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Our clients are leading German and international companies. We use our industry experience, global reach and innovative thinking to help them reach their business goals.

Success in ever-changing markets

The roots of our German offices go back to 1949. Today our team of 350 lawyers includes 85 partners and we have offices in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.

Our clients are corporates, banks and financial institutions, investors and government entities. We help them succeed in global markets where commercial, economic and legal factors change constantly.

We've built our capability to match our clients' business needs. They work in a wide range of industries, operate all over the world, and need to act decisively when opportunities or issues arise. We meet these needs with our top-grade experience, technical skills and on the ground capability.

Resources that span industries and continents

We believe that lawyers who understand their clients' industries give the most valuable legal advice. That's why we were the first firm in the German market to build global cross-practice industry groups (see Sector expertise). Lawyers in these groups share legal know-how, offer sector-specific advice, and keep clients up to date on market and industry trends that could reshape their businesses.

Our clients rely on us for pragmatic advice and innovative solutions – wherever their businesses operate. Which is why we're used to working in multi-practice, multi-region teams combining the right resources from the firm's international network to deliver the best possible results. Recent examples of our work show our range and reach.

Committed to our clients' success

Each client, and client project, has unique needs. We aim to understand these needs at the outset and our client relationship partners make sure that we meet them in an efficient, flexible way. This approach fosters long-term client relationships with companies such as Volkswagen, Siemens, KfW, Allianz, Coca-Cola, Metro, Airbus (EADS), Pfizer, RWE and Deutsche Bank.

And client comments suggest that they like the way we work:

  • "The team works incredibly efficiently and the service quality is great. A top-ranking global firm with international coverage, an excellent partner network and depth in numbers when needed."
    "An excellent team; very well networked and very up to date with current developments. Decidedly pleasant and unpretentious."
    Chambers Europe, 2013

Unsere Mandanten sind national und international führende Unternehmen. Mit innovativer Rechtsberatung, Branchenexpertise und unserer globalen Präsenz helfen wir ihnen dabei, ihren wirtschaftlichen Erfolg im globalen Wettbewerb langfristig zu sichern.

Stetiger Wandel, konstanter Erfolg.

Die Wurzeln der deutschen Büros von Clifford Chance reichen bis 1949 zurück. Heute arbeiten in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main und München rund 350 Anwälte, Steuerberater und Solicitor, davon 85 Partner.

Unsere Mandanten sind Unternehmen, Banken, Finanzinstitute, Investoren und öffentliche Institutionen. Sie sind in den verschiedensten Branchen und Ländern tätig und müssen rasch und entschlossen auf die wirtschaftlichen und rechtlichen Veränderungen in ihren Märkten reagieren. Durch eine konsequente Ausrichtung unserer Beratung an ihren Bedürfnissen unterstützen wir sie darin, ihre Wettbewerbsposition nachhaltig zu schützen und zu stärken.

Ressourcen über alle Branchen und Kontinente hinweg.

Wir sind davon überzeugt, dass hochwertige Rechtsberatung voraussetzt, mit den Branchen unserer Mandanten bestens vertraut zu sein. Als erste Anwaltssozietät hat Clifford Chance deshalb das Konzept branchenspezifischer Beratungsgruppen in Deutschland etabliert. Globale und regionale Branchentrends erkennen wir früh. Marktentwicklungen und regulatorische Rahmenbedingungen beobachten wir laufend und nehmen an der öffentlichen Diskussion teil. Dadurch sind wir in der Lage, vorausschauend Konzepte und Lösungen für unsere Mandanten zu entwickeln.

Wir sind es gewohnt, in Länder und Rechtsgebiete übergreifenden Teams zu arbeiten und stellen aus unserem internationalen Netzwerk für jedes Mandat das Team zusammen, das die individuellen Anforderungen am besten erfüllt. Die Bandbreite und Reichweite unserer Expertise veranschaulichen Beispiele unserer Beratungsarbeit.

Unseren Mandanten verbunden, ihrem Erfolg verpflichtet.

Jeder Mandant und jedes Mandat hat individuelle Ziele und einzigartige Anforderungen. Unser Beratungsansatz ist darauf ausgerichtet, dafür maßgeschneiderte rechtliche Lösungen anzubieten. Deshalb wird jeder unserer Mandanten von einem persönlichen Ansprechpartner – dem Client Relationship Partner – betreut. Langjährige und vertrauensvolle Mandantenbeziehungen, zum Beispiel zu Volkswagen, Siemens, KfW, Allianz, Coca-Cola, Metro, Airbus (EADS), Pfizer, RWE und zur Deutschen Bank, bestätigen uns in unserer Arbeitsweise.

Unser Ansporn ist die Zufriedenheit unserer Mandanten:

  • "Das Team arbeitet unglaublich effizient und die Servicequalität ist großartig. Globale Spitzen-Sozietät mit internationaler Reichweite, einem exzellenten Partner-Netzwerk und beachtlichen Ressourcen."
    "Ein exzellentes Team, sehr gut vernetzt und immer auf dem neuesten Stand über aktuelle Entwicklungen. Ausgesprochen angenehm und pragmatisch."
    Quelle: Chambers Europe 2013, Mandantenkommentare

Recent highlights

News and milestones

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Bartsch, former Chief Representative of E.ON Westfalen Weser AG joined our energy law team in February, 2014. He specializes in antitrust, energy law, M&A and regulatory law including regulatory management
  • Dr. Ulrich Reese received the Hans W.Bach award of merit of the German federal association of the pharmaceutical industry (BAH e.V.) in September, 2013
  • We broadened our Munich office’s advisory capabilities in September, 2013. Frankfurt-based Dr. Arndt Stengel, one of Germany's leading corporate and restructuring advisors, and Düsseldorf-based Marc Holtorf, who mainly provides advice to clients from the pharmaceutical and medical sectors, both experienced partners, moved down to Munich.

People 2013/2014

Recent assignments

Examples of work include advising:

  • Symrise in the injunction proceedings between Ritter Sport and Stiftung Warentest in January 2014
  • a banking consortium led by Barclays, Commerzbank, Merrill Lynch and Société Générale in connection with a bond issue in a total volume of €2 billion by Bayer AG in January 2014
  • a consortium of municipal shareholders on the purchase and financing of a 73.3 % stake in E.ON Mitte AG from E.ON in December 2013. E.ON Mitte operates around 45,000 kilometers of power lines and around 4,800 kilometers of gas pipelines and employs around 1,300 people
  • Rockwood on US$1 billion lithium joint venture with Chengdu Tianqi to acquire Australia's Talison Lithium in December 2013. The transaction - led by partners from Frankfurt and Perth - involved a number of further Clifford Chance offices including Brussels, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong, London and Munich)
  • Smartbook AG in its successful trademark dispute before the Federal Supreme Court in November 2013. After almost four years of continuous court proceedings the matter was finally decided in favour of Smartbook AG whose "smartbook" registrations have now been confirmed res judicata
  • Conren Land on the sale of the "Astraturm" in Hamburg in October 2013. The 68-metre high "Astraturm" is one of the tallest buildings in Hamburg
  • Siemens AG on the sale of TLT-Turbo to Power Construction Corporation of China in October 2013
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank AG in October 2013 on the third CMBS transaction for GAGFAH of the year. This transaction was one of the biggest financings in the real estate sector in recent years 
  • Hypothekenbank Frankfurt AG on the restructuring of the financing of Treveria F portfolio and Treveria K portfolio ("Silo F/K") amounting to €396 million in October 2013 
  • on the US$3,30 billion financing of Dangote Industries' fertilizer and oil-refinery facility in Nigeria in September 2013, the largest-ever Nigerian industrial-complex project
  • Grohe Group on its takeover by Lixil Corporation, a Japanese building materials and housing equipment producer. The implied enterprise value, including debts, is €3.06 billion. The Clifford Chance team was led in September 2013 by the Frankfurt office and involved the offices in Luxembourg, Bangkok and New York
  • KfW (Reconstruction Loan Corporation) on the structuring of a Framework Agreement for the Syria Recovery Trust Fund, which provides emergency relief and aid for the recovery of the Syrian economy in September 2013. Both Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) made initial contributions of €10 million to the fund. The fund is designed to help improve the supply of clean water, energy, medical care and food to those who have been affected by the civil war and to also ensure the availability of resources for reconstruction projects when the armed conflict comes to an end.

Directory listings and client comments

Juve Handbook: Germany, 2013/2014

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance - Loan and Acquisition Finance 
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance - Structured Finance 
  • Tier One in Compliance Investigations 
  • Tier One in Energy law - Regulatory 
  • Tier One in Energy sector - Transactions/Finance 
  • Tier One in Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products 
  • Tier One in Pharmacy - Transactions 
  • Tier One in Private Equity Transactions 
  • Tier One in Real Estate 
  • Tier One in Real Estate Finance

Chambers Europe: Germany, 2013

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance - Acquisition Finance & Syndicated Lending 
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance - Asset Finance & Leasing: Aviation 
  • Tier One in Capital Markets - Structured Finance 
  • Tier One in Dispute Resolution - White-Collar crime: Corporate Advisory 
  • Tier One in Energy Healthcare & Life sciences - Life Sciences 
  • Tier One in Investment Funds 
  • Tier One in Private Equity 
  • Tier One in Projects- Project Finance/PPP 
  • Tier One in Real Estate
  • Tier One in Real Estate - Finance

Legal 500: Germany, 2014

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance - Bank Lending 
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance - Investment Funds 
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance - Project Finance 
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance - Structured Finance and Securitisation 
  • Tier One in Corporate Law and M&A - M&A: Biggest National Deals 
  • Tier One in Private Equity - Transactions 
  • Tier One in Real Estate 
  • Tier One in Regulatory Law - Energy Sector 
  • Tier One in Regulatory Law - Healthcare Sector