Comment: This recommended practice in insurance focuses on insurance advice to industrial companies, but the Munich team also often appears at the side of insurers. Here, Lauterbach in particular is increasingly in demand on behalf of D&O insurers for defense against class actions in which, for instance, recourse is taken against managers. In this, the practice benefits from its robust personnel, as large teams can be put together if needed. Palmberger, who is still the figurehead of the practice, has been intensifying his contacts to financial service providers and industrial companies for years, but was recently able to increase work for government agencies: as a result of the insurance advice to the state of Niedersachsen on construction defects in the JadeWeserPort, Heuking was also involved in the instruction for Nordrhein-Westfalen on liability questions concerning state-owned ports. While Schnug is well established in the Cologne office, in other offices several partners still stand to a certain degree in Palmberger’s shadow.
Strengths: Insurance-related industry expertise at various offices: in Cologne ?corporate, corporate advice to insurers and ?employment, Düsseldorf and Munich in D&O claims and arbitration proceedings ( ?commercial litigation and liability).
Recommended: Rüdiger Schnug, Dr. Herbert Palmberger, Dr. Michael Lauterbach (“very experienced”, competitor).
Practice: Litigation in the areas of general liability, transport and property insurance, freelancers’ liability as well as D&O claims. Active arbitration practice. ?Distribution and commercial agents’ law are gaining in importance. Clients: domestic and international insurers, esp. in Cologne also in employment and ?trademarks and unfair competition. Also banks, industrial enterprises, brokers, agents and policyholders. (8 equity partners, 2 salary partners, 7 associates)
Clients: ?? Insolvency administrator Wölbern Invest in liability claim against Bird & Bird and former lawyers; VRR on insurance law in tender of rail projects; ongoing advice to Zurich as representative of policyholders, esp. professional liability; HDI on pecuniary loss liability, technical insurance policies and business interruption liability; ongoing litigation for: Axa, Allianz.
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Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek Partnerschaft10719 Berlin
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