Matthias Wissmann

Senior International Counsel

Wissmann, Matthias

Matthias Wissmann's practice focuses on the liberalization and deregulation of markets and industries and on legal counseling in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. For nearly 11 years, until the end of February 2018, he was President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). Before that, he served as member of the German Parliament for more than 30 years. Most recently, Mr. Wissmann held the chair of the Committee of European Affairs. He previously served as Federal Minister of Transport in the German government and as Federal Minister of Research and Technology. He also was President of the European Council of Transport Ministers. His efforts to liberalize the transportation sector culminated in the German-American "open-skies" agreement, which opened the American air traffic market to German air carriers. He also has significantly advanced the privatization of the German railway system and Lufthansa. Mr. Wissmann has been a member of the firm since 1999.

Honors & Awards

  • Grand Order of Merit of Germany
  • Grand Order of Merit of Austria
  • Grand Cross of Chile
  • Chevalier dans l'Ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur de la France

Publications & News


March 26, 2007

WilmerHale Partner Matthias Wissmann Elected as President of the Association of the German Automotive Industry

Former German Federal Transport Minister to Remain Partner at WilmerHale Alongside his New Role

February 1, 2006

Matthias Wissmann Provides an Exclusive Interview in Business & Law Berlin

Interview discusses Wissman's combined role as a politician and a lawyer.

March 6, 2003

German Legislation: 2003 Bulletin

What's Up Germany?

January 1, 2003

Removal of "Access Barriers" for Certain User Groups

In this editorial, Matthias Wissmann discusses the problems of deaf people to access telecommunications services. He asks the federal government to amend the German Telecommunications Act (TKG) in order to provide handicapped people with non-discriminatory access to telecommunications services. Published in Telekommunikations- & Medienrecht (TKMR ), p.3

January 1, 2001

The Acquisition of State-Owned Companies

The IFLR Guide to Germany 2001

November 22, 2000

Matthias Wissmann Interviewed by Die Welt

June 2, 2000

Matthias Wissmann Writes Article for German Newspaper

January 1, 1998

The Social Market Economy

January 1, 1990

German Perspectives - Our Road to the Year 2000

January 1, 1984

Market Economy 2000

Recent Highlights

Mr. Wissmann advises and represents international companies in their major transactions and is a legal advisor on regulatory affairs.

Professional Activities

Mr. Wissmann is President of the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles).