Legal Notice

Information pursuant to § 5 of the German Telecommunications Act [Telemediengesetz] and the German Directive on Information Requirements for Service Providers [Verordnung über Informationspflichten für Dienstleistungserbringer]

1. Provider
GvW Graf von Westphalen Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Partnerschaft mbB
Poststrasse 9 - Alte Post
20354 Hamburg
GvW Graf von Westphalen has been registered in the Partnership Registry of the Local Court of Hamburg under PR 741. The firm is headquartered in Hamburg.
The firm is represented by the partners in the partnership. Each attorney is authorized to represent clients before the courts and out of court.
Managing Partners: Dr Robert TheissenChristof Kleinmann
See below for list of partners
List of offices
Value Added Tax identification number: DE230251733

2. Professional rules of conduct apply to attorneys based in Germany and notaries public

Unless stated otherwise, all attorneys are admitted to practice in the Federal Republic of Germany and are members of their local bar association. 

Authorized bar associations:
Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart
The professional rules of conduct (listed below) for attorneys practicing in Germany are available on the homepage of the German Bar Association at  (key word: Berufsregeln).

German Act on Attorneys– Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung
Professional Code for Attorneys – Berufsordnung für Rechtsanwälte
German Rules and Regulations Governing Specialized Lawyers – Fachanwaltsordnung
German Act on Lawyers’ Fees – Bundesgebührenordnung für Rechtsanwälte
German Remuneration Act for Attorneys – Gesetz über die Vergütung der Rechtsanwältinnen und Rechtsanwälte
Code of Conduct for Lawyers in the European Community – Berufsregeln der Rechtsanwälte der Europäischen Gemeinschaft
German Law Regulating the Activity of European Lawyers in Germany – Gesetz über die Tätigkeit europäischer Rechtsanwälte in Deutschland
Professional liability insurance as defined by § 51 of the German Act on Attorneys:
AXA Versicherung AG, Colonia-Allee 10-20, 51067 Cologne
Area of coverage: worldwide.

Tax Advisors
The designation as a"tax advisor" [Steuerberater] has been conferred on the relevant members of GvW Graf von Westphalen after they passed the required examinations and admission to the profession in accordance with German law. The Chambers of Tax Advisors in Hamburg and Hessen have jurisdiction; see Steuerberaterkammer Hamburg and Steuerberaterkammer Hessen.

The relevant rules and regulations governing the professional conduct of tax advisors admitted in Germany are available on the website of the German Federal Chamber of Tax Advisors ( These are:
StBerG - The German Act on Tax Advisors (Steuerberatungsgesetz)
DVStB - the Implementing Regulation to the Act on Tax Advisors (Durchführungsverordnung zum StBerG)
StBerGbO - the Ordinance on Tax Advisors' Fee Code (Steuerberatergebührenverordnung) and
BOStB - the Professional Rules of Conduct for Tax Advisors (Berufsordnung der Bundessteuerberaterkammer).
Professional indemnity insurance is in force with the
AXA Versicherung AG
Dovestraße 2-4
10587 Berlin,
pursuant to § 67 StBerG.
Applicable in Europe, including Turkey and the States located in the area of the former Soviet Union, including Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Notaries public
The partners licensed as both notaries and attorneys and identified as such are members of the Berlin Chamber of Notaries. The competent supervisory authorities are the Presidents of the District Courts in Berlin and Frankfurt a. M.

The professional code of conduct applying to notaries public is available at under the section “Berufsrecht” (professional code).

German Act on Notaries – Bundesnotarordnung
German Act on Notarization – Beurkundungsgesetz

Code of Practice for Notaries – Dienstordnung für Notarinnen und Notare
German Act on Court Costs and Notarial Fees – Gerichts- und Notarkostengesetz
European Code of Professional Rules of Conduct for Notaries Public – Europäischer Kodex des notariellen Standesrechts

Professional malpractice insurance:
AXA Versicherung AG, Colonia-Allee 10-20, 51067 Cologne
Covered territory: worldwide.

Photo credits
Images and graphics from AdobeStock and Getty Images as well as from the photographers Christina Körte, Thomas Straub, Felix Krumbholz, Orion Dahlmann and Christian Lietzmann are used on the GvW website and in the GvW social media appearances.

The provider of the GvW Graf von Westphalen website ( and the pages of GvW Graf von Westphalen in social networks (InstagramXingTwitterYouTubeGoogle+ and LinkedIn)) is GvW Graf von Westphalen Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Partnerschaft mbB.

List of all partners

  • Carsten Beisheim
  • Dr Carsten Bittner
  • Arnd Böken
  • Dr Kristofer Bott
  • Dr Lorenz Czajka
  • Dr Sven Donner
  • Dr Magnus Dorweiler
  • Dr Dietrich Drömann
  • Nicolas M. Dumont, LL.M.
  • Melanie Eilers
  • Dr Maximilian Emanuel Elspas
  • Dr Raimond Emde
  • Dr Michael Engel
  • Christian D. Esch, LL.M.
  • Dr Malte Evers
  • Dr Ulf Gibhardt
  • Dr Katja Göcke, LL.M. (Sydney)
  • Dr Cornelius Götze, LL.M. (Cornell)
  • Ansgar Hain
  • Dr Lothar Harings
  • Christoph J. Hauptvogel
  • Gudrun Hausner
  • Patrick Heid, LL.M.
  • Dr Sebastian Heim, LL.M.
  • Hans Georg Helwig
  • Dr Malte J. Hiort
  • Prof Dr Ulrich Hösch
  • Helmut Kempf
  • Christof Kleinmann
  • Dr Markus Knell
  • Moritz Koch
  • Dr Dominic Köstner, LL.M.
  • Dr Markus Kraus, Maître en Droit
  • Dr Holger Kühl, LL.M.
  • Karsten Kujath,
  • Christian Kusulis
  • Hans-Joachim Lagier
  • Dr Klaus Landry
  • Carsten D. Liersch
  • Corinna Lindau, LL.M.
  • Birgit Lotz, LL.M. (Bristol)
  • Dr Kurt Luka, LL.M.
  • Christian Mayer-Gießen
  • Stephan Menzemer
  • Dr Bettina Meyer-Hofmann
  • Dr Maren Mönchmeyer
  • Wolfram Müller
  • Wolf Müller
  • Thomas G.-E. Müller
  • Dr Joachim Mulch
  • Dr Grace Nacimiento, LL.M.
  • Dr Michael Nicolaus
  • Marian Niestedt, M.E.S.
  • Felix Prozorov-Bastians
  • Johannes Räther, LL.M.
  • Dr Ritesh Rajani, LL.M. (London)
  • Dr Ingrid Reichling
  • Dr Sebastian Rohrer
  • Dr Markus Sachslehner
  • Dr Walter Scheuerl
  • Dr Arne Schmidt
  • Dr Bettina Schmitt-Rady
  • Dr Marcus Schriefers, M.C.L.
  • Dr Ulrich Schroeder
  • Thomas Schroiff
  • Johannes Schuhmann, Maître en Droit
  • Benjamin Schwarzfischer
  • Dr Gerd Schwendinger, LL.M.
  • Dr Marc Seiffert
  • Dr Thomas Senff
  • Dr Ronald Steiling
  • Ulrich Stuhlfelner
  • Dr Frank Süß
  • Dr Robert Theissen, LL.M.
  • Andrea Torka, LL.M. (London)
  • Dr Christian Triebe
  • Dr Frank R. Tschesche, LL.M. (NYU)
  • Johan van der Veer, LL.M.
  • Dr. Quirin Vergho
  • Dr Alexander Freiherr von Aretin, M.A.
  • Dr Axel von Walter
  • Titus Walek
  • David Wende
  • Dr Sigrid Wienhues
  • Dr Philipp Wiesenecker
  • Prof Dr Christian Winterhoff
  • Felix Wolf, LL.M., Maître en Droit
  • Dr Patrick Wolff
  • Dr Andreas Wolowski, LL.M.
  • Dr Christian Zerr
  • Dr Marco Zessel, LL.M. (Stellenbosch)