Service Areas

Technology

Technology law issues and technology sector advice have been among our main areas of expertise for many years. We advise companies in the information technology, telecommunications, media and healthcare sectors. A whole portfolio of start-up companies in various stages of development access our expertise. This includes advice on relevant regulatory issues (see below Regulatory), on the drafting of complex contractual structures (see below Commercial and Contract Law) and on IP law (see below IP and Competition Law). We are familiar with typical IT cooperation models. Advice on data protection law and open source compliance complement our services.

Recent examples

  • Advising the provider on the introduction of a WLAN solution in the rolling stock and ancillary infrastructure of the largest European transportation company
  • Advice on/design of complex cloud/software-as-a-service projects
  • Providing advice on agile software developments on the developer and user side
  • Advising a consortium on the development of LTE-based navigation technology
  • Providing advice to bidders in public procurement procedures for IT solutions
  • “Debundling” of a German telecommunications market in proceedings at the BNetzA and advice on the establishment of a national broadcasting network operator
  • Guidance on ITK KRITIS precaution
  • In-bound advice to a Scandinavian radio technology provider incl. its frequency regulatory compliance
  • Advising on the procurement and operation of IT crypto solutions for companies, incl. all stages from design to acceptance and commissioning / SLA design / operations monitoring / data protection design
Transactions

We provide small and mid-cap M&A advice, whether as share or asset deals. We act on both the seller’s and the buyer’s side. Also, we are mandated by individual shareholders or by the target company concerned. Time and again due to our operational proximity to many companies we advise on management buy-outs. In addition, we accompany start-ups in their financing rounds as well as borrowers to obtain acquisition finance.

Recent examples:

  • Advising an asset manager from Singapore on the establishment of a Luxembourg pan-European PE fund for Asian capital.
  • Providing advice to the management team on the acquisition of the German subsidiary of a listed Swedish telecommunications group in the context of a management buy-out
  • Advice to a Canadian process service provider on the acquisition of a German software company
  • Advising a private group from Namibia on the acquisition of a majority stake in a German renewable energy project developer
  • Providing advice to the founding shareholders on the seed financing of a start-up in the smart home sector
  • Advice to the seed investor on his invest into a start-up in the field of digital advertising
  • Advising a start-up in the cosmetics sector on a financing round and the issuance of a convertible loan
  • Providing advice to a medium-sized company from the metals processing sector on the acquisition of a business division of a competitor
  • Advice to the sole founder on the sale of a textile wholesale company
  • Advising a group of founders on the sale of their hospitality business
Corporate Law

We advise companies from start-ups to listed companies and their owners on all aspects of corporate law. This includes the drafting of articles of association, partnership agreements, shareholders’ agreements, investor rights agreements, joint ventures as well as the preparation and holding of general meetings, group restructurings and the litigation of corporate disputes.

Recent examples:

  • Drafting of a cross-border joint venture for commodity trading (CIS -EU)
  • Advising on the establishment of a joint venture between a German IT start-up and its partners from India
  • Repeated preparation of general meetings for a listed company from the IT sector
  • Restructuring of a financial services group focused on the healthcare industry
  • Setting up German subsidiaries for clients from the USA and Scandinavia from the IT sector
  • Dispute between managing director and shareholder of a healthcare company
  • Conducting a shareholder dispute of a minority shareholder of a trading company
  • Advising on a shareholder dispute of a majority shareholder
  • Representation of a (non-listed) public limited company in legal actions against resolutions of the shareholder meeting
Commercial and Contract Law

We provide general advice on contract drafting for a large number of clients. In some cases, we act as an outsourced legal department. For example, we draft contracts and terms and conditions with customers, suppliers or distribution partner with regard to the sale of goods or the provision of services. We support our clients in setting up distribution systems, coherent general terms and conditions and drafting complex commission and pricing provisions. Often, our advice is provided at the interfaces towards technology (see above) or intellectual property and competition law (see below).

Recent examples:

  • Contracts for the establishment of a distribution system for a telephone manufacturer

  •  Customer contracts for a US telecommunications company for the German market

  • General terms and conditions for various sectors: IT services, TC hardware and software, fashion, cosmetics, commodity trading

  • Agency agreements for various sectors: fashion, watch and jewelry business, commodity trading

  • Distribution and reseller contracts (VAR) for TC hardware and SW supplies

  • Software license agreements for companies in the utilities sector

  • Complex agency agreements in the energy efficiency sector

  • Power purchase agreements and related service contracts

  • Financing and security contracts, incl. assignments of receivables

Regulatory

Many of our clients are active in regulated markets. We provide comprehensive regulatory advice to companies in the information technology, telecommunications, media, healthcare, railway, finance and insurance sectors. We are in close contact with the regulatory and supervisory authorities and find ways to achieve regulatory compliance – as quickly as possible and as compliant as necessary. If required, we conduct proceedings before the competent courts and adjudicative bodies of the regulatory authorities.  

Recent examples:

  • Ending the FM monopoly and creating competition in the FM broadcasting signal market with several proceedings before the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA)

  • Certification proceedings before the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI) and other security authorities

  • Advising “secret-protected” companies in the Federal Republic of Germany

  • Price verification procedures with public contracting authorities

  • Allocation and licensing procedures before the media authorities of the Länder and the Kommission für Zulassung und Aufsicht (ZAK)

  • Supervisory proceedings by the media authorities of the Länder

  • Information and other administrative proceedings before the Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin)

  • Approval procedures at the BNetzA for permission of a technology trial

  • Advising asset managers and institutional investors on banking and insurance supervisory law

IP and Competition Law

We pursue intellectual property rights of our clients. These include not only trade-marks, design rights and copyrights, but also patent and utility model rights. We file trade-mark applications worldwide, we advise and represent clients in appeal, infringement and cancellation proceedings.  Conversely, we defend against third party claims. Another focus is on the drafting of contracts with a specific emphasis on IP-rights such as development, license or cooperation agreements. Furthermore, we advise companies on employee invention law.

Recent examples:

  • Successful appeal proceedings at the European Trademark Office on behalf of one of the largest German jewellery companies.

  • Title protection and trademark protection agreements for nationally known podcast

  • Drafting IT development and IT license agreements on behalf of software companies

  • Enforcement of corporate trademark infringements for a software development agency

  • Establishment and monitoring of a trademark portfolio for an internationally active advertising company

  • Drafting of patent- and knowhow-licenses

  • Prosecution of trademark infringements or defense against allegations of infringement of image rights in e-commerce

  • Enforcement of claims against unauthorized exploitation of trade secrets in the chemical industry

  • Defense of a telecommunications company against alleged infringement of open source software rights

Employment Law

In addition to providing ongoing legal support to HR-departments of SMEs, we advise employers and executives on all questions of labour law. The focus is on collective and individual law issues, such as collective company agreements, employment contracts as well as employment law disputes.

Recent examples:

  • Representing a Dutch group on job cuts in a German plant.
  • Advising a software company on a restructuring and associated job cuts
  • Representing a fashion company on the enforcement and execution of claims for damages against an employee who had left the company
  • Assisting a medium-sized health-care company on the dismissal of all managing directors
  • Drafting of a collective agreement for a comprehensive bonus scheme for various wage groups of a medium-sized company
  • Advising on employment law issues in the context of the sale of a company in the IT security sector
  • Providing guidance to various companies in the area of employee data protection
  • Structuring of operational changes through the implementation of guidelines on behalf of various companies
Tax law

We advise small and medium-sized enterprises and private individuals on all aspects of tax law. Our main areas of advice include corporate & income tax law, inheritance & donation tax law as well as value-added tax law.

Recent examples:

  • Ongoing tax advice to companies and individuals including accounting, preparation of annual financial statements and tax returns.
  • Tax optimization with regard to the transfer of shares in partnerships and corporations
  • Comparative analysis on different local tax regimes taking into account holding criteria
  • Representation in tax court proceedings
  • Advice on voluntary self-disclosures
  • Defense in criminal tax proceedings
  • VAT law structuring in factoring of settlement service providers
Wealth Succession

We advise private individuals, in particular entrepreneurs on all matters related to succession of wealth whether civil or tax law. Questions of donation and inheritance law are of primary interest.

Recent examples:

  • Preparation of inheritance and donation tax returns

  • Advice on and drafting of advance succession structures, both for private and business assets

  • Drafting of inheritance contracts and wills

  • Drafting of marriage and partnership contracts

  • Design and implementation of family pools

  • Charitable structures (foundations, non-profit associations, charitable companies)

  • Implementation of asset protection structures (matrimonial property regimes, family companies, family foundations)

  • Advice and representation in inheritance disputes or execution of wills