Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek > Dusseldorf, Germany > Firm Profile

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
GEORG-GLOCK-STRAßE 4
40474 DÜSSELDORF
Germany

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 1

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s team has ‘high competence and practical knowledge‘ and stands out with a focus on advising the public sector. The client portfolio includes the federal government, federal states, cities, public utilities and transport companies, which the group particularly frequently assists with large infrastructure projects and politically or socially important projects. Most recently, the practice has been increasingly involved in sustainable procurement matters, especially with regards to local transport, while Covid-19 procurement and digitisation matters also played a central role for the team. Ute Jasper in Düsseldorf, who has ‘excellent specialist knowledge in the areas of public procurement and municipal law’, jointly leads the practice with the Hamburg-based Martin Schellenberg, who ‘impresses with deep detailed knowledge of the individual task.

Testimonials

‘Dr. Laurence Westen, highly concentrated, high work speed, knowledge is as broad as it is deep, has a whole library in his head. dr Ute Jasper, always thinks along with the customer on the economic level, what the solution means for him materially and not just legally, she is the most commercial lawyer. dr Christopher Marx is immediately extremely “sure-footed” even in exotic subjects (such as rail vehicle tenders). regularly has more knowledge of the legal text of the state ministry than the ministry itself.’

‘The team around Dr. Ute Jasper is characterized by creativity and legality. When it comes to public procurement and contract law, it is highly competent and technically beyond any doubt. We are completely satisfied with the team and recommend them again and again .’

‘Target-oriented advice and preparation of pleadings and documents, very good accessibility and high level of commitment, punctuality in completing the order.’

‘Miss Dr. Jasper has excellent specialist knowledge and an excellent understanding of all procurement law issues and guidelines.’

‘High level of competence and practical knowledge.’

‘Dr. Westen knows how to harmonize the technical/legal aspects with the overall goals of the projects/the company. So far, public procurement law issues and challenges have always found appropriate solutions that fit our company perfectly.’

‘Miss Dr. Jasper: Her excellent specialist knowledge, including in the area of public procurement and municipal law, coupled with a great deal of creativity when it comes to practical solutions, humor and a very pleasant demeanor, makes Dr. Jasper as the best possible contact for the aforementioned topics.’

‘The lawyer advising and supporting us, Dr. Schellenberg, convinces with his deep understanding and knowledge of the matter and convinces with deep detailed knowledge of the individual task. He’s in it with all his heart (and mind, of course).’

Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s team stands out thanks to ‘depth of knowledge and resources. The sizeable team comprehensively covers all aspects of corporate law, including corporate housekeeping and dispute resolution. The group has an equally broad client portfolio, including clients from the mechanical engineering, automotive, healthcare, energy and finance sectors. The practice is headed by Thorsten Kuthe and Boris Dürr and includes stock corporation specialist Mirko Sickinger and corporate lawyer Martin Imhof.

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‘Very strong M&A team that not only understands and manages the legal aspects, but above all the commercial side. Very high experience and at the same time pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘Super corporate lawyer with a view of the big picture.’

‘Martin Imhof is a great corporate lawyer, just like Helge-Thorsten Wöhlert, even with complex projects such as cross-border mergers; good cooperation with the firm’s internal tax lawyers.’

‘Boris Dürr: High professional competence, commitment, availability, solution orientation.’

‘Boris Dürr: Competent and timely response to questions .’

‘Partner engagement, depth of knowledge and resources, focus on client needs and tailored advice and solutions are at the highest level.’

‘Helge Wöhlert: Very broad knowledge, articulate.’

‘Extremely quick integration and networking of the various specialist areas.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the EasyPark Group on the acquisition of the PARK NOW Group, a joint venture between the BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG.
  • Advising the Chinese Inner Mongolia Mengtai Group Co., Ltd. as part of a bidding process for the acquisition of the European apt group, one of the leading corporate groups in the European aluminum industry.
  • Advising the shareholders of Wörwag Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH on the sale of the Wörwag Group to the listed US group PPG.

Dispute resolution > Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advises banks, insurers and companies from the food, energy and logistics sectors and is experienced in assisting with negotiations based on DIS and ICC rules, among others. Proceedings mainly pertain to post-M&A conflicts, damages claims and shareholder disputes. Most recently, the dispute resolution practice was reorganized, resulting in Elke Umbeck, who frequently advises on energy law issues, and Daniel Froesch, who is well versed in corporate and criminal law, taking on the arbitration group’s joint leadership in 2021.

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‘A stable team that is always available at extremely short notice and deployed economically. Third-party expertise from other Heuking colleagues who are not working directly on the case will be consulted appropriately and directly if necessary.’

‘Extremely high commitment and availability. Focused immersing into the matter down to the last detail. Willingness to compromise, which is extremely relevant for simultaneous business transactions and existing contracts with the opponent.’

‘We were able to work with Mr. Froesch. He was a highly competent contact with whom we negotiated what we felt was a very good settlement.’

Work highlights

  • Representation of SLP Schwäbische LAndprodukte GmbH in arbitration proceedings against a Romanian supplier (organic spelled) regarding the uniformity conditions of the German grain trade.

Industry focus > Energy Tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek successfully expanded its international portfolio in 2020 by acquiring several new foreign clients. The team, led by practice head Marc Baltus in Düsseldorf, is well positioned due to traditional advisory strengths in offshore wind and photovoltaic matters and also increasingly in energy storage, e-mobility, corporate PPAs and heat supply. Corporate expert Oliver von Rosenberg officially joined the energy law team in Cologne, complementing the firm’s interface competence with corporate law.

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The team highly tailor their responses to our needs and provide business advice. Despite communicating with one person, the entire team is always up to date and ready to help.

‘Marc Baltus stands out in the energy market. Always ready to assist and very specific in reply.’

 

Information technology > Data protection Tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek offers a wide range of advice on data protection issues, which, in addition to the implementation of compliance programs, also includes assistance with software launches and data protection matters related to online trading. The team's expertise is further frequently applied in outsourcing projects and transactions. Philip Kempermann and Thomas Jansen jointly head the team.

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‘Well-connected, broadly skilled unit that offers full service in data protection. They also work well internationally (and always deliver reliably).’

‘Philipp Kempermann is very well connected. He is characterized by his fast feedback, a solution-oriented approach and his detailed knowledge. Especially in cross-border matters, he thinks outside the box in order to achieve the best result for the client.’

‘Michael Kuska is very pragmatic, always available and has now taken on a leading role in complex GDPR issues.’

‘Britta Hinzpeter has managed to ideally combine her expert knowledge of GDPR and life sciences. It is the top address for wearables and health apps in Germany.’

‘Astrid Luedtke takes the lead in joint projects with commitment, asks the right questions and has a passion for innovative business ideas, which is reflected in her advice.’

‘Hands-on, practical, solution-oriented and able to adapt to the dynamics and peculiarities of a project and internal teams.’

‘Philip Kempermann is characterized by the fact that he always gives practical and solution-oriented advice “despite” his excellent professional qualifications. His ability to move a project forward is not only valued by the legal department, but also by the specialist departments involved, as is his hands-on and collegial nature, which makes him part of the team – an art that not many external consultants can master.’

Key clients

BSI

Certified Collectibles Group (CCG)

GROHE

MarketAxess

Messer Group GmbH

Work highlights

  • Data protection advice to Santander Consumer Bank AG on the introduction of personnel management software Workday.
  • Ongoing advice and support to Versandhaus Walz GmbH on all data protection matters, especially in connection with the client’s mail order and online business as well as advertising customer approaches, particularly with regard to the client’s online shops.
  • Data protection advice to MarketAxess Group at the Regulatory Reporting Hubs of Deutsche Börse Group.

Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation Tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's 'very good and established IT practice' is well versed in IT projects in the private and public sector as well as in IT disputes, in particular concerning issues such as licensing and fee levels, SAP management takeovers and failed IT projects. In a highlight for the Cologne team, Dominik Eickemeier advised on an international software project in the automotive sector; he co-heads the practice with Frankfurt-based Markus Lennartz, who is known for his expertise in cybersecurity structures.

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‘Very good established IT practice. It has a very good price-performance ratio. Pragmatic and realistic approach. Very good industry knowledge.’

‘Michael Schmittmann is always easy to reach. Delegates to the right person or contributes himself. Has a good grip of the market, opportunities and best practice.’

Insurance > Insurance litigation Tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek supports insurers and policyholders in litigation and arbitration proceedings with comprehensive advice. Practice heads Rüdiger Schnug and Michael Lauterbach have particular expertise in professional liability insurance. Herbert Palmberger is an expert in cyber insurance, as well as in D&O and W&I, which are also covered by René Krohn, while senior associate Julia Degen impresses with in-depth knowledge of business interruption insurance.

Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 3

In competition law, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is active both in contentious proceedings and in an advisory capacity. The group focuses on traditional advertising law, e-commerce issues and the interface with copyright and data protection law. The practice is headed by Dominik Eickemeier in Cologne and Markus Lennartz in Frankfurt. Christian Spintig in Hamburg and salaried partner Antje Münch are among the key contacts and comprehensively cover the IP field.

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 3

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s advice spectrum ranges from litigation to insolvency and restructuring plans. Here, its network of relevant specialists, specialized foreign firms and insolvency administrators enables the group to advise on large and international restructuring and reorganisation cases. The practice is headed by Georg Streit, who predominantly handles plan restructuring, acquisitions and sales in crisis situations and insolvency disputes; the latter are includes advice on liability and criminal law risks. Kai Uwe Büchler is a key contact for credit and credit security law.

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Testimonials

‘High competence.’

‘Highly competent team with proven experts who can answer ALL questions safely, accurately and in a way that everyone can understand.’

Very quick to react, super competent in anticipatory action. Very well networked and able, if necessary, to extend the workbench at will with the help of external third parties.’

‘Excellent expertise, exceptionally good communication, excellent work commitment, consistent availability, excellent responsiveness. Particularly noteworthy are Prof. Dr. Georg Streit – one of the best lawyers for questions of insolvency law.’

‘The team covers a wide spectrum and uses this spectrum quickly, easily and very effectively not only to cover the legal aspect, but also to convert it into sensible and applicable solutions.’

‘My experience is essentially based on working with Prof. Streit. I really appreciate his high level of competence, his pragmatic approach and the opportunity to work out solutions in a very good dialogue. In addition, there is always very good availability, which is sometimes critical in this field.’

‘Very broad legal know-how in the area of restructuring and insolvency. From litigation to insolvency and restructuring plans. Highly recommended.’

‘Georg Streit: High analytical skills, very broad specialist knowledge.’

Transport > Advice to the transport sector Tier 3

Clients from the transport and traffic sectors regularly rely on Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s special expertise in assisting with public transport procurement projects by the public sector and transport associations. The group also extensively advises transport and logistics companies on transactional matters with a particular focus on terminal projects and cross-border transactions. Infrastructure projects are handled by practice heads Martin Imhof and Carsten Schrader, while Ute Jasper‘s competencies lie in the public transport sector. The transport practice’s litigation team is headed by Cord Tomhave.

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Work highlights

  • Advising Duisburger Hafen AG on the development and construction of the Duisburg Gateway Terminal.
  • Advice to the Verkehrsbund Mittelsachsen on the preparation and implementation of the award procedure for the delivery and long-term maintenance of the vehicles, as part of the vehicle financing and the financing of the workshop building that is still to be built.

Banking and finance > Investment funds Tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek predominantly advises capital management companies on the structuring of AIFs and special AIFs across various asset classes and, as a second mainstay, also covers the entire range of regulatory issues including those arising from the takeover of fund portfolios. Michael Dröge leads the team from Hamburg and is particularly well versed in the real estate sector.

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‘The team is characterized by extensive expertise in real estate, structuring and taxation.’

Capital markets > Equity capital markets Tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek mainly advises medium-sized companies on various capital market transactions – including some cash and non-cash capital increases – as well as corporate-related matters such as public takeovers; this interdisciplinary focus also reflects practice head Mirko Sickinger‘s expertise.

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‘The law firm advises us on all questions relating to our stock exchange listing, including, and specifically, capital measures and the prospectus. The Heuking team that looks after us is very fast, always available (even on weekends) and always competent. Another positive aspect was how quickly the team familiarizes itself with the facts, which is not always easy with a prospectus. But the comprehension of the colleagues working there is unbelievably quick. We are looked after all round and feel that we are in very good hands with Heuking. Recommendations for external experts (assessment of contributions in kind) were also excellent and in good cooperation with Heuking.’

‘We mainly work with Dr. Thorsten Kuthe. His expertise is very detailed and he has a lot of experience, which is very helpful. Our board cares a lot about Dr. Kuthe, because he manages to explain the most complex issues in a simple way and he approaches all topics in a solution-oriented manner. He never cites a problem, but the facts and the solution to it, which makes working together very pleasant.’

‘What we immediately noticed about Heuking – Mr. Kuthe and his team – compared to the previous consultants is the way his team approaches things. It’s more efficient and solution-oriented than we’ve been used to. This is actually reflected in monetary terms, the bottom line is that the costs with Heuking are lower than they were with the other consultants before. In particular, we at Heuking see that not too many people within the law firm are consulted on issues. This means that invoices are not overcrowded with associates or people who have been brought in as part of a “working group”.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s team primarily represents German companies and listed players and also provides expertise in adjacent practice areas such as insurance and finance law. The case load is dominated by contentious corporate, antitrust and commercial issues, while the team also covers insolvency disputes. With regards to cross-border matters, clients particularly benefit from its China Desk. Thomas Wambach and Christian Strasser jointly head the litigation department within the newly structured dispute resolution team which also includes corporate and criminal lawyer Daniel Froesch.

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Work highlights

  • Representation of the Albrecht heirs in appeal proceedings before the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court  in relation to kick-back payments.
  • Advising Sichuan Wie Jing Group on the reversal of a joint venture after fraudulent misrepresentation.
  • Advice on sales contract law and legal representation of Chiquita Europe BV in court proceedings regarding the assertion of unlawfully withheld fees from the delivery of bananas to major customers.

Intellectual property > Patent litigation: solicitors Tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek stands out due to its particular in-depth experience in nullity proceedings before the BGH. Practice head Anton Horn and his team expanded the practice in 2020 by intensifying the cross-border workload, where proceedings related to Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands were advised on, and also with increased activity in contentious LED matters in the automotive sector; the latter was further enhanced in cooperation with the firm’s Indian desk. Sabine Dethof, as well as Horn in Düsseldorf, and senior associate Cécile Corbet, who is regularly active for French clients, are other key figures.

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Key clients

Dr. Anton Horn

Brødrene Hartmann

CeramOptec GmbH

EGGER

EnerDry A/S

SWISSPHONE

Systemhouse s.p.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Filing of an action for nullity before the Federal Patent Court by Dr. Anton Horn against the German part of a European patent on the Ethiopian national grain teff, successfully obtaining the cancellation of the patent.
  • Enforcement of a patent for the design of egg packaging against a listed Finnish-Dutch competitor.
  • Representing Enerdry A/S in proceedings against a German competitor regarding patents for large-scale biomass drying systems, including proceedings before the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal.

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek combines its strong trade mark and design litigation practice with strategic portfolio management skills, including transactional matters, the drafting of licensing agreements and distribution law issues. The advice on copyright law is another strength. Led by practice heads Dominik Eickemeier in Cologne and Markus Lennartz in Frankfurt, the group’s industry focuses include the fashion, entertainment and electronics sectors. Trade mark and design specialist Christian Spintig in Hamburg and Andreas Schabenberger in Stuttgart, who is experienced in trade mark and competition law as well as in medical device law, are further key figures.

Testimonials

‘Good networking internally.’

‘Practice-oriented processing, good expertise.’

Friendly, helpful, great and fast communication. Understandable, very accessible, great callback processing.

Always a solution proposal available, best advice.

Real estate and construction > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek routinely advises on large-scale plant construction and infrastructure projects, but also advises on individual trades and specialist properties. The group has noteable experience in advising public sector clients on public procurement law with regard to large urban project developments, such as tram line expansions and inner city redesigns. Stephan Freund and Thomas Nickel head the team and focus on construction dispute resolution, including ADR procedures, as well as construction planning law and the interface with environmental law. Armin Freiherr von Grießenbeck is well versed in public-private partnerships.

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‘The Heuking team is characterized by a very wide range of specialist knowledge and a very high level of competence in the area of construction and real estate law. Even complex questions are always answered promptly and in a well-founded manner.’

‘Stephan Freund represents us in complex building law issues and has done an excellent job both in assessing the legal starting point and in asserting our interests. In addition to his professional competence, he also distinguished himself as a pragmatic and solution-oriented consultant.’

Trade and distribution > Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 4

Distribution antitrust law and international distribution relationships form the two cornerstones of the distribution law practice group at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. Clients are advised on suitable distribution systems and supported in their design. The group also advises on commercial agency and dealership contracts, and is active in dispute resolution processes. The team is regularly instructed by technology-led companies on matters of German law and IT-related scenarios. Reinhard Siegert heads the practice group and focuses on advising the automotive sector, particularly on distribution antitrust law. The design of national and international supply relationships is a focus of Sebastian Jungemeyer, while corporate law issues are covered by Martin Imhof. ESG-related matters and the supply chain law are key strengths of Birgit Schreier.

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‘Previous collaboration with Dr. Sebastian Jungemeyer. He responds very quickly to inquiries and gives a reliable time when a response will also be given. Our concerns are processed in a goal-oriented manner and the drafting of the law firm is always practice-oriented.’

White-collar crime > Advice to individuals Tier 4

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek primarily represents managing directors and board members in investigations and criminal proceedings resulting from property crime and capital markets offence allegations. Here, practice head André-M. Szesny is particularly active but also regularly assists with cum-ex proceedings. The team’s expertise further includes criminal environmental law issues. Anna Coenen, who is based in Düsseldorf and well versed in white-collar crime as well as criminal tax issues, made non-equity partner in January 2021.

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Germany > Antitrust Tier 5

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's team 'always has pragmatic solutions in mind' and fields a comprehensive practice spread across various locations. Clients, many of whom are longstanding, benefit from the firm's cooperation with firms belonging to the lawyer network World Services Group and from the team's close cooperation with other practice areas, especially distribution law. Düsseldorf-based practice head Rainer Velte has many years of experience in antitrust issues and has particular expertise in merger control proceedings and cartel damages. At the Munich office, Reinhard Siegert specializes in distribution antitrust law, while Frederik Wiemer in Hamburg oversees merger controls and antitrust investigations, among other things.

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‘What is unique is the ability to make quick & actionable suggestions (no ivory tower). This also shows the practical experience.’

‘Dr. Siegert: Reliable, competent, available. Has the ability to explain complex content in a management-friendly manner and (very important in my opinion) to defend “unpopular” points factually but hard (no softening, no catastrophe painting).’

‘Very pronounced service provider mentality with quick contact access .’

‘Always focus on pragmatic solutions. In particular, the ability to prepare solutions – depending on the contact person – in a way that is comprehensible and understandable for non-lawyers.’

‘Very good expertise in the automotive sector and good contacts to private equity companies with relevant activities.’

‘Reinhard Siegert: Very pleasant to work with, expertise in the automotive sector.’

Corporate and M&A > M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 5

Thanks to its sizeable team across several locations, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is experienced in advising corporations, family businesses, private equity houses and family offices in M&A transactions in the mid-market segment. The team’s transactional support is evident in extensive industry experience, including mechanical engineering, automotive, healthcare, energy, financial services, real estate, media and technology matters. Boris Dürr jointly heads the practice with Thorsten Kuthe. Helge-Thorsten Wöhlert is an experienced contact for French clients.

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‘German, medium-sized company-oriented, partner-managed, interdisciplinary, long-term stable teams and partner structure/ contact person.’

‘High expertise, high and flexible, results-oriented commitment, holistic advice, ie legal, economic, tactical; very extensive legal and transactional experience.’

‘Rainer Herschlein has a lot of negotiating experience. He doesn’t cave in.’

‘Helge Wöhlert is incredibly knowledgeable and a strong leader.’

‘Boris Dürr is commercial, pragmatic and inspires confidence in his advice.’

‘Helge-Thorsten Wöhlert and Martin Imhof are characterized by excellent quality, legal knowledge and the ability to process complex transactions.

‘Kristina Schneider: She explains complex issues in an understandable way and always finds a solution or, she admits if she doesn’t know something and has to research something,  but she then doesn’t charge for this know-how. She is technically outstanding and does not seek any unnecessary complexity.’

‘Very good set of values, interdisciplinary coordination, attitude towards the negotiating partner ranging from down-to-earth to academic. This is extremely important, especially in the area of mid-cap deals, in order to pick up on the respective corporate culture. Precision in legal work. Flexibility/ creativity in finding solutions.’

Germany > Employment Tier 5

Since February 2021, Bernd Weller jointly heads the employment law group with Astrid Reich at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. She replaced Andreas Walle, who remains an integral part of the team. The trio mainly focuses on restructurings, compliance and works constitution law, among others; Weller is also experienced in litigation. At the end of 2020, the Berlin office welcomed church employment law specialist Utz Andelewski as well as a team from Dentons (Andelewksi was co-leader there).

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‘I am enthusiastic about the long-standing, constant, exceptionally good legal advice. The law firm’s unique selling point is that the lawyers at Heuking really try to understand the respective client and to work out a solution that is tailored to the needs of the respective company.’

The good accessibility and the short-term response to inquiries, which are extremely important when necessary and always provide a high degree of security, should be emphasized.’

‘Both Dr. Menke and Ms. von Stechow are great legal advisors with excellent knowledge of employment law, with whom you can always discuss new paths and break new ground together. The consulting services are always to the point, very structured and – depending on how much you want to be involved yourself – solutions are always offered that are exactly right for the client.’

‘Extremely competent team, guarantees comprehensive, interdisciplinary advice on complex issues.’

‘Dr. Andreas Walle: In-depth specialist knowledge, strategic competence in complex negotiation situations, excellent negotiation skills, reliable and quick response to inquiries, the best quality of reports and statements. Legal representation almost always successful.’

‘Customer and problem-oriented, pragmatic, technically well coordinated and qualified.’

Heuking’s employment lawyers have a pronounced “hands-on” mentality and impress with their confident demeanor even in complex negotiations, especially in distressed situations.’

Excellent solutions even in difficult legal issues.’

Media > Entertainment Tier 5

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's media team is based in Düsseldorf and Cologne with Michael Schmittmann and Dominik Eickemeier leading the local teams respectively. The practice is primarily instructed by TV and radio broadcasters to advise on contracts, copyright and media regulatory issues.

Public sector > Planning and environment Tier 5

The Frankfurt-based Thomas Nickel heads Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s team, which advises clients primarily on building planning law aspects of residential construction projects as well as office buildings and large area developments. The team continues to represent federal states in proceedings brought by the German Environmental Aid related to its desired diesel-ban in cities, with Wolfram Sandner being the key contact in Stuttgart. Alexander Weiss joined from Clifford Chance in October 2020, while Ullrich Schlichtherle and Sarah Slavik-Schulz both made non-equity partner in January 2021.

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Work highlights

  • Support for Allianz Real Estate Germany GmbH in what is currently the largest office project in Stuttgart.
  • Advising the Artisa-Group on their market entry in Germany.
  • Support from the state of Baden-Württemberg for clean air planning for the city of Ludwigburg. Revision to the BVerwG against the first instance judgment of the VGH BaWü. Defense against the demand of the DUH Deutsche Umwelthilfe eV for city-wide diesel driving bans to combat excessive NO2 levels in Ludwigsburg.

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 5

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s broad real estate expertise includes transactions and tendering procedures, financing issues, leasing issues and facility management outsourcing structures. The related public and tax law issues are also covered. Thomas Nickel (focus on the public sector and facility management) and Stephan Freund (tenancy, patent and land law as well as dispute resolution) jointly lead the team and are supported by Peter Zimmermann and Stefan Osing, particularly in dispute resolution and real estate transactions.

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Compliance Tier 6

The key competence of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is the interface expertise in employment, antitrust and commercial criminal law. Medium-sized and listed companies are advised on money laundering, embezzlement and subsidy issues, among others. The implementation of compliance management systems and the activity as an ombudsman are also part of the service offering. For cross-border mandates, the team draws on a international network of best-friend firms. Commercial and criminal tax law experts André-M. Szesny and Susanne Stauder are among the key contacts.

Germany > Tax Tier 6

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's focus lies on advising companies, their shareholders and investment managers on tax aspects of restructuring as well as M&A and private equity transactions, which also mirrors the strength of Düsseldorf-based practice heads Marion Sangen-Emden and Marc Scheunemann, and which was given further weight with the arrival of the Hamburg-based Henrik Lay (previously at AHB Arends Hofert Bergemann Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater PartGmbB) in April 2021.

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

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s M&A group offers its support in numerous small to mid-cap transactions. The sizeable team covers various sectors, such as mechanical engineering, automotive, healthcare, energy and TMT. This client base also benefits from the expertise in advising on corporate disputes and corporate governance issues. Boris Dürr and Thorsten Kuthe head the practice, which also includes Oliver Treptow (focus on healthcare, pharma and life sciences) and Helge-Torsten Wöhlert (also litigation and arbitration).

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Testimonials

‘Very customer oriented; strong advisory competence; very good availability; Out of the box thinking.’

‘German, medium-sized company-oriented, partner-managed, interdisciplinary, long-term stable teams and partner structure/ contact person.’ 

Capital markets > Debt capital markets

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek regularly assists medium-sized companies with small and mid-cap bond issues.

With more than 400 lawyers, tax advisors and notaries providing legal services across eight offices in Germany as well as an office in Zurich, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is one of the major commercial law firms in Germany.

The spectrum of our legal advice ranges from German and foreign medium-sized companies to international (including listed) large corporations in all matters of commercial law. Another focus of our client support lies in public law in which we counsel decision-makers on all levels of administration.

International matters

Our more than 400 lawyers speak over 22 different languages. Our expertise allows us to advise foreign clients in Germany comprehensively and to support German clients successfully in overseas business.

Over the years, our clients have come to focus on certain territories, which are represented by our Country Desks for China, French, India, Japan, Russian/CIS & Turkey.

In addition Heuking Kühn Luer Wojtek is represented in Switzerland with an interdisciplinary team and combines Swiss legal know-how with the full expertise of a large law firm.

 

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Because we as a law firm are committed to equal rights, we signed the “Charter of Diversity” in 2014. At the heart of the initiative is the promotion and appreciation of all employees regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age or ideology. By signing the Charter of Diversity, the promotion of diversity in our law firm has become an important aspect of our corporate culture.

We currently employ staff from 22 nations in our firm. Within the scope of our cooperation with national and international clients, the most diverse people come together. For this reason, it is a matter of course for us to work together without prejudice and with respect. Sexual identity and disability play just as little a role here as ethnic origin.