Firm Profile > ADVANT Beiten > Frankfurt, Germany


Germany > Employment Tier 2

ADVANT Beiten's inclusion in the employment law alliance ELA in January 2020 enabled the firm to further internationalise its employment law practice which is of particular benefit to clients requiring assistance with cross-border matters. The practice however also makes use of its multidisciplinary and cross-office cooperation within Germany which is of particular help when advising on restructurings and business transfers. In this context, the team regularly advises on reconciliation of interests and social plan negotiations with works councils, personnel adjustment measures and outsourcing projects as well as on related court proceedings. Handling matters on collective bargaining law and works constitution law - Christopher Melms is a key contact in this space - alongside issues pertaining to flexible working time regulations is another key strength of the practice led by Wolfgang Lipinski. Lipinski's focus lies on the strategic planning and implementation of restructuring and reorganisation measures.

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In labor law, not only quantitatively, but above all qualitatively at the highest level.

Beiten Burkhardt is a very client-oriented law firm whose strengths lie in finding practical solutions. The team can be contacted at any time and has profound knowledge in all areas. All solutions are always targeted towards the respective problem.

Very high professional competence, precision and availability.

Wolfgang Lipinski: In addition to very good professional quality with a perfect instinct for specific and practicable solutions.

Key clients

AFH Germany GmbH (Abercrombie & Fitch)

Allianz SE

Asklepios Kliniken-Gruppe

AXA Assistance Deutschland GmbH

Bayerisches Rotes Kreuz

Burda Digital

Charité CFM Facility Management GmbH


Flughafen München

Getty Images Deutschland

Merck KGaA

Monster Worldwide Deutschland GmbH

Rogers Europe

SAP AG und SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG

Sky Deutschland AG samt Tochtergesellschaften


Information technology > Data protection Tier 3

ADVANT Beiten has used its solid standing as a key advisor to the media industry to also create a profile in the IT and data protection sector. Subsequently, the firm successfully established an integrated media, IP and IT practice under the leadership of Matthias Stecher and Andreas Lober, while Axel von Walter is a key figure for all privacy matters. The team is based in Frankfurt and Munich and sought after for its data protection advice across all industries; the group trains in-house data protection officers, carries out compliance checks and offers strategic advice on the implementation of new technologies as well as in the case of data protection violations.

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‘Hands-on approach in working with the internal legal department and business. No fear of contact. Solution orientation is in the foreground. ‘

‘Susanne Klein: to the best of my knowledge. Solution-oriented. ‘

‘Susanne Klein is available 24/7 and delivers very good results.’

‘Wide range of expertise and fast, solution-oriented work. Perfect networking of lawyers across locations and across practice groups. ‘

‘Andreas Lober: outstanding experience and pragmatic problem solving, experience in dealing with Chinese clients.’

Key clients


Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Potsdam-Insititut für Klimafolgenforschung

E.M.P. Merchandise (a Time Warner Company)



Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank

MEC Holding GmbH (Messer Group)

Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Industry focus > Energy Tier 3

ADVANT Beiten advises on energy sector transactions as well as on regulatory issues and power plant projects. The interface expertise of the full-service firm, most notably in public procurement law and in dispute resolution, enables the team to provide its clients with wide-ranging advice. Most notably, the group led by Munich-based Maximilian Emanuel Elspas has in-depth experience in advising transitional network operators and municipal utilities but it also receives regular instructions from project developers and project operators alongside energy-intensive companies. In March 2020, the firm received a boost with the arrival of corporate partner Christian Ulrich Wolf from Watson Farley & Williams LLP.

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Very good price-performance ratio.

The team is characterized by excellent legal knowledge in the field of energy law. In finding a solution, creative ideas are brought in, but any risks associated with this are also clearly communicated. The cooperation is always pleasant and reliable. Many of the lawyers have gained practical experience before starting their work as a lawyer, which gives them a particularly good understanding of companies and their processes.

Very good lawyers, interdisciplinary legal knowledge, very good responsiveness, very good support even at short notice .’

The lawyers at Beiten Burkhardt listen carefully to the description of the problem and on this basis find good, practical solutions with the help of their pronounced expertise.

Personal support and high professional competence.

The cooperation turns out to be extremely pleasant, because with a wealth of experience the tasks are not only dealt with quickly and practically, but also with humor.

Key clients

Amprion GmbH

Bundesrepublik Deutschland


Enovos Deutschland SE

Netze BW GmbH

NeuConnect Britain Ltd.

Stadtwerke Rastatt

Syneco Trading GmbH

TransnetBW GmbH

Wesernetz Bremen GmbH


Germany > Private clients and non-profits Tier 3

With extensive experience in the full range of foundation law, ADVANT Beiten advises on the establishment of foundations as a form of succession planning, on foundation administration issues and, in close cooperation with its M&A team, on corporate investments. Gerrit Ponath and Lucas van Randenborgh co-head the practice and demonstrate extensive knowledge in wealth succession planning and tax optimisation, while Guido Krüger is called upon when dealing with restructuring matters. Katharina Fink is another key contact for asset succession and issues pertaining to foundation and charity law alongside the law of associations.


Ausgezeichnete Teamkommunikation.

Hohe Fachkenntnis in Verbindung mit dem notwendigen “politischen” und strukturellen Gespür für Nonprofits.’

Die fachliche Vielfalt der Kanzlei lässt es zu, dass zu jedem Rechtsthema ein entsprechender Fachpartner gefunden werden kann.’

Die offene und verbindliche Betreuung, der Umgang mit Fragestellungen sowie das finden von ggf. anderen Ansätzen und Lösungen macht meine Partner in der Kanzlei besonders wertvoll.’

Gerrit Ponath: Sehr angenehm mit ihm zu arbeiten, schnelle kompetente Rückmeldungen, verständliche Erklärungen bei Nachfragen, kennt sich sehr gut aus, empfehle ich gern weiter, auch auf privater Ebene bei Erbrechtsfragen.’

Key clients


Dagmar Westberg-Stiftung

Deutsche Bank – Stiftungsverwaltung

Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung

Familie Schambach-Stiftung

Glasmeister Heinz-Familienstiftung/ gemeinnützige Carl-August Heinz Stiftung

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Helga Ravenstein-Stiftung

Real estate and construction > Project development Tier 3

In the project development sphere, ADVANT Beiten's core competence rests in advising national and occasionally also international project developers on all stages of construction and infrastructure projects, including procurement procedures, urban development agreements, construction matters as well as financing and sales. The asset expertise of Klaus Beine's team spans the categories residential, logistics, office and healthcare; furthermore, the group also assists the public authorities with large-scale project developments on conversion sites as well as city quarter developments.

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alstria office REIT-AG

dataform Dialogservices GmbH

LaSalle Investment

Netze BW GmbH

Stadt Hofheim am Tanus


Mohammad Omar Bin Haider Holding Group Dubai

Groß + Partner GmbH

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 3

ADVANT Beiten's procurement practice is part of the Government & Public Sector group around Frank Obermann, which advises clients across practices and offices. The team primarily assists public contracting authorities on federal and federal state level with procurement matters with a focus on advising on complex technical projects in the infrastructure, transport and particularly IT sectors. In addition, a matter concerning a large procurement project in the arms and defence sector is also of significant importance to the firm. Contracting authorities are able to use the firm as an external awarding office to handle entire award proceedings predominantly over e-platforms. Michael Brückner and Stephan Rechten are active in procurement matters.

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Key clients

BKK Dachverband

Bombardier Transportation GmbH

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und Digitale Infrastruktur

Landesbetrieb IT Des Landes NRW (IT.NRW)

MWIDE Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie des Landes NRW

TransnetBW GmbH / Amprion GmbH

Bayerisches Staatsministerium des Innern, für Sport und Integration

Industrie- und Handelskammer für München und Oberbayern

Siemens-Betriebskrankenkasse SBK

ANregiomed gKU

Auswärtiges Amt

Bundesanstalt für den Digitalfunk der Behörden und Organisationen mit Sicherheitsaufgaben (BDBOS)

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 3

In addition to numerous large international corporations, ADVANT Beiten also advises a broad client base of medium-sized companies both on national as well as cross-border matters. The team acts particularly often for sports and computer games companies, but also possesses distinct expertise in the commerce, publishing and media, especially radio broadcasting, industries. Led by Matthias Stecher and Andreas Lober, who are both experienced in litigious and arbitral proceedings, the team focuses both on portfolio development and management as well as on enforcement and is well regarded for its interdisciplinarity. Particularly in the computer gaming sector, clients benefit from the team's ability to cover the interface to IT and competition law. Trade mark and competition lawyer Angelica von der Decken changed into of counsel status in June 2019.

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The practice is characterized by a very quick response to inquiries as well as absolutely competent advice and assistance. You feel you have been given comprehensive legal advice and common sense is also applied, which is often very important in our industry. The whole team is incredibly friendly, and working together is really great fun.

Particularly outstanding for us is Uwe Wellmann, who supports many things with his wide range of knowledge and is characterized by the highest level of competence and professionalism.

Extremely client-oriented; very practical suggestions and decision templates.

Holger Weimann: Very responsive, solution-oriented, clear recommendations.

A very dedicated team.

Top address for clients in the games industry with a full-service profile from youth and data protection to media and copyright law to competition and antitrust law.

Andreas Lober is an outstanding and gladly mandated lawyer for the games industry. In the last year he made groundbreaking decisions in the interests of his clients, especially in the field of youth protection .

Lived interdisciplinarity. Lived discourse on finding solutions with legal professionalism.

I primarily have to do with Matthias Stecher. For years I have valued his in-depth expertise and organized way of working. We have always solved very complex tasks very well. He enjoys my complete confidence.

In the field of commercial legal protection, a wide range of advice from competition and advertising law to hard and soft IP. Very well coordinated teams in Munich and Frankfurt.

Andreas Lober: Creative and hands-on.

Beiten Burkhardt has a very broad-based IP department, so they cover a lot of the industries that are relevant to my practice. In my opinion, a particular strength lies in IP litigation and copyright law. Good price-performance ratio, which makes them particularly attractive for SMEs.

Matthias Stecher: A very careful and experienced IP lawyer. Always available and always on the right side with his advice. ‘

‘Holger Weimann: Excellent copyright expert, pleasant to work with.’

‘Tanja Hogh Holub: She has a very broad portfolio of trademark rights and I appreciate her strategic ability to solve complicated situations.

Holger Weimann: Very experienced and technology-savvy. Fast and good communication.

Key clients

Allgeier SE

Antenne Bayern GmbH & Co. KG

Christine Kröncke Interior Design GmbH

Deutscher Fußball-Bund e. V. und DFB GmbH

Deutscher Golf Verband

Dictum GmbH

FC Bayern München AG

Intervinum AG

Moulin Rouge


The Financial Times

Vitra Collections AG

Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 3

ADVANT Beiten has continued to strengthen the cooperation between its Munich and Frankfurt offices in 2019 and 2020, not least due to the strategical use of legal tech. The team's focuses lay in the sports, computer games, commerce, publishing and radio broadcasting industries, where, alongside various large international companies, also a considerable number of medium-sized companies relies on the firm. The group's broad advice spectrum is particularly beneficial in matters touching on various areas of law, for instance with regards to copyright and trade mark aspects, since the group is able to draw on its in-house experts if necessary. Contentious proceedings are part of the team's expertise just as much as its purely advisory activity, for instance in relation to advertising material reviews and business model reviews. Matthias Stecher in Munich, who comprehensively covers IP, unfair competition and international trade law, and the Frankfurt-based Andreas Lober, who focuses on technology, digitalisation and electronical entertainment, jointly head the team.

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Key clients

Angelini Beauty

Antenne Bayern GmbH & Co. KG

Autohaus Gotthard König GmbH

Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V.

Deutscher Golf Verband

Estée Lauder

Holzmann Medien GmbH


Wienerberger AG

1&1 Drillisch AG

Media > Entertainment Tier 4

ADVANT Beiten has one of the most renowned gaming teams in Germany that is frequently instructed by international firms as their preferred local partner for copyright, compliance and youth protection law. Andreas Lober is the key contact and advises on the marketing and distribution as well as on copyright protection of video games, but also on contractual and litigious matters. Gaming lawyer Wotjek Ropel is also recommended. In the content space, the client base is comprised of social media players, streaming providers and influencers, with SPIEGEL Online and SPIEGEL TV being new clients of the team.

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‘Andreas Lober is still one of the best-informed and networked gaming lawyers in Germany. Thanks to his comprehensive overview of the industry, he is able to draw conclusions very quickly. ‘

‘The Beiten Burkhardt gaming team has an excellent reputation in the industry and is used by a number of top gaming studios and publishers. Andreas Lober has a broad knowledge base and is very responsive. ‘

‘Wotjek Ropel provides excellent advice.’

Key clients

Epic Games


ZeniMax Media

Bandai Namco



manager magazin new media GmbH

RTL Mediengruppe Deutschland

Deutscher Fußball-Bund e. V. und DFB GmbH

1&1 Drillisch AG

CORRECTIV-Recherchen für die Gesellschaft gemeinnützige GmbH

Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation Tier 4

At ADVANT Beiten, the IT practice cooperates closely with the firm's IP and media departments. While the team advises on traditional IT issues and contracts from both its Frankfurt as well as its Munich offices, the group is also instructed with innovative matters in the mobility, fintech and healthcare spheres. For instance, Holger Weimann and the Munich-based team assist the federal government's Autobahn GmbH with the transformation project of its motorway administration, and Frankfurt-based practice co-head Andreas Lober advises on innovative manufacturing procedures (such as pill manufacturing via a three-dimensional printing process in the pharmaceuticals industry). Matthias Stecher in Munich also has expertise in matters touching upon IP law.

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Die Autobahn GmbH des Bundes

Avanade Deutschland GmbH

Merck KGaA

E.M.P. Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH

Supercell Oy

Epic Games

Tencent/Oriental Power Holding Limited

Koch Media

Ing Bank N.V.

Loyalty Partner GmbH

1&1 Drillisch AG

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 4

In the transactional space, ADVANT Beiten's multidisciplinary real estate practice predominantly assists national and international project development companies with land and asset acquisitions and sale and leaseback transactions, as well as real estate investors with the expansion of asset portfolios and funds. Hereby, practice head Klaus Beine's team is particularly active in the asset categories housing, office and logistics. The advice to property owners, operators as well as industrial corporations on commercial tenancy law is another mainstay of the practice which also has capacities to assist institutional large real estate investors with tax issues.

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Key clients



LaSalle Investment Management Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Logicor Deutschland GmbH

Mohammad Omar Bin Haider Holding Group, Dubai

M&G Real Estate (Tochterunternehmen PRUPIM)

Corpus Sireo

dataform Dialogservices GmbH

Frankfurter Volksbank eG

Public sector > State aid Tier 4

With 20 years of experience and a good network on national and European level, ADVANT Beiten's state aid practice stands out for its broad spectrum of German and European clients while Eastern Europe represents a certain focus. The team represents clients in state aid matters before the European Court of Justice and the European Commission and also assists with state aid issues related to new investments with the EU. Dietmar Reich, who divides his time between Brussels and Hamburg, jointly heads the practice with Uwe Wellmann in Berlin.

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Key clients

USB Umweltservice Bochum GmbH

HEP Hrvatska Elektroprivreda


Benteler International

Fakt AG

Beisheim Stiftung

Regierung Litauen

Steiger Stiftung

Public sector > Planning and environment Tier 5

As part of the Government & Public Sector group around Frank Obermann, ADVANT Beiten's environmental and planning law practice significantly contributes to the firm's integrated, cross-office and cross-practice client support. The focus of its environmental and planning law activity lays on the real estate and construction sector. The team frequently advises the public authorities as well as project developers or companies, for instance in relation to urban development projects or project developments. Sector focuses include retail, real estate, water supply and energy. The group also increasingly assists regional clients and investors.

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

ADVANT Beiten assists start-ups, family companies and listed corporations with mid-cap transactions and comes up with 'tailor-made and innovative solutions'. The team mainly focuses on the energy, telecoms and healthcare sectors, but also handles automotive and real estate matters. On cross-border transactions, the team regularly co-operates with offices in China, Russia and Belgium, and most recently advised on numerous inbound transactions, particularly from China. The group is jointly led by Maximilian Emanuel Elspas, Hans-Josef Vogel and Christian von Wistinghausen.


Strong Frankfurt M&A team. Traditionally strong law firm in advising medium-sized companies. Broad industry experience in medium-sized companies, partner-centered advice, tailor-made and innovative solutions in transactions, pragmatic approach.

At Beiten Burkhardt we feel that we are in the best of hands.

The collaboration with Dr. Detlef Koch and Dr. Mario Riechmann is characterized by trustworthy and personal advice, strong commitment and a special feeling for customer concerns. The advice is rounded off by technical excellence with an understanding of the client’s industry.

Contact for corporate law, M&A and real estate law from a single source. Short distances and very good communication.’

Dr. Koch: very high technical expertise, negotiating skills and a good team.

Key clients

Amphenol Corporation, Wallingford, Conneticut (USA)

Audax Group (Boston, Massachusetts)

B. Braun Avitum AG

Ferronordic AB

GUS Holding GmbH

Hotelplan Holding AG

Korn Ferry

Quadpack Industries SA

Stadtwerke Heidenheim Gruppe

Vital Materials Group

The firm: Beiten Burkhardt was founded in 1990 in Munich through a merger of three well-established local firms. Today, Beiten Burkhardt is a leading independent German law firm with over 280 lawyers, tax consultants and accountants in nine offices worldwide. The firm advises and represents listed companies, major SMEs, multinational groups, foundations and the public sector on all kinds of German and international legal issues arising in the context of their activities.

Beiten Burkhardt stands for top-quality advice provided by partner-managed teams creating customised and commercial solutions for its clients’ needs. This is how Beiten Burkhardt guarantees excellent legal advice and added value. Responsiveness, reliability and personal availability of the lawyers in charge are a matter of course.

The firm advises and represents clients at five offices in Germany, two offices in Russia and one office each in China and Brussels, with competence centres for American-German, Dutch-German, French-German, Italian-German and Spanish-German economic relations and a global network of first-class independent law firms.

Areas of practice: Beiten Burkhardt’s main areas of practice are agriculture; antitrust; associations/federations; banking, finance and insurance law; building and sectoral planning law; capital markets; charitable status; compliance; corporate and transformation law, law governing groups; data protection law; energy; environmental law; EU law; foundations; industrial property, copyright and advertising; information technology and telecommunication law; inheritance law/succession planning; labour and employment; litigation and arbitration; managing general meetings; medical law; mergers and acquisitions; patents and technology law; private equity and alternative investments; procurement; restructuring, recapitalisation and insolvency; sports law; state subsidies and state aid; tax law and white-collar crime.

In addition to its main practice areas, Beiten Burkhardt provides comprehensive legal advice in all major industry sectors, such as administration of foundations; advertising agencies and public relations; assets, succession and foundations; automotive; chemical and pharmaceutical industry, medical technology; defence and security; energy; family offices; food and beverage; games; healthcare; hotels and leisure; information technology, telecommunication, logistics, media, music, entertainment and culture, publishing; non-profit organisations; public business law; real estate; start-ups/venture capital.

Department Name Email Telephone
Assets, succession, foundations Dr Gerrit Ponath
Assets, succession, foundations Dr Lucas van Randenborgh
Banking/finance and capital markets Dr Dirk Tuttlies
Competition Philipp Cotta
Competition Dr Dietmar O Reich
Corporate Dr Maximilian Emanuel Elspas
Corporate Prof Dr Hans-Josef Vogel
Corporate Dr Christian von Wistinghausen
IP/IT/media Matthias W Stecher
Labour and employment Dr Christopher Melms
Litigation and dispute resolution Dr Holger Peres
Mergers and acquisitions Dr Maximilian Emanuel Elspas
Mergers and acquisitions Prof Dr Hans-Josef Vogel
Mergers and acquisitions Dr Christian von Wistinghausen
Government and public sector Hans Georg Neumeier
Real estate Klaus Beine
Restructurings and insolvency Dr Guido Krüger
Restructurings and insolvency Heinrich Meyer
Tax Helmut König
Number of lawyers : 286
at this office : 109
Contacts : Frank Obermann
Contacts : Dr Guido Krüger
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