Niedersachsen is characterized by a strong Mittelstand and automotive industry (Volkswagen is based here). Hanover is the legal center but most market-leading firms serve the region through their offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf. Emden and Leer are increasingly important centers for shipping and offshore wind parks.

Significant developments:

- The VW emissions scandal casts a long shadow over the market: almost every firm has a role to play in advising auto suppliers, with Göhmann’s leading Hanover office advising Volkswagen.

- Large notary offices continue to dominate the regional market.