WE SUPPORT YOU IN ALL MATTERS RELATING TO BANKING LAW
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.
EXTENSIVE CONSULTING IN ALL MATTERS RELATING TO CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE LAW
We offer our clients extensive consulting on all matters relating to construction and real estate law, in particular with a view to the realisation of real estate projects of all kinds.
We advise private and public clients but also building contractors from many different sectors in respect of large scale projects, new building projects and restructuring measures on all issues arising.
We also advise architects, engineers and project developers. We co-operate, more particularly, closely with liability underwriters of architects and engineers in view of supporting and representing their clients.
Our counselling encompasses the acquisition of real property, project management, planning and building execution to selling or letting of the completed real property.
We advise on the conclusion of real property purchase and sale agreements, with support for obtaining development rights and accompanying the building permit procedures. We assist our clients also in all matters relating to public procurement law and represent both public principals and bidders in the verification procedure under public procurement law before the court responsible for public procurement actions of the federal states and the federal government as well as the public procurement divisions of the higher regional courts.
We draft contracts of all kinds, for instance for concrete building projects but also standard terms and conditions. We advise our clients in every phase of the building process.
We support builder-owners in securing a contractual implementation of their project, in warding off unjustified claims and in enforcing warranty claims.
Building companies and consortiums of builders acting as general contractors are advised by us when entering into the building contract, to secure and enforce their claims for compensation of work as well as the avoidance of unjustified warranty claims.
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.
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.
YOUR PARTNER ON ALL ISSUES RELATING TO ENERGY LAW
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.
DETAILS CONCERNING OUR MAIN FIELDS OF ACTIVITY:
- 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
OUR PORTFOLIO IN INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
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”.
EXAMPLES FROM OUR IP PRACTICE INCLUDE:
- 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
IN THE ERA OF DIGITALISATION
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