Dr. Tristan Wegner

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Tristan Wegner as our exclusively recommended Customs Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Tristan, please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Tristan Wegner has been working as a lawyer in international trade and transport law as well as agricultural trade issues since 2013.He is a specialist lawyer for transport and forwarding law. He has been the owner of the law firm since 2019. He has acquired in-depth knowledge in these areas at the shipping senate of the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg and a chamber for commercial matters. Subsequently, he worked during his legal clerkship for a leading international law firm in customs and foreign trade law and customs investigation.

After the Second State Examination, he gained valuable practical experience in the field of maritime business in a large traditional German shipping company. Dr. Wegner completed his doctorate in London and Hamburg on the interfaces between sales and transport law. In particular, he dealt with the relations to the trade with agricultural commodities (GAFTA, FOSFA and Uniform Conditions in the German Grain Trade).

Dr. Wegner regularly publishes articles on international trade and is a member of the Hamburg Insurance Association, the German Initiative of Young Arbitrators (DIS40) and the European Forum for Foreign Trade, Excise and Customs.

He has also been a lecturer and associate lecturer at the University of Hamburg for many years.

Memberships:

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Transportrecht (DGTR)
  • Deutscher Verein für Internationales Seerecht (DVIS)
  • Deutsche Initiative junger Schiedsrechtler (DIS40)
  • Versicherungswissenschaftlicher Verein Hamburg
  • German Maritime Arbitration Association (GMAA)

Customs Law & Foreign Trade:

Either in advance when planning processes in the company with regard to customs. Or we can help if, for example, you have to file an objection because the customs authorities have issued a negative customs assessment and levy duties. We are also at your side if a penalty or fine is threatened by the main customs office. In particular, we also support customs officers in their daily work.

Our attorneys for customs law in Hamburg would be happy to speak with you. You can reach us by telephone Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm CET: 040 / 369615-0

 

Dr. Tobias Stammberger

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Tobias Stammberger as our exclusively recommended IP Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Tobias, please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Tobias Stammberger is a German Patent Attorney, a European Patent Attorney EPO/UPC and a European Trademark and Design Attorney EUIPO.

He gained a physics diploma with honors from Munich Technical University as well as a Maîtrise in physics from the University of Bordeaux, France. He completed his studies with a doctorate from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich with summa cum laude. His research work centered around nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and computer tomography, as well as image signal analysis and signal post processing. For his work, he received the GSF post-graduate prize. Dr. Stammberger is the author of several scientific publications and lectures.

Dr. Tobias Stammberger worked in the industry for a major multinational electrical engineering group before he turned to the protection of intellectual property by joining Samson & Partner in 2000.

Beside his prosecution practice, Dr. Tobias Stammberger focuses on the representation of clients in opposition and Appeal proceedings before the German and European Patent Office, and nullity proceedings before the German Federal Patent Court and the German Federal Supreme Court of Justice. He is regularly involved in litigation proceedings often in an intensive cross border context and multi-patent battle, both on the offensive and defensive side. Dr. Stammberger advises global players as well as mid-sized companies in the fields of information and communication technology including software and multimedia, medical technology, electronics, mechanics and auto motive.

Dr. Tobias Stammberger is the author of the textbook “German and European Patent Law” and is a visiting lecturer at Hagen Law School.

Dr. Tobias Stammberger has been recommended in MIP Handbook 2012 (“younger but very impressive, with a great success record”) and IP Stars Handbook 2013 (noted for “intelligence” and “depth of knowledge”), and in IAM 2014 (“a very talented attorney who justly deserves inclusion”).

Firm Overview:

OUR RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: BEING ONE STEP AHEAD.

With their ideas, inventors transcend existing boundaries. We protect and defend innovations – systematically and across all borders.

For a new idea to translate into a tangible and successful invention, it must first make the transition from theory to practice, and then it must prove itself – here effective protection from imitation is paramount.

Intellectual property rights such as patents, utility models, designs and trademarks protect your invention and help you to secure a share in the market. They serve as a strategic defence against imitators and as protection for innovations. All-round security can only be achieved when intellectual property rights are effectively implemented – both offensively and defensively.

Since the foundation of our company in 1983, we have concerned ourselves in equal parts with the enforcement, defence and prosecution of intellectual property rights. We deploy all our firm’s technical and legal expertise in the effort to protect our clients’ innovations and ideas.

Decades of profound experience in the enforcement of property rights can be wisely used to the benefit of our clients during the initial stage of procuring protective rights. Mastery over all aspects of a dispute involving property rights has one decisive advantage: knowing both – the attackers and the infringers side/work.

We have played a successful role, and continue to do so, in many, sometimes ground-breaking proceedings – both nationally and internationally – on behalf of corporations, companies and inventors.

 

Michael R. A. Turi

Leaders in Law endorses Michael Turi as our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Michael, please use the contact information provided above.

Michael Turi has been a German Patent Attorney as well as a European Patent Attorney for more than 30 years. He has also been a European Trademark Attorney since the opening of the Community Trademark Office.

He has specialised extensively in trademark law since the beginning of the 80’s. On top of this, he is an expert in the procurement of patents, trademarks and copyrights as well as in the enforcement of intellectual property rights including licensing, mediation, arbitration and litigation.

Michael Turi holds a diploma in physics from the University of Munich with his diploma thesis in the field of medical optics. His main fields of technical expertise are biophysics, information and communication technology, electricity and magnetism with their applications, electronics, mechanics, hydrodynamics, space technology, semiconductors, supraconduction.

Michael Turi holds monthly lectures for a group of patent experts and trainees concerning the latest developments with regard to intellectual property law. He is a member of the Association pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle (AIPPI), the Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtschutz und Urheberrecht (GRUR) and the PatGOT.

Firm Description:

OUR RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: BEING ONE STEP AHEAD.

With their ideas, inventors transcend existing boundaries. We protect and defend innovations – systematically and across all borders.

For a new idea to translate into a tangible and successful invention, it must first make the transition from theory to practice, and then it must prove itself – here effective protection from imitation is paramount.

Intellectual property rights such as patents, utility models, designs and trademarks protect your invention and help you to secure a share in the market. They serve as a strategic defence against imitators and as protection for innovations. All-round security can only be achieved when intellectual property rights are effectively implemented – both offensively and defensively.

Since the foundation of our company in 1983, we have concerned ourselves in equal parts with the enforcement, defence and prosecution of intellectual property rights. We deploy all our firm’s technical and legal expertise in the effort to protect our clients’ innovations and ideas.

Decades of profound experience in the enforcement of property rights can be wisely used to the benefit of our clients during the initial stage of procuring protective rights. Mastery over all aspects of a dispute involving property rights has one decisive advantage: knowing both – the attackers and the infringers side/work.

We have played a successful role, and continue to do so, in many, sometimes ground-breaking proceedings – both nationally and internationally – on behalf of corporations, companies and inventors.

 

Dr. Michael Scheele

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Michael Scheele as our exclusively recommended Business & Inheritance Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Michael Scheele, please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Michael Scheele was admitted to the bar in Munich in 1977, became member of the lawyer association in St. Petersburg (Russia) in 1991 and was licensed as legal consultant in Dubai (UAE) by the Ruler´s Court. He has advised numerous companies, which operate nationally and internationally in commercial issues as well as national and international artists in matters of media and press law. Dr. Scheele is also working as columnist for various newspapers and magazines and has published himself several popular scientific books as editor as well as author.

He studied law at the University of Munich (LMU) and Stetson University (Deland, Fla, USA) and was awarded Doctor of law 1978 (civil procedure law). From 1979 until 1989 he was accredited Honorary Consul of the Republic of Seychelles (jurisdiction Germany). Also he founded the citizens` group “Fair Press” and acted as member of the constitutional committee of the Republic of Albania.

Dr. Michael Scheele about the Legal Alliance success story:

“A sophisticated, well thought-out strategy is often the key to success. Both in court and in negotiations. Our four decades of professional experience is a guarantor for competent strategic decisions…. for the good and the benefit of our clients.

It is for this reason, that we have received several awards, both nationally and internationally.”

Areas of Expertise

National:

  • Private law
  • Company law
  • Press law
  • Commercial law
  • Criminal law

International:

  • Incorporation of companies
  • Funds
  • Onshore and offshore in the UAE
  • Joint-venture contracts
  • Franchise
  • M&A

Track Record

  • consulting and representation of companies and artists in matters of media and press law
  • trusteeship for multinational corporate groups in Eastern Europe (Russian Federation, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Georgia)
  • counseling and contract design in matters of acquisition and shareholding during the process of privatisation in Eastern Europe
  • Legal Due Diligence opinion for various enterprises
  • incorporation of corporate enterprises in different sectors
  • foundation of funds and offshore companies
  • defense in matters of commercial criminal law
  • counseling in international tax law
  • franchise contracts, national and international
  • assistance and participation in elaboration of laws on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Albania

Languages

  • German
  • English (state approved translator for business English)
  • French

Firm Description:

LEGAL ALLIANCE is a firm of lawyers and tax counselors in Munich (headquarter) Berlin and Hamburg, specialized in business law, corporate and commercial law, mergers & acquisitions, media law, (intellectual property, copyright, press), tax planning, law of financial services, insolvency law and cross border transactions. To meet the self-determined high quality standard of professional service, LEGAL ALLIANCE employs and cooperates only with lawyers and accountants who have proved their qualifications by above average university degrees and/or doctors degree in law. All members of the professional staff speak at least one foreign language.

LEGAL ALLIANCE clients in Germany and abroad include publicly and privately held commercial enterprises, financial institutions, investment funds, trade associations, professional firms, manufactures, retailers, utilities, foundations, trusts, estates, artists, actors film-video-and television production companies as well as record companies, sportsmen and other individuals (in personal as well as business matters). Legal Alliance is involved in the broadest spectrum of industries; from banking to entertainment, from transportation to publishing, from real estate to cases of defamation.

 

Nils T. F. Schmid

Leaders in Law endorses Nils T. F. Schmid as our exclusively recommended Mechanical Engineering expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Nils, please use the contact information provided above.
  • German Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • European Trade Mark and Design Attorney
    Diplom-Ingenieur

Nils T.F. Schmid specializes in traditional mechanical engineering, his particular interest being in the areas of motor vehicles, tool engineering, process engineering, textile technologies, and medical technology. For his clients, especially medium-sized companies in Germany/Europe and Asian and American big corporations, he develops both German and global patent strategies and sees to their implementation with regard to the building up and management of patent and design patent portfolios.

Other key areas of his work include infringement and nullity disputes regarding patents, utility models, and designs, and the establishment and counseling of in house IP departments, including advising on employee inventor law.

Nils T. F. Schmid studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe and at the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) with an emphasis on materials science and technical mechanics. He qualified as an engineer in 1997. At the same time, he acquired a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (DEA) at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) in Paris in the area of development and manufacturing of motor vehicle bodies. In 1997, Nils T. F. Schmid started his studies to become patent attorney. Since 2001, Nils T. F. Schmid is working for BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT as a German patent attorney and European patent and trade mark attorney. Further, he is the location representative at the Paris office of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT.

Nils T. F. Schmid lectures at the Université de Strasbourg (CEIPI seminars), preparing candidates for the admission examination to qualify as a European patent attorney (EQE) (European Qualifying Examination). In addition, he regularly holds further education seminars for the European Patent Academy of the EPO to prepare examiners for the EQE.

He is a member of UNION-IP (European Practitioners in Intellectual Property) and served as Vice-President of the UNION-IP Board from 2007 to 2013.  Nils T. F. Schmid led UNION-IP as President from 2013 to 2015, and was Past-President from 2015 to 2017. Nils T.F. Schmid was appointed honorary president by UNION-IP delegates in October 2017. He is also President of the Statutes Commission.

In addition, he is a member of the “Innovations” Committee of the (BWA) (Federal Association for Economic Development and Bundesverband für Wirtschaftsförderung und Außenwirtschaft Foreign Trade).

Firm Description:

Our network

BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT represents its clients before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, German and European courts, the European Patent Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In addition to its six offices in Germany, our law firm maintains international offices in Alicante, Paris, and Shanghai. The global network of our offices and the close collaboration with selected partner firms throughout the world guarantees unrivalled quality and efficiency.

Our strengths

The special strength of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT lies in the close cooperation of our interdisciplinary teams of attorneys and patent attorneys. Due to the exceptional combination of natural scientists, engineers and lawyers, we are able to develop customised, creative, and practical solutions that meet our clients’ requirements. We put together a special team for each of our clients, which can, if necessary, be quickly augmented and always adapted to changing circumstances.

When it comes to registering of patents and trade marks, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT is one of the leading law firms, both in Germany and the rest of Europe. Consequently, our attorneys have the experience that is necessary to efficiently bring the complex procedures to their completion in a timely manner.

For more than 80 years, our firm has been representing the interests of its clients both with regard to the registration of property rights and in legal disputes. BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT is proud of this tradition, and uses the acquired know-how to the benefit of its clients.

History

Dr. Karl Boehmert started his patent law firm in Berlin in the early 1930s. Due to damages the building had suffered during the war, the firm had to move and Karl Boehmert decided to relocate to his home town Bremen.

Karl recruited his brother Albert Boehmert, who gave up the career he had built for himself in the United States and joined his brother. One could say that this is when BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT was born, but the firm was not using this name yet, and the offices were managed by Karl as the helmsman.

In the years that followed, the law firm did well and increasingly began specialising also in trade mark law. In addition to its mostly mid-sized German clients, the firm started to represent some international clients as well, mostly from the United States. Patents and trade marks were two of the mainstays of its work. In 1972, the successors of the Boehmert brothers took the plunge: patent attorneys and attorneys at law teamed up, forming a mixed law firm with equal partners – a first in the Federal Republic of Germany – which today bears the name of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT.

BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT quickly changed from a family-owned company to a nationally and internationally recognised firm specialising in intellectual property rights. At the same time the European Patent Office was established in 1977, the partners of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT and the British patent law firm FORRESTER KETLEY & Co. formed the joint European practice FORRESTER & BOEHMERT with its head office in Munich in order to be properly positioned for the growing international business. For 35 years, this firm successfully handled European patent matters. In April 2012, the cooperation was ended and the European business integrated in BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT.

Since the late 1970s, the law firm has been experiencing continued growth. New employees and partners have made it possible to handle increasingly complex legal issues even in new and expanding legal, technological, and scientific areas.

BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT evolves into an internationally acting and globally recognised law firm in the 1990s. Due to its legal expertise, its broad technical spectrum, and its recognised professional competency in all areas of intellectual property, and due to the cooperation of attorneys and patent attorneys, it is able to provide any and all services related to IP.

Geographic expansion and the opening of new locations attest to the firm’s continuous growth and its aim to be close to its clients. The latest extension of a location happened in Düsseldorf in 2016. The significantly larger and more prestigious offices clearly demonstrate the significant expansion both in the patent and the legal arena.

Today, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT has six regional offices in Germany and three international offices in Alicante, Paris, and Shanghai. Our broad expertise ensures success-oriented consultancy. BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT stands for close cooperation with clients and a vibrant internal work relationship between equal partners. In spite of its being a global player, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT does not have the anonymity that characterises large law firms. We have our focus on personal service.

 

Dr. Benno A. Packi

Leaders in Law endorses Benno Packi as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Benno please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Benno A. Packi advises clients on corporate and real estate transactions, project developments and from a legal perspective on financing. Dr. Packi advises stock corporations as well as medium-sized companies and successful start-ups on corporate and capital market law, restructuring measures including group law and transformation law, as well as foreign investors entering the German and European market.

In addition, Dr. Packi advises wealthy private individuals on corporate and asset succession, including foundation solutions.

Dr. Packi represents clients in litigation including arbitration, in particular in post-M&A disputes and in liability matters of managing directors.

His professional experience includes advising companies in the real estate, biotechnology and pharmaceutical, manufacturing, IT, energy, trade and logistics sectors.

Dr. Packi speaks German and English.

Practice Areas

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real estate transactions
  • Financing and capital market law
  • Company law
  • Company and asset succession
  • Litigation and arbitration

Firm Description:

Adesse Anwälte is an independent law firm for German and international business law.

We help companies and institutions from Germany and abroad to solve complex legal challenges.

We advise successful companies, wealthy private individuals as well as start-ups, inter alia with the legal structuring of their company groups, legal structuring of investments or financing, development of brand strategies as well as all other legal matters with respect to the management and growth of a company.

Our clients have one thing in common: they move people, goods and services on a daily basis — on a regional, national or international level. In addition to legal precision, our clients expect their legal advisors to have industry- and subject-specific know-how, and the ability to think and act economically

Consistently aligned to these standards, we offer legal advice and representation with a personal touch.

According to the meaning of the Latin term adesse (sic. “to assist”) we strive for forward-looking as well as proactive services. We attach great importance to early investigation and evaluation of interactions between legal fields and legal systems. Each of us thinks and works in a network — pigeonhole thinking is not our way of thinking.

In this way, we can provide the best possible support for time-sensitive projects.
 

Not only do we have a strong understanding of the economic framework of the specific business, but it is also of importance to us to establish a stable, personal relationship of trust with our clients.

We think in a cross-disciplinary way: Our client’s request does not have to fit into a specific field of law. Many legal matters overlap different fields of law. Corporate law matters depend on the structure of the financing and vice versa. Contract law matters, for example, coincide with the enforcement of rights based of creative work resulting from trademark rights. Competition law also covers online competition, which in turn entails elements of general online law.

Our clients have a very specific goal. We advise them in a committed and comprehensive manner.

 

Philipp Rastemborski, LL.M.

Leaders in Law endorses Philipp Rastemborski as our exclusively recommended IP Litigation Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Philipp please use the contact information provided above.

Philipp is a German-qualified attorney-at-law and a certified IP specialist in the Munich office of Meissner Bolte. His work focuses on complex patent infringement and invalidity cases tried before national courts, PTOs and arbitration bodies. Philipp’s expertise is in disputes involving SEPs, often at the intersection of IP and antitrust law. His cases are commonly international. He works with legal advisers from across Europe, the US and Japan, on multi-jurisdictional patent litigation strategies. He also advises on IP licensing strategies and IP-driven R&D projects.

His work focuses on complex patent infringement and invalidity cases tried before national courts, PTOs and arbitration bodies. Philipp’s expertise is in disputes involving SEPs, often at the intersection of IP and antitrust law. His cases are commonly international. He works with legal advisers from across Europe, the US and Japan, on multi-jurisdictional patent litigation strategies. He also advises on IP licensing strategies and IP-driven R&D projects.

Expertise

  • Electrical engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Chip technology
  • Software
  • Mechanics.

Working languages

  • German
  • English

Education

Philipp Rastemborski studied law at the Freie Universität Berlin, completed his legal traineeship at the Berlin Court of Appeal and the German Embassy in Bangkok and his Master’s degree (LL.M. in European Law) at the University of Edinburgh.

Professional memberships

LES, VPP

Special fields

Electronics, telecoms, chip technology, software, mechanics

Rankings

MIP/IP Rising Star 2020

Firm Description:

Meissner Bolte offers full service protection of industrial property rights for innovative companies at home and abroad. Starting with the application process, through prosecution, to the enforcement and exploitation of your intellectual property rights, we are the IP experts to have at your side.

At Meissner Bolte, comprehensive IP consultation means teamwork: more than 80 highly qualified patent attorneys and lawyers work together using their combined legal expertise to protect and defend your creative accomplishments, technical innovations, unique products and valuable methods. Our teams focus on protecting industrial property rights in their entirety, combining all opportunities afforded by patent, trademark and design law with a single objective in mind: to develop and implement a sustainable strategy for your IP management.

When it comes to protection of the technical issues, we focus closely on the details: Our patent attorneys are graduate engineers and scientists in the fields of physics, electrical and electronic engineering, medical technology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and material sciences. In order to strengthen the bridge between science and law, many of our attorneys have also earned a Master of Laws degree. Moreover, the majority of our lawyers are qualified as lawyers specialising in the protection of industrial property rights, and are actively involved in the relevant industry and professional associations.

 

Dott. Francesco Senatore

Leaders in Law endorses Francesco Senatore as our exclusively recommended Inheritance Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Francesco please use the contact information provided above.

Expertise and Practice

Francesco heads the Italian desk at our offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Milan. He has lead the international practice of our German-Italian firm since 2006. With his knowledge of the German and Italian legal systems, both languages and the corresponding intercultural competence, he is in a position to represent successfully our clients in cross-border legal matters between Germany and Italy. He uses his admission to practice law in both countries and his special dual qualification in particular for commercial, real estate, and inheritance law matters.

The focus of Francesco’s German law practice is on labor and employment law. He advises on employment agreements and termination, including warnings and actions for unfair dismissal in the field of labor law.

Additional Background

Francesco, our Italian partner and head of our Milan office, was born in Calabria in southern Italy. He spent his youth not far from Milan where he completed his legal studies with the degree Dottore in Legge. While looking for another challenge, he moved to Germany, learned German, and studied law at the University of Kiel. After passing the first state law examination, he participated in the postgraduate commercial law program in Hamburg. He completed his legal clerkship in Hamburg at the Fiscal Authority and Unilever Germany among other places. After passing the second state exam in law, Francesco first gained experience as in-house counsel before becoming a founding partner of ROSE & PARTNER.

Languages

Italian
German
English

 

Dr. Sebastian Conrad

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Sebastian Conrad as our exclusively recommended Administrative Law expert in Germany. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Conrad please use the contact information provided above.

Sebastian Conrad has more than ten years of experience in all fields of public law. He has an outstanding track record advising national and international clients in all aspects of public procurement, covering award procedures as well as appeal procedures. Moreover, he adivses clients in general corporate and commercial law, in international investments, in EU and regulatory matters and in real estate law where he has a broad experience in real estate transactions and property development. He has handled a wide variety of judicial procedures on a national and European level and has in-depth experience in the infrastructure, health, energy, transport and defence sectors.

Sebastian Conrad studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Montpellier. He completed his legal clerkship in Berlin, Speyer and Luxemburg (European Court of Justice). He obtained his doctoral degree at the Free University of Berlin (summa cum laude). In 2005, he was admitted to the bar in Berlin as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt). He worked for the leading German law firm Gleiss Lutz for more than six years and has been a partner with the specialized law firm HFK Rechtsanwälte since 2016.

Sebastian Conrad has published a large number of papers in leading legal journals and is a co-author of a handbook on public procurement law. He is a staff writer of the journal „Public Procurement Law“ and a member of the committee for qualified lawyers in procurement law at the Berlin bar as well as of the Berlin Brandenburg board of law examiners. His further memberships include the Federal Association of Public Law e. V., the German Society for Construction Law e. V. and the Society for Environmental Law e. V. He has held numerous lectures and seminars, particularly on topics of public procurement law.

Sebastian Conrad is fluent in German, English and French.

HFK Rechtsanwälte:

Founded in 1974, HFK has developed into one of the most renowned law firms in administrative, real estate, procurement and planning law in Germany. HFK is entrusted by clients with the most difficult and largest projects. Providing outstanding service to clients is the firm’s mission and HFK takes responsibility for this with personal commitment and top-quality advice.

 

Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz

Dr. Sebastian Graf von Wallwitz is an equity partner with the German law firm SKW Schwarz, specialising in corporate law and antitrust.

Dr. von Wallwitz studied law in Heidelberg, Freiburg and New York. He obtained a Ph.D. in law (University of Freiburg Law School) and an LL.M. (New York University). Prior to joining SKW Schwarz, Dr. von Wallwitz worked as an antitrust attorney in the Brussels office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Dr. von Wallwitz advises national and international clients on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and antitrust matters, mainly in the technology, media, hospitality, retail and manufacturing sectors. His clients include Fenix Outdoor, Kadant, the Schörghuber Group, Perform Media Group, Sotheby’s, Orbian and Thomson Reuters.

The Corporate Law Practice:

Making strategic decisions requires reliable and experienced partners. This applies to corporate law issues as much as it does to M&A, start-up or family businesses, investors or large corporations.

SKW Schwarz has long-standing experience in legally designing important strategic decisions.

We advise companies of all sizes, whether corporations or partnerships, including medium-sized, often family-owned, businesses in all fields of corporate law. Primarily, this includes:

  • Advice on organizational structure (corporate governance)
  • Contractual agreements with executive bodies (general managers, members of executive, supervisory, and advisory boards)
  • D&O liability
  • Equity and debt financing (capital increases, shareholder loans)
  • Cash pools
  • Preparing and holding of shareholder and general meetings
  • Group law
  • Transactions under reorganization law (mergers, spin-offs, change of legal form)
  • Joint ventures and strategic partnerships
  • Matters of capital market law and restructuring

In addition, we advise our clients on all corporate compliance issues (preventive advice, including by drafting guidelines and training materials, and advice on handling compliance violations).

Our work also focuses on representing clients in disputes, both before ordinary courts and in arbitral proceedings, for example in shareholder disputes or shareholder actions.

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte:

SKW Schwarz is an independent German law firm. We advise companies of all sizes, from owner-managed firms to listed corporations, and private clients in all major areas of national and international commercial law. With offices at Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg and Munich, we are present at major German business hubs and can serve our clients all across Germany.

SKW Schwarz is a firm which combines tradition and modernity. Some of our offices have existed for several decades. Many of our client relationships have been in place for years – a clear example of the importance we attach to stability. At the same time our expertise in media and entertainment law, IT law, internet and e-business law shows that we do not just keep in step with the latest trends, but help to shape the future.

With more than 90 lawyers, we regard ourselves as a medium-sized firm, which can nevertheless take on international assignments that are usually the domain of large law firms. Our cross-location cooperation procedures enable us to set up teams for more complex transactions which are comparable to those of considerably larger competitors.