Firm Profile > Taylor Wessing > Dusseldorf, Germany
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Taylor Wessing > The Legal 500 Rankings
Taylor Wessing's technology, media and telecoms group impresses with a very successful data protection and cyber security department. With focuses on monetisation and ad tech, interdiction and fine proceedings, as well GDPR and data protection audits, the group has managed to advise on the most important and current projects across Germany and the world. Led by Hamburg-based Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche, the team continued to grow in 2020 and is particularly sought-after by clients from the automotive, IT and gaming sectors. The Berlin-based Paul Voigt, who made partner in 2019, is particularly in these sectors 'an absolute expert'. From his location in the capital he has been able to establish close relationships with German startups and also assists US clients with privacy shield certificates as well as with complex local data protection audits.
'Very competent and specialized team.'
'Gregor Schmid is very specialized and has an excellent knowledge of the law.'
'The data protection team at Taylor Wessing is a well-rehearsed and very agile team that works with the client in a competent, practice-oriented and quick manner to develop meaningful and viable solutions for all data protection issues and to support them in their practical implementation. It is characterized by the strong responsiveness and the personal type of support. Particularly noteworthy is the strong industry focus and the distinctive data protection know-how. The team knows the client's business. '
'Highly qualified advice and the highest reputation also on the part of the court in contentious proceedings.'
'Axel von dem Bussche always provides us with targeted advice and high-quality solutions.'
'Cooperation in the team seems to work extremely well, everyone involved can be reached easily, very courteous and friendly.'
'Proactive communication on changes in the law, very fast response times, pragmatic.'
'Gregor Schmidt provides outstanding legal advice, which is characterized by in-depth knowledge of the matter, entrepreneurial expertise and pragmatism.'
BVG – Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe
Hyundai Motor Europe
Other key lawyers:
” Outstanding quality of the written pleadings in litigation. Very good understanding of the challenges typical of the industry. ‘
‘Christian Frank and Jonathan Alexander Kropp: the open discussions on sensitive topics and the pragmatic approaches that Taylor Wessing offers are particularly appreciated.’
” Solution and result-oriented way of working. High commitment and availability. In-depth practical knowledge and legal expertise; Cooperation based on trust and partnership. ‘
‘Detlef Klett, Fritz-Ulli Pieper, Mareike Gehrmann have above- average expertise in the specialist topics and are very solution-oriented. The highest degree of commitment and reliability, even in time-critical situations you could rely on the support. It is particularly appreciated that the colleagues at the law firm brought calm into the often time-critical process, made the relevant priorities visible and worked through them in a very focused manner. Collaboration on an equal footing – the customer is very valued and the collaboration is very trusting. ‘
‘Highest level of competence and expertise, good networking in the industries, very entrepreneurial thinking. Christian Frank: very pleasant and top expertise. Jonathan Kropp: pragmatic, highly competent and very entrepreneurial. ‘
‘In the day-to-day collaboration, the team impresses with its understanding of economic and operational solutions, quick reactions and high quality of the services provided.
Allianz Deutschland AG
DOMUS Software AG
METRO GastroFinanz GmbH
Pfeiffer & Langen
Taylor Wessing visibly strengthened its practice with the arrival of salary partner Sebastian Fischoeder, who joined from Bird & Bird LLP in September 2019 and focuses on unconventional trade marks, and the salary partner promotion of Katharina Reuer (prosecution and disputes) in Hamburg and Christian Tenkhoff (focus on unconventional trade mark disputes among other matters) in Munich. Due to various projects in 2019, the already highly international practice moved even closer towards its international firm colleagues to defend its position as a firm that is competent across borders, with the German practice regularly occupying a central role. In addition to its traditional strengths in trade mark and design portfolio development and management as well as in infringement proceedings, the firm has been offering an interdisciplinary, international expert team advising on trade secrets since autumn 2019. Its advice offering to agencies was deepened with regards to contractual matters and social media advertising. Düsseldorf-based practice head Olaf Gillert has experience in strategic advice as well as in litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Christ Juweliere und Uhrmacher seit 1863 GmbH
Flatworld Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
FujiFilm Corporation und FujifilmEurope
Scotch Whiskey Association
Villeroy & Boch
Media > Entertainment Tier 2
Under the leadership of Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche, Taylor Wessing's media practice assists online platforms, publishing companies and startups with matters pertaining to innovative business models, freedom of speech as well as issues touching on IP law. However, the TMT practice of the firm is much broader and therefore able to advise media companies and internet providers not only on ongoing issues, but also on legislative processes and disputes before European courts. In Hamburg, Gregor Schmidt further focuses on copyright, e-commerce and transactions. In Frankfurt, Svenja-Ariane Maucher acts for longstanding clients from the video gaming sphere in IT-related matters. Jonathan Kropp and two other lawyers made salary partner.
'The firm is fast and solution-oriented, and pragmatic and business-minded.'
'Gregor Schmidt is quick, pragmatic, technically highly competent and personally very pleasant.'
'Very competent, company-oriented and economically thinking with extensive industry experience.'
'Christian Frank: well connected, highly experienced. Jonathan Kropp: very practice-oriented, good entrepreneurial thinking, very helpful, pragmatic and highly competent. '
Bertelsmann SE & Co KG
FC Bayern München
Grand City Properties
NetBet (Online Casino)
NKB / G One
Sky Deutschland Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG
Wargaming Group Limited
Other key lawyers:
' Now an even broader team with quick response times and extremely well-founded and precise statements. Very good coverage of all possible legal aspects. Very solution-oriented. '
' Above all, Manja Epping impresses with her analytical sharpness and an extremely broad focus in the life sciences. Comprehensive and precise processing of the topics even under time pressure. Always approachable and client-oriented. '
Taylor Wessing's TMT practice foots on different pillars which also include advice on IT law as well as outsourcing and transactions. In the latter segment, it is primarily Nicolai Wiegand and Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche who are active. Both assists with outsourcing and infrastructure projects in relation to data centres and 5G and also advise on cloud implementation and agile software projects. On the market, the team occupies a relevant role in advising the regulated industries such as healthcare, banking and insurance.
Taylor Wessing distinguishes itself from its competitors through a broad coverage of office locations across Europe. With offices in Germany, the Netherlands, UK, France, Austria and several Eastern European countries as well as reliable relationships with other firms in jurisdictions without its own office, the firm is perfectly equipped to assist with highly international litigation and subsequently offers longstanding experience in the coordination of cross-border disputes. Other geographical focuses lie on the US, Japan and China as well as Taiwan and South Korea. With the arrival of salary partner Philipp Krusemarck, who joined from DLA Piper at the end of 2019, the automotive, telecoms and high-tech practice was further strengthened. Pharma and life sciences matters as well as IT-related disputes also form part of the team's core expertise; Christian Lederer heads the practice.
Other key lawyers:
' Litigation teams in patent disputes are put together flexibly and depending on the situation; Fast and excellent advice also in related areas of law that become relevant in the short term in connection with patent disputes, e.g. antitrust law and competition law. '
' Sabine Rojahn: Extraordinary experience in patent disputes, unerring eye for what is feasible. '
' Christian Lederer: Very good technical understanding in patent disputes; exceptional commitment; strong focus on client needs. '
' Gisbert Hohagen: Outstanding technical understanding in patent disputes; concise briefs; particularly good, understandable preparation of complex technical issues for non-technical judges. '
' In the field of intellectual property law, Taylor Wessing offers a reliable, powerful team that is characterized by high technical competence and a very pleasant working style. The lawyers are not shy about dealing with very complex technical issues. The advice is always at the highest level. The collaboration with patent attorneys, which is often required in this area, is always fair and smooth, thus guaranteeing optimal support for clients. With this outstanding overall package of services and work style, Taylor Wessing definitely stands out in the market. '
' Anja Lunze: A very reliable partner, whose constant high level of work and performance can be relied on at any time. We really appreciate her careful working style and her friendly nature, which makes every collaboration very enjoyable . '
' Christoph de Coster: Always a pleasure to fight disputes with him. Quick comprehension and a creative working style characterize Mr. de Coster. '
' The Taylor Wessing team has a broad base and is familiar with all matters relating to intellectual property. '
' Jan Phillip Rektorschek: Fast feedback and good, clear processing of issues. '
' Very competent lawyers who cater to the needs and strategies of clients. '
' Gisbert Hohagen: Very competent in judicial and extrajudicial IP infringement proceedings with in-depth knowledge, including in foreign IP proceedings. '
' Excellent quality; very comprehensive, absolutely honest and transparent advice; noticeably no pushing in legal disputes, no sales-oriented, but success-driven advice. No 'I know everything and better' attitudes, but also reference to colleagues who work in a neighboring area and are more experienced there; also many free services; high availability and availability. '
' Gisbert Hohagen: quality fanatic; real 24/7 availability; very good manners with clients; Honesty; extreme expertise; very ambitious, but not dogged. Responsive; wants to understand everything, even complicated technology, he is not satisfied beforehand. Very capable of working in a team, which makes larger lawsuits with patent attorneys and possibly several lawyers pleasant. He doesn't play the top dog, but wants to be better than the opponent in the matter. '
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.
Sprick Bielefelder Papier- und Wellpappenwerke
Under the roof of its projects, energy and infrastructure practice, Taylor Wessing commits itself exclusively to national and international large-scale projects in the industrial plant engineering sphere as well as to infrastructure and technology-heavy construction projects, thereby advising with comprehensive expertise in project agreements, construction and operation stages as well as project and claim management; with a focus on advising contracting authorities, the team around Michael Baumhauer is also well versed in litigious disputes and can further rely on the expertise of the firm's procurement, financing and corporate practices. Janina Pochhammer and André Guskow particularly often assist with project developments for processing, manufacturing and energy plants, while the construction of data centres is another core competence of the practice.
' The law firm covers essential areas for advising a company in high quality. Uncomplicated cooperation and pragmatic advice. '
' Martin Rothermel is a very good conversationalist, solution-oriented, with whom pragmatic solutions can be discussed. '
' Broad team with a focus on Munich and Düsseldorf, with a rather very special focus for large law firms on sales advice, led by Martin Rothermel, in whose team Benedikt Rohrßen has been at the forefront of distribution law for over 10 years. '
' Driven by his multilingualism, Benedikt Rohrßen advises various internationally active, well-known clients in sales, offline as well as online and omnichannel, whereby he has for some time focused on advising franchise companies with a focus on automotive and retail. '
' Michael Kieffer: To the point, quickly, legally precise. '
' High level of expertise, very good team strength, very pleasant cooperation, high level of industry knowledge. '
' Michael Kieffer: High level of expertise and industry knowledge; responsive; assertive; very pleasant and friendly cooperation. '
FC Bayern München
Since October 2019, Taylor Wessing fields the specifically created Trade Secret Protection unit which has an interdisciplinary, cross-office set-up. The competition law practice is composed of a litigious and advisory part; the latter handles strategically important matters alongside longstanding advice on competition issues. Thanks to its strong trade mark and patent law practice and the firm's international set-up, the team around practice head Olaf Gillert in Düsseldorf is also a good choice for instructions that require comprehensive IP advice as well as experience in cross-border matters. Andreas Meissner (particular experience in the fashion and media industries) changed into of counsel status in January 2020, while Sebastian Fischoeder, a specialist in unconventional trade marks, joined the team as salary partner from Bird & Bird LLP in September 2019. Katharina Reuer in Hamburg and Christian Tenkhoff in Munich, of whom both act in advisory as well as forensic capacity in competition law, made salary partner in July 2019.
Other key lawyers:
Christ Juweliere und Uhrmacher seit 1863 GmbH
Flatworld Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
FujiFilm Corporation und FujifilmEurope
Scotch Whiskey Association
Villeroy & Boch
Taylor Wessing's venture capital practice stretches across the whole array of relevant stages, ranging from formation to follow-on financing and exits. On one hand, the group acts for investors with particular expertise in advising closed funds. On the other hand, the team also assists startups, including with restructuring issues. Jens Wolf has experience in the technology sector and jointly heads the team with transaction expert Maria Weiers. Norman Röchert, who is also well versed in the technology, internet and media spheres, as well as the 'always available' Hassan Sohbi are other involved team members.
' Great experience in the industry and very efficient in providing the services .'
' The team understands and translates investment processes in the US and UK very well. It focuses on important topics and doesn't waste resources. TW has a full service team (IP, employment, taxes, etc.) and works efficiently and coherently . '
' Hassan Sohbi is always available and very experienced and wise with VC deals .'
' Real team players who integrate almost like an internal part of the company .'
'' Very good, stringent mandate management, good cost transparency, excellent price-performance ratio. '
' Maria Weiers: excellent specialist knowledge, excellent economic and mathematical understanding, excellent market knowledge, extremely pleasant, competent personality, very efficient way of working .'
La Famiglia Fund
Visionaries Club Growth Fund
A unique feature of Taylor Wessing's insurance law team is its strong focus on advice regarding reinsurance contracts and run-offs. The practice group is led by Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn, who specialises in insurance regulatory law and insurance broker law. The firm's expertise in the InsurTech and legal tech space, including the development of digital insurance offers, is also in high demand. The team's two associates Saskia Michel and Yannick Eckervogt often assist with transactional advice concerning reinsurance.
'An excellent team, very solution-oriented.'
Crédit Agricole Assurances (CACI)
AXA Versicherungen AG
Partner Re Zurich
Taylor Wessing is an established address for advising on industrial plant engineering, a space that the five-partner practice comprehensively covers with wide-ranging expertise in - often international - project agreements, construction and operation matters as well as with regards to project and claim management. Janina Pochhammer and André Guskow regularly assist contracting authorities with the construction of chemical and pharmaceutical processing and manufacturing plants as well as power plants, while advice on infrastructure projects in the renewable energies sphere is an additional facet of the team's service offering; here, instructions arise particularly often in relation to solar power plants as well as offshore wind. Michael Baumhauer heads the project, energy & infrastructure practice and mainly focuses on advising and representing contracting authorities in matters pertaining to industrial, particularly maritim, plant engineering.
'' Broad knowledge of construction contract law, which is demonstrated with a large number of practical examples and covers all eventualities, but nevertheless respecting the client's opinion. '
' Christine Weyand is an absolute expert in the field of construction law who, with her many years of experience in both litigation and advice on contract negotiations, provides valuable support for our activities in the construction sector. On large construction projects, she works closely with Dr. Janina Pochhammer, specialist in plant construction. The cooperation with the colleagues is always effective, constructive and professional. '
Clenergy Global Projects GmbH
Corden Pharma GmbH
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Faber Castell AG
Management Gundlach Automotive Corporation Group
Braskem Europe GmbH/Braskem Netherlands B.V.
Villeroy & Boch AG
tmc content group AG
Albis Leasing AG
Tom Tailor Holding SE
ÜSTRA Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe Aktiengesellschaft
aap Implantate AG
Grand City Properties SA
Aladdin Healthcare Technologies SE
Pearl River Bio GmbH
Hubert Burda Media Holding Kommanditgesellschaft
Brockhaus Capital Management AG
Bank Schilling Co AG
Biologische Heilmittel Heel GmbH
Blue Sail Medical Group
Boehringer Ingelheim Auslandsbeteiligungs GmbH
Honeywell International Inc.
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH
W.L. Gore & Associates GmbH
‘Mr von Beauvais is one of the few lawyers who, in addition to excellent legal advice, not only understands and anticipates the economic implications, but also takes them into account directly or even steers the WPs in the deal in the right direction.‘
‘The M&A team around Albrecht von Beauvais is characterized by its high technical quality as well as its ability to work under extreme time pressure. Albrecht von Beauvais is an excellent negotiator.‘
‘Albrecht von Beauvais is an excellent negotiator. Sonja Leutnant impresses with her excellent organizational skills and her professional competence and accuracy.‘
Bank Schilling & Co. AG
Carl Cloos Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Compagnie de Saint Gobain
DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG
Imperial Logistics International B.V. & Co. KG
Sixt Leasing SE
Wuxi OFC Commercial Carpet Co.
Taylor Wessing's 'excellent and competent service' is used by both national and international real estate companies as well as real estate funds and investors: the team around Anja Fenge advises on transactional matters particularly in relation to hotel, commercial, care and logistics real estate on one hand, as well as on matters pertaining to project developments, which are handled by the practice's construction team. Furthermore, the group has experience in advising international real estate funds on market entries.
' Taylor Wessing covers the entire spectrum in the real estate sector and was an ideal partner, in particular due to her knowledge of French and French law .'
' Excellent and competent service, many years of expertise, cooperation in the firm with other disciplines works very well .'
' Very good team in real estate law, professional, problem solver, service-oriented, creative, to the point .'
' Anja Fenge and Dieter Lang: Both excellent, technically excellent, very pleasant cooperation, forward-looking, top support for transactions and, for example, plan approval procedures .'
Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft
BNP Paribas Real Estate
Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH & Co. KG
Logistis (Logistikfonds der AEW)
Freie Hansestadt Hamburg
‘The practice area restructuring and insolvency of the law firm Taylor Wessing Düsseldorf is one of the best addresses in Germany when it comes to the prosecution of claims against organs and/or auditors after an insolvency, also in relation to the defense of this. Strengths are legal expert knowledge, economic expertise and the ability to work in a team, also in cooperation with auditors.’
‘Hendrik Boss: Deal maker in restructuring constellations. Very good network. Fast thinker who always tries to find a solution. High presence on the mandate.’
‘We have been working successfully and trustingly with the Taylor Wessing team for many years and appreciate our colleagues for their reliability, the extremely high level of professionalism and the uncomplicated approach to new projects. Particularly noteworthy is the competence in the area of insolvency legal representation. There is hardly a competitor who can hold a candle to the Taylor Wessing team here.’
‘Big team with high impact.’
‘In addition to the legal approach, we are also looking for a pragmatic and solution-oriented economic solution.’
‘Martin Heidrich – very pragmatic and solution-oriented, stays calm even in difficult situations.’
‘A lot of experience and expertise, at the same time pleasant contact at eye level with a high level of teamwork that exceeds our experience with other law firms.’
‘Ingo Gerdes: great successes in proceedings for insolvency administrators; Ability, together with other advisers, to define and successfully pursue the ideal legal strategy (ability to work in a team); great care at the crucial points (focus on the essentials).’
‘Interesting combination of restructuring lawyers with a very good economic understanding and a “make the deal happen” approach on the one hand and litigating lawyers for insolvency-related disputes with a bite on the other.’
‘Ingo Gerdes: Well connected, excellent lawyer.’
‘Technically excellent qualities, targeted implementation.’
‘Ingo Gerdes: Expertise and quality of work, quick response times and decision-making authority.’
Dr Christoph Morgen
Prof. Dr Lucas Flöther
Dr Jan Markus Plathner
Public sector > State aid Tier 3
Taylor Wessing stands out for its broad state aid advice offering which often entails cross-border cooperation with the procurement or environmental and planning practices of the firm. The group focuses on the infrastructure, healthcare and public finance sectors, while clients include internationally known companies but also public service providers, ministries and federal states. Most recently, its advice to companies on applying for Covid-19 aid played an increasingly big role. The competition, EU and trade practice is led by Marco Hartmann-Rüppel; Michael Brüggemann is another key contact.
‘The Taylor Wessing team is distinguished by its extensive expertise not only in product liability cases, but also in international legal issues and questions of discovery. Fast processing times, availability at all times.‘
‘The size of the team is flexible and can be expanded at short notice as required. The team members are characterised by their high level of commitment and forward thinking. Resources are used cost-consciously. Price-performance ratio is appropriate.’
Compliance Tier 4Taylor Wessing's full-service approach enables the team to advise on issues across legal fields, demonstrating particular expertise in the segments data protection, employment law and product compliance. Led by Dirk Lorenz, the team develops and optimises compliance management systems, conducts risk analyses and advises on due diligence matters. With Mike Goldammer, the team is also adept at handling China-related work. Other integral members of the team include HR compliance expert Oliver Bertram and TMT specialist Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche.
Germany > Employment Tier 4Taylor Wessing's employment, pensions & mobility (EPM) group is best known for providing restructuring advice - for which practice head Marc André Gimmy is a key contact - and HR compliance advice as well as handling matters pertaining to the use of external staff and works constitution law. Typically, these mandates stem from HR service providers and players in the technology, media and communications, consumer goods and, increasingly, healthcare sectors, who benefit from the team's cooperation with various other offices and colleagues from the TMT and M&A groups, among other practices. This collaboration is also called upon when advising on Work 4.0., which includes not only digitisation matters but also various niche areas such as gamification and microchipping of employees.
Other key lawyers:
' Taylor Wessing has several employees in labor law with a high level of expertise, so that a competent contact person who knows our company and processes and can represent us competently is also available for holidays, etc. The quality of the briefs stands out positively from other briefs from the past. '
'' Good cross-location and cross-border cooperation within the law firm. High scalability, ie also for topics that require a short-term and rapid expansion of capacities, TW is able to map this requirement. High quality advice across the entire team. '
'' Every law firm expects / requires very good professional skills. TaylorWessing, however, managed to take our individual corporate culture (which had changed drastically in a very short time due to the change of management) into account in every legal consultation and to offer us appropriate, pragmatic alternatives . '
'' Quick accessibility, discussion at eye level, practical and efficient approach; Service concept. '
' Good balance between legal requirements and pragmatism, which is often so important in operational practice. '
' Legal advice is practical and can therefore be used very well in the company. '
'' Good, smooth cooperation with other specialist disciplines (such as corporate and M&A) and clients. Friendly atmosphere, at the same time determined in negotiating with the other side. Pragmatic solutions. '
' The practice is international, friendly and professionally very broad. The processing lawyers work in a team and are easy to reach, even in Corona times. You notice the experience in the team in dealing with difficult topics, so that successes can often be achieved before the negotiation. The advice is always cooperative and goal-oriented, so you get a result quickly. '
' The employees were able to score points on the basis of a broad experience base, with well-qualified examples that were appropriate to the topic and resulting from practice. The contact persons were always able to provide targeted help on our topics. '
' Top service with a personal and absolutely pragmatic touch. Always close to the legal areas with an eye on what is feasible. Discussions at eye level . '
' On the one hand, the TW team is always up to date with the latest case law and finds workable solutions. There is almost no such thing as 'impossible', but ways are shown how it could work. The advice is very practice-oriented. '
' Marc André Gimmy: Pragmatic Consulting Approach. '
' Marc André Gimmy: Maintains his calm manner even in difficult situations. He is very competent and obliging and also has the humor that is sometimes necessary .'
ÜSTRA Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe
W. L. Gore & Associates
‘The team around Franz Janssen combines a high level of expertise in insurance law with those in technical terms, especially in construction law. This combination is particularly necessary in the case of major liability claims with a technical reference. There is a high degree of solution orientation and a strong problem awareness. The process management is not prioritised, but an appropriate solution.’
‘Franz Janssen is characterised by a mediating way of working. He tries to understand the other person’s point of view and to find a solution that is acceptable to all. This with a very high level of expertise.’
AXA Versicherung AG
Crédit Agricole Assurances (CACI)
Kommunaler Schadenausgleich (KSA) der Länder Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen
25hours Hotel Company
Schloss Elmau & Orania.Berlin
' Very good finance team with a high standard and a pragmatic style as well as very pleasant conversation. '
' Good and solid performers. '
' Ulf Gosejacob: Very pragmatic and commercial; pleasant conversation partner. '
' Clemens Niedner: Excellent communicator, very well-founded advice. '
Hamburg Commercial Bank
Oddo BHF Bank
LFPI European Debt Fund
Cordet Capital Partners
Steadfast Capital (inzwischen Borromin Capital Management)
Deutsche Beteiligungs AG
Silver Investment Partners
'Taylor Wessing's Hamburg office, led by Janina Pochhammer, is known for its quick-witted team in the maritime environment.'
'Janina Pochhammer has a very structured and extremely fast way of working and is characterized by a high level of commitment and very professional advice.'
Becker Marine Systems GmbH (BMS)
Blohm + Voss B.V. & Co. KG
ELA Container Offshore GmbH
Western Marine Shipyard
In the planning law space, Taylor Wessing's environmental and planning law practice behind proven expert Norbert Kämper focuses on advising the retail sector. Its advice offering in the planning field also entails assistance with transactions in the healthcare sector and with airport planning. On environmental level, the group advises industrial and commercial enterprises on waste disposal and contaminated sites matters as well as on immission protection legislation. Clients also include energy suppliers and agricultural companies. André Lippert, formerly associated partner at Gleiss Lutz, joined the team in December 2019.
' Excellent expertise, very easy to reach, quick response. '
' Dr. Andre Lippert – Excellent technical competence, very good availability, quick response, very reliable. '
Evangelische Stiftung Hephata
Graphite Cova GmbH
Investa Holding GmbH
Diehl Stiftung & Co KG
Stadtwerke Düsseldorf AG
Unitas e. V.
PCF GmbH (Pfleiderer Gruppe)
InFarm Indoor Urban Farming GmbH
‘Jens Escher berät sehr schnell und fachlich auf höchstem Niveau in persona selbst, ohne zu viel (aus Mandantensicht) an weitere Mitarbeiter zu delegieren.’
‘Sehr freundliches, kompetentes Team; hohe soziale Kompetenz und starke Exekution.’
‘Martin Kraus: Außergewöhnlich überzeugende, verbindliche Art, starke fachliche Kompetenz im Gesellschaftsrecht.‘
Taylor Wessing's procurement practice covers a broad spectrum of procurement matters. In the defence and security sphere, the team advises federal ministries, bidders from the arms industry and the Federal Armed Forces among others. In the infrastructure space, the practice managed to strengthen its market position and also counts federal state ministries and ports among its key clients. The team further exhibits strengths in the public finance and healthcare sectors. After Andreas Haak joined Dentons in February 2019, the team and practice have developed dynamically: Michael Brüggemann is now local managing partner in Düsseldorf while continuing to be the key contact for the procurement practice; furthermore, the firm plans to expand its Hamburg office on personnel level.
Other key lawyers:
Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (BMVg) / Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw)
EMSA – European Maritime Safety Agency
FMS Wertmanagement AöR
Hamburg Port Authority
KfW – Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau
Thüringer Netkom GmbH
Working in close conjunction with colleagues from the real estate practice, Taylor Wessing advises lenders and borrowers on real estate financing across all asset classes. The team's offering includes assistance with acquisition and real estate development financing, sale-and-leaseback transactions, senior, mezzanine, CMBS and RMBS financing alongside the restructuring of such financings. Banking and finance team head Peter Seemann is the key contact in this space and, besides real estate financing, has another focus on project financing.
' The team has extensive, highly specialized experience in the area of commercial real estate financing, developed over decades, in advising banks, in particular mortgage bond banks, investors, insurance companies and funds. The team provides very personal advice with constant and highly committed commitment from the partners. Individual client requirements that deviate from standardized models or processes are implemented. '
' Peter Seemann knows how to keep an eye on the various interests in highly complex financing structures at all times and to implement them appropriately and efficiently in the contractual documentation. He brings in his decades of experience in advising various stakeholders on commercial real estate finance in a way that promotes transactions with a purely technical focus and is results-oriented. '
DZ Hyp AG
Hamburg Commercial Bank
Covivio Immobilien SE
Helaba – Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale
NATIXIS Pfandbriefbank AG
HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien AG
Investec Bank Plc
Taylor Wessing focuses on corporate and commercial litigation representing national and international companies from different sectors; here the team regularly cooperates with its international network. Most recently, the group noted an increase in arbitration proceedings with regard to large-scale energy projects. Alternative dispute resolution expert Carsten Müller and Donata von Enzberg, who is focused on civil law litigation, are the key contacts. Philipp Behrendt is practice head.
Industry focus > Energy Tier 5Taylor Wessing primarily handles renewable energy work with a focus on transactions and project finance, both in the wind and in the photovoltaic sectors. In plant construction, the team has offshore wind parks at its core. It also offers regulatory expertise, which is frequently called upon by national and international clients in combination with its transactional skills. Carsten Bartholl heads the practice from Hamburg. Markus Böhme in Düsseldorf specialises in regulatory law.
With a focus on mid-cap transactions in the technology and health care sectors, Taylor Wessing's team is regularly instructed by private equity firms seeking advice on their portfolio companies, but the group also assists with management participation programmes. Walter Henle heads the practice and is a well-versed key contact for financial investors, while Ernst-Albrecht von Beauvais often advises Japanese clients.
'' A clear structure with a central contact person who, if necessary, can add targeted experts for special issues (e.g. personnel, IT, insolvency). '
' Ernst-Albrecht von Beauvais is very good at negotiating and also always has the client's commercial interests in mind. He achieves very good negotiation results even under pressure . '
AFINUM Management GmbH
Borromin Capital Fund IV
Keith & Koep GmbH
Oberberg Gruppe (Portfoliounternehmen der Trilantic Europe)
Portfolio-Gesellschaften von Borromin Capital Fund IV
Germany > Antitrust Tier 6
As part of the competition, EU and trade department, Taylor Wessing's team offers cross-border antitrust advice alongside assistance with procurement, state aid and foreign trade law. Hereby, the group often advises on ongoing cartel and merger control matters of several projects. Marco Hartmann-Rüppel, who heads the practice, mainly acts in cartel damages claim proceedings in the automotive, life sciences and defence and aerospace sectors. Stephan Manuel Nagel is responsible for the practice's focus on Asia: he heads the antitrust division of the firm's Japan desk where he advises on merger control matters in the telecoms sphere and also assists Chinese clients as well as with matters related to Chinese business; his sector focus includes technology, media, energy as well as retail and consumer goods.
Other key lawyers:
'The Taylor Wessing team is responsive, professional and offers good cooperation.'
'Stephan Manuel Nagel and his team are very competent, especially in connection with platform economics and the technology sector.'
'Very high availability. Well thought-out solutions and a very structured approach. '
'Marco Hartmann-Rüppel brings very good advice to the point, even when it comes to complex issues and questions. Very broad background knowledge, also in other legal areas that are advised together with antitrust law. The perfect contact person and coordinator, even for larger projects that affect several legal disciplines. '
'Strong and homogeneous team.'
'Marco Hartmann-Rüppel is an experienced and pragmatic lawyer.'
Afinum Management GmbH
Compagnie de Saint-Gobain
Flughafengesellschaft Berlin Brandenburg BER
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What we stand for
Taylor Wessing stands for excellent legal advice: in-depth, comprehensive but to the point.
With its guiding principle “Challenge expectation, together”, the firm is committed to questioning what is expected and thinking beyond the obvious. This is how Taylor Wessing’s legal advisors find the best solutions: working together with their clients.
This approach makes Taylor Wessing particularly strong in areas where the milestones of digitalisation are set: technology, life sciences & healthcare, energy & infrastructure and private wealth. In this way, we shape the business development of our clients today with the potential of tomorrow’s technologies.
In the healthcare sector, we advise companies and investors on transactions as well as on the establishment and operation of medical care centres, hospitals and nursing homes. We are unique in combining specialist expertise in healthcare law with the capabilities of an international law firm when advising on large-volume transactions.
- Life Sciences
In the field of life sciences, we offer full service along the entire product life cycle, in particular for manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceuticals as well as for biotech companies. Our legal services include advising on transactions, regulatory issues, licensing, and cooperation agreements as well as on product liability and intellectual property.
- Energy & Infrastructure
Advice in particular on transactions and financing of renewable as well as on infrastructure projects along the entire project lifecycle. Our advice on the sale and purchase of green electricity through specific PPAs, especially for large-scale consumers, is expanding strongly as is our advice for data centres. We also provide comprehensive legal advice on all energy law issues and regulation.
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 & Unfair Competion)
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.
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.
|Managing Partner||Olaf Kranz|
|Member of the Management Board||Dr. Oliver Kirschner|
|Member of the Management Board||Dr. Oliver Klöck|
|Member of the Management Board||Thomas Raab|
|Member of the Management Board||Robert Wethmar|
|Dr Markus Böhme||Markus is a sought-after legal expert in the national and international energy…||View Profile|
|Olaf Gillert||Olaf is head of the German and international practice group Trademarks, Advertising…||View Profile|
|Klaus Grossmann||Klaus heads up the German M&A practice group and specialises in cross-border…||View Profile|
|Norbert Kämper||Norbert is head of the practice group Environmental, Planning & Regulatory and…||View Profile|
|Dr Alexander Köpfler||Alexander primarily advises project developers, constructors, investors and property owners. He specialises…||View Profile|
|Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn||Gunbritt is a specialist lawyer for insurance law. She heads up the…||View Profile|
|Bert Kimpel||Bert is both a qualified tax advisor and a specialist lawyer for…||View Profile|
|Oliver Klöck||Oliver advises on regulatory healthcare law and his clients include major service…||View Profile|
|Detlef Klett||Detlef specialises in legal advice in the fields of digitisation, artificial intelligence,…||View Profile|
|Olaf Kranz||Olaf advises on legal disputes and represents his clients both before ordinary…||View Profile|
|Stephan Manuel Nagel||With comprehensive expertise, Manuel advises clients on German and European competition law.…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresSenior Partner : 117 Partner : 211 Other fee-earner : 210
LanguagesAll main business languages
United Kingdom: Private Client
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Germany: Franchise & Licensing
Published: September 2021
Authors: Dr. Benedikt Rohrßen Dr. Martin Rothermel Giorgia Carandente LL.M. (Eur) Dr. Ulrich Spiegel
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Franchise & Licensing laws and regulations that may occur in Germany.
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- Healthcare and life sciences
- IT transactions and outsourcing
- Patent litigation
- Product liability
- Project development
- Trade, distribution and logistics
- Unfair competition
- Venture capital
- Advice to insurers
- Advice to the transport sector
- Construction (including construction litigation)
- Foreign trade law
- M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)
- Real estate
- State aid
- Commercial litigation
- Equity capital markets
- Insurance litigation
- Lending and borrowing
- Maritime and shipping
- Planning and environment
- Private clients and non-profits
- Public procurement
- Real estate finance
- Arbitration (including international arbitration)