Advising on traditional corporate law matters is part of the core expertise at GvW Graf von Westphalen. We advise businesses and entrepreneurs and provide representation in all aspects of corporate structuring, from selecting the “appropriate” legal form and designing the articles of incorporation to assisting in reorganisations, changes of corporate form, mergers, spin-offs and demergers.
Our clients are German and foreign businesses and entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses as well as international groups, shareholders, managing directors, members of management boards and supervisory boards.
Especially tax issues play a key role in corporate restructurings. In cooperation with our own tax experts and external accountants, we help optimize the accounting and tax aspects of corporate legal structures.
Strict formal requirements and continuous developments in legislation and the case-law make stock corporation law a particularly dynamic and multi-faceted subject. As highly specialized and experienced attorneys, we help our clients find their way through the complexities of stock corporation law, starting with establishing stock corporations and changing already existing entities into stock corporations to assisting with general meetings, corporate actions and squeeze-outs.
We advise German and international companies and shareholders as well as members of management and supervisory boards. The fact that many of our partners serve on company supervisory boards gives us the requisite sector-specific expertise.
We help our clients exploit the potential of domestic and international joint ventures and minimize the risks of this complex form of partnership by means of "suitable" contracts. Our experience with joint ventures covers all areas in the world – leading industrial nations as well as emerging markets – and comprises projects in traditional industries as well as high-tech areas. Internationally, we assist our clients in partnerships by using proven local experts.
We help our clients ensure "timely" and smooth implementation of the difficult business succession process. We advise business owners, potential buyers from within the family and other family members as well as interested third parties from Germany or abroad in matters that extend from preparation and contractual implementation to the transition phase.
Violations of (material) provisions in the law can have severe consequences for the company, the management or also the individual employee: claims for damages, imprisonment and fines and harm to reputation.
We support our clients in minimizing or avoiding the risks of liability in business by way of a compliance system which is customized to their needs. We have special expertise in close cooperation with specialized colleagues in areas where there are typically high compliance requirements, such as foreign trade and customs law, construction law and public procurement law, IT and data protection or antitrust law. Our attorneys in the field of white collar crime are also extremely well versed in working with investigative and criminal prosecution authorities.
Our inter-disciplinary "Compliance" team bundles this competence and can accordingly provide you comprehensive advice from a single source, both in substantive law as well as procedural matters.