Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Hamburg, Germany

DLA Piper
ALTER WALL 4
20457 HAMBURG
Germany

Unfair competition Tier 1

Alongside its strong trade mark practice, DLA Piper has in-depth expertise in competition and advertising law. The team led by Stefan Engels advises on matters pertaining to pharmaceutical, tobacco, gambling and food law but also receives regular digitalisation-related instructions. This includes, among other issues, influencer marketing, native advertising and SEO marketing. The team provides full assistance with marketing campaigns, including discounts, combined offers and prize competitions, but also advises on matters at earlier product stages such as the development of new products, packing and labelling.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels

Other key lawyers:

Burkhard Führmeyer; Kai Tumbrägel

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, always available, which covers the whole range in the IP and media sectors, nationally as well as internationally.’

‘Kai Tumbrägel: Excellent solicitor and a very good strategist.’

Key clients

About You GmbH

Bauer Media

Coty Inc.

Guccio Gucci

Lufthansa Technik AG

Organisation Werbetreibende im Markenverband (OWM)

Rituals Cosmetics

Samsung Electronics

Ty Inc.

Verivox GmbH

Advice to companies Tier 2

DLA Piper's expertise encompasses the whole spectrum of white-collar crime, including advice on corruption and fraud matters, money laundering offences and cyber crime. The group regularly acts for national and international clients from the banking, automotive and manufacturing sectors and additionally fields a strong investigations practice. Christian Schoop is proficient at representing clients in preliminary proceedings and has additional expertise in criminal environmental law. Senior counsel Jürgen Taschke has extensive experience particularly in cross-border matters. Emanuel Ballo joined the team at the beginning of 2019 from Gleiss Lutz and enhanced the practice's criminal compliance offering.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts (CD:leitet das DR Team aber hat keine Strafrechtserfahrung deswegen nicht erwähnt)

Other key lawyers:

Advice to insurers Tier 2

Working in close conjunction with various adjacent practice areas plays a significant role at DLA Piper. The team led by Ludger Giesberts is also dedicated to consolidating its insurance supervisory practice, not only with regards to Brexit-related work but also with regards to product and distribution law. Advising pension funds and reinsurers on compliance matters is another key element of the practice. Its client portfolio includes an increasing number of international insurance companies, resulting in an increasing amount of cross-border mandates. Gunne Bähr, who is rated for his expertise in insurance supervisory law and also advises insurtechs, is recommended. Christian Schneider regularly demonstrates his expertise in product development and the structuring of insurance solutions. As of October 2019, the firm was able to further strengthen its Cologne and Munich offices with the arrival of of counsel Thomas Fausten from Ince.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Testimonials

‘The unbureaucratic and open type of team at DLA Piper combined with an enormous legal expertise brings particular added value.’

‘The expert knowledge in insurance and insurance regulatory law is comprehensive, but does not exclude expertise in other areas of law.’

‘Gunne Bähr is an outstanding expert in insurance law.’

‘The team surrounding Christian Schneider and counsel David Buntenbroich is very experienced. Both are clever negotiators with very good legal expertise.’

‘Christian Schneider has outstanding knowledge in the area of insurance, corporate and insolvency law. He is extremely competent and working with him is friendly and professional.’

‘Christian Schneider is an insurance law encyclopedia; he has comprehensive legal expertise paired with a deep understanding how insureres works. His advice is competent, solution-oriented and creative.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Assicurazioni Generali

Athora Deutschland

Basler Versicherungen

Gothaer Gruppe

Compre

DARAG

AVIVA

Compliance Tier 2

DLA Piper comprehensively advises on all relevant compliance aspects including the establishment of compliance management systems, the implementation of international guidelines as well as on compliance due diligence and workshops; notably, the team cooperates both across its practices and its offices. Practice head Ludger Giesberts impresses with deep knowledge of public commercial law and Christian Schoop combines his compliance expertise with experience in white-collar crime matters and internal investigations. Counsel Stefanie Bischof joined from Hengeler Mueller  and advises on corporate governance issues.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Christian Schoop; Jürgen Taschke; Stefanie Bischof; Daniel Zapf

Data protection Tier 2

Clients and competitors alike recommend DLA Piper's data protection practice which shows particular strength in the automotive and finance area and has recently handled topics such as big data, AI and privacy-by-design projects. Other pillars of the practice lie in advising clients on compliance applications, employee data protection and cybersecurity. In collaboration with the firm's global data protection group the team often acts in international data protection projects. In 2019 the team grew significantly: In May Hamburg-based Verena Grentzenberg, who focuses especially on data protection advice in connection with new business models, was promoted to partner and at the same time senior associate Jan Spittka   made counsel in Cologne. Renowned university professor and data protection expert Jürgen Taeger already joined the firm in February 2019 as of counsel and in Munich the practice was further strengthened with counsel Katia Helbig from Baker McKenzie in September 2019.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Pohle; Jahn Geert Meents; Verena Grentzenberg

Testimonials

‘The team has a hands-on mentality and always searches for a pragmatic solution.’

Key clients

LANXESS AG

Reckitt Benckiser

Information technology and digitalisation Tier 2

DLA Piper is doubtlessly continuing its engagement with IT law topics and continues to advise numerous DAX 30 companies while also gaining new mandates for prominent clients, particularly in the automotive industry and financial services sector. The firm's advice ranges from IT procurement, IT compliance, IT transactions and IT litigation to new key drivers such as digital transformation, cloud services, big data,  cybersecurity, AI and fintech. With the partner promotion of Sylvia Ebersberger in May 2019, who has expertise at the intersection between distribution and trade law matters in the IT sector, the firm is planning a further expansion of the practice towards alternative and innovative business models and technologies. Jan Geert Meents has 20 years' experience in complex and strategic IT other technology projects and is also managing director (UK & Europe) of the firm. With 'solid and targetted, always reliable' negotiator Jan Pohle the practice has an 'extremely good IT-lawyer'. In February 2019 the firm was also able to gain academic Jürgen Taeger as proven expert and of counsel in the areas of internet law, data protection and e-commerce and thereby was able to extend its contacts in relevant public bodies.

Testimonials

‘Surely one of the best teams in existance. Very good lawyers with extremely good and longstanding industry knowledge.’

‘In IT law DLA Piper has a very good partner (Jan Pohle) and able lawyers, which stand by his side.’

‘Senior Associate Thorsten Ammann is a very good IT lawyer and always reliable.’

Key clients

Atos

LANXESS AG

Insurance litigation Tier 2

The insurance law practice at DLA Piper has opted for a clear division of responsibilities: In Cologne, the firm primarily represents insurers, while the Munich office mainly acts for policyholders. Post-M&A disputes pertaining to W&I policies as well as patent law-related claims are as much part of the team's general workload as are matters pertaining to fake CEO cases, D&O liability and investment fraud. The team is led by Ludger Giesberts and includes arbitration specialist Thomas Gädtke, who has a fine reputation in D&O liability. Handling claims in the context of liability and property insurance is the responsibility of Christian Schneider, who also represents insurance companies in litigation. The highly acclaimed Gunne Bähr also represents insurance and reinsurance law clients in litigation and arbitration and handles disputes with the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Thomas Gädtke has longstanding experience with D&O insurers and comprehensive contacts both with insurers and their law firms.’

Key clients

Bayerische Landesbank

Compre

DARAG

AVIVA

VOV D&O Versicherer

Outsourcing Tier 2

DLA Piper's range of services includes advice on IT and business process outsourcing, development and implementation projects, including agile programming procedures, and strategic IT procurement. The firm's portfolio recently again featured several disputes with IT outsourcing providers as well as a particular sector focus on the banking and insurance industry. Jan Pohle is the key figure.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Pohle; Jan Geert Meents

Press and publishing Tier 2

The 'high skills of each individual lawyer' manifest themselves in DLA Piper's press and freedom of speech advice, which also includes crisis communication and the representation in proceedings around false assertions. In press and privacy matters the team traditionally acts on the side of the media but also has experience in representing those affected by press coverage. Stefan Engels is considered a 'very good strategist and tactician, who handles matters with confidence and professionalism'.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels

Testimonials

‘Total experts are available for all areas of media law and various related practice areas.’

‘Strong team with broad market expertise.’

Key clients

Asmodée

Axel Springer SE

Discovery Communications Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

dpa – Deutsche Presseagentur GmbH

GROUP ONE MANAGEMENT PTY LTD

Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG

Jochen Schweizer Project Holding

Magic Leap Inc.

Mr. Green & Co. AB

NeoLotto Ltd.

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Sat. 1 Satelliten-Fernsehen GmbH

Stillfront Group AB

Tele München Group

Trustly Group AB

Welt N24

Wort & Bild Verlag

ZeniMax Media

Real estate finance Tier 2

'As well as its excellent technical know-how', DLA Piper also stands out for its 'very good international cooperation between individual teams'. The team focuses on lenders work, but also acts for borrowers, and puts emphasis on the asset classes logistics, hotels, offices and shopping centres as well as project developments. Much of this work pertains to mezzanine financings, which are frequently provided by debt funds, while the team is also experienced in senior financings and refinancings. The 'level-headed, attentive and very precise' Torsten Pokropp heads the practice together with 'honest, straightforward and extremely strong negotiatorFrank Schwem.

Practice head(s):

Torsten Pokropp; Frank Schwem

Testimonials

Sehr gute grenzüberschreitende Kooperation mit einem hohen Maß an Professionalität.

Perfekt aufeinander eingespieltes Team.

Short distances and a constant good atmosphere are some of the advantages.

‘Very accurate and specific knowledge.

Torsten Pokropp has excellent expertise and the ability to differentiate between essential and unnecessary matters in negotiations.

‘Torsten Pokropp follows a solution-oriented approach.

Frank Schwem is reliable, quick, precise and prescient.

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

Collmezzo Investment GmbH & Co. KG

CAERUS Debt Investments

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 3

The client base of DLA Piper's dispute resolution practice is predominantly composed of DAX 30 companies, which the group assists with various proceedings. Thus the team has particular experience in arbitration proceedings pertaining to post-M&A, W&I insurance and energy disputes. While the practice is led by litigator Ludger Giesberts, it is Thomas Gädtke, who focuses on corporate conflicts, and Frank Roth, who is well versed in the IT, health and infrastructure sectors, who are particularly noted for arbitration. Wolfgang Jäger is a key contact for enforcement and trade issues and Daniel Sharma has broad expertise in national as well as international disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Gädtke; Frank Roth; Wolfgang Jäger; Daniel Sharma; Sebastian Schneider; David Buntenbroich

Testimonials

Das Team ist juristisch sehr stark und extrem international erfahren. Man hat außerdem sehr gute Indienexpertise.’

Thomas Gädtke is a smart negotiator and very experienced lawyer in the arbitration area, also in cross-border matters.

Frank Roth is a very good and experienced lawyer, who works thoroughly and behaves confidently.

Wolfgang Jäger is to be lauded for his client focus, his experience and his pragmatic approach.

Daniel Sharma impresses with his intelligent, smart and always vigilant manner.

Key clients

Gazprom

Commercial litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper impresses with a diverse dispute resolution team that can access expertise in areas such as insurance, energy, automotive, real estate, IT and IP whenever necessary. A strong focus of the practice is on disputes related to D&O insurances and Thomas Gädkte is particularly experienced in this field. Practice head Ludger Giesberts represents clients in proceedings before EU courts, German administrative courts as well as civil courts. The team also includes Wolfgang Jäger, who has 20 years of experience and frequently acts in criminal proceedings, particularly related to the prosecution of civil damages claims for corporations against criminal offenders, as well as Frank Roth, who is well versed in trade disputes as well as in all kinds of national and international arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Gädtke; Frank Roth; David Buntenbroich; Wolfgang Jäger; Christian Schneider; Sebastian Schneider

Testimonials

The short response times of the team and the availability of competent lawyers is noteworthy.

Corporate Tier 3

DLA Piper's corporate advice portfolio includes the handling of annual general meetings, executive liability issues, national and international restructuring and mergers of large and medium-sized companies and cross-practice expertise in insurance and trade law as well as compliance. Benjamin Parameswaran, who has M&A expertise and provides ongoing advice to executive boards among other matters, as well as Nils Krause, who assists national and international corporations with restructuring, jointly lead the practice. Roland Maaß joined from Latham & Watkins LLP and acts at the interface of stock corporation law.

Practice head(s):

Nils Krause; Benjamin Parameswaran

Other key lawyers:

Kerstin Schnabel; Mathias Schulze Steinen

Testimonials

Strong core team, which acts as a one-stop-shop.

One receives fast responses also for complex issues.

The team is always available and delivers precise guidance on how to act.

Key clients

Ahlers AG

EWE AG

Matica Technologies AG

Nordzucker

Nordzucker Holding AG

REALTECH AG

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

DIC Asset AG

Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

GELSENWASSER AG

HanseYachts AG

LPKF Laser &Electronics AG

QSC AG

EWE TEL GmbH

Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH

Hans Otto Mahn / Manus Vermögensverwaltung GmbH

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

Senvion GmbH

STRABAG SE

Varex Imaging Corporation

Sopra Steria Group S.A.

Entertainment Tier 3

DLA Piper's 'excellent, always available' media law team advises its clients in the digital media, film, TV and music sectors on classic media, regulatory and copyright issues and on digitalisation. The firm's expertise ranges from gambling regulation and licensing agreements to gaming, media transactions, and broadcasting and online issues. Stefan Engels heads the practice which recently saw the promotion of Christoph Engelmann to counsel.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels

Other key lawyers:

Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt; Kai Tumbrägel

Testimonials

‘Kai Tumbrägel: Excellent lawyer and very good strategist.’

‘Michael Stulz-Herrnstadt represents fundamental regulatory issues with outstanding expertise and an impressive success rate in the higher courts.’

Key clients

Asmodée

Axel Springer SE

Discovery Communications Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

dpa – Deutsche Presseagentur GmbH

GROUP ONE MANAGEMENT PTY LTD

Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG

Jochen Schweizer Project Holding

Magic Leap Inc.

Mr. Green & Co. AB

NeoLotto Ltd.

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Sat. 1 Satelliten-Fernsehen GmbH

Stillfront Group AB

Tele München Group

Trustly Group AB

Welt N24

Wort & Bild Verlag

ZeniMax Media

Foreign trade law Tier 3

Due to the close cooperation with its M&A practice, DLA Piper puts significant emphasis on investment control work. The team led by Ludger Giesberts, who predominantly advises on export control, also has a niche in insurance law-related sanction compliance. Counsel Thilo Streit assists several companies from the automotive, mechanical engineering, IT, chemical and insurance sectors with foreign trade law compliance. The team also handles issues pertaining to Iran and Russia sanctions.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Dasan Zhone Solutions

exceet Group AG

Georgmarienhütte Holding GmbH

Samsung Oak Holdings Inc.

Internal investigations Tier 3

Led by Ludger GiesbertsDLA Piper has wide-ranging experience in assisting with internal investigations pertaining to corruption, banking and capital markets criminal law, money laundering torts, disclosure of trade and business secrets as well as to cyber crime. In addition, the group advises on work accidents and environmental issues. Christian Schoop, senior counsel Jürgen Taschke as well as Emanuel Ballo, who joined from Gleiss Lutz, add white-collar crime expertise to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Christian Schoop; Jürgen Taschke; Emanuel Ballo; Daniel Zapf; Marius Haak

Key clients

François-Blanc-Spielbank GmbH

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 3

The good global integration of DLA Piper's German M&A practice allows for consistent comprehensive advice to national and international corporations in cross-border matters, which is complemented by wide-ranging sector expertise in various industries including manufacturing, technology, automotive, insurances, real estate and media. New arrivals Simon Vogel, previously at Dentons, and Gerald Schumann, who joined from Baker McKenzie, are expanding the group's private equity and venture capital capabilities. Practice co-heads Nils Krause and Benjamin Parameswaran are particularly recommended for complex cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

Nils Krause; Benjamin Parameswaran

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very good lawyers, great blend of experience and social skills.

Highly qualified advisors.

Key clients

Abry Partners LLC

Avnet, Inc.

BASF

Basler Versicherungen

DAZAN Zhone Solutions

ERG S.p. A.

exceet Gruppe

HCL Technologies

H.I. G. Europe Capital Partners

JDA Software, Inc.

KCK Group

Luye Pharma AG

Nemetschek SE

Ping An Global Voyager Fund

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

Samsung Electronics

Stillfront Group AB

The China Navigation Company/ Swire Group

Verivox

Wipro

Patent litigation Tier 3

DLA Piper provides assistance with infringement and nullity proceedings and, despite its relatively young practice, is one of the best contacts for disputes at the intersection with technology and automotive sector matters. Its spectrum of technical expertise goes well beyond these two sectors however and also includes production and life sciences-related work. Markus Gampp's role as head of the German and co-chair of the global patent practice illustrates the firm's international approach.

Practice head(s):

Markus Gampp

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Cepl

Testimonials

‘The German patent rights practice of DLA Piper, under the guidance of Markus Gampp, has firmly established itself on the market over the last few years. The strong, very dynamic team delivers top-quality and works very efficiently. Further strong points are creativity and the development of arguments, the profound industry knowledge, particularly in the IT and automotive sectors, as well as the 24/7 reachability and outstanding communication.’

‘Especially to be recommended is the practice team-leader Markus Gampp. He combines comprehensive proceedings-experience and his distinct strategic thinking with an extraordinary industry knowledge. He is also  characterised by his pragmatic, thought-through and structured approach and the clear, direct communication.’

Key clients

Alpinestars S.p.A.

Becton Dickinson

British Airways

Harman International Industries, Inc.

Hewlett-Packard

Nike Inc.

Oracle

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

Toshiba

Versicherungskammer Bayern

Real estate Tier 3

The 'highly professional' real estate practice at DLA Piper has manifold capacities in assisting with transactions across the entire spectrum of asset classes, first of all hotels, student housing and logistic units. Under the joint leadership of Lars Reubekeul and Fabian Mühlen, the team also advises operators of specialist real estate on the realisation of data centres among other matters. The renowned Martin Haller was able to unfold his competencies in assisting with project developments, particularly in the hotel area. Another strength includes the advice to institutional investors on acquiring large-scale conversion sites as well as fully-let city quarters. Transactions are handled by Christian Lonquich among others; he also assists with asset management and financing issues.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Mühlen; Lars Reubekeul

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper has a highly professional team in the area of real estate and construction law. The group has best possible expertise in assisting with transactions and project developments of all kinds.

With regards to letting contracts, rental law and acquisitions contracts, the team is always up-to-date with current market conditions.

‘Martin Haller’s expertise and market knowledge as well as his empathy for the client’s needs are unrivalled.

Martin Haller is always there for his clients and always has a sympathetic ear.

Martin Haller: very professional manner with good instincts in negotiations on when “the hard way” is necessary.

Manuel Indlekofer: very pleasant and conciliatory manner, which can ground especially effervescent conversation partners on the other side of the table.

Key clients

InterContinental Hotels Group

Catella

AEW Europe

KGAL

Tilad

Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 3

The commercial team at DLA Piper acts for clients along the entire value chain. The practice led by Thilo von Bodungen stands out for its attention to the clients' operating business and coordinates matters that require interdisciplinary cooperation. As well as its chemical, aviation and mechanical engineering sector work, it also handles consumer goods and retail industry matters. Von Bodungen is also well versed in contract law and advises on joint ventures and outsourcing. Automotive expert Sylvia Ebersberger, who focuses on providing assistance with transformation processes and innovation projects, made partner in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Thilo von Bodungen

Other key lawyers:

Sylvia Ebersberger; Susanne Weckbach

Testimonials

‘The commercial practice of DLA Piper is characterised by fast response times, excellent legal advice and client-oriented service.’

‘Very experienced and well balanced team on all matters of distribution law and purchase contract rights, but also on matters of product liability and general commercial law.’

‘Thilo von Bodungen and Silke Goschler are outstanding solicitors, who immerse themselves in complex scenarios and give practical and usable legal advice. Their qualities, in particular regarding contract design, are excellent.’

‘Thilo von Bodungen possesses a wealth of experience and excellent skills regarding all matters of distribution law and purchase contract rights. The specific purchase- and distribution processes of the company are understood immediately and are reflected in the contractual clauses according to the client’s wishes.’

Key clients

Bauer Media Group

EWE Vertrieb GmbH

Harman

Shure Incorporated

Sixt Leasing SE

Employment Tier 4

With four German offices, DLA Piper advises national and international clients on the development and expansion of companies as well as employment law disputes. The team led by Kai Bodenstedt has a forward-looking focus on employee data protection and, with Marco Arteaga, also has specialist expertise in occupational pension provisions. Benefitting from its cooperation with the firm's white-collar crime practice, the team is also well placed to handle employment law compliance. Sascha Morgenroth moved to Simmons & Simmons in August 2019.

Practice head(s):

Kai Bodenstedt

Other key lawyers:

Jens Kirchner, Marco Arteaga

Testimonials

‘Very flexible, internationally oriented, high availability.

‘Very competent assistance also with most difficult tariff negotiations with negotiation partners.

‘Pascal Kremp is a very skilled, client-oriented expert and a very good strategist.

‘Jens Kirchner and Thomas Olbrich are both individually as well as a team always well informed and prepared.

‘Eva Einfeldt ensures seamless and for the client very good execution.

Key clients

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

BorgWarner Europe GmbH

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Emirates Airlines

Etihad Airways

Francois-Blanc-Spielbank GmbH Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe

Georgsmarienhütte

H.I.G. Capital

H & M Hennes & MAURITZ VB.V. & Co. KG

Holzverpackung Hüfingen Gmbh & Co. KG

JDA Software, Inc.

Milacron Gruppe

Newell Brands Inc.

QSC AG

Qualcomm Gruppe

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

SoftwareOne AG

Zwilling J. A. Henckels AG / Zwilling J. A. Henckels Deutschland GmbH

Energy Tier 4

DLA Piper's energy team stands out for its strong transactional and project practice as well as for its expertise in energy contract and emissions trading law. In regulatory work, the team is particularly active in the gas sector, including liquid gas, where it focuses on infrastructure mandates and complaint and abuse proceedings before the Federal Network Agency. The team has also been handling an increasing amount of e-mobility work, such as charging station infrastructure matters, while also having experience in contentious proceedings, including arbitration. Cologne-based Michael Cieslarczyk heads the practice, which includes Carlos Robles y Zepf in Frankfurt, who made partner in May 2018 and frequently acts at the corporate and M&A interface. Former counsel and regulatory lawyer Stefan Schröder joined Hogan Lovells International LLP as partner at the start of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Michael Cieslarczyk

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Quick professional familiarity with the special features of the client. High availability and commitment to the interests of the client. Practical solutions. ‘

Key clients

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners

EFET – European Federation of Energy Traders

Engie

E.ON Climate & Renewables

EWE

Fluxys TENP und Fluxys Deutschland

Gastrans/South Stream

ICGB

NetConnect Germany

Trianel

Planning and environment Tier 4

DLA Piper's environmental and planning practice in Cologne has particular strength in product law. In addition, the group, which is instructed by DAX 30 companies as well as other national and international corporations, advises on planning law issues and assists with planning law aspects of various infrastructure projects as well as transactions. Ludger Giesberts heads the partner duo, in which Guido Kleve is the other key figure. The latter has significant expertise in the infrastructure area, where he advises on approval issues, financings, compliance matters and contracts.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Guido Kleve; Thilo Streit

Testimonials

The collaboration with the firm in environmental matters is excellent. Besides its outstanding competencies the firm also stands out for its high communication capabilities. During the intensive professional exchanges on equal footing, an almost collegial work atmosphere developed, which gradually increased the quality of results.

Particularly the collaboration with Ludger Giesberts and Hildegard Falter is characterised by a mutual, for both parties beneficial appreciation. Their legally outstanding competencies are paired with a personally approachable manner, which makes dealing with them uncomplicated and pleasant.

Key clients

Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit

CCR Logistics Systems AG

Unilever

Restructuring Tier 4

DLA Piper advises its clients, including energy and real estate companies alongside automotive and retail sector players, on financial restructuring models and assists debtors, creditors and sellers with distressed M&A transactions and real estate-related restructurings, including real estate transactions. Executive boards and insolvency administrators receive assistance with insolvency-related liability claims and insolvency contestation. As well as advising on the restructuring of loan liabilities, team head Dietmar Schulz also handles regulatory matters arising from insolvency and insolvency rescission proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Dietmar Schulz

Key clients

Dr. Axel Bierbach als vorläufiger Insolvenzverwalter der Bayerischen Energieversorgungsgesellschaft (BEV)

FMS Wertmanagement AöR

Global Investment Bank

Holzverpackung Hüfingen GmbH & Co. KG

Katharina Kasper ViaSalus GmbH

R+S

Schletter Group

Senvion GmbH

Antitrust Tier 5

Handling cross-jurisdictional mandates constitutes a key portion of DLA Piper's antitrust workload. The practice led by Ludger Giesberts regularly advises on international merger control aspects under German and EU law and has a specialism in handling work pertaining to the life sciences, chemical, automotive, telecommunications and energy sectors as well as the media (advertising in particular) and IT industries. Jan Dreyer frequently defends clients in antitrust infringement proceedings and advises companies on antitrust compliance. Bertold Bär-Bouyssière covers the interface between German and European law and is therefore primarily instructed by international companies. Semin O, who focuses on the design and implementation of compliance systems, made partner in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Testimonials

‘What makes the cooperation with DLA unique is that the key contact remains the same over several years, who then has a very good understanding of the business models.

Key clients

Audemars Piguet

BASF SE

Boston Consulting Group

Shell

Discovery Inc.

EWE TEL GmbH

exceet Group AG

exceet Group SE

H.I.G. Capital

JDA Software, Inc.

MerckKGaA

Newell

Noventis

publity AG

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

VARTA AG

Lending and borrowing Tier 5

DLA Piper focuses on project and real estate finance, which are both particular areas of expertise for team head Torsten Pokropp, but the practice also handles corporate and acquisition finance.

Practice head(s):

Torsten Pokropp

Other key lawyers:

Frank Schwem

Public procurement Tier 5

The procurement law practice at DLA Piper has significant experience in the IT, health and infrastructure areas and thereby maintains close cooperation with other practice areas such as antitrust and corporate law. In the health sector, practice head Ludger Giesberts' team saw an increase in instructions related to tenders for technology partnerships, while the infrastructure sector still generates the highest volume of instructions. Here, the group advises on port projects among other matters. Frank Roth, who assists clients with review proceedings, and counsel Regina Fock are also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Ludger Giesberts

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Flughafen Köln/Bonn

Tax Tier 5

DLA Piper frequently handles tax law matters as part of M&A, real estate and restructuring transactions, including associated financing matters, alongside cross-border compliance issues, such as global insurance premium taxation, while also advising companies and government institutions on VAT regulations. This offering is complemented with experience in transfer pricing and investigations into tax regulation compliance. Clients include German and international corporations, partnerships, financial investors and banks. Konrad Rohde stepped down as co-country managing partner and tax law team head in December 2019.

Other key lawyers:

Marie-Theres Rämer; Björn Enders

Testimonials

DLA Piper has brilliant legal expertise and excellent client service.

DLA Piper’s research and argumentation is precise.

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

BASF

BIA Group

Enmon GmbH

JDA Software, Inc.

Lone Star

NTT America

Qualcomm Inc.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Trade marks Tier 5

The team at DLA Piper is particularly experienced in the media and entertainment, technology, consumer goods and fashion as well as food and drinks sectors. Its extensive trade mark law expertise includes portfolio management and development as well as infringement proceedings, most notably summary proceedings. Handling digitalisation-related work is another key strength. Thanks to its international network, the team also provides one-stop support in cross-border mandates. Stefan Engels heads the practice from Hamburg.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels

Other key lawyers:

Kai Tumbrägel; Burkhart Führmeyer

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, always available, which covers the whole range in the areas of IP and media, nationally as well as internationally.’

‘The team at DLA Piper revises our cases with high priority, efficiency and expertise. The cases are researched brilliantly, prepared, explained clearly and we feel well advised.’

‘An internationally well interconnected team.’

‘Kai Tumbrägel: Excellent lawyer and very good strategist.’

‘Kai Tumbrägel is a very pragmatic lawyer with a distinctive hands-on-mentality.’

‘Wolfgang May is an experienced expert on trademark law. Due to time spent in-house, he understands a client’s need very well.’

‘Gabriele Engels overlooks the whole case at all times, does quick research and composes documents clearly, gives excellent legal advice and always tries to reach an out-of-court settlement first.’

Key clients

About You GmbH

Bacardi

BRITA GmbH

Coty Inc.

Guccio Gucci

Nike Inc., Nike European Operations Netherlands B. V.

Rituals Cosmetics

Ty Inc.

Wort & Bild Verlag

Zuru Inc.

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

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Prof Stefan Engels  photo Prof Stefan Engels
 Verena Grentzenberg  photo Verena Grentzenberg

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