations and compliance with employment law challenging for businesses. Deloitte Legal* provides businesses with the advice they need to make informed decisions, comply with a multitude of regulatory and procedural requirements and minimise their exposure (including litigation if appropriate).

Business integrity: liability risks for both individuals and corporations and persecution are at a peak. The Deloitte Legal business integrity team advises German and international companies on all facets of mitigation and prevention of (liability) risks, supports the implementation of a deeply entrenched integrity culture and thereby assists in ensuring long-term corporate success. As part of its business integrity programme for corporate executives, the firm helps clients to systematically identify liability risks (business integrity assessment) and advise them on appropriate countermeasures (compliance capacity building).

Legal management consulting (LMC): this is a new approach and a new discipline, developed for lawyers by lawyers in co-operation with other relevant experts. With this collection of models, frameworks, and systems, Deloitte Legal* helps in-house lawyers run their departments more efficiently and meet the needs of their business more comprehensively.

Regulated industries: the business environment for regulated industries is increasingly being affected by international and national laws and regulations that demand specialised knowledge. To help clients deal with the associated challenges, both in Germany and globally, Deloitte Legal industry experts work alongside Deloitte colleagues with deep-rooted industry expertise and experience in tax, consulting, accounting, and financial advisory to deliver practical advice from multiple viewpoints.

*”Deloitte Legal” means the legal practices of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited member firm affiliates that provide legal services. For legal and regulatory reasons, not all member firms provide legal services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Georg Lehmann
Corporate/M&A Dr Markus Schackmann
Corporate/M&A Michael von Rüden
Commercial Andreas Leclaire
Commercial Dr Tobias Fuchs
Employment and pensions Klaus Heeke
Business integrity Alexander Schemmel
Tax controversy Heiko Ramcke
Tax controversy Dr C Alexander Neuling
IT/IP and data protection Dr Söntje Julia Hilberg
IT/IP and data protection Katharina Scheja
Regulated industries Dr Peter Maser
Energy and resources Florian Wesche
Banking and finance/FSI Dr Mathias Hanten
Banking and finance/FSI Dr Albrecht Kindler
Real estate Felix Felleisen
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gregor Bender  photo Gregor Bender
 Felix Felleisen  photo Felix Felleisen
Mr Dirk Hänisch  photo Mr Dirk Hänisch
 Sandra Höfer-Grosjean  photo Sandra Höfer-Grosjean
 Klaus Heeke  photo Klaus Heeke
Frau Frauke Heudtlaß  photo Frau Frauke Heudtlaß
 Andreas Jentgens  photo Andreas Jentgens
 Andreas Karpenstein  photo Andreas Karpenstein
Dr Albrecht Kindler  photo Dr Albrecht Kindler
 Andreas Leclaire  photo Andreas Leclaire
 Georg Lehmann  photo Georg Lehmann
 Christofer Rudolf Mellert  photo Christofer Rudolf Mellert
 Volker Radermacher  photo Volker Radermacher
 Heike Richter  photo Heike Richter
 Markus Schackmann  photo Markus Schackmann
Dr Florian-Alexander Wesche  photo Dr Florian-Alexander Wesche
 Michael von Rüden  photo Michael von Rüden
Number of lawyers : 2,000+
at this office : 37
Deloitte Legal*
Other offices : Berlin
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Hanover
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : Stuttgart


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Felix Felleisen, Partner

Felix Felleisen, Partner Felix Felleisen, Partner of Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH discusses how the firm is adapting to clients' changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate deloitte legal rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbh from your competitors?

We have a great team of lawyers eager to win great clients and to make an impact on our clients’ businesses – people who are not only true experts in their areas of practice, but bold, ambitious, adaptive and proud to be part of Deloitte Legal.

Our people strive to assist clients with all the issues they face, and to think and go beyond traditional lawyering. Our adaptive teams have an appreciation of multicultural aspects of business. We view legal issues as business issues, here in Germany and throughout our network, in more than 75 countries around the globe.

We are leaders in technology yet understand the importance of personal attention. Our culture is one of embracing new trends. We monitor and predict shifts in the legal market, and play an active role in reshaping our profession as the needs of our clients change.

We offer our clients a superior service experience by listening to and working to understand them, not over-lawyering, and maintaining a solution-focused outlook.

We know that legal issues are but one of the many facets of the issues our clients face, and that these issues are rarely limited to those of a legal nature. Solutions must be sensible from a legal perspective, but also be designed to meet the client’s business, commercial, financial, tax or technical requirements.

We can offer a business perspective on our clients’ legal problems, viewed through the lens of our industry-expertise and in collaboration with other Deloitte member firm professionals. Our teams work closely with relevant specialists from Deloitte but also from our clients’ organizations and third parties, to develop tailor-made solutions.

We partner with our clients, adapt to their needs and deliver solutions that are different. We speak the language of the boardroom, not legalese.

Which practices in your member firm do you see growing in the next 12 months? what are the drivers behind that?

We believe that Corporate/M&A, which has always been one of the core practices of our firm, will continue to grow, with the main drivers being the Global Tax Reset that will be required for many organizations in the light of BEPS guidelines, an increasing pressure on administrative and compliance costs, as well as general evolution of our clients’ businesses.

We firmly believe that our fantastic skill-set, interdisciplinary structure (including Consulting) and global reach equip us well to serve clients involved in a multinational restructuring, expansion or M&A project.

With ever-increasing regulatory issues, industry expertise will become more important. We are focused on attracting industry specialists to our firm, and have recently welcomed highly-regarded professionals from the energy and resources and financial services industries to our team.

Corporate and personal liability of executives is trending in the evolving regulatory environment. Our Business Integrity Services team, with specialists in white collar crime, forensics, data extraction, enterprise risk and more, is an area of growth that is served especially well by the combined capabilities of Deloitte Legal and Deloitte Germany.

We offer a unique combination of legal specialist knowledge, technical capabilities and tax issues provided in the context of an interdisciplinary team. We believe that this sets us apart from our competitors. We will also continue to focus on digitalisation and information technology, established specialist areas of our firm where we have excellent capabilities.

Compliance will remain a key issue. With our innovative, technology-based approach and excellent people, we firmly believe that this will be a thriving segment as well.

What is the main change you have made in your firm that will benefit clients?

Definitely our full integration into the Deloitte and Deloitte Legal network, giving us and our clients access to leading-edge technology, uniquely positioning our firm in terms of the quality, scope and reach of our services.

How is technology changing the way you interact with your clients and the services you can provide them?

Technology has changed the way we interact with our clients, and continues to rapidly evolve in the legal sector. Social media, rapid technology adoption and changing behaviours are driving massive changes both to the channels through which we communicate, and what we say.

We are both early adopters and early adapters, embracing trends to leverage new ways of working to benefit our clients.

We invest in the development of our people’s digital skills, as well as in technologies that help us add value to our clients’ organizations. We have already invested in data sourcing and mining capabilities, and in future will look to invest in more sophisticated Legal Tech solutions that combine legal expertise and big data with cognitive/artificial intelligence elements.

Can you give us a practical example of how you helped a client add value to their business?

There are so many. We help a broad range of clients in dealing with diverse challenges:

  • German family-owned undertakings expanding into new markets
  • Multinationals wishing to execute a buy and build strategy through acquisitions and participations across the world
  • Financial services companies dealing with Basel II through combining and unifying their local businesses in one entity by a series of cross-border mergers
  • A German stock listed real estate company “repatriating” assets by changing the legal form of subsidiaries from that of a LuxCo to that of a German corporation
  • Utilities companies in proceedings that will affect the industry,
  • Important players in compliance prevention, but also in dealing with past compliance breaches
  • Non-German groups and their German subsidiaries in dealing with and surmounting financial difficulties
  • Non-German groups and their German subsidiaries in larger headcount reduction projects in Germany.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Clients are looking for and we have the ability to provide strategic direction that is in line with our clients’ own vision, strategy and tactics.

In three years’ time, we aspire to continue to be equally successful, become an ever greater firm serving even greater clients, using a combination of innovative technology and high-end legal expertise to deliver services designed to achieve our clients’ business and legal objectives. So that our firm will make an impact that matters for our clients.