Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Theo Langheid, Rainer Büsken and Christoph Müller-Frank
- 42 partners
- 112 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Karlsruhe
What the team is known for Stellar insurance law firm with a particular focus on defending large national and international insurance companies in litigation. Market leaders for representing insurers in D&O, E&O, professional liability, third party liability and product liability issues. Highly esteemed for insurance regulatory advice, assisting with property, life and health insurance. Particularly active in the automotive, pharmaceutical and heavy industry sectors.
Strengths Clients laud the firm as "our go-to firm in Germany, it will always be our first port of call for insurance."
Interviewees enthuse that "for court representation everyone in Germany goes to them, they are the best of the best."
Clients are "very pleased with the level of attention and professional product" the team delivers.
Work highlights Acted for a US-based commercial insurer on a matter concerning groundwater contamination in a German city.
Represented a German liability insurer acting on behalf of a number of hospitals that were subject to claims in the USA and the UK.
Significant clients Allianz, AXA, HDI, Zurich, Generali.
Reinhard Dallmayr has considerable experience advising clients on insurance regulatory issues and reinsurance mandates. He often represents clients in international insurance arbitration proceedings.
Market commentators report that Theo Langheid "has a very strong reputation in the German insurance world." Langheid is particularly respected for his work on insurance contract law.
Rainer Büsken has a strong focus on liability and liability insurance, particularly in the areas of financial loss and personal injury. Clients describe him as "easy to reach and flexible to work with." He recently acted for a number of international insurance companies on product recall and product liability matters.
Bastian Finkel acts for clients on financial lines insurance and D&O matters. Clients highlight his "in-depth knowledge, creative input and commercial approach." Finkel assists with policy drafting and litigation. He also advises clients on professional liability mandates.
Joachim Grote represents insurance companies in litigation against the consumer protection organisation. Sources underline his "enormous experience and understanding of the needs of clients facing litigation." He has a strong insurance regulatory law practice.
Clients describe Björn Seitz as "approachable, easy to work with and able to understand his clients' needs." Seitz is particularly active in financial lines insurance, as well as representing clients in D&O litigation and professional indemnity. He has represented a number of D&O insurers in liability claims.
According to sources, Martin Alexander is "very knowledgeable and well organised, meets deadlines and gives clear and practical advice." Alexander advises clients on product liability and product recall, particularly in the automotive and engineering industries.