Genscherallee 12
D-53113 Bonn

Tel.: 0228-98509-71
Fax: 0228-98509-8871

E-Mail: recktenwald@schmitzknoth.de


Born 1959 in Bonn.

National Service (signaleers); apprenticeship at Dresdner Bank AG, Cologne; studied law in Freiburg and Bonn; trainee lawyer, specialising in corporate law in Berlin (KfH, BKartA, and at a law firm in New York); tutor for public law in Hannover and Göttingen; Dr. jur. 1991, University of Bonn.

Since 1990: Rechtsanwalt; Partner at SCHMITZ KNOTH.

Securities regulation, banking law and capital markets, intellectual property and competition law.

Bar association of Bonn (Executive committee since 1993, Chairman 2006 – 2012), State chapter NRW of the German Bar Association (DAV) (Treasurer 2000 – 2009), Constitutional committee of the Federal Bar Association (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer) (acting member from 2007 – 2023). VEMAG Verlags- und Medien AG (Member of the Supervisory Board 2006 – 2018). SolarWorld AG, Bonn (Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 12/18/1998 [founded] to 2014); Solarparc AG, Bonn (Chairman of the Supervisory Board 2000 [founding] –  2014 [taken private]; Grünenthal Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Aachen (Member of the Advisory Board 2010 – 2014); Dalli-Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Stolberg (Member of the Advisory Board 2014 – 2015); Deutsche Solar AG, Freiberg (Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board 2001 – 2011 [taken private]; Wanderer-Werke AG, Augsburg (Member of the Board of Directors 2008 – 2009). 

“Von der Sozialadäquanz zum Verschwiegenheitskodex? Einbeziehung Dritter in das Anwaltsmandat” (“From Sozialadäquanz to the Code of Secrecy? Third parties in the lawyer-client relationship“), in: AnwBl. 6/2012, S. 490 ff.

“Vom DCGK zum neuen Unternehmenskodex” (“From the DCGK to the new corporate code“), in: Der Aufsichtsrat 2/2010 S. 17

“Augenmaß und Bodenhaftung – Nachhaltigkeit, Transparenz und Vorstandsvergütung” (“Attention and moderation – sustainability, transparency, and executive compensation“), in: Ernst & Young, Ausg. 13/2010, S 36 ff.

“Von der Offenlegung zur Deckelung der Vorstandsvergütung” („Disclosure of executive compensation caps“), in: AnwBl 7/2009, S. 532.

“Der Schadenfall bei EC-Karte und Netz – Anscheinsbeweis quo vadis?” (“Liability in cases of debit cards and the Internet – Prima facie evidence quo vadis?”), in: AnwBl 4/2009, S. 265 ff.

“Der Aufsichtsrat und das Korsett des Vorstands” (“The board of directors and the corset of management”), in: AnwBl 5/2008, S. 354 f.

“Der Stufenverbund der ländlichen Warengenossenschaften in der Fusionskontrolle” (“Agreements between rural cooperatives to collectively acquire goods in merger control cases”), Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1991.


Nationwide, a bank

The experts from SCHMITZ KNOTH Rechtsanwälte represent legal departments in groups across Germany and complement the operative business in management and capital market issues.


Keep rules and regress right.

We advise and represent the general insurance contract law (conclusion of contract, pre-contractual disclosure, beginning of insurance cover, premium right, insurance agent, causing the insured event, obligations, danger increase), transport and forwarding insurance law, property insurance law (in particular the law of vehicle, building, household , Luggage, fire, burglary and construction insurance) to the law of private personal insurance (in particular the right of life, health, travel cancellation, accident and disability insurance) and Liability insurance law. Special expertise also exists in the area of technical insurance.


Exclude risks and side effects.

SCHMITZ KNOTH lawyers clarify questions of corruption law and formulate compliance solutions for the medical and pharmaceutical industry. In cases of medical liability, we represent patients as well as practitioners in the assertion of their claims.


Protecting your ideas. Under all circumstances.

For individuals and companies, SCHMITZ KNOTH Rechtsanwälte takes on the representation in all questions of copyright and competition law matters. Above all, the clarification of protective rights and design of German and European brands is a priority.


Mergers & Acquisitions with a sure hand.

Founding, merging and restructuring of companies run smoothly under the direction of SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE. If we can not prevent a dispute, we represent their interests in court. With success.


Good staff needs good staff.

SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE are known as experienced representatives of client interests in negotiations on company agreements or collective bargaining agreements. In any case – be it restructuring or social plan, employee or manager.


Regularities for commercial, property and rent.

For companies and builders, SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE has decades of expertise to safeguard interests in terms of remuneration, warranty and compensation.


With a sense of proportion and tact.

Our private lives pose great challenges to us in the event of potential disputes – including legal ones. With SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWAELTE you have proven legal experts at your side who stand up and fight with great sensitivity for your needs.


For a legal explanation of accident consequences.

In the case of accidents with consequences, SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWAELTE will take legal action for claims for damages or unsubstantiated claims for their legal interests and implement them.


Our practice for the bureaucracy.

SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE advises public authorities, associations and municipalities on their interests in administrative law – public building law is the focus of their activities.


Compliance without complications.

Entrepreneurial risk needs adequate support in case of wrong decisions. SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE advise and train companies and entrepreneurs on compliance with regulations and measures.


Advocacy for lawyers.

Legal and professional support is provided to lawyers by SCHMITZ KNOTH RECHTSANWÄLTE in the legal practice as well as in the chamber and association industry and the Federal Bar Association, where our partners have been represented for decades.