Loss of PE star Oliver Felsenstein must surely force firm’s hand over lockstep reform.
German firms are hanging on to their independence despite continued international competition
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
In Germany’s decentralised legal market, different cities have their own attractions for local and international firms looking to open an office
Reed Smith has picked up a team of seven partners from rival international firms to launch in Frankfurt, its second office in Germany.
Fieldfisher has launched a Munich corporate practice with the hire of its first M&A partner in the city.
US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is shutting down its Frankfurt and Berlin offices to concentrate its German presence on Düsseldorf and Munich.
K&L Gates has become the latest firm to pick up a partner from Clifford Chance in Germany, recruiting the magic circle firm’s German trademark head Thorsten Vormann.
Parody of well-known marks – how far can you go? subscription
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.
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
Also, UCAS gives data protection undertaking’.
Franco-German tax treaty amended download subscription
After the amendment to the Franco-Luxembourg tax treaty of September 2014 it is the turn of the Franco-German tax treaty, with an amendment concluded on 31 March.
Negative market value reloaded: German Supreme Court clarifies its (in)famous Spread Ladder Swap judgment download subscription
For the first time since its 2011 Spread Ladder Swap judgment the German Supreme Court has been dealing with the disclosure duties of banks in connection with derivatives.
Public procurement guide 2015 – Germany download subscription
A practical cross-border insight into public procurement.
Italy: which law applies in a clawback action? download subscription
A clawback action based on Italian insolvency laws in a procedure opened in Italy can have wider limits when the transaction is governed by a foreign law.
Is Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act undergoing a fundamental change? download subscription
Constitutional concerns and uncertainties.