Our lawyers serve a wide spectrum with a focus on the following areas


Due to the global orientation of Bryan Cave, advising national and international companies in particular on cross-border transactions & M&A projects is an important focus of Bryan Cave Germany. We advise companies of various sizes and business focus, from start-ups to listed companies on the following matters:

  • Due diligence
  • Sale of companies and assets
  • Advice on acquisition structure
  • Structured corporate matters and disputes
  • Corporate finance/acquisition finance
  • Merger control
  • Authorization procedures
  • Negotiations with works councils and employees
  • Joint ventures
  • Takeovers and the planning of defense measures against acquisitions
  • Corporate governance
  • Restructurings

General Commercial Law

An additional German Bryan Cave team specializes in all areas of general commercial law with a focus on the following matters:

  • Commercial contracts between and general standards among businesspersons
  • Terms and conditions of business
  • Distribution agreements
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Representation in court with regard to disputes e.g., with distribution agents or cooperation partners

Private Equity

We advise private equity (and venture capital) funds extensively on all legal and tax aspects in all stages of transactions including:

  • Structuring
  • Legal and tax due diligence
  • Acquisitions (share and asset deals)
  • Acquisition financing, including mezzanine and other financings
  • Management participation
  • Ongoing advice of the portfolio company
  • Exits, regardless in what manner

 We advise on both majority and minority participations.

Banking and Finance

Our German team advises leading banks, financial institutions, debt funds as well as enterprises and private equity sponsors in all areas of banking supervisory law and (cross-border) financing transactions, including:

  • Corporate and acquisition financing
  • Mezzanine and unitranche financing
  • Asset-based lending
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Project Financing
  • Regulation of banking and financial services and other banking supervisory law matters
  • Investment funds
  • Securities law disputes
  • IPO’s
  • Bonds, including SME bonds
  • Structuring of financing transactions
  • Leasing and factoring
  • Insolvency and restructuring

Intellectual Property

We advise in all intellectual property matters and support our clients from the identification, protection and exploitation of their IP rights to their defense and enforcement at trademark and patent offices and in court, such as, in particular:

  • Protection of confidential information and know-how
  • Trademarks, company names and designs: global portfolio management and strategy
  • Copyrights (including software and databases)
  • Defense and enforcement at patent and trademark offices and in court
  • Extensive US patent practice with our own US patent lawyers as well as experienced cooperation partners in Germany and the EU
  • R&D, cooperation, licensing and utilization agreements
  • Protection of IP-rights in employment, consultancy and distribution agreements
  • Unfair competition: safeguarding distribution and marketing
  • Protection against counterfeiting and piracy
  • Internet domains and domain name disputes

Data Privacy Law

We offer our clients a full spectrum of advice on data privacy law in a global setting including in particular

  • Data processing in corporate groups
  • Operational data privacy structures
  • International data transfer
  • Binding corporate rules
  • EU standard contractual clauses for data transfer
  • EU/US safe harbor principles
  • Compliance with data privacy law
  • Internal audits and trainings
  • Due diligence
  • Employee data privacy
  • Data privacy in IT systems, in particular HR management
  • Designing privacy-enhancing future technologies from the start (privacy-by-design)
  • Use of customer data
  • Direct marketing
  • Data privacy in e-commerce, the use of web portals and social networks
  • External Data Protection Officer assignment


  • Anti-corruption legislation
  • International combating of money laundering
  • Commercial law compliance such as registrations, permits, labeling of goods, hazardous goods, disposal
  • Best practice-standards: marketing, new media
  • Formation of new companies

International Trade and Customs

We develop together with companies from various legal systems a legally compliant structure as a starting point for the successful distribution of goods or services in Germany. This includes in particular the following:

  • Import and export of goods
  • Customs procedures
  • Export controls in the EU and Germany
  • Economic sanctions
  • Corporate compliance programs
  • Customs inspections
  • Investigation procedures
  • Execution negotiations
  • Internal inspections and training

Labor and Employment

Our team of labor and employment law specialists provides our national and international clients first-class, targeted advice with a strong focus on the following areas:

  • Ongoing advice and representation of companies in individual and collective labor and employment law matters
  • Representation in employment and labor law proceedings in and out of labor and civil courts
  • Drafting of employment and service contracts and advising on variable remuneration systems
  • Termination of employment and mass dismissals
  • Transfer of business on a national and international level, outsourcing, operational changes and restructuring
  • Drafting and negotiation of works agreements and advice regarding all matters involving the participation of works councils
  • Negotiation of balance of interests and social plans
  • Assistance and structuring of labor and employment matters within the course of transactions
  • Advice on international assignment of employees


Bryan Cave Germany also advises in all tax law matters:

  • Tax optimization of corporate acquisitions and restructurings
  • Negotiation of tax guarantees and tax indemnification clauses in SPAs
  • Structuring of business succession solutions and anticipated inheritance in the light of inheritance law and inheritance tax law
  • Tax optimization of inbound and outbound investments
  • Advising on general questions regarding business taxation
  • Advising on VAT matters
  • Transfer pricing
  • Advising on tax implications of real estate investments and on real estate transfer tax questions
  • Analyzing tax consequences of funding structures  
  • Support with regard to tax audits, administrative appeals and tax disputes
  • Advising on expatriate taxation, taxation of employees and in relation to employee participation programs
  • Advising clients in criminal tax evasion proceedings, in particular with regard to the preparation of voluntary self-disclosures

Real Estate

Bryan Cave Germany advises on all aspects of building and real estate law. In addition to our specialized legal expertise, we also possess the necessary industry knowledge and advise on the following:

  • Real estate financing
  • Real estate tax structuring
  • Acquisition and sale of real estate
  • Real estate project development
  • Real estate restructuring and insolvency law
  • Real estate dispute resolution

Litigation and dispute resolution

Avoiding and managing business risks is a fundamental objective of all of our work. Our attorneys furthermore possess extraordinary experience in solving conflicts both through negotiations and through litigation before courts and in arbitration. Our clients rely on our litigation and dispute resolution practice in diverse and complex matters across industries and jurisdictions that frequently involve very high sums in dispute. By sound legal analysis, comprehensive understanding for the business needs of our clients and a clear view for what is relevant we successfully defend their interests also in proceedings before authorities and administrative courts.

Antitrust and Competition

We advise on the following competition and antitrust law matters in Germany and the EU:

  • Development and supervision of compliance programs
  • Enforcement of and defense against claims in connection with competition law violations
  • Draft and review of cooperation agreements (including purchase, production and distribution cooperations) and supply agreements with competitors and partners in the supply chain
  • Legal structuring of national and international distribution systems
  • Coordinated solutions across jurisdictions in close cooperation with our European, American and Asian offices
  • Submissions with regulatory authorities in relation to the anti-competitive activities of third parties
  • Defending against regulatory fines
  • Representation in competition law related disputes before courts
  • Legal assessment of filing obligations and merger control applications
  • Coordination of merger control proceedings in cross-border transactions

Industry Experience

Industry experience is the key to guaranteeing comprehensive and specialized legal advice. Our attorneys are not only legal scholars but they also understand the market conditions which are most relevant for our clients. We assist you in generating growth and competing successfully with other competitors.

Our industry experience in the following industry sectors enables our lawyers to offer innovative and sustainable solutions:

  • Commerce
  • Logistics & transport
  • Consumer goods
  • Energy
  • Media
  • Banking & Finances
  • Health
  • Chemistry
  • Agriculture