ADVANT Beiten > Frankfurt, Germany > Firm Profile

ADVANT Beiten
MAINZER LANDSTRASSE 36
60325 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany

Media > Entertainment

ADVANT Beiten's media law capacities are integrated into the IP, IT and media practice, which is jointly led by gaming expert Andreas Lober and litigator Matthias Stecher. The team advises radio and television companies as well as film production companies on contracts, consumer, data and youth protection as well as in connection with NFTs. The team particularly focuses on the areas gaming and e-sports, while content-related advice to companies from the cosmetics, sports and energy sectors is a growth topic. Key contact Wojtek Ropel in Frankfurt is experienced in IT, while IP specialist Peggy Müller focuses on the areas of e-sports and gaming; the latter joined the team at the end of 2022 as salary partner from Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB.

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Testimonials

‘Andreas Lober: An outstanding gaming lawyer. He is characterized by down-to-earthness, friendliness, reliability and absolute professionalism. As a gamer, he knows what he is talking about and which language is understood by our non-legal employees. Rarely do you meet an expert at this level who is also as pleasant to deal with as Andreas Lober.’

‘We have been working with the law firm for several years. A comprehensive relationship of trust and mutual understanding has grown. It should be particularly emphasized that we always have competent contact persons who respond to our concerns quickly and innovatively and give us comprehensive advice.’

‘Holger Weimann: Very professional, has extensive knowledge of the media from his own experience and gets to the heart of the matter quickly, accurately and confidently. He’s always up to date and very practical.’

‘Andreas Lober and his team offer practical solutions, they know the computer games industry and are gamers themselves. This makes working together easy and very relaxed. Another plus point is the friendliness combined with absolute professionalism.’

Key clients

ANTENNE BAYERN GmbH & Co. KG

BB RADIO Länderwelle Berlin / Brandenburg GmbH & Co. KG

EnBW AG

Goldbach Germany GmbH

QUANTYOO GmbH & Co. KG

Tencent

Wake Word GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to ANTENNE BAYERN GmbH & Co. KG on media law, competition law, broadcasting law and antitrust law, among other things.
  • Advice to Goldbach Germany GmbH on media law.
  • Accompanying the founding of the first state-wide private radio broadcaster in North Rhine-Westphalia with the participation of eleven private radio broadcasters (including Antenne NRW, radio NRW, ffn, Flux FM).

Germany > Employment Tier 2

ADVANT Beiten's employment team is known in particular for its restructuring expertise and also focuses on collective bargaining law and company pension schemes. International players and listed companies are advised in cooperation with various law firm associations and thus, the group not only covers day-to-day employment issues, but also impresses with know-how in transactions; other recent matters also entailed international aspects such as sending workers abroad and the employment of internationals. On personnel level, the practice recently experienced a lot of movement: at the turn of the year 2021/22, experienced litigator Markus Künzel took over the practice management from Wolfgang Lipinski, whose comprehensive expertise in individual and collective employment law stays with the team. In addition, the firm's partner clout was further expanded with the appointments of Stefan Lochner (restructuring, reconciliation of interests and social plans), Gerald Müller-Machwirth (employee leasing and employee invention law), Elisabeth Miesen (hiring and termination procedures), Olga Morasch (industrial constitution law and restructuring) and Sonja Müller (social security law and legal representation) in January 2022. And growth was also experienced through the arrival of Michael Matthiessen (employment contracts and industrial constitution) in March 2022 from Hardtke, Svensson & Partner, Sebastian Kroll (industrial constitution law, reorganization and restructuring) in September 2022 from Ruge-Krömer and Ariane Loof in October of the same year; she was previously with KPMG Law in Germany and specializes in data protection.

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Testimonials

‘The ADVANT Beiten team is broad, so that you have one main contact and can fall back on the entire team for special issues. The solution approaches are then always coordinated and the interests of our company are ideally taken into account.’

‘Very profound knowledge in several areas, both in individual and in collective employment law. Among other things, on company remuneration schemes, digital solutions for foreign assignments, restructuring, arbitration boards, mobile working; Efficient advice and design of HR processes in companies. Wolfgang Lipinski is very experienced and practice-oriented, conceptually strong, brilliant negotiation strategist.’

‘Technically highly professional. Quick and reliable solutions at all times and competent support in negotiations with operating partners.’

‘Overall, a very strong, extremely friendly team, which is closely interlinked in terms of expertise – very efficient processing of tasks – even when deputizing.’

‘The Advant Beiten team is always available and able to develop pragmatic and quick solutions to problems. Significantly above-average success rates both on an individual legal level and in the collective area (collective agreements). Christopher Melms: Expert in collective bargaining law and with his experience from other mandates always able to find solutions.’

‘Thomas Barthel’s team is exceptionally client- and business-oriented, professional, pragmatic and solution-oriented in the interests of the client.’

‘Modern team, high level of expertise, available at all times, binding feedback, simply outstanding type of cooperation.’

‘Markus Künzel: an experienced lawyer with good negotiating skills, he brings his ideas to negotiations with workers and unions in a targeted manner. Professional appearance, strong in communication and very flexible. Very goal-oriented and fair.’

Key clients

Adler Modemärkte AG

Allianz SE

Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG

EEW Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Flughafen München GmbH und AeroGround Flughafen München GmbH

Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG

Gate Gourmet

IKEA

Market Logic AG

Nippon Steel

Safeguard Global

Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG / Sennheiser Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Insolvency employment law support and implementation of a reconciliation of interests for Adler Modemärkte AG by closing around 40 fashion stores with simultaneous preparation for the resale to the investor Zeitfracht.
  • Comprehensive strategic advice to Nippon Steel on complex restructuring and transformation issues.
  • Advising Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG / Sennheiser Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG on the sale of the Consumer Division to listed company SONOVA Holding from Switzerland.

Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 2

ADVANT Beiten impresses with IP advice that encompasses competition law as well as design and trade mark issues and is predominantly instructed by companies and large corporations from the sports, publishing, retail, automotive and media sectors. Particularly noteworthy is the practice's expertise in the computer games sphere, where its regularly cooperates with its in-house IT experts to advise on matters at the interface of trade mark, copyright and competition law. The competition law repertoire also includes representation in contentious proceedings as well as advertising matters and product imitations. Matthias Stecher (automotive and logistics) in Munich and Andreas Lober (technology and digitization topics) in Frankfurt jointly head the practice. David Moll, who specialises in advising technology and media companies, made partner in January 2022.

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Key clients

Angelini Beauty

DIMOCO Carrier Billing GmbH

Deutscher Fußball-Bund e. V. und DFB GmbH & Co. KG

Estée Lauder Companies GmbH

Estée Lauder Companies Europe

Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Tencent

Verivox GmbH

Antenne Bayern GmbH & Co. KG

ROCK ANTENNE GmbH & Co. KG

BB Radio GmbH & Co. KG

wunderpen GmbH

Work highlights

  • Internationally coordinated action for Tencent against hackers and providers of fraudulent software in different countries pertaining to copyright and competition law violations.
  • Advice on competition and distribution law to the German subsidiary of Angelini Beauty.
  • Advising Dimoco Carrier Billing GmbH on an competition claim.

Information technology > Data protection Tier 3

Thanks to the close cooperation with the IT and media practice, ADVANT Beiten comprehensively advises on data protection issues, including compliance audits and the introduction of new technologies. This combined expertise is frequently requested by a loyal client base from the gaming, finance and healthcare sectors. Practice head Andreas Lober focuses on technology, digitisation and electronic entertainment and also represents clients in court and arbitration proceedings. Axel von Walter (data protection and digitisation) and Gudrun Hausner (data protection, IT and competition law) joined GvW Graf von Westphalen in July 2021.

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Key clients

BKK Dachverband

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

finstreet GmbH

Investify S.A.

LaSalle GmbH

Ministerium der Finanzen des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt

Oxolo GmbH

QUANTYOO GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising the Charité Universitätsmedizin on special (research) projects.
  • Advice on public procurement, IT and data protection law to the Ministry of Finance of the State of Saxony-Anhalt as part of a negotiation process with a participation competition for the procurement of household software.
  • Comprehensive advice to various Creditreform companies on data protection-compliant execution of debt collection and scoring.

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 3

ADVANT Beiten's trade mark practice impresses both with its sector knowledge and the range of thematical expertise: particular strengths are evident in the computer games and sports sectors, with clients from industries such as retail, publishing, radio and automotive also contributing significantly to its case load. In September 2021, the firm founded the ADVANT alliance together with ADVANT Nctm in Italy and ADVANT Altana in France, which also benefited its trade mark practice in terms of close cross-border cooperation. Andreas Lober heads the team and often acts at the intersection of trade mark law and technology, digitization and electronic entertainment matters, while disputes represent a central focus for Christina Hackbarth. Tanja Hogh Holub has proven expertise in designs and domains in addition to trade marks and David Moll (industry focus media, technology and art) made partner in January 2022.

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Testimonials

‘Very high technical and industry expertise, high solution competence.’

‘Very professional and pleasant cooperation. Thinking with the client in mind.’

Key clients

Borgward Group GmbH

DFB GmbH & Co. KG

Dörken Coatings GmbH & Co. KG

Estée Lauder Companies GmbH (Deutschland), Estée Lauder Companies Europe (Paris), Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (New York, USA)

FC Bayern München AG

GANT DACH GmbH

ghd Deutschland GmbH

INBUS IP GmbH

JAKO AG

Mustang Jeans

NIO

ZED Germany GmbH

Nagarro SE 2

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing the German Football Association and FC Bayern Munich in trade mark enforcement proceedings.
  • Advised Estée Lauder on advertising and labeling issues for cosmetic products.
  • Advising a client in nullity proceedings against two color brands of a leading retail chain.

Media > Press and publishing Tier 3

ADVANT Beiten frequently represents the SPIEGEL Group and has a strong focus on the publishing industry, thus supporting various local and regional newspapers and trade journals. Co-practice head Holger Weimann advises media and technology companies on copyright and personal rights as well as interfacing competition law matters and also supports clients in sector-specific transactions. He jointly heads the practice with Andreas Lober, who focuses on the areas of technology, digitsation and electronic entertainment. Oliver Srocke is another key contact for press and freedom of speech-related representation, who also acts on behalf of the SPIEGEL Group.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Lober; Holger Weimann

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Stecher; Oliver Srocke; Katharina Mayerbacher

Testimonials

‘We are always advised competently, friendly, quickly and safely.’

‘The law firm gave us very good advice in a wide variety of situations.’

‘Consultation is possible at any time and also at short notice. We always have reliable partners for daily “small inquiries”, when drafting contracts, in court and in the area of data protection.’

‘Ms. Mayerbacher is always at our side competently. She has familiarized herself with us in the most complicated technical processes. She was and is a great support for us in dealing with contractual partners and in the processing of contracts, but also in the last few years in the area of data protection.’

‘Dr. Oliver Srocke and Dr. Holger Weimann are highly qualified and exemplary in terms of cooperation and processing.’

Key clients

Abendzeitung München

SPIEGEL-Gruppe

BPV GmbH & Co. KG

Mediengruppe RTL

Bildungshaus Schulbuchverlage Westermann Schroedel Diesterweg Schöningh Winklers GmbH

Roularta GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Representation of SPIEGEL before the LG and the OLG Hamburg in the press law dispute with the former BILD editor-in-chief.
  • Ongoing advice and representation of the companies of the SPIEGEL Group in matters of freedom of speech and press law. Permanent Germany-wide representation, in particular before all press chambers and press senates of the regional courts and higher regional courts.
  • Representation in numerous fundamental proceedings for the companies of the SPIEGEL Group before the Federal Constitutional Court and the Federal Court of Justice on important issues of freedom of the press and freedom of speech.

Germany > Private clients and non-profits Tier 3

ADVANT Beiten's team is particularly well versed in all matters pertaining to foundations and recently advised clients on the establishment of foundations. Other growth areas include succession planning, family businesses and tax law matters. Practice head Gerrit Ponath specialises in advising wealthy private individuals and family businesses on succession, foundation and tax optimisation issues. He jointly heads the team with Lucas Van Randenborgh, who focuses on tax, restructuring, M&A and succession matters. Key contact Katharina Fink advises on the interface between foundation and inheritance law; she regularly supports foundations in court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Gerrit Ponath; Lucas van Randenborgh

Other key lawyers:

Guido Krüger; Klaus Zimmermann; Katharina Fink

Testimonials

‘ADVANT Beiten has an excellent Private Clients area, which is extremely service-oriented and competent.’

‘Even challenging clients were always “picked up” with empathy and with the right type of communication and addressing.’

‘Dr. Gerrit Ponath is a personality who is both highly competent and personally convincing. Both as a speaker and in a personal mandate, Dr. Ponath always uses the right language and gets to the point.’

‘Dr. Gerrit Ponath has very deep and broad knowledge and an enormous wealth of experience. He is always available at short notice and approachable. I really appreciate working with him, as the very professional business relationship with him is underlined by a pleasant working atmosphere.’

‘The law firm is uniquely able to provide comprehensive support to its clients. Since all important areas are covered in-house.’

‘Dr. Ponath has an extremely deep knowledge of foundations and generation management. Extremely valuable as a partner in the exchange for us and our customers!’

Key clients

Brost-Stiftung

Deutsche Bank Stiftungsverwaltung

Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung

Familie Schambach-Stiftung

Glasmeister Heinz Familienstiftung/Gemeinnützige Carl August Heinz Stiftung

Helga Ravenstein-Stiftung

World Vision Stiftung/World Vision e.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University on tax-privileged corporations.
  • Ongoing advice to several large and medium-sized foundations, including the Else Kröner Fresenius Foundation, Brost, German Center for Mobility of the Future, the Schambach Family Foundation and the Helga Ravenstein Foundation, on various topics.

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 3

The cross-location team at ADVANT Beiten has particular expertise in IT sector procurement, but is also increasingly active in the shipbuilding, high-tech, health and energy sectors; here, the team primarily advises contracting authorities, while its assistance to bidders is consistently expanded. The team is jointly led by Stephan Rechten, who is not only very experienced in public procurement but also in administrative, grant and state aid law, and Hans Georg Neumeier, who is particularly active in project development, infrastructure, information technology and defense. Michael Brückner assists with national and Europe-wide procurement proceedings, privatisation and PPP projects, while Max Stanko has expertise in public procurement law as well as in subsidy, state aid and construction law. Jan Christian Eggers (procurement, state aid and general EU law) joined Esche Schümann Commichau in December 2021.

Testimonials

‘Absolutely pragmatic, addressee-oriented and quickly available first-class legal advice, even for complex issues.’

‘The Advant Beiten team has always been very helpful to us. Quick answers, quick help and an overall smooth process are a matter of course for the team around Mr. Rechten and Mr. Stanko.’

‘Max Stanko and Stephan Rechten: The communication is always at eye level, is factual, trusting, direct and human, which also leads to very good results. There’s no “can’t do it” here.’

‘Very pleasant and uncomplicated communication with regular updates on the current progress of tenders. The technical information was always reliable and helpful in coping with our tasks.’

‘Industry knowledge, understanding of complex, technical issues.’

‘Stephan Rechten and Michael Brückner: Very competent and good.’

‘Outstanding expertise; Practical advice that can be implemented, hands-on mentality, outstanding process preparation and management.’

Key clients

Bayerischer Rundfunk

Bundesanstalt BOS-Digitalfunk

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)

Evangelische Diakonissenanstalt Augsburg KöR

Hamburg Energie

Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen (IQWiG)

Institut für Qualitätssicherung und Transparenz im Gesundheitswesen (IQTIG )

Krankenhaus GmbH Landkreis Weilheim-Schongau

Landesamt für Information und Technik des Landes NRW (IT.NRW)

Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank

Medline International Germany GmbH und Medline International B.V.

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

Ministerium der Finanzen des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt

Nect GmbH

Olympiastadion Berlin GmbH

S+K Services GmbH

Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berlin Schloss

TransnetBW GmbH

Zentrale Stelle für Informationstechnik im Sicherheitsbereich (ZITiS)

Work highlights

  • Advice and support for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in a comprehensive award procedure in the high-technology sector.
  • Advising the space agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) on several major satellite projects on procurement, contract and pricing issues.
  • Advice on public procurement, contract and IT law to state company IT.NRW on the re-awarding of the state data network in several lots.

Real estate and construction > Project development Tier 3

Industry focus > Energy Tier 4

After the departure of the former energy team to GvW Graf von Westphalen in July 2021, ADVANT Beiten rebuilt its practice. The advisory focus is on renewable energies, above all solar and photovoltaics, while contentious matters have frequent ties to the conventional energies segment. The team's advice covers corporate and M&A, public procurement law and regulatory matters. Due to its combined industry expertise in energy and automotive, the practice also advises on e-mobility mandates, such as the construction and sale of charging station infrastructure. The practice is headed by Christian Ulrich Wolf and Christof Aha (both transactions and project contracts) and Stephan Rechten (procurement law).

Practice head(s):

Christian Ulrich Wolf; Stephan Rechten; Christof Aha

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Berg; Ralf Hafner

Key clients

Hamburg Energie

MOBILIZE Power Solutions

TransnetBW GmbH

N-ERGIE AG

Work highlights

  • Advice to TransnetBW on the structuring and implementation of an award procedure for an innovative network booster.
  • Advising the Renault charging service MOBILIZE Power Solutions on establishing a joint venture with GP JOULE CONNECT.
  • Advising the municipal Hamburg energy company, Hamburg Energie, among other things on public procurement law relating to the expansion of the Wedel power plant to include a cogeneration power plant.

Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation Tier 4

Led by Andreas Lober in Munich, ADVANT Beiten‘s practice routinely handles international matters and accordingly also advises clients from China and the US. The team mainly focuses on the finance, healthcare and gaming sectors, which are supported with a cross-locational approach. Axel von Walter (data protection and digitisation) and Gudrun Hausner (data protection, IT and competition law) joined GvW Graf von Westphalen in July 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Highly motivated.’

‘Recognizable, good teamwork. Enjoy supporting clients.’

‘Wojtek Ropel grasps facts and problems extremely quickly and develops possible solutions in the shortest possible time.’

‘Wojtek Ropel understands the company’s internal commercial specifications, which he combines with legal expertise and understanding.’

Key clients

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

Bundessteuerberaterkammer KdöR

Deutscher Hebammenverband e.V.

Einkaufsgemeinschaft im Gesundheitssektor

Landesbetrieb Information und Technik des Landes NRW (IT.NRW)

ProUnix GmbH

SBK Siemens-Betriebskrankenkasse

Verivox GmbH

ZED Germany GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising a group of banks in an ongoing and partly disputed major IT project. The legal dispute is in the nine to ten-digit range.
  • Comprehensive advice to a well-known IT service provider on the negotiation and implementation of an international IT project in ten countries.
  • Advice and negotiation for an IT project to develop a new software for the centralized management of material purchases.

Public sector > Planning and environment Tier 5

Under the leadership of Hans Georg Neumeier and Stephan RechtenADVANT Beiten primarily advises investors, portfolio holders and companies on building planning matters and building regulations, project developments, transactions as well as nature conservation and water law. Here, the team frequently cooperates with the firm's real estate team, particularly in Munich. The group further handles litigation for various clients, for example in relation to the defense of residential construction projects. Dominik Greinacher (in addition to environmental and planning law also energy law) joined GvW Graf von Westphalen in June 2021.

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Testimonials

We have a single point of contact that takes care of all our concerns and solves them for us. We always attach particular importance to speed and absolute quality.

At the moment, none of the other law firms that work for us cover such a wide range and deliver such high quality. The commitment of the entire team is more than exemplary.’

‘As in previous years, we have again received compliments from the opposing side for how well the cooperation with the team works in various negotiations and, above all, how goal-oriented it is.

The team is excellent. New standards have been set in terms of quality and speed over the past few years.

Katrin Lüdtke: Her extremely quick and thorough way of working is exemplary. She is a very important part of the team. Especially with Mrs. Lüdtke it shows how homogeneous the team acts, can offer a very wide range of services and thus our quality requirements are completely fulfilled.

Key clients

Franconofurt AG

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 5

Integrated into the global network of partner law firms, ADVANT Beiten assists clients in cross-border transactions and with European market entry. Most recently, a focus was on the asset management area as well as instructions from national and international companies, asset managers and real estate managers pertaining to commercial tenancy law. This advice offering corresponds with the expertise of practice head Klaus Legs, who also acts as a notary.

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Testimonials

‘With Florian Baumann we have a single point of contact who takes care of all our concerns and solves them for us. He always attaches great importance to speed and absolute quality.’

‘The commitment of the entire team is more than exemplary.’

‘When it comes to difficult issues, Florian Baumann always highlights the legal risk associated with common practice in his assessments. Our entire team attaches great importance to his advice.’

‘The team around Florian Baumann is excellently positioned. It has set new standards in terms of quality and speed over the past few years.’

‘Available at all times.’

‘Florian Baumann: Fast and precise feedback. In addition, extremely cooperative and friendly cooperation.’

‘Friendly communication; permanently interested in all matters; follow-up on the points discussed; operational readiness; solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments Deutschland AG

Active Ants B.V.

ALDI Süd-Gesellschaften mit Filialen in Bayern, Baden-Württemberg, Hessen und Rheinland-Pfalz

B&B Hotels Germany GmbH

Corestate Capital Advisors GmbH*

IQWIG Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen

Work highlights

  • Advising Corestate Capital Advisors GmbH on the lease of the new company headquarters in Frankfurt’s Marienturm as part of the Marieninsel development project in Frankfurt’s banking district on Taunusanlage.
  • Advising B&B Hotels GmbH on the conclusion of new hotel operator contracts.
  • Advising the Dutch company Active Ants B.V. on entering a new logistics market.

Germany > Antitrust Tier 6

ADVANT Beiten advises medium-sized companies and large corporations on various antitrust issues including merger control, antitrust fines and cartel damages, while the team also skillfully covers related competition law issues; with the help of co-founded European law firm association ADVANT, the practice is also active across borders. Berlin-based Uwe Wellmann, whose consulting portfolio includes competition and public procurement law, and Dietmar Reich, who is experienced in merger control and divides his time between the Brussels and Hamburg offices, jointly head the practice.

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Testimonials

‘The team regularly helps us with all antitrust matters, nationally and internationally, with a focus on merger control. The team has a great deal of experience, excellent specialist knowledge, is always available, extremely pragmatic and has given us excellent support over the years.’

‘Very professional and extremely competent services; advice and services is very strongly focused on the needs of the business and customers and thus offer a very high and practical solution competence; extremely friendly and approachable team, very high level of commitment paired with high expertise.’

‘Dietmar Reich: The most efficient and creative lawyer I have seen in the last thirty years. He provides quick advice and guides you through all situations pragmatically and efficiently, even when breaking new legal ground; he is incredibly creative and I am beyond grateful to him for his expertise.’

‘Uwe Wellmann: An excellent expert, very quick, extremely helpful and extremely capable in discussions with authorities. He has an excellent understanding of how to coordinate international transactions under antitrust law. He is extremely friendly and we are very happy that he supports us regularly!’

‘Complex legal issues are solved comprehensively and pragmatically, here competition law, EU law, health, regulatory, digitization, data protection and market entry in the Covid 19 crisis.’

‘Uwe Wellmann: Very high social as well as professional competence/expertise; very high knowledge of the industry and very high problem-solving skills; always binding and available.’

Key clients

Antenne NRW

apetito convenience AG & Co. KG

Comer Industries S.p.A.

DLR Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. + Estée Lauder Companies GmbH

Festma und HLM Holding

ghd Deutschland GmbH

Koch Media

TIER Mobility SE

Maurer SE

Work highlights

  • Advice to Comer Industries S. p. A. on merger control proceedings in Germany and Russia and coordination of merger control proceedings in Austria regarding the takeover of WPG.
  • Defense of Maurer SE in cartel fine proceedings by the Federal Cartel Office; Coordination of multi-jurisdictional defense, including anti-trust and anti-trust criminal proceedings in Austria; Defending against cartel damages claims against those involved in the Dehnfugen cartel.
  • Advising TIER Mobility SE on the structuring and implementation of its business model on three continents, including antitrust issues.

Corporate and M&A > M&A Tier 6

With a focus on international mid-cap deals, ADVANT Beiten is not only well versed in transactions within Europe, but particularly adept in assisting with deals related to China: in cooperation with its international network, the team thus advises medium-sized companies on company and share acquisitions, spin-offs and traditional M&A. The practice group is jointly led by Hans-Josef Vogel, who focuses on matters in the technology, transport and tourism sectors, and Christian von Wistinghausen, who specializes in international M&A and joint ventures. Sebastian Weller assists large corporations and medium-sized companies with restructuring, joint ventures and financial rounds and acts with a special focus on the healthcare industry, while Barbara Mayer and Gerhard Manz, who joined from Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner in August 2022, focus on advising both companies and family offices on international M&A.

Testimonials

‘The ADVANT Beiten team was incredibly strong in terms of collaboration and internal coordination to work out solutions to problems. There were no bottlenecks at any time in terms of key contacts or the like. You had the feeling that they had everything under control at all times and didn’t let anything go to waste.’

‘Sebastian Weller: He is outstanding in many respects. Technically one of the best I’ve ever experienced and also extremely strong in communication. He always knew when we should get more third-party know-how and what the best course of action was. Truly unique to work with.’

‘The ADVANT Beiten team was very responsive and the collaboration extremely uncomplicated and efficient.’

‘Hans-Josef Vogel: Extremely responsive and his advice focused on key points of the transaction. Working with him was characterized by a very high level of efficiency and simplicity.’

‘The team was sensational. Everyone complemented and supported each other perfectly and you always had a good feeling that they had everything under control.’

‘Sebastian Weller: Simply unbelievably good, both technically and as a project manager. He had everything under control at all times and you always felt well informed. Really outstanding to work with him. The project ran extremely smoothly!’

Key clients

Aesculap AG

apetito AG

Capitalmind GmbH

Comer Industries S. p. A.

Knill Energy Holding GmbH

EnBW New Ventures GmbH

EWK Umwelttechnik GmbH

Ferronordic AB

Myposter GmbH

Renault MOBILIZE

Work highlights

  • Advising Aesculap AG on the acquisition of the majority of shares in SCHÖLLY FIBEROPTIC GMBH from the Schölly family.
  • Advising apetito AG on the strategic sale of business operations of apetito convenience AG & Co. KG to GETI WILBA Holding.
  • Advising M&A advisor Capitalmind on the sale of a strategic minority stake to British-South African Investec Bank.

Germany > Tax

ADVANT Beiten is particularly active in advising companies on cross-border tax matters in relation to M&A transactions, restructurings and internationalisations; this is mirrored by its German-Russian tax practice and was further enhanced by its 2021 merger with French law firm ADVANT Altana and Italian law firm ADVANT Nctm. The group is also experienced in assisting economic departments of public bodies.

Trade and distribution > Foreign trade law

In addition to its newly-formed European association Advant, where ADVANT Beiten (formerly Beiten Burkhardt) merged with ADVANT Nctm from Italy and ADVANT Altana from France in 2021, the firm had already launched its foreign trade taskforce, which is led by Christian Von Wistinghausen and Stephan Rechten and focuses in particular on ​​investment control.

The firm:

Established in 1990, ADVANT Beiten is an independent commercial law firm with around 250 lawyers, tax advisers, auditors, and accountants working from five German offices, as well as offices in Belgium, Russia and China. We are the German member firm of ADVANT, a strong European alliance of independent commercial law firms.

As one of the leading commercial law firms in Germany, ADVANT Beiten advises medium-sized companies, large corporations, banks, foundations, and public authorities on German and international commercial law. We work seamlessly with the ADVANT member firms and our global network of top law firms to ensure our clients receive the best advice and representation for all their legal needs in Germany and worldwide.

Areas of practice: ADVANT Beiten’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, ADVANT Beiten 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 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 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 : 250
at this office : 109
Albanian
Chinese
Dutch
English
French
German
Greek
Italian
Mandarin
Persian/Farsi
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Contacts : Dr Guido Krüger
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Berlin
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Dusseldorf
Other offices : Frankfurt am Main
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : Freiburg

DEUTSCHLAND

ADVANT Beiten ist eine 1990 gegründete unabhängige Wirtschaftskanzlei mit rund 260 Anwält:innen, Steuerberater:innen und Wirtschaftsprüfer:innen an sechs deutschen Standorten sowie in Belgien, Russland und China. Wir sind die deutsche Mitgliedskanzlei von ADVANT, einer starken europäischen Allianz unabhängiger Wirtschaftskanzleien, die Sie zuverlässig durch die komplexe Rechtslandschaft Europas begleitet.

Als eine der führenden Wirtschaftskanzleien in Deutschland beraten wir den Mittelstand, Großunternehmen, Banken, Stiftungen sowie die öffentliche Hand zu Fragen des deutschen und internationalen Wirtschaftsrechts. Unsere Expert:innen gehören zu den besten in ihrem Bereich. Um Sie sowohl in Deutschland als auch weltweit in allen rechtlichen Angelegenheiten bestmöglich zu beraten, arbeiten wir nahtlos mit den ADVANT-Kanzleien und unserem globalen Netzwerk von Top-Kanzleien zusammen.

ADVANT Beiten ist seit Bestehen der Kanzlei international ausgerichtet: Als eine der ersten deutschen Kanzleien haben wir 1992 ein Büro in Moskau eröffnet und sind seit 1995 mit einem eigenen Büro in China präsent. Als Gründungsmitglied von ADVANT bieten wir Ihnen heute Zugriff auf die Expertise und Erfahrung von 140 Equity Partner:innen und mehr als 600 Berufsträger:innen an 14 Standorten in Europa und darüber hinaus.

ADVANT Beiten wird besonders geschätzt für:

  • die Kombination aus rechtlicher Expertise und einem pragmatischen unternehmerischen Ansatz;
  • Anwält:innen, Steuerberater:innen und Wirtschaftsprüfer:innen, die zu den besten in ihrem Bereich gehören;
  • einen individuellen, von Flexibilität und Vertrauen geprägten Beratungsansatz zur Entwicklung maßgeschneiderter Lösungen;
  • die praxisnahe und effiziente Lösung komplexer Probleme, national wie international;
  • einzigartige Kompetenzzentren zur Beratung von Mandanten bei bilateralen Handelsbeziehungen in über einem Dutzend Märkten weltweit.

ADVANT Beiten ist aktives Mitglied einer Vielzahl an einflussreichen Rechtsverbänden weltweit, darunter die Employment Law Alliance (ELA), International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA), International Trademark Association (INTA), etc.