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Public procurement Tier 1
The 15-strong procurement practice at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is one of the top choices for procurement law and is led by the renowned Ute Jasper. The team is involved in numerous innovative major projects on federal, state and municipality level, for instance in areas such as electric mobility, building plot campaign and artificial intelligence. Although the team acts on both the contracting and bidding side, its focus is clearly on advising the public authorities. The cooperation with other practice areas such as tax, antitrust and corporate law is also an important part of the practice. Laurence Weston and Christopher Marx are also part of the core team.
‘It is important that different facets of a project are handled by a respective expert, but that the communication among them works excellently and that results are combined in a goal-oriented way. This is the case. And they react quickly. All of this happens transparently and seamlessly.‘
‘Pragmatism, composure, determination and a pragmatic approach.‘
‘The procurement practice at HKLW is technically excellent in the field of procurement. It stands out for its pragmatic, practical and creative solutions. HKLW has an answer for every ever so complicated question. Also in complicated situations, the firm finds strategically and legally sound solutions.‘
‘The team behind Ms Jasper is closely intertwined, always well informed among them, always deliver sound legal statements, that are practical and feasible, reliably on time. Even in crisis situations, an appropriately sized team is available and doesn’t shy away from difficult discussion with less procurement-savvy people. Even then, they succeed to convincingly demonstrate technical competence and pragmatism. It is tangible that the team enjoys working together.‘
‘Ms Jasper has an impressive expertise. She structure projects very well and conveys the feeling to clients that all will be well. She can also communicate in a way, that non-procurement lawyers understand her.‘
‘Laurence Weston – a very committed and reliable lawyer, who always keeps his nerves and who has a similarly pragmatic approach like Ms Jasper. He is excellently well versed in procurement matters and manages to get to the heart of a solution of even complex issues.‘
‘Christopher Marx – he is very pleasant and easy to deal with, has an excellent expertise, but isn’t arrogant one bit. He understands how not to overcomplicate already complicated issues, but to illustrate them in a more simple way. He doesn’t only think in legal terms, but also strategically, which is very important in procurement law.‘
Ministerium für Verkehr Baden-Württemberg
ESWE Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH
Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr AöR
BAW Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau
IPM Immobilien Projektmanagement Düsseldorf GmbH
Advice to individuals Tier 3
Executives and directors regularly seek Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek for assistance with criminal law matters. The team impresses with strong criminal tax expertise and has recently acted in several cum/ex-related proceedings, where practice head André-M. Szesny is particularly visible; he also advises on compliance issues and internal investigations. The group further focuses on insider trading and market manipulation. Susanne Stauder often advises on money laundering matters and Sabine Ottow returned after two and a half years at Langrock Voß & Soyka to establish the firm's white-collar crime practice in Hamburg.
The dispute resolution team at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is jointly headed by Thomas Wambach, Elke Umbeck and Ulrike Gantenberg, while the two latter ones are particularly active in arbitration proceedings both as party representative as well as arbitrator. Companies from various industries seek the firm for representation in national as well as international disputes. Daniel Froesch is frequently instructed by financial institutions. The close cooperation with the firm's corporate practice is also noteworthy.
Corporate Tier 3
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek offers corporate advice to medium-sized companies. The group assists with restructuring, changes of legal form and stock corporation law issues as well as with shareholder disputes and arbitration. Thorsten Kuthe in Cologne, who often advises on capital markets-related matters, jointly heads the practice with Boris Dürr in Munich, who adds private equity expertise to the team.
‘Very substantiated and wide-ranging knowledge of corporate law, while the team work stands out particularly.‘
Apassionata World GmbH, Berlin
HGF Limited, UK
IQ Martrade Holding und Managementgesellschaft mbH
STINAG Stuttgart Invest AG, Stuttgart
WESTGRUND Aktiengesellschaft, Berlin
Data protection Tier 3
After Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek over the last few years was able to gain data protection expertise with lateral hires such as practice head Thomas Jansen (2017) and Hans Markus Wulf (2018) from DLA Piper and SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte respectively, in 2019 the practice was ready to significantly expand its coverage. New clients – from domestic public entities to international companies – enabled the team's access to new types of projects, which, for instance, involved data transfer between governmental bodies and private actors as well as product advice and order processing agreements. The seven partner strong team that constitutes the firm's data protection task force sits within the larger IP, media and technology group.
‘When working together with Heuking Kuhn’s data protection team profitability is always guaranteed. The lawyers deliver quick and practical results and are moreover very pleasant conversational and business partners.’
Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnologie (BSI)
EDEKA DIGITAL GmbH
Heinrich Hugendubel GmbH & Co. KG
meetyoo conferencing GmbH
Messer Group GmbH
Netigate Deutschland GmbH
Santander Consumer Bank AG
Due to the firm's solid clientbase in the telecoms industry and the public sector and its increasing visibility in the automotive area Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is successfully managing to retain its strong position in the market. The IT team is part of the practice group IP, Media & Technology and handles the development of IT products (such as navigation systems) and other IT projects, the transfer of IT infrastructure and advises on topics such as IoT and autonomous driving. It also has particular expertise in the open source segment. Michael Schmittmann heads the practice which also includes Philip Kempermann and Thomas Jansen. Markus Lennartz was promoted to partner in January 2019.
‘Very large team across Germany.’
‘Broad industry expertise, wide experience of other example cases and common practices.’
‘Pragmatic approach, which focuses on industry needs.’
‘Michael Schmittman is an IT expert from the very start.’
ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH
INNIO Jenbacher (Österreich) INNIO Waukesha (USA)
Swift Navigation, Inc.
Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy
Bundesamt für Sicherheit und Informationstechnik (BSI)
Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (BMVg) vertreten durch das Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik
European GNSS Agency (GSA)
Gesellschafter der diconium group GmbH
Insurance litigation Tier 3
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's insurance law group assists insurers with a wide range of contentious matters. Thanks to its inclusion in the Insuralex network, the firm is increasingly taking on mandates with cross-border character. It has particular strength in D&O, E&O and fidelity insurance as well as professional and business liability insurance. Michael Lauterbach, Herbert Palmberger, Rüdiger Schnug and Stefan Jöster jointly head the broad-based team from their respective locations.
Restructuring Tier 3
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek acts for insolvency administrators in defence against liability claims and prepares rescissory actions. In other work, the team advises on distressed M&A and real estate transactions, acts for banks and creditors in matters pertaining to the restructuring of borrowers and handles restructuring-related antitrust law issues. As well as acting for banks, the team's client portfolio includes shipping companies, automotive suppliers, logistics companies and healthcare sector players. Georg Streit heads the practice and is experienced in representing managing directors alongside management and supervisory boards in litigation. Kai Uwe Büchler and Christopher Görtz were made salary partners at the beginning of 2019 and have experience in handling various restructuring-related matters.
‘The practice has its strengths in the technical competence, the commercial viewpoint and the preparation of solutions for complex issues.’
‘Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has the highest technical competence, is fast and always available and shows great dedication, fairness and a very high legal quality.’
‘The team is very flexible and answers requests fast. One always has the feeling, that the client comes first. The requirements of insolvency law are translated very comprehensibly to the client. This way, the clients are shown a clear picture of their situation.’
‘Georg Streit is leading a strong team and is himself almost always present. The technical reputation and his network have been proven to help public officials make decisions in line with the recommendations of Heuking.’
United Battery Management
Viessmann Bavaria Yachtbau
Unfair competition Tier 3
Alongside its strong advisory capabilities, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek handles a wide range of contentious proceedings. The integrated IP, Media & Technology practice group offers in-depth expertise in internet matters and also has a proven track record for cross-border mandates. The team led by Michael Schmittmann includes Ruben Alexander Hofmann, who made partner in January 2019, and Robert Güther, who mainly acts in forensic matters and joined the practice following an internal move.
APASSIONATA World GmbH
Cirque du Soleil
Gesellschafter der diconium group GmbH
Marc Cain GmbH
Michelin Reifenwerke AG & Co. KGaA
Näve Leuchten GmbH
Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG
Commercial litigation Tier 4
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's large dispute resolution group represents clients, often national and international corporations, in a broad spectrum of disputes with particular focus on assisting with class actions as well as energy and capital markets-related matters. Elke Umbeck, Thomas Wambach and Ulrike Gantenberg jointly head the team, in which Daniel Froesch is another experienced key contact. Sebastian Jungemeyer is noted for his 'exceedingly deep litigation and legal know-how'.
The construction law practice at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek distinguishes itself through a diverse client base composed of construction companies and public authorities. Accordingly, infrastructure projects are an important pillar of the group's day-to-day operations. The team behind Thomas Nickel and Stephan Freund advises both on construction-related matters as well as litigious issues. A particular niche of the practice is dispute settlement in relation to stalled port construction projects, while power plants and shopping centres are objects that key contact Armin Freiherr von Grießenbeck also advises on.
Energy Tier 4
As a full-service firm, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is well placed to handle energy-specific matters as well as issues at the interface with real estate, public procurement, tax and state aid law. The team handles purely national as well as cross-border instructions, where the firm's tested network of international cooperation firms comes into play. It is particularly well versed in advising renewable energy sector clients and continues to expand its electromobility offering. Conventional energy suppliers, energy-intensive companies and investors also instruct the team led by Marc Baltus. Felix Siebler moved to Watson Farley & Williams LLP in July 2018.
‘The team around Ute Jasper is closely connected, always well informed with each other, always delivers reliable, timely and well-founded legal statements that are prepared in a practical manner and, above all, can be implemented. You can absolutely rely on her team.’
‘Ute Jasper combines a high level of expertise with a quick grasp, the ability to immediately condense complex issues to the essential points and questions and to bring them to a legally secure and at the same time pragmatic solution. You can always rely on her! As a client, you feel in good hands with her.’
‘Marc Baltus is characterised by a broad and deep knowledge of energy law. With him you can discuss questions from a wide variety of areas and always receive reliable and practice-oriented advice.’
regio iT gesellschaft für informations-technologie mbH
ESWE Verkehrs-gesellschaft mbH
SET Swiss Energy Trading AG
Investment funds Tier 4
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advises investment funds and capital management companies on the structuring and launch of alternative investment funds with a focus on real estate, as well as on the preparation of sales prospectuses and regulatory matters. Michael Dröge heads the team.
HF Invest GmbH
Verianos Capital Partners GmbH
WealthCap Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
Lending and borrowing Tier 4
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek covers a broad spectrum of acquisition and corporate finance and predominately acts for borrowers, including private equity firms, while also assisting lenders with finance transactions and refinancings. Vinzenz Bödeker heads the practice, which includes the 'friendly, uncomplicated, reliable and extremely professional' Thomas Schrell. Together with Michael Neises, he also advises on project and export financing.
‘Thomas Schrell has very good expertise and experience in finance, very flexible.’
DZ Bank AG
FEUER powertrain GmbH & Co. KG
Generator Hostels Group
HF Debt GmbH
PREMIUM Equity Partners
Patent litigation Tier 4
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek predominately acts for medium-sized companies from a diverse mix of industries in infringement proceedings as well as corresponding nullity proceedings, particularly appeal procedures before the Federal Court of Justice (BGH). As well as medical technology patents, the team also handles mechanical and plant engineering alongside packaging and life sciences sector matters. Team head Anton Horn is the main contact.
Other key lawyers:
‘Anton Horn is leading the department with a lot of enthusiasm. The associates possess a very good know-how and prepare the cases with meticulous care.’
‘Anton Horn: His management of mandates is unique. He always gives a good overview of the state of proceedings and informs about the next steps and options. At the same time he keeps an eye on the general overview.’
Brødrene Hartmann A/S
Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG (Deutschland)
Real estate Tier 4
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's sizeable real estate practice focuses on assisting with transactions and project developments in the asset classes office, hotel, logistics and retail. Additional competencies of Thomas Nickel and Stephan Freund's team lay in transactional advice to private and institutional investors in relation to due diligence matters as well as in refinancing. Armin Freiherr von Grießenbeck is often instructed with matters related to ongoing construction projects on airport grounds, while cross-practice support for infrastructure projects is meant to constitute an increasingly important part of the group's daily business in the future.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very short response times. Sound knowledge of real estate and construction law. Pragmatic solutions.‘
EDEKA Nordbayern Bau- und Objektgesellschaft mbH
Flughafengesellschaft München GmbH
Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH
Tax Tier 4
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advises private clients and family offices on succession planning and inheritance tax law matters, while real estate funds, manufacturing companies and private equity funds retain the practice to assist with real estate and M&A transactions, including associated tax structuring, and with the establishment of closed-end and open-end funds. At the intersection with capital markets law, the team regularly provides advice on the financing of bonds, while also having expertise in insolvency and restructuring-related matters. Practice co-heads Marion Sangen-Emden and Marc Scheunemann advise on national and cross-border real estate transactions and on the tax aspects of corporate restructuring.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice has excellent legal expertise, is always available for clients’ needs and consists of team-minded and cooperative staff.’
‘The firm manages to again and again come up with new concepts and structures for different succession scenarios.’
‘The team stands out for its respectful manner, both internally and with clients.’
‘Jörn Matuszewski is a recommendable tax lawyer.’
Marlin Equity Partners
diconium group GmbH
BigBlu Broadband PLC
Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH
De Raj Group AG
RPC Group PLC
VIVA-WEST Wohnen GmbH
Trade marks Tier 4
As an integral part of the firm's IP, Media & Technology group, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's trade mark practice has litigation work at its core, while also regularly handling non-contentious matters. The partner appointment of IP lawyer Ruben Alexander Hofmann in January 2019 in Cologne and the addition of the litigation experienced Robert Güther, who moved internally and joined the Berlin team, showcase the positive development of the practice. Michael Schmittmann heads the team from Düsseldorf.
Other key lawyers:
Bacardi Company Ltd.
APASSIONATA World GmbH
Carl Zeiss Vision GmbH
COMPO Expert GmbH
DALLI-WERKE GmbH & Co. KG
GameStop, Inc./GameStop Deutschland GmbH
Messe Frankfurt GmbH
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's distribution law team is led by Reinhardt Siegert and predominately acts for manufacturers but also advises a number of selected distributors. The practice maintains a large number of long-standing client relationships, particularly in the chemical, mechanical engineering and automotive sectors, including key names such as Audi. Siegert is the main contact for matters at the intersection with antitrust law, while Martin Reufels specialises in contract law issues. Martin Imhof has increasingly been dealing with matters pertaining to international trade relations and Thorsten Wieland handles IP aspects in the commercial and distribution law space.
‘The team always responds fast and gives good advice on commercial negotiations with suppliers.’
‘Thomas Jansen is outstanding.’
Eisenwerk Brühl GmbH
Renault Deutschland AG
Antitrust Tier 5
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advises companies, associations and the public sector on various antitrust law matters such as merger control proceedings and preventative measures to avoid antitrust violations. Handling fine proceedings and providing antitrust law advice on innovative projects are among the core strengths of the practice led by Rainer Velte. Frederik Wiemer is particularly well versed in damages claims.
Other key lawyers:
‘Frederik Wiemer is a reliable external antitrust lawyer, who knows very well how to adjust to client’s needs.‘
manroland Goss web systems GmbH
Shell Deutschland Oil
Employment Tier 5
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek represents clients in negotiations with the works council and in various other employment law proceedings and also assists with redundancies and the development of compliance guidelines. Bernd Weller and Andreas Walle jointly head the team, which also provides the firm's transactions practice with related employment law advice.
Other key lawyers:
‘The international orientation and broad setup of the firm is special.‘
‘Martin Reufels’ pragmatic approach and his extremely deep and always up-to-date legal knowledge are very valuable.‘
‘Bernd Weller is a technically very well-versed as well as personally very pleasant lawyer. Especially during workshops he outstandingly understands how to convey legal content to non-lawyers in a comprehensible and practical way.‘
1. FSV Mainz 05 e. V.
DB CargoEurasia GmbH
Deutscher Fußball Bund e. V
Falck Notfallrettung und Krankentransport GmbH
Marché Mövenpick Deutschland GmbH
RBH Logistics GmbH
S.C. Johnson & Son., Inc., Racine, USA
Entertainment Tier 5
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's media expertise focuses primarily on the distribution of media content for clients in the sports, music and media industries. The team is also well versed in gambling law and at the intersection with IT and IP. Michael Schmittmann heads the practice.
Access Europe GmbH
Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH (DFL)
Deutsches Musik Fernsehen
GSA – Projekte GALILEO und EGNOS
JARR BV / Veltmeijer Group
Kiesgrube Event GmbH
LfK Landesanstalt für Kommunikation Baden-Württemberg (LFK) ./. Radio 3
Equity capital markets Tier 5
The team at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek led by Mirko Sickinger primarily acts for issuers in capital increases and IPOs in the small and mid-cap segment and frequently advises its clients on switching stock exchange segments.
Other key lawyers:
7C SOLARPARKEN AG
DEFAMA Deutsche Fachmarkt AG
Northern Bitcoin AG
RENÉ LEZARD Mode AG
SeniVita Social Estate AG
The Grounds Real Estate Development AG
Aves One AG
Planning and environment Tier 5
In environmental and planning law, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek predominantly acts for project developers and very actively advises on housing construction. The team behind Thomas Nickel also assists municipalities and investors with construction site development and existing plants in the food industry. In the area of environmental law the representation of clients in matters related to air pollution control is the central expertise, as well as the environmental law advice to chemicals companies.
Transactions Tier 5
The 'well connected and professional' private equity practice at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is spread across four offices and assists private equity firms and family offices with medium-sized transactions including exits and the implementation of buy-to-build strategies. The team led by Peter Christian Schmidt increased its bench strength with the arrival of PE transactions expert Oliver von Rosenberg from GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB in January 2020 alongside Alexander Jüngst, who previously acted as counsel at the same firm and joined as partner.
‘Good price-performance ratio.‘
‘Hermann Ali Hinderer is tactically very good and brings deals to a close without losing sight of clients’ interests.‘
Auctus Capital Partners
Odewald KMU II
Photonics Systems Holding GmbH
PREMIUM EQUITY PARTNERS GMBH
SD Sugar Daddies GmbH
Compliance Tier 6
Already in 2017, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek bolstered its compliance capabilities with the arrival of Gunter Mühlhaus, previously at Ernst & Young Law, and additionally welcomed Martin Ströhmann, who joined from Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, in March 2019; they respectively cover tax and corporate aspects of compliance matters. Practice head André-M. Szesny has a good reputation for his white-collar crime expertise. Notably, the team works closely with the corporate, data protection, employment and antitrust departments of the firm. Susanne Stauder is experienced in advising on money laundering matters.
‘The partner takes ownership of the client’s needs, puts herself into their shoes, contributes personal initiative and is thereby technically sound.‘
‘The team stands out for its down-to-earth attitude, short response times, pragmatic solutions and proactive support.‘
‘André Szesny has a broad wealth of experience in both technical and procedural regard. This combination allows him to advise his client’s optimally. He’s a prudent, reflective, but also straightforward legal advisor.‘
From across seven offices, the M&A team at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advises medium-sized companies and institutional investors on real estate transactions and company acquisitions on buyer as well as seller side; the practice is particularly active in the health sector, but also receives instructions from other industries. In addition, the group assists with private equity and capital markets-related matters. Boris Dürr in Munich and Thorsten Kuthe in Cologne jointly head the practice.
‘Outstanding legal skills paired with economic expertise.‘
AERTEC Solutions S.L.
diconium group GmbH
Gesellschafter Kolle Rebbe GmbH
GS Star Hotels
Odewald KMU II
PREMIUM Equity Partners, Frankfurt/Main
STINAG Stuttgart Invest AG, Stuttgart
Subsea 7 Interim UK Holdings Limited
Trumpf GmbH & Co. KG
VR Equitypartner GmbH
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek > Firm Profile
|Banking and finance, capital markets, private equity|
|Competition, merger control, antitrust|
|Corporate, partnerships and general commercial|
|Distribution and trade|
|Entertainment, media, publishing, copyright|
|Employment and labour|
|German and international tax|
|Healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life science|
|Insolvency and restructuring|
|Insurance and reinsurance|
|Intellectual property rights, patent|
|Litigation, arbitration and mediation|
|Private client and family office|
|Public procurement, PPP|
|Real estate transactions, construction|
|Structuring and set up of investment funds, closed-end funds|
|Telecommunications and IT|
|White-collar and criminal compliance|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 400+ at this office : 97
LanguagesChinese Czech Dutch English French German Greek Hungarian Icelandic Italian Japanese Norwegian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Spanish Swedish Turkish
OtherContacts : Dr Wolfgang Kühn Contacts : Michael Schmittmann Other offices : Berlin Other offices : Chemnitz Other offices : Cologne Other offices : Frankfurt Other offices : Hamburg Other offices : Munich Other offices : Stuttgart Other offices : Zurich
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Advice to individuals
- Arbitration (including international arbitration)
- Data protection
- Information technology and digitalisation
- Insurance litigation
- Unfair competition
- Commercial litigation
- Construction (including construction litigation)
- Investment funds
- Lending and borrowing
- Patent litigation
- Real estate
- Trade marks
- Trade, distribution and logistics
- Equity capital markets
- Planning and environment
- M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)