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Germany: Franchise 2017

This chapter features 11 experts chosen for their expertise in handling contentious and non-contentious franchise law issues, acting for both international and domestic franchisors and franchisees. Below we highlight the most prominent individuals in the market.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Marco Hero PF&P Rechtsanwälte, Munich
Karsten Metzlaff Noerr, Berlin
Horst Christian Becker ARIATHES Rechtsanwälte, Munich

Noerr is the top international firm for franchise and distribution law advice in Germany and the wider Central and Eastern European region. In Berlin, Karsten Metzlaff is “the franchise guru of Germany”, according to one respondent. Indeed, he comes highly recommended by many of his peers internationally as one of the very best in the region for the establishment and expansion of international franchise systems. In Munich, Karl Rauser is regarded as “an authority on franchise law issues”. He has a strong client portfolio from start-ups to established international franchisors.

Marco Hero of SGP Rechtsanwälte ranks among the very best franchise lawyers in Europe. As one respondent summarises, “He is a splendid franchise lawyer, knowledgeable, creative and efficient, and I would refer a matter to him without hesitation.”

At TCI Rechtsanwälte, Ruth Dünisch is highlighted for her longstanding position of authority on German distribution law. She advises on franchise systems across a wide range of sectors for both international operators and SMEs. Sources cite her “excellent legal knowledge and ease to work with”.

At ARIATHES Rechtsanwälte, Horst Christian Becker has over 20 years’ experience in advising German and foreign franchisors on expansion in the German market and in franchise disputes before the state courts. “He is very well informed and a trusted source of expertise,” say peers.

Eckhard Flohr of LADM is a veteran of German franchise law and is considered a counsel of choice for brands looking to expand in Germany.

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