Germany: Franchise 2019

In this chapter we highlight 15 franchise practitioners who are selected for their leading expertise in a broad range of franchise matters for both international and domestic clients. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Karsten Metzlaff Noerr LLP, Hamburg
2. Marco Hero Schiedermair Rechtsanwälte, Frankfurt

Noerr stands out as the leading German firm for franchise work this year, with four listings.
Karsten Metzlaff is one of the foremost franchise lawyers in the country. Peers describe him as “the best in the field who has captured a large proportion of the legal market”. He focuses on advising clients across the retail, healthcare and life sciences industries.
Karl Rauser is “an extremely experienced franchise practitioner” and heads the commerce and trade practice group at the firm. He advises on a wide range of distribution and commercial law matters.
Mansur Pour Rafsendjani is lauded by market respondents as “a fantastic lawyer”. He commands over 20 years of experience in international trade and distribution law.
Tom Billing is a respected figure among franchise practitioners in Germany who specialises in distribution and finance law.

Buse Heberer Fromm also performs well this year with two nominations.
Dagmar Waldzus is a standout figure among franchise practitioners in Germany. She has a broad practice which includes franchise, distribution and M&A law.
Jasper Hagenberg is a well-regarded name among peers. He is qualified to practise US and German law, and focuses on representing franchisors regarding trademark, competition and copyright matters.

Marco Hero at Schiedermair Rechtsanwälte stands out in our research as one of the most prominent franchise practitioners in Germany. He is well versed in advising clients on a wide array of franchising matters from distribution to disputes.

Jan Patrick Giesler at Busse & Miessen is considered a top-tier franchise specialist by market commentators. He commands extensive experience of constructing franchise systems to meet the requirements of German franchise law. 

Eckhard Flohr at LADM Liesegang Aymans Decker Mittelstaedt & Partner is praised highly by peers as “a big name in the franchise field” and is a recognised authority on German distribution law.

Kay Jacobsen of Jacobsen & Confurius enjoys a strong reputation in the market for his franchise work and boasts over 25 years of experience in the field.

Günter Erdmann at SchlarmannvonGeyso is a widely respected name who possesses a deep understanding of complex German franchising matters.

Benedikt Rohrßen at Taylor Wessing draws praise from international sources for his excellent work in the franchise space. He has experience advising national and international clients on distribution and franchise systems.

Ruth Dünisch from TCI Rechtsanwälte München is described as “a quick, knowledgeable and thorough franchise practitioner”. Her practice spans distribution law, including franchise and licensing matters.

Horst Christian Becker at Ariathes Rechtsanwälte is highlighted by peers as a well-respected franchise specialist. He commands over 22 years of expertise handling a range of matters in the field.

Independent practitioner Dieter Stummel impresses peers who note he has a “unique and indispensable set of skills” and combines legal knowledge with corporate experience to provide top-class franchising counsel. 

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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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