Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Munich, Germany

Norton Rose Fulbright

Transport > Maritime and shipping Tier 1

Led by banking partner Timo Noftz, Norton Rose Fulbright fields a maritime practice specialising in ship finance. Advising on portfolio transactions, shipbuilding financing and the tonnage tax structuring of ship investments is part of its routine business but the team also handles charter agreements and maritime employment law. Noftz focuses on asset and project finance, acting for lenders, lessors and lessees as well as for sponsors and project companies.

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Transport > Advice to the transport sector Tier 2

At Norton Rose Fulbright, a multidisciplinary practice advises clients from the aviation, shipping, rail and road sectors with the team particularly recommended for financing and leasing matters. The practice is led by a quartet consisting of aviation and real finance expert Ralf Springer, shipping specialist Timo Noftz, road infrastructure financing expert Dirk Trautmann and Michael Jürgen Werner; Werner provides the link to the Brussels office as well as to antitrust, public procurement and state aid law. In addition, the practice managed to fill two gaps with strategic new hires: In insolvency and restructuring, an area of particular growth, Regina Rath joined from Simmons & Simmons in February 2020 and Sylwia Maria Bea from White & Case LLP in June 2020; DCM expert Christoph Enderstein arrived from Allen & Overy LLP  in March 2020.


'In the area of aviation, NRF covers the entire industry-specific spectrum and is active on the part of banks / financiers, airlines, leasing companies, etc. This ensures a comprehensive view of all facets of the aviation / transport industry. '

'Ralf Springer is a luminary in the field of aviation and is highly valued everywhere. Particularly noteworthy is his sober, relaxed and pragmatic approach. '

Key clients

DVB Bank SE / DZ Bank

FlixTrain GmbH

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Aircraft Finance Germany GmbH


Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)


GOAL German Operating Aircraft Leasing GmbH

LHI Leasing GmbH

Banking and finance > Project finance Tier 3

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright is led by Munich-based Dirk Trautmann, whose advisory focus reflects the team's key strengths. In addition to project finance, he specialises in asset finance and handles domestic and international transactions for public sector bodies, lenders, sponsors and project companies. Within this space, the focus lies on PPPs, infrastructure and energy projects.

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Capital markets > Equity capital markets Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is a key player for matters at the interface between capital market and stock corporation law, which is also where much of Frank Regelin's and Benedikt Gillessen's work lies. As a result of this, the team assists issuers and investment banks with various domestic and cross-border capital market transactions such as IPOs, capital measures and share placements and, at the same time, also covers capital market compliance and stock corporation law matters. Due to its close ties to the corporate practice, the team is also well equipped to assist with public takeovers.

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ADLER Real Estate AG

Abacus Medicine A/S



Quirin Bank

Industry focus > Energy Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright stands out for its particularly active geothermal practice, which constitutes a cornerstone of the team’s renewable energy work. The team also has experience in the offshore and onshore wind as well as the photovoltaic sectors, advising on transactions and financings. In this space, handling M&A and venture capital transactions constitutes a core competence of the team around practice head Klaus Bader, while, in view of its membership in the German Energy Storage Association, advising on energy storage constitutes another key element. With the energy sector being one of the firm-wide focal points, the German team has an international outlook and cooperates closely with other European offices on transactions. In project work, the team has a focus on emerging markets. Gerd Stuhlmacher, who specialises in energy law and regulation, moved to Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in April 2020.

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BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures

Energie 360° AG

Hamburg Commercial Bank




Nord LB

Raumgold (mantro smart building GmbH)

reev (emonvia GmbH)

Smart Energy Innovationsfonds AG

Société Générale

Erste Bank

SUSI Sustainable En-ergy S.à r.l. / SUSI Partners


Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 3

Run-off transactions, M&A in the insurance sector and advice on the underwriting of W&I insurance are the cornerstones of the corporate insurance practice at Norton Rose Fulbright. The firm comprehensively advises a wide range of players in the insurance and reinsurance sector, including mediators and investors, and also handles disputes. Furthermore, the portfolio includes complex transactions under regulatory and corporate law, as well as restructuring projects, including exit-strategies for run-off-assets, outsourcing contracts and cooperation agreements. However, the core team consisting of Andreas Börner, Eva-Maria Barbosa and Sven Förster departed to open a new Munich office for Clyde & Co LLP at the beginning of 2021.

Key clients

Signal Iduna

Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG


Augur FIS

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's continuously growing team, which recently welcomed former DEKA Bank general counsel and real estate funds regulatory expert Caroline Herkströter, advises both investors, real estate funds and underwriters as well as industrial corporations on real estate transactions primarily in the asset categories office, commercial and logistics. Additionally, Stefan Feuerriegel, whose expertise spectrum includes portfolio transactions and project developments alongside commercial tenancy law, and his team have experience in assisting with joint ventures as well as financings in the real estate sector.

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'A powerful team, high speed, legally sound and yet an eye for the essential issues .'

' Dr. Fire bar: extremely good accessibility, comprehensive understanding and solution-oriented; Strong in negotiations, binding and fair in communication. '

' Stefan Feuerriegel and Sven Rieke – calm, goal-oriented and solution-oriented. The results and the joint collaboration are always excellent! Commercial / real estate management is also taken into account, so you always have good sparring partners . '

' A very well-coordinated and homogeneous team that covers all legal aspects of a project in terms of content. The team is very pleasant to work with. '

' Patrick Narr: He is a very goal-oriented negotiator who, in addition to the legal aspects, always keeps an eye on the economic aspects of a project. '

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

ADLER Real Estate AG

Amundi Immobilier




Corpus Sireo / Swiss Life

ECE Projektmanagement

EDEKA Zentrale / CEV


Fattal Hotels Group

Garbe Industrial Real Estate

Garbe Logistik


Hamburg Trust

Hanse Merkur Grund

IntReal / Hanse Merkur Grundvermögen

Invesco Real Estate


Kriton Immobilien

Nuveen Real Estate


Profond Anlagestiftung


Richard Ditting GmbH & Co. KG

Real I.S.

Rocco Forte


Unibail Rodamco Westfield

Union Investment




Banking and finance > Lending and borrowing Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's focus lies on handling instructions from banks but the team also acts for corporates. As well as advising on acquisition finance and corporate loan transactions, for which practice head Oliver Sutter is a key contact, the team is also well versed in asset and project finance. With the arrival of Regina Rath from Simmons & Simmons in February 2020, the practice was able to strengthen its capabilities in restructuring finance. One month earlier, Bernhard Fiedler, who handles acquisition finance, real estate and corporate loan transactions alongside recapitalisations, made partner, while, in July 2019, credit financing and capital markets transaction specialist Nadine Bourgeois left the firm to join Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.

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'' Pragmatic way of working, without excessive costs. '

' Very good price-performance ratio. Easily understandable addressing of customers. Fast reaction. Very good partner visibility. Caps are always adhered to. '

' Andrea Spellerberg: Pragmatic way of working and solutions. '

Key clients

American Realty Capital

Bayerische Landesbank

Bjerkreim Vind (Luxcara)

BNP Paribas S.A.

COMMERZBANK Aktiengesellschaft

Deutsche Bank

DISA Assets Limited (3i)


HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG

ING Bank

Invesco Real Estate


Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Nordex SE

Norsk Vind Skinansfjellet AS/Luxcara

Profond Anlagestiftung

Real I.S.

VR Equity Partner GmbH

Capital markets > Debt capital markets Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's DCM practice received a significant boost with the arrival of bond expert Christoph Enderstein in March 2020, who previously co-led the practice at Allen & Overy LLP and advises issuers and issuing banks on various debt transactions, including associated regulatory matters. Within this space, its advisory portfolio includes the issuance, listing and repurchase of bonds and structured securities as well as the update of issuance programmes. Stock corporation and capital market law expert Frank Regelin puts his DCM focus on convertible and corporate bonds.

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Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on annual general meetings, restructurings and reorganisations, joint ventures, corporate aspects of transactions as well as corporate governance. Besides financial institutions, insurance companies and DAX30 companies, the client portfolio also includes international corporations. FinTech, life sciences, automotive and technology are key industry areas. The firm's international approach is evident in the global network of offices. Karsten Kühnle  provides 'forward-looking, proactive legal advice', and Frank Regelin in Frankfurt and Stefan Feuerriegel in Hamburg jointly head the practice.

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Very pragmatic, targeted and proactive advice from the corporate law / M & A team around Karsten Kühnle. Unbureaucratic mediation of further experts from the law firm – in each case very targeted advice. Legal advice can be used in practice – without unnecessary disclaimers or further processing by the in-house team.

Karsten Kühnle – very close to the client, always available, forward-looking, proactive legal advice, who is dealt with in a practical manner and is conveyed without too many “if then” reservations. Thus, high practical benefit of the advice; very pleasant cooperation with Karsten Kühnle; Mediating rather than confrontational in difficult negotiations, but still determines what is in the client’s business interests. Very good partner for the in-house department.

The service orientation of the team stands out. Super responsive. Always available. Very flexible and uncomplicated.’

People with incredible expertise and deep support.’

Good expertise and, very importantly, incredibly nice.

Key clients

ABC International Bank plc

ADLER Real Estate AG


IMI Group

Lei Shing Hong Ltd

Lonza AG


BP Europe SE

Otto Family Office

Paragon GmbH & Co. KGaA

Pfizer Deutschland GmbH

Energizer Group

BMW Gruppe

CACEIS Bank Germany (Crédit Agricole Group)

Gamut Capital Management LP / JPW Industries

Purplebricks Group Plc

Corporate and M&A > M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright is active in the large-cap segment with a focus on the healthcare, energy, technology, automotive, finance and insurance industries and, besides international corporations and stock-listed companies, also advises financial investors. Katrin Stieß frequently assists investors and banks with transactions in the technology sector, and Frank Henkel is another key contact for investors regarding deals in the automotive and technology industries. Philipp Grzimek joined from Jones Day in July 2020 and strengthens the firm's Munich team. Stefan Feuerriegel in Hamburg and Frank Regelin in Frankfurt are co-heads of the practice.

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ADLER Real Estate AG

Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW)


Bilcare Research AG

Brookfield Management

Canopy Growth

Niederländische Pensionsfonds APG

Signal Iduna Holding AG und msg group GmbH

Tenova S.p.a. (Techint group)


Energizer Holdings, Inc

Corporate and M&A > M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright frequently assists financial investors, upper medium-sized companies and listed national and international companies with mid-cap transactions in the healthcare, energy, technology, automotive, insurance and financial industries. The team often advises in conjunction with the private equity and capital markets groups, and seeks assistance from the firm's global offices on cross-border issues. Stefan Feuerriegel in Hamburg and Frank Regelin in Frankfurt jointly head the team, which welcomed Philipp Grzimek from Jones Day in July 2020; he is particularly well versed in transactions pertaining to the insurance sector.

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Very pragmatic, forward-looking and targeted legal advice; practically very usable.

Karsten Kühnle – very close to the client, always available, forward-looking, proactive legal advice, which is dealt with in a practical manner and is conveyed without too many “if then” reservations. Thus, high practical benefit of the advice; very pleasant cooperation. In difficult negotiations, mediating rather than confrontational, but still determines what is in the client’s business interests. Very good partner for the in-house department.

Advice to the point.

The team is very competent and works very solution-oriented. For us as a customer with a global parent company, it is important to have a team of lawyers who can move around different cultures without offending. As a Norton Rose customer, we have had consistently positive experiences. Price-performance ratio is right at this law firm.

As a partner of Norton Rose, Dr Marco Niehaus looked after us completely. We have been working with Dr Niehaus for over five years and it has always been at the highest level.

Key clients

ADLER Real Estate AG

Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) Aktiengesellschaft

Bilcare Research AG

Brookfield Management

Canopy Growth

Niederländische Pensionsfonds APG

Signal Iduna Holding AG und msg group GmbH

Tenova S.p.a. (Techint group)


Energizer Holdings, Inc

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's team has expertise in disputes with regard to patent, real estate and insurance law, but also represents companies and financial institutions in post-M&A and trade disputes. The group also increasingly assists with contentious matters pertaining to climate change and sustainable financial products. Jamie Nowak heads the practice group, which also includes Christian WolfSven Förster and the 'strategically well-versed' Constanze Bandilla-Dany who was promoted to partner in January 2020.

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The team offers effective legal representation in commercial lease disputes, primarily in retail, pleasantly calm and without pretending to be extravagant.

Constanze Bandilla-Dany is deservedly finally a partner, strategically clever, materially great.

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Barclays PLC

Credit Suisse International

Depo Auto Parts Industrial Co. Ltd

Globus LLC


INEOS Styrolution Group GmbH

Private Equity Fonds mit Sitz in London

Stukeley Capital Ltd.

Tochterunternehmen eines weltweit führenden internationalen IT Service Providers

Information technology > Data protection Tier 4

The strategic advantage of Norton Rose Fulbright's German data protection team lies in its integration with several of the firm's EMEA offices among other reasons. Based on this network, the Munich-based team has privileged access to international support and international clients that make up the client base alongside German corporations. Relevant sectors for the group include hotel, pharmaceuticals, insurance and banks which seek advice on matters such as GDPR, cyber attacks, profiling tool applications and data export to the US. Practice head Christoph Ritzer maintains a 'very good balance between risk perspective and business needs'.

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‘Christoph Ritzer: very good balance between risk perspective and business needs, holistic thinking.’

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Germany > Antitrust Tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright particularly utilises its longstanding antitrust expertise in damages claim matters, where the Hamburg team exclusively represents defendants while the Brussels team solely acts on the claimant’s side. After the departure of Christian Filippitsch to Reed Smith in January 2020, the Hamburg office’s partner count was balanced by the partner promotion of Tim Schaper, who now jointly heads the German antitrust team with Jürgen Werner. Werner also covers matters touching on state aid and procurement law and Schaper further advises on cartel abuse and merger control proceedings. In January 2021, Maxim Kleine, who advises on cartel proceedings on the national and European level, joined GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB with two associates in tow.

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‘Tim Schaper is pragmatic, technically excellent and factually convincing.’

‘Very reliable and professional. Able to put together a competent team internally in a short time. ‘

‘Reachable at any time and high level of commitment.’

” Very quick and helpful support in antitrust law. Very good, practically implementable recommendations and proposed solutions. Quick and very good familiarization with new topics and peculiarities typical of the industry. ‘

‘Tim Schaper is a very nice and technically competent lawyer. Fast feedback and assessment of the situation. ‘

‘The Hamburg antitrust law practice under Tim Schaper is characterized by extensive knowledge of antitrust law and in-depth practical experience in preventive compliance advice. Particularly noteworthy is the focus on sound, but always pragmatic advice, which also and especially identifies options for action that are permissible under competition law and, if necessary, alternatives. ‘

‘Tim Schaper impresses with outstanding technical competence, prudence and the ability to quickly and reliably determine the underlying facts at any time and to evaluate them in a well-founded manner in terms of antitrust law.’

Key clients

APG/Apollo Group

Balfour Beatty Rail GmbH / Schreck-Mieves

Raiffeisen Waren-Zentrale Rhein-Main eG (RWZ)

Bilcare Research AG

Vodafone GmbH

Canopy Growth Cooperation

Ferrostaal Air Technology GmbH

Union Investment Industrial Properties

Signal Iduna Holding AG

Tenova S.P.A.

Watco Companies LLC

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)

CTC Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.

ELG Haniel

Imperial International Holding

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitegro GmbH & Co. KG

Fegime GmbH & Co. KG

Sonepar Deutschland GmbH


Bundesverband Elektro-Großhandel

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright is one of the most powerful firms in border seizure procedures and product piracy matters. Hereby, the IP offering spans trade mark, design, copyright and patents, while the team also assists with the development of application strategies and representation in corresponding authorities proceedings as well as with infringement proceedings, both for interim measures and summary proceedings. Although the luxury goods sector focus particularly stands out, the group generally advises a versatile client base that also includes companies in the pharmaceutical, automotive, electrotechnology and sports goods industries among others. The team's international integration within the firm is a clear strength in cross-border matters. Daniel Marschollek in Frankfurt heads the team.

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AllStar CV (Converse)

BNP Paribas SA

Christian Dior Couture SA

Energizer Brands LLC

Nike European Operations NL BV

Sandvik Mining and Construction Crushing Technology

Indeed Inc.

Sunflower Management GmbH & Co KG

Celine S.A.

Kenzo S.A.

Emilio Pucci Srl

Loewe S.A.

Givenchy S.A.

Engelbert Strauss GmbH & Co. KG

Abercrombie & Fitch

Kema BV

Canopy Growth Corporation

Germany > Tax Tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright demonstrates particular expertise handling tax law matters arising from transactions, reorganisations, restructurings and financings, as well as in international tax law, while the team has also carved out a niche in warranty & indemnity (W&I) tax risk insurance. Practice co-heads Tino Duttine and Uwe Eppler are among the key contacts for both insurance-related work and transactional matters. The team's client portfolio includes insurance companies, corporates, asset managers and, increasingly, real estate sector players. The last-mentioned group receives regular real estate-related tax law advice.

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' Big team with many experts. Always responsive and with a commercial approach. '

'In- depth knowledge combined with a practical approach. '

' Tino Duttiné is a very experienced partner. The cooperation with him is excellent and he always takes time for the concerns of his clients. '

' Uwe Eppler has in-depth knowledge that he combines with a practical approach that leads to solutions. '

Key clients

AIG Europe S.A.

Aberdeen Standard

Ambridge Europe GmbH & Co. KG


Bernard Krone Holding SE & Co. KG

Canopy Growth

Certa Insurance

Dutch pensions funds APG and PGGM

HanseMerkur Grundvermögen AG

HanseMerkur Versicherung





Signal Iduna Holding AG

Standard Chartered Bank

Tenova S.p.A./LOI Thermprocess GmbH

Union Investment

Vodafone Germany

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate

Wealthcap Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Wyelands Capital Limited

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of practice: Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see

Offices: We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+
Total staff: 7,500+

Global key contacts
Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions James Bateson
Energy Charles Whitney
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Dirk Trautmann
Transport Harry Theochari
Technology and innovation Sean Murphy
Life sciences and healthcare Huw Evans
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Other offices : In Africa, it has alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe.