Dr. Vanessa Wettner


Dr. Vanessa Wettner

Dr. Vanessa Wettner focuses on civil and capital market disputes, specifically shareholder class action litigation defense. She represented financial institutions, investment companies and investment funds in various high-profile cases against (classes of) private or institutional investors. Most recently, Dr. Wettner defended an investment company in one of the first cases handled under the revised Model Case Procedure Act (Kapitalanleger-Musterverfahrensgesetz, KapMuG), Germany's investor class action act.

Dr. Wettner also represents and advises clients in corporate disputes in the area of corporate governance, including disputes concerning board member liability and shareholder resolutions of stock corporations, limited liability companies and commercial partnerships. 

Furthermore, Dr. Wettner advises national and international clients on contentious and non-contentious matters in the field of intellectual property rights and unfair competition. Dr. Wettner has a particular focus on false claims and trademark litigation, but has also defended clients in copyright, media, and food and drug advertising disputes before German courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union. 

In addition to her litigation experience, Dr. Wettner also provides advice on licensing and cooperation agreements, marketing strategies and advertising campaigns as well as general contractual issues.

Professional Activities

Dr. Wettner is a member of the German Association for Industrial Property and Copyright (GRUR), the International Trademark Association (INTA), the German-American Lawyers' Association (DAJV), and the German Lawyers' Association (DAV).

Work Highlights

  • Successful representation against around 400 investor claims relating to alleged prospectus liability
  • Successful representation against nearly 40 prospectus liability claims in connection with a closed-ended fund
  • Strategic advice and representation of digital platform providers in numerous legal disputes in Germany
  • Successful representation of one of the world's largest liqueur manufacturer in a complex unfair competition matter before German and European courts
  • Successful defense of one of the leading European pharma service providers in connection with the purchase of an online pharmacy in various press and media law cases

Publications & News


December 6, 2017

WilmerHale Listed Among the Most Recommended Law Firms in Germany by The Legal 500 Deutschland

The Legal 500 has released its 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Deutschland, Germany's guide to outstanding lawyers, recognizing WilmerHale in seven categories. Moreover, the guide has recommended 11 WilmerHale attorneys within their practice areas.

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.

March 1, 2017

WilmerHale Bolsters its German Litigation Department With Dr. Vanessa Wettner

A recognized practitioner in civil litigation, Dr. Wettner will be a partner in WilmerHale's Frankfurt office.

July 20, 2016

Düfte knacken Bankgeheimnis (Scents Crackle the Banking Secrecy)

An article by Dr. Vanessa Wettner, co-authored with Dr. Susan Kempe-Müller, published in FAZ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

January 1, 2016

Strategien zur Aufarbeitung des Sachverhaltes (Strategies for Fact Gathering)

An article by Dr. Vanessa Wettner, co-authored with Dr. Maja Baußmann, published in Juristische Methodenlehre aus dem Geist der Praxis? (Legal methodology from a practical perspective), pp. 143-162.

January 1, 2015

The Promotion of Medicinal Products in the EU

An article by Dr. Vanessa Wettner, published in Navigating European Pharmaceutical Law – an Expert Guide (Chapter 16, German Section).

January 1, 2005

Dissertation: Sprachvorgaben im Binnenmarktrecht (Language Requirements in the European Internal Market Law)

A book (doctoral thesis) by Dr. Vanessa Wettner (as Vanessa Bansch).

January 1, 2005

Review of Axel Mühl's Dissertation "Diskriminierung und Beschränkung" (Discrimination and Restriction)

An article by Dr. Vanessa Wettner (as Vanessa Bansch), published in GPR Zeitschrift für Privatrecht in der EU, 1/2005

Honors & Awards

  • Dr. Wettner is recommended by Best Lawyers in Germany in the field of intellectual property law as a top business lawyer (Handelsblatt 2017).
  • The leading German legal magazine JUVE in its 2015/2016 edition named Dr. Wettner (then counsel at the law firm Hengeler Mueller) an advancing young lawyer “who gained nationwide recognition for the Uber proceedings.”
  • Dr. Wettner is recommended by Legal 500 Deutschland 2018 in the field of intellectual property: trademark and unfair completion and dispute resolution. 


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Second State Exam, Frankfurt, 2004

Dr. iur., University of Heidelberg, 2002

First State Exam, University of Heidelberg, 2000

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Frankfurt am Main






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