Managing Partner: Philipp Cotta
Number of equity partners: 60
Number of lawyers: 297
Languages: Albanian, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Persian/Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
BEITEN BURKHARDT was founded in 1990 in Munich through a merger of three well-established local firms. Today, BEITEN BURKHARDT is a leading independent German law firm with over 290 lawyers, tax consultants and accountants in nine offices worldwide. The firm advises and represents listed companies, major SMEs, multinational groups, foundations and the public sector on all kinds of German and international legal issues arising in the context of their activities.
BEITEN BURKHARDT stands for top-quality advice provided by partner-managed teams creating customised and commercial solutions for its clients’ needs. This is how the firm guarantees excellent legal advice and added value. Lawyer availability, responsiveness and reliability is a matter of course. The firm advises and represents clients at five offices in Germany, two offices in Russia and one office each in China and Brussels, with competence centres for American-German, China-German, Dutch-German, French-German, Italian-German, Russian- German and Spanish-German economic relations and a global network of first-class independent law firms.
Main Areas of Practice:
Assets, Succession, Foundations:
The firm provides advice to both companies and wealthy individuals on issues of succession and asset structuring. Its experts can develop suitable corporate and asset succession structures. The firm also represents heirs and beneficiaries in disputes where company assets form part of an estate.
Banking, Finance & Insurance Law:
The firm’s clients include both the service providers as well as its clients. It advises players in the legal fields of finance, bank and insurance contract law, dispute resolution as well as regulatory law.
The firm helps its clients to design and implement suitable compliance systems in their companies comprising a thorough analysis of risks and weak points but also check and review the adjustment of their compliance management system.
The firm has first-hand experience with important corporate law developments, such as delistings and squeeze-outs. Its practical advice takes into account economic aspects, providing creative solutions without compromising on legal standards. M&A has been one of the firm’s core competencies since its foundation.
The firm’s experienced team of specialists provides legal advice and support to all companies active in renewable energies and cleantech, as well as domestic and foreign banks who finance investments in these fields. It advises on projects, transactions, day-to-day business issues and financing.
Escrow Agent Services:
As a neutral escrow agent, the firm concludes escrow agreements adjusted to the transaction with its contracting clients, who are already represented by other law firms. It also takes on the role of a reorganisation escrow agent for shareholders and banks in cases of crisis or reorganisations.
The firm keeps you up to date on the latest EU developments and gives advice when actions need to be taken to ensure that your company remains compliant with the applicable laws.
The firm provides comprehensive legal and tax advice to undertakings active in the healthcare sector such as hospitals, preventive care and rehabilitation centres, manufacturers of medical products/devices and pharmaceutical companies as well as doctors, health insurance companies and investors.
IP, IT & Media:
Today companies’ success depends on trademarks, technology, design and know-how. The firm assists you with the creation — drafts and negotiation — of contracts on technologies, technical inventions and know-how, copyrights, trademarks and design.
Labour & Employment:
The firm has one of the biggest labour and employment teams; its experts are ready to assist at a national and international level. It provides cross-sector legal advisory services for all areas of labour law.
Litigation & Arbitration:
The team of experienced litigation lawyers advises and represents clients in commercial, corporate and company law disputes of any kind, either in court or out of court in arbitration proceedings and alternative dispute resolution procedures.
Public Business Law:
Offers comprehensive legal advice in all areas of business related public law. The team advises public sector bodies and private companies as well as individuals. Possesses great expertise in all aspects of public building and sectorial planning law in connection with real estate law.
The firm provides legal advice on all stages of real estate management, ranging from property acquisition to finance and project development, to planning, and land use and to lease and sale. Its lawyer team advises on the implementation of innovative forms of real estate distribution and real estate trade. Additionally it has an expert team for tax and financial compliance.
Restructuring, Recapitalisation & Insolvency:
The firm advises companies and financial institutions on the conditions and scope for restructuring and recapitalisation, as well as before and during insolvency. The lawyer team drafts the restructuring and recapitalisation concepts and assists on liquidation design and assess insolvency plans; the team negotiates with the relevant tax authorities and drafts waivers on taxable recapitalisation gains.
Advises national and international companies, funds, management boards and managers as well as individuals on complex tax structures and general tax issues, including tax matters regarding a charitable status.
White Collar Crime:
Preventive measures, compliance and the comprehensive defence against criminal prosecution and injuring parties are central to the practice group. The firm’s experience covers all aspects of commercial criminal law, from foreign trade criminal law, capital markets and media criminal law to customs criminal law.