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Europe Guide

Insurance — Germany


BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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.

Notable practitioners

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.

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CMS - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Winfried Schnepp
- 11 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Berlin

What the team is known for Acts for both insurers and policyholders, as well as reinsurers, insurance brokers and underwriters. Active on the sale of insurance portfolios, as well as the competition law elements of insurance transactions. Often advises on regulatory and supervisory law within insurance. Has a particular focus on the real estate, energy and marine sectors. Represents clients in D&O liability litigation. Able to use the firm's strong international network to advise on cross-border insurance matters.

Strengths Clients describe the lawyers as "responsive" and add that they "meet the deadlines."

Work highlights Acted for Delvag Luftfahrtversicherung on the insurance regulation aspects of the merger of its subsidiary, Delvag Rück.

Advised Partners Group and Infra Red on the warranty and indemnity insurance aspects of the acquisition of an offshore wind farm.

Significant clients Allianz Real Estate.

Notable practitioners

Clients highlight Winfried Schnepp for his "analytical skills, tactical know-how and ability to remain focused and pragmatic." Schnepp is well regarded for assisting international insurance companies with entry to the German market. He also advises on restructuring insurance companies and new products. He represents insurance companies in litigation.

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DLA Piper UK LLP - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ludger Giesberts
- 3 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin

What the team is known for Solid practice with a strong international network. Advises on both transactional and contentious insurance matters. Represents management boards and insurers in D&O and E&O liability disputes. Notable activity in financial lines insurance. Advises on the sale of portfolios, as well as corporate restructurings in the life insurance sector. Has a number of clients from the automotive, energy and financial sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's "profound knowledge and very good preparation of responses to the court."

A client also reports that the team is "very experienced and can keep it simple" and adds: "We have a good personal relationship and speak on the same level."

Work highlights Advised Gothaer on 350 coverage claims for tax advisers' liability insurance.

Acted for the Baloise Group on the sale of Basler Leben's life insurance portfolio to Frankfurter Leben.

Significant clients BayernLB, XL Catlin, Aareal Bank.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees view Gunne Bähr as "one of the strongest lawyers for regulatory work." He is a market leader on financial lines litigation and reinsurance arbitration and has a strong focus on product development. He is also well respected for corporate compliance mandates. He acted for DARAG on a group restructuring.

Christian Schneider is described by clients as "a team player who is calm and reflective with notable expertise in insurance law." Schneider assists insurers with financial lines claims, particularly W&I and E&O. He acts on property insurance matters and new product developments.

Thomas Gädtke advises clients on D&O and E&O liability. He also assists with product liability and PI disputes. Clients appreciate his "style of working – he is calm and concentrated." He often advises on new products, recently including geothermal energy insurance.

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Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Represents insurance and reinsurance companies in D&O and product liability matters. Also provides clients with regulatory advice. Acts for clients on environmental liability and property insurance cases. Advises on both primary insurance and reinsurance mandates.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's visibility on D&O liability claims.

Notable practitioners

Tobias Lenz is seen as an expert in the field of product liability. In addition, Lenz advises clients on D&O insurance and insurance contractual issues. He also represents clients in insurance law litigation.

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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Michael Lauterbach, Herbert Palmberger and Rüdiger Schnug
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cologne, Düsseldorf and Munich

What the team is known for Represents policyholders, insurers and reinsurers in insurance litigation and arbitration. Particularly active in the areas of D&O and fidelity insurance, as well as assisting with damages claims and professional and product liability. Advises on the regulatory aspects of claims, reinsurance and product development. Strong focus on insurance matters within the transport and renewable energies industries.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's "professionalism, legal competence and advisory skills."

Work highlights Advised a food producer on broker liability claims resulting from coverage errors.

Represented Atradius Credit Insurance in credit insurance claims brought by policyholders.

Significant clients Allianz, AXA, Gothaer, Zurich.

Notable practitioners

Herbert Palmberger assists clients with D&O insurance and reinsurance matters and often represents clients in insurance litigation. Palmberger advises on casualty and fidelity insurance. He also has a strong focus on art insurance and insurance in the transport sector.

Rüdiger Schnug represents clients in insurance law litigation, with a particular focus on product and professional liability. Clients appreciate his "reliability and experience in insurance law." Schnug represented HDI Versicherung in financial damage liability litigation.

Department profile by Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Our Practice Group Insurance – Reinsurance is composed of specialized lawyers with long-standing experience. In part due to many years of service as in-house counsel in insurance groups, our expertise is particularly geared towards the day-to-day demands and economic objectives of our clients. In addition to comprehensive counseling services in all insurance related matters of insurance companies, banks and industrial companies we also conduct the representation in litigation before courts and in arbitration.
The members of our Practice Group periodically publish in German and international publications to provide our international clients and markets with a concise overview of key trends in the European legal Environment.

For more information see here: https://www.heuking.de/en/practice-groups/legal-consulting/insurancereinsurance.html

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Our about 350 lawyers at ten offices across Europe speak over​ 18 different languages. Our expertise allows us to advise foreign clients in Germany comprehensively and to support German clients successfully in overseas business.

Since its establishment in 1971, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has been working on an international basis. We advise and represent clients from around the world in their activities in Germany and Europe and support our clients anywhere in the world. Providing our lawyers with the appropriate training, we work closely with law firms around the globe who are best suited for the task at hand.

Over the years, our clients have come to focus on certain territories, which are represented by our Country Desks for ChinaIndiaJapan & Turkey.




Noerr - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Thomas Heitzer and Oliver Sieg
- 7 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich

What the team is known for Leading team advising policyholders and insurers on high-end claims and D&O and E&O disputes. Frequently represents large insurers in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Active in both direct insurance and reinsurance matters and has a strong focus on fidelity insurance and product liability. Advises clients on insurance regulatory and tax insurance issues. Increasing focus on M&A transactions within the insurance sector.

Strengths Clients highlight the "reliability of advice and excellent communication skills" of the lawyers.

Clients appreciate the firm's "very good knowledge of the market and of product liability and product recall matters."

Work highlights Represented a global bank in liability claims against the bank.

Advised Talanx Systeme on drafting contracts and the insurance law data protection issues relating to IT outsourcing.

Significant clients HUK-Coburg, Die Bayerische.

Notable practitioners

Oliver Sieg is a market leader in the field of professional and financial institutions indemnity. He also represents clients in D&O litigations. Clients say that he is "experienced and has in-depth knowledge of litigation and insurance contracts." Sieg advised a global energy trading company on D&O and fidelity claims.

Thomas Heitzer advises clients on insurance M&A transactions as well as insurance supervisory law. Clients appreciate his "technical background, ability to put his finger on the key matter and pragmatic approach." He also represents clients in D&O and E&O liability litigation and advises on PI insurance.

Helmut Katschthaler advises on both insurance and reinsurance law. He is particularly active in liability matters and a market source singles him out as "someone I would recommend for product liability." Katschthaler often represents clients in insurance litigation.

Michael Molitoris acts for clients on product liability and product safety. Molitoris often represents clients in insurance law litigation. He also assists with insurance compliance mandates and reinsurance matters.

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Taylor Wessing - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich

What the team is known for Benefits from the firm's international footprint to act on cross-border M&A transactions and contentious matters in the insurance sector. Often advises on run-off and portfolio transfers, as well as distribution agreements and other insurance law contractual matters. Strong presence in W&I, D&O and cyber insurance claims. Acts on property damage and accident insurance, along with product liability and insurance compliance matters.

Strengths According to clients, the lawyers "have very good technical skills and always keep to the deadlines."

Clients also say that they have "a good collaboration with the firm and the partners are very responsive."

Work highlights Advised XING on the Insurance Distribution Directive, assisting with insurance regulations, corporate law and contract law.

Acted for Crédit Agricole Assurances on the closure of an office in Frankfurt.

Significant clients Funk, ACE, ERGO, Schloss Elmau, Provinzial Rheinland Versicherung.

Notable practitioners

Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn acts for clients on regulatory and transactional matters, including portfolio transfers and company transformation. She advised AXA on the run-off of a reinsurance portfolio. Clients describe her as "very service-oriented and with great technical skills." She represents clients in insurance claims, particularly for D&O and W&I insurance.

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White & Case - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Henning Berger and Christian Wirth
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg

What the team is known for International firm with a strong focus on contentious insurance and disputes. Represents a number of clients from the financial and healthcare sectors. Active in the areas of liability insurance, D&O and cyber insurance. Advises on product development and insurance compliance law. Also assists insurance companies with transactional issues and W&I insurance.

Work highlights Advised Skandia Lebensversicherung on a dispute concerning the conditions used by Skandia in life insurance contracts.

Assisted Helios Kliniken and Helios Privatkliniken with the supervisory law, insurance contract law and medical insurance law aspects of a new insurance and hospital product.

Notable practitioners

Henning Berger acts for financial institutions and insurance companies on distribution agreements and insurance contract law. Berger often represents clients in insurance law disputes and insurance supervisory law mandates.

Market commentators single Christian Wirth out for his visibility in insurance litigation. He advises clients on reinsurance and industrial insurance matters. Wirth assists with insurance contract agreements and insurance supervisory law.

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Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte - Insurance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mark Wilhelm
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Düsseldorf

What the team is known for Represents policyholders in litigation cases, particularly in the areas of property insurance, industrial damages claims and D&O matters. Also acts for reinsurers and brokers. Often advises on product liability, underwriting and insurance programme structuring. Assists clients with indemnity and insurance supervisory issues. Has a number of clients from the automotive, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate that "you feel comfortable with the lawyers: they give you straightforward advice and put a lot of effort into representing you in the best way."

Clients also praise the firm's ability to "come to pragmatic solutions on complex legal issues."

Work highlights Advised SEK on a claim for EUR700 million against the insurers for damage that occurred at a coal power station.

Notable practitioners

Mark Wilhelm advises clients on commercial insurance and liability claims and is particularly active on D&O claims. Interviewees say that Wilhelm is "good at handling people, gives good preliminary advice and is a people person, which helps in negotiations."

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Senior Statesmen

Reinhard Dallmayr

BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Reinhard Dallmayr has considerable experience advising clients on insurance regulatory issues and reinsurance mandates. He often represents clients in international insurance arbitration proceedings.

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Senior Statesmen

BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Senior Statesmen

Herbert Palmberger

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Herbert Palmberger assists clients with D&O insurance and reinsurance matters and often represents clients in insurance litigation. Palmberger advises on casualty and fidelity insurance. He also has a strong focus on art insurance and insurance in the transport sector.

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Senior Statesmen

Hubert van Bühren

Rechtsanwälte Van Bühren & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hubert van Bühren of Rechtsanwälte Van Bühren & Partner has a strong focus on insurance law and has notable experience of liability law matters.

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DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees view Gunne Bähr as "one of the strongest lawyers for regulatory work." He is a market leader on financial lines litigation and reinsurance arbitration and has a strong focus on product development. He is also well respected for corporate compliance mandates. He acted for DARAG on a group restructuring.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients highlight Winfried Schnepp for his "analytical skills, tactical know-how and ability to remain focused and pragmatic." Schnepp is well regarded for assisting international insurance companies with entry to the German market. He also advises on restructuring insurance companies and new products. He represents insurance companies in litigation.

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Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Oliver Sieg is a market leader in the field of professional and financial institutions indemnity. He also represents clients in D&O litigations. Clients say that he is "experienced and has in-depth knowledge of litigation and insurance contracts." Sieg advised a global energy trading company on D&O and fidelity claims.

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BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tobias Lenz is seen as an expert in the field of product liability. In addition, Lenz advises clients on D&O insurance and insurance contractual issues. He also represents clients in insurance law litigation.

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Christian Schneider

DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Schneider is described by clients as "a team player who is calm and reflective with notable expertise in insurance law." Schneider assists insurers with financial lines claims, particularly W&I and E&O. He acts on property insurance matters and new product developments.

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White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

Henning Berger acts for financial institutions and insurance companies on distribution agreements and insurance contract law. Berger often represents clients in insurance law disputes and insurance supervisory law mandates.

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Fiedler Cryns-Moll Jüngel FCMJ

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Björn Fiedler of Fiedler Cryns-Moll Jüngel FCMJ acts for both managers and insurance companies on D&O liability matters. Sources describe Fielder as "constructive" and "very smart," and add: "We really appreciate how he handles matters."

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DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Gädtke advises clients on D&O and E&O liability. He also assists with product liability and PI disputes. Clients appreciate his "style of working – he is calm and concentrated." He often advises on new products, recently including geothermal energy insurance.

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Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Heitzer advises clients on insurance M&A transactions as well as insurance supervisory law. Clients appreciate his "technical background, ability to put his finger on the key matter and pragmatic approach." He also represents clients in D&O and E&O liability litigation and advises on PI insurance.

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Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gunbritt Kammerer-Galahn acts for clients on regulatory and transactional matters, including portfolio transfers and company transformation. She advised AXA on the run-off of a reinsurance portfolio. Clients describe her as "very service-oriented and with great technical skills." She represents clients in insurance claims, particularly for D&O and W&I insurance.

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Helmut Katschthaler

Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Helmut Katschthaler advises on both insurance and reinsurance law. He is particularly active in liability matters and a market source singles him out as "someone I would recommend for product liability." Katschthaler often represents clients in insurance litigation.

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Michael Molitoris

Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Molitoris acts for clients on product liability and product safety. Molitoris often represents clients in insurance law litigation. He also assists with insurance compliance mandates and reinsurance matters.

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Henning Schaloske

Clyde & Co LLP

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Henning Schaloske of Clyde & Co advises clients on insurance and reinsurance matters. He is particularly active on product liability and financial insurance matters. Sources appreciate his "ability in negotiations and ability to reach good solutions." Schaloske assists with regulatory advice and represents clients in arbitration.

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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rüdiger Schnug represents clients in insurance law litigation, with a particular focus on product and professional liability. Clients appreciate his "reliability and experience in insurance law." Schnug represented HDI Versicherung in financial damage liability litigation.

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Ince & Co

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Stefan Segger of Ince & Co advises clients on insurance contract law and distribution law. Clients say that "for complicated questions on industrial insurance and reinsurance or for insurance distribution law, we would go to Segger." Segger also represents clients in insurance law disputes.

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BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Roderich Thümmel

Thümmel, Schütze & Partner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roderich Thümmel of Thümmel, Schütze & Partner is particularly active in the field of D&O liability, acting for both insurers and directors or officers of companies. He often represents companies in litigation and product liability matters. Clients appreciate that he "really knows his stuff and really goes into the details."

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Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mark Wilhelm advises clients on commercial insurance and liability claims and is particularly active on D&O claims. Interviewees say that Wilhelm is "good at handling people, gives good preliminary advice and is a people person, which helps in negotiations."

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White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators single Christian Wirth out for his visibility in insurance litigation. He advises clients on reinsurance and industrial insurance matters. Wirth assists with insurance contract agreements and insurance supervisory law.

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Up and Coming

BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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