Our lawyers advise banks and other financial institutions as well as investors and businesses on financing transactions of any kind.
We advise on acquisition financing, real estate financing, project financing and general corporate financings in all their forms.
Corporate finance matters (club deals, loan notes (Schuldscheine), private placements, listed bonds, cash pooling, factoring, swaps and derivates), fund financings, venture loans and capital call lines are also part of our daily advisory.
Solid advice on financing matters requires profound know-how also of restructuring, insolvency and work-out. We have long-standing experience in restructuring advisory on the lender’s as well as on the borrower’s side and we advise on insolvency proceedings (regular proceedings as well as insolvency plan proceedings) as well as security enforcements.
On international financings, we work together with excellent partner firms abroad.
We advise banks and financial institutions, industry and service businesses as well as FinTechs on all matters of financial services regulation. We advise on all regulatory aspects of banking, capital markets and investment law, such as:
- Structuring of capital and liquidity measures from the regulatory perspective
- Advice on public offerings of securities and investment products, including preparation of the prospectus and other regulatory documentation
- Developing of compliance programs (e.g. securities and AML-CFT compliance, anti-market-abuse and insider law compliance, antitrust compliance of banks and financial institutions), conducting of compliance investigations
- Incorporation, acquisition and sale of banks, financial service providers and payment service providers as well as branches thereof in Germany and abroad (including regulatory due diligences and owner control procedures)
- Representation in and out of court vis-à-vis public authorities
- Data protection compliance
We advise numerous companies that develop and offer technology-based financial services of the future (FinTechs).
Our legal advice covers the conception, setup and realization of new business-models in all product and distribution channels as well as white-label- and cross-border models. This applies in particular to payment solutions, issuing and distribution of crypto-assets, token sales and blockchain-based business-models. Additionally, we support companies in the application for licensing and registration pursuant to the German Banking Act (Kreditwesengesetz), the Payment Services Supervision Act (Zahlungsdiensteaufsichtsgesetz) and the Capital Investment Code (Kapitalanlagegesetzbuch).
We also advise banks, insurance companies and industrial companies regarding the cooperation with FinTechs. Due to our in-depth expertise in both spheres we regularly advise investors (VC, PE and strategic investors) on regulatory aspects of investments in FinTech companies. We are experienced and pragmatic advisors for regulatory due diligence.
We advise insurance companies, banks and financial institutions, InsurTech companies and insured parties on all issues concerning insurance law and insurance supervisory law.
The structuring of insurance products and the advice on innovative distribution models online and offline require in-depth knowledge and experience on insurance law, insurance supervisory law and consumer protection law including data protection law. In this regard we can draw on long-standing expertise. We are familiar with the peculiarities of insurance sales by banks (e.g. consumer debt insurance, credit card insurance etc.).
We negotiate contracts regarding collective insurances to be combined into banking products and advise on the structuring of online platforms for insurance sales.
We advise both insurers as well as policy holders (e.g. in connection with D&O and W&I insurances) regarding claims settlement in complex events of damage, both in and out of court and in arbitration proceedings.
We enforce our clients’ rights in court and in arbitration proceedings, where we are also appointed as arbitrators.
We represent banks, financial institutions and other businesses in all kinds of commercial disputes. Since many years, our litigation practice is focused on the defence of banks and financial institutions against damage and discovery claims and on the representation in disputes with public authorities. We have the necessary experience and logistics in order to successfully represent our clients also in class actions.
We act both as party representatives and as arbitrators in national and international arbitration proceedings. We are active members in different arbitration networks and we are familiar with current developments in the German and international arbitral practice.
We have a notarial practice with three public notaries.
Our notarial practice is led by the three notaries Dr. Thomas Lindemann, Dr. Andreas Schwennicke and Dr. Konrad Rusch.
A focus point of our notarial services is corporate law and real estate law. Our notaries are well familiar with the peculiarities of venture capital transactions.
All notaries notarize in German and English.