Corporate / Commercial
Advising corporations and institutions is the foundation of our legal practice at SCHMITZ KNOTH. Foundings, mergers, and restructuring of companies proceed without issues under the direction of SCHMITZ KNOTH. If litigation cannot be avoided, we confidently defend your interests in court. Successfully.
Our lawyers carry the title of Fachanwalt not just in commercial and corporate law, but also in international commercial law and banking and capital markets.
In our securities regulation practice, we advise stock companies and their bodies in all matters relating to corporate organisation, constitutions and bylaws, as well as corporate governance and compliance. Additionally, we accompany annual general meetings, advise on capital issues, and on shareholder rights. With regard to listed companies, we offer additional services relating to the communication with capital markets (ad hoc publicity and the Market Abuse Directive), IPOs, change of segments, and squeeze-outs. Traditionally, our partners occupy board positions in listed and non-listed companies.
Due to the seat of the German Competition Authority in Bonn, competition law is inherently connected to the DNA of our founding office. Ranging from merger control and cartel cases to review procedures to the award of public supply and public works contracts, we have the relevant contacts and know the way towards your success.
In our Corporate/M&A practice, we advise companies at every stage of their evolution: on foundings, fusions, and restructurings. Our M&A practice is a central part of the work we do at SCHMITZ KNOTH, especially internationally. Our experienced teams advise you on acquisitions and divestitures, from the due diligence stage until closing of the deal. Furthermore, we advise start-ups, venture capitalists, and family offices on their financing needs and exit strategies.
In our Commercial/Distribution/Competition law practice, we design and negotiate contracts of all kinds and advise you on your (international) distribution and marketing strategies.
Lastly, we offer international full service in relation to intellectual property matters. We cover the entire spectrum of intellectual property rights at SCHMITZ KNOTH, including but not limited to: Copyright, registered protective rights, design rights, and German and European Trade Marks. In relation to trade mark registration, we also offer cross-border research services.
Dr. Guido Plassmeier
Dr. Claus Recktenwald
Dr. Christian Weis
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We offer legal advice and to represent our clients in front of the German district courts (Amts- and Landgerichte) and the German Courts of Appeal.
SCHMITZ KNOTH provides more than mere legal advice; we understand our task to be your personal advisor, always aiming to create excellent solutions based on common values. Our lawyers always treat clients individually. We act forcefully, but always with far sight, sensibility, and skill.