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Our advice in corporate law includes, inter alia, the formation of all common types of companies (GmbH, UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Aktiengesellschaft, OHG, GmbH und Co. KG, SE), the drafting of all formation documents (e.g. articles of association/articles of incorporation, bylaws, service agreement managing director/board of directors), acquisition/disposal of participations and companies (mergers&Acquisitions), assistance in shareholder changes, restructuring, conflict resolution (out of court and in court as well as in arbitration proceedings) in case of disputes of shareholders or managing directors and liquidation of companies.
Mergers & Acquisitions
We assist our clients in the context of national and international acquisitions and mergers. We offer legal and technical support in upstream due diligences, handling of the mostly virtual data rooms as well as negotiation and conclusion of all necessary contracts, such as letters of intent, non-disclosure agreements, purchase agreements, participation agreements. Together with tax advisors, auditors and foreign law firms from our network or the environment of our clients, we offer legal support
from the idea to the completion.
In commercial law, we advise companies in their day-to-day operations on all issues of legal relevance. It is not uncommon for us to assume the function of an external legal department and to be the direct contact for purchasing and sales. In doing so, we provide support in questions of contract drafting, in the examination, evaluation and avoidance of legal and commercial risks and, of course, also in the defense or enforcement of rights and claims. Through our international network, we are also able to provide targeted and comprehensive advice on cross-border issues.
In the field of distribution law, we advise companies on the establishment and optimization of distribution structures and provide support in the restructuring, expansion and new construction of distribution and sales channels, both offline and online (e-commerce).
In addition to the common distribution systems (commercial agents, franchises, licensees, specialized and authorized dealers, etc.), we focus in particular on distribution antitrust law and the restrictions there.
We advise companies and company management on corporate compliance with the aim of achieving and maintaining a corporate organization that meets the plethora of legal and other requirements. After a joint analysis of, for example, the areas of product liability, know-how/trade secrets, governance, contract management, antitrust law, corruption prevention, AGG regulations and data protection, we develop or optimize compliance structures, including whistleblower systems and whistleblowing. In addition, we act as external compliance contacts.
Company & asset succession
We offer contingency plans that can be implemented immediately, and we work with our clients to develop succession solutions and draw up wills, inheritance contracts, prenuptial agreements, gift contracts and partnership agreements, including the formation of family, pool or holding companies.
Industrial property protection
Real estate & commercial tenancy law
We advise our clients in all matters relating to real estate. In particular, we provide support in the construction, acquisition and sale of real estate, real estate management and real estate leasing.
Our range of consulting services is aimed at clients with large real estate portfolios as well as clients with individual properties.
Our activities in the field of real estate acquisition include assisting in contract negotiations, conducting due diligence and drafting contracts.
In the field of commercial tenancy law, we review and draft tailor-made commercial tenancy agreements, in particular taking into account increasingly far-reaching legal restrictions on form tenancy agreements, and provide support in contract negotiations, terminations or questions in the case of ongoing tenancy, such as maintenance, defect rights, operating cost accounting, structural measures or protection against competition.
Contracts are our trade. Our contract drafting (also international and multilingual) covers, among other things, contracts under company law, such as articles of association, rules of procedure for the board of directors/management, company contracts, investment contracts, investor contracts, purchase and assignment contracts for investments, framework contracts for purchasing and purchasing conditions (GTC), framework contracts for sales and sales conditions (GTC), contracts for the protection of confidential information and business secrets (non-disclosure agreements), commercial rental and lease contracts for premises, equipment, facilities and operations.
The promotion of start-ups is a matter of concern to us. Our legal advice includes, among other things, the initial consultation of those wishing to found a company, reviewing/consulting on business plans and pitches, founding all common types of companies (GmbH, UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Aktiengesellschaft, OHG, GmbH und Co. KG), investment contracts, investor contracts, consulting/designing/negotiating financing rounds and investor meetings, drafting all common operational contracts, selling investments and companies.
We cooperate with Heidelberg Startup Partners e.V.
. We also see ourselves as advisors, coaches and business partners.
Labor law 24/7
We advise and support your company in all labor law issues of day-to-day business, in challenging special questions and far beyond - from A as in employment contract to Z as in reference. Whether as an outsourced employment law department of your company, as an extended "workbench" of your HR department or as selective support for special employment law issues, processes or projects: With our team of experienced employment law specialists, we offer you customized advice and support tailored to the specific needs of your company.
Work 4.0, New Work and Mobile Work
Employment contract design
Works Council, Staff Council and Arbitration Board
Compliance, whistleblower protection
The topic of compliance has also become indispensable in the HR area. Be it regarding employee data protection, liability risks of managing directors, board members and supervisory or administrative board members, threatening loss of reputation in case of violations or the co-determination rights of the works council. By advising on the design, implementation and maintenance of compliance structures, we reduce liability risks for executives and companies. In doing so, we pay particular attention to current legal developments such as the separate legal protection of whistleblowers, which requires appropriate implementation in the company.
Deployment of external personnel
Executives and members of governing bodies
Trade secret protection
Termination procedures and separation management
We advise and assist our clients in all areas of termination law, both in and out of court. If a company is forced to part with employees, termination is not the first choice. If possible and economically feasible, we prefer to work with our clients to draft a quick and amicable termination agreement. Nevertheless, we know the tricks of the trade of termination law from years of legal practice and advise and assist personnel departments in the preparation and implementation of terminations for operational, behavioral and personal reasons.
M&A, business succession
In the context of national and international corporate acquisitions and successions, we take into account the relevant employment law provisions in close coordination with our corporate law department. We conduct the necessary labor law due diligence on both the seller's and the acquirer's side, analyze and evaluate personnel-related cost risks, conduct negotiations with employee representatives, and prepare the information letters and contractual documents required under Section 613a of the German Civil Code (BGB).
Public employers & privatization
Downsizing & Restructuring
Restructuring is often associated with staff reductions and therefore generally requires a legal analysis well before it is actually implemented. Within the framework of a jointly developed strategy and legal formulation of the entrepreneurial decision, it is important to reconcile the actual existing interests with what is permissible under labor law in the best possible way. A view of the big picture is essential here. In addition to litigation to protect against dismissal, we represent our clients in negotiations with the works council, in the conclusion of reconciliations of interests and social compensation plans, and in the filing of mass dismissal notices.