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Axel Zimmermann

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Axel Zimmermann is a Partner in Eversheds' Munich office and, as a founding partner of the German entity, heads the IP Law practice group as well as the Entertainment, Media & Sports sector group. From 2006 to 2012, he was a member of the law firm's three-member management committee. For more than 20 years, Axel has specialised in intellectual property, commercial and media law and mainly advises companies with a holistic and strategic approach, both in and out of court. His activities include the drafting of all relevant agreements, solving and structuring of complex issues as well as the conduct of complex cases. Axel is a member of several controlling bodies of business enterprises, has been acting as a lecturer on different specialist topics for many years and publishes his work. Among his longstanding clients are commercial enterprises, manufacturers of consumer goods, providers of financial services, advertising agencies, technology companies and others.

Axel's recent experience includes:

  • Broad experience in advising advertising agencies and marketing departments concerning strategic aspects in the context of competition and trade mark law
  • Extensive experience in strategic litigation during several complex proceedings with a focus on intellectual property law in the broadest sense;
  • Advice to a large number of medium-sized companies with a full service approach, direct sparing partner for the management


The JUVE Handbook 2014/2015 lists him as a frequently recommended lawyer: "distinct competition law expertise", "dynamic, with strong leadership qualities, reliable" (competitor) and emphasises the long-standing successful cooperation in the area of intellectual property law.

Legal 500 Deutschland mentions Axel several times in connection with various fields of activity and writes, among other things: "Axel Zimmermann is 'very quick' and provides 'very business-oriented advice'".





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Germany: Intellectual property

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Clients note Eversheds Sutherland’s team’s ‘very good service level and the very good reaction times and quality of work’. Practice head Tobias Maier is singled out for his ‘very useful advice’ and his ability to find ‘pragmatic and quick solutions’. Under his lead the practice has expanded both at associate level and in terms of the client portfolio. The firm now advises Owens & Minor and Saint Gobain, in addition to existing clients such as Avon Cosmetics and Dennemeyer. It handles classic IP matters, including advising Asos, a client in the fashion and beauty area, on the establishment of online distribution in Germany, and is well versed in matters that require special expertise in healthcare law. In the latter area, the team’s Europe-wide advice to Aspen Pharma on competition law, specifically on drug advertisement law, stands out. In evidence of its international work, Axel Zimmermann, working with the Paris office, advised Kering on the development of a strategy in the face of fast-growing fashion.

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