Economically speaking, Baden-Württemberg is one of Germany’s strongest states. It is home to global players such as SAP and branches of IBM and Hewlett-Packard, as well as over 400,000 small and midsized companies. Heidelberg and Freiburg are prominent university towns, while Karlsruhe and Mannheim are technology centers, incl. biotech.

Significant developments:

- In-house lawyers are giving ambitious regional players a chance in a bid to staff their panels with more cost-favorable outfits.