Norton Rose Fulbright > Frankfurt, Germany > Firm Profile

Norton Rose Fulbright

Transport > Maritime and shipping

Norton Rose Fulbright's shipping team focuses on ship financing and restructuring; with regards to the latter, the practice was particularly active in assisting with loans in the pandemic context. Under the leadership of Timo Noftz, the team also covers contentious and regulatory matters, employment law issues as well as charter agreements. The group has further expertise at the interfaces to antitrust, competition and corporate law and assists clients with maritime employment law and tax-related issues.

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Viking Cruises


Banking and finance > Project finance Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright advises public sector clients, sponsors and financial institutions on energy and infrastructure projects including PPPs and is also experienced in advising on geothermal and storage projects. In addition to German projects, the team is regularly entrusted with cross-border and international matters, which are handled through cross-location cooperation, while clients also benefit from the close cooperation with the M&A and corporate teams. Dirk Trautmann heads the practice from Munich and also focuses on asset and corporate financing.

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Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)

Hamburg Energie GmbH

IST3 Investment Foundation



Ferrostaal Industrial Projects, Engie (France) and Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU)

Alpha Bank


Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Tauber Solar / Sunpower Africa Development

SUSI Partners


Work highlights

  • Advising Société Générale and Erste Bank on the project financing of the Bruck geothermal project in Bavaria.
  • Advising Hamburg Commercial Bank on the financing of the Lyngsasa wind farm in southern Sweden.
  • Advising the lenders KfW IPEX, European Investment Bank, MEAG, KBC and CSOB on the project financing of the PPP project for the A49 motorway in Hesse, Germany.

Transport > Advice to the transport sector Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's transportation practice is divided into four distinct areas: aviation, public-private partnerships, rail and roads, as well as shipping. The firm has an excellent reputation in the aviation sector in particular, with transactions and financing representing an important part of its advice. Ralf Springer, Timo Noftz, Dirk Trautmann and Michael Jürgen Werner jointly head the practice: Springer has extensive experience in finance and leasing, particularly in relation to aviation and rail transport; Trautmann stands out for his advice on road infrastructure projects and, like Noftz, also has expertise in rail transport; and Werner handles issues within the transport sector pertaining to antitrust, public procurement and state aid. The group also assists clients with contentious matters, with Jamie Nowak being a key contact here.

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‘The aviation team at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Munich, led by partner Markus Radbruch, is our central point of contact for all complex legal issues in our field of business. The team brings together lawyers who have both a German and an English or other foreign license. The fast, competent and uncomplicated advice on both German and English law is a decisive advantage.’

‘The Munich Aviation team is very skilfully and pragmatically managed and coordinated by Markus Radbruch, who is very committed to his clients. He has extensive experience and a good feeling for all aspects of aviation in its various facets (the different perspectives of airlines, lessors, banks/financiers, dealers, manufacturers, etc. are very familiar to him).’

‘Top consulting firm for aircraft financing, very high level of know-how about aircraft financing of all kinds, partners in particular bring this knowledge personally and do not just delegate it to their employees like many other law firms.’

Are available as a comprehensive contact with transparent open communication. Are very well networked in this sector in every respect and can illuminate legal problems from all sides. In addition, you will not be surprised by excessive bills (or deviations from the original cost estimate) – as is the case with many other law firms. The cooperation is always fair and transparent from start to finish. You get the feeling of being that special client, to whom you are always fully available.’

‘Ralf Springer and Markus Radbruch have a high level of expertise and many years of professional experience in the aircraft financing sector. Difficult issues are recorded and implemented in the best possible way and explained in a way that everyone can understand. Partners are personally involved (which is not the case with many other law firms) with their extensive knowledge and experience, and are reliable and fully supportive of the client. Pleasant goal-oriented negotiation. It is very difficult to find someone who offers the same level in the German aircraft finance sector.’

‘The team works extremely effectively, pragmatically, directly and customer-oriented, is technically excellent and has a wide range of content, covers projects in other geographies/jurisdictions effectively through the international locations/employees.’

‘Markus Radbruch is always available and answers quickly with pragmatic approaches. Very pleasant and professional.’

‘Norton Rose’s aviation team is characterized by very deep expertise in the aviation sector and relies on the practical feasibility of their proposed solutions when providing advice.’

Key clients

KGAL GmbH & Co. KG

SunExpress Deutschland GmbH

Aircraft Finance Germany GmbH

Latam Airlines Group S.A.

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

European Investment Bank

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

Work highlights

  • Advising the leading German aviation investment and asset manager KGAL in connection with the sale-and-lease-back of an A350-900 from Lufthansa AG.
  • Advising various aircraft leasing companies in connection with the Condor protective shield proceedings.
  • Advising the BMVI in the legal dispute over the A1 mobil; Accompanying the licenser in the pre-court proceedings.

Capital markets > Debt capital markets Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright advises both banks and issuers on the whole array of bond issuances, including the issuance of high demand ESG-linked bonds, as well as the creation and updating of issuance programs (such as EMTN programs, debt issuance programs and commercial paper programs). Under the leadership of Christoph Enderstein, group also regularly assists with various related regulatory matters. This includes, for example, advice on alternative provisions for reference interest rates used in connection with the issue of floating rate notes. The group can further rely on London-based colleagues for US-related matters. Frank Regelin is another key contact; his expertise includes capital markets and stock corporation law as well as public takeovers and M&A.


‘The team is characterised by friendliness, reliability and a punctual way of working. Even in changing compositions, the team is always well coordinated and provides the client with high added value.’

‘Mr. Enderstein, as a partner, perfectly understands how to take the customer’s perspective and understands how to take his customers with him in a perfect way in order to be able to make efficient decisions in the clients’ interests.’

‘Good coverage through multiple partner contacts.’

‘Christoph Enderstein is a great addition to the team.

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Agri Resources Group





Danske Bank

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs


Homann Holzwerkstoffe


ICF Bank

IKB Deutsche Industriebank

J.P. Morgan

Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg – Förderbank (“L-Bank”)

Merrill Lynch

Royal Bank of Canada


The Toronto-Dominion Bank


UniCredit Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Daimler AG and five other Daimler group companies in connection with the annual update and support of the Daimler €70bn EMTN program, the issuance of bonds under the program and on regulatory and capital market issues.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft on German and English law in connection with the annual update and support of the Deutsche Bank €80bn Debt Issuance Program, the issue of bonds under the program as well as regulatory and capital market law issues.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank AG in connection with the issuance of four standalone bonds with a total volume of ¥1.75bn.

Capital markets > Equity capital markets Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright acts on both the bank and issuer side and, in addition to classic capital market law advice related to (planned) IPOs and capital increases, the group is also well versed at the interface to stock corporation law and public M&A. This thematic overlap also mirrors the expertise of practice head Frank Regelin , who advises companies, corporate bodies and shareholders on ongoing stock corporation and securities law matters. For US-related capital market transactions, the team cooperates with colleagues in London.

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Very well established and integrated practice. Outstanding longstandinig experience in ECM. Very diligent. Good academic background to work through problems cleanly if necessary. Very rare combination of large law firm and in-house banking experience in a team.’

Benedikt Gillessen: Great accessibility; very good experience, has already seen and done everything, “all-terrain” – finds good solutions even when things get difficult.’

Know-how, wealth of experience, solution-oriented, friendly.’

Key clients

ADLER Real Estate AG

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler &Co.KG

Jefferies GmbH

Jefferies International Limited

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Van Lanshot Kempen Wealth Management N.V.

Société Générale

QUIRIN Privatbank AG

Work highlights

  • Advice to ADLER Real Estate AG in connection with the exchange offer/reverse takeover by ADO Properties SA to ADLER shareholders.
  • Advising a consortium of banks led by Citigroup Global Markets Limited on the planned IPO and listing of Domicil Real Estate AG on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard).
  • Advising a banking consortium consisting of Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Jefferies GmbH/Jefferies International Limited and Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft on the IPO of Brockhaus Capital Management AG.

Industry focus > Energy Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright focuses on M&A, project work, financing and antitrust law as well as regulatory matters. The team, led by practice group head Klaus Bader, in Munich is particularly strong in advising on renewable energies with a focus on geothermal energy, onshore and offshore wind and the photovoltaic sector. The experts in geothermal energy are particularly active in Germany, whereas advice on solar systems is in high demand in Africa. In the transactional space, the firm handles both classic M&A and private equity matters. The firm’s venture and growth capital practice offers support with e-mobility funds, energy storage and the hydrogen economy.  

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‘Very strong energy competence, international, solution-oriented, very fast response time and always with the goal in mind.’

‘Klaus Bader: Outstanding experience and commitment in the energy sector, strong negotiator, solution-oriented, technically well-versed.’

‘Very good networking of the partners/associates of the various branches in Germany and Europe, i.e. office-independent teams.’

‘Very personal, reliable and at the same time unobtrusive support. All colleagues calm down if necessary. The team is willing to make clear statements and positions, which is a welcome change from statements that clients have to interpret and avoid the responsibility that comes with clarity.’

Key clients

Société Générale and Erste Bank Group

BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures

wpd invest GmbH / Green Return Fund 3

Total Renewables S.A.S

Tauber Solar Group

Ancala Partners LLP

Energie 360° AG

Eavor Technologies Inc.

reev (emonvia GmbH)

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

SUSI Sustainable Energy S.à r.l. / SUSI Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Total Renewables SAS on the acquisition of a 23% stake in the Yunlin offshore wind farm off the coast of Taiwan.
  • Advising Société Générale and Erste Bank on financing in the energy sector/renewable energies, including the financing of the Bruck geothermal project.
  • Advising the Canadian investor Eavor Technologies Inc. with innovative geothermal technology on entering the Geretsried geothermal project.

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 3

At Norton Rose Fulbright, transactional support is a core competence, while another focus is on project developments, where investment managers and trade associations are advised on leases and negotiations are conducted with anchor tenants, among others. Stefan Feuerriegel, who was appointed Head of Germany in January 2021, heads the practice and, in accordance with the team's orientation, handles share deals, portfolio and forward transactions, project developments and the drafting of model contracts. Constanze Bandilla-Dany, who made partner at the same time, routinely advises real estate companies on the enforcement of claims against tenants or other contractual partners and also has particular experience in commercial tenancy law, where she regularly advises on retail parks.

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‘The team comprehensively covers all areas of real estate law. This also includes corporate law advice for joint ventures.’

Key clients

ADLER Real Estate AG

AEW Global Real Estate Investment Management Services / AEW Europe


Amundi Immobilier


Corpus Sireo

Design Offices


EDEKA Zentrale / CEV

EDGE Technologies

Fattal Group / Leonardo Hotels

Garbe Logistik


Greenwater Capital

Hamburg Trust

HanseMerkur / HanseMerkur Grundvermögen


Invesco Real Estate

Kriton Immobilien

La Francaise

Momeni Real Estate

Nuveen Real Estate

Otto Family Office



Profond Anlagestiftung

Real I.S.

Richard Ditting GmbH & Co. KG

Rocco Forte

Savill’s Investment Manager

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

UniCredit / Wealthcap

Union Investment


Work highlights

  • Advising EDGE ElbSide on its sale to HanseMerkur Grund Vermögen AG.
  • Advice to Unibail Rodamco Westfield on the project development of Germany’s largest shopping center development in HafenCity, in particular on the drafting of the shopping leases and on negotiations with anchor tenants.
  • Advising the Fattal Hotel Group on a sale-and-lease-back transaction of their Hotel Leonardo Royal Berlin Alexanderplatz to Art-Invest Real Estate.

Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on pre- as well as post-M&A matters, cross-border restructuring and conversions, annual general meetings and corporate governance issues. Companies from the technology and innovation sector particularly often instruct the team on these topics, while Frank Henkel is also experienced in the financial and automotive sectors. Well-known companies, startups and private equity funds are among the client roster. Frank Regelin heads the practice group, which also includes Katrin Stieß (M&A, PE, VC and corporate reorganisations).

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‘Very good international networking and globally efficient collaboration across different areas of law, short distances, excellent communication.’

‘Ms Stieß can draw on a close-knit international network and manage it excellently. It enables very fast response times and impresses with its high availability. She can immediately understand, structure and unravel very complex interdependencies. In doing so, she does not lose sight of the most urgent concerns.

Very good internal coordination; Involving the various content partners and associates; quick vote. Proven and tested approach. Strong organization of administrative processes (implementation of shareholder resolutions, coordination of notaries and other external partners). The content is excellent and up-to-date. This enables a strong and well-founded representation of our positions to the contractual partners .’

Key clients

ABC International Bank plc

ADLER Real Estate AG

AnaCap Financial Partners

BP Europa SE


Energizer Group

Kendaxa Holding GmbH

Lei Shing Hong Ltd.

Lonza AG

paragon GmbH & Co. KGaA

ParkNow Gruppe

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

Led by Stefan Feuerriegel and Frank Regelin, Norton Rose Fulbright‘s M&A practice predominantely advises on transactions in the technology and innovation, energy, banking and insurance sectors, while Philipp Grzimek ‘s expertise covers energy as well as the consumer goods and healthcare sectors. The group is characterised by its international competencies and, in cooperation with other practice groups, covers all stages of the deal. The two corporate specialists Frank Henkel and Katrin Stieß are among the key contacts in Munich.


‘Strongly service-oriented. One stop shop. Can also do larger, multinational deals.’

‘Very responsive.’

‘Very committed team with a high level of expertise. The work was very solution-oriented. Conducted the negotiations with a steady hand and a cool head.’

‘Sylwia Bea: Strong and convincing personality. High willingness to perform with above-average ability to master critical situations.’

‘Philipp Grzimek: Strong thinker with persuasive powers. Excellent analytical skills.’

Flexible, practiced and easy to deal with. Understand the pressures on in-house legal teams.’

‘Mr Niehaus is an excellent professional; full knowledge of M&A; extremely discreet and competent, factual and objective. Very pleasant to work with, represents his point of view and is a team player. His way of dealing with the project was extremely factual and convincing, especially when it came to complex issues.’

Key clients

Bayerische Motorenwerke Aktiengesellschaft

Dradura Holding GmbH & Co. KG in Eigenverwaltung

Eavor Technologies Inc

Energie 360 Grad AG

Konsortium bestehend aus Heliot Group und Cube Infrastructure Managers

Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG)

Wüllner Unternehmensgruppe

Wyelands Capital / Liberty House Group / Alvance (GFG Alliance)

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright provides 'practicable solutions' to corporate, post-M&A and shareholder disputes, D&O liability matters, financial disputes and contentious product liability issues. Further interdisciplinary competencies exist with regards to contentious insolvency and real estate matters. Constanze Bandilla-Dany, who is the key contact for the latter area, banking litigator Christian Wolf and the two counsels George Stanka and Nikolas Smirra form the core team of Jamie Nowak's practice; he is experienced in corporate and commercial law. Litigator Sven Förster left the firm in early 2021 and joined Clyde & Co LLP.

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‘Very homogeneous team with excellent expertise in the commercial litigation field. The thoroughness of the work and advice combined with practical solutions is striking.’

‘George Stanka is an expert in corporate litigation and post-M&A disputes. His many years of experience in this area distinguish his advice.’

Nikolas Smirra is an expert in procedural law and in the area of product liability and impresses with his holistic approach.’

‘Very proactive approach and strong familiarization with the precise matter details.’

‘Christian Wolf: very professional and creative approach to matters. Immediate operational readiness. Support in every respect, including linguistic issues.’

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Wavetouch Denmark A/S

Credit Suisse International

Globus LLC


Stukeley Capital Ltd.

Barclays PLC

INEOS Styrolution Europe GmbH

Depo Auto Parts Industrial Co. Ltd

Information technology > Data protection Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's German data protection practice is based in Frankfurt and Munich and cooperates closely with numerous international offices. The close relationship with the firms European and US lawyers creates a particular attraction for global companies in need of advice on international data transfers and cyber breakdowns. Practice head Christoph Ritzer particularly stands out for his expertise in cyber insurance solutions and technology transactions. Natalia Filkina is 'a top notch associate'.

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‘Christoph Ritzer and his team are characterized by a high level of competence in data protection issues. Ritzer’s appearance and his communication skills in the context of cyber insurance solutions set him apart from other colleagues. He is always very competent and solution-oriented. This is not least due to his many years of experience and the trust he has in his colleagues.’

‘Norton Rose convinces with bespoke advice at highest level. The practice group is exceptionally competent and experienced. When working on the matter, it is obvious that the group works well together and in a spirit of trust. Without exception, this leads to excellent results that are perfectly prepared and reflect the high practical orientation of the practice group.’

‘Christoph Ritzer is a very experienced lawyer who, due to his ability to immediately and accurately classify highly complex issues, is able to provide ad hoc advice of the highest quality at any time. Ritzer is not only very available and gives practical and to the point advice, he is also a very pleasant and solution-oriented advisor.’

‘Natalia Filkina is a first-class associate in Christoph Ritzer’s team and stands out with her expertise, her quick perception and her pragmatic actions. She has the potential to develop enormously and to work on mandates independently and with great success.’

‘Very good balance between depth of detail and bigger picture. Able to impart in-depth legal know-how to laypersons as well.’

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Work highlights

  • Advising Landis + Gyr on a large and global cloud transaction with Google Cloud.
  • Advising a European insurance group on data protection law and the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
  • Advising Pfizer on data protection issues related to day-to-day business.

Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's insurance practice advises insurers and insurance intermediaries on regulatory and contractual matters, among other issues. W&I and M&A advice represent further pillars of its practice as well as ESG in the investment area and insurtech. In the course of a team reorganisation in January 2021, Andreas Börner, Eva-Maria Barbosa and Sven Förster joined Clyde & Co LLP, with Frank Henkel taking over the practice lead. Marco Niehaus is the key contact for W&I insurance-related transactions, while counsel Corinna Baltzer advises on the full spectrum of insurance supervisory, intermediary and contract law.

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‘NRF’s insurance team is very familiar with the requirements of the verification process required to broker W&I insurance and the type of advice required. This ensures a very streamlined process and at the same time gives us the comfort of being able to rely on the advice received. Another advantage is that NRF can draw on support and knowledge from the global network, which is very advantageous in cross-border transactions.’

‘From the current NRF team, we normally work together with Marco Niehaus, who is our most important reference partner. Marco has been advising on M&A insurance for many years and is very familiar with the processes, requirements and services of insurers. This allows for easy processing and is a great advantage for us to be able to act effectively in this area.’

‘Fast results/representations that can be used in practice.’

‘Corinna Baltzer: Very reactive and reliable, good understanding of economic relationships.’

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AnaCap Financial Partners

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 4

With the addition of Sylwia Maria Bea (previously at White & Case LLP) and Regina Rath (previously at Simmons & Simmons) in the first half of 2020, Norton Rose Fulbright was able to significantly strengthen its restructuring profile. Bea, co-founder and board member of the network Distressed Ladies – Women in Restructuring eV, specialises in insolvency-related liability issues and in advising investors and insolvency administrators on acquisitions and sales of companies in the crisis, while Rath primarily assists financial investors and lenders and, as a litigator, also handles contentious insolvency issues. The team is led by Oliver Sutter, who was recently involved in some of the very first StaRUG cases in Germany. Counsel David Schrader (restructuring and bankruptcy) joined from Baker Tilly Roelfs in September 2021.

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‘The entire range of complex legal situations is mastered, including the effects on the capital market. The support is comprehensive and competent. The wealth of experience helps to deal with upcoming questions.’

New legal regulations, but also possibilities, are quickly included in the considerations. You are a sparring partner when difficult discussions are pending, and you have access to a large network that is put at the service of the cause.’

‘Very committed team with a high level of expertise. The work was very solution-oriented. Conducted the negotiations with a steady hand and a cool head.’

‘Miss Dr. Sylwia Bea: Strong and convincing personality. High willingness to perform with above-average ability to master critical situations.’

‘Very good understanding of the particular interests of the stakeholders. Very high professionalism!’

‘Dr. Sylwia Bea has earned an excellent reputation, which gives her an additional voice even in difficult negotiations. You feel very well looked after with her by your side.’

‘Norton Rose Fulbright’s restructuring and bankruptcy practice has grown remarkably in a short period of time. The team is extremely visible on the market and can definitely compete with the established sizes. Extremely strong, especially on the creditor side, with proven industry strength in the automotive and aviation sectors.’

‘Regina Rath works at the highest legal level and is extremely well-versed in StaRUG issues.’

Key clients

LCM Partners

Peter Möhrle Management GmbH

Neue Mitte am Hochschulcampus Garching GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing a major international bank in several well-known restructuring and insolvency proceedings, including as one of the creditor banks in the refinancing and restructuring of the BENTELER Group, as one of the creditor banks in the insolvency proceedings of the international payment service provider group WIRECARD and as one of the creditor banks in the protective shield and Self-administration proceedings Tadano.
  • Advising and representing LCM Partners on the acquisition of various NPL portfolios.
  • Advising a banking consortium on the restructuring of an automotive supplier.

Banking and finance > Lending and borrowing Tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright primarily advises banks and alternative lenders and, to a lesser extent, companies on acquisition, asset and corporate financing, while the Covid-19 crisis resulted in an increased demand in advice on KfW loans and financial restructuring. For matters related to restructuring and insolvency, the group is well equipped thanks to its close cooperation with the firm's respective practice groups. Practice head Oliver Sutter focuses on acquisition finance and corporate loan transactions. With the arrivals of Stefan Schramm and counsel Carolin Glänzel from Eversheds Sutherland in July 2021, the team's acquisition financing capabilities were particularly strengthened, although both also field broad financing experience in relation to syndication and securitization.

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‘The team works efficiently and effectively with reasonable effort.’

‘Dr. Oliver Sutter is a fair conversationalist who is good at concentrating on essential issues.’

‘Flexible, customer and solution-oriented, excellent price-performance ratio.’

‘Oliver Sutter: Many years of experience, focus on the essentials, clear view of what is feasible in the respective negotiation situation; explanation of difficult facts in simple language for clients and laypeople.

‘Dr. Andrea Spellerberg: Very competent, constructive in difficult negotiation situations and when phrasing contracts, quick response times, friendly, easily accessible.’

‘Andrea Spellerberg: Great expertise, great approach.

‘Excellent understanding of economic context and legal implementation.’

‘Well-established, efficient team with a clear division. Excellent market knowledge combined with powerful persuasiveness.’

Key clients

ABN Amro Bank

Bank of America

Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB)

BNP Paribas S.A.

Commerzbank AG

Deutsche Bank AG / Postbank

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank


European Investment Bank (EIB)

Fattal Hotels Group

Hamburg Commercial Bank

HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG (HSBC)

Invesco Real Estate

KfW IPEX- Bank GmbH

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)

Norddeutsche Landesbank – Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Société Générale

Thüga Aktiengesellschaft

UniCredit Bank AG

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Advising European Investment Bank (EIB) on a €15m loan for the German identity verification platform IDnow.

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 5

Norton Rose Fulbright is well positioned for cross-border mandates due to the firm’s international network. Among the core competencies are the management of large trade mark portfolios for luxury goods companies, authorities proceedings, as well as the judicial enforcement of trade marks and designs. Led by practice head Daniel Marschollek, the German team routinely cooperates with the London and Paris teams, not least due to legal tech solutions. A particular strength is the advice on product piracy and border seizure scenarios, with several clients from the EU. Counsel Manuel Merling (sports goods, luxury goods and technology industries) is the second key contact.

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Adler Modemärkte AG

Abercrombie & Fitch

AllStar CV (Converse)

BNP Paribas SA

Canopy Growth Corporation

Celine S.A.

Christian Dior Couture SA

Emilio Pucci Srl

Energizer Brands LLC

Engelbert Strauss GmbH & Co. KG

Fair Isaac Corporation

Givenchy S.A.

Indeed Inc.

Kema BV

Kenzo S.A.

Koch Industries

Loewe S.A.

NIKE International CV

Sandvik Mining and Construction Crushing Technology

Sunflower Management GmbH & Co KG

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing a French luxury goods company in court in a complex of proceedings against a Germany-based international manufacturer of handbags and shoes with regard to the enforcement of trademark-protected designs.
  • Advising and representing a Swiss luxury goods company in court in a complex of proceedings against a well-known German company in the field of customizing used luxury watches to the limits of trademark exhaustion.

Germany > Antitrust Tier 6

'Excellent lawyer' Tim Schaper heads Norton Rose Fulbright's antitrust practice and, together with his Hamburg team, focuses on merger control, cartel investigations and compliance advice to a client base primarily consisting of prestigious companies from the automotive, retail and energy sectors. The cooperation with the office and German partner Michael Jürgen Werner in Brussels is of central importance to the practice. Notably, cooperation is also strong within the firm's international antitrust practice. Maxim Kleine and his team joined GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB in December 2020.

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‘Dr. Tim Schaper is an excellent lawyer, pragmatic, solution-oriented, confident and extremely pleasant to deal with.’

The team has a high level of experience and close ties with Brussels.’

‘Herr Werner is an excellent expert in antitrust law. He has excellent relationships, particularly within the EU bodies in Brussels. The working style (and that of his associates) is characterized by highest accuracy and efficiency. The contexts of facts that are assessed are always illuminated. This results in solutions on a broad basis that can be implemented directly. Other clients also appreciate this, with the corresponding effects on availability.’

Key clients

Imperial Logistics BV & CoKG (Imperial Logistics Ltd, Südafrika)

Imperial International Holding

Yazaki Europe Limited

Germany > Tax Tier 6

The flagship of Norton Rose Fulbright's tax law practice is the advice rendered to insurers on W&I and tax risk insurance, while its tax advice to real estate companies on real estate transactions and transactional support for companies represent other mainstays of the practice. Corporate tax expert Tino Duttine has been heading the practice alone since Uwe Eppler joined Möhrle Happ Luther in February 2021.

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Amundi Immobilien


Real I.S AG

Warburg HIH




Work highlights

  • Advising AIG on the conclusion of a tax insurance policy regarding two tax risks arising from restructuring measures within a complex real estate fund structure, which lead to potential trade and real estate transfer tax issues.
  • Advice from Amundi Real estate when acquiring a logistics property as part of a forward deal.
  • Advising Löwenstark Digital GmbH on its expansion with the two equity partners HANNOVER Finanz as the new majority shareholder and ARCUS Capital as a co-investor. The tax advice focused on the negotiation of the tax clause in the share purchase agreement as well as the structuring and contractual implementation of the company founder’s rollover.

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

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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.

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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

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
Other offices : Austin
Other offices : Bahrain
Other offices : Bangkok
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Bogotá
Other offices : Brisbane
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Calgary
Other offices : Canberra
Other offices : Cape Town
Other offices : Caracas
Other offices : Casablanca
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
Other offices : Monaco
Other offices : Montréal
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Ottawa
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.