Taylor Wessing > Hamburg, Germany > Firm Profile

Taylor Wessing
Taylor Wessing Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB
HANSEATIC TRADE CENTER, AM SANDTORKAI 41
20457 HAMBURG
Germany

Corporate and M&A > M&A

Taylor Wessing advises medium-sized German companies as well as large international corporations from the technology, energy, real estate, life sciences and health sectors on M&A transactions, with the practice's cross-border capacities being particularly strong in relation to China, the Middle East, the US and Brazil . Practice head Klaus Grossmann is experienced in cross-border M&A and joint ventures and regularly acts for companies in the logistics, chemical and automotive industries, while Michael Stein primarily assists clients in the life sciences and healthcare sectors and Peter Hellich focuses on the technology industry. In May 2023, four partners joined Gowling WLG: M&A and capital markets lawyers Lars-Gerrit Lüßmann and Ulrich Reers, M&A and joint venture specialist Michael Sinhart as well as Michael Lamsa, who is experienced in private equity. Venture capital and M&A specialist Armin Bartsch had previously joined from Noerr in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Grossmann

Key clients

EQT Infrastructure

Triathlon Holding GmbH

AMCS

Flink

NORD Holding

ZG Augenklinik Holding GmbH

Azenta Inc.

International Chemical Investors S.E. (ICIG)

CEE Group

Encavis Asset Management

Vebego Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising EQT on the sale of a minority stake in Global Connect to Mubadala.
  • Advising battery system manufacturer Triathlon Holding GmbH on the merger with Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems.
  • Advising International Chemical Investors SE on the acquisition of the Evonik chemical site in Lülsdorf and the associated cyanuric chloride business in Wesseling, North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as of inprotec AG.

Industry focus > Healthcare and life sciences

Taylor Wessing's focus is mirrored in the practice group management: Anja Lunze heads the life sciences segment, while Michael Stein is the key contact for the healthcare sector. Clients benefit from the close cooperation of the corporate, M&A and regulatory teams, where the team regularly supports buyers in transactions in the outpatient and inpatient sectors and in the formation of groups of medical care centers; the team also covers the procurement law interface, including advising hospital chains on the Hospital Future Act and the implementation of IT system, above all, hospital information systems. The focus in the life sciences area is on advising pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on medical, pharmaceutical, patent and trademark law issues, including product liability and contentious matters. This is completed by capacities in the digital healthcare segment, where the regulatory team frequently cooperates with the TMT practice. Medical law expert Karolina Lange-Kulmann was appointed partner in April 2023, while Stefanie Greifeneder (regulatory, commercial and contract-related matters in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology sectors; compliance) joined the team the following month from Fieldfisher.

Practice head(s):

Anja Lunze; Michael Stein

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Taylor Wessing team has always been very responsive, well prepared and extremely professional.’

‘Collaboration is always fair and based on transparency and a high level of accuracy.’

‘We are impressed by the team’s integrated approach and deep industry know-how. Inquiries are answered quickly, competently and practically. The understanding of the problem, shaped by years of industry experience, and the creativity in problem solving are convincing.’

‘The practice has an extremely high level of competence in all areas. This means that complex issues that do not just affect one regulatory area are dealt with in an interdisciplinary and holistic manner.’

‘Daniel Tietjen has excellent knowledge of competition law, particularly pharmaceutical advertising law, and regularly supports us in this area. I really appreciate the practical but also creative solutions.’

‘The team offers uncomplicated, expert support at all times.’

‘Daniel Tietjen always responds quickly, works very conscientiously and is always very solution-oriented.’

‘Hands-on and strong in teamwork on interdisciplinary cases.’

Key clients

Amedes

AstraZeneca

Azenta INC

Bayer

Cochlear

Daiichi Sankyo

Dana-Faber Cancer Institute

Fresenius Kabi Swiss BioSim

Morphosys

MTK Pharma

NORD Holding

Oberberg

Pfizer

Sanecum

STADA Arzneimittel

Viatris

Work highlights

  • Advising numerous financial investors and their portfolio companies (including amedes, NORD Holding, Oberberg, Sanecum and Trilantic) on various transactions in the inpatient and outpatient sectors, particularly with regard to the implementation of their respective buy-and-build strategies.
  • Defending AstraZeneca against consumer lawsuits regarding its Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Representing Pfizer in the patent infringement proceedings brought by Moderna regarding the alleged infringement of mRNA vaccine patents (Comirnaty).

Information technology > Data protection Tier 1

Taylor Wessing‘s data protection and cyber security expertise is regularly called upon by international and national companies from various sectors as well as public sector clients. The team is particularly well versed in the automotive and healthcare sectors, where the team respectively advises on e-mobility, autonomous driving and cyber security matters as well as data collection, the development of data structures and cloud applications. The practice acts from five German locations and assists with the transformation of digital and global business models and the development of new products. Mareike Gehrmann routinely covers data protection and cyber security issues in connection with digitisation projects; she made partner in April 2023. Malek Barudi (data protection, IP and e-commerce) made partner at the same time. The team also represents clients in contentious proceedings, here, practice head Paul Voigt is regularly instructed by online gaming providers.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘TW is a very strong team (both professionally and personnel-wise) in the area of ​​data protection and IT law. In addition to the legal expertise, there is in-depth and specific industry knowledge.’

‘The partners are very practice-oriented. TW is very well connected and, in addition to specific mandates, is always a good sparring partner.’

‘Very responsive, dynamic and always creative solutions.’

‘Paul Voigt has enormous legal knowledge and understanding of data protection law. He is always able to find pragmatic and creative solutions.’

Very fast response times; clear initial assessments that are sound; very good expertise .’

Key clients

Adobe

Google

Momenta Europe

Nintendo

Novartis

Vodafone GmbH

Twitter

Work highlights

  • Representation of Google in various proceedings in all instances (including BGH, BVerfG and ECJ) on the question of the liability of service providers for third-party legal violations with regard to various services.
  • Ongoing advice to Novartis on data protection issues related to operations, including healthcare, IT and CRM systems; also carrying out studies and data collection.

Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation Tier 1

Taylor Wessing routinely advises national and multinational companies from the finance, gaming, telecoms, automotive and e-health sectors as well as public sector clients, where Detleff Klett regularly leads in large-scale IT and infrastructure projects. The team focuses on matters pertaining to digital transformation, cyber security, cloud solutions and AI. Clients from the healthcare segment frequently instruct the practice on cloud solutions for hospitals and electronic patient records, while in the automotive sector OEMs and automotive suppliers are supported with digital transformation strategies (connectivity services, autonomous driving systems, e-mobility). Related data protection issues are covered by Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche. Mareike Gehrmann (digitisation, IT contract law, SaaS) and Malek Barudi (copyright and copyright contract law) were appointed to partners in April 2023. The practice is led by IT contract and security law expert Paul Voigt, who also cover ​​e-commerce matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Very good practical knowledge, comprehensive technical understanding and professional way of working.’

‘Tobias Schelinski’s team is available at any time. The legal knowledge is excellent. What should be highlighted are the international contacts that are particularly vital to our affairs. The support in contract negotiations with our global customers is excellent.’

‘Tobias Schelinski has been our central contact for all legal questions for more than 10 years. Excellent industry knowledge, excellent tactician in contract negotiations.’

‘Beyond the purely legal expertise, what is outstanding for us is the understanding of the industry and the willingness and ability to look beyond one’s own legal horizons in order to achieve results in the interests of the clients.’

‘We primarily work with the IT/games team around Dr. Schelinski, but always resort to other teams for peripheral issues. The networking between the teams is exemplary.’

‘Dr. Tobias Schelinski is our central contact. He is always fact-oriented, has an excellent professional background, but is still willing to take a step back from special topics and leave the space to other partners or excellent associates.’

Key clients

Circulor Ltd.

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Douglas

Genesis Motor Europe GmbH

HiSolutions AG

Mazda

Nakisa

Unicon

Work highlights

  • Project-related advice to the Asklepios legal department and the IT departments for the entire hospital group, particularly with regard to cloud applications in the healthcare sector.

Intellectual property > Trade marks

Taylor Wessing manages a considerable trade mark portfolio across a wide range of sectors, which is not least due to the firm's international network. The practice further acts in disputes before various courts and authorities  such as the BGH and EUIPO. In addition to the firm's international offices, the German trade mark team also benefits from its network with IP agency Beijing Tailun, which allows for a strong foothold in the Chinese market. Contentious matters and strategic advice are among the core competencies of practice head Olaf Gillert, who combines his trade mark skills with expertise in design, copyright and competition law.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Gillert

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Raab; Andreas Bauer; Wiebke Baars; Marcus Hartmann; Dirk Wieddekind; Sebastian Fischoeder; Nikolai Voss; Thomas Pattloch; Christian Tenkhoff

Key clients

About You SE

ABB

AstraZeneca

Check24

Deutsche Telekom AG

Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband e.V.

DHL

Dr. Schnell

Fujifilm

Nio GmbH

Topps International

Villeroy & Boch

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Deutsche Telekom AG on the colour trade mark ‘Magenta’.
  • Representation of NIO GmbH in infringement proceedings brought by Audi AG.
  • Represented Topps International in a successful appeal against a Board of Appeal decision declaring a 3D confectionery baby bottle trade mark revoked due to non-use.

Media > Entertainment

Taylor Wessing fields a diverse TMT practice, which primarily supports large technology companies and platforms in the media sector. A key strength is the advice on the launch and expansion of digital tools and copyright-related products as well as data protection and competition law. Led by data protection lawyer Paul Voigt, the team is particularly well versed in supporting user-based platforms in matters pertaining to transparency and youth protection. Gregor Schmid is experienced in IT and e-commerce and routinely handles licensing agreements, terms and conditions and gaming-related matters. Jörg Wimmers regularly supports transactions and product launches in the digital space, while Malek Barudi, who made partner in April 2023, represents clients in copyright and personal rights proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Paul Voigt

Testimonials

‘Jörg Wimmers is committed, passionate, an industry expert and a successful litigator.’

The practice is very responsive and knowledgeable. We always feel that we are a very important customer.

Key clients

Condé Nast

Douglas

Google YouTube

Infarm Indoor Urban Farming GmbH

Nintendo

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board / Trade Republic

Reddit, Inc.

Riese & Müller

Work highlights

Private equity > Venture capital Tier 1

Taylor Wessing comprehensively advises investors, venture capital funds and companies on early stage and large-volume financing rounds as well as exits. Clients benefit from the close cooperation with the M&A team as well as a US law firm in transactions in the technology and life sciences sector. The team has further industry expertise in the digital healthcare, fintech, foodtech, cleantech and spacetech segments. Jens Wolf primarily acts on behalf of PE funds, VC investors and technology-oriented companies; Wolf is well versed at the interface between VC and M&A and jointly heads the practice with Norman Röchert, who is experienced in capital markets law, VC and M&A.  Armin Bartsch (financing rounds, exits/buy-outs as well as advice on setting up and expanding digital business models) joined the team as a salary partner in October 2022; he was previously at Noerr.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Well-positioned and organized teams across national borders. Pleasant sparring partners who think outside the box.’

Key clients

Accel Ventures

Advastore SE

Arive

Chrono24

Claret Capital Partners

Common Living Inc.

DeepL SE

Faber Capital

Flink

General Catalyst

Google Ventures

Gradient Ventures

Hawk Ai GmbH

HHLA Next GmbH

Index Ventures

Kiko Ventures

OMERS Ventures

One Peak

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Patient21 SE

Protembis

REWE Group

Sennder Technologies GmbH

SET Ventures

SF Beteiligungs GmbH & Co KG

Sony Ventures

Talent Brands Group LLC

The Exploration Company

ThyssenKrupp

Trill Impact Ventures

Viola Credit

Visionaries Club Seed Fund und Visionaries Club Growth Fund

Xempus AG

Work highlights

  • Advising DeepL, a provider of AI communications, on a financing round that increases the valuation to approximately €1 billion.
  • Advising the healthtech start-up Patient 21 on a Series C financing round, consisting of an equity and a venture debt component, as well as on the conversion into an SE.
  • Advising investor OMERS Ventures on a €400 million Series D financing round in wefox, a Berlin-based InsurTech unicorn.

Real estate and construction > Construction (including construction litigation)

Taylor Wessing's projects, energy & infrastructure practice is led by Janina Pochhammer and supports national and international clients in infrastructure and technology-related projects as well as in large-scale projects in industrial plant construction. The team focuses on energy, logistics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and maritime plant construction as well as on digital infrastructure and the aerospace and defense segment, thanks to the close cross-practice cooperation. Core topics are project contract drafting and negotiations as well as project and contract management; the practice also handles related dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Janina Pochhammer

Other key lawyers:

Carsten Schulz; Timo Stellpflug; Henning von der Blumensaat

Testimonials

‘Janina Pochhammer deals exclusively with topics in the area of ​​plant engineering and therefore has very good industry know-how and is also an extremely strong negotiator.’

‘Carsten Schulz has particularly strong IT-related know-how and is one of the pioneers in providing advice in connection with the planning and construction of data centers.’

‘The Projects team at TW around Janina Pochhammer and Carsten Schulz has excellent expertise and experience. For many years, this team has been known throughout Germany for its track record in the areas of maritime and industrial plant construction as well as in the area of ​​on- and offshore renewables. Collaboration is always uncomplicated, not least thanks to the team’s hands-on mentality.’

‘The advice is always extremely committed and proactive with a keen eye for pragmatic approaches, i.e. without getting lost in small details. This is extremely important for us as a company with a high rate of success and a strong drive to achieve the goal or result. Another big advantage is that in an urgent matter, dispute resolution is carried out by the same department, so the technical know-how is not lost by moving to another (litigation) department. The billing is fair and appropriate for the matter at hand.’

Key clients

CEE Group

Douglas / Parfümerie Douglas Deutschland

Google Cloud

Green Mountain

Vestas Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas on negotiations for the German offshore wind project Nordseecluster.
  • Advising the CEE Group on the acquisition of the 154 MWp Döllen solar park project, in particular with regard to the construction contracts (EPC) and various aspects of the development plan process as well as the distribution of the electricity to be generated (PPAs).
  • Advising the Norwegian data center company Green Mountain regarding an agreement with the energy company KMW regarding the construction of a new 54 MW data center location in Mainz.

Real estate and construction > Project development Tier 1

Trade and distribution > Trade, distribution and logistics

Taylor Wessing impresses with expertise in supply chain and franchise matters and routinely advises in connection with e-commerce platforms and supply chain due diligence. Practice head Benedikt Rohrßen also heads the firm's Italy desk and is regularly instructed by companies with German-Italian business relations on the design and digitisation of innovative distribution systems; he also covers distribution antitrust law matters. Compliance expert Martin Rothermel primarily assists with risk management pertaining to supply chain due diligence and Peter Hofbauer frequently advises clients from the automotive industry on contract law; Hofbauer is also experienced in ​​commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Benedikt Rohrßen

Other key lawyers:

Martin Rothermel; Peter Hofbauer; Julia Wulf; Arno Maria Gotting; Sebastian Rünz; Sonja Ackermann

Testimonials

‘Very  good professional and diverse law firm with whom cooperation runs smoothly. Very good responsiveness; Proactive, forward-looking collaboration with the in-house legal department.’

‘Martin Rothermel: Outstanding Partner; pragmatic and solution-oriented. Always with a holistic view. Highly competent, on time and fast.’

‘Particularly high quality and quality assurance by Sonja Ackermann.’

‘The TW team is able to assist quickly and competently with legal problems. The range of lawyers at TW is always impressive, so that even peripheral issues are dealt with at any time.’

‘Martin Rothermel perfectly demonstrates his expertise and decades of experience in sales law.’

‘High level of expertise in the area of ​​the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act – proactive provision of information and tools.’

‘Peter Hofbauer: His excellent experience in distribution law, contracts and general terms and conditions is an important support and help for us.’

‘Highly trained in the individual specialist areas; The level of detail of the legal information depends on the needs and progress of processing legal issues . Explanations are prepared in a way that is easy to understand for non-lawyers. Different departments work great hand in hand.’

Key clients

Boehringer Ingelheim

Calida

Calzedonia

Check24

Develey Senf & Feinkost

DoorDash

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Essity

FC Bayern München

Great Wall Motor

NKD

Panasonic

Rapunzel

Riese & Müller

Samsung

Stagecoach

thyssenkrupp

Toyota

TÜV Süd

W. L. Gore & Associates

Wilde

Wonderland Nurserygoods

Zeppelin Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Calzedonia on various commercial and distribution law issues, including franchise law, online sales, trademark law and real estate law matters.
  • Ongoing and project-related advice to Enterprise Rent-a-Car on the rental business.
  • Advising Check24 on termination services, consumer contracts, general terms and conditions and terms of use as well as commercial disputes.

Dispute resolution > Product liability Tier 2

Taylor Wessing's in-depth experience extends from product liability, product safety and compliance to product recalls and is reflected in numerous instructions from high-profile international companies from the life sciences, manufacturing and engineering as well as automotive and pharmaceutical sectors. Product liability specialist Henning Moelle is particularly well versed in the latter sector and regularly advises on complex product liability cases, product recalls and product safety matters; areas in which practice head Philipp Behrendt is also renowned.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Behrendt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Henning Moelle: Has outstanding expertise on product liability issues in the pharmaceutical sector. Good availability in urgent cases and precise wording.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Bayer

Grünenthal

Friedrich Carl Janssen

SWEDO

Vestas

Work highlights

  • Defending AstraZeneca against consumer lawsuits in multiple product liability cases regarding its Covid-19 vaccine.
  • International lead counsel for Grünenthal, including international coordination of product liability litigation in connection with Contergan (thalidomide).

Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 2

Taylor Wessing focuses on insurance supervision and insurance broker law. The German team is led by Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn, who also coordinates the firm’s international financial services & insurance practice and is known for her expertise in ESG matters, insurance M&A, run-offs, reinsurance contracts as well as D&O, liability, accident and residual debt (life) insurance. Claus Peter Knufinke specialises in industrial insurance claims in connection with the settlement of property damages and Oliver Klöck is well versed in statutory health insurance law, while Karolina Lange-Kulmann focuses on regulatory matters. Franz Janssen (property and default damages as well as aviation liability) retired in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The issue is dealt with at eye level with the client in a totally friendly atmosphere.’

‘Extremely good attitude – very nice and accommodating. Callbacks are carried out on request/email in a very detailed and timely manner – professionalism in the cases known so far is 100%! Overall positive experience!’

All in all, from the initial contact to the conclusion, a well-rounded affair that puts TW in a very positive light.

Key clients

AXA Versicherung AG

CHUBB European Group SE

Crédit Agricole Assurances (CACI) SA

Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK Limited

ERGO Group AG

Fidelis Insurance

ING-DiBa AG

Kommunaler Schadenausgleich (KSA)

Partner Re Europe SE, Zurich Branch

Provinzial Versicherung AG

Proxalto Lebensversicherung AG

R+V Re

REMCI® Finance GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising ERGO Group AG on ESG regulation in relation to sales and certain investments in funds.
  • Advising AXA Versicherung AG on all aspects of reinsurance contract law.
  • Advising R+V Re on reinsurance contract law with regard to the concept of cumulative damage.

Intellectual property > Patent litigation: solicitors Tier 2

Taylor Wessing impresses with cross-border skills, which also benefit clients in extensive patent litigation. This has resulted in an international client base, particularly from the US, Japan and China as well as Taiwan and South Korea, although start-ups and German companies also form part of its client roster. The practice group’s sector focus primarily lies on life sciences and technology. Gisbert Hohagen leads the team and has expert knowledge of employee invention law, while Dietrich Kamlah is experienced in antitrust- and SEP-related matters. Roland Küppers, who assists with issues in the telecommunications, optoelectronics and semiconductor technology areas among others, is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Gisbert Hohagen

Other key lawyers:

Dietrich Kamlah; Roland Küppers; Sabine Rojahn; Anja Lunze; Christoph de Coster; Philipp Krusemarck; Christian Lederer; Nora Wessendorf; Michael Schächinger; Alexander Rubusch; Jan Phillip Rektorschek

Testimonials

‘Competent, friendly team whose goal is always to achieve the best for the client – even if the path may seem unconventional. International competence.’

‘Roland Küppers is extremely competent, yet is characterized by a pleasant, collegial demeanor.’

‘Very efficient team that responds to the special needs of clients in a targeted, timely and comprehensive manner. The special characteristics of the client (e.g. regarding level of knowledge, preferred means of communication, budget) are also taken into account.’

‘Professional team, competent, always on time, well organized.’

‘I was able to work with Roland Küppers and Alexander Rubusch: the calm professionalism with which the issues were approached always led to a creative and profitable discussion for the client. During the negotiation, the demeanor was professional, objective and yet with the necessary emphasis.’

‘The collaboration with Taylor Wessing was perfect; I really appreciate the firm’s efficiency in every respect. They were precise, efficient and extremely technical.’

‘Alexander Küppers and Alexander Rubusch: Very precise, technical and honest. In addition to their very technical approach, I also met a very human and empathetic person. My experience with their support was excellent.’

‘Very good discussions and advice, short response times and easy accessibility.’

Key clients

Abbott

Allison GmbH und Bright Children’s Products Ltd. (BPC)

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.

Exertis

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd.; Glenmark Arzneimittel GmbH

Mylan / Viatris

Pfizer Inc.

Rotork-Schischek

STADA Arzneimittel AG

TCT Mobile Germany and TCT Mobile Europe SAS

tesa SE

Thermoplay S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Defense of Abbott GmbH and ADC Inc., including four parallel opposition proceedings before the EPO; Representation of Abbott GmbH and ADC Inc., including participation in six parallel nullity proceedings before the BPatG and opposition proceedings before the EPO.
  • Representation of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in patent infringement proceedings against manufacturers in the field of solar technology (solar inverters/semiconductor topology).
  • Represented Pfizer Inc. in several patent infringement proceedings; In addition, representation in parallel proceedings in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 2

Due to the firm's global outreach, Taylor Wessing's competition advice often entails cross-border aspects. With a focus on the life sciences and healthcare sectors, it handles contentious proceedings and various strategic issues such as product launches, although it has recently also been increasingly active in matters on ​​climate-related advertising. In addition to competition law, practice head Olaf Gillert is also experienced in trade mark, design and copyright law.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Thorsten Troge; Wiebke Baars; Thomas Raab; Andreas Bauer; Nikolai Voss; Angela Knierim

Key clients

About You SE

ABB

AstraZeneca

Check24

Deutsche Telekom AG

Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband e.V.

DHL

Dr. Schnell

Fujifilm

Nio GmbH

Topps International

Villeroy & Boch

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 2

Taylor Wessing focuses on real estate transactions, which include the asset categories care homes, healthcare, logistics, residential, office and hospitality, as well as on project developments, such as district developments and infrastructure projects. Asset management constitutes another core area and covers related tenancy and investment law issues; the team also advises on ESG-related matters, which is another key strength. Practice head Johannes Callet focuses on individual and portfolio transactions and is regularly instructed by real estate funds, project developers and French investors. The real estate tax capacities were strengthened in March 2023 with the addition of Julian Ludwig, previously at PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft). In early 2023, Sarah Anderson (transactions, commercial tenancy agreements with a focus on hotel and hospitality) and Renke Waller (transactions, tenancies and real estate financing) were appointed to salary partners, and Joachim Mandl (social housing and healthcare properties) was appointed to equity partner.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Callet

Other key lawyers:

Anja Fenge; Julian Ludwig; Joachim Mandl; Sarah Anderson; Renke Waller; Alexander Peinze

Testimonials

‘The team is not only highly professional, but also thinks pragmatically and deal-oriented when it comes to solutions. This is an unbeatable advantage for the team, because at the end of the day almost every negotiation is a deal and thinking in terms of positions doesn’t help – and the Taylor Wessing team has understood this very well and practices it in an exemplary manner.’

‘Johannes Callet has excellent expertise in real estate and corporate law. He is also strong in litigation. Practical advice at any time.’

‘Anja Fenge and Alexander Peinze are two excellent lawyers who lead negotiations to success with professional know-how, empathy and good management. The detailed work on contracts is also excellent.’

‘Outstanding expertise and practical advice at eye level.’

‘Practical, pragmatic, solution-oriented, great at personal level, innovative approaches to complex issues.’

‘We work with Johannes Callet. He summarizes even complex problems in a simple manner.’

Key clients

Adina Apartment Hotels

alstria office REIT AG

Green Mountain Data Centers (Azrieli)

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG

BNP Paribas

CEE Group

Encavis Asset Management AG

Harder & Partner

Hertz Flavors GmbH & Co. KG

Art-Invest

European Healthcare Investors

ECE Group

Erhard & Stern Real Estate GmbH

GARBE Gruppe

Lifento

Otto Wulff Projektentwicklung GmbH / Rheinmetall Immobilien GmbH / Kolbenhöfe GmbH & Co. KG

Premier Inn

Pensionskasse der Wacker Chemie VVaG

Intecplan integrierte technischen Planung GmbH

Trammell Crow Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Norwegian data center company Green Mountain, owned by Azrieli Group Ltd. is, in the agreement with KMW to build a new 54 MW data center location in Mainz.
  • Advising Lifento on a total of five transactions, including the acquisition of a healthcare property in Schotten, Germany, including advising on the operator’s ESG obligations under the lease and including a CAPEX plan for energy efficiency.
  • Ongoing advice to the British hotel chain Premier Inn on its expansion in Germany, including the acquisition of a hotel project in Berlin-Köpenick and the leasing of land for a new Premier Inn hotel in Wiesbaden.

Trade and distribution > Foreign trade law Tier 2

Taylor Wessing's competition, EU & trade practice specialises in trade compliance and routinely advises clients from the infrastructure and industrial sectors on export control, German and EU sanctions as well as FDI. Thanks to the close international network, the team covers matters pertaining to Russia-related sanctions as well as US regulations. Trade compliance expert Michael Brüggemann is well versed in investment control proceedings and is a key contact for sanctions law. Practice head Marco Hartmann-Rüppel has expertise in investment control.

Practice head(s):

Marco Hartmann-Rüppel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Flughafen Frankfurt- Hahn GmbH

RheinEnergie AG

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG

Work highlights

  • Advising RheinEnergie AG on energy law and foreign trade law with regard to the EU-Russia sanctions.
  • Procurement and foreign trade law advice to thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG on shipbuilding projects in Germany and Brazil.

Banking and finance > Real estate finance Tier 3

Taylor Wessing's team cooperates closely with the firm's other practices, including real estate, tax and investment law, and assists both lenders and borrowers with acquisition financing and refinancing. The practice is led by Clemens Niedner (acquisition financing and restructuring) and also advises on project developments across all asset classes; this is complemented by expertise in cross-border matters. Salary partner Jennifer Maiworm is another key contact and comprehensively advises on national and international banking and finance law.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Niedner

Other key lawyers:

Hauke Bornschein; Jens Wiesner; Peter Seemann; Jennifer Maiworm

Testimonials

‘Highly professional legal advice. Incredible experience built up over generations of lawyers, pragmatic legal advice, special ability to respond to highly individual situations and to think and act outside of the box.’

‘Peter Seemann is an extremely experienced financing expert who understands how to develop highly individual solutions pragmatically and efficiently and implement them reliably.’

‘Good availability and a strong team in the background.’

‘In-depth legal advice, efficient and very high-quality work, practical solutions in the client’s interests and negotiation and coordination skills in order not to lose sight of the essential legal issues in the interests of all parties and to reach a conclusion quickly.’

‘Jens Wiesner: Outstanding transaction support, which is characterized above all by a quick, high-quality and efficient way of working, with great negotiating skills and a good instinct for negotiating practical solutions in the client’s interests.’

Key clients

DZ Hyp AG

Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

Covivio Immobilien SE

Helaba – Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale

NATIXIS Pfandbriefbank AG

PGIM

HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG

Bayerische Landesbank

Investec Bank Plc

Tishman Speyer

Work highlights

  • Advising Tishman Speyer on the refinancing of Quartier 205 in Berlin by Helaba.
  • Advising Hamburg Commercial Bank (HCOB) on the acquisition financing of €160 million for the International Campus Group.
  • Advising Hamburg Commercial Bank (HCOB) on all matters relating to the financing provided by the bank to the investment manager Peakside Capital in the amount of €30.9 million for the purchase and revitalization of a hotel complex, including an office building, in Frankfurt am Main.

Compliance Tier 3

Taylor Wessing comprehensively advises a diverse client roster, including start-ups, medium-sized companies, associations as well as international corporations, across various industries such as finance and technology. Key competencies are issues pertaining to compliance management systems, HR compliance, whistleblower systems, ESG as well as healthcare compliance. Martin Knaup (corporate compliance, compliance management systems and internal investigations) and Jan-Patrick Vogel (HR compliance) jointly head the interdisciplinary practice. Other key contacts are Mike Goldammer (China-related compliance), Stephan Manuel Nagel (antitrust compliance) as well as Jan-Lieven Stöcklein, who joined from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in December 2022 and is experienced in compliance management systems.

Practice head(s):

Martin Knaup; Jan-Patrick Vogel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very quick response time, very competent advice.’

Key clients

AUDI AG

Flink

HAYS

Infarm Indoor Urban Farming

Thyssenkrupp AG

VDDI – Verband der Deutschen Dental-Industrie / GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie

Work highlights

  • Compliance advice to AUDI AG with a view to possible criminally relevant ‘false remuneration’ as a result of the BGH ruling on works council remuneration at VW.
  • Advising HAYS on financial regulatory law, corporate governance issues and all compliance issues (especially supply chain law, trade secrets law, whistleblowing).
  • Advising Infarm Indoor Urban Farming as part of a comprehensive compliance risk analysis and implementation of effective preventative compliance measures.

Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 3

Taylor Wessing's corporate expertise is drawn upon by German medium-sized companies and international corporations in the technology, media, communications, real estate, energy and life sciences sectors seeking advice on restructuring, carve-outs, transactions and joint ventures as well as general meetings. Klaus Grossmann leads the team and is mainly active in M&A transactions and joint ventures, but also has longstanding experience in advising companies and corporate bodies on corporate law. Lars-Gerrit Lüßmann (stock corporations and capital markets law), Michael Sinhart (focus on international and national transactions within the infrastructure sector) and Michael Lamsa (private equity transactions) joined Gowling WLG in spring 2023.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Grossmann

Testimonials

‘Broadly positioned firm with good cost structures.’

Key clients

Panasonic Industry Europe

OrderYOYO A/S

Villeroy&Boch

Lankwitzer Lack-fabrik GmbH

Topp Holdings GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Panasonic Industry Europe on international group reorganisation (merger of Panasonic with Panasonic Electric Works Europe AG).
  • Advising Lankwitzer Lackfabrik on all aspects of the sale of its global liquid coatings business for aluminum wheels to Dutch manufacturer of paints and coatings AkzoNobel.

Germany > Employment Tier 3

Taylor Wessing's employment advice focuses on restructuring, compliance, data protection, mobile work and corporate co-determination issues. Most recently, the team also acted before the ECJ and the BAG in precedent proceedings regarding temporary employment agreements; here, Oliver Bertram and Anne Förster are the key contacts as well as for matters regarding the compliant use of external personnel. Other recent key topics included works council remuneration, the Evidence Act as well as working time recording. The team is led by Kilian Friemel, who is experienced in developing concepts for personnel, pay and working time flexibility, and includes restructuring expert Marc André Gimmy. Jan-Patrick Vogel (HR compliance and corporate compliance) made partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Gold standard – advice is very practical and business-oriented and avoids unnecessary, overly complicated solutions. Offer specific solutions and are incredibly responsive.’

‘Legally very competent; precise and comprehensive processing of the facts in question; timely feedback; Showing “feasible” solutions even in complex situations – all of this applies to individual labor law as well as collective labor law, and this applies in particular to Kilian Friemel.’

‘Oliver Bertram: Excellent expert on temporary employment, absolutely legally professional with great affinity for practice.’

‘Distinctive team culture. Extremely professional and trusting as well as very successful cooperation. Clients receive the best possible care here.’

‘High expertise in the IT sector.’

‘Very high commitment and a very high level of service. Concerns are always handled with the utmost professionalism. It is particularly important to emphasize that agreed deadlines and delivery dates are usually not only met, but as a client the results are usually available 1-2 days before the agreed date. Communication is always clear and accurate, so you feel like you’re in good hands.’

‘Christian Maron: Easy to work with, always responsive, commercial and business focused, provides detailed estimates, incredibly experienced.’

‘Michael Johannes Pils’ expertise in the area of ​​labor law is unique.’

Key clients

Audi

Adobe

About You

American Airlines

DeepL

Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Evonik

Froneri (Schöller)

Hays

Lyft

Panasonic

Rewe

Techtronic Industries

Asana

Databricks

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

DKB Grund

Doordash

Graphite Cova

Haier

ID Logistics

Indigene

IU Group

KARL MAYER Gruppe

Luminar Technologies

Medallia

Randstad

Sophos

TimePartner Personalmanagement

Zeppelin Group

Work highlights

  • Compliance advice for Audi pertaining to possible criminally relevant ‘false remuneration’ as a result of the BGH ruling on works council remuneration at VW.
  • Advising Graphite Cova on the closure of a production facility due to the energy crisis (restructuring).
  • Successful representation of TimePartner Personalmanagement GmbH across all instances, including the ECJ and BAG, in the Schindler matter, a procedure initiated by the Däubler campaign to establish that temporary employment collective agreements were illegal under European law.

Industry focus > Energy Tier 3

Taylor Wessing's energy expertise focuses on transaction and project support and covers all sectors, including photovoltaics, offshore wind and other renewable energies. This approach is mirrored in all three practice heads, the M&A experts Carsten Bartholl, Tillmann Pfeifer and Markus Böhme. The practice also advises on regulatory matters, here, Böhme frequently takes the lead, as well as market entry, insolvency-related matters, power supply contracts, security of power supply matters and the construction of power plants. The client roster includes both energy companies and project developers. Senior associate Jasmin Schlee is experienced in energy-related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Carsten Bartholl; Tillmann Pfeifer; Markus Böhme

Other key lawyers:

Janina Pochhammer; Jasmin Schlee

Testimonials

‘Experienced lawyers who prepare practical contract drafts. Well organized and reliable team. Good cross-location and interdisciplinary collaboration.’

‘Carsten Bartholl: Very pragmatic, extremely practical perspective and experience.’

‘Tillmann Pfeifer: Extensive experience in contract law, reliable cooperation.’

‘The team provides us with excellent interdisciplinary advice. Collaborations across multiple locations also work smoothly.’

‘Carsten Bartholl is very competent and nice, which makes the collaboration very pleasant on a personal level. He looks after his clients very well, is available when needed and has a very good team.’

‘Markus Böhme is a very competent and friendly partner who specializes in the energy sector.’

‘Carsten Bartholl is very reliable, professionally excellent with enormous industry knowledge and many years of experience. The collaboration is productive and fun.’

Key clients

Azrieli / Green Mountain

BP Europa SE

CEE Group

Covestro

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG

Encavis AG

Encavis Asset Management AG

ERG

FRV-X

GARBE Unternehmensgruppe

Vestas Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the CEE Group on the acquisition of the 154 MW Döllen solar park project.
  • Advising the Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas on negotiations for the German offshore wind project Nordseecluster.
  • Advising FRV-X, the venture department of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, on a €10 million investment in the Berlin-based solar-as-a-service provider ecoligo.

Information technology > IT transactions and outsourcing Tier 3

Taylor Wessing regularly supports IP-related transactions thanks to Tim Jonathan Schwarz's specialisation in transactions in which the use, licensing and utilisation of intellectual property are the focus. The team recently supported a large-scale partial sale of IP rights in the gaming sector. Paul Voigt (IT and data protection law) heads the practice, which also includes Mareike Gehrmann (digitisation projects) and Malek Barudi (copyright and media law); the latter two made partners in April 2023.

Germany > Private clients and non-profits Tier 3

Taylor Wessing's private clients team comprehensively advises wealthy private individuals, family offices and family businesses on inheritance, family, foundation and tax law matters pertaining to the structuring of German and foreign assets as well as corporate succession and routinely cooperates with the corporate law team. This range of topics is also covered by Axel Godron, who jointly heads the practice with Martin Kraus; Kraus is well versed in traditional company succession matters as well as transaction-related topics. Jens Escher is a key contact for related tax matters, including the structuring of tax-optimised foundations. Family law matters are a core strength of Cornelia Maetschke-Biersack; this expertise is utilised in drafting marriage contracts, wills, separations, divorces as well as in connection with inheritance law issues. In December 2023, Luise Hauschild (focus on cross-border matters) joined the team as a salary partner from Loschelder.

Practice head(s):

Axel Godron; Martin Kraus

Testimonials

‘In our experience, Taylor Wessing is characterized by the fact that the partners themselves are also involved in the technical work and can therefore always provide up-to-date and helpful ad hoc information. This also works under deadline pressure.’

‘Taylor Wessing’s Private Clients team is excellent because the lawyers are not only outstanding specialists, but are also available at any time and complete the work quickly and efficiently.’

‘I really appreciate Cornelia Maetschke-Biersack because she has an extraordinarily broad knowledge of family and inheritance law and cross-border know-how.’

‘Jens Escher is an outstanding tax expert with practice-oriented solutions for structuring. He also has expertise in international law.’

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 3

Thanks to its in-depth expertise in strategic project support and dispute resolution, Taylor Wessing is able to provide comprehensive advice on procurement law to federal and state ministries as well as various companies and institutions on the bidding and tendering side. The practice focuses on defense and infrastructure as well as healthcare and assists with tenders and contracts for important administrative and clinical digitalisation projects and also represents large companies in security-relevant bidding procedures. While practice head Marco Hartmann-Rüppel assists with procurement antitrust issues, Michael Brüggemann is experienced in defense procurement and represents the public sector in procurement and review proceedings, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Marco Hartmann-Rüppel

Other key lawyers:

Michael Brüggemann; Johannes Schaadt-Wambach

Testimonials

‘Michael Brüggemann and Johannes Schaadt-Wambach: Experts in supporting aviation authorities in tenders in accordance with the Ground Handling Services Ordinance. They have excellent market knowledge and outstanding, tried-and-tested legal expertise. Michael Brüggemann and his team work extremely efficiently and offer practical solutions.’

‘Compared to other law firms, notes/reports are also understandable for non-lawyers, which is a big advantage. Even in large projects, the scope of advice can easily be scaled up or down to suit needs at short notice.’

‘Michael Brüggemann: Pragmatic and focused. Very extensive professional experience and industry knowledge. In addition to legal aspects, it also includes company-specific, strategic and political considerations so that the results of the legal advice can later be implemented in practice. Very pleasant to deal with as a person.’

Key clients

Alpina Management GmbH

Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) AöR

Brinkmann & Partner

Bundesministerium des Innern

Bundesverband Gesundheits-IT

EGN Entsorgungsgesellschaft Niederrhein

ELBCLEARING GmbH & Co. KG

Enterprise Autovermietung Deutschland B.V + Co. KG

Fachklinikum Mainschleife GmbH

Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn GmbH

Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

HiSolutions AG

Israelitisches Krankenhaus

Kastanienbaum GmbH

kohlpharma AG

Land Berlin / HiSolutions AG

Land Niedersachsen

Marienhaus GmbH

Niedersächsische Landesbehörde für Straßenbau und Verkehr

Orthopädisches Krankenhaus Schloss Werneck

Rhein-Kreis Neuss

Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt

Bezirk Unterfranken

Werner Wicker GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Procurement advice to the Federal Ministry of the Interior regarding the procurement of an IT tool for license management and an AuK tool.
  • Comprehensive advice on procurement and state aid law for Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn GmbH due to insolvency; advice on tendering obligations based on sector regulations and additional provisions of funding notices.
  • Procurement advice to the Federal Ministry of the Interior on the Bundescloud project; setting up a cloud broker.

Public sector > State aid Tier 3

Taylor Wessing's team focuses its state aid advice on clients from the healthcare and infrastructure sectors as well as from the public finance sphere. Procurement and EU state aid expert Michael Brüggemann assists companies and project sponsors with the funding of future-oriented construction and infrastructure projects as well as digitalisation projects in connection with the Hospital Future Act. Under the leadership of antitrust expert Marco Hartmann-Rüppel, the practice further advises on insolvency applications and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Marco Hartmann-Rüppel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Wide range of specialist expertise (e.g. EU state aid law, media law). Use of new media and high-quality event formats to convey practical knowledge and experiences.’

‘Experience, confidentiality, independence.’

Key clients

Bundesministerium der Verteidigung

Bundesministerium des Innern

Chefs Culinar GmbH & Co. KG

coparion GmbH & Co. KG

Electrify GmbH

Entsorgungsbetriebe Essen GmbH

Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn GmbH

Hardtwaldklinik I Werner Wicker GmbH & Co. KG

Marienhaus-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice on state aid law to Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn GmbH due to insolvency and implementation of a bidding process in accordance with EU state aid law.
  • Advice on procurement and state aid law to Marienhaus Group on funding in accordance with the Hospital Future Act.

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 3

Taylor Wessing regularly advises banks on financing, including the appointment to creditors’ committees, and supports companies across various industries in the context of restructuring, distressed M&A, financial restructuring and StaRUG-related proceedings. Hendrik Boss‘ restructuring expertise is frequently drawn on in the financial restructuring of national and international companies as well as in creditor committees, while Martin Heidrich focuses on reorganisation, protective shield and self-administration proceedings as well as distressed transactions; the duo jointly heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Martin Heidrich; Hendrik Boss

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Kunz; Michael Malitz; Christian Saueressig; Julia Siedhoff

Testimonials

‘Reliable, friendly, committed.’

‘The work is very solution-oriented. In the restructuring area there is a high level of industry know-how and a high level of responsiveness. In the litigation area, there is a high level of expertise in disputes relating to insolvency. Customers are realistically informed about the risks.’

‘Martin Heidrich: Reliable, committed, has strategic understanding. The issues are accurately anticipated and brought to a strategic solution; Topics are conveyed well.’

‘Daniel Kunz is structured, fast, and a very smart advisor!’

‘Hendrik Boss: Very tough negotiation, assertive.’

‘Christian Saueressig: Excellent litigator who realistically informs the customer about the risks before the process begins. Hendrik Boss: Fighter in restructuring mandates with very good economic understanding and ability to find solutions. Michael Malitz: A very competent litigator who safely guides insolvency administrators through complex disputes. Julia Siedhoff: A younger colleague from the restructuring team from Munich who does a very good job with a lot of commitment and empathy.’

‘Extraordinarily reliable, pragmatic, commercial, self-responsible and independent, creative, large network of consultants/law firms/administrators/courts in the small and mid-market, great depth of added value, also cross-border, in-house.’

‘Pragmatic team, alongside specialist expertise. Thorough and meticulous work and client support over a long period of time for a very complex and difficult process. Good communication and availability at a time when others would have shown signs of fatigue. We recommend Hendrik Boss and Christian Saueressig and a number of junior colleagues who kept the details together in the background. Very pleasant cooperation!’

Key clients

RiverRock

Kleingläubiger der Abellio-Gruppe

Köver

Ludwig Pfeiffer Hoch- und Tiefbau

Work highlights

  • Advising on the first StaRUG procedure in Schleswig-Holstein together with PUKE DRESEN MAL; Due to the impending insolvency of a small group of medical care centers (MVZ), an external medical investor was prepared to take the MVZ into his group – but without the high looming liabilities.
  • Advising on the self-administration of the insolvent Hamburg lidar sensor developer Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH on the sale of its business operations by way of an asset deal.
  • Advising the insolvency administrator of the companies in the Frankfurt-Hahn Group on the sale of the airport to the Trier real estate developer TRIWO AG.

Transport > Advice to the transport sector Tier 3

Taylor Wessing demonstrates particular strength in the aviation sector and handles aviation and procurement law issues, financing, transaction-related topics and matters in connection with ground handling services. Salary partner Alper Utlu is a key contact for financing and leasing and has additional expertise in rail vehicles. He is part of the practice led by of counsel Norbert Kämper (planning and environmental law, approval procedures) and Michael Brüggemann (procurement, EU and state aid law).

Practice head(s):

Norbert Kämper; Michael Brüggemann

Other key lawyers:

Timo Stellpflug; Alper Utlu

Key clients

American Airlines

AUDI AG

BVG

Circulor Ltd.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn GmbH/Brinkmann & Partner

Fraport AG

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)

Lyft

Riese & Müller

Thyssenkrupp

Work highlights

  • Advice on state aid law to Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn GmbH in connection with the insolvency and advice on the implementation of various ongoing legal proceedings.
  • Advising Helaba on the financing of 14 battery hybrid vehicles for the Warnow II regional rail transport subnetwork.
  • Advising thyssenkrupp on Fleet’s entry into carValoo.

Banking and finance > Lending and borrowing Tier 4

Taylor Wessing focuses on acquisition and corporate financing. Clemens Niedner heads the team, which is also instructed by financial institutions, private equity funds and international companies on project financing and restructuring; these competencies are increasingly tied to ESG matters. Other recent work includes instructions from debt funds and startups in the venture debt financing area.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Niedner

Other key lawyers:

Sabine Schomaker; Claus Goedecke; Ulf Gosejacob; Alper Utlu

Testimonials

‘The Taylor Wessing team has a whole range of experienced partners in the area of ​​financing and restructuring with Clemens Niedner, Sabine Schomaker and Ulf Gosejacob. Since they advise both lenders and the borrowers, they know both sides and have a very good understanding of what is (still) acceptable for the other side in the respective situation. This saves unnecessary negotiations and ensures quick and appropriate results.’

Key clients

Bayerische Landesbank

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Deutsche Bank

DZ Bank

Kreissparkasse Biberach

Kreissparkasse Esslingen-Nürtingen

Oddo BHF Bank

LFPI European Debt Fund

Cordet Capital Partners

H.I.G. Europe

Borromin Capital Management

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Nord Holding

VR Equitypartner

WTI

Claret Capital

Vetter Pharma

Global Savings Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG on the conclusion of a syndicated financing deal amounting to €275 million.
  • Advising Borromin Capital in the context of a management buyout on the financing of the investment in Aerotec Europe GmbH and the subsidiary Airplane Equipment & Services AES GmbH.
  • Advising the Munich-based shopping rewards company GSG on the financing of the merger with the shopping community Pepper.com.

Capital markets > Equity capital markets Tier 4

Based on its combined capital market and corporate skills, Taylor Wessing assists clients across a broad ECM spectrum, which includes ongoing advice on stock corporation law as well as the preparation of IPOs. This also mirrors practice head Marc-Oliver Kurth's expertise, which includes public takeovers, bond issues and capital increases.

Practice head(s):

Marc-Oliver Kurth

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Rothley; Sebastian Beyer

Testimonials

‘Very homogeneous; good cooperation and coverage of matters. Reliable, fast, high quality, diverse.’

‘Fast, resilient, hard-working, technically very good, creative.’

Key clients

Aap Implantate AG

Aroundtown SA

FSA e.V.

Grand City Properties SA

The New Meat Company

M1 Kliniken AG

Bundesministerium der Verteidigung

KPS AG

Quirin Privatbank AG

Allane SE (vormals Sixt Leasing)

Secunet Security Networks AG

Work highlights

  • Advising FSA eV and its committees on the restructuring of its subsidiary Noventi Health SE and the provision of an equity financing contribution (including the issuance of a convertible loan for the company).
  • Advice on Aroundtown SA’s €1 billion share buyback program.
  • Advising Triathlon Holding GmbH on the mandatory offer for shares of Voltabox AG.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 4

Various national and international medium-sized companies and large corporations regularly draw upon Taylor Wessing's experience in commercial, insurance and corporate disputes as well as in product liability litigation. In the latter segment, practice head Philipp Behrendt and product liability specialist Henning Moelle are particularly experienced. Moelle also represents high-profile clients from the pharmaceutical industry who, in addition to energy, shareholder and post-M&A conflicts, contribute to the practice's case load.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Behrendt

Other key lawyers:

Henning Moelle; Olaf Kranz; Donata von Enzberg

Testimonials

‘A great team, tactically very successful. They always have sound judgment and know how to argue a case in court.’

‘Great staff who work closely with their clients and keep them informed. Responsive and proactive.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Bayer

Grünenthal

Friedrich Carl Janssen

SWEDO

Vestas

Work highlights

  • Defending AstraZeneca against consumer lawsuits in multiple product liability cases regarding its Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Representing Grünenthal: international lead counsel / international coordination of product liability lawsuits in connection with Contergan (thalidomide).
  • Advising the former phG of the Sal. Oppenheim Bank (today Deutsche Bank Group) Friedrich Carl Janssen against the bank and D&O insurer (Allianz) in connection with a claim brought by the bank, including legal representation against the bank.

Insurance > Insurance litigation Tier 4

Taylor Wessing specialises in insurance supervision and broger law relevant to sales, as well as reinsurance contract law. Practice head Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn, who also coordinates the international financial services & insurance group, is particularly well versed in this area. Kammerer-Galahn and the team also focus on advising on cyber risks and D&O damage as well as on the niche area of ​​valuables transport insurance. Claus Peter Knufinke specialises in industrial insurance cases, particularly coverage and recourse procedures. The focus here is on property, fire and construction damage as well as technical insurance. Franz Janssen (including property and default damage as well as aviation liability) retired in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn

Other key lawyers:

Claus Peter Knufinke; Jan Andresen; Leonard Raphael

Key clients

25hours Hotel Company GmbH

AXA Versicherung AG

CHUBB European Group SE

ERGO Group AG

Kommunaler Schadenausgleich (KSA)

Provinzial Versicherung AG

Proxalto Lebensversicherung AG

R+V Re

Work highlights

  • Legal representation of CHUBB European Group SE in all property, liability and accident law disputes.
  • Ongoing and comprehensive representation and advice to Provinzial Versicherung AG in liability proceedings involving property damage, personal injury and financial loss.
  • Legal representation of ERGO Group AG in all legal disputes with former insurance agents.

Private equity > Transactions Tier 4

Taylor Wessing primarily supports transactions in the mid-cap segment and frequently acts across the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors. Private equity houses and their portfolio companies are regularly advised across locations and practices; cross-border matters are routinely handled with the location in London. The transactional support is complemented by the advice on buy-and-build strategies and management participations. Maria Weiers heads the team since Walter Henle’s retirement in September 2022; Weiers is well versed in buy-outs and exits. Michael Lamsa moved to Gowling WLG in April 2023, where he co-leads the M&A, PE and VC practices.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

AFINUM

Alpina Partners

Balderton Capital

Borromin Capital Fund IV

Cordet Capital Partners

ECM Equity Capital Management

EQT Infrastructure

Equistone

Inflexion

International Chemical Investors Group

NordHolding / Zentrum Gesundheit Gruppe

Oberberg Gruppe

Pinova

Protect Medical Holding GmbH

Sanecum

Trilantic

Work highlights

  • Advising International Chemical Investors SE on the acquisition of the Evonik chemical site in Lülsdorf and the associated cyanuric chloride business in Wesseling, North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as inprotec AG.
  • Advising EQT on the sale of a minority stake in Global Connect, provider of fiber-optic data communications and data center services, to Mubadala.
  • Advising NORD Holding and Zentrums Gesundheit on the acquisition of the REALEYES Group, a premium provider in the field of ophthalmology.

Public sector > Planning and environment Tier 4

Taylor Wessing advises industrial companies and public sector clients on land-use planning and environmental compliance and is also regularly involved in administrative proceedings. The team is particularly well versed in emissions control, waste and contaminated sites law, which it applies in industrial construction and expansion projects, among other matters; clients also regularly draw on its expertise in product-related environmental law. While Norbert Kämper primarily acts in approval and plan approval proceedings for commercial and infrastructure projects, Oliver Klöck, who took over the practice management from Kämper in 2023, is adept in regulatory health law. André Lippert (compliance) joined CMS in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Klöck

Other key lawyers:

Norbert Kämper; Roland Schmidt-Bleker; Walter Potthast

Testimonials

‘Professional appearance of employees and office environment. Rates are always easily accessible.’

‘Walter Potthast: Absolute specialist knowledge. Calm and level-headed way of approaching problems and then solving them professionally.’

Germany > Antitrust Tier 6

Taylor Wessing is experienced in transaction support in connection with merger controls, official antitrust proceedings, antitrust compliance as well as cooperation agreements and internal investigations; Recent instructions pertain to matters in the digital economy and antitrust damages. Marco Hartmann-Rüppel heads the team from Hamburg and is experienced in supporting international transactions and strategic cooperations, where he also covers issues at the interface with IP law. In Düsseldorf, Stephan Manuel Nagel boasts relevant expertise in distribution antitrust law and contract-related antitrust matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Marco Hartmann-Rüppel: Extremely service-oriented, clever and pragmatic. Always available. Very pleasant to deal with.’

‘Stephan Manuel Nagel: Availability 24/7, precise, precise elaborations. Outstanding comprehension skills; solution orientation; Practical relevance.’

‘Taylor Wessing is very well positioned overall and works very well in larger projects with experts from other areas. In antitrust law the team has an extremely strong and very well-positioned partner in Marco Hartmann-Rüppel.’

‘Stephan Manuel Nagel: High legal and economic competence, very good understanding of business processes, very good at communicating legal issues and solutions.’

‘Stephan Manuel Nagel offers excellent specialist knowledge, pragmatism and the ability to offer clients the right advice.’

Key clients

Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems AMCS

Alpina Partners

Duisburger Hafen AG

Flink

GetYourGuide

INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL INVESTORS S.E.

MOTORTECH GmbH

Pfeiffer GmbH

Röhm

thyssenkrupp

Triathlon Gruppe

Unilegion

VDDI – Verband der Deutschen Dental-Industrie / GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie

VEG

Work highlights

  • Ongoing antitrust compliance advice to thyssenkrupp on various topics.
  • Competition law advice to GetYourGuide, a global online platform for tourist attractions and travel experiences.
  • Advising Flink on antitrust compliance.

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TMT: With a total of over 45 lawyers, Taylor Wessing has one of the most experienced and largest TMT teams on the German and European market. Our international network of 29 offices and additional Best Friends law firms enables us to realise and coordinate cross-border projects without frictional losses.

Corporate / M&A: The corporate / M&A practice group advises companies and investors on national and international transactions. With over 50 partners, we have one of the largest as well as best and broadest established practice groups in the German market. In 2020, we executed almost 200 transactions of all sizes despite the pandemic.

Intellectual property (patent litigation): Taylor Wessing’s German patent group is one of the largest patent practices in Germany. With its locations in Europe and its excellent network, Taylor Wessing offers national and international clients “European patent litigation from a single source”.

Intellectual property (trade marks and unfair competition): Our portfolio work counts 75,000 registered active trademarks, an enormous wealth of experience given this scale alone. Our profound knowledge of litigation and trademark licensing paints a clear picture of how we advise to ensure all strategic aspects of effective trade mark protection.

Employment: In the area of employment, our international employment law practice with more than 130 employment law specialists navigates companies through complex labour, social security and immigration law regulations worldwide. Our innovative expertise in compliance, Work 4.0, CSR and the use of external staff is exceptional.

Dispute resolution: In the area of dispute resolution, our international clients benefit from our experience in successfully avoiding and resolving complex disputes – both nationally and internationally. We assist global corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings.

Real estate: Our real estate clients benefit from our experience from participating in some of the largest real estate transactions on the market as well as our expertise in all asset classes from office and logistics to healthcare properties or hotels. In doing so, we advise along the entire life cycle of properties as well as larger portfolios.

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Managing Partner Olaf Kranz
Member of the Management Board Robert Wethmar
Member of the Management Board Marc André Gimmy
Member of the Management Board Marc-Oliver Kurth
Member of the Management Board Sabine Schomaker
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Carsten Bartholl photo Carsten Bartholl Partner  Carsten Bartholl heads up Taylor Wessing’s international Energy & Infrastructure Group.…
Philipp Behrendt, LL.M. (UNSW) photo Dr Philipp Behrendt, LL.M. (UNSW) Partner  Philipp Behrendt heads up the German Disputes & Investigations Group of…
Anja Fenge, LL.M.  photo Dr Anja Fenge, LL.M. Partner  Anja Fenge is Head of our Commercial Real Estate Practice Area.…
Axel Frhr. von dem Bussche, LL.M. (L.S.E.), CIPP/E photo Dr Axel Frhr. von dem Bussche, LL.M. (L.S.E.), CIPP/E Partner  Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche is a specialist lawyer for information…
Marco Hartmann-Rüppel, Dipl.-Volkswirt  photo Dr Marco Hartmann-Rüppel, Dipl.-Volkswirt Partner  Marco Hartmann-Rüppel  is head of the Competition, EU & Trade Practice…
Martin Heidrich, LL.M. (FRA – School of Finance & Mgnt.)  photo Dr Martin Heidrich, LL.M. (FRA – School of Finance & Mgnt.) Partner  Martin Heidrich is an expert in restructuring and insolvency law. He…
Oliver Kirschner photo Dr Oliver Kirschner Partner  Oliver Kirschner is a member of the M&A and Private Equity…
Martin Knaup, LL.B.  photo Dr Martin Knaup, LL.B. Partner  Martin is Co-Head of the Compliance Practice Group at Taylor Wessing in Germany.…
Dieter Lang, LL.M.Eur.  photo Dieter Lang, LL.M.Eur. Partner Dieter is a specialist lawyer for administrative law with a decade-long…
Jennifer  Maiworm  photo Jennifer Maiworm Salary Partnerin  Jennifer Maiworm is specialised in national and international banking and…
Janina Pochhammer photo Dr Janina Pochhammer Partner  Janina heads our Practice Group Projects, Energy & Infrastructure. Janina advises…
Tobias Schelinski photo Dr Tobias Schelinski Partner  Tobias Schelinski is a specialist lawyer for information technology law and…
Jasmin  Schlee  photo Jasmin Schlee Senior Associate Jasmin Schlee is a member of the Corporate Practice Area…
Carsten Schulz photo Dr Carsten Schulz Partner  Carsten Schulz heads up the German Technology, Media & Communications Sector…
Timo Stellpflug photo Timo Stellpflug Partner  Timo Stellpflug is partner and member of the Practice Area Projects,…
Robert Wethmar, LL.M. (NYU) photo Robert Wethmar, LL.M. (NYU) Partner  Robert Wethmar advises on national and cross-border M&A transactions as well…
Jens Wolf photo Dr Jens Wolf Partner  Jens Wolf heads up the Venture-Capital Group of Taylor Wessing in…
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Other Fee Earner : 239
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CSR & ESG : Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Social Governance (ESG) play an ever-increasing role for Taylor Wessing. The management of Taylor Wessing, on behalf of the entire partnership as well as all employees, has therefore voluntarily committed itself to taking even more responsibility for the firm's corporate actions with regard to its environmental performance. The firm was recognised for its external and internal ESG initiatives with inclusion in The Legal 500's first EMEA Green Guide.
Legal Tech & Legal Operations : Legal tech and legal operations are also fundamental elements of the firm's strategy. All departments are encouraged to identify development potential in these areas and are supported in their implementation by an external legal tech team. Taylor Wessing has already developed some of its own legal tech tools and uses them on an ongoing basis to provide efficient advice to clients.