Firm Profile > GSK Stockmann > Munich, Germany

GSK Stockmann

Real estate and construction > Project development Tier 1

GSK Stockmann's client base, which is predominantly comprised of project and property developers, can rely on the extensive expertise of the firm's real estate project development sector group: it advises on legal issues pertaining to property and development areas, planning and construction services, financing as well as  investment matters related to real estate and infrastructure projects. The team is composed of experts in public construction and planning, environmental, architectural and engineering law and is also well versed in risk and cost management, tax optimisation as well as in construction and planning disputes. Furthermore, the group has particular experience in intra-urban project developments, especially with regards to housing construction. Stefan Dorn and practice head Jan Kehrberg stand out for their longstanding experience in advising on construction aspects of large-scale project developments.

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Actris Henninger Turm GmbH & Co KG

Athora Real Estate S.à r.l.

DekaBank Konzern


Groth Gruppe


Instone Real Estate Development GmbH

KARL München GmbH & Co. KG

PATRIZIA Gruppe, PATRIZIA Deutschland GmbH

Siemens Real Estate


Tegel Projekt GmbH

Zech Group

Art-Invest, Art-Invest Real Estate Management GmbH & Co. KG, Niederlassung München

Real estate and construction > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

GSK Stockmann's construction practice acts from within the firm's internal sector group real estate project development which alongside private construction law aptitude, also offers clients legal expertise in public construction and planning law, environmental issues, architectural and engineering matters as well as advice on financing and dispute resolution. The team is also occasionally instructed by the public authorities, but predominantly acts for project and property developers in inner-city project developments, particularly in relation to housing construction; the client base therefore includes municipal housing associations as well as several listed international companies. Additionally, the team's expertise also encompasses construction disputes, large-scale construction projects as well as infrastructure projects. Stefan Dorn is well versed in construction and architectural law and practice head Jan Kehrberg is experienced in construction advice pertaining to complex real estate developments. Planning lawyer Frank-Florian Seifert made equity partner in 2020.

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Actris Henninger Turm GmbH & Co KG

DekaBank Konzern

Diringer & Scheidel Bauunternehmung


Groth Gruppe


Immobel Germany S.á.rl.

Instone Real Estate Development GmbH

KARL München GmbH & Co. KG

PATRIZIA Gruppe, PATRIZIA Deutschland GmbH

Siemens Real Estate


Tegel Projekt GmbH

Zech Group, Art-Invest, Art-Invest Real Estate Management GmbH & Co. KG, Niederlassung München

Merck KGaA

Public sector > Planning and environment Tier 2

Mark Butt in Munich heads the sizeable environmental and planning law team at GSK Stockmann which focuses on real estate project development and infrastructure planning. Thus, the team handles matters pertaining to the expansion of various railways and the planning, approval and construction of a large underground extra-high voltage project. The firm also advises on urban development projects ranging from the conversion of former industrial locations to the planning of entirely new city quarters that are initiated by notable corporations such as Lidl or Siemens among others. Representation in and advice on environmental matters such as immission protection are also part of the practice. Frank-Florian Seifert and Stefan Geiger both made equity partner in January 2020 and contribute to the environmental and planning team's success. The arrival of of counsel Hans-Michael Mache, formerly in-house at TenneT, in January 2020 has increased the team's contacts within the industry.

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ECE Gruppe

FH Innova

Hammer AG

IKEA nein50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Land Schleswig-Holstein


MOTORWORLD Rüsselsheim

Sontowski & Partner

DB Netz AG

Freistaat Bayern

Bayerische Versorgungskammer


Siemens AG



Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 2

GSK Stockmann's 'well-coordinated and professionally operating team' has distinct advice capacities in all relevant matters pertaining to real estate, while a particularly high number of instructions derive from the interface of real estate transactions and project developments. Alongside its transactional advice on planned real estate, practice head Dirk Brückner's team is equally instructed by institutional investors, asset managers and real estate companies seeking advice on acquisitions and sales of existing properties in the asset categories housing, hotel, healthcare and especially commercial as well as logistics. The expertise of the team, which promoted four new partners in 2020, also includes joint ventures, asset management as well as bidding procedures. Philip Huperz, a 'technically excellent advisor whose pleasant manner often tips the scales', is particularly well versed in matters related to micro living.

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Very pragmatic, very focused, extremely client-oriented .’

Compared to the competition, GSK’s practice (here in particular in the person of Mr. Volker Hofstetter) is a beacon. Trustworthy, an excellent negotiator, extremely solution-oriented . ‘

The teams are set up very individually according to subject areas and the required capacities; these are also tailored to meet new requirements. The team members are closely linked to one another.

The cooperation is characterized by a very cooperative and efficient processing, the requirement profile of each individual is perfectly adapted to the respective challenges. So far we have only met very competent employees with a very high level of specialist knowledge and commitment.

Well-rehearsed and professionally acting team, no friction losses, coordinated communication .’

Competent contact persons, easy accessibility, friendly cooperation (Dr Philip Huperz, Kristina Marx, Dr Andre Morgenstern) .’

Dr. Philip Huperz – a technically excellent consultant, whose personable manner is often the tip of the balance . ‘

Very competent, experienced and reliable team .’

Dr. Brückner is very experienced and quick to analyze, gives good suggestions for alternative approaches, and is very pleasant to work with.

Key clients

Art-Invest, Art-Invest Real Estate Management GmbH & Co. KG.

AXA Konzern, AXA Investment Managers, AXA Investment Managers Deutschland GmbH

Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Westbrook Partners

MP Holding GmbH

Swiss Life Gruppe, Swiss Life Asset Management GmbH

Aurelis Real Estate

Optima Aegidius Unternehmensgruppe


Invesco Real Estate

KARL München GmbH & Co. KG

Rasmala Investment Bank und Gulf Islamic Investments

Fay Projects GmbH

Patron Capital Advisers LLP

AviaRent Capital Management S.à .r.l.

GPEP GmbH für Kapitalverwaltungsgesell-schaften


Public sector > Commercial administrative law Tier 3

GSK Stockmann's core client base in commercial administrative matters traditionally includes municipalities and communities and their companies. Here, the group particularly focuses on the real estate and infrastructure sectors as well as on the mobility and healthcare space. Most recently, the group has also begun to advise state and federal ministries. Players in the regulated industries seek to be advised by the practice and large international corporations instruct the team with issues related to Covid-19 measures and the environmental bonus among other matters. The firm further assists with politically divisive and media-effective legislation procedures related to Berlin's rent control and the national phasing out of coal energy. Jan Hennig in Berlin and Wolfgang Würfel in Munich jointly head the practice.

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Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi)

Land Berlin, Der Regierende Bürgermeister von Berlin(Senatskanzlei)

Landeshauptstadt München, Stadtjugendamt

Land Schleswig-Holstein

Amt Föhr-Amrum

Philip Morris GmbH

Land Berlin, BIM Berliner Immobilienmanagement GmbH

Land Berlin, HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH

IKEA Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Conterganstiftung für behinderte Menschen

Gemeinde Eichwalde

Tesla Motors GmbH

Banking and finance > Financial services: regulatory Tier 3

GSK Stockmann has significantly strengthened its regulatory capabilities by adding banking and investment law expert Volker Baas from Taylor Wessing in January 2020, who also has fintech sector expertise, and Okko Hendrik Behrends from DLA Piper in November 2019, who is experienced in representing institutions before the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Single Resolution Board (SRB) as well as in proceedings before the courts of the European Union. As well as handling regulatory proceedings and various fintech topics, the practice regularly advises banks and corporates on MiFID II, PSD 2 and CRR as well as on a wide range of compliance issues, including money laundering prevention matters. Key contacts include Robert Kramer, who frequently acts at the intersection with the funds sector, Timo Bernau, who advises on innovative financial services and financial products in the fintech space, and Andreas Heinzmann at the Luxembourg office. The close cooperation with the Luxembourg office is an integral part of the team's work.


High level of competence with the ability to network the different topics of a KWG-monitored institute. In addition to technical competence, in particular the ability to accompany business decisions in terms of content.

Extensive specialist knowledge, respectful and very pleasant business relationship.

Markus Escher: Excellent knowledge of payment law and regulation.’

Key clients

3Red Partners LLC.

Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband (DSGV)


aescuvest GmbH / aescuvest International GmbH

Allianz Capital Partners

Bankhaus von der Heydt

Commerzbank AG/Siemens AG/Continental AG

Companisto GmbH

Deutsche Finance Group

Deutsche Interessengemeinschaft Kreditkartengeschäft

Gothaer Versicherungsgrupe

Hansen & Heinrich AG

Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG

Interssengemeinschaft Kreditkarten

Lufthansa AG

Nürnberger Asset Management GmbH

PNB Bank

Solaris BankAG

Tesla Financial Services

Trasta Komercbanka

Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG

Five Quarters Real Estate AG

MFM Investment GmbH

TBF Global Asset Management GmbH

Tishman Speyer Investment Management GmbH

Verifort Capital Group GmbH

Banking and finance > Fintech Tier 3

Its interdisciplinary set-up enables the fintech and digital financial services practice at GSK Stockmann to handle matters at the intersection between banking supervisory law, IT and corporate. Practice head Timo Bernau as well as Volker Baas, who joined the team in January 2020 from Taylor Wessing, are key contacts for matters with a banking supervisory law angle. As a result of this, the team is well placed to advise banks, large established companies and fintechs on blockchain-based payments and e-money issues as well as on the structuring and implementation of digital business models and financing platforms, including associated approval procedures and cooperation agreements.

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aescuvest GmbH / aescuvest international GmbH

Bankhaus von der Heydt

Commerzbank AG, Siemens AG, Continental AG

Companisto GmbH / Companisto Holding GmbH

CrowdDesk GmbH

GLS Bank (Plattform GLS Crowd)

Lufthansa AG

SolarisBank AG

Wiwin GmbH

Banking and finance > Investment funds Tier 3

GSK Stockmann's client base, primarily consisting of capital management companies and asset managers, receives regular advice on investment and investment tax matters, which are handled in close cooperation with its Luxembourg office. Tax law expert Petra Eckl is a key contact for investment tax and jointly heads the practice with supervisory law expert Robert Kramer. Kramer has a focus on closed-end funds; an area that was further strengthened with the arrival of banking regulatory and investment law specialist Volker Baas from Taylor Wessing at the turn of 2019/ 2020. The team is however equally well versed in open-end funds and focuses in both segments on alternative asset classes, most notably real estate, but also infrastructure and renewable energies, as well as increasingly PE and VC. As well as advising on the launch of funds and transactional matters, the group has also been increasingly active in the regulatory space, including insurance supervisory law matters.

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Very competent and all questions about banking, capital market and capital management company law are covered extremely profoundly. Work goal-oriented within the time budget with a clear focus on the desired result.

The team has many years of experience and a good overview of the market. When providing good advice, the team keeps an eye on the needs of the practice.

Strong law firm in banking, real estate and finance law with partners offering state-of-the-art advice, which is also very pragmatic.

Sascha Zentis: Is the contact person for all questions about banking law and about regulated capital management companies. Also for real estate investments in special funds according to investment law. Goal-oriented, resource-saving and extremely reliable.

Sascha Zentis has a very fast reaction time and has enormous detailed knowledge, including the administrative practice of BaFin and the history of the development of this administrative practice.

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Real I.S. AG / Real I.S. GmbH

Corestate Capital Group / Hannover Leasing

ZBI Fondsmanagement AG

Catella Real Estate AG

PGIM Real Estate Germany AG

Deutsche Finance Investment GmbH

AIF Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft

ILG Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Verifort Capital Group

Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 4

The corporate group at GSK Stockmann advises DAX30 companies, international corporations and investors on all corporate law matters, including corporate housekeeping, corporate governance and the formation of joint ventures. The group is highly active in the technology, healthcare, energy and automotive sectors and frequently acts at the intersection with private equity as well as capital markets, real estate and financial law. Located in Frankfurt, practice head Markus Söhnchen has a focus on the healthcare sector as well as expertise in transactions and capital markets. Gregor Seikel joined Oppenhoff in January 2020.

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The GSK team can get used to new issues very quickly and has independently informed itself about the industry and our activities in order to be able to work comprehensively as a consultant for us.

Very good quality, always available and, despite the size of the firm, a very personal / confidential cooperation. Top quality in order to always deliver great results even in English-speaking countries.

In my opinion the best firm for corporate law. Overall very professional, quick to act and absolutely knowledgeable. The lawyers are always available and there is no loss of time.

Key clients

Aescuvest GmbH

Ambienta SGR S.p.A.

Aroundtown S.A.

China Three Gorges (Europe) S.A.


IC Immobilien Holding AG

IGP Beteiligungs AG

LMP Equity Partners/LMP Advisory GmbH

Normec Group/Normec Holding GmbH

Saviola Holding Srl

Vodafone Automotive Deutschland GmbH

Demire AG

Industry focus > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 4

GSK Stockmann's healthcare sector expertise spans the areas of venture capital, transactions, public procurement and compliance as well as operational issues. In real estate law, the practice focuses on care properties and assisted living, but the team is also visibly gaining profile in transactions pertaining to medical care centres, clinics and medical centres. Markus Söhnchen, who specialises in corporate, M&A and private equity, jointly heads the practice with of counsel Maritheres Palichleb and Philip Huperz, who are both well versed in real estate law. Huperz made equity partner in January 2020, while Gregor Seikel moved to Oppenhoff at the end of 2020.

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Aescuvest GmbH

Affimed GmbH

Apogenix AG

coparion GmbH & Co. KG

Integra Gruppe, Integra LifeSciences Corporation, Integra LifeSciences Corporation, USA

Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA

Nanomi B.V.

Oberbergkliniken GmbH

Pharma Dynamics (Proprietary) Ltd.

Vetter Pharma-Fertiung GmbH & Co. KG

Vivantes – Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 4

Interdisciplinary advice to the real estate sector as well as its assistance to the healthcare industry, for instance with regards to hospital equipment procurement or construction services, remains the motor of GSK Stockmann‘s procurement practice which is headed by Jenny Mehlitz in Berlin. Another focus exists in the transport infrastructure area, particularly with regards to public port infrastructure companies, where the expertise and network of Arne Gniechwitz in Hamburg plays an important role. The team also stands out for its exploration of innovative, future-oriented niche areas such as new types of proceedings for innovation partnerships and competitive dialogue. Further expertise exists in in-house awarding procedures, private-public partnerships, land transactions and partnering agreements. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of Friedrich Hausmann and his team from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in July 2020. The procurement lawyer has valuable knowledge in PPP projects and the transport sector.

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BIM Berliner Immobilienmanagement GmbH

Chabad Lubawitsch Berlin e.V.

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit

Duisburger Hafen AG

Bundesrepublik Deutschland Generaldirektion Wasserstraßen und Schifffahrt

Groupe Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs, Groupe Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs, Center Parcs Entwicklungsgesellschaft Germany GmbH

Hansestadt Lübeck, Lübeck Port Authority

Land Berlin, HOWOGE Unternehmensgruppe, HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH

Land Berlin, vertreten durch Tegel Projekt GmbH

Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG

Lübeck Port Authority

Pro Potsdam GmbH, Niederlassung Potsdam

Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas

Stiftung Topographie des Terrors

Vivantes Gruppe, Vivantes Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH

Banking and finance > Real estate finance Tier 4

With a firm-wide focus on real estate, GSK Stockmann is well placed to provide financing advice for project developments and the acquisition of real estate; most recently, this has concerned the office and hotel sectors in particular. This broad approach results in a similarly diversified client base consisting of project developers, real estate investment companies and banks. Alma Franke and Stefan Koser jointly head the practice and assist clients with national and international financing.

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Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Art-Invest Real Estate Funds GmbH


Westbrook Partners

Real I.S.

Aberdeen Standard Investments Deutschland AG

LaSalle Investment Management

Barings Real Estate Advisers

Toga Group / Adina

Public sector > State aid Tier 4

GSK Stockmann's state aid practice stands out for its particular strength in the infrastructure sector where its cross-border cooperation with the procurement team is of great benefit. The group has a special focus on public German port structure corporations and was recently able to expand its activity from previously exclusively offshore instructions to inland port clients. The team is also adept in assisting with land transactions for the public authorities, housing construction and services of general interest on communal level. The client base is predominantly based in Germany. Wolfgang Würfel, who has longstanding expertise in public law, and Arne Gniechwitz, a key contact for transport infrastructure matters and particularly port infrastructure, jointly head the practice.

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Duisburger Hafen AG

Hamburg Port Authority ÄoR

Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co.KG

JadeWeserPort Realisierungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

STADT UND LAND Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH

WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte mbH

Stadt Giengen an der Brenz

Compliance Tier 5

GSK Stockmann has a strong profile advising national and international companies from the healthcare and automotive sectors on compliance management systems, this often includes the use of legal tech tools, but also supports the corporate law team in due diligence reviews. The team also demonstrates particular expertise in ESG compliance. Practice head and local partner Eric Mayer provides extensive advice on corporate compliance and corporate governance, while counsel Gerhard Gündel focuses on issues at the interface of corporate law.

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Many years of experience – also internationally – in the compliance area in the largest compliance cases known from the press .’

Eric Mayer offers a high degree of flexibility when it comes to corporate compliance needs. Experienced in advising medium-sized companies as well as advising large international corporations. Special competence in compliance risk analysis, which is the basis for every compliance system . ‘

As part of the IBA, I got the opportunity to work closely with Eric Mayer. He is a compliance evangelist: he is a firm believer in the valuable implications of an effective compliance program. He brings this commitment into his commitment to the IBA and its various anti-corruption initiatives.

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Apogenix AG

Gilt Chambers


Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA

Nanomi B.V.

Pharma Dynamics (Proprietary) Ltd.

Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG


IDOX Compliance

SÜSS MicroTec SE

Information technology > Data protection Tier 5

At GSK Stockmann in Berlin, data protection constitutes an important pillar of its IT practice which focuses on digital products, data models and compliance. The service portfolio also includes support in crisis situations and in dealing with regulatory authorities. Jörg Kahler and Katy Ritzmann  jointly head the practice.

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Land Berlin, HOWOGE Unternehmensgruppe, HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft

Lupin Pharmaceuticals

ONE Versicherung AG

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

Biotechnologie-Unternehmen Affimed

solaris Bank AG

HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft


Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 6

The key elements at GSK Stockmann are the incorporation of other core strenths of the firm, such as advising the public sector, corporate law and restructuring expertise as well as the regulated funds industry. Particular intersection expertise exists in real estate law, especially in the hotel sector. The pre-insolvency advice to supervisory boards on executive duties and liability issues and distressed M&A are as much a part of the service, as are funds restructurings, supplementary financings or asset deals in the course of pre-insolvency restructurings. The team offers a 'very personal and pleasant support' and assists with liquidity monitoring systems, renegotiates supply and customer contracts or provides strategic breakdowns of action. Another focus is the restructuring of family-led companies. Andreas Dimmling frequently handles restructuring scenarios in the funds sector and distressed M&A matters. Raoul Kreide, 'a very good, pleasant and creative lawyer', is specialised in real estate insolvencies, property developer insolvencies, the structuring of distressed private equity funds for banks, as well as the conflict-avoiding restructuring of family-led companies.

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‘Raoul Kreide is a very good, pleasant and creative lawyer. Unpretentious. Focus on tax law too.’

‘High level of expertise in restructuring and asset transfers.’

‘Individual, very personal and personable care.’

‘Highest professional competence combined with absolute reliability, highest commitment and a lot of humanity.’

Key clients

Starlinger Unternehmensgruppe

Greenmarck Fund Solutions GmbH

Investa Holding GmbH

Praeclarus Asset Management GmbH

James Fisher Nuclear Ltd.

Hellerman Tyton

Verifort Capital GmbH

Germany > Tax Tier 7

GSK Stockmann's tax advisory services are tailored around the needs arising from transactions, most notably in the real estate sector, as well as around tax law matters pertaining to fund structures and tax disputes. Practice co-heads Petra Eckl and Dirk Koch are key figures in this space. Other areas of expertise include international tax and tax compliance.

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Highly professional and quick assistants.

Key clients

GPEP GmbH/HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH

AXA Investment Management Real Estate

Rasmala Investment Bank, Dubai / Gulf Islamic Investments, Dubai

Invesco Real Estate

Voya GmbH

Deutsche Finance Group

Art-Invest Real Estate

Strenger Group

Spectralliance Holding

Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Andreas Bauer photo Dr Andreas Bauer Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
Dr Timo Bernau  photo Dr Timo Bernau Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
Dr Dirk Brückner  photo Dr Dirk Brückner Partner  GSK Stockmann Munich
Dr Mark Butt  photo Dr Mark Butt Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
 Andreas Dimmling  photo Andreas Dimmling Partner GSK Stockmann München
 Stefan Dorn  photo Stefan Dorn Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
 Daniela Eschenlohr  photo Daniela Eschenlohr Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
Dr Markus Escher photo Dr Markus Escher Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
Dr Alma Franke  photo Dr Alma Franke Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
 Monique Franke  photo Monique Franke Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
Dr Andreas Geiger  photo Dr Andreas Geiger Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
Dr Oliver Glück  photo Dr Oliver Glück Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
Dr Dirk Koch  photo Dr Dirk Koch Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
 Robert Kramer  photo Robert Kramer Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
 Eric Mayer photo Eric Mayer Local Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
Dipl Kfm Josef Schmid  photo Dipl Kfm Josef Schmid Partner GSK Stockmann Munich 
 Kerstin Von Staa photo Kerstin Von Staa Local Partner GSK Stockmann Munich
Dr Wolfgang Würfel  photo Dr Wolfgang Würfel Partner GSK Stockmann Munich