Firm Profile > Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH > Frankfurt, Germany

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Foreign trade law Tier 3

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH prides itself for being able to handle all elements of foreign trade law, both in a national and international context. With Bettina Mertgen in the lead, the practice focuses on providing combined and integrated advice on foreign trade law matters involving customs law elements. Its client portfolio predominately includes export-oriented companies such as automobile manufacturers and component suppliers. Mertgen also has extensive experience in compliance management system audits and other related advisory matters as well as in customs valuation and tariff law. Associate Philipp Weber-Lortsch is another key contact for trade compliance.

Practice head(s):

Bettina Mertgen

Other key lawyers:


‘Deloitte possesses competence on the topic and offers clear statements in a difficult environment.’

‘Deloitte doesn’t do one-size-fits-all advice, but convinces with differentiated considerations and assessment of the individual circumstances.’

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.

Practice head(s):

Mathias Hanten

Other key lawyers:

Hannes Bracht


‘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.

Practice head(s):

Markus Schackmann; Michael von Rüden


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.

Practice head(s):

Heiko Ramcke; Christian-Alexander Neuling

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.

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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
 Mathias Hanten  photo Mathias Hanten
Mr Alexander Heist  photo Mr Alexander Heist
Ms Bettina Mertgen  photo Ms Bettina Mertgen
 Jörg Swoboda  photo Jörg Swoboda
Number of lawyers : 2,000+
at this office : 21
Deloitte Legal*
Other offices : Berlin
Other offices : Düsseldorf
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Hanover
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : Stuttgart

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