07 January 2020 Press releases

New focus area for insurance at GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen is bundling its expertise in the insurance industry in a new insurance focus area. The law firm can offer customized advice through this team of attorneys who have excellent knowledge about the insurance industry and cover various areas of the law in the firm's different offices.  

Johan van der Veer (Hamburg), who has specialized on advising in the fields of insurance law, insurance supervisory law and insurance distribution, heads the new practice group together with Dr Wolfram Desch (Munich).

In addition to insurance companies and insurance intermediaries (insurance offices, insurance brokers and broker pools), the firm's clients also include technology companies (insuretechs). Our attorneys also advise industrial clients in all legal matters related to the insurance industry.

Our attorneys have particular expertise in the field of manager liability and D&O insurance. There is a high demand for the team of Dr Wolfram Desch in defending against claims related to manager liability before the courts and out of court. GvW has handled several hundred cases of this nature.

Furthermore, the legal advice and representation in insurance distribution law is one of the traditional practice areas of the firm. The Hamburg team headed by Dr Raimond Emde is "given the highest praise by clients" (JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms 2019/2020). The team has won numerous leading cases in this field and is involved in arbitration proceedings.  

"In addition to the special competence in insurance law, our clients in the insurance industry profit from the fact that we can advise them as a full service law firm in all specific questions related to the field from a single source," say Christof Kleinmann and Dr Robert Theissen, Managing Partners at GvW. "The team has not only expertise in topics related to classic insurance companies, the team also works in the meantime in close cooperation with our IT and data protection experts to provide legal services to numerous technology companies."

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