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Germany: Insurance & Reinsurance 2017

In this chapter, we highlight 25 practitioners specialising in representing insurance underwriters, reinsurers, intermediaries and corporate insurers in contentious, contractual, regulatory and transactional matters.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Henning Schaloske Clyde & Co, Düsseldorf
Reinhard Dallmayr BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr, Munich
Jan Schröder Allen & Overy, Düsseldorf
Herbert Palmberger Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Düsseldorf
Bastian Finkel BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr, Cologne

 Leading insurance and liability law boutique BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr tops our research again this year with an impressive five listings. Munich-based Reinhard Dallmayr is a distinguished fixture of the market, known for his strong relationships with the regulatory authorities and his experience representing clients in insurance-related arbitral proceedings. In Cologne, fellow name partner Theo Langheid is “a top-tier” adviser praised for his deep understanding of the market. According to sources, “He is strong on high-profile claims and policy work, efficient and effective.” Langheid regularly represents insurers in high-stakes claims and works with insurers to produce products in the energy sector. Bastian Finkel emerges as one of the most highly recommended practitioners in this year’s research and is commended for his impressive practice focusing on D&O and E&O issues and regularly assists clients in insurance policy drafting. The “excellent” Joachim Grote is a prominent player in the German life insurance market thanks to his knowledge of the regulatory landscape. Björn Seitz is recognised for his market-leading practice encompassing D&O litigation. He regularly represents insurers in cases relating to liability, coverage and indemnity issues.

Two practitioners are singled out at Allen & Overy. Heading the firm’s corporate insurance practice is the “prominent” Jan Schröder – one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research this year. He is deemed a “definite inclusion” by peers thanks to his prominence in transactional work. Daniel Busse heads the firm’s Germany arbitration practice and is commended for his competence and dynamism in insurance-related commercial disputes.

Dabelstein & Passehl’s Dieter Schwampe specialises in maritime insurance law with clients commending his “efficient, creative solutions” and “strong local knowledge”. He is joined by managing partner Jan Dreyer whose profound insight into the German shipping industry ensures that he is considered a go-to lawyer for shipping companies, insurers, banks, shipyards et al.

Noerr is home to two leading insurance practitioners. In Düsseldorf, Oliver Sieg enjoys a formidable reputation in the market for his D&O expertise. He is an accomplished disputes specialist and regularly represents clients in D&O arbitration. Head of the firm’s dispute resolution practice Michael Molitoris is “a top-tier litigator” with a wealth of expertise handling insurance-related and liability disputes.

Hogan Lovells garners two inclusions in the following pages. In Düsseldorf, the “outstanding” Christoph Louven is praised for his transactional expertise, regularly acting for major insurers looking to consolidate their position in the German insurance market. Christoph Küppers is a seasoned practitioner with over 20 years of experience advising insurers and reinsurers on regulatory issues and the tax and accounting aspects associated with their products. He is known for possessing “first-rate technical aptitude”.

At Oppenhoff & Partner, two practitioners are recommended. Peter Etzbach focusses his “superb” practice on corporate transactional work in the insurance industry and is known for his cross-border expertise. Hanno Goltz is a distinguished transactional specialist with significant experience advising clients on M&A within the insurance sector. According to sources, “He is an impressive senior statesman in the market.”

Head of Clyde & Co’s new German offering Henning Schaloske is praised for his broad practice encompassing product liability cases, cyber product development, professional indemnity insurance, regulatory issues and insurance-related international arbitration. One source noted, “He has the ability to assess and address the merits of the case and proceed effectively.”

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s Herbert Palmberger is widely seen as “a well-respected authority with an excellent understanding of the market”. His practice encompasses both non-contentious advisory work on all areas of insurance and reinsurance, as well as litigation and arbitration.

Winfried Schnepp heads the insurance practice at CMS Hasche Sigle and is regarded by the market as one of the country’s premier insurance practitioners. He boasts considerable experience advising insurers on policy drafting, transactional work and restructurings.

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