The Lawyer European Awards 2017

The international industry magazine The Lawyer has again nominated GvW Graf von Westphalen in the context of the “The Lawyer European Awards 2017“ as Law Firm of the Year/Germany more


JUVE Handbook 2016/2017

Recommendations/strengths: employment law, foreign trade, state aid, banking, compliance, energy industry, corporate law, real estate and private construction law (incl. commercial leases, real estate transactions and notarial services, insolvency and restructuring, IT (incl. data protection), capital markets law, antitrust law, food regulation law, M&A, law of the press and free speech, private equity/venture capital, project development and plant construction, environment and planning, public contracting, constitutional and administrative law, distribution systems.

Law firm: The management under the lead of Christof Kleinmann and Dr. Robert Theissen, which is already successfully leading the law firm in the fourth term of office, has started an "upward spiral" with its "team oriented approach"; "hardly any law firm has experienced in recent years such a major change in its corporate culture as has GvW“; "lean cost structure"

Employment law: "The employment law practice is continuing to increase its presence at the individual offices“; "The strong development of reputation in the employment law practice means that the attorneys have been able to prove themselves to new clients"

Foreign trade and customs: GvW is for the first time the unchallenged number 1 in the ranking; the only law firm recommended under the general heading of "compliance" (foreign trade, export control, customs compliance); the "leading" law firm in foreign trade law; "very well positioned"; "well-known foreign trade practice"; "The team was again able to demonstrate its capabilities to well-known clients“; GvW "is marked, among other aspects, by the high degree of specialization, established contact with public authorities, experience before the courts and the international network“; Dr. Lothar Harings, Marian Niestedt and Dr. Gerd Schwendinger "are very respected"

State aid law: GvW has "established a reputation" in this field; "Remarkable success in litigation" for the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia; "Dr. Gerd Schwendinger has succeeded increasingly in establishing an emphasis on the public contracting in real estate practice using internal networking"

China Desk: "GvW has established an active China practice which continuously advises on investments going in both directions“; The German-Chinese practice is one of the "more established practices in the market“; "Strong" China Desk; "Successful" China practice; "Convincing team" in the German-Chinese practice; China Office "was able to obtain a substantial deal volume last year"

Energy: "The law firm continues to develop the energy practice in its various offices“; The field is developing "well“; "New strengths": M&A and advice on financing in the field of renewable energies; "Advice increasingly in demand for energy and infrastructure projects“; Corporate Law: "increased specialization“; "GvW has been included for the first time in the lists of preferred firms in some major German corporate group“; "Emphasis on companies in the upper mid-levels of industry which are internationally active“; "A high level of ongoing advice“; "Increasing involvement in disputes involving corporate law"

Real estate and construction: "Well-developed litigation practice“; "Increasing focus on alternative dispute resolution“; "Comprehensive approach to providing advice“; "Well established in development projects“; "Recognized construction law practice with a high degree of focus on project consulting“; "Increasing growth in the practice for energy and infrastructure projects“; "International projects“; "Strengths:" Real estate transactions

Insolvency and restructuring: "Increased, noticeable presence in defending against claims asserting liability or setting aside transactions in the context of insolvency“; "Many former board members entrust their defense to the law firm“; "The expertise and the personal dedication of the partners is in demand also by well-known insolvency administrators and D&O insurers"

IT/data protection: "Strong interface with public contracting law“; "Was able to develop the practice for governmental agencies, for example, in connection with the implementation of the e-Government statutes“; "The team also is increasingly retained for advice on IT law with the team's knowledge of the healthcare sector"

M&A, private equity/venture capital: "Increasing levels of cross-border work“; "Strengths: mid-size transactions often with international aspects“; "Regular transaction flow“; "The number of venture capital transactions has also been increasing for the last 2-3 years“; "Law firm would not have been considered as a genuine option for M&A lateral hires just a few years ago“; "Simply stated: The current M&A practice can hardly be compared to the practice as it existed just a few years ago"

Public commercial law: "Well-known public law practice“; "Extensive experience in infrastructure projects“; "The law firm gained high level new mandates in the area of infrastructure projects“; "GvW recently succeeded in the field of development planning law "to intensify the relationships to existing clients“; "The current refugee issues have also resulted in new business for GvW“; "GvW has especially competency in issues concerning election law"

Law of the press and free speech: "Firm position established on the side of the affected party“; "Regularly represents companies in the area of communication in a crisis"

Public procurement law: "The law firm recently again demonstrated its high level of competency in IT public contracting in the subsequent examination proceedings involving virus protection software in connection with the application of the no-spy directive“; "Strengths: good cooperation among the practice groups“; "Well-known advisor for hospitals"

Law on distribution systems: "Excellent reputation" of Raimond Emde, "regularly covered with praise" by competitors and clients, above all, due to his "comprehensive knowledge“; "Special expertise in distribution law for insurance companies“; "He has succeeded in continuing to develop the cross-border advice“; "Regularly also involved in international arbitration proceedings“; "Strong specialization" on the part of the distribution law attorneys at GvW 



The Legal 500 Deutschland 2017

Construction law: The construction law team at GvW consists of "recognized experts".

Commercial law and law on distribution systems: GvW conducts very many international arbitration proceedings, for example, on claims for compensation upon termination, with a special emphasis in the representation of Turkish trading companies. Specialized knowledge exists in advising producers of travel vans and trailers on the law of governing distribution systems. 

Real estate law: The "experienced" team at GvW is "professional and flexible" in real estate law. 

IT: Four German offices of GvW provide advice for the entire range of IT-relevant issues and, in addition to classic IT topics such as software and hardware, cloud computing and complex IT projects, GVW is especially frequently active at the interface to intellectual property law and public contracting and compliance. The practice group consisting of nine partners has been able to further expand the industrial focus to health care in 2016.

Tax law: GvW is active especially in transactional advice and restructurings.

Environmental and planning law: The infrastructure sector has again gained importance at GvW as a result of matters in several prominent projects.

Public procurement law: GvW is traditionally strong in the award of construction contracts, where the team is recognized for its "excellent specialized knowledge". Public contracting in the health care industry is also a focus, whereby there is specialized expertise in the field of procurements for emergency services. University clinics from throughout Germany mandate the firm. Public contracting in the field of IT is also a major practice area.


PMN Management Award 2017

Doppelte Auszeichnung bei den PMN Management Awards 2017 für das GvW Startupberater Team und den GvW Video Blog. Mehr


Legal Tribune Online


GvW Graf von Westphalen zählt zu den Top-Arbeitgebern bei den Großkanzleien. mehr




Kanzleimonitor 2016/2017

GvW has been included among those law firms which are most frequently recommended by attorneys in legal departments. According to the current ranking in 2016/2017, "The law firm again improved its position and achieved place 21 this year" (total ranking in the Top 100: number of recommending companies). The law firm is recommended in 16 areas of the law.

The attorneys in the firm were mentioned for the fields of employment law, foreign trade and export controls, data protection law, European and international law, intellectual property rights, real estate and construction law, insolvency, IT law, antitrust law, litigation and ADR, public construction contracting, public law, product liability, tax law, transportation and logistics as well as contracts. 


Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers recommends GvW-Lawyers

GvW Graf von Westphalen is recommended by Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers 2017 in the fields of Construction, Corporate/M&A, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment Law, Media Law and Real Estate.


Chambers recommends GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen is recommended by Chambers Europe 2016 for Commercial Contracts, Corporate / M&A mid-market and Projects: Construction


The Lawyer European Awards 2016

The international industry magazine The Lawyer has nominated GvW Graf von Westphalen in the context of the “The Lawyer European Awards 2016“ as Law Firm of the Year/Germany more


Focus Spezial - Germanys Top-Lawyers 2016

GvW Graf von Westphalen is "recommended by collegues and clients" for labour, corporate and commercial law


Legal Tribune Online

GvW Graf von Westphalen expands its lead as the most popular "mid-size" law firm

GvW Graf von Westphalen remains the most popular mid-size law firm in Germany. According to the LTO Young Professionals Survey 2016 published today, most young lawyers who decide to join a mid-size law firm would most like to work for GvW.



Trendence Graduate Barometer 2016

Trendence Graduate Barometer 2016 confirms GvW Graf von Westphalens top-position as most popular midsize law firm more


At this years PMN Awards 2016 GvW Graf von Westphalen ranked third in category Business Development with project Achtundzwanzig (twentyeight) .



JUVE Handbook 2015/2016

Firm: „The culture change is done, the locations and practice groups have moved closer together.”

China Desk: “the German-Chinese practice which has recently become increasingly visible”; “In- and outbound business is developing successfully”; “good connections with Chinese investors”

Corporate law: “Corporate practice continues to be characterized by its international focus”; “takes its first steps towards the expansion of the work for municipal busi-nesses”; “focus on sophisticated SMEs with international business”; “a lot of ongoing advice”; “increasingly corporate law disputes”

M&A: Continues “its strategy towards an even higher degree of specialization”; “in addition to corporate law advice, the firm more frequently advises its predominantly SME long-term clients on midcap transactions with an international element”; “Ger-man-Chinese practice which has recently become increasingly visible”

Customs and Foreign Trade Law: “Flagship”; “market-leading foreign trade practice in Germany”; “The team around Dr Lothar Harings enjoys an excellent reputation in the market, professionally as well as also for the strategic expansion of the practice group which has been pursued for years”; “profound expertise, a lot of practical ex-perience - unsurpassed” (client); “The younger partners Marian Niestedt and Dr Gerd Schwendinger have also earned a lot of respect in the meantime and provide the team with a broad thematic range”; “particularly pleasant personal and professional atmosphere” during the cooperation (client)

Distribution Law: “very specialized” distribution law competence; “hardly anyone has such profound distribution law expertise”; “increasingly in demand also for arbitration proceedings”, competitor: “very profound knowledge” (Emde)

IT: The practice around Stephan Menzemer who is frequently recommended “would have further advanced the development of the aspiring practice”; “focus on classic IT law (in particular system implementations, software license and development agreements); “a lot of experience in IT procurement”

Press law and right of free speech: “Consequently positioned on the side of the party concerned”; “regularly represents companies regarding crisis communication”

Employment: The employment practice “continued to constantly develop also last year” (“very competent”); “dealing with several larger downsizing measures”

Real Estate and Construction: “As a result of the close cooperation of the two teams (meant here: public and private construction law) and the competence in real estate law, the firm positions itself increasingly better for project developments”; “reputable construction law practice with strong focus on project advice”; “exceptional boom as a result of specialized advice on new hotel projects”; “most recently advised a num-ber of foreign investors on additional purchases and in parallel continuously expands its advice for instance in asset management”; “traditionally strong real estate law practice”; “comprehensive advisory approach”; “pronounced litigation practice”; “international projects”

Energy: “established practice at the interface to public law”; “known for a focus on the energy industry”; “good networks to German SMEs and international compe-tence”

Public Commercial Law: the public-commercial practice “again convinced on the advice in the infrastructure field”; “combines top-level special expertise in advising public authorities and private companies”;
Environmental and Planning Law: “Close cooperation with the real estate lawyers pays off” / the practice “could further expand its business”; “experience in EU and food law”; esteemed practice in constitutional and commercial administrative law which “is regularly active concerning issues in connection with electoral procedures”; State Aid and Subsidies Law: “Recommended practice”

Procurement Law: The team “could significantly increase its perception in the mar-ket” and “could concurrently expand its expertise”; “strong specialization which in the meantime is clearly perceived in the market”; “extensive experience in IT procurement”; “further strengthened special field health”/”proven advisors of hospitals, pharmacies and medical practitioners”



The Legal 500 Germany 2016

Real Estate Law: Graf von Westphalen’s ‘solution-oriented’ team offers ‘fast processing, economic understanding, very good industry knowledge and an adequate fee level’

IT (including contracts): In the context of the IP and IT practice group, Graf von Westphalen mainly supports medium-sized clients across the entire range of classic IT law and complements extensive expertise by ‘flexibility, short processing times’ and ‘specialized advice which benefits from the structures of a large national law firm with excellent international business’

Environmental and Planning Law: Graf von Westphalen has strong planning law expertise and often advises on urban development projects. The team is characterized by extensive experience in adversarial proceedings and expert knowledge in foodstuff and animal husbandry issues

Public Procurement: Graf von Westphalen’s team is described as ‘goal-oriented and professional’

Commercial Law Disputes: For Graf von Westphalen, ‘processing times, business acumen, industry knowledge as well as team effort and broadness of range of experience’ are assessed particularly positively

There are additional recommendations for GvW in the fields construction law, PPP and tax law  


Kanzleimonitor 2015/2016

GvW is among the law firms which are most frequently recommended by in-house counsels. According to the current ranking 2015/2016, the firm has improved its standing by another 14 places in comparison to the previous year and now ranks 27th.

The firm’s lawyers are mentioned in the fields stocks and corporate law, employment law, foreign trade & export control, European and international law, industrial property rights, insolvency law & insolvency administration, IT law, antitrust law, litigation and ADR, public law, product liability, tax law, criminal law, transport & logistics law as well as contracts law.


Chambers names GvW network SCG Legal the top network of attorneys in USA

The GvW network SCG Legal is the top network of attorneys in the US according to Chambers, the leading international handbook for commercial law firms in its current edition 2015. more


Focus Spezial - Germanys Top-Lawyers

GvW Graf von Westphalen is "recommended by collegues and clients" for labour, corporate and commercial law


PMN Management Award 

GvW & JuS win PMN Managemant Award, Category "HR Marketing" with "Probeexamen" GvW Press Release (german)


azur-Award Referendariat und Praktikum

GvW Graf von Westphalen nominiert für den azur-Award 2016 Referendariat und Praktikum  mehr



Acquisition International

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 2011 and 2012


JUVE Handbook 2014/2015

Recommendations/Strengths: Employment law; foreign trade; banking law; state aid and subsidies law; corporate law; real estate and private construction law (including commercial tenancy law and notary services); insolvency administration; IT; capital investment processes; capital markets law; antitrust law; food law; M&A; PPP and project finance; media and the right of free speech; projects/plant engineering and construction; environment and planning; constitutional and administrative law; procurement; distribution systems

Corporate law: “Main focus on sophisticated SMEs with international focus. A lot of ongoing legal advice. More and more corporate law disputes. High share in the international business”; “Aspiring corporate team”; “In the meantime, GvW more frequently manages to fish in the waters of significantly larger competitors”

M&A: The M&A practice “continuously expedites its specialization” and focusses “more strongly on business relating to BRIC countries”; Strengths: “medium-sized transactions often with international orientation”

Employment law: “Present” practice; “good integration of the employment law specialists into the overall firm”; “some extensive mandates provided another boost”

IP, IT and Media: “Esteemed practices” in IT: contracts/litigation as well as press law and right of free speech

Real estate and Construction: “Esteemed construction law practice with strong focus on project development”; “In particular in project development, GvW is showing more profile due to the good cooperation across locations and practices”; “Pronounced litigation practice”; Strengths: Real estate transactions; “Established competence” regarding hotel projects

Public commercial law: “Recommended” firm in state aid and subsidies law, environment and planning law and in procurement law”; “Esteemed practices” in food law as well as constitutional and commercial administrative law; “Top-class specialized expertise for advising public authorities and private companies” in the field restructuring/PPP and project finance

Foreign trade and customs law: Is turning into “a kind of lighthouse practice of the firm, which is also on the radar of leading corporate groups, due to the excellent reputation and the high level of specialization”. “Market leading foreign trade law practice”

China: “GvW has in the meantime acquired a position in the China business which makes it increasingly interesting also for renowned German companies”; “Well-positioned in the German-Chinese business” 

Healthcare: “Proven advisors for hospitals, pharmacies and physicians”


Legal 500: Germany 2014/2015

Construction law: “Main focus” project development

Real Estate law: GvW’s real estate lawyers are highly regarded for their “excellent legal advice”

IT: GvW offers advice “always in quality”. “Team range and depth of specialization were significantly improved once more”

M&A: “Excellent” advice; the M&A practice could be “firmly established” with additional medium-sized transactions

Litigation: GvW’s litigation group is “very well-positioned” and can therefore cover issues like product liability, distribution law and D&O liability

Tax law: In addition to transaction planning, the team around the “very highly regarded Frank Tschesche” also advises on topics concerning tax optimization, succession planning, on audits and tax disputes

Environmental and planning law: GvW’s “team across office locations” is called into action in the context of real estate transactions, project development in Germany and abroad, providing advice to foreign investors, municipal enterprises and Federal governments

Procurement law/PPP: “Remarkable competence regarding PPP”; “remarkable competence concerning emergency services”; close cooperation with the associated fields contracts law, subsidies and compliance 2014/2015

GvW is among the law firms which are most frequently recommended by corporate lawyers.

Recommendations: Labour Law, Foreign Trade & Export Control, Europe & International Law, Real Estate & Construction Law, Litigation & ADR, Public Law, Product Liability, Criminal Law, Transport & Logistics Law, Contracts Law.


Focus Spezial - Germany's Top-Lawyers 2014 

GvW Graf von Westphalen is "recommended by collegues and clients" for Labour Law and Real Estate Law.


JUVE Handbook 2013/2014

Firm: The firm is “still among the aspiring law firms”. In future, the firm will “draw even more attention”

M&A: The firm has “continued last year’s positive development and again increased the volume of advised transactions”. “For the M&A specialists, deals with a three-digit million volume are no longer a rarity”

Corporate law: “The firm has made it on the advisors’ lists of some renowned clients”. The litigation practice of the firm has “added highlights”

Labour law: “The team has again proved its strength”

Real estate and Construction law: “In general, the team developed more dynamically than many competitors”. The practice is regarded as “having set an example within the firm, with regard to a cooperation that spans locations and practice groups”

Public commercial law: the public law practice “could build on last year’s success”

Foreign trade and customs law: The team is “not just highly regarded, but consistently manages to include lateral recruits into the practice”. The customs and foreign trade law specialists at GvW “continue to improve, also according to competitors”



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