Recommendations/Strengths: Employment Law; State Aid Law; Energy Law, Corporate Law; Real Estate/Construction Law; Insolvency/Restructuring; Information Technology; Food Law; M&A; Press and Statements Law; Projects/Plant Construction; Tax Law; Telecommunications Law; Environmental and Planning Law; Public Procurement Law; Transport; Distribution Law;
Special strengths: Foreign Trade
Firm: Top 50 law firm (2 star rating, category 6); "Today, cooperation between the individual teams and offices is one of the hallmarks of the firm, which is essentially medium-sized. It has worked on this consistently in recent years; "GvW has taken its foot off the brake. While the previous years were characterised by moderate growth in personnel, in 2021 it took the big leap"; "What at first glance looks like growth at any price has a second hand - like much of what the medium-sized law firm has achieved in the past twelve years under the direction of Dr Robert Theissen and Christof Kleinmann. Robert Theissen and Christof Kleinmann"; "The approach of forming sector-oriented teams is also promising at GvW"; "GvW has long been an example of how strategic considerations on business development and personnel planning also pay off for medium-sized law firms"; "Digitisation, remuneration system, firm-wide cooperation, commerciality - topics that are only now landing on the to-do list at many competitors have already been ticked off at GvW"; "Head start on the topic of digitisation"; "The commitment to part-time partnership is a step in the right direction in order to respond flexibly to the need for a balance between work and family life, in addition to promoting up-and-coming talent".
Client comments: Clients from several disciplines are very positive about the GvW lawyers. They praise the "good legal knowledge" and the "pragmatic advisory approach". In addition, several clients emphasise their satisfaction even after many years of working with the lawyers.
Employment Law: Recommended (1 star rating); "The employment practice is broadly positioned in line with the needs of its predominantly medium-sized clientele"; "In addition, GvW clients benefit from the well-established cross-practice cooperation, which is characteristic of the firm as a whole. This is all the more important as, for example, in connection with new forms of work, there are often links to IT or data protection"; "The Frankfurt team has traditionally had a strong foothold in the banking sector and has been able to win over a number of new international financial institutions"; "Comprehensive employment law work, including restructuring and collective bargaining law"; "Specialisation in data protection"; "The practice is also committed to the topic of legal tech and has recently developed several applications for initial legal assessment"
Foreign Trade and Customs Law: Recommended (5 star rating); No. 1 in this field; "The practice, which has been positioned at the top of the market for years, is characterised by great competence in the entire breadth of foreign trade law"; "This recently convinced renowned clients once again, who chose the renowned practice in tenders for mandates"; "The team led by Hamburg partner Harings is known for quickly identifying new developments and implementing them in its advisory practice for its clients"; "Comprehensive export control and customs compliance advice, which GvW has significantly expanded in recent years"; "The steady expansion of the foreign trade practice is also reflected in staff development"; Listed in the Investment Control ranking; Strengths: Fully integrated practice advising on all areas of customs and foreign trade law
Construction- and Real Estate Law: Recommended (4 star rating) in construction law; Recommended (3 star rating) in project development & plant construction;1 star rating in real estate business law; Strengths: Close, cross-location cooperation between teams in real estate, construction and public law; "Active comprehensively in real estate and construction law"; "International business has picked up more strongly than in previous years"; "This is the result of strategic efforts in previous years to position itself more strongly in plant construction"; "The firm also regularly succeeds in deepening relationships with existing clients"; "In Düsseldorf, there is an increasingly clear focus on advising municipalities, which the team advises on various urban development projects"; "In the transaction business, GvW recently stood out due to its involvement in the change of operator of 13 IHG hotels"; "Distinct litigation practice"; "Great experience in the hotel sector"
State Aid Law: The practice advises on a wide range of state aid and subsidy law issues"; "The transport, airports, energy and urban development sectors increasingly play a role"; "Experience with research and development aid"; "Good practice in state aid law"
Energy Law: Recommended (1 star rating); "With the addition of Dr Maximilian Elspas, the development of an energy transaction practice has been given a boost"; "The energy law practice of the medium-sized firm has taken a big step forward in terms of team strength and degree of specialisation"; "With the addition of a team from Beiten Burkhardt, the unit has significantly expanded its expertise in grid regulation"; "The 7 new additions bring further expertise in offshore grid connections and in energy trading. The practice's small team focused on future issues in the energy sector, particularly in connection with digitalisation and energy sales"; "The practice is also known for its successful interface with environmental and planning law, for which Dr Wienhues has so far stood out"
Corporate Law: Recommended (2 star rating); Strengths: Advice to SMEs with an international focus; "The practice is characterised by the numerous, long-established contacts of the corporate partners"; "A large number of internationally active SMEs have relied on GvW for many years"; "The focus is on the food, technology and real estate sectors"; "A lot of ongoing advice, including general meetings and corporate disputes; Increasingly busy VC practice; Close links with tax practice"
Insolvency law and restructuring/reorganization: Recommended (1 star rating); "Diverse positioning of the practice"; "Cooperation between the insolvency lawyers and the GvW lawyers, who specialise in the hotel industry, brought in several large and international mandates"; "The Munich GvW team also remains in great demand for liability and avoidance proceedings on the D&O side or for defendant managers. The fact that no assembly line work is done here, despite the large number of cases, is evident from several litigation successes, e.g. in the Solarworld aftermath, and is praised by competitors"
Information technology: Contracts and processes: Recommended (3-star rating); "The IT practice is resolutely developing into an address for extensive IT projects"; "To this end, it brings many years of experience in classic IT contract and licensing law and is now visibly combining this with the relevant interfaces, in particular with data protection law"; "In particular, GvW has made a name for itself in the market. GvW brought on board von Walter, a recognised data protection lawyer, in the summer of 2021 - a driving force that can give the practice a significant boost"; "Coupled with further additions at the interface with IP and, above all, the already good connection to the advisors in public law, this holds a lot of potential for future advice"; "The interface with public law is a core competence"; "Focal points: Mainly system implementations, software licensing and development agreements; also data protection; public sector IT procurement, outsourcing; clients on both the provider and user side"
Food Law: GvW is recommended by only a few law firms; "The team, which is based in Hamburg, defines itself as industry advisors and thus, in addition to classic food law expertise, also has many years of experience with the operational issues of the industry"; "Always in demand for questions of (international) distribution - including animal transport -, press law and disputes"; "The work is complemented by IP law expertise in Frankfurt"
M&A: Recommended (3-star rating); "The M&A practice focuses on advising on small and medium-sized deals"; "The basis is formed by the long-established connections to medium-sized companies, investment companies and family offices"; "Traditionally, a number of lawyers have a lot of experience with cross-border transactions; Rajani and Hiort, for example, have recently developed an increasing market presence in this field"; "The Frankfurt venture capital practice was also busy due to market conditions"; "The aviation practice has succeeded in building up a sector specialisation"; Strengths: Medium-sized transactions, often with an international element; Own office in Shanghai; Focus: Small- and mid-cap M&A for medium-sized clients with a large cross-border share; Strong China practice; Also joint ventures (corporate); Close integration with tax practice
Press and Statements Law: Recommended (1 star rating); "Traditionally focused on providing advice to those affected"; "Particularly appreciated by companies from agriculture and the food industry for their in-depth know-how about this sector"; "Experience with the industries affected by investigative journalism"; "Companies from the health industry also repeatedly request copyright know-how. Thus, the work at the interface between press and (software) copyright continues to develop successfully"
Tax Law: (from JUVE Handbook Tax): JUVE equally praises the "dynamism" in the firm's tax team. The team around the "often recommended" Dr. Frank Tschesche repeatedly appears in the best lists in the areas of corporate tax and transaction tax. Clients request the transaction practice independently of the firm and particularly appreciate the "well-rehearsed cross-practice cooperation" with other areas in the firm.
Telecommunications: Recommended (2-star rating); "Well-positioned telecoms practice"; "With Nacimiento's distinctive reputation, the practice is firmly established in the market"; "Comprehensive advice on the transition to the new telecoms law has recently characterised the work"; "Particularly active on the side of car manufacturers and much experience with connected car issues"; Focus: TC regulation, frequencies, TC monitoring. Also telecommunications-related services, especially M2M communication; experience with public authorities
Environmental and Planning Law: Recommended (3-star rating); "The firm is regularly involved in large-volume infrastructure projects for road, air, rail and increasingly also power lines in environmental and planning law"; "Increasingly, clients from the energy sector are also relying on Einheit"; "Advice on construction projects continues to take up a lot of space. Here, Dr. Wienhues is particularly visible in cooperation with a lawyer specialising in public construction law"; "The unit is consistently deepening its focus"
Public Procurement Law: Recommended (3-star rating); "The public procurement team is known in the market for its many years of intensive experience in IT awards"; "The public sector is therefore regularly called in for these, but also for construction awards"; "Strong interface staffing in the practice"; "In addition, GvW scores with a good reputation in the hospital sector, which is once again underlined by the winning of 2 new university hospitals"; Strengths: Good cooperation between practice groups
Transport Sector: Recommended (2-star rating); "The practice's market-renowned expertise in advising on infrastructure projects in the transport sector under construction and planning law was recently prominently underlined by the successful defence of the Fehmarnbelt plan approval decision before the BVerwG"; "Great interdisciplinary expertise" praised by clients; "Knowledge of the public sector and its organisational needs means that the firm regularly handles infrastructure projects in other areas as well"; "The firm's expertise in aviation has been proven for several years. GvW competes with market leaders in airport planning law"
Distribution Systems Law: Recommended (2-star rating); "The practice provides comprehensive advice on all issues of distribution law, but traditionally focuses on commercial agency and authorised dealer law as well as insurance distribution"; "Deep litigation know-how in commercial agency law"; "In cross-border disputes, the firm is increasingly acting in international arbitration proceedings"; "GvW is positioning itself in logistics issues - a field of advice that is growing in importance"; "Focus: Commercial agency, authorised dealer and insurance distribution law as well as direct sales, international arbitration"
Recommendations: Employment, international trade, state aid, construction, data protection, trade, distribution and logistics, real estate, information technology, consumer goods and food law, restructuring, telecoms, planning and environment, public procurement and insurance.
Employment: “Extremely strong service focus. Quick responses. Reliability to the highest standards. Seasoned expertise”; “Very good support in employment, restructuring and commercial law”
Foreign Trade: “Graf von Westphalen has a highly specialised international trade team with thoroughgoing experience in various segments of this legal field. The particular focus of activity is on establishing and implementing international trade compliance programmes as well as on export control and sanctions law. Moreover, the team have expertise in customs and excise law as well as in the field of anti-dumping duties”; “Fantastic team of export control specialists for all issues relating to this specialist field”
State Aid: “The firm has a highly qualified team of specialists for all questions in the area of state aid, antitrust and public law. The advice provided is team-focused and characterised by excellent internal coordination, making for a customer-oriented and straightforward approach. Advice and representation in litigation reveals the team’s high level of expertise”
Construction: “Graf von Westphalen acts in particular in the area of private construction law on a broad array of issues, as reflected in numerous matters relating to ongoing advice on construction issues, claims management as well as construction litigation by holders of real estate portfolios, institutional construction project developers, construction and engineering companies as well as public and other contracting entities”
Data Protection: “Its IT and data protection practice is a driving force for the whole firm”; “Expertise, reliability and speed. For more complex problems, several experts work together as a team. That delivers practical results at reasonable costs”; “The practice deserves praise particularly for striking the right balance between legal expertise and business acumen. Digital is writ huge. The work is always characterised by sound industry knowledge (from the perspective of the clients and contractors alike), which brings tremendous benefits. The firm’s contact persons are at all times extremely competent and responsive. The team have a sufficient degree of vertical structuring (from equity partners to associates) and accordingly makes selective and – also from a client perspective – efficient use of resources”; “Very successful work as data protection officers”
Commercial and Distribution: “A major focus of the advisory at Graf von Westphalen is on both commercial agency law and commercial law disputes”; “Strengths in insurance distribution as well as in the area of telecoms distribution”; “Niche expertise in motor home and caravan industry”; “Sound knowledge in the field of hotel operator contracts”
Real Estate: “The response times and quality of the drafts, recommendations on considerations of strategic tactics as well as cooperation with other law firms retained by us is excellent”; “Our company has been convinced by the hands-on mentality, subject and industry knowledge as well as the cooperation across practice groups at GvW internally, but particularly also by the firm’s excellent expertise”; “Long-standing, highly competent and trust-based cooperation relationship”
IT: “The IT and data protection practice is a driving force for the entire firm”; “Thanks to a combined advisory approach covering public procurement, IP, media, telecoms and data protection, Graf von Westphalen also succeeds in acquiring significant matters in the IT field”
Law on Food and Animal Feed: “Loyal client base made up of long-standing ongoing clients, including manufacturers, commercial companies and associations, in food and feed law as well as in the retail segment”; “Profound litigation experience before administrative courts”
Restructuring: “The firm’s main focus and particular strength is in the area of insolvency litigation, i.e. all insolvency-related disputes with a crisis dimension, both in court and out of court. This particularly includes questions of D&O and manager liability, representation of insolvency administrators and voidance opponents in the area of insolvency voidance, insolvency administrator liability, liability of crisis advisors as well as disputes over creditors’ rights under German insolvency law, banking and collateral law disputes or arbitration disputes”
Telecommunications: “Good interaction amongst the partners from various practice groups of Graf von Westphalen”; “Good and profound industry knowledge. Legal advice provided always takes account of market trend. Good contacts with supervisory authorities and in-depth knowledge of public decision practice”
Environment and Planning: “Sound expertise in plan approval and environmental law incl. commercial issues (existential threats from infrastructure projects). Very proactive and independent approach towards getting to the heart of the matter. Seasoned knowledge, therefore very targeted advice. The plan approval team of GvW at all times create a pleasant and goal-oriented meeting atmosphere. High work output and easy to reach, even at unusual times. Very adaptable to workload/special issues thanks to firm’s size”; “Good communication within the team”
Public Procurement: “The public procurement practice is well-known not only for assisting in infrastructure projects but especially for the advice relating to the healthcare sector. Here the practice assists medical devices manufacturers, institutes of the Federal Ministry of Health, and increasingly university hospitals. The strengths of the practice also include advising contracting entities in award procedures for IT projects and IT companies in their bids for public contracts. The team stands out both for cooperating across locations and legal fields and for the specialised expertise of its three partners”; “Team is closely knit and well informed”
Insurance/dispute resolution: “Successful development of D&O practice”; “Very impressive particularly in D&O matters with an insolvency and restructuring dimension”
GvW received 104 recommendations in 30 practice areas in Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers 2022
FOCUS recommends us as a top commercial law firm this year again. Our lawyers are particularly frequently recommended in the areas of labour law, construction law, corporate law, trade, mergers & acquisitions and environmental law.
Recommendations/Strengths: Labour law, foreign trade, construction law, state aid law, compliance, energy law, corporate law, real estate law, information technology, insolvency and restructuring, food law, M&A, press and statements law, projects/plant construction, tax, telecommunications law, environmental and planning law, public procurement law, transport sector, distribution.
Firm: Top 50 law firm; "The strongly integrated, cross-location cooperation of the individual teams and offices is its trademark today. The firm has consistently worked on this in recent years"; "Time and again, management has strategically closed gaps in advice and consistently focused development on cross-location and cross-practice cooperation. This is having an effect and has given the business a new look"; "The past few months have shown the potential that GvW can leverage with its existing team"; "GvW knows how to quickly convince clients of the value of other practice groups"; "Lucky hand with lateral hires"; "International references are becoming more and more natural for GvW; strong foothold in clients with a connection to China"; "Head start in work organisation, internal digitalisation and HR management".
Employment Law: "The signs in the employment practice of this broadly positioned firm are clearly pointing to growth"; "Comprehensive employment law work, including restructuring and collective bargaining law"; "In Frankfurt, much experience in advising banks"; specialisation in data protection and company pension plans
Foreign trade and customs: Recommended as no. 1 in this area (5 star rating); "With its great expertise in all matters of foreign trade law, the firm's lighthouse practice has been one of the most renowned on the market for years"; "International groups and German SMEs alike rely on the team"; "Broad positioning enables the practice to react quickly to new types of issues"; "Clients trust the team, especially in unusual matters, which skilfully counters the increasing complexity with close networking with other practice groups"; "Recommended firm for compliance investigations in the area of foreign trade, export control and customs".
Construction Law: 4-star rating in construction law; "Traditionally strong in private construction law, where the firm has been one of the established units with a remarkably stable client base for years"; "Strengths: Close, cross-location cooperation between the teams in real estate, construction and public law"; "Positioned itself more clearly in plant construction and thus advises more strongly in an international context"; "Distinct litigation practice".
State Aid Law: 3-star rating
China Desk: "Strong foothold in China-related mandates"; "Much experience with China"; "Strong China desk"
Energy: "In the energy sector, the practice combines GvW's classic core competences in distribution, IT and data protection law to provide its clients with comprehensive advice"; "Focus: Contract and corporate law advice in the area of electricity trading and digitalisation as well as electricity grids, reactor decommissioning and renewable energy projects."
Corporate Law: "The core of the firm's corporate law work is the wide-ranging regular advice to medium-sized companies and entrepreneurs"; "In addition to restructuring and board disputes, more frequently in demand for corporate succession"; "Much experience from insolvency contexts"; "Much ongoing advice"; "Increasingly shareholder and board disputes"; "High proportion of international business"
Real Estate Law: "Lighthouse practice in real estate law"; "Considerable experience in the hotel sector"; "Strengths: Close, cross-location cooperation between the teams in real estate, construction and public law"; "As a result, GvW repeatedly succeeds in remaining in the project development business beyond the purchase of a property and advising on further development"; "Thanks to the credible linking of the individual areas of advice, the firm has recently also managed to make it onto the list of advisors of several well-known clients".
Insolvency and Restructuring: "Recognised restructuring practice"; "The practice is known for insolvency-related litigation. Here it is active in major litigation"; "Insolvency law specialisation in defence of liability and rescission claims".
Information Technology: "IT and data protection also act as motors for other specialist areas"; "The IT practice advises users and providers and is increasingly developing into an all-round advisor"; "This can be seen in the increasing number of clients for whom it acts as an outsourced legal department".
Food: GvW recommended as one of only 19 firms in total; "Many years of experience"; "Team succeeds in integrating food law advice in a narrower sense into one practice".
M&A: "Mid-cap practice with stable deal flow"; "Established connections to medium-sized companies, investment companies and family offices": "Numerous transactions with a foreign connection"; "Focus: small and mid-cap M&A for medium-sized clients with a large cross-border share"; "Strong China practice"; "M&A team broadened and rejuvenated by regular partner appointments"; "Some lateral hires in recent years have proven to be a "lucky find"".
Press and statements law: "Focus as affected party advisor: companies from the agricultural and food sector"; "Copyright law expertise"; "Know-how in press and statements law".
Project development: 3-star rating; "Strengths: Close, cross-location cooperation between the teams in real estate, construction and public law"; "The firm advises on all aspects of real estate"; "This approach is particularly effective in project developments in which real estate and public lawyers work closely together".
Tax law: GvW is listed in the best list in the areas of group tax and transaction tax; "A recognised address"; the practice "repeatedly manages to land original tax law mandates"; "Increasingly strong" in the areas of tax compliance and tax litigation, it continues; "Firmly in the saddle with German companies and PE companies"; "Increasingly international clients"; in real estate transactions "Increased clout with both real estate companies and investment companies".
Telecommunications: "Recognised specialist Nacimiento"; "Assists well-known clients from the sector"; "Further established in the field of telecommunications monitoring"
Environment and Planning: "Stands for advice on extensive infrastructure projects in the fields of road, air and rail"; "Strengths: Close, cross-location cooperation between the teams in real estate, construction and public law".
Public Procurement Law: "The public procurement team plays an attacking role in the market and recently prevailed against competitors in pitches, e.g. for large-volume model projects at the state level"; " Great experience in IT projects for clients in the digitalisation wave"; "In the Corona crisis, the firm actively assisted its clients in the hospital sector in various mandates"; "With its team size and broad client base, the firm has an ideal starting position in recent years"
Transport Sector: "GvW regularly scores points in the transport sector with its market-renowned expertise in advising on infrastructure projects in terms of construction and planning law"; "GvW competes with market leaders in this segment"; "The firm succeeds in further expanding its advice to airports throughout Germany"; "The firm succeeds in promoting internal networking, for example with state aid lawyers"; "Experience, for example, in drafting PPP contracts and in toll projects".
Distribution Law: "Advises primarily on commercial agency and authorised dealer law as well as on setting up distribution systems"; "Focus on advice and representation in distribution law disputes, for example on compensation claims or commission claims"; "In cross-border disputes, the firm is increasingly acting in international arbitration proceedings"; "Team around the renowned Hamburg partner Emde has made a name for itself advising insurance companies".
JUVE appreciates broad tax law expertise at GvW Graf von Westphalen.
From anti-dumping to customs law: JUVE-Verlag ranks GvW Graf von Westphalen among the market-leading law firms in its Handbook for Tax Law 2020. The law firm receives exclusively positive evaluations for a whole range of tax topics such as customs and turnover tax, export control and sanctions, group and transaction taxes as well as tax litigation and tax compliance.
Recommendations: Foreign trade law, state aid and subsidy law, construction law, data protection, commercial law, distribution law, real estate law, information technology, tax law, telecommunications, environmental and planning law, public procurement law and insurance law.
Foreign Trade Law: GvW is recommended as a top-tier law firm; "The focus of the foreign trade practice is on export control and advice on sanctions law issues in addition to traditional customs and excise law"; "The 'responsive' team headed by Lothar Harings also provides comprehensive advice on the interface with US sanctions law"; "GvW understands how to limit communication to the essentials without overloading the expertise with too many details"; "The firm has very sound knowledge of German and European foreign trade law"; "GvW is perfect in the legal handling of cases in foreign trade law, but is also equally excellent in dealing with facts with a complex technical"
State Aid and Subsidies: "Very rapid merging of specific tasks with the rather confusing and interpretation-needy European state aid law; good derivations and actionable solutions and results"; "GvW offers comprehensive competence in various legal areas and understands how to combine this into a powerful team with which the client's concerns are represented in the best possible way. It is important to emphasize that the firm takes the technical and professional aspects into account in the best possible way, regardless of all legal considerations"
Construction Law: "The team is exceptionally well coordinated and can satisfy the client's needs at all times"; "Active on the client and contractor side in major construction projects as well as in smaller issues"; "Active in arbitration proceedings"
Data Protection: "The SME-oriented data protection team is 'pragmatic and extremely competent' and 'combines legal know-how with economic thinking'; "It increasingly acts as an external data protection officer"; "Wide-ranging knowledge, diverse approaches, good communication and the ability to process even complex issues in such a way that solutions can be found"; "The successful and trusting cooperation with this law firm is characterized in particular by competence, speed and reliability"
Commercial Law and Law on Distribution Systems: "Well-rehearsed team"; "Versatile range of advisory services"; "Insurance distribution law advice as a figurehead"; "Appears regularly in international arbitration proceedings"
Real Estate Law: "The team is also distinguished in particular by the following skills: good accessibility, high competence, excellent coordination, goal-oriented work, effective and efficient. I am always delighted with the negotiating power. It is good to have this law firm on your side. The knowledge of the specifics of institutional market participants in particular and the complex environment is enormous"
IT: "Great professional expertise mixed with a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach and excellent communication - even in a US environment"
Tax Law: "Focuses on tax structuring issues and the tax law support of national and cross-border M&A and real estate transactions. In addition, we support corporate clients during tax audits and represent them in tax litigation proceedings"
Telecommunications: "Very in-depth knowledge of telecommunications law"; "Forward-looking advice, very helpful"
Public Procurement: "Excellent in IT procurements"; "Flexibility and speed in handling enquiries; Procurement procedures handled quickly and without review procedures; good ideas and proposals; explain well and take all parties involved with them well"; "Procurement law practice has particular strengths in the areas of health and IT in addition to advice in the infrastructure sector"; "The team is mostly mandated by the public sector in procurement procedures and review procedures"
Insurance: Over the past few years, he has built up a consulting offering in the insurance industry. As a complement to its traditional strength in insurance distribution law, the team led by Raimond Emde and Wolfram Desch is increasingly involved in the areas of D&O, insolvency liability and insurance dispute resolution. Johan van der Veer advises in particular medium-sized companies on the settlement of major claims"
Recommendations/strengths: employment law, foreign trade, construction law, state aid, compliance, energy industry, corporate law, real estate, information technology, law governing food, M&A, the law governing the press and free speech, projects/planned construction, taxes, telecommunications, environment and planning, public contracting, transport sector
Law firm: top 50 law firm; "correct choice of strategy and focus"; "GvW gets it going: transactions or projects in which multiple offices and specialized teams work together is normal daily practice"; "The GvW management has implemented the development of sector groups much more intensely than in the case of some other law firms"; "GvW does not lag behind any of the large law firms with regard to networking"; "The past has repeatedly shown that GvW is able to achieve a high level of quality and work in new practice areas by using external reinforcement"; "Integration is more than just an empty phrase in a law firm such as GvW which places great value on working together and does not place importance on individualists. That is the standard for everything"; "GvW also takes a strategic approach to developing new talent; a broad training and career development program for associates for a mid-size firm"
Employment Law: "There is increasingly more success in working in matters which involve several practice groups"; "Comprehensively active in employment law, including restructurings and collective bargaining"; "Great experience in advising banks in Frankfurt"
Foreign trade and customs: The "leading" law firm in foreign trade law; GvW is the unchallenged number 1 in the rankings; "The firm has been at the top of the market for many years"; "Strengths: fully integrated practice which advises in all areas of customs and foreign trade law"; "The law firm is more convincing than any others with its broad range of topics and a large number of qualitative, high-end mandates"; Competitors praise the team led by Harings for its "extremely deep knowledge in the field" and the "great practical experience"; "In addition to its traditionally strong client base in German mid-size industry, the practice has succeeded increasingly for some years in also convincing international corporate groups about the firm's capacity"; "GvW is just as strong as the large firms with regard to networking"; "Other law firms without foreign trade know-how are increasingly retaining GvW in cross-border transactions with regard to issues of investment control"; Additional recommendation in the special category for compliance
Construction Law: 4 star grade in construction law; "Highlight practice group" construction law; "Traditionally strong in construction law"; "Strengths: close cooperation of the teams from the different offices in real estate, construction and public law"; "Comprehensive approach to providing advice"; "Thanks to the strong link among the individual practice areas, the law firm also recently was placed on the advisors lists of several well-known clients"
State Aid: "Especially well-established in the field of state aid for research and development" and here "often active for research institutions and governmental agencies"; "Good networking in the Hamburg Market"; "Increasingly active in the airport sector" and "increased presence in the southern German region"
China Desk: "Established China practice"; The advice with regard to China is especially well established"; "Strong China desk"; Strengths: Own office in Shanghai"
Energy: "Innovative approach in the energy sector"; "Supports clients in introducing new digital products into the energy market"; "Also provides advice on classic regulatory and energy contracting matters"; "The clients regularly retain GvW also for solar and windfarm projects"
Corporate Law: "Well established for regularly advising mid-size companies and entrepreneurs; emphasis placed on advising the larger, internationally active mid-size companies"; "A great deal of ongoing advice"; "Repeatedly advises in restructurings"; "Increasing activity in disputes among shareholders and with corporate bodies"; "Excellent international capacity", "high portion of international business"; "Active venture capital practice"
Real Estate: "Real estate law is a top practice area"; "Considerable experience in the hotel sector"; "Strengths: close cooperation of the teams in different offices in real estate, construction and public law"; "GvW is accordingly repeatedly successful in the development project field, also in remaining involved beyond the purchase of a property and in the further development of the business"; "Thanks to the strong link among the individual practice areas, the law firm also recently was placed on the advisors lists of several well-known clients"
Insolvency and Restructuring: "Recognized restructuring practice"; "Experience in challenging preferential treatment and liability of directors and officers has provided GvW a client base with some well-known clients in the insurance industry"; "Specialization under insolvency law in defending against claims based on liability and setting aside transactions"
Information Technology: "IT and data protection are also motors for other practice areas"; "The IT practice group has increasingly had success in placing its many years of experience on the user as well as the supplier side in cross-border mandates"; "Contributes its comprehensive knowledge about structuring IT contracts also in new business models"
Food: GvW is recommended as one of a total of just 18 law firms; "Industry advisor with a broad approach to providing advice"; "Competency in IP law"; "Very involved in the animal feed sector"
M&A: "Firm position in the market"; "Well-developed roots in mid-size companies"; "Experience in cross-border matters"; "Strong China practice"; "Strengths: mid-size transactions, often with international aspects"; "Small and mid-cap M&A for mid-sized clients with a large portion of cross-border matters"; "M&A increasingly involving private equity"; "Active venture capital practice"
Law governing the press and free speech: "Focus on advising affected parties: Companies in the agricultural and food industries"; "Many industry associations have relied in part for many years on the experience of GvW"; "The practice group is frequently retained also by political agencies"
Telecommunications: "The law firm has developed in the field of telecommunications law the advice on networking products"; "The law firm combines new telecommunications knowledge with the good IT practice group"
Environment and Planning: "Law firm with a long tradition and strong partners in public law"; "National perception has been noticeably increased"; "Great experience in advising in the field of planning law for infrastructure projects"; "Strengths: Infrastructure projects, above all in road construction and the airport sector"; "The field of planning law repeatedly shows how well the public law lawyers work together with the law firm's own construction and real estate lawyers"; "GvW has continuously developed its client base for many years and advises its clients in the case of urban development projects of all sizes"
Public Procurement Law: "Great experience in IT and the healthcare sector, also real estate and construction law, infrastructure"; "Strengths: Good cooperation between the practice groups"; "Especially known in the market for its many years of intense experience in IT public contracting"; "The reputation of the practice group is also apparent from the fact that increasingly clients in the client base who came to GvW for public contracting for IT projects now mandate the law firm also on an ongoing basis in other tenders"; "A large team compared to the market"
Transport Sector: "Known in the transport sector for advising on construction and planning law for infrastructure projects such as roads, railways and airports"; "Strengths: Infrastructure projects, above all in road construction and the airport sector"; "Large experience with toll and tunnel projects and financing such projects (incl. state aid law")
Distribution Law: "The distribution practice group is characterized by litigation"; "Continuously developed involvement in international arbitration proceedings"; "Expansion of cross-border work"
Recommendations/strengths: employment law, foreign trade, construction law, state aid, compliance, the energy industry, corporate law, real estate, information technology, food law, M&A, the law governing the press and free speech, projects/plant construction, environmental and planning law, public contracting, the traffic sector
Law firm: top 50 firm: "culture in the firm characterized by cooperation among practice areas and offices"; "The level of cooperation throughout the firm is no longer just theory at GvW Graf von Westphalen – contrary to many similar firms – and instead is lived every day"; "The well thought out growth in personnel and the push for cooperation has helped GvW get further recognition in the market"; "The well thought out growth in personnel and the push for cooperation has helped GvW get further recognition in the market "; GvW has demonstrated that it is "addressing the future topic of digitalization";
How well GvW understands finding its lateral hires on the basis of their professional qualifications has already been proven repeatedly in the past"; "clear lines in management"
Employment Law: "The practice group has harvested the fruits of its restructuring last year: GvW has that on the right horse with special teams for the trend topics of data protection as well as bAV"
Foreign Trade and Customs: The "leading" law firm in foreign trade; GvW is the unchallenged number 1 in the ranking "lighthouse practice group" foreign trade law; "strengths: fully integrated practice with an emphasis on all areas of customs and foreign trade law"; "more strongly than its competitors, the law firm succeeds in covering the entire range of foreign trade law"; competitors praised GvW as the "go-to law firm for foreign trade law" where "clients are in good hands"; "clients regularly rely on the know-how in the team for special issues"; the practice group regularly provides comprehensive advice on foreign trade compliance, whereby its close linkage to other practice groups is a benefit"; recommended as the only GvW practice group under the general heading of compliance (foreign trade, export control, customs compliance); "the team increases to gain visibility in well-known international corporate groups"; "competitors involve the foreign trade experts at GvW in cross-border transactions for foreign trade due diligence as well as for special questions"
Construction Law: 4 star valuation in construction law "lighthouse practice group" construction law; "traditionally strong in construction law"; "strengths: close cooperation among the teams from various offices in real estate, construction law and public law"; "the law firm is predestined for covering the demand in the market for development projects as a result of the close linkage between real estate law, construction law and public law"
State Aid: "The fact that GvW has worked in recent years intensively on internally networking the practice groups is paying off in the growing importance of matters involving state aid"; "intensive advice about state aid for research and development"; "dynamic development in advising on infrastructure projects"; "strengths: infrastructure topics"
China Desk: "Convincing team in the Germany-China business"; "traditionally strong in the Germany-China business in which the own office in Shanghai also plays a major role"; "very successful China practice"; "the Germany-China business is already established and recognized in the market, and GvW has again proven its competence in several transactions"
Energy: "Focus of advice on contract law"; "deep knowledge about infrastructure projects"; "GvW is especially strong in the interface to energy law in the area of digitalization"; "the energy practice group increasingly expands beyond its niche"
Corporate Law: "Restructurings, business succession and increasingly disputes under corporate law are at the center of the activities"; "a high degree of ongoing advice"; large amount of international business"; "GvW has recently also expanded the advice for members of corporate boards"; "increase in questions involving the law governing foundations, which also involves lawyers in the field of public law"; "the law firm can provide its core clients one-stop shopping"
Real Estate: "The practice group regularly acquires new clients in real estate law in which the firm provides advice in transactions and landlord-tenant law. The firm is also expanding its assets competence"; "competence in the hotel sector"; "strong in real estate transactions"; "strengths: close cooperation among the teams from different offices in real estate, construction and public law"; "the law firm is predestined for covering the demand in the market for development projects as a result of the close linkage between real estate law, construction law and public law"
Insolvency and restructuring: "Well placed in the material involving liability and setting aside transactions"; "numerous well-known managing directors, also founders of insolvent companies rely on the competent defense by GvW when millions are involved"
Information Technology: "Many governmental agencies as clients"; "extended workbench for a number of in-house departments"; "GvW demonstrates that it is working on the future topic of digitalization"; "GvW is especially strong in the area of digitalization at the interface to energy law"; "large experience in IT public contracting"
Food: "Advice in the industry with corresponding, broad coverage"; "competence in IT law"
M&A: "Strengths: mid-size transactions often with an international connection. Own office in Shanghai"; "M&A practice of the mid-size firm is continuing its successful development from the previous years which is especially directed towards increasing internationalization of the practice"; "the Germany-China business, in which GvW has again shown its competence in several transactions, is already established and recognized in the market"; "the activity of the practice is growing in the relationship between Germany and Great Britain"
The press and free speech: "Intimate knowledge of the industry"; "experience with investigative reporting"
Development projects and construction of plants: "Intimate knowledge of the industry"; "high number of mandates in this field"; "many acquisitions involving plant construction"
Environmental and Planning Law: "Strengths: infrastructure projects, above all in road construction"; "the law firm continues to expand its advice in the area of large infrastructure projects for roads and aviation"; "especially a dynamic development most recently in advice in the aviation sector"; "issues involving planning law in the course of urban development projects provides a continuous volume for basic services"; "close connection to the own real estate and construction law attorneys in the firm"; "good contact to various public agencies"
Public Procurement Law: "Great experience in the areas of IT and healthcare"; "the public contracting practice has a high level of experience in IT public contracting"; "several university clinics rely on GvW"; "strengths: good cooperation between the practice groups"; "GvW demonstrates excellent work for the client with the approach of increasing internal cooperation among the legal disciplines"
Traffic Sector: "The law firm focuses in the traffic sector primarily on advice on construction and planning law for infrastructure projects"; "strengths: infrastructure projects, above all in road construction"; "the law firm continues to expand its advice in the case of large infrastructure projects in the areas of roads and aviation"; "the advice in the aviation sector has recently had a particularly dynamic development"; "good contact to various public agencies"
Distribution Law: "The Hamburg team is especially visible"; "comprehensive advice especially on commercial agents, distributors and insurance distribution law"; "has advised well-known insurance companies for many years. The know-how is also regularly of use in the law firm's M&A deals"; "numerous companies in the caravan industry rely on the team"; "increase in companies from foreign countries"; "increasingly active in international arbitration"
The only law firm with a 5-star valuation in the area of customs and excise taxes; "No other entity enjoys such a high reputation"; recommendations also for the areas of corporate taxes and transaction taxes.
Foreign Trade Law: GvW is recommended as a top tier firm
State Aid and Subsidies: "Advises both agencies that grant state aid as well as recipients of state aid in legal aspects of state aid is especially active in related litigation"; "Active in the areas of research, real estate, infrastructure and increasingly also in the aviation sector"
Construction Law: "The emphasis on advice during the course of projects and representation of clients in disputed matters"; "Special expertise at the interface with public contracting law"
Data Protection: "Considered by clients to be an "ideal firm for mid-size industry"; "Very good knowledge about data protection topics"; "Very competent team"; "Excellent understanding of economic situations"; "The practice regularly acts as the external data protection officer and provides advice on data protection at the interface with IT security, compliance and classic IT law"
Commercial Law and Law on Distribution Systems: "Well developed team"; "Broad range of advice"; "Well known for advice on insurance distribution law"; "Regularly mandated by well-known insurance companies in disputes"
Real Estate Law: "Excellent and very well informed real estate law practice"; "Increasingly represents family offices and individual investors in transactions and development projects"; "A special strength lies in the area of asset class hotels and leisure"
IT: "The competence and understanding of the own practice raises the firm above others"; "Very good knowledge about the IT industry"; "Covers a broad range of topics: from IT to AI and the field of digitalization"; "Increasing active in providing advice in the public law sector"
Tax Law: "In addition to advice on inheritance tax, the main areas lie above all in the reorganization of parts of businesses, external tax audits and providing tax advice in M&A deals"
Environmental Law and Planning: "The environmental law and planning practice at GvW has an emphasis on infrastructure proceedings and advises especially on issues involving Autobahns and airports. The expertise of the team in environmental law includes, among other areas, protection of species, protection of nature and water management law"
Public contracting: The health-care and IT fields are at the center of public contracting law at GvW; "Comprehensive advice on public contracting procedures and subsequent examination procedures"
The only law firm with a 5-star valuation in the area of customs and excise taxes; "The practice is the non-plus-ultra in advice on customs and excise taxes"; "No other law firm provides such comprehensive advice and is frequently represented before German and international courts in proceedings, also for clarifying fundamental questions"; recommendations also for the areas of corporate taxes and transaction taxes.
Best Lawyers 2018 recommends GvW lawyers from the fields of employment law, foreign trade law, construction law, corporate law, intellectual property law, real estate law, IT law, M&A, media and copyright law, public business law and public private partnership.
GvW Graf von Westphalen is the best employer for trainees in the category of medium-sized law firms. This is the result of a survey among trainees, graduates, students and employers, which the portal IURRATIO Jobs carried out for the first time this year.
Recommendations/strengths: employment law, foreign trade, state aide, banking, compliance, energy industry, corporate law, real estate law, insolvency and restructuring, IT including data protection, capital markets law, antitrust law, food law, M&A, law governing the press and free speech, private equity/venture capital, private construction law, development projects and plant construction, environment and planning, public contracting law, constitutional and administrative law, traffic systems, insurance law, distribution systems
Law firm: "GvW Graf von Westphalen has continuously implemented the cultural change in the last years." "The firm has had success with its clear strategy and lean cost structures and is considered by some very well-known clients to be an interesting alternative to large law firms." "The team oriented approach to providing advice which the management of Dr.°Robert Theissen and Christof Kleinmann has massively developed is now paying off. The practice groups work closely together today without the law firm having given up the strong degree of specialization within the team." "The referral business within the practice groups also leads to other practice areas again being able to further develop, in addition to the well-known practice areas of foreign trade, real estate and construction law."
Employment law: "Well-known" employment law practice. "The employment law practice has reached a size, in the meantime, which permits it to have a greater degree of specialization." The "focus" on data protection is "increasing".
Foreign trade and customs: The law firm "leads" in foreign trade law. GvW is the unchallenged number 1 in the ranking. It is the only law firm recommended under the general heading Compliance (foreign trade, export controls, customs compliance). "Well-known and highly specialized team". "Hardly any law firm succeeds so well in covering foreign trade law in the entire range of all areas and addressing new topics, such as e.g. digitalization in cross-border trade." "The firm succeeds in addressing current topics such as the easing of the Iran embargo and the growing need for compliance in customs law and providing clients comprehensive advice on these matters." "Increasing customs and export law compliance"; "Advises well-known clients on issues of customs law and consumption tax law just as is the case with export and investment controls, sanctions and free trade treaties." "Clients as well as competitors regularly express praise for the foreign trade lawyers."
China Practice: "Convincing team" in German-Chinese business; "well established" China Desk. "The transaction business is now much more strongly characterized by international mandates, above all as a result of the strong Shanghai office."
Energy: "Well-known" law firm; "specifically uses the existing competence from the industry expertise and IT and data protection law in the energy sector, as a result of which the firm was recently able to obtain various mandates concerning digitalization in the energy sector." "Advises clients on the development of new business models." "Increasing advice in energy and infrastructure projects."
Corporate law: "Recommended" law firm; "The corporate practice has succeeded in expanding its business internationally and moving to a higher level." "A lot of ongoing advice"; "increasing advice on disputes in corporate law"; "high portion of international business"; GvW occupies "an important niche which can only be serviced by a few competitors with its advice for state-owned companies."
Real estate law: "Well-known" law firm; "dynamic development"; "major practice area" for the law firm; "broad based advice: transactions, asset management and development projects play a major role." "Strengths": Real estate transactions; "Involved in numerous mandates which involve not just multiple offices, but also different practice areas." "Cooperates well with the public law practice." "Advice in a number of currently high-demand forward deals."
Infrastructure and the public sector: "Well respected" law firm in the traffic sector; "clear experience in public law and in public private partnership projects." "Especially gained recognition for the firm in infrastructure matters." "Increasing advice in energy and infrastructure projects." "The expert opinion for the Federal Traffic Ministry on reforming the federal contract administration was very well received." "Strengths": Infrastructure projects
Insolvency and restructuring: "Well-known" law firm; "Strong insolvency practice"; emphasis: litigation and out-of-court negotiation of claims involving the setting aside of transactions in the context of insolvency." "Cases having a total volume of many 100 million Euros show how much insolvency administrators as well as insurers and corporate groups have a demand for the expertise above all from the Munich office."
IT/data protection: "Well-respected" law firm. "It has grown with new, well-known clients." It has "made a name for itself in advising governmental agencies especially in IT public contract proceedings." "The team also acts digitalization of government administration." "Advice in the context of the European Data Protection Regulation has also grown for GvW." The law firm demonstrates its abilities for foreign clients.
Food: "Well-respected" practice; known for "intense activity for producers of grains, feed products and poultry." "In the capacities in advising the food industry in foreign trade law."
M&A, private equity/venture capital: "Recommended" practice. "The law firm is raising its business step-by-step to a higher level." "The transaction business is now much more strongly characterized by international mandates." "The law firm has been involved in a large number of small and mid-cap deals for its core client base, the higher level in German mid-size industry." "The basis of success is the intensified cooperation between practice groups and different offices throughout the entire law firm."
Law governing the press and free expression: "Well-respected practice"; advising on communications for companies in the crisis has given the law firm a continuous flow of business." "Well positioned on the side of the affected parties."
Private construction law: "Frequently recommended" law firm; "dynamic development"; "flagship practice area for the law firm." "Recognized construction law practice with a strong focus on advice in projects." "Comprehensive approach to advice, advice during projects both for contractors as well as customers. Developed litigation practice, especially for contractors. Also international projects." "Has advised the greatest number of its clients already for many years." "Well functioning cooperation with the public law and real estate practices." "Increasing advice for energy and infrastructure projects."
Environmental and planning law: "Recommended" practice; "maintains good contact with various public authorities." "Especially gained attention again in infrastructure matters." "Dynamic development"; "Cooperates well with the real estate practice." "Strengths": Infrastructure projects
Constitutional and administrative law: "Well-respected" practice; "well-developed experience in public law." "Regularly involved in matters of election law."
Public contracting law: "Recommended" law firm. "Succeeded several times against the competitors in competition for mandates from governmental agencies." "Closely coordinated advice in various practice areas." "Lean cost structure"; "The team at GvW is successful both compared to boutiques as well as large law firms." "Many years of experience in IT public contracting." "Firmly established in the healthcare industry."
Distribution law: "Well-known" law firm for distribution systems and franchising law. "Above all, well-known insurance companies as well as the trailer and recreation vehicle industry have relied on the know-how in the distribution law practice for many years." "Very solid knowledge". "Regularly active in international arbitration proceedings in cross-border mandates."
Foreign trade law: „A strength in the firm”, „regularly mandated on all issues involving customs and export law”
Construction law: „GvW focuses above all on advice during the course of projects and representing its clients in disputes"
Real estate law: „GvW emphasizes in its practice institutional clients, family offices and individual investors who are increasingly interested in development projects and the hotel industry, in addition to conventional purchasing and selling of real estate”
Information technology: „National and international companies as well as governmental agencies profit from GvW's good service level in both classic IT matters as well as advice on topics under Industry 4.0”
Tax law: „GvW's handling of matters involves close cooperation with the corporate law team which results especially in tax advice during transactions, including real estate transactions and the classic M&A business. The services in restructurings and follow-up matters complement the range of services”
Environmental and planning law: „GvW is considered to be excellent because professional, thorough and customized advice is a matter of course and the attorneys take time for the clients and also pay attention to the respective industry and the implications with regard to the public”
Public contracting law: „GvW has had particular success in the fields of healthcare and IT”, „many charitable organizations in the field of healthcare having a high level of importance have become new clients”
The international industry magazine The Lawyer has again nominated GvW Graf von Westphalen in the context of the “The Lawyer European Awards 2018“ as Law Firm of the Year/Germany more
GvW Graf von Westphalen has been nominated “Law Firm of the Year” by German legal journal JUVE and has also received a nomination in the category “Regulated Industries”. more
GvW is one of the law firms most frequently recommended by lawyers in corporate legal departments.
The attorneys in the firm are listed in the fields of employment law, pharmaceuticals law, foreign trade and export controls, data protection law, European and international law, corporate law, intellectual property rights, real estate and construction law, insolvency, IT law, antitrust law, M&A, public development law, public law, product liability, tax law, transport and logistics, environmental law as well as contract law.
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 law and Construction Law "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
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.
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
GvW is among the law firms which are most frequently recommended by in-house counsels. According to the current ranking kanzleimonitor.de 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.
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.
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.
GvW Graf von Westphalen is recommended by Chambers Europe 2016 for Commercial Contracts, Corporate / M&A mid-market and Projects: Construction
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
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) .
GvW Graf von Westphalen is "recommended by collegues and clients" for labour, corporate and commercial law
Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 2011 and 2012
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 Law and Construction Law “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 competence”
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”
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
GvW is among the law firms which are most frequently recommended by in-house counsels. According to the current ranking kanzleimonitor.de 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.
GvW Graf von Westphalen is "recommended by collegues and clients" for labour, corporate and commercial law
GvW & JuS win PMN Managemant Award, Category "HR Marketing" with "Probeexamen" GvW Press Release (german)
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 Law and Construction Law “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”
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
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.
GvW Graf von Westphalen is "recommended by collegues and clients" for Labour Law and Real Estate Law.
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”
Construction Law and Real Estate 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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