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.


We support banks, savings banks, financial service providers and fintechs, investment companies and credit insurers in all matters relating to banking and capital market law as well as credit insurance law. This includes legal advice on project and real estate financing, loan collateralisation law, the law governing payments and supervisory law.

We can rely on a comprehensive experience in conducting lawsuits and represent credit institutions and financial service providers before courts all over Germany. We are involved in mass proceedings concerning closed-end funds including prospectus liability, structured bonds, model case proceedings under KapMuG (Act on Model Case Proceedings under Capital Market Regulations), failed real estate investments and revocations.

Our additional practice areas include the consulting of banks in the event of crisis of the borrower, during his restructuring or insolvency as well as in respect of the realisation of collaterals. Furthermore, we support banks and companies on insolvency issues, in particular to avoid claims for rescission but also at the enforcement of collateral rights vis a vis the insolvency administrator. We represent clients in committees of creditors and act as official receivers.

We can advise companies extensively on the structuring of their contractual relationships with banks and support them in negotiations with their banks against the backdrop of our experience in banking law. If companies are facing a crisis, we are available with our experience in coping with crises.

In close co-operation with our offices in Shanghai and Vietnam we support banks and companies in the field of export financing and credit insurance.

TEAM BANKING: Thomas Schikorra, Dr. Einar Recknagel, Nils Bräuninger LL.M., Bastian Siemsglüß LL.M., Justyna Lidia Niwinski, Dr. Barbara Plambeck, Hartmut Garz

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 (IAG) 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 CHINA DESK: Dr. Mark-Alexander Huth, Johannes Thies, Axel Neelmeier, Dr. Pingliang Ge

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).

A special focus within our practice lies on corporate law. Our partner and specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate 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 corporate law, we advise our clients also regularly on different (international) M&A 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, Johannes Thies, Axel Neelmeier

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.


  • 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 DATA PRIVACY LAW: Corinna Rindfleisch, Bastian Grätz, Prof. Dr. Ralf Imhof


Our team, which consists of highly specialised lawyers, advises and represents above all energy providers and utilities. Our clients include, more particularly, grid operators on all levels and other infrastructure companies as well as distributors. We support our clients on all issues relating to energy law in their business operations. Our clients benefit from our in-depth industry knowledge acquired over many years of activities.



  • Competition for power and gas licences
  • Transfer of utility plants after a change in licence
  • Connection, purchase and remuneration obligations under the Renewable Energy Act and the Combined Heat and Power Generation Act
  • Biogas feed-in
  • Connection obligations under the Energy Industry Act
  • Grid access
  • Grid Charges Regulation
  • Individual grid charges
  • Abuse proceedings
  • Land and route usage
  • Licence fees


  • Price adjustment clauses
  • Debt collection
  • Disputes under competition law

For special issues we can also put together larger project teams with other practices and locations. On this basis we can also support energy providers and utilities in the following areas:

  • Procurement law
  • Real property law
  • Building law
  • Commercial and company law
  • Industrial property rights
  • IT law
  • Banking and capital market law
  • Investments in China and Vietnam


TEAM ENERGY: Dr. Olaf Schulz-Gardyan, Martin Stangl, Andreas Bremer, Carina Marie Clos, Emely Marie Rohde


INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY RIGHTS usually constitute a combination of different legal areas in respect of which our expert knowledge focuses in particular on competition law, trademark law and copyright law. Copyright law is directly related to IT law and refers in addition to software also to many other types of works – the key element being the safest possible granting of rights to use.

In our advisory services on competition law we focus on the defence of advertising measures in respect of which our clients occasionally “sail close to the wind”.


  • Licence agreements, in particular concerning trademarks and copyrightable works
  • Contracts for the acquisition of rights
  • Trademark registrations and other trademark related measures, including support in disputes and drafting
  • Differentiation agreements
  • Advice on the safe legal handling of IP rights in the company, eg participation in IP strategies and the corresponding handouts
  • Advance review of planned advertising measures
  • Court representation in competition law matters, including interlocutory injunctions

TEAM IP: Dr. Jörg-Michael Scheil, Corinna Rindfleisch, Bastian Grätz, Prof. Dr. Ralf Imhof


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY no longer has anything to do with “New Economy”. Information technology and all associated aspects of information security and DATA PRIVACY are at present amongst the fundamental topics which every company has to deal with. We advise primarily suppliers – but also users – of information technology at the drafting and negotiation of contracts and accompany complex IT projects – if necessary also their winding up after disturbances in the project. IT law and, more particularly, contract drafting, is subject to a permanent change, such as the comprehensive transition from software purchasing and maintenance to cloud solutions and software as a service. We are committed to contributing a basic understanding for the technical and organisational bases of information technology.

The handling of personal data is relevant for almost any 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 and system security within the company.

In our daily practice we deal with:

  • Drafting and negotiation of IT contracts and standard terms and conditions
    • Accompaniment of complex IT projects from the LOI to the rough concept and development and subsequent licensing
    • Advice at the design of new business concepts and licence models, eg for community solutions
    • Representation in disputes, eg after the failure of projects
    • Adjustment of company processes to the new data privacy law

TEAM IT: Corinna Rindfleisch, Dr. Jörg-Michael Scheil, Prof. Dr. Ralf Imhof, Bastian Grätz

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

TEAM LABOUR LAW: Dr. Mark-Alexander Huth, Bastian Siemsglüß LL.M., Johannes Thies

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