Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Frankfurt, Germany

Norton Rose Fulbright

Project finance Tier 2

As well as its in-depth expertise in energy and infrastructure work, the team at Norton Rose Fulbright also has extensive PPP sector experience, which makes an attractive offering for sponsors, financial institutions and public sector clients. The team led by Dirk Trautmann, which includes asset and project finance specialist Markus Radbruch, who made partner in January 2019, frequently works in conjunction with other practices. In energy sector work, the practice routinely calls upon its M&A colleagues.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Trautmann

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)

Hamburg Energie GmbH

IST3 Investment Foundation



Taaleri Sijoitus Oy

Ferrostaal Industrial Projects


Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU)

Alpha Bank


Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Tauber-Solar Gruppe

Sunpower Africa Development Ltd

SUSI Partners AG

3i Group plc

Advice to insurers Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright provides insurance and reinsurance sector players with a broad range of services, including transactional support. Andreas Börner and Eva-Maria Barbosa jointly head the practice with a focus on W&I insurance, exit strategies for old portfolios as well as on product development and insurance supervisory law. Barbosa is particularly noted for her experience in cross-border outsourcing contracts and cooperation agreements, while Börner assists insurance companies with transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Börner, Eva-Maria Barbosa


‘Norton Rose Fulbright has outstanding regulatory expertise and diverse experience, particularly in portfolio transfers.’

‘The team solves the client’s problem instead of only answering the posed questions.’

‘Eva-Maria Barbosa demonstrates enormous engagement and has notable expertise.’

Key clients


SOVAG Schwarzmeer- und Ostsee Versicherung

Wüstenrot Bausparkasse AG

Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG (W&W)

BNP Paribas Cardif

Dual Asset Management

Howden Broking Group


AIG Europe S.A.


Lending and borrowing Tier 3

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright 'has many years of experience in syndicated loans and acquisition finance' and advises banks, export credit agencies and corporates on project finance and refinancing matters. The 'very committed' Oliver Sutter heads the practice, which was strengthened in September 2019 by the return of Caroline Herkströter, who had meanwhile taken on the role of general counsel at DekaBank. In July 2019 however, the team lost loan financing expert Nadine Bourgeois to Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. 'Very experienced' asset and project finance expert Markus Radbruch was elevated to the partnership in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Sutter


High availability and excellent, adequate team setup.

Oliver Sutter is also a good choice for tricky matters.

Key clients

American Realty Capital

BNP Paribas S.A.

Commerzbank AG

Deutsche Bank AG

DISA Assets Limited


ING Bank

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

Norsk Vind Skinansfjellet AS

Prüfungsverband deutscher Banken e.V.

Real I.S.

VR Equitypartner GmbH

Real estate Tier 3

Split between Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich, Norton Rose Fulbright's real estate practice advises a client base composed of capital management companies, insurers and project developers with a focus on the asset class office. In this context, the comprehensive assistance with complex investments including joint ventures is part of the core business, while practice head Stefan Feuerriegel is also regularly consulted in relation to renovated and newly developed shopping centres. In relation to acquisitions in the office and hotel sectors, the group focuses on properties with value recovery potential.  Thomas Hopf joined the Frankfurt office of avocado rechtsanwälte in April 2019.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Feuerriegel

Key clients

Fattal Hotels Group

Real I.S.

Amundi Immobilier

Unibail Rodamco

Union Investment

Transport law Tier 3

The transport law practice at Norton Rose Fulbright has strong interface capabilities between the segments transport, real estate and infrastructure. Jointly led by Ralf SpringerTimo Noftz, Dirk Traumann  and Michael Jürgen Werner, the team has particular strength in financing and dispute resolution, including litigation. Springer has a specialism in aviation and railway financing including various corresponding leasing types.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Springer; Timo Noftz; Dirk Traumann; Michael Jürgen Werner

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)

DVB Bank SE / DZ Bank

S7 Group/Siberian Airlines



Commercial litigation Tier 4

With advisory expertise in the full spectrum of dispute resolution, Norton Rose Fulbright positions itself well in the market. While practice head Jamie Nowak specialises in corporate and contractual proceedings, Sven Förster focuses on the insurance sector and Christian Wolf on the banking industry. However, the group cooperates closely across practices as well as offices and therefore advises a client base mainly composed of international corporations, often from the technology, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors, as well as financial institutions. With the arrival of Alexander Cappel from Clifford Chance in December 2018, the team expanded its white-collar crime capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Nowak


The team has excellent industry knowledge, a high response capacity and doesn’t lose the plot even in heated legal disputes.

A technically excellent and pleasant team with an interdisciplinary advisory approach.

Jamie Nowak understands how to explain difficult matters and classify success prospects of proceedings very well.

Sven Förster is an impressive dispute resolution expert and a brilliant litigator. He stands out from his competitors not only because of his niche expertise, but also due to his meticulous and detail-oriented approach, while always keeping track of the matter.

Christian Wolf argues precisely and in a solution-oriented manner.

Nikolas Smirra is a valued advisor.

Key clients

AIG Europe Ltd.

Prüfungsverband deutscher Banken e.V.

Credit Suisse International

Schreck-Mieves / Balfour Beatty

Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd.

Ishida Co. Ltd.

Corporate Tier 4

With a focus on regulated industries, Norton Rose Fulbright's corporate practice frequently handles cross-border matters for energy and infrastructure clients as well as in the financial and automotive sectors. Reorganisations, merger and changes of legal form are all pillars of the group's corporate practice, which also covers corporate governance and compliance-related matters. The 20-partner team is jointly headed by Stefan Feuerriegel and Frank-Peter Regelin. For matters in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, Marco Niehaus is particularly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Feuerriegel; Frank-Peter Regelin

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is coordinated perfectly, like interlinked cogs in a well-oiled machine without any loss of friction.’

‘Marco Niehaus is an outstanding M&A lawyer using his skill, tact and incredible wealth of ideas to find the best solutions for his clients at all times.’ 

Key clients

Energizer Deutschland GmbH

BMW Group

IMI Group

Stahlgruber GmbH

ABC International Bank plc

CACEIS Bank Germany

AnaCap Financial Partners

ReachLocal Europe B.V.

Artifiction AG

Interritus Limited

Lei Shing Hong Limited

Lonza AG

Data protection Tier 4

At the end of 2018 Norton Rose Fulbright's IT and data protection team underwent some structural changes: The group now sits within the firm's global practice that covers IP and IT issues combined. In the data protection area the team focuses especially on GDPR and global data protection breaches. The firm's work in the insurance sector is particularly successful. The key figures of the German team are Christoph Ritzer in Frankfurt and Jamie Nowak in Munich, who is responsible for the technology and innovation segment.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Ritzer; Jamie Nowak


‘Quick and pragmatic suggested solutions and good availability.’

‘Reliable advice with customised proposed solutions.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO)

Mitsubishi Electric Europe (MEU)


AIG Europe Limited

Guy Carpenter


Debt capital markets Tier 4

During the research period, Norton Rose Fulbright provided frequent assistance with the issuance of bonds. The team led by Frank Regelin advises issuers and underwriters on corporate bonds in particular and regularly cooperates with colleagues in its Luxembourg and London offices. In March 2020, the team was augmented with the arrival of debt capital expert Christoph Enderstein from Allen & Overy LLP.

Practice head(s):

Frank Regelin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ADLER Real Estate AG

Royal Bank of Canada

National Bank of Canada

Monaco Resources Group

IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG

M.M. Warburg & CO (AG & Co.)

paragon GmbH & Co. KGaA

R-Logitech SAM

Lang & Cie. Real Estate

Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

Aggregate Holdings SA

Energy Tier 4

Its strong geothermal practice sets Norton Rose Fulbright apart from its competitors alongside its specialisation in energy storage and its growing activities in Africa and other growing markets. The predominately Munich-based team is part of the firm's international energy practice, which leads to regular cooperations with other European offices, particularly when handling cross-border mandates. As well as its extensive energy supplier client base, Klaus Bader's team also advises start-ups, most notably on digitalisation-related matters. M&A and PE specialist Sebastian Frech was elevated to the partnership in January 2019. Of counsel Christian Bauer joined Watson Farley & Williams LLP in September 2019, while antitrust and competition lawyer Christian Filippitsch moved to Reed Smith in at the start of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Bader


‘The practice has exceptionally high expertise, especially in an international environment.’

‘Dirk Trautmann is extremely client-oriented and an extremely strong negotiator.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank


BayWa r.e. Energy



Europäische Investitionsbank

SUSI Partners

Tauber Solar / Sunpower Africa Development

Voltabox AG

Equity capital markets Tier 4

The 'professional' team at Norton Rose Fulbright provides an 'outstanding service level' and is best known for its work at the interface with stock corporation and takeover law. Its clients, including banks and issuers, receive advice on IPOs, block trades and capital increases. Team head Frank Regelin and the 'very experiencedBenedikt Gillessen, who frequently acts at the corporate law intersection, are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Frank Regelin

Other key lawyers:


Benedikt Gillessen is extraordinarily committed and competent; furthermore, he has a very good economic acumen.

Benedikt Gillessen is very pleasant to work with.

Key clients

ADLER Real Estate AG

Aggregate Holdings SA und ihre Tochtergesellschaft Solenti Limited

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Citigroup Inc.

ERWE Immobilien AG

J.P. Morgan

M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 4

The German M&A practice at Norton Rose Fulbright advises on large deals in the energy, infrastructure, insurance and technology industries as well as in the financial sector. Stefan Feuerriegel in Hamburg and Frank Peter Regelin in Frankfurt head the 21-partner team. Katrin Stieß particularly often assists technology companies and newly appointed partner Marco Niehaus is considered an 'excellent M&A expert'.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Feuerriegel; Frank Peter Regelin


Highly specialised and scalable team, nationally as well as internationally.’

Pleasant cooperation.

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

Headed by Stefan Feuerriegel and Frank Peter RegelinNorton Rose Fulbright's M&A practice assists large and medium-sized corporations with joint ventures as well as company sales and acquisitions and is particularly active in the health and banking sectors as well as in technology-oriented industries. Marco Niehaus made partner and Hendrick Theismann joined from Ashurst LLP; he is particularly active in real estate-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Feuerriegel; Frank Peter Regelin

Key clients


Ambridge Europe Limited


Auditing Association of German Banks

AnaCap Financial Partners

Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) Aktiengesellschaft


Brookfield Management

Cadila Healthcare Limited (India)

Canadian Tire


Crédit Agricole

Energie 360°


GE Capital/Coriolis

Hamburg Trust

IMI Group

LF Real Estate

International Finance Corporation

International Card Services

Lei Shing Hong



Reach Local

Stern Auto

Union Investment



Wüstenrot Bausparkasse AG

Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG

Maritime and shipping Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright provides wide-ranging advice to clients from the global shipping industry, including commercial and investment banks, lessors, shipowners, charterers, shipyards, P&I clubs and ship managers. The shipping team in Hamburg led by Timo Noftz focuses on ship finance, restructurings and increasingly on cruise ship mandates. Its mostly international work is handled in close cooperation with various other offices within the firm's network.

Practice head(s):

Timo Noftz

Key clients



Cross Ocean Partners

Berenberg Bank

Trade marks Tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly handles anti-counterfeiting work and stands out for its high proportion of border seizures. The practice also has expertise in the strategic development of trade mark portfolios and in infringement proceedings, including summary proceedings. In addition, the team led by Daniel Marschollek has extensive litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Marschollek

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AllStar (Converse)

BNP Paribas SA

Christian Dior Couture S. A.

Energizer Brands

Indeed Inc.

Nike European Operations NL B. V.

River Light V, LP (Tory Burch)

Sandvik Mining and Construction Crushing Technology

Sigave Production AG

Sunflower Management GmbH & Co. KG

Antitrust Tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright primarily focuses on representing clients from the manufacturing, retail, automotive and defence sectors but also increasingly from the insurance sector. Team head Maxim Kleine mainly acts in antitrust proceedings but also assists clients with compliance matters pertaining to distribution systems and the structuring of cooperations between competitors. In antitrust damages proceedings, the Hamburg-based practice is dedicated to defence mandates. In Brussels, the team also acts for claimants but lost antitrust and competition lawyer Christian Filippitsch to Reed Smith in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Kleine


‘The team works in a pragmatic, clear, straightforward, creative and solution-oriented manner.

‘There are extremely well-versed specialists for any legal field.

Key clients



Nordseewerke GmbH

Aves One

Ferrostaal Air Technology GmbH

DKE-Data GmbH & Co. KG

Balfour Beatty plc, Schreck-Mieves GmbH


Raiffeisen Waren-Zentrale Rhein-Main eG




Chemson Polymer


Elg Haniel



Flüssiggas Handel und Transport GmbH

Gener8Maritime Inc.

Griechische Republik

Imperial Group

Imperial International

Kerry Group

Marketing-Verein Deutscher Apotheker



Public Power Corporation

S7 Group/Siberian Airlines

Samvardhana Motherson Group


Sonepar Deutschland GmbH

Stena AB

Employment Tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright combines the employment law expertise from the firm's international network with local employment law know-how. Team head Cornelia Marquardt specialises in strategic advice on restructuring and works council negotiations as well as corporate transactions. The practice also puts emphasis on individual sector focuses of its team members: Frank Weberndörfer has many years of experience in advising clients from the transport and financial services industries, while counsel Claudia Posluschny, in addition to her litigation work pertaining to dismissals and works council disputes, has a focus on advising consumer goods industry clients.

Practice head(s):

Cornelia Marquardt


‘Always very competent and short-term information by lawyers who also see the bigger picture.

‘The employment team stands out for its very high expertise and professionally, combined with emotional intelligence and benevolence. The client’s interest are always in the foreground.

‘Cornelia Marquardt has an outstanding grasp and is extremely competent.

‘Claudia Posluschny is an outstanding employment lawyer. She has a good feel for how a company operates.’

‘Frank Weberndörfer is an employment lawyer through and through, who is skilled across all areas of employment law.

Key clients

Bayerische Motorenwerke AG

Daiichi Sankyo

Energizer Brands, LLC

IMI (IMI Hydronic Engineering, IMI Germany Holding)

Ingram Micro Holding GmbH


Beiersdorf AG

Hagebau GmbH & Co KG

Tax Tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright has experience in the tax structuring of real estate and M&A transactions and in the tax structuring of investments made in the cryptocurrency industry, while also advising on W&I and tax risk insurance as well as on compliance measures, including tax risk assessments. This leads to regular instructions from transport, technology and finance sector clients, while co-head Uwe Eppler, who specialises in national and international tax law, also acts for companies from the real estate, energy and insurance sectors. Co-head Tino Duttiné is dedicated to project-orientated tax planning and corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Tino Duttiné; Uwe Eppler


The firm has a very good approach and much industry expertise.

The firm stands out for very good quality at the support and underwriting level and in connection with W&I and special tax insurance policies.

The practice stands out for its precise analysis of matters.

Uwe Eppler is a true authority in his field and has longstanding experience, which is reflected in high quality.

Key clients


ADLER Real Estate AG

Tenova S.p.A.



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


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
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Athens
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Other offices : Bangkok
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Other offices : Brisbane
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Other offices : Dallas
Other offices : Dar es Salaam
Other offices : Denver
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Durban
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Houston
Other offices : Istanbul
Other offices : Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia)
Other offices : Johannesburg
Other offices : London
Other offices : Los Angeles
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Melbourne
Other offices : Mexico City
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Minneapolis
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Other offices : Munich
Other offices : New York
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Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Perth
Other offices : Piraeus
Other offices : Port Moresby
Other offices : Québec
Other offices : Rio de Janeiro
Other offices : Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm)
Other offices : San Antonio
Other offices : San Francisco
Other offices : São Paulo
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Singapore
Other offices : St Louis
Other offices : Sydney
Other offices : Tokyo
Other offices : Toronto
Other offices : Vancouver
Other offices : Warsaw
Other offices : Washington, DC
Other offices : In Africa, it has alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe.