Germany: Franchise 2018

We recognise 13 leading lawyers who stand out for their excellent work acting for both international and domestic franchisors and franchisees in relation to contentious and non-contentious franchise law issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Karsten Metzlaff Noerr, Hamburg
2. Marco Hero SGP Rechtsanwalte, Munich

NOERR boasts the foremost franchise team in the German market and sees three practitioners highlighted for their strong expertise in the space.
Karsten Metzlaff is the leading franchise lawyer in our research this year and is considered “a real specialist in the field”. One source effuses, “He is an excellent and very visible franchise attorney.”
Tom Billing draws praise from international respondents and is frequently engaged in a wide array of franchise and distribution matters.
Karl Rauser leads the firm’s commerce and trade practice and is recognised for his impressive work advising both domestic and international clients in relation to distribution and franchising law.

Full-service law firm BUSE HEBERER FROMM also performs well, achieving two nominations in this chapter.
Dagmar Waldzus is highly sought after by clients for her first-rate work handling licensing and franchising matters, including contracts and agreements.  
Jasper Hagenberg is an IP specialist, and regularly represents a wide range of clients including franchisors, corporate entities and licensors.

At SGP RECHTSANWALTE, Marco Hero is “a well-established name” in the German market and wins widespread praise from international sources, who describe him as “an incredibly experienced franchise lawyer”. 

SCHLARMANNVONGEYSO’s Günter Erdmann “has been a prominent figure in the market for many years” and “definitely should be included in the list”, according to market commentators.

Kay Jacobsen at JACOBSEN & CONFURIUS is “an excellent lawyer” noted for his expert handling of distribution-related matters. 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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