SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH > Frankfurt, Germany > Firm Profile

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
TAUNUSANLAGE 1
60329 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany

Corporate and M&A > Corporate

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH covers all corporate law matters and is particularly well versed in corporate governance issues, annual general and shareholder meetings as well as D&O liability and compliance issues. The group regularly advises national and international corporations, family businesses and entrepreneurial families. Contentious corporate matters, such as management conflicts and deficient resolutions, constitute another core competence. Practice head Jochem Reichert recently advised on a number of group restructurings and reorganisations, while Marc Löbbe regularly handles compliance issues. Associate Cäcilie Lüneborg offers combined expertise in corporate law and capital markets law.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The SZA team headed by Prof. Dr. Jochem Reichert and Dr. Michaela Balke can be contacted at any time, reacts quickly and proposes practical and realizable solutions. The underlying legal considerations are always at a high level; we are also always informed about recent legal developments that may be of importance to us.’

‘For more than 20 years, Reichert has been a person of trust who knows our group very well and always gives prudent advice. He is assertive in external relations, but is also able to mediate in conflict situations and to bring about solutions even in difficult situations.’

‘Miss Dr. Balke convinces with high professional competence and great commitment.’

‘The team around Prof. Dr. Reichert works very professionally and at the highest legal level. The lawyers have special expertise in the far-sighted and strategic support of complex, lengthy issues.’

‘Mr Prof. Dr. Reichert is an extremely experienced attorney.’

Key clients

Daimler AG

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsche Bank AG

JM-Gruppe

Südzucker

Diebold Nixdorf, Inc.

innogy AG

Isaria Wohnbau AG

Vibracoustic AG

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH

Uniper

Freudenberg KG

Fuchs Petrolub SE

Heidelberg Engineering GmbH

CropEnergies AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Uniper’s supervisory board on the reorganization of the management board, the separation of a management board chairman and the chief financial officer, and the delegation of the supervisory board chairman as management board chairman and a supervisory board member as finance director to the management board.
  • Advising the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG on various issues of German corporate law.
  • Supervision of the JM Group as part of a real division among the family shareholders of Renolit SE and RKW SE; also advice on a comprehensive reorganization of the group structure.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 2

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's dispute resolution practice fields an 'interdisciplinary and flexible team' with strong links to its corporate and M&A practice. These synergies result in regular instructions from German companies and listed players to assist with approval procedures, disputes related to resolution deficiencies, preliminary legal protection proceedings and contractual disputes. The group is under the joint leadership of corporate law experts Jochem Reichert and Thomas Liebscher, whose areas of focus also include group and capital markets law. The group recently experienced personal growth with the arrival of the Munich-based Michael Molitoris from Noerr in April 2021; he is well versed in mass damages proceedings, . Marc Löbbe (corporate law and M&A), Stefan Zeyher (corporate and commercial law matters), Christoph Nolden (corporate and liability law disputes) and Ben Steinbrück (in addition to litigation also active in out-of-court dispute resolution) are other key contacts.

Testimonials

‘Interdisciplinary, flexible team at a particularly high legal level. Practical advice.’

‘Assertiveness, practice-oriented, creative, reliable.’

‘Dr. Stefan Zeyher and Dr. Ben Steinbrück: Both very professional and careful, quick learner, good understanding of economic relationships, both absolute specialists in the field of dispute resolution at the highest level.’

‘Michael Molitoris’ team is excellent. Excellent legal quality, responsive, exact legal advice.’

‘Dr. Stefan Zeyher combines corporate and procedural law expertise in an excellent way. In addition to his work as a party representative, he also does an excellent job as an arbitrator.’

‘Prof. Jochem Reichert is a brilliant academic.’

‘SZA’s representation before German courts and arbitral tribunals is highly professional, effective, efficient and creative in the choice of argumentation and procedural strategy.’

‘I have had outstanding experiences with Dr. Ben Steinbrueck. He is sharp in his legal and strategic analysis, effective in communication and highly professional in dealing with clients, counter party and court.’

Key clients

Bayer AG

NIKE European Operations Netherlands B.V.

Volkswagen AG

Deloitte NL

Vossloh Group

Società Italiana per le Sviluppo dell’Elettronica, S.I. SV.EL., S.p.A.

Isaria Wohnbau AG

Diebold Nixdorf Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defending Bayer AG against damages claims brought by investors related to alleged breaches of disclosure requirements in connection with the takeover of Monsanto.
  • Legal representation of the insolvency administrator of Wirecard AG in disputes against the auditing company Ernst & Young and against an institutional investor.
  • Advising and representing NIKE European Operations Netherlands BV and Converse Netherlands, BV in several legal disputes.

Germany > Private clients and non-profits Tier 2

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH focuses on advising entrepreneurs, wealthy private individuals and family offices on succession planning, asset management and structuring as well as on corporate, tax, matrimonial property, foundation and non-profit issues. Inheritance law specialist Stephan Scherer jointly heads the practice with Martin Feick, who is well versed in setting up non-profit organisations.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Gesellschafter der Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

Gesellschafter von Freudenberg & Co.

Work highlights

  • Ongoing successor advice for the shareholders of Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA.
  • Advice in connection with succession planning for Freudenberg & Co. shareholders living in Germany and abroad, including the conclusion of marriage contracts and advice on international issues.

Corporate and M&A > M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 3

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH has an 'excellent and well-established team with very strong expertise in all relevant areas of law'. The team advises German medium-sized companies and large corporations on company acquisitions and sales, including due diligence reviews, as well as on public takeovers, joint ventures and transaction-related restructuring. Jochem Reichert complements this offering with dispute resolution expertise, while both practice heads, Marc Löbbe and Oliver Schröder, offer additional advisory capacities in compliance and private equity. Martin Gross-Langenhoff joined the team from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in January 2021 and advises listed companies and financial investors on national and international M&A transactions and on public takeovers in particular.

Testimonials

‘The team put a lot of effort into the deal. Especially in the phase when an unexpected event jeopardized the conclusion, our contact persons were available for us from morning to night, even at the weekend. Without this close-knit and competent support, the deal would probably not have come to a successful conclusion.’

‘Excellent and well-rehearsed team with very strong competence in all relevant areas of law, good availability for the clientele.’

‘Martin Gross-Langenhoff: Rising star within the industry, extremely detail-oriented, doesn’t make any mistakes, but keeps an eye on the big picture at the same time.’

‘The team can be reached at any time and also works above the performance limit over a longer period of time in order to get the maximum out of the mandate.’

‘Excellent expertise, good market presence.’

‘Martin Gross-Langenhoff: Very good negotiator, excellent legal knowledge, good deal management.’

‘Jochem Reichert: Very experienced and very careful.’

‘Marc Löbbe: Very experienced and very pragmatic.’

Key clients

Avantor

Innogy SE

Diebold Nixdorf Inc.

Isaria Wohnbau

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

Zoox

JM Holding GmbH & Co. KGaA

Balcke Dürr

STS Group

Schweizer Familie Pohl

SweetTec

Bihr NV

Beycelik

Investorengruppe bestehend aus Renolit, Solvay Participations Belgique, dem High-Tech Gründerfonds und Ffilipa Venture Capital

Gesellschafter der ioxp GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive legal advice to the US life science company AVANTOR on the approximately €890 million acquisition of Ritter GmbH, headquartered in Schwabmünchen, and several companies affiliated with it.
  • Advising Diebold Nixdorf, Inc. on various transactions, including in connection with the financing round of AEVI International GmbH, which is an 82% subsidiary of Diebold Nixdorf, Inc.
  • Advising Isaria Wohnbau AG on the sale of a total of 13 real estate project companies and the associated platform to the listed German real estate company Deutsche Wohnen SE and on the sale of ONE GROUP GmbH to the SORAVIA Group.

Germany > Antitrust Tier 4

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's team, singled out for their 'passionate and personal advice at highest level', primarily acts for German DAX30 companies, medium-sized companies and prestigious international corporations. The practice encompasses the representation in antitrust proceedings before both German and European courts and authorities as well as defending clients in follow-up antitrust compensation proceedings; here, the expertise and experience of co-practice head Hans-Joachim Hellmann in Mannheim plays a key role. Merger control cases at EU level and before the Federal Cartel Office are primarily dealt with by the Brussels office around co-practice head Silvio Cappellari. The team frequently advises clients on antitrust issues in cooperation with its corporate and IP practices.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extremely efficient, excellently positioned in German antitrust law, registrations with the Federal Cartel Office.’

‘The practice is characterized by passionate and personal advice at highest level.’

‘Hans Hellmann (Partner) is an outstanding consultant who is instrumental in my assessment of SZA’s passionate and personal advice at highest level.’

They are a strong team in every way. I don’t see any weaknesses apart from their size, but the lean structure is also an advantage as it means you get quick, practical advice from real experts .’

‘Stephanie Birmanns is my main contact. Stephanie is exceptional in every way. She is very knowledgeable, client-friendly and practical. I have also worked with Silvio Cappellari and this collaboration was also a pleasure for similar reasons.’

‘The team has extensive experience in both merger control and antitrust and litigation. What makes it special is that the lawyers are very efficient and pragmatic and clearly say when a case is hopeless. But if they commit, then fully.’

‘Silvio Cappellari: Very experienced and well connected, especially in European law. Particularly good in abuse litigation and merger control. Dr Stephanie Birmanns also very well connected in Germany with specialization in merger control and cartels. Both very experienced and excellent in dealing with company employees in all areas.’

Key clients

Avantor, Inc.

Berding Beton GmbH

Daimler AG

Equistone Partners

Erzquell Brauerei Bielstein Haas & Co. KG

Hansa Armaturen GmbH

Mandarin Capital Partners

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

Nike European Operations Netherlands B.V. und Converse Netherlands B.V.

Overgas Inc. und Overgas Mrezhi

Tapetenfabrik Gebr. Rasch

Tikehau Investment Management S.A.S.

Vossloh-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive antitrust advice to the European sales company of the world’s largest sports and fashion manufacturer Nike and representation in various contentious disputes.
  • Advice to Avantor, Inc. on complex merger control and foreign trade issues related to the takeover of German Ritter GmbH by he US Fortune 500 life sciences company Avantor Inc.
  • Advising and representing Vossloh Group in more than 60 follow-on damages claims, in particular in the rail cartel I to IX; First instance representation before the regional courts of Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart as well as appeal proceedings before numerous higher regional courts.

Compliance Tier 5

DAX30 and medium-sized companies are among the client portfolio at SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. The team offers advice ranging from compliance organisation in the company to forensic investigations of violations that have already occurred. This is complemented by training courses, risk analyses and legal tech solutions. In addition to expertise at the interface with employment, antitrust and tax law, the team's corporate law expertise stands out, especially due to co-practice heads Jochem Reichert and Nicolas Ott.

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Key clients

BASF SE

GBG mbH

Mektec Europe Gruppe

Renolit SE

TLT Turbo

Trumpler GmbH & Co. KG Chemische Fabrik

Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Mektec Europe Group on setting up a group-wide compliance structure and general compliance advice.
  • Support of the Heidelberg University Hospital during the compliance examination and advice on compliance issues.
  • Development and restructuring of a compliance management system for a listed company in the automotive industry.

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 5

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's restructuring practice offers a comprehensive range of services that includes advice on self-administration, including protective shield proceedings, as well as transferring reorganisations, administrations and the assumption of trusteeships. The team focuses on restructuring by means of an insolvency plan, company transfers and self-administration proceedings. The practice is jointly headed by Thomas Oberle, who regularly assumes the role of self-administrator, trustee and insolvency administrator, and Marc-Philippe Hornung, who assists clients with the enforcement of and defence against liability claims, among other matters.

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic and goal-oriented way of working; excellent and very broad legal knowledge; very good understanding of business relationships.’

‘Thomas Oberle: Very experienced and prepared for all procedural changes; very balancing character, ensures consensual solutions and a good balance between all stakeholders; very confident project management.’

‘Marc-Philippe Hornung: Very experienced restructuring lawyer and an excellent all-rounder in the best sense; very pragmatic approach; excellent negotiation skills.’

Key clients

BBS GmbH

Lunux GmbH

MKCP

ZIM Immobiliengesellschaften

Sun Express GmbH

Thielmann UCON

Work highlights

  • Accompanying BBS GmbH in the insolvency proceedings as insolvency administrator, including advice on the M&A process in the insolvency proceedings.
  • Advising Lunux GmbH (self-administration) in the M&A process; transferring redevelopment.
  • Accompanying the restructuring of Thielmann Ucon as administrator.
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SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz has been one of the most respected German business law firms for over a century. With approximately 100 lawyers and offices in Frankfurt, Mannheim, Munich, and Brussels, the firm advises national and international clients on complex legal issues arising in business, in particular in the areas of corporate law, M&A, compliance, capital markets, real estate, insolvency, employment law, antitrust, intellectual property, litigation, tax, private clients and public law.

The roots of Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz reach back more than 100 years. The first generation of partners included such notable jurists as Heinrich Kronstein, Wilhelm Zutt and Karl Geiler. They shaped the theory and practice of modern commercial and corporate law in Germany like few others. In this tradition, both, the clients and lawyers of Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz place high demands and expectations in the quality of legal advice.

Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz has always been active both nationally and internationally. In cross-border transactions, the firm can rely on co-operation with foreign firms tried and tested in many projects. These foreign firms, without exception, are among the leading firms in their respective jurisdictions.

 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Corporate:
Transactions and restructurings form an important part of the firm’s corporate and group law practice. SZA advises enterprises on mergers, demergers, changes of corporate form, realignment of a company’s financial framework, spin-offs, etc. Another focal point of the firm’s corporate law practice is representation in corporate disputes, both in arbitration and before court. Additionally, the firm provides general consultation to executives and board members regarding a number of corporate matters including, inter alia, corporate governance, the preparation of shareholders’ meetings and legislation.

 

Mergers & Acquisitions:
SZA’s advisory services in the field of M&A cover both public and private transactions on domestic as well as cross-border projects. In connection with the latter, SZA can rely on a well-established cooperation with foreign law firms which are among the leading firms in their respective jurisdictions. The firm’s practice in this field also covers the founding, rearrangement and dissolution of joint ventures as well as restructurings of any kind, including cross-border mergers. Representation in post-M&A disputes is a further focus of SZA.

 

Tax:
The firm’s consultation covers a broad range of corporate taxation including VAT, customs duties, tax audits, international taxation, structuring acquisition and divestments on the national as well as international scale, reorganisations and restructurings. Other services include the analysis of financial products, cooperation with clients’ tax advisors and representation before financial courts.

 

Compliance:
SZA offers a range of advice in a number of compliance related legal fields such as corporate law, capital markets law, labour law, antitrust law, environmental law and data protection law. The firm assists its clients, inter alia, in identifying the relevant compliance standards, forming internal guidelines for the fulfilment of compliance requirements and inspecting the implementation of these guidelines as well as in increasing employee awareness.

 

Capital Markets:
SZA advises domestic and international issuers and underwriters on transactions, e.g. IPOs, capital increases or the issuance of convertible bonds. Another focus of SZA’s practice in this area is advising board members in connection with follow-up obligations under capital markets law, e.g. the prohibition of insider trading, ad hoc publications or publication of shareholdings required by capital markets law. In addition, SZA represents issuers in capital markets law litigations.

 

Banking & Finance:
SZA advises in all kinds of financing transactions such as syndicated loans, acquisition financing, real estate financing and project financing. SZA also assists its clients in developing and implementing tax efficient financing structures. SZA’s expertise in financial law further comprises advice on work-outs / restructurings as well as advice in general banking and supervisory law.

 

Competition Law:
SZA advises both domestic and international clients on all aspects of German and European competition law. In the merger control area, the firm carries out risk assessments and represents clients before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office. Moreover, the firm has particular expertise as regards internal cartel audits as well as the representation of clients in cartel proceedings before the competition authorities and the courts. Recent matters at EU level included proceedings before the ECJ in a preliminary ruling on the German rail cartel and before the General Court regarding two high-profile proceedings in the energy sector. The firm also has significant experience in the defence against complex follow-on damage claims and out-of-court settlements. Additionally, SZA advises its clients on competition compliance and on vertical agreements.

 

Litigation & Arbitration:
SZA represents its clients in disputes concerning deficiencies in resolutions including nullification actions, declarative actions, shareholder actions and actions for declarative nullification judgment concerning private companies. The firm also provides representation and consultation in approval and release proceedings and interim relief. Other important areas include M&A-related disputes and legal assistance in complicated general commercial disputes.

 

Labour Law:
The firm represents and consults both mid-size businesses and international conglomerates in, inter alia, designing and drafting employment agreements and other internal employment matters as well as in negotiating payment plans with unions. SZA represents its clients before arbitration committees and in labour litigation in all judicial instances. Further services include consultation in transactional labour law and general assistance for board members and other executives in this regard.

 

Intellectual Property/IT:
The firm’s attorneys cover all relevant areas of intellectual and industrial property law, such as patent law, trademark law, copyright law, press and media law, competition law and data protection law. Cross-border cases are dealt with through cooperation with other foreign and domestic law firms. Further services include advice for businesses in complex IT and outsourcing projects, consultation on the drafting and negotiating of intellectual property-related agreements, intellectual property applications and registrations, pre-trial advice on infringement disputes, etc.

 

Private Clients:
SZA offers a wide range of legal advice for its domestic and international private clients in all legal and tax aspects of their assets including estate law (also regarding anticipated succession), art laws and laws for culturally valuable goods, matrimonial law, property law, tax law, corporate law and foundation law. Furthermore, the firm provides consultation for family-owned businesses and their shareholders.

 

Public & Administrative:
The firm’s public and administrative law practice offers, in addition to general consultation and representation in this field, support in the public law aspects of M&A transactions, e.g. regarding emission control. Such issues are handled through tight cooperation with the firm’s M&A experts.

 

Real Estate:
Some of the firm’s focal points are the tax-optimised structuring of real estate transactions, due diligence, real estate financing and development, the drafting and negotiating of the property purchase agreement and dealing with public law issues such as environmental law. Additionally, SZA provides post-transfer consultation.

 

Restructuring:
The firm advises on business acquisition and sales in crises and out of insolvency as well as on restructuring measures such as debt-equity swaps or the acquisition of non-performing loans.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Law/ Mergers & Acquisitions/ Compliance/ Litigation & Arbitration Dr Heino RueckHeino.Rueck@sza.de+49 621 4257 215
Corporate Law/ Mergers & Acquisitions Compliance/ Litigation & Arbitration Dr Marc LoebbeMarc.Loebbe@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 201
Corporate Law/ Mergers & Acquisitions/ Compliance Prof Dr Jochem ReichertJochem.Reichert@sza.de+49 621 4257 229
Mergers & Acquisitions/ Compliance/ Corporate Law/ Capital Markets Christian GehlingChristian.Gehling@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 801
Compliance/ Corporate Law/ Capital Markets/ Mergers & Acquisitions/ Litigation & Arbitration/ Startups & Venture Capital Dr Christoph NoldenChristoph.Nolden@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 535
Mergers & Acquisitions/ Corporate Law/ Compliance/ Litigation & Arbitration Dr Michaela BalkeMichaela.Balke@sza.de+49 621 4257 205
Corporate Law/ Mergers & Acquisitions/ Compliance/ Litigation & Arbitration/ Startups & Venture Capital Dr Nicolas OttNicolas.Ott@sza.de+49 621 4257 205
Labour Law Dr Georg JaegerGeorg.Jaeger@sza.de+49 621 4257 208
Labour Law/ Compliance Katharina SteinbrueckKatharina.Steinbrueck@sza.de+49 69976 960 10
Intellectual Property / IT Law/ Litigation & Arbitration/ Startups & Venture Capital Dr Thomas NaegeleThomas.Naegele@sza.de+49 621 4257 222
Competition Law Hans HellmannHans-Joachim.Hellmann@sza.de+49 621 4257 212
Competition Law Silvio CappellariSilvio.Cappellari@sza.de+32 2 8935 120
Public & Administrative Law Prof Dr Kristian FischerKristian.Fischer@sza.de+49 621 4257 215
Private Clients Prof Dr Stephan SchererStephan.Scherer@sza.de+49 621 4257 214
Private Clients Dr Martin FeickMartin.Feick@sza.de+49 621 4257 221
Corporate Law/ Litigation & Arbitration/ Mergers & Acquisitions/ Capital Markets Prof Dr Thomas LiebscherThomas.Liebscher@sza.de+49 621 4257 219
Tax Law Dr Hans-Georg BergHans-Georg.Berg@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 301
Tax Law Dr Rolf SchmichRolf.Schmich@sza.de+49 621 4257 376
Mergers & Acquisitions/ Corporate Law/ Litigation & Arbitration/ Banking & Finance/ Restructuring Dr Stephan BrandesStephan.Brandes@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 251
Corporate Law/ Mergers & Acquisitions/ Restructuring/ Real Estate & Construction Dr Max HirschbergerMax.Hirschberger@sza.de+49 89 411 1417 100
Mergers & Acquisitions/ Private-Equity-Transactions/ Corporate Law/ Capital Markets Dr Oliver SchröderOliver.Schroeder@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 149
Litigation & Arbitration/ Corporate Law/ International Commercial Law Dr Ben SteinbrückBen.Steinbrueck@sza.de+49 621 4257 219
Corporate Law/ Compliance/ Mergers & Acquisitions Dr Jonas FischbachJonas.Fischbach@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 201
Insolvency Law/ Mergers & Acquisitions/ Restructuring Thomas OberleThomas.Oberle@sza.de+49 621 4257 328
Compliance/ Corporate Law/ Capital Markets Markus Pfüllermarkus.pfueller@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 501
Tax Law Dr Peter BauschatzPeter.Bauschatz@sza.de+49 89 411 1417 100
Capital/ Markets Banking & Finance/ Restructuring Dr Dietrich F. R. StillerDietrich.Stiller@sza.de+49 69 9769601 145
Corporate Law/ Litigation & Arbitration/ Public & Administrative Law/ Mergers & Acquisitions/ Capital Markets/ Compliance/ International Commercial Law Dr Stefan ZeyherStefan.Zeyher@sza.de+49 89 411 1417 100
Insolvency Law/ Mergers & Acquisitions/ Restructuring Marc-Philippe HornungMarc.Hornung@sza.de+49 621 4257 328
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Oliver Schröder photoDr Oliver SchröderDr. Oliver Schröder is a leading transaction lawyer with many years of…
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SZA is widely regarded as one of Germany’s preeminent law firms and dates back almost one hundred years. With offices in Frankfurt, Mannheim, Munich and Brussels, the firm advises national and international clients on complex corporate and commercial law issues. SZA’s clients include major enterprises, family businesses and high net worth individuals. Each of its practices is highly regarded, stands for a commitment to excellence and its lawyers are recognised for their high professional standards.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate/M&A:
Transactions and restructurings form an important part of the firm’s corporate and M&A practice. SZA advises enterprises on both public and private domestic or international M&A transactions, joint-ventures, mergers, demergers, spin-offs, changes of corporate form, corporate finance matters, and similar corporate matters. Another focal point of the firm’s corporate law practice is representation in corporate disputes. Additionally, the firm provides general consultation to executives and board members regarding, inter alia, corporate governance, the preparation of shareholders’ meetings and legislation.

Tax:
The firm’s consultation covers a broad range of corporate taxation including VAT, customs duties, tax audits, international taxation, structuring acquisitions and divestments on the national as well as international scale, reorganisations and restructurings. Other services include the analysis of financial products, cooperation with clients’ tax advisors and representation before financial courts.

Compliance:&
SZA offers a broad range of advice in a number of compliance-related legal fields such as corporate law, capital markets law, labour law, antitrust law, ESG matters and data protection law. The firm assists its clients, inter alia, in identifying the relevant compliance standards, defining internal compliance guidelines and the implementation of these guidelines.

Capital Markets:
SZA advises domestic and international issuers and underwriters on transactions, e.g. IPOs, capital increases or the issuance of convertible bonds. Another focus of SZA’s practice in this area is advising board members in connection with follow-up obligations under capital markets law, e.g. the prohibition of insider trading or voting rights notifications.

Banking & Finance:
SZA advises in all kinds of financing transactions such as syndicated loans, acquisition financing, real estate financing and project financing. SZA also assists its clients with developing and implementing tax efficient financing structures. SZA’s expertise in financial law further comprises advice on general banking and supervisory law.

Competition:
SZA advises both domestic and international clients on all aspects of German and European competition law. In the merger control area, the firm represents clients before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office. Moreover, the firm has particular expertise as regards internal cartel audits as well as the representation of clients in cartel proceedings before competition authorities and courts.

Litigation & Arbitration:
SZA represents its clients in a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes concerning, e.g., nullification actions, shareholder actions and general commercial/trade disputes or product liability matters. The firm also provides representation and consultation in approval and release proceedings and interim relief. Other important areas include post M&A-related disputes.

Labour:
The firm represents and consults businesses in, inter alia, designing and drafting employment agreements and other internal employment matters as well as in negotiating payment plans with unions. SZA represents its clients before arbitration committees and in labour litigation in all judicial instances.

Intellectual Property/IT:
The firm’s attorneys cover all relevant areas of intellectual and industrial property law and related disputes, such as patent law, trademark law, copyright law, press and media law, competition law and data protection law. Further services include advice for businesses on complex IT and outsourcing projects.

Private Clients:
SZA offers a wide range of legal advice for its domestic and international private clients in all legal and tax aspects of their assets including estate law (also regarding anticipated succession), art laws and laws for culturally valuable goods, matrimonial law, property law, tax law, corporate law and foundation law.

Public & Administrative:
The firm’s public and administrative law practice offers, in addition to general consultation and representation in this field, support in the public law aspects of M&A transactions, e.g. regarding ESG matters.

Real Estate:
Some of the firm’s focal points in real estate are the tax-optimised structuring and execution of, real estate transactions, identification of real estate specific risks, such as environmental issues as well as the drafting and negotiation of property purchase agreements.

Restructuring:
The firm advises clients on business acquisition and sales in crises and out of insolvency as well as on restructuring measures such as debt-equity swaps or the acquisition of non-performing loans.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Law, M&A, Compliance Prof. Dr. Jochem ReichertJochem.Reichert@sza.de+49 621 4257 229
Labour Law Dr. Georg JaegerGeorg.Jaeger@sza.de+49 621 4257 208
Competition Law Hans-Joachim HellmannHans-Joachim.Hellmann@sza.de+49 621 4257 212
Private Clients Prof. Dr. Stephan SchererStephan.Scherer@sza.de+49 621 4257 214
Corporate Law, Litigation & Arbitration, M&A, Capital Markets Prof. Dr. Thomas LiebscherThomas.Liebscher@sza.de+49 621 4257 219
Intellectual Property, Litigation & Arbitration, Startups / Venture Capital Dr. Thomas NägeleThomas.Naegele@sza.de+49 621 4257 222
M&A, Corporate Law, Litigation & Arbitration, Banking & Finance, Restructuring Dr. Stephan BrandesStephan.Brandes@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 251
Private Clients Dr. Martin FeickMartin.Feick@sza.de+49 621 4257 221
Corporate Law, M&A, Compliance, Litigation & Arbitration Dr. Marc LöbbeMarc.Loebbe@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 201
Tax Law Dr. Hans-Georg BergHans-Georg.Berg@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 301
Corporate Law, M&A, Restructuring, Real Estate & Construction Dr. Max HirschbergerMax.Hirschberger@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 351
Corporate Law, M&A, Compliance, Litigation & Arbitration, Startups / Venture Capital Dr. Nicolas OttNicolas.Ott@sza.de+49 621 4257 205
M&A, Compliance, Corporate Law, Capital Markets Christian GehlingChristian.Gehling@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 801
M&A, Corporate Law, Compliance, Litigation & Arbitration Dr. Michaela BalkeMichaela.Balke@sza.de+49 621 4257 205
Competition Law Silvio CappellariSilvio.Cappellari@sza.de+32 2 8935 120
Compliance, Corporate Law, Capital Markets, M&A , Litigation & Arbitration, Startups / Venture Capital Dr. Christoph NoldenChristoph.Nolden@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 535
Labour Law, Compliance Katharina SteinbrückKatharina.Steinbrueck@sza.de+49 69 9769601 270
Insolvency Law, M&A, Restructuring Thomas OberleThomas.Oberle@sza.de+49 621 4257 328
Capital Market, Corporate Law, Compliance Markus Pfüllermarkus.pfueller@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 501
Banking & Finance, Restructuring, Capital Markets Dr. Dietrich F. R. StillerDietrich.Stiller@sza.de+49 69 9769601 145
Tax Law Dr. Peter BauschatzPeter.Bauschatz@sza.de+49 89 411 1417 336
Litigation & Arbitration, Corporate Law, M&A, Capital Markets, Compliance, Public & Administrative Law Dr. Stefan ZeyherStefan.Zeyher@sza.de+49 89 411 1417 100
Insolvency Law, M&A, Restructuring Marc-Philippe HornungMarc.Hornung@sza.de+49 621 4257 328
M&A, Corporate Law, Capital Markets, Private-Equity-Transactions Dr. Oliver Schröder,Oliver.Schroeder@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 149
Corporate Law, Compliance, M&A Dr. Jonas FischbachJonas.Fischbach@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 201
Litigation & Arbitration, Corporate Law, International Commercial Law Dr. Ben SteinbrückBen.Steinbrueck@sza.de+49 621 4257 219
M&A, Corporate Law Dr. Martin KolbingerMartin.Kolbinger@sza.de+49 89 411 1417 100
MeM&A, Capital Markets, Corporate Law Dr. Martin Gross-LangenhoffMartin.Gross-Langenhoff@sza.de+49 89 411 1417 216
Litigation & Arbitration, Banking & Finance Michael MolitorisMichael.Molitoris@sza.de+49 89 411 1417 417
Corporate, Law Compliance, Litigation & Arbitration Dr. Cäcilie LüneborgCaecilie.Lueneborg@sza.de+49 69 976 9601 201
Corporate Law, M&A, Litigation & Arbitration, Startups / Venture Capital, Real Estate & Construction Dr. Christoph AllmendingerChristoph.Allmendinger@sza.de+49 89 411 1417 256
Litigation & Arbitration, International Commercial Law, Insolvency Law, Corporate Law Dr. Philipp RüppellPhilipp.Rueppell@sza.de+49 89 411 1417 419
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