The industrial powerhouse of the Ruhr Valley is why Düsseldorf has developed into one of the nation’s principal legal markets; its flagship has always been high-end advice on corporate and stock corporation law. Düsseldorf is also home to one of the world’s most respected patent courts. There is barely a leading firm which does not have an office here.

Significant developments:

- Pinsent Masons as well as British firms Herbert Smith Freehills and Clyde & Co. open offices in Düsseldorf as the city supersedes Cologne as the place to be.

- Düsseldorf is a key patent location; specialist firms prepare for the new European patent system (UPC).