German Practice REGIONAL PRACTICES

Our firm recognized the growing political and economic significance of Berlin as the government seat of unified German early on, opening its offices in the capital in 1993 as one of the first US law firms. In 2002, the company merged with the renowned and longstanding Berlin firm, Quack Rechtsanwälte, in existence since 1954. In 2008, the firm expanded its German Practice with the opening of a new office in Frankfurt. We now have 60 resident attorneys and notaries in the two offices.

Our range of services spans the entire spectrum of corporate and business law and complements the crucial role Berlin plays as a hub of politics and business. Our location is a symbol of the tradition our firm has of providing advice where law, business and policy come together.

Contacts

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Seyfarth, Martin

Martin Seyfarth

Partner-in-Charge, Berlin Office

+49 30 20 22 64 30 (t)

martin.seyfarth@wilmerhale.com

Lange, Reinhart

Reinhart Lange

Partner-in-Charge, Frankfurt Office

+49 69 27 10 78 201 (t)

reinhart.lange@wilmerhale.com

Braun, Martin

Dr. Martin Braun

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

martin.braun@wilmerhale.com

Crones, Christian

Dr. Christian Crones

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

christian.crones@wilmerhale.com

Heithecker, Jan

Dr. Jan Heithecker

Partner

+49 30 20 22 63 32 (t)

jan.heithecker@wilmerhale.com

Lange, Reinhart

Reinhart Lange

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 201 (t)

reinhart.lange@wilmerhale.com

Quack, Ulrich

Ulrich Quack

Partner

+49 30 20 22 63 32 (t)

ulrich.quack@wilmerhale.com

Schubert, Klaus

Klaus Schubert

Partner

+49 30 20 22 65 56 (t)

klaus.schubert@wilmerhale.com

Experience

Our practices include:

  • Corporate Law (including corporate finance, M&A, private equity and venture capital)
  • Bank and Capital Market Law
  • Tax
  • Labor and Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Intellectual Property Law (IP)
  • Information Technology
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration
  • Antitrust and Competition, Merger Control
  • International Trade, Investment and Market Access
  • Public Commercial Law
  • Aviation
  • Energy
  • Telecommunications, Media and E-Commerce
  • Financial Services
  • Legal strategy and Public Policy

We focus on the aviation/tourism, energy and telecommunications industries. In addition, we represent both domestic and foreign companies in the fields of technology and media, transport and logistics, as well as banks and financial services providers. Read about our cross-border investigations and compliance experience.

Brussels/EU Practice

We opened our office in Brussels in 1990, just as the European Community introduced its Merger Control Regulation and in anticipation of the impact of the single market. The expansion of our firm was an important strategic decision, and one taken at just the right time. Concentrating on complex, challenging issues at the intersection of business, law and policy, the office has gained widespread recognition as one of the premier law offices in Brussels.

The office’s practice focuses are:

  • International Trade, Investment and Market Access
  • Antitrust and Competition, Merger Control
  • Public Commercial Law
  • Legal Strategy and Public Policy
  • Corporate Law
  • Aviation
  • Telecommunications, Media and E-Commerce
  • International Arbitration

Our highly experienced team of lawyers is qualified in many of the major European and North American jurisdictions, including Germany, Belgium, France, Austria, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Professor Claus-Dieter Ehlermann, resident in the Brussels office, perhaps best personifies these qualities. As former chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization and Director-General of DG Competition of the European Commission, he is one of the leading experts in the field of EU, competition and trade law. This unparalleled experience with all key EU institutions, EU decision-making committees and bodies is one of the factors behind the international repute of our team.

Office Contacts

Christian Duvernoy Partner +32 2 285 49 06 christian.duvernoy@wilmerhale.com

Publications & News

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June 5, 2014

WilmerHale Advises FMS Wertmanagement on Sale of US loan Portfolio with a Nominal Value of USD 1.2 Billion

Supported by WilmerHale, the German federal government's winding-up institution FMS Wertmanagement has sold a US commercial real estate loan portfolio with a nominal value of USD 1.2 billion. FMS Wertmanagement was founded in 2010 in order to take over risk positions and non-core business divisions from the Hypo Real Estate Group.

May 20, 2014

Cross-Border Investigations and Compliance

It is often said that corporations are not criminally liable under German law. As we explain in this alert, whilst technically accurate, such a statement should be tempered by two important considerations.

May 6, 2014

2014 Corporate Reports

WilmerHale’s annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports provide comprehensive statistics and analysis that are hard to find elsewhere.

April 25, 2014

Selected 2014 Strategic Alliances, Joint Venture and Licensing Transactions

Our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and regulatory lawyers have recently handled numerous strategic alliance, joint venture, licensing, collaboration, product development, outsourcing, manufacturing, distribution and similar agreements, including many significant deals that are helping to shape the future of science and technology.

April 25, 2014

Selected 2014 Life Sciences Transactions

Recognized both globally and nationally as a leading life sciences practice, WilmerHale has four decades of experience representing biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies at all stages of growth, as well as venture capitalists and investment banks.

April 25, 2014

Selected 2014 Technology Transactions

For more than four decades, we have represented technology clients in venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; handled their licensing, outsourcing, services, joint venture, development and distribution transactions throughout the world; protected their innovations through patent prosecution and portfolio development; defended their interests in enterprise-critical patent litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

February 19, 2014

Kanzleimonitor.de Survey of In-House Counsel Finds WilmerHale Among Top 20 Firms in Germany

WilmerHale has been named among the top 20 most recommended law firms in Germany by Kanzleimonitor.de 2013/2014.

February 3, 2014

WilmerHale 2013 in Review

In 2014, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of WilmerHale through the merger of our two A-List predecessor firms. The past 12 months represent the culmination of a decade of growth that has borne out the promise of this historic merger, as our combined strengths have forged a firm greater than the sum of its distinguished parts.

November 5, 2013

JUVE Ranks WilmerHale Among “Top 50” Law Firms in Germany

JUVE, a legal publication in Germany, has once again named WilmerHale’s Berlin and Frankfurt offices among its “Top 50” law firms in Germany.

June 21, 2013

WilmerHale Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in Germany 2013

Eight WilmerHale lawyers from the Berlin and Frankfurt offices were recently named in the 2013 Handelsblatt edition of Best Lawyers in Germany.

Events

November 28-29, 2013

Employment Law

Leipzig, Germany

July 27, 2013

Science4Life Venture Cup

Frankfurt, Germany

June 14, 2013

GCR Live IP & Antitrust

Brussels, Belgium

May 11-12, 2013

BioForum 2011

Lodz, Poland

March 19, 2013

Federal Assembly

Wiesbaden, Germany

March 12, 2013

Law and Economics of the WTO: Dispute Settlement

Florence, Italy

February 26, 2013

Regulation on Medical Devices(MDs) and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (IVDMDs)

Brussels, Belgium

January 29-30, 2013

C5 European Forum on Anti-Corruption in Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany

June 28-29, 2012

Annual Conference on Business Evaluation

Mainz, Germany

June 8, 2012

Management Forum: Clinical Trial Seminar

London, UK