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avocado rechtsanwälte

Public sector > Planning and environment

avocado rechtsanwälte's team stands out for its 'competence and goal-oriented advice' as well as for its particular strength in waste and disposal law which includes assistance with sanctions-related waste law and the representation of waste disposal and waste producing companies in criminal and fine proceedings; issues pertaining to cross-border waste shipments and the implementation of the new packaging law also continue to be at the heart of the practice. Markus Figgen jointly leads the team with waste law expert Ralf Kaminski and Thomas Gerhold, who advises on matters concerning the REACH regulation and ecological contaminated sites, among other issues. Matthias Schleifenbaum left the firm in August 2021 and founded Leitfeld, while Matthias Peine joined from DOMBERT Rechtsanwälte in April 2021.


‘The accessibility feels excellent.’

‘Markus Figgen: Excellent analytical judgement, very confident communication, outstanding industry knowledge not only of a theoretical but also of a practical nature.’

‘High level of expertise, quick response time, very professional.’

‘Competence and goal orientation of the consultation.’

Key clients

AWB Köln GmbH

Asphalt Ladenburg GmbH

BDE Bundesverband der Deutschen Entsorgungs-wirtschaft e.V.


Engel Umwelttechnik GmbH

Flughafen in NRW

GMVA Gemeinschafts-Müll-Verbrennungsanlage Niederrhein GmbH

KMR-Marine Surveyors GmbH / Custos Consult

MAV – Mineralstoff – Aufbereitung und – Verwertung GmbH

PRS premium Recycling GmbH



Rheinkalk GmbH

Schönmackers Umweltdienste GmbH & Co. KG

Stadt Neustadt an der Weinstraße

Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register

Work highlights

  • Advising an airport in North Rhine-Westphalia in connection with the disposal of waste containing PFT.
  • Support of the city of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in a comprehensive mandate with a variety of civil, administrative and sanction law disputes in the meantime, which include complex questions of waste and plant approval law.
  • Advising and representing a mineral oil company in borderline waste and product law issues. Mandate is consulting and work-intensive and of considerable importance for the company.

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 4

avocado Rechtsanwälte's 'client-oriented way of working' is particularly evident in procurement matters related to disposal, IT, planning and construction, while the team recently also increasingly assisted with defence, electricity and gas procurement as well as matters in the health sector. The Cologne-based Markus Figgen and Rebecca Schäffer, who both increasingly advise on the expiration and continuation of existing public-private partnerships, jointly head the practice. The team also assists with award review procedures in the waste disposal sector. Klaus Greb left the firm in January 2022 to co-found a procurement law boutique.

Other key lawyers:


‘Open and humorous manner. In particular, understandable and comprehensive evaluation and advice. Relationship at eye level – very respectful with simultaneous “relaxed” partnership. In comparison, other law firms appear overloaded, rather cumbersome and less open.’

‘All individuals are characterized by a very fast response time. That goes right into the holidays. Outstanding!!! In addition, clear answers – even going beyond the horizon. In other words, beyond the legal assessment. This is only possible because of the extensive background knowledge – here: long-term cooperation.’

‘Mrs. dr Schäffer: High commitment and availability, very quick results. Procurement law team in Cologne very pleasant.’

‘Very good accessibility and availability, always found extremely good solutions, acts at eye level.’

‘Advice at eye level, with good knowledge of obstacles to success in projects and problem-solving skills for these, very good skills in “picking up and catching” the internal project group in the context of the project and the preparation and implementation of the award procedure.’

‘Very customer-oriented way of working, quick understanding of special problems, results are suitable for implementation.’

‘Markus Figgen has extremely deep specialist knowledge and industry knowledge, speaks a clear language that is easy to understand even for non-lawyers .’

‘Dr. Rebecca Schäffer works quickly and effectively, the solutions developed correspond to practical needs.’

Key clients

AVG Abfallentsorgungs- und verwertungsgesellschaft Köln mbH

AWB Köln GmbH

BDE Bundesverband der deutschen Entsorgungswirtschaft e.V.

BLUES Bay. Logistik Umwelt & Entsorgungs Systeme GmbH

Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels Landesverband Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.


Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin GmbH (DFFB)

Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBT)

DEvAL – Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

EW Medien & Kongresse GmbH

familie redlich AG

Gas- und Wärmeinstitut Essen e. V.

GMVA Gemeinschafts-Müll-Verbrennungsan-lage Niederrhein GmbH

HauptwegNebenwege GmbH

Health Care Systems GmbH

Hessenwasser GmbH & Co. KG

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main

Hooper Architects

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Ilmtalklinik GmbH

]init[ AG

Innotec Abfallmanagement GmbH

Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen (IQWiG)

Kliniken im Naturpark Altmühltal

Kulturstiftung des Bundes

Kurverwaltung der Insel Poel

Markt Pförring


REMONDIS GmbH & Co. KG, Region Nord

REMONDIS GmbH & Co. KG Rheinland

Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Heilbronn

Rhein-Sieg-Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH

S+P Engineering GmbH

Schönmackers Umweltdienste GmbH & Co. KG sowie deren Tochterunternehmen

Stadtbetrieb Frechen GmbH

Stadt Krefeld

Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek

World Health Summit Foundation GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising REMONDIS GmbH & Co. KG, North Region, on public procurement, corporate, municipal constitution, waste, commercial rental space, IT, data protection and employment law on its participation in a complex negotiation process for the establishment of a PPP company.
  • Advising several cities, PPPs and private shareholders of such PPPs on public procurement, contract, municipal, fee, price and waste law in connection with the possible end of existing PPP models for the areas of waste disposal and (partial) street cleaning; Advice in connection with the continuation of the cooperation or reorganization in this area.
  • Comprehensive public procurement, contract and IT law advice to the Federal Bar Association regarding the system of special electronic lawyer mailboxes (beA).

Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 5

avocado Rechtsanwälte advises on a range of corporate and contract law issues, including restructuring and conversions, corporate governance, tax and external audits as well as capital measures. The client portfolio includes international companies and German medium-sized companies as well as their executive bodies. Representation in investment screening procedures and corporate disputes constitutes another cornerstone of the group. Practice head Christian Berger is a key contact for restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘Client requests are always partner responsibility. You will receive competent and solution-oriented advice. I appreciate that the answers are always practical, with risks identified and assessed.’

‘Christian Berger, a highly competent, emphatic and always level-headed advisor who shows the way. Particularly in M&A advice, which is always carried out under time pressure, Mr Berger never lost sight of the essential.’

‘Good availability, pragmatic recommendations and high level of competence.’

Key clients

Acushnet GmbH

Adam Opel AG

Adyton Real Estate GmbH

Algeco GmbH

Allmed Group und deren deutsche Tochtergesellschaften

Alluto LLC

ANSYS Germany GmbH

ASI DataMyte, Inc.

Atelier NA

Best Gaming Technology GmbH

BGT Deutschland GmbH

Bomgar Germany GmbH (jetzt Beyond Trust GmbH)

Came Deutschland GmbH

Carlisle Companies Inc.

Carlisle Fluid Technologies GmbH

Carlisle Holdings GmbH

Dinkle International Co.

Donnelley Financial Solutions


FMT-Gruppe; FERRO-Montagetechnik GmbH

Genovac GmbH

Gleason Corporation und deutsche Tochtergesellschaft

GMS Management Spanien; GMS Solutions Deutschland GmbH

Grote Industries Europe GmbH

Humanic Deutschland GmbH

IDEX Corporation

imc Test & Measurement GmbH; imc Meßsysteme GmbH

Intratone GmbH

ITecon GmbH

L & S Deutschland Schuhhandels GmbH

Leder & Schuh AG

Luxoft GmbH

M.A. Med Alliance SA

Marlin Equity Partners

Media Frankfurt GmbH (FRAPORT-Konzern)

Mirado Real Estate GmbH

musico GmbH

Nordisk Büro Plus GmbH

North Channel Bank GmbH & Co. KG

Norwex Germany GmbH

Partslife GmbH

PharmacoSoftware GmbH

PharmacoVision GmbH

Portwell Deutschland GmbH

PrinterLogic GmbH

R.A.M. Realtime Application Measurement GmbH

Recurity Labs GmbH

Schiff-Martini & Cie. GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft Steuerberatungsgesellschaft

SEC Consult Deutschland Unternehmensberatung GmbH


Semperit AG Holding, Semperit Gummiwerk Deggendorf GmbH, Semperflex Rivalit GmbH

SMC Deutschland GmbH, SMC Corporation

Stampin’Up! Europe GmbH

Stark Power GmbH

Stiefelkönig Schuhhandels GmbH Deutschland

Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register

Taipei Design Center

Telia Carrier Germany GmbH

Top Tools GmbH

USANA Health Sciences, Inc.

Ventec International, Taiwan


Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt GmbH

Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation Tier 5

avocado Rechtsanwälte has a strong focus on intellectual property, media and information technology and advises clients on IT but also data protection matters such as digitization projects in connection with cloud services. The use of blockchain-based IT products also features heavily in practice head Jan Peter Voß' caseload.

Practice head(s):


‘Very close ongoing coordination with the client on equal footing.’

‘Jan Peter Voß is always available for clients.’

‘Avocado stands for a very practical approach that is geared towards client’s corporate interests. In particular, it is positive to note that contract negotiations are conducted in a very goal-oriented manner, while always keeping an eye on the client company’s requirements. Furthermore, matters are managed very independently and, in time-critical cases, also at very short notice.’

‘Thorsten Lieb, Jan Peter Voß and Jörg Michael Voß work in a goal-oriented manner and are geared towards the speedy conclusion of a contract, without losing sight of the client’s contractual criteria.’

‘Extremely pleasant, trusting cooperation, very good flow of information between colleagues in the firm, always mindful of an economically sensible approach.’

‘Jörg Michael Voß: Very good trusty relationship, factual and professional competence, time-oriented, absolutely reliable, always available, no matter when and on what topic.’

‘Fast, precise and practical information, also in a reasonable price range.’

‘Jörg Michael Voß is personable and always available and offers practical solutions.’

Key clients

anykey GmbH

Basler Versicherungen

Best Gaming Technology AG

Brandt & Partner GmbH

Brandt Software-Produkte GmbH

Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer, BRAK

dab: Daten-Analysen & Beratung GmbH

Deutsche Telekom AG und Tochtergesellschaften

DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH

DIC Asset AG, DIC Onsite GmbH

Faubel & Co. Nachf. GmbH

Heraeus Holding GmbH und deren IT-Tochtergesellschaft Heraeus infosystems GmbH

imc Test & Measurement GmbH

ITecon GmbH

KMC Media Consult GmbH

Landeshauptstadt Mainz

Media Frankfurt GmbH

Merck Group

msg global solutions Deutschland GmbH

Partslife GmbH

R+W Antriebselemente GmbH

Rhein-Sieg-Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH

SMC Deutschland GmbH

Syncd GmbH

TK8 Sports Academy GmbH / Toni Kroos App


Wicklmayr Real Estate GmbH

WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA

ZMG – Zeitungs Marketing Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG c

Work highlights

  • Advice on data protection and IT law to anykey GmbH as well as contract drafting of, among other things, IT service framework agreements.
  • Ongoing advice to Basler Versicherungen on IT and data protection law, IT litigation and IT outsourcing.
  • Ongoing IT and data protection advice to Best Gaming Technology AG.

Corporate and M&A > M&A: smaller deals (-€100m)

avocado rechtsanwälte regularly advises companies, which are active in the manufacturing, automotive and financial services sectors, on M&A transactions, covering going public transactions, management buyouts, joint ventures and takeovers as well as related customs, tax and foreign trade law issues. Christian Berger heads the practice, which also includes notary public Lars-Henning Behrens and Ralph Hummel (experience in supporting US-related transactions).

Practice head(s):


‘Extremely competent, helpful, also explain complicated legal issues competently; very reliable.’

‘The partners and lawyers are very competent and have an excellent understanding of what is important for a foreign client.’

‘Deals are always in direct partner responsibility. The complete deal advice from the LOI to the closing is provided from a single source. In the team there is a clear division of core competencies in the context of handling the deal. I particularly appreciate the economic understanding of the lawyers involved. Tough negotiations, but always pragmatic solutions. Particular expertise in cross-border deals.’

‘They are fast and thorough, always available.’

‘Christian Berger: The helmsman, communicator and negotiator.’ 

Key clients

Acushnet GmbH

ASI DataMyte, Inc.

Bomgar Germany GmbH (jetzt Beyond Trust GmbH)

Carlisle Companies Inc.



Genovac Antibody Discovery LLC

IDEX Corporation imc Test & Measurement GmbH; imc Meßsysteme GmbH

Kreos Capital IV (UK) Ltd., London

Log-Arcus Holding AG

Luxoft GmbH

musico GmbH

Pluriomics B.V. (jetzt NCardia B.V.)

SCPI Corum

SEC Consult Deutschland Unternehmensberatung GmbH

The firm: avocado rechtsanwälte is a highly regarded independent German business law firm that provides top-quality legal advice. The firm was founded by partners from leading firms. Due to the firm’s in-depth experience, expertise and vision it is able to come up with real and practical solutions for its clients’ legal issues. avocado has a commitment to personal client service with strong partner involvement and availability. You can expect a customised service for a fair and transparent price.

The firm focuses on the key legal needs of businesses, with a special emphasis on the areas of commercial law, corporate law, employment law, environment and waste law, IT and data protection, litigation, and public law.

avocado has a strong international aspect, having a client structure which ranges from international companies and public authorities to the German Mittelstand. The firm has well-established working relationships with law firms throughout Europe allowing access to the other European member states.

It also co-operates with partners outside the field of law, in particular with tax consultants, auditors, chambers of commerce and industry, and technical experts.

Areas of practice: Automotive; banks, insurance, financial service providers; education and research; chemicals, natural resources, mining; energy; waste management; leisure, sports, culture; healthcare; real estate, construction; consumer products, life science, retail; media, telecommunication, technology; public sector; transport, logistics, infrastructure.

Administrative, environment, energy
Commercial and contract
Commercial tenancy
EU law
Estate planning
Intellectual property, trade mark
IT, telecommunications
Mergers and acquisitions
Public procurement
Real estate
Saskia Barth photoMs Saskia BarthCounsel Private and public construction law Architectural law Engineering law Legal project…
Claudia Dorfmüller, Counsel photoMrs Claudia Dorfmüller, CounselCommercial, Litigation & Arbitration; Intellectual Property, Competition & Communications.
Markus Figgen, Partner photoMr Markus Figgen, PartnerCo-Managing Partner Public Commercial Law; Criminal Law.
Michael Gayger, Partner photoDr Michael Gayger, PartnerPartner / Attorney at law Public commercial law, State aid law, Anti-Trust…
Michael Gayger, Partner photoDr Michael Gayger, PartnerPartner / Attorney at law Public commercial law, State aid law, Anti-Trust…
Thomas Gerhold, Partner photoDr Thomas Gerhold, PartnerPartner Public Commercial Law; Criminal Law.
Bianca Grewe, Partner photoMrs Bianca Grewe, PartnerPartner Public Commercial Law.
Bianca Grewe, Partner photoMrs Bianca Grewe, PartnerPartner Public Commercial Law.
Justus Heldt, Partner photoMr Justus Heldt, PartnerPartner Corporate & Tax; Commercial, Litigation & Arbitration; Banking & Finance.
Ralf Kaminski, Partner photoDr Ralf Kaminski, PartnerPartner Public Commercial Law; Criminal Law.
Wolfgang Kräber, Partner photoDr Wolfgang Kräber, PartnerPartner Public Procurement Law, Public Commercial Law, Energy Law, Anti-Trust Law, Beihilfenrecht.…
Tim Langmaack, Counsel photoDr Tim Langmaack, CounselCounsel Public Commercial Law; Corporate & Tax.
Matthias Peine, Partner photoDr Matthias Peine, PartnerPartner / Berlin Certified Specialist Attorney in Administrative Law (“Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht”)…
Thomas Rummler, Of Counsel photoDr Thomas Rummler, Of CounselOf Counsel, Public Commercial Law
Nils-Alexander Weng, Partner photoMr Nils-Alexander Weng, PartnerPartner, Construction & Real Estate, Public Commercial Law
Norbert Windeln, Partner photoDr Norbert Windeln, PartnerPartner, Labour Law.
Adrianus de Kruijff photoMr Adrianus de KruijffLabour Law
Number of lawyers : 43
at this office : 22
Contact : Markus Figgen
Other offices : Berlin
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Munich