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Ins and outs of law firms in Germany

27-Jul-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Germany’s crowded and fiercely competitive market has sparked a flurry of comings and goings by international firms.


Germany peer panel: the power balance


Local firms in Germany are working in an increasingly competitve market with good dealflow.

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Clifford Chance’s growing critical list

9-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

Loss of PE star Oliver Felsenstein must surely force firm’s hand over lockstep reform.

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Germany – independent nation

19-Jan-2015 | By Joshua Freedman

German firms are hanging on to their independence despite continued international competition

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Germany – Crossing borders

28-Jul-2014 | By Joanne Harris

As international work grows the DAX30 are expanding in-house legal teams, but Germany’s biggest companies remain critical to the country’s law firms 

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Littler opens in Europe with German employment boutique bolt-on

5-Oct-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

US employment giant Littler Mendelson has acquired German employment boutique Vangard as its first foothold in Europe.

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DLA Piper doubles Hamburg office with 20-lawyer team from Bird & Bird

23-Sep-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

DLA Piper has added a team of 20 lawyers including five partners to its Hamburg office from Bird & Bird.


Pinsents loses London partner but hires Fieldfisher German disputes head

22-Sep-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Pinsent Masons has appointed former Fieldfisher Munich managing partner Sibylle Schumacher as a partner in Germany, at the same time losing its head of real estate litigation to Eversheds in London.

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BLP boosts Berlin real estate with Orrick team

17-Sep-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired a team of six lawyers including two partners from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, strengthening its Berlin real estate and infrastructure practice.

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Infringement of a patent essential to a standard download subscription

NCTM 1-Oct-2015

Huawei, ZTE and a patent declared essential by telecoms institute.

VW under £5bn litigation cloud download subscription

Stewarts Law 29-Sep-2015

The Volkswagen Group has put aside £5bn to cope with the recall crisis and is facing collective action from its customers who purchased diesel cars with ‘defeat devices’. 

The mystery of penalties and liquidated damages: German vs English law weblink subscription

Walker Morris 11-Aug-2015

This article compares Germany as a typical civil code jurisdiction and England/Wales as a typical common law jurisdiction.

Controversy in the dentist’s waiting room weblink subscription

Walker Morris 16-Jul-2015

The German Federal Court has delivered a judgment on whether the playing of background music at a dentist’s was a ‘communication to the public’.

The end of ‘Made in Germany’? download subscription

Eversheds 23-Jun-2015

The label ‘Made in Germany’, generally associated with high quality, has so far been an optional statement. This is now set to change.

Parody of well-known marks – how far can you go? weblink subscription

Walker Morris 15-May-2015

The claimant was the proprietor of the mark PUMA used in connection with sportswear. The defendant, a T-shirt design company, was the registered proprietor of the mark PUDEL (‘poodle’ in English), which was registered later.

Building a yacht in Germany: your choice of law may not be as simple as you think weblink subscription

Ince & Co 23-Apr-2015

English law is a popular and a practical option for newbuild contracts but even if German law is not agreed, some of its provisions may still apply.

Data Issues Roundup, 20 April; AT&T's $25m privacy settlement; Facebook case in Austria; Google loses out in Germany; and more download

Addleshaw Goddard 22-Apr-2015

Also, UCAS gives data protection undertaking’.

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