The Firm

Who we are

GvW Graf von Westphalen is a partnership of attorneys at law and tax advisors with 160 legal professionals. We are one of Germany’s largest independent law firms with our offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg and Munich. We also provide advice to clients around the world from our offices in Istanbul, Shanghai and Brussels and through our membership in several highly respected global networks.

Our independence is the key feature that sets us apart from competing law firms. Our roots extend back to the 19th century. We are not a “legal assembly line” – at our firm, you will work with and continue to work with the partner you know and respect.

What we offer

We offer advice on every aspect of business. We place particular importance on providing service from a single source.

We are one of Germany’s top law firms in many legal areas: the professional journal JUVE has listed us as a „leader” in such areas as „customs and foreign trade law” for many years. JUVE also recommends us in the areas of state aidcorporate/M&A, capital investment processes, conflict resolution, energyfood, private construction law, real estateprivate equity & venture capital, PPP and project finance, project development, environment and construction, constitutional and administrative law, public procurement, insurance law and distribution. We were nominated as Law Firm of the Year „Mittelstand" and „Regulated Industries" by JUVE in 2017.

International and professional journal The Lawyer from Great Britain nominates GvW for the European Awards 2019 as „Germany's top law firm of the year".

Thanks to our law firm’s size, we are in a strong position to carry out the transaction business as well as provide on-going advice and long-range project work.

How we work

Finding a tailored solution for your concern in an individual, pragmatic and long-range manner. This is our approach:



Whom we advise

Our clients include small and mid-sized enterprises, major corporations and government agencies.
North, east, south, west and central - thanks to our offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, we have the deepest possible understanding of every economic region in Germany.

Clients interested in investing around the world receive comprehensive support from our special country desks. In addition, the law firm’s international offices and its close working relationship with selected local commercial law firms create a global network.

The Firm

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