Bavaria is the largest German state by surface area and one of the largest in terms of population. It has a forward-looking and exemplary economy, promoted by strategic investment by the regional government in the high-tech and biotech sectors. There is only one region in Bavaria that could claim to compete with Munich and that is Nuremberg; clients here are mainly regional, as Munich and Frankfurt tend to draw off high-end, international or complicated work.

Significant developments:

- MDP firm Sonntag & Partner arrives on the Nuremberg market, the home turf of Rödl & Partner.

- Many firms are finding themselves confronted with the issue of a generation change.

- Beiten Burkhardt closes its office following the departure of renowned corporate partner Dr. Thomas Sacher to Ashurst and the retirement of the one remaining partner Berthold Mitrenga.