Deutschland Submissions (English)


Details of researchers are now available.

To learn more about the team behind our research, please visit Meet The Legal 500 Team.


The research schedule and guidelines for The Legal 500 Deutschland 2025 edition are now below.

Client referee form deadline: 27 May 2024*
Editorial submission deadline: 10 June 2024
*NEW: Please note that there are two separate deadlines this year. The earlier deadline for referee forms is intended to allow more time for referees to give feedback.

The template documents you will need to send submissions are here:

Client referee form NB: This template is in .xslx format. Do not resave it in other format as it may not be compatible with our system.
Editorial submission template. If you wish to request a template in English, please get in touch via email.

To send your submissions to us, please visit and follow the onscreen prompts to send us new documents.

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Please ensure you send your submissions in by the deadlines. The timetable for the research will be adhered to rigorously.

Research schedule info

Firm interviews conducted: 17 June – 16 August 2024
Publication: February 2025

FAQs and supporting info

Submission guidelines

Frequently asked questions

Referees explained

Practice areas

Cities and practice areas we are researching for the Deutschland 2025 edition include:


    • Antitrust
      Antitrust litigation

Banking and finance

    • Financial services: regulatory
    • Fintech
    • Investment funds
    • Lending and borrowing
    • Project finance
    • Real estate finance

Capital markets

    • Debt capital markets
    • Equity capital markets
    • Structured finance and securitisation


    • Compliance
    • Internal Investigations

Corporate and M&A

    • Corporate
      Corporate and shareholder disputes
    • M&A: large deals (€500m+)
    • M&A: mid-sized deals (€100m-€500m)
    • M&A: smaller deals (sub-€100m)

Dispute resolution

    • Arbitration (including international arbitration)
    • Commercial litigation
    • Financial services: litigation
    • Product liability


    • Employment

Food law and consumer goods

    • Food law and consumer goods

Industry Focus

    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) NEW
    • Energy
    • Healthcare and Life Sciences
      Drug advertising law
      Medical law
    • Telecoms

Information technology

    • Data law
    • Information technology and digitalisation
    • IT transactions and outsourcing


    • Advice to insurers
    • Insurance litigation

Intellectual Property

    • Patent litigation: Solicitors
    • Patent litigation: Patent lawyers
    • Patent prosecution
    • Trade marks
      Design law
      Trade mark administration and strategic advice
    • Unfair competition


    • Entertainment
      Copyright disputes
      Digital content
    • Press and publishing

Private clients and non-profits

    • Private clients and non-profits

Private equity

    • PE transactions: large deals (€500m+)
    • PE transactions: mid-sized deals (€100m-€500m)
      Fund formation
    • Venture capital

Public sector

    • Commercial administrative law
    • Planning and environment
      Product-related advice
      Waste management
    • Public procurement
    • State aid

Real estate and construction

    • Construction (including construction litigation)
      Plant construction
    • Project development
    • Real estate

Restructuring and insolvency

    • Insolvency
    • Restructuring


    • Tax
      Criminal tax law

Trade and distribution

    • Foreign trade law
      Investment control
    • Trade, distribution and logistics
      Supply chain compliance NEW


    • Advice to the transport sector
    • Maritime and shipping
      Ship financing

White-collar crime

    • Advice to companies
    • Advice to individuals

City Focus: Commercial law We invite local firms as well as major national and international law firms with offices in the respective cities to submit overviews of their practices, highlighting areas of specialism. Within this section, we place special emphasis on regional clients and instructions.

  • Berlin
  • Bremen
  • Dresden
  • Düsseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Hannover
  • Cologne
  • Leipzig
  • Munich
  • Nuremberg
  • Stuttgart