MANY SKILLS, HOLISTIC LEGAL COUNSELLING

In our CORPORATE Practice we pool different competencies. Apart from Commercial and Company Law, IT Law is the focus of our activities. Within the framework of our holistic counselling we work, however, also for our clients in the field of Labour Law, Data Privacy Law, Industrial Property Rights, commercial tenancy law as well as insolvency law.

We have been connected to most of our clients through a trusted client relationship over many years. We are dedicated to finding a solution to your concerns on the highest legal level and driven by results – above all by taking your economic interests into due account. We ensure this through clear contacts, manageable team sizes and flat hierarchies.

TEAM CORPORATE: Corinna Rindfleisch, Dr. Mark-Alexander Huth, Dr. Jörg-Michael Scheil, Johannes Thies, Bastian Grätz, Dr. Detlev Geerds, Axel Neelmeier, Prof. Dr. Ralf Imhof, Leif Schneider, Hau Bui

LABOUR LAW

Against the backdrop of the business law focus of our practice, we advise companies, managing directors and senior executives also on labour law issues. We support our clients in particular in respect of:

  • Employment contracts
  • Managing director service contracts
  • Disciplinary warning letters
  • Dismissals / dismissals with the option of altered conditions of employment
  • Proceedings concerning protection against unlawful dismissals
CHINA DESK

As far as the legal counselling of Chinese companies in Germany is concerned, SNB has been one of the first German law firms to operate in this field since the mid 1980s. Many Chinese investors and internationally operating Chinese companies contact us if they need legal advice in Germany.

Our sound knowledge of the particularities of the Chinese culture and negotiation tactics turns us, moreover, sought-after advisers for German mid-sized companies with business activities in China and/or business relationships with Chinese companies, also and in particular for more complex transactions under company law or co-operations.

We offer our Chinese clients, apart from the entire range of advisory services from our German practices (in particular in the field of commercial and company law, contract drafting as well as IT law and industrial property rights), mainly investment advice in the field of company acquisitions, greenfield investments and company locations. Consulting on the drafting of real estate, lease and employment contracts as well as the representation of Chinese clients in extra-judicial and judicial disputes round off our range of advisory services.

German clients with business activities in China and/or with Chinese companies are advised by us primarily on the selling of companies, the negotiation of joint venture contracts, co-operation, distribution and framework agreements as well as the protection of industrial property rights in Germany and abroad. As far as necessary in individual cases, we can rely on our international network of lawyers and tax consultants (IGAL) as well as many other contacts of our network also in other European and Asian countries with a view to quick and effective help.

TEAM CORPORATE: Dr. Mark-Alexander Huth, Johannes Thies, Axel Neelmeier, Dr. Pingliang Ge

DATA PRIVACY LAW

The handling of personal data is relevant for almost every company, in particular with a view to customer and employee data. In the wake of the entry into force of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) there is a need for adjustment in every company. In this connection data privacy cannot, however, be considered in isolation but is related to information technology.

WE ADVISE YOU:

  • on all legal data privacy issues
  • on customer and employee data protection
  • on the drafting of data privacy policies
  • on contract data processing agreements
  • in the event of incidents such as data leaks with voluntary disclosure obligation
  • on controls by the data privacy authorities as well as in fines proceedings

TEAM CORPORATE: Corinna Rindfleisch, Bastian Grätz, Prof. Dr. Ralf Imhof

COMPANY LAW/M&A

A special focus within our practice lies on company law. Our partner and specialist lawyer for commercial and company law, Dr. Mark-Alexander Huth, advises our mid-sized (national and international) clients extensively on all aspects of company law (eg in respect of formations, capital measures, the drafting of articles of association and shareholder agreements, restructuring / transformation measures, disputes amongst shareholders, etc).

As part of our competency in company law, we advise our clients also regularly on different (international) company transactions. We act both for purchasers and also for sellers. Depending on the focus of the transaction, we put together a persuasive team of experts and accompany you through all phases of the transaction.

We advise and accompany investments in target companies of many different legal forms, as a minority and as a majority investment, joint venture or private equity investment.

We have special experience in transactions involving Asian (in particular Chinese) investors. These transactions are characterised by a more extensive need for co-ordination and communication as well as complex decision-making and authorisation processes. You can leverage our many years of Asian experience

TEAM COMPANY LAW/M&A: Dr. Mark-Alexander Huth, Dr. Jörg-Michael Scheil, Dr. Olaf Schulz-Gardyan, Dr. Detlev Geerds, Johannes Thies, Axel Neelmeier

COMMERCIAL AND CIVIL LAW

We advise our clients on all aspects of commercial law, in particular concerning (international) contract drafting as well as distribution law. For our clients we draft and negotiate, for instance, the following contracts:

  • Framework contracts – sales and purchasing including IT procurement
  • Standard terms and conditions (sales/purchasing)
  • Distribution contracts
  • Co-operation agreements including IP (eg joint development of new products with a customer)
  • Quality assurance agreements
  • Logistics contracts, settlement of transport claims
  • Lease contracts, leasing

Moreover, we advise our clients regularly on different topics of distribution law (eg post-contractual sales agent indemnification payment claims), logistics issues (eg pallet exchange, warehousing contracts), product liability law as well as compliance aspects (and / or code of conduct).

COMMERCIAL CRIMINAL LAW

Entrepreneurial behavior goes along with the risk of violating written or unwritten risk management regulations causing disadvantages and breaching the limits of what is permitted by criminal law and/or punishable with administrative fines. It is thus that our corporate advisory scope is rounded off by our services with regard to commercial criminal law. Our partner Dr. Detelv Geerds advises companies on a preventive basis in view of the avoidance of risk under criminal law (and risk for administrative fines) in business life. He acts as defence counsel for managers or companies in criminal or sanctioning proceedings and as legal adviser for damaged companies.

TEAM COMMERCIAL CRIMINAL LAW: Dr. Detlev Geerds, Thomas Peters

ARBITRATION

SNB accompanies you in arbitration proceedings worldwide, however, with a special focus on Asia related arbitrations. SNB has extensive experience from numerous arbitral proceedings, be it ad-hoc proceedings pursuant to the German Code of Civil Procedure or pursuant to the arbitration rules of the Hamburg Friendly Arbitration or be it proceedings before German or international arbitration institutions, i.a. the

  • CEAC – Chinese European Arbitration Centre, Hamburg
  • CIETAC – China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Peking
  • SHIAC – Shanghai International Arbitration Center, Shanghai
  • PIAC – Pacific International Arbitration Center, Ho Chi Minh City
  • DIS – German Arbitration Institution, Cologne
  • Court of Arbitration of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

We take care of your interest as a party to such arbitral proceedings. As such you will benefit from decades of experience of SNB in litigations and arbitrations.

Because of its special expertise in commercial disputes with Asian business partners the partners of SNB have frequently been appointed as arbitrators or presiding arbitrators. Thus Axel Neelmeier is a listed arbitrator with CEAC, CIETAC, SHIAC and DIS, while Dr. Mark-Alexander Huth is listed with SHIAC and Dr. Jörg-Michael Scheil M.A. with PIAC.

A brief introduction to the elements of an arbitration clause can be downloaded here.

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