Comment: Based in Dortmund, S&J is one of the leading firms in the Ruhr Valley. Corporate law and transactions lie at the heart of advice, which is oriented towards the regional Mittelstand. A lawyer who joined the firm from Hengeler Mueller the previous year is driving antitrust advice forward and advising long-standing client Rewe Dortmund on merger controls. Furthermore, a salary partner who joined the firm from Schneiders & Behrendt supports the team in trademarks and design law and is expected to expand the patent litigation practice. This was a greatly needed addition, as several new clients called on the firm for its administration and unfair competition advice. Instructions for the employment practice also came out of the IP practice. Moreover, the areas of employment and litigation were not short of new business stemming from the firm’s international network, as seen in employment advice given to a Chinese textile manufacturer.
Strengths: ?Corporate, notary work, construction and real estate, trademarks and unfair competition.
Recommended: Dr. Jochen Berninghaus, Dr. Carsten Jaeger, Dr. Thorsten Mätzig, Dr. Steffen Lorscheider (“reliable and successful defense against prospectus error claims”, competitor; all corporate/M&A), Dr. Achim Herbertz, Dr. Robert Jung (trademarks and unfair competition), Manfred Ehlers.
Practice: Focus on corporate (incl. notary work), tax and employment, frequently on restructuring, acquisitions and company succession. Also copyrights, trademarks and increasingly public procurement and antitrust. (16 equity partners, 1 salary partner, 5 associates, 3 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Corporate, real estate and also notary advice to Rewe Dortmund; Salamon Group in securities litigation and corporate; all-round employment advice to Rotkäppchen Peter Jülich and L’Osteria; Volmary on transactions.
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