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Our Law Firm

We are a full-service law firm with more than 350 lawyers and tax advisors. Represented at 10 economic centres in Germany, and with international offices in London, Brussels, Luxembourg, Shanghai, Singapore and Yangon, our locations cover the most important investment and financial centres in Europe and Asia. Our clients include medium sized enterprises and large corporations, investors, and the public sector. Luther works closely with other prestigious commercial law firms in all important jurisdictions worldwide.

Luther is the ideal partner for British companies looking to invest in the German market. We have a fundamental understanding of what British companies expect when investing in Germany and can help them to successfully establish their businesses. We can advise you from our London office and on site in Germany from any of our 10 local offices.

We have an established network of high-quality contacts across most sectors in Germany. Amongst others, we have extensive contact with distributors in the German market, and are very experienced in advising businesses regarding distribution agreements.

We work closely with UKTI and are a long established and active member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany (BCCG). Members of our London and German teams are very committed to the BCCG and its network and fulfil several honorary functions.

 

Our London Office

We want to establish Luther as the first point of contact for British companies which want to invest in or expand into the German market. For these cases we can offer a qualified initial consultation locally from our London office.

Our London office works very closely with our lawyers in Germany. We are happy to introduce you to the partner in Germany who is responsible for the region and the sector of interest.

Located in the City of London within easy reach of all major investors, investment banks and law firms, one of the strengths of our London office lies in its expertise in advising British companies and entrepreneurs who would like to enter the German market.

We provide a comprehensive range of advisory services in all fields of German Corporate Law and other areas of law, in both English and German. We can give advice regarding the choice of legal form, employment and other areas of law which are important for the foundation of a company in Germany. Our clients can count on competent and passionate support from experienced legal specialists, who have a deep understanding for the client’s needs and the challenges of entering new markets. Our excellent knowledge of the German market and our well-established contacts, as well as our recognised legal expertise, are prerequisites for providing successful advice to British clients.

Our London office also advises international investors on the acquisition of German companies, and in connection with cross-border M&A and Real Estate transactions. The office identifies investment opportunities on the German market and in Luther’s other international locations for the private equity and fund network in London. We also specialise in connecting German start-up and growth companies with venture capital investors.

 

Our Approach

Luther is a law firm with a commercial approach. We understand the markets in which our clients operate, and provide customised legal advice that addresses individual needs and delivers the greatest possible economic benefit. Our lawyers and tax advisors take an interdisciplinary approach and offer a wealth of experience in collaborating on complex tasks. Our wide-ranging practice offers expert advice in:

  • Antitrust Law

  • Banking and Capital Markets

  • Business Succession and Private Clients

  • Commercial and Distribution Law

  • Corporate Law

  • Employment Law

  • Energy Law

  • Environment Regulatory and Planning Law

  • International Trade Law

  • Insurance Law

  • International Arbitration

  • IP and Copyright Law

  • Litigation and Mediation

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Property Transactions

  • Public Procurement Law

  • Real Estate Law

  • Restructuring and Insolvency

  • Subsidy Law

  • Tax Advice

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

  • White Collar Crime & Compliance

Among Luther’s lawyers are several Employment Law experts. We would be pleased to explain and help you with the challenges of German Employment Law, especially with local peculiarities such as workers’ councils.

Our expertise covers nearly all industries. We deliver legal advice with a depth of industry knowledge, supported by our long experience when advising from the perspective of companies, investors and the public sector. That’s why our lawyers and tax advisors, in addition to their specialised knowledge, also focus on advising clients from particular industries including:

  • Automotive and Mobility

  • Chemicals

  • Energy and Utilities, Renewable Energy

  • Financial Services

  • Food, Retail and Consumer Products

  • Health Care and Medical

  • Infrastructure, Water and Waste Management

  • Insurance

  • Logistics and Shipping

  • Mechanical and Plant Engineering and Construction

  • Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

  • Public Sector

  • Real Estate

Our approach is interdisciplinary. Legal and tax issues are often closely interlinked, and long-term commercial and financial implications should not be overlooked. We benefit from a close working relationship between our lawyers and tax advisors, as well as from years of experience in working with consultants, accountants and bankers.

 

Our Clients

We advise clients which range from private individuals and small family businesses to leading enterprises like Vattenfall, Bilfinger, Bayer and ThyssenKrupp.

Our widespread network of offices enables us to work closely together with clients and to advise them successfully. We have long-standing and close business connections to mid-sized companies and family business - the so-called German “Mittelstand”.

Luther has substantial experience with these kinds of businesses. As well as being a trusted advisor to a substantial network of Mittelstand firms, we work with investors who are looking for mid-market opportunities.

Our network of ten offices in Germany offers us and our clients a real competitive advantage compared to other firms. In contrast to the United Kingdom, where much business is concentrated in London, Germany has several regional economic centres. Luther has offices and representatives in every one of them and can help you on-site.

 

International Recognition

Luther is a nationally and internationally recognised leading law firm. According to the Chambers Guide to Europe’s leading firms, our clients give consistently good feedback:

In Commercial Contracts:

“The lawyers do not just focus on legal advice but also possess deep insight into our business and a great understanding of commercial relations, and always choose the most cost-effective way to proceed.”

“The team is very responsive and turns documents around quickly. It is also very knowledgeable about our industry.”

 

In Corporate/M&A:

“I like that the lawyers do not just focus on legal advice, but also have a very deep insight into our business and great understanding of commercial relations.”

“Very client-oriented, reasonably priced and very sound economic knowledge.”

This represents the satisfaction we try to achieve for our clients and business partners in regard to every aspect of our business relationship.

 

Our Awards

Juve AwardsOver the years Luther has won several awards:

  • “Best law firm” in the category “Distribution/Trade/Logistics”, Juve Awards 2015 (Germany)

  • “Best lawyer 2015” International: 12 Partners ranked as “Best Lawyers” in their field.

  • WWLRecommended 2012 in “Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms” IFLR 1000 “Financial & Corporate: Recognised Firm” IFLR 1000, 2014

  • 5 partners listed in “WHO’s WHO LEGAL”

  • Acquisition InternationalAcquisition International- International Tax Law Team of the Year – Germany 2014

 

Should you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be delighted to welcome you in our London Office for an initial contact and afterwards develop a strategy to achieve your desired objectives. Our team in London is fluent in English and German and would be happy to help you achieve your business goals.

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