GvW Graf von Westphalen supports law clerks in preparing for the 2nd state bar exam, including with Kaiser seminars. The law clerks from Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich meet at a GvW office in order to get "fit" for the exam in crash courses.


Business Improvement Districts (BID) involve property owners in a neighborhood coming together in order to work together with the local community and improve, for example, the retail facilities in their area with structural measures, but also services and marketing. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is a leader in BIDs.


Lighthouses are the great passion of one of the founders of Floatel, Tim Wittenbecher. A successful business idea has developed from this passion. The Berlin company transforms lighthouses into hotels which are very popular with travelers. People on vacation in Spain and Italy are also able to enjoy these unique lodgings. 


Liability, data protection, IT security – the subject of Industry 4.0 raises many new legal questions for companies. Our partners Stephan Menzemer and Arnd Böken evaluate the current legal parameters for the increasing interaction between companies and in the production chain and support having a supranational set of rules.


Concerning the planning, foundation and commencement of their enterprise, start-ups are faced with varied legal questions: A first guidebook is available under www.startupberater.com. Watch this video to get to know our start-up advisors 


The Düsseldorf office of GvW is the newest office for the law firm. What started in Düsseldorf Köblick with two desks in 2012 is in the meantime an integrated office with attorneys in the fields of public procurement, construction, energy, customs, cooperate law, M&A and IP. Art is also a special aspect at the office. 


The European Union eased various trade sanctions with Iran this year. Which branches of industry are covered by this easing, in which areas the sanctions continue and how the US sanctions against Iran have an effect on European commerce with Iran is explained by the embargo experts at GvW Dr. Lothar Harings, Marian Niestedt and Dr. Gerd Schwendinger.


Located in the center of town at the Potsdamer Platz, our Berlin office symbolizes the cohesive, many years of work by our employees in the national capital and other parts of Germany. This is our main office close to the center of politics in which our attorneys contribute also their political competence in addition to their legal skills. 


Durch den starken Zustrom von Flüchtlingen im vergangenen Jahr stehen die Städte und Kommunen vor der großen Herausforderung, ausreichend Wohnraum zu schaffen.

Der Gesetzgeber hat reagiert und zahlreiche Erleichterungen für den Bau von Flüchtlingsunterkünften geschaffen. Bei diesen Unterkünften handelt es sich um Spezialimmobilien mit besonderen Anforderungen für die Gestaltung von Mietverträgen.


Two attorneys from GvW Graf von Westphalen, Dr Werner Schnappauf and Gerald Hennenhöfer, were members of the Commission on Financing the Nuclear Energy Exit (Kommission zur Finanzierung des Kernenergieausstiegs, “KFK”).  We explain in our video the results of the KFK with regard to the energy turnaround and the dismantling of nuclear power plants.