Consulting on corporate legal issues forms the key focus of our activities as business lawyers. In this context, we provide support in the formation and structuring of companies, in their day-to-day corporate housekeeping issues, and in special situations such as shareholder disputes, corporate restructuring, and employee participation programmes.

When founding a company – but also in the course of ongoing operations – corporate and tax aspects must be considered. Our lawyers offer comprehensive expertise in this area. This applies to exceptional events, such as the transformation into another corporate structure, the provision of fresh capital and the participation of managers and employees in the company's success.

Our approach

Our experts have many years of practical experience in advising and representing national and international companies from various sectors and in all areas of corporate law. We understand the challenges and issues that business owners and managers face, whether this involves the establishment of a company, the formation of joint ventures, employee participation programmes, financial measures, restructurings, reorganisations, and all issues involving a group of companies. In addition, we offer our clients comprehensive and ongoing corporate legal advisory services (corporate housekeeping).

Through our international partner offices of the Mazars Group and the international alliance of independent law firms (Marcalliance), our corporate legal consulting extends to cross-border matters.

Our services

In the area of corporate law, we also offer the following consulting services:

Incorporation and establishment of companies, shareholder agreements

  • Advice during the start-up phase, including the right choice of legal form, including all aspects of partnership and corporate enterprise law, (e.g., a partnership [OHG], limited partnership [KG], limited liability company [GmbH] or stock corporation [AG]), while considering tax implications as well as providing support in the various stages of setting up the business
  • Advice related to the formation of joint venture companies, family hold businesses, start-ups, professional practices, etc.
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements between shareholders ("participation agreements"), e.g., regarding exit scenarios, succession plans, financing issues, and regulations concerning corporate governance

Corporate housekeeping, shareholder disputes

  • Ongoing advice to shareholders and business managers on corporate law issues, assistance with shareholders' meetings/adoption of resolutions, the amendment/revision of articles of association/rules of procedure, implementation of capital increases/other capital measures (cash and non-cash capital increases, creation of authorised capital, capital reduction, etc.); the liquidation of companies, etc.
  • Advice in connection with corporate management, including directors’ executive liability, and compliance advice
  • Support in the event of shareholder disputes

Restructurings, reorganisations, and group law

  • Assistance with restructuring projects; in particular, mergers, demergers, spin-offs, changes in the legal form, comparable restructuring measures such as contribution transactions, etc.
  • Drafting and implementation of intercompany agreements (control and profit transfer agreements, business lease agreements, and operating lease agreements)
  • Assistance with reorganization projects, in particular mergers, demergers, spin-offs, changes of legal form, comparable restructuring measures, such as contribution transactions, etc.
  • Drafting and implementation of intercompany agreements (control and profit transfer agreements, operating lease agreements, business transfer agreements)

Employee participation programmes, other participation schemes

  • Advice on management and employee participation programmes (stock options and phantom stocks)

Conceptual design and drafting of other financing measures (bridge financing, convertible loans, subordinated loans, silent partnerships [typical/atypical], and mezzanine financing)

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