GSK Stockmann > Berlin, Germany > Firm Profile

GSK Stockmann
10117 BERLIN

Real estate and construction > Project development Tier 1

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

GSK Stockmann ‘s construction law practice covers all aspects of construction plans and projects, including the interfaces with environmental and planning law, public procurement and state aid law as well as private construction and architectural law. Practice head Jan Kehrberg focuses on project developments as well as construction, construction contract and public procurement law. Stefan Dorn is well versed in advising contractors on all construction and planning contracts, which includes the support of general planning contracts, the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts and the procurement of construction rights under public law as well as respective financing matters. Public construction law specialist Kerstin Von Staa is particularly experienced in supporting approval procedures and representing clients before administrative courts. She made partner at the end of 2020 together with Claudia Busch (planning law) and Jonas Philipp Wilkens (project management). In January 2022, the group was also strengthened with salary partner Frederic Jürgens, previously at MELCHERS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB, who is experienced at the interface between real estate and construction law as well as project developments.

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 2

GSK Stockmann offers both transactional and asset management support and advises asset managers, project developers and institutional investors. The team has an impressive track record in portfolio transactions structured by way of share and asset deals. A core strength is the combined real estate and corporate expertise in the reshaping of joint venture structures into forward share deals. The practice is managed by Dirk Brückner and Rainer Werum. Brückner specialises in advising on real estate joint ventures and complex share deals, while Werum focuses on regulatory issues relating to open-ended real estate funds. Philip Huperz is experienced in micro-living real estate project developments and Monique Franke is well versed in supporting retail and office real estate transactions. In cooperation with the Luxembourg office, the firm assists international investors with investment opportunities in the German real estate market via private equity funds and corporate structures structured in Luxembourg. Nadine Wachendorf (commercial tenancy law and real estate transactions) was promoted to local partner in January 2021. In January 2022, the team was also strengthened with new equity partner Martin Prothmann, previously at CMS, who has experience in real estate transactions, commercial tenancy law and asset management, as well as salary partner Frederic Jürgens from MELCHERS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB, he covers the construction law interface.

Practice head(s):


‘The law firm offers a complete package for all real estate law issues from a single source. Cross-location practice groups also appear to the client as a unified team.’

‘The entire team is always up to date, no loss of knowledge.’

‘Very competent and flexible, very good advice with regard to the customer’s wishes in accordance with the legal requirements.’

‘The Munich team is characterized by outstanding real estate deal expertise.’

‘Dr. Rainer Werum impresses in countless real estate transactions with excellent specialist knowledge and charming negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Ampega Investment GmbH

Art-Invest Real Estate Funds GmbH

Art Invest Real Estate und Accumulata Real Estate

AviaRent Invest AG


Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

DekaBank Konzern

Grand Central Frankfurt GmbH

Hammer AG und Optima-Aegidius Gruppe

Invesco Real Estate

MP Holding GmbH


PE & Development AVIAM GmbH

PHOENIX Real Estate Development GmbH

R&S Immobilienmanagement GmbH

Real I.S. AG Gesellschaft für Immobilien Assetmanagement

UBM Development AG

Vienna House Hotelmanagement GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising UBM Development AG and its joint venture partner PAULUS Immobiliengruppe on the sale of the FAZ Tower by way of a forward deal to HanseMerkur property for around €200 million.
  • Advising Deka Immobilien on the purchase of the first phase of the project in the Weißen Quartier in Munich with two office buildings from InfraRed Capital Partners (London) and Allgemeine Südboden (Munich).
  • Advising the project developers Optima-Aegidius and Hammer AG on the sale of the commercial project South Horizon (SoHo) in Munich Obersendling as part of a forward share deal to the asset manager Ampega for insurance companies of HDI Germany.

Banking and finance > Financial services: regulatory Tier 3

As an established player especially in the digitization sphere, GSK Stockmann frequently advises on the implementation of digital subscription routes and the establishment of e-money-based benefit programs. These fintech-related matters are often handled by Timo Bernau, among others, who advises on various innovative financial products and jointly heads the practice with Robert Kramer, who has expertise in the funds sector. Other practice pillars include transactions, new business models development and dispute resolution, which are all regularly handled in cooperation with the Luxembourg office headed by Andreas Heinzmann.


‘Specific knowledge in connection with bank concession proceedings before the European Courts.’

‘Okko Behrends is an excellent fighter with extensive expertise. Doesn’t need a team of 5 juniors who work for him and are charged additionally, but shows competence himself.’

‘I have had a very pleasant working relationship with Okko Behrends – an excellent lawyer to work with.’

‘Okko Behrends is a pragmatic and practical lawyer. He has an eye for detail and is very capable of translating complex Dutch matters for clients who have no knowledge of Dutch law. He gets things straight.

‘The team has enormous technical expertise and a very good overview of the market in terms of practice. The advice is pragmatic, always related to the specific situation and takes into account the individual needs of the client.’

‘A well-established team that always has access to necessary specialist expertise.’

‘Volker Baas: Excellent knowledge and experience of banking and regulatory law. An extremely pleasant and constructive discussion partner with helpful risk assessments and legal evaluation.’

‘Short response times; pragmatic approach; clean documentation.’

Key clients

3Red Partners LLC., Chicago

Bankhaus von der Heydt GmbH & Co. KG


Companisto GmbH / Companisto Holding GmbH

DBF Holding GmbH

DF Deutsche Finance Investment GmbH

SolarisBank AG

Spendit AG

ZBI Vertriebs-koordinations GmbH

Immutable Insight Capital Management GmbH / Von der Heydt Asset Servicing SA

Work highlights

  • Advising Bankhaus von der Heydt GmbH & Co. KG on various cross-border securitization structures in connection with the mapping of different investment strategies for money market strategies, crypto assets and alternative real asset funds.
  • Advice to CAPTIQ GmbH  on its development of a new and innovative credit platform, starting with the refinancing structure in Luxembourg, the regulatory and structural setup with partner bank in Germany, the draft of customer-related documents and data policy as well as legal coordination with other business partners who are connected to the platform.
  • Advice to Companisto GmbH/ Companisto Holding GmbH on the structuring and implementation of various equity financing models for companies to issue via a digital financing platform.

Banking and finance > Investment funds Tier 3

GSK Stockmann is traditionally known for its expertise in advising funds investing in real estate. Due to its close cooperation with private equity and venture capital colleagues within the firm however, these two fields are among the rising areas of interest while the team recently also expanded its activity in other asset classes. These include, for example, debt funds, which the group advises in cooperation with the Luxembourg team on matters related to investment and tax law. Petra Eckl is the key contact for tax-optimised fund structuring; she jointly heads the practice with Robert Kramer, who assists with investment and regulatory aspects of fund structuring and launch and also regularly takes the lead in transactions. As part of its regulatory advice offering, the group also increasingly assists with sustainable finance matters.

Practice head(s):


‘The team has enormous technical expertise and a very good market overview in practice. The advice is always pragmatic, bespoke and tailored to the individual needs of the client in a specific situation.’

Excellent understanding of industry issues and problems and the ability to solve them in a practical way. In addition, very good interaction between tax, supervisory and corporate law as well as real estate law. Furthermore, very pleasant contact and a deal and goal-oriented way of working.’

Mr. Zentis is an excellent all-purpose weapon in the field of RE & AIFM.’

Key clients

AACHENER GRUNDVERMÖGEN Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

BVT Unternehmensgruppe, derigo GmbH & Co. KG

Competo Capital Partners GmbH

DF Deutsche Finance Investment GmbH

Hannover Leasing Investment GmbH

IntReal International Real Estate Kapitalverwaltungs-gesellschaft mbH

Real I.S. AG Gesellschaft für Immobilien Assetmanagement GmbH

Team Europe

VALUES. Institutional Invest GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to AACHENER GRUNDVERMÖGEN Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH on the implementation of the requirements of the EU Disclosure Regulation on the subject of sustainable finance.
  • Advising BVT group, derigo GmbH & Co. KG at company and product level on the implementation of legal requirements set out by the EU Disclosure Regulation on Sustainable Finance.
  • Advising Competo Capital Partners GmbH on the establishment and structuring of a capital management company for the issue of closed special AIF as a debt fund to finance real estate project developments and on the issue of a debt fund.

Public sector > Commercial administrative law Tier 3

In addition to its focus on municipal advice, GSK Stockmann‘s team increasingly supports clients at state and federal level. However, national and international corporations and NGOs also appreciate the team’s expertise in approval and certification matters as well as in related disputes. The practice prepares constitutional reports, has expertise in remunicipalisation and is characterised by its proximity to the political sector. The team is headed by Wolfgang Würfel in Munich and Jan Hennig in Berlin, both of whom advise companies and the public sector on commercial administration issues.

Practice head(s):


‘The GSK Stockmann team is very well organized and coordinated. Appointments are well prepared and information is solid.’

Key clients


Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

FSC Global Development GmbH

Gemeinde Eichwalde

HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH

IKEA Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Land Berlin, Der Regierende Bürgermeister von Berlin (Senatskanzlei)

Land Berlin, Senatsverwaltung für Finanzen

Land Schleswig Holstein

Landeshauptstadt München, Stadtjugendamt

Microdrones GmbH

Otto von Guericke Universität zu Magdeburg

Philipp Morris GmbH

Stadt Soltau

Tesla Motors

Work highlights

  • On behalf of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, represented by the Authority for the Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture, preparation of a constitutional expert opinion on the effects of the new Federal Building Energy Act (GEG) on the Hamburg Climate Protection Act.
  • Advising the housing association HOWOGE on variants of the cooperation model regarding the framework agreement reached with the state of Berlin for the renovation of 13 schools and the construction of 15 schools as part of the Berlin school building offensive. Advice in particular on school premises that, unlike in the original model, are not owned by the state.
  • Comprehensive legal advice to the city of Soltau on the planned remunicipalisation of the previously privately owned municipal sewage system, in particular on municipal economic law, tax law, company law and labor law.

Public sector > Planning and environment Tier 3

GSK Stockmann‘s team is headed by Jan Hennig in Berlin and Wolfgang Würfel in Munich, ‘sets standards in both legal expertise and networking‘ and acts with a clear focus on planning law issues. The practice’s focus lies on advice on infrastructure planning, with renowned expert Andreas Geiger as the key contact, as well as assistance with urban development projects. Matters in the latter area are frequently taken on by Hennig and Wuerfel, among others, who predominantly advise private investors and developers, as well as occasionally cities and municipalities. The practice recently also expanded its activities in the energy and transport sectors. Claudia Busch and Kerstin Von Staa made local partners in January 2021.

Practice head(s):


‘The law firm GSK has outstanding expertise in railway construction and operating law; the know-how there is also convincing beyond the purely legal issues, especially in relation to railway operations. The law firm is always extremely reliable and available at all times. The elaborations, statements, expert opinions, etc. testify to the highest level of professionalism and perfection. The law firm sets standards! ‘

‘The cooperation could not be better. They are always and directly available and act immediately. As a client, you feel that you are in the very best of hands and that you are being advised and supported with the best possible quality.’

‘GSK Stockmann sets standards in terms of both legal expertise and networking. Recognized as a fair partner by both municipalities and business.’

‘Dr. Seifert is technically very good, always up to date through teaching and consulting mandates for the public sector and, above all, understands the projects/tasks of the client. These are never lost sight of during legal advice and are broken down to the level of non-lawyers in an understandable way. We maintain a very open and trusting relationship and you can feel how happy he is to be actively involved in finding a solution.’

Key clients

50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Bayerische Staatsforsten AöR


Center Parcs

DB Netz AG

DB Station & Service AG

Die Autobahn GmbH des Bundes

ECE Gruppe



Land Schleswig-Holstein

Lidl Dienstleistung GmbH & Co. KG

MOTORWORLD Rüsselsheim

Panattoni Germany Properties GmbH

Siemens AG

STRABAG Real Estate GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Siemens AG on the development of a new district into an urban quarter with a mixture of residential, lodging, office space and commercial and industrial uses.
  • Advising 50Hertz on the SuedOstLink and Elf projects on property security issues in accordance with the EnWG and legal approval issues as part of the implementation of the high-voltage lines.
  • Ongoing support for Lidl service GmbH & Co. KG in real estate projects, in particular in the development of new locations and the expansion of existing grocery store locations. In addition, support for complex project developments for mixed-use buildings in the metropolitan regions and projects for logistics locations.

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 3

Acting at a 'high professional level', GSK Stockmann's team focuses on procurement law advice in the context of project developments and complex construction and real estate projects, while the team is particularly expanding its advice on partnering models in construction contracts. IT and healthcare awards are other central components of the advice offering. With the arrival of Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann and his team in 2020, the team's profile has tangibly sharpened with regards to traffic and infrastructure issues. Jenny Mehlitz has 'excellent expertise' and jointly heads the practice with Hausmann in Berlin.


‘The law firm GSK Stockmann worked for us in the implementation of procurement procedures for construction and engineering services and the drafting of the associated construction and engineering contracts. The technical qualifications and many years of experience in the individual specialist areas are convincing.’

‘The internal coordination and clarification of our inquiries/enquiries between the individual legal areas, i.e. public procurement law and contract law, are a prime example of effective cooperation, from which the clients benefit in a special way.’

‘Thanks to the high level of expertise, clear structures, clear division of tasks, strict monitoring and thus compliance with award schedules, the time-critical award procedures were successfully completed .’

‘Dr. Arne Gniechwitz was in charge of supporting us in the implementation of the award procedure and was particularly convincing with his great professional knowledge and very good knowledge transfer, with his many years of experience and special commitment.’

‘Especially in the review procedure, which was decided for us, Dr. Gniechwitz and his team have worked extremely successfully with the highest level of professional expertise and particular personal commitment.’

‘Mr. Sören Wolkenhauer, in a team with Dr. Gniechwitz oversaw the award procedure and made a significant contribution to the success of the review procedure with his technical expertise and special personal commitment .’

‘Arne Gniechwitz: Excellent in the preparation and processing of complex issues. The pleasant and approachable way is to be emphasized. The communication and professional quality in combination with the close cooperation is unique.’

‘Jenny Mehlitz: Excellent professional competence far beyond the industry. The pleasant and approachable way is to be emphasized.

Key clients

Bundesminsisterium für Verkehr und Digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)

fuentis AG

Hansestadt Lübeck

HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH

Land Berlin, vertreten durch Tegel Projekt GmbH

Land Brandenburg/PD Berater der öffentlichen Hand GmbH

Neue Seidenstraßen – Duisburg Gateway Terminal

Stadtwerke Jena GmbH; Jenaer Nahverkehr GmbH

Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas

Vivantes Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH

Lübeck Port Authority

Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge/PD Berater der Öffentlichen Hand GmbH

OHB System AG

PD – Berater der öffentlichen Hand GmbH

Chabad Lubawitsch e.V.

Toll Collect GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) on all questions relating to the German truck toll; including procurement law issues and topics relating to the European Uniform Toll Service (EETS). In addition, advising Toll Collect GmbH (100% subsidiary of the federal government) on public procurement, contract and corporate law issues.
  • Advice on public procurement law to the Lübeck Port Authority on the award of the contract for the conversion of the 5 Plus pier at Skandinavienkai in Travemünde in an innovation partnership/partnering.
  • Advising OHB System AG in the European Commission’s procurement procedure for the delivery of satellites for the European Galileo system, representation in a lawsuit before the European Court of Justice against the award decision.

Banking and finance > Fintech Tier 4

GSK Stockmann typically advises on issues requiring supervisory law, IT and data protection expertise, which results in instructions pertaining to  the structuring of digitized financing platforms, the establishment of digital and e-money-based products, digital identities or electronic signatures; supervisory law expert Timo Bernau routinely leads on these matters.

Practice head(s):


‘I experienced Philippe Lorenz as meticulous and eloquent, a problem solver in supervisory law, calm and level-headed even in controversial discussions.’

Key clients

Bankhaus von der Heydt GmbH & Co. KG

Companisto GmbH / Companisto Holding GmbH

Aescuvest international GmbH

CrowdDesk GmbH, Companisto GmbH

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gGmbH

Spendit AG

Immutable Insight Capital Management GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Companisto GmbH/ Companisto Holding GmbH on the structuring and implementation of various equity financing models for companies to issue via a digital financing platform.
  • Advising aescuvest international GmbH  on the issuance of debt securities across Europe in connection with various start-ups.
  • Advising Frankfurt School of Finance and Management gGmbH on the structuring of a digitized financing platform for cross-border investments in renewable energy projects in emerging countries.

Banking and finance > Real estate finance Tier 4

In addition to acquisition financing – most recently particularly in relation to the retail, residential and office sectors – GSK Stockmann routinely handles project financing, which also mirrors the specialisation of practice heads Alma Franke and Stefan Koser. Asset managers, capital management companies and real estate investment companies form the backbone of its client base alongside financial institutions and developers, who also benefit from the group's expertise in investment law-related matters as well as from its close cooperation with the Luxembourg office.

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Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments AG


FREO Germany GmbH


Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

LaSalle Investment Management Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Nuveen Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to FREO Germany GmbH in connection with the financing of a project development of KORYFEUM office campus in Unterschleißheim.
  • Ongoing advice to Groß & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH in connection with the financing of the FOUR project in Frankfurt am Main.
  • Advising HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH and GPEP GmbH on the acquisition financing of the SUPERFOOD portfolio, consisting of 68 retail properties.

Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 4

GSK Stockmann ‘s corporate practice focuses on M&A transactions, compliance and corporate governance issues, corporate disputes and executive bodies’ disputes as well as restructuring. Due to the close cooperation with the financial practice, the group is regularly instructed by banks, institutional investors, investment trusts, payment providers and FinTech companies. The team is also experienced in the healthcare, energy infrastructure and real estate sectors. Markus Söhnchen heads the group and advises on the drafting of contracts.

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Key clients

Aescuvest GmbH

Aptiv Global Operations Ltd.

GreenRock GmbH

Medicover Gruppe (Nordmed Healthcare)

Vodafone Automotive Deutschland GmbH

Colliers International Deutschland GmbH

Daily Mail and General Trust Group (DMGT), Landmark Information Group Ltd.

Demire Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate GmbH

Heitman Germany GmbH

Loyalty Partner GmbH

Normec Holding GmbH

Paulaner Brauerei Gruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA

Verifort Capital Group



Work highlights

  • Comprehensive support to Aptiv Global Operations Ltd. in an internal restructuring for the better integration of the Gabocom sub-group into the German organization of the group.
  • Advising Deka Bank on the merger of the French subsidiary Delorme Holding SAS into the German regulated subsidiary and AIFM WestInvest Gesellschaft für Investmentfonds mbH under the European cross-border merger regulation.
  • Advising the Verifort Capital Group on a corporate agreement as well as on shareholder meetings and restructuring.

Industry focus > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 4

In 2020, GSK Stockmann successfully expanded its transaction and project development practice by attracting several new investors, including in the segments care properties and assisted living. The venture capital practice advises startups and investors from the healthcare, biotechnology and medical technology sectors. The firm’s traditional strength in real estate law was evident in mandates pertaining to medical centers, care centers and clinics. The interface with public law, especially in the clinical area, as well as compliance advice are further core topics. Markus Söhnchen (Frankfurt), Philip Huperz (Berlin) and of counsel Maritheres Palichleb (Frankfurt) head the practice.

Key clients

Affimed GmbH

Apogenix AG

Medicover Gruppe (Nordmed Healthcare)

Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG

Vivantes – Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH

Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA

AviaRent Invest AG

coparion GmbH & Co. KG

ENDRA Life Sciences Inc.

G. Pohl-Boskamp GmbH & Co. KG

Haemonetics GmbH

Integra LifeSciences

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to the Medicover Group on the acquisition of a stake in a medical care center (MVZ), in particular drafting and negotiating contracts.
  • Advising Vivantes – Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmBH on a tender procedure for the conclusion of a general contractor contract for planning and construction services for the turnkey construction of a supply and logistics center with a multi-purpose warehouse, food supply center, archive building, multi-storey car park and sprinkler tank and control center including outdoor facilities.
  • Advising the NASDAQ-listed life science group ENDRA Life Sciences on its market entry in Germany, in particular in connection with the founding of a subsidiary and including various contracts.

Public sector > State aid Tier 4

GSK Stockmann‘s state aid team is jointly led by the Munich-based Wolfgang Würfel, who has experience in municipal projects, and Arne Gniechwitz in Hamburg; the latter has particular expertise in matters relating to seaport infrastructure. The practice includes state aid advice on the financing of public infrastructure, especially in the transport sector, as well as a wide range of advice to the public sector and its companies. Advice to municipalities and state aid classification of concept awards represents another growth area for the practice. Many instructions entail public procurement aspects; the group’s expertise in this regard was strengthened by the arrival of Friedrich Hausmann from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in July 2020.


‘Excellent knowledge, especially in the area of state aid law for ports, EU subsidies, law of international cooperation, international tax law problems are also included. There is a competent contact person for every special problem.’

‘Particularly noteworthy is Dr. Arne Gniechwitz. Always excellently prepared, extremely competent, and very pleasant to deal with personally. Responds immediately to inquiries. Here you get excellent advice and are in good hands.’

‘Very well versed, hands-on: Dr. Arne Gniechwitz!’

Key clients

Duisburger Hafen AG

Flughafen Bremen GmbH

Stadt Giengen an der Brenz

KVVH GmbH – Karlsruher Versorgungs-, Verkehrs- und Hafen GmbH

Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts

NiedersachsenPorts & GmbH & Co. KG

WBM Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Berlin-Mitte mbH

Work highlights

  • Advice on state aid law to coparion GmbH & Co. KG on changing its investment guidelines for the provision of venture capital to start-ups and on coordinating these changes with the BMWi and the European Commission.
  • Advice on state aid law to Flughafen Bremen GmbH.
  • Advice on public procurement and state aid law to Duisburger Hafen AG on the conclusion of a heritable building right contract and the establishment of a joint venture in connection with the construction and operation of a new trimodal container terminal as part of the Belt and Road Initiative/New Silk Road.

Compliance Tier 5

GSK Stockmann focuses on the healthcare, mobility and the public sector and primarily supports medium-sized companies in preventive issues, compliance management systems (CMS) and risk analyses. Legal tech tools are used to detect money laundering risks and also in the context of business partner due diligence. The team is headed by Eric Mayer, who, in addition to his in-house experience, also has expertise in CMS and transaction-related due diligence. Another key contact is Gerhard Gündel, he frequently advises corproate bodies on liability issues.

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‘Very hands-on and client-oriented; very good understanding of compliance-specific issues at home and abroad; Determination and development of customer-specific compliance needs and profiles.’

‘Eric Mayer is a very experienced and competent expert in compliance matters both from an in-house perspective and from a consulting practice. The strong knowledge from the in-house area, especially with regard to organization, structures and the interaction between management and operations as well as between the individual departments are a big plus when determining the company-specific needs and when implementing the compliance rules.’

Key clients

Affimed GmbH

Apogenix AG


Lupin Atlantis Holdings SA

SÜSS MicroTec SE

Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG

Vonovia SE

Information technology > Data protection Tier 5

At GSK Stockmann, Jörg Kahler and Katy Ritzmann jointly head the firm’s deeply embedded data protection and IT practices. The team focuses on advising industrial clients as well as the public sector – with both sectors having significantly gained importance for the firm in 2021 – as well as innovative technology start-ups, fintech companies and aviation industry clients. Data protection advice is often rendered in relation to compliance matters, transactions and outsourcing. The team’s forensic activity is also notable.

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‘GSK Stockmann’s ability to understand the commercial and operational issues of a large, multinational client and to deliver practical, goal-oriented advice makes GSK Stockmann’s practice unique among its peers.’

‘Jörg Kahler stands out. His ability to gain a deep understanding of Ryanair’s commercial and operational needs is exceptional. He is incredibly responsive, understands that commercial and operational challenges must be considered in any proposed legal solution and has a proven ability to provide practical, straightforward and objective legal advice.’

Key clients


HOWOGE Unternehmensgruppe:

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg


Ryanair DAC

Deutsche Fonds Holding GmbH

Affimed GmbH

Jodel Venture

Tesla Inc.


Solaris Bank AG

Work highlights

  • Advice and support to Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg on research project AURA – Autonomous Bike pertaining to the legal framework regarding autonomously driving cargo bikes.
  • Advising Tesla on data protection in connection with the use of location localization data in the automotive sector.
  • Advice to Contergan Foundation on GDPR implementation.

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 6

In accordance with the firm’s specialisation in real estate, banking, supervisory and public law, GSK Stockmann‘s restructuring team is particularly active at the interfaces to those practice areas. In real estate-related matters, the group advises landlords whose tenants are insolvent or face the threat of insolvency. Okko Hendrik Behrends is adept at assisting with bank insolvency matters as well as at advising funds on restructuring law. Andreas Dimmling and Raoul Kreide head the team.

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‘High level of integration of team members.’

‘Outstanding expertise, analytics and solution orientation; extremely customer-centric cooperation behavior of Dr. Raoul Chalk.’

‘Very quick response, very practical and, in terms of the specific request, a specific recommendation for action.’

‘Practical collaboration. Going into “reality”.’

‘Dr. Roul Kreide is technically very competent. Can respond to clients very well.’

Key clients

ABLV Bank und deren Gesellschafter

AFIAA Germany 2 AG

Anglo Austrian AAB AG (vormals Meinl Bank)

Centerscape Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Circtec-Gruppe (UK)

Greenmarck Fund Solutions GmbH

K & U Bäckerei GmbH

Party Fiesta Deutschland GmbH

PPRO Financial Limited

Recylex S.A.

Schiebe und Collegen

Vereinigung Cockpit e.V.

TUIfly GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the French Recylex Group on the insolvency and self-administration of the entire German subgroup.
  • Advising several landlords from more than 15 Karstadt locations.
  • Legal proceedings before the European Court of Justice for ABLV Bank and its shareholders in the area of the Single Resolution Mechanism.

Germany > Tax Tier 6

With a firm-wide focus on the real estate industry, GSK Stockmann's tax transaction advice is tailored to this sector, but also addresses corporate transactions. A significant proportion of the group's fund tax assistance, another core competence, also stems from the real estate sector. Here, clients further benefit from the close cooperation with the firm's Luxembourg office and from the investment tax law expertise of Heiko Stoll, who joined from Simmons & Simmons at the end of 2020. The expertise of practice heads Petra Eckl and Dirk Koch reflects the team's focus.

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‘The Frankfurt team of Dr. Eckl is very competent when it comes to national real estate transactions. Good accessibility and usually quick feedback in case of queries are also on the plus side.’

Key clients

Art Invest Real Estate und Accumulata Real Estate

ELA Bathroom Supply Limited

Strenger Group

Evolution Development GmbH

Spectralliance Holding

Competo Capital Partners, Optima Group

Work highlights

  • Advising ELA Bathroom Supply Limited on the tax structuring of an inbound investment in a German industrial company via a multi-level cross-border structure; Structuring and advice on special topics such as withholding tax.
  • Advising the Strenger Group on the sale of a Romanian subsidiary and on the tax-efficient structuring and reinvestment of the sales proceeds, each as part of a share deal. The advice also included tax-efficient financing and possible reinvestment.
  • Tax advice to Evolution Development GmbH on a project in Wiesbaden, in particular on a tax-efficient purchase and coordination with the tax authorities on an information procedure.

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

GSK Stockmann is an established address for medium-sized companies, which are active in the financial services, energy, healthcare, mobility and technology sectors. In addition to this broad industry expertise, the team also routinely assists with transactions at the interface with VC, often in close cooperation with the respective team. Practice head Markus Söhnchen also acts at this interface. His team also includes the two automotive sector specialists Andreas Bauer and Michael Stobbe

Private equity > Venture capital

GSK Stockmann's team advises venture capital investors, business angels as well as founders and thereby focuses on the fintech, insuretech, mobility and healthcare sectors as well on med-, bio- and proptech.

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Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann photoDr Friedrich Ludwig HausmannPartner GSK Stockmann Berlin
Jan Hennig photoDr Jan HennigPartner GSK Stockmann Berlin
Philip Huperz photoDr Philip HuperzPartner GSK Stockmann Berlin
Jörg Kahler photoDr Jörg KahlerPartner GSK Stockmann Berlin
Jan Kehrberg photoProf Dr Jan KehrbergPartner GSK Stockmann Berlin
Jenny Mehlitz photoDr Jenny MehlitzPartner GSK Stockmann Berlin
Katy Ritzmann photoDr Katy RitzmannPartner GSK Stockmann Berlin
Frank-Florian Seifert photoDr Frank-Florian SeifertPartner GSK Stockmann Berlin
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GSK Stockmann opens new office in London and welcomes York-Alexander von Massenbach as partner and office co-head

As part of its continued international strategy, GSK Stockmann announces the opening of an office in London, one of the world’s leading business and financial centres, creating new opportunities to strengthen the firm’s capabilities and international footprint.

GSK Stockmann berät Real I.S. beim Kauf des Frankfurter Marienbogens von Hines

GSK Stockmann hat die Real I.S. AG mit Sitz in München beim Kauf des Frankfurter Bürogebäudes Marienbogen vom Immobilienkonzern Hines umfassend beraten.