In corporate law, a quick response, the right strategy and attention to legal details make all the difference. With our decades of professional expertise we also advise you on the details and strategy development and we assist you in implementing your goals. Without compromise. We are your competent and committed advisors in this area, especially on the following topics:
- National and cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
- Drafting of partnership agreements and articles of association
- Shareholders’ meetings for limited liability companies and partnerships
- Preparation and execution of shareholders’ meetings at AGs and SEs
- Shareholder disputes and actions to contest resolutions
- D&O claims and disputes
- Post-M&A disputes
- Joint ventures
- Financing rounds for start-ups and negotiations with investors
- Management buy-outs and private equity transactions
- Reorganization and restructuring of companies, transformation measures
- Merger control proceedings at national and EU level
- Market entry for non-European clients
- European Company (SE)
- Company succession
The life cycle of a company is characterized by change. Acquisitions, divestitures or restructurings are just a few major milestones along the way. A simple change in (tax) legislation is sometimes enough to prompt major changes in corporate organisations. Medium-sized owner-managed and family-owned companies also face challenges when planning a company succession. Cooperations with third parties, corporate takeovers or joint ventures can pave the way for expansion even beyond German borders. In order to remain competitive, some business areas and divisions must be abandoned and new ones acquired. The crucial issues in this context cannot be reduced to simple legal questions. There are no standards here, only the right solution for your company. We support you every step of the way – from the development of an idea to the integration of newly created structures into your company. We advise start-ups as well as investors, be it venture capital funds or family offices.
Beyond the topics of M&A or transactions, the administrative day-to-day life of a company, a company owner, a board member or a managing director can also be demanding. Corporate documentation and disclosure requirements tie up resources, as do a wide range of compliance obligations. The drafting as well as the implementation of shareholder or supervisory board resolutions, annual disclosure requirements, questions of representation or signing authority, powers of attorney, but also external audits can be time-consuming. Our team will gladly take on these legal tasks for you as your outsourced legal department or in a support role for your inhouse legal department.
Even with perfect planning, however, disputes or questions of directors’ and officers’ liability cannot always be avoided; these are often not only nerve-racking, but also costly and protracted. When shareholders cannot reach an agreement, former and current company owners are in dispute, or claims under a D&O insurance policy are at stake, quick action is often required, as is a clever strategy to avert damage from all parties involved and to safeguard the company’s existence. Conflicts under corporate law, which are decided by courts, arbitration tribunals or settled by an out-of-court settlement, often affect important foundations for entrepreneurial decisions and the further fate of the company and its employees. These disputes must be conducted with expertise and commitment, but also with a view to what is economically feasible.
No matter what problem you have to solve: we always represent and advise you with passion and common sense in order to achieve the optimum result for you.