Our internationally connected lawyers in Berlin and Frankfurt counsel clients on complex matters at the intersection of law, business and policy.


WilmerHale's German attorneys advise in integrated teams across our offices in North America, Europe and Asia at the very top of the legal profession, offering a cutting-edge blend of capabilities that equips them to handle cases of any complexity.

WilmerHale became one of the first US firms to open an office in Berlin in 1993. With the 2008 addition of the Frankfurt office, Germany's business and banking hub, the practice has harnessed WilmerHale's international strengths to provide legal representation critical to the success of our clients.

With close ties to our office in Brussels/EU Practice, the de facto European Union capital, and its premier practices in European law and European regulation, our German Practice is well positioned to handle "bet the company" issues of the highest significance and help our international clients to reach their business goals in Germany and Europe. 

For further information about the German practice, please also see our German language website.

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

Crones, Christian

Dr. Christian Crones

Partner-in-Charge, Frankfurt Office

+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

christian.crones@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

Quack, Ulrich

Ulrich Quack

Partner

+49 30 20 22 63 32 (t)

ulrich.quack@wilmerhale.com

Seyfarth, Martin

Martin Seyfarth

Partner

+49 30 20 22 64 30 (t)

martin.seyfarth@wilmerhale.com

Dr. Vanessa Wettner

Dr. Vanessa Wettner

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 201 (t)

vanessa.wettner@wilmerhale.com

Wissmann, Matthias

Matthias Wissmann

Senior International Counsel

+49 30 20 22 64 26 (t)

matthias.wissmann@wilmerhale.com

Recognition

  • Chambers & Partners – The firm is consistently and prominently ranked in the Chambers Europe guidebook to the legal profession in the areas Arbitration, Compliance, Competition/EU Law, Life Sciences and TMT: Data Protection.
  • GCR 100 and GCR Global Elite – The firm is consistently ranked in the "Top 20 GCR Global Elite," and has maintained a "highly recommended" ranking in GCR 100's Germany category. In 2015, the firm ranked in the "Top 10 GCR Global Elite" and in 2014, the Antitrust and Competition Practice received the "Litigation of the Year” award for its German Rail Cartel follow-on litigation. In 2017, the practice won another award, “Litigation of the Year – Cartel Prosecution 2017,” for its work in connection with the so-called sugar cartel.
  • Handelsblatt Best Lawyers – WilmerHale attorneys are consistently recognized as "Best Lawyers" for their leading business and financial practices in Germany.
  • JUVE Handbook – WilmerHale is consistently ranked among the top law firms in Germany and recommended for several of its practices. In 2009, WilmerHale was the recipient of the 2009 JUVE Award for Energy Law in Germany.
  • Kanzleimonitor.de – WilmerHale has been named among the top most recommended law firms in the all editions of this survey from the German Federal Association of In-house Counsels.
  • The Legal 500 Germany – The firm and several of its attorneys are frequently ranked for their work in their respective practice areas.

Publications & News

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November 2, 2017

JUVE Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers and Practice Areas in Germany

JUVE, the leading legal publication in Germany, highly recommends WilmerHale in the following practice areas: Antitrust, Arbitration/Mediation, Commercial Litigation and Liability, Compliance Audits and Investigations, Corporate, Energy Law, Information Technology, M&A, and State Aid Law.

September 1, 2017

Market Intelligence: Privacy & Cybersecurity in Germany

An interview with Martin Braun, published in Market Intelligence: Privacy & Cybersecurity (Getting The Deal Through).

July 24, 2017

German Government Amends German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance to Widen Control of Foreign Takeovers of Critical German Companies

On July 12 the German federal government adopted important amendments to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance.

June 28, 2017

Six WilmerHale Partners Listed in The Best Lawyers in Germany© 2017

In cooperation with Best Lawyers®, German newspaper Handelsblatt has named six WilmerHale partners as The Best Lawyers in Germany© 2017 in their respective areas of practice, and Partner Ulrich Quack was honored as “Lawyer of the Year 2017” in the field of Competition/Antitrust Law.

June 7, 2017

Selected 2017 Life Sciences Transactions

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

June 7, 2017

Selected 2017 Strategic Alliances, Joint Venture and Licensing Transactions

Our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and regulatory lawyers regularly handle a broad range of 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, technology and commerce.

June 7, 2017

Selected 2017 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, portfolio development and litigation; defended their interests in enterprise-critical litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

April 28, 2017

2017 Corporate Reports

WilmerHale's annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports offer insights into market conditions and provide comprehensive statistics and analysis that are hard to find elsewhere.

April 11, 2017

Chambers Europe 2017 Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices

Twelve WilmerHale lawyers and five firm practices have been recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers Europe: Leading Lawyers for Business.

March 30, 2017

WilmerHale Wins Two Global Competition Review Awards

The firm received the Litigation of the Year – Cartel Defence award for its representation of Denso and the Litigation of the Year – Cartel Prosecution award for its representation of candy-maker Katjes.