Our Strength

We offer comprehensive advice in all important areas of business law. Our emphasis is on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law as well as banking and capital markets. We also have highly developed expertise in further relevant areas of law such as labour, commercial, environment regulatory, intellectual property and IT. We represent our clients in high-profile litigation and arbitration.

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Chambers Europe 2017

Ranked Departments:

Commercial Contracts - Germany

What the team is known for
Compact team that stands out for its niche expertise in general terms and conditions advice. Assists an array of long-standing clients with international contract drafting, distribution systems and other contracts including agency and dealership agreements. Boasts strong ties with a network of partner firms in China.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very well prepared technically, solution-oriented, offer a practical approach and make you feel in good hands as a client." "The team stands out with its client orientation, level of service and technical knowledge.“

Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market - Germany

What the team is known for
Boutique firm with a strong focus on M&A and corporate structuring. A popular choice among mid-sized German companies, as well as Asian clients entering the German market. Particularly visible on share and asset acquisitions for technology and energy companies. Also advises companies on AGMs and matters of corporate governance, in addition to contentious issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team has the necessary experience and skills to support large global companies. The response comes back in a timely manner and the level of service is high." "The lawyers are organised, customer-focused and flexible."

Ranked Lawyers -

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers have several strengths, are quick and really care about clients. The answers they give me are top class, and if something is possible, they make it happen."

"The lawyers advise on all areas we need. I particularly appreciate their efficiency, availability and reliability."

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very good at negotiating, quick and reasonable."

Chambers Europe 2016

  • Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) "The team understands what we need and what is required very quickly."
  • Christoph Schmitt is a noted commercial lawyer who has published widely on the subject. Clients report that "he is a quick thinker, has great ideas and is easy to communicate with."
  • Düsseldorf-based Björn Neumeuer is an experienced practitioner when it comes to deals in the energy sector, especially those involving onshore and offshore wind parks.
  • Interviewees value employment head Wolfgang Bucksch of Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner for his ability to ask the right questions and his excellent listening skills, as well as his experience dealing with works councils. [...]Clients praise his extensive experience, saying: "He's been doing this for a long time and seen a lot, and he can use this flexibly in his advice and suggestions."
  • Peter Huppertz of Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner covers a range of commercial IT issues including e-commerce, outsourcing and software licensing. Clients highlight his "great practical skills, commercial acumen and ability to apply the law to our particular circumstances."

Chambers Europe 2015

  • Respected practice representing organisations ranging from small domestic companies to listed international groups. Cited for a high level of partner attention, efficiency and value for money. Notable activity in the energy sector.
  • Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) "We are very satisfied - the quality of the advice the firm gives us is very high. Even tasks given at short notice are handled quickly and thoroughly."
  • Clients say Björn Neumeuer has "excellent technical knowledge and a lot of experience in M&A transactions." He also receives praise for the highly pragmatic nature of his advice.

Chambers Europe 2014

  • This highly reputed Düsseldorf firm has been extremely busy in the energy sector of late
  • Best known in the domestic market, the team has also assisted a number of Chinese clients in recent months
  • Sources say: "A very dedicated and service-oriented firm."

Chambers Europe 2013

This long-standing Düsseldorf stalwart has considerable banking and capital markets expertise, which enhances its corporate and M&A practice.

Chambers Europe 2012

  • Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB is a full-service firm with a ‘very good reputation’ which advises Mittelstand companies, family businesses, municipal authorities and international groups, many of them in the energy sector. The ‘fair rates’ and ‘experience of the team’ are particularly appreciated. The firm offers outstanding expertise in its core practice areas of corporate law including M&A, and in capital market, employment law and commercial law.
  • Clients of Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB can expect ‘a disciplined approach to complex issues’. The 13 partners are predominantly instructed by German companies in matters relating to corporate structure and reorganisation and the law on private limited companies and company groups, but non-German clients also entrust their subsidiaries to the team. The team works primarily in the media, industrial and energy sectors, and is currently advising a wind energy undertaking in relation to legal disputes relating to conflicts within its supervisory board.
  • Clients of Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB ‘receive excellent advice for fair rates’, ‘individual solutions’ and ‘outstanding knowledge of human resources law’.


Legal 500 Deutschland 2016

  • The full service legal advice offered by Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner is regarded as 'very good' and despite its broad diversification it has an 'amazing pool of specialists on all issues'. The team of 40 lawyers is particularly strong in the areas of corporate law and M&A, employment law and also environmental and planning law.
  • Torsten Bergau and Daniel-Sebastian Kaiser are especially recommended for advice on corporate law and M&A, with Bergau regarded as a 'very experienced and pragmatic negotiator'. In employment law matters Heiko Langer, Julia Reinsch and Wolfgang Bucksch particularly stand out.
  • The team at Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner is rated for its 'excellent advice' and 'individual approaches to solutions'. Langer is recommended for 'his experience, his tenacity and his pragmatism'


Legal 500 Deutschland 2015 

  • Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner is expanding and has added to its team.
  • Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner continued to expand its activities advising Chinese investors. With expertise at the interface between capital market and tax law, the team advises listed companies on contract drafting, shareholder disputes, mergers and reorganisations.
  • Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner advised clients including a notable MDAX-listed company on occupational pension law and a DAX30 company on compliance issues. The team was also very busy with a number of staff reduction and restructuring instructions and management advice work.


Legal 500 Deutschland 2014

  • The large team at Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner (HLFP) is best known for providing advice to the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries, but the team also advises on a wide range of other, more general, labour law issues.
  • Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner (HLFP) is known for its comprehensive expertise in advising medium-sized companies.
  • Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner (HLFP) is ‘well known throughout Germany’ and has a particularly strong corporate and environmental law practice. While the majority of the firm’s clients are medium-sized companies, its client base also includes several high-profile organisations, such as HSBC and RheinEnergie.

Legal 500 Deutschland 2013

“The service was superb and up to the highest standards”. (Quote from a Client)


ILFR 1000, 2014

  • The core business of this commercial-law-focussed Düsseldorf firm includes assisting and representing companies from the German "Mittelstand" and business-owning families. Its client base is [...] deeply rooted in the industry of the Rhineland, but the firm is nevertheless steering an increasingly international course, with business in China in particular gaining momentum following expansion of the firm's China Desk.
  • The successful commercial and competition law team around partner Christoph Schmitt is a significant contributor to HLFP's track record in [...].
  • Highly regarded for its work in the corporate and capital market law fields in particular, Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner lives by the exceptional reputation of its lawyers.


Kanzleien in Deutschland 2014

The firm has enjoyed continued success over the last year. Despite heightened competition from the big firms, 2012 saw increased instructions and the addition of four new fee earners.


Kanzleien in Deutschland 2013

HLFP is increasingly expanding its client base, which is rooted in medium-sized companies and Rhine-region industries, to include foreign clients, who rely on the firm’s specialised environmental law expertise. 


Kanzleien in Deutschland 2012

  • A highly recommended Düsseldorf firm well known in the Rhineland and beyond for its full-service offering for Mittelstand companies. HLFP’s blend of highly experienced and well connected older partners and the big-firm background of the younger generation is increasingly attractive for international groups entering the German market – not least due to the firm’s competitive fees. Its work for the Chinese Development Corp. and Japanese companies are just two examples.
  • The firm is recommended for M&A and has increased its client base in the Mittelstand segment. There has also been growth in inbound investment from East Asia, mainly China; in addition, the firm has made it onto the preferred counsel lists of a number of corporations for mid-cap work.
  • Düsseldorf firm well regarded for its corporate work and a good example of a mid-sized firm that has become attractive for foreign companies in Germany as a result of the gradual expansion of the China desk (certainly the most successful in Düsseldorf) and the increasing visibility of a group of younger partners with international experience and continually expanding contacts.


JUVE Handbuch Commercial Law Firms 2015/2016

  • With its focus on corporate and environmental law, HLFP consistently lands top-level clients.
  • […] valued firm, known for its first rate advice to medium-sized companies.
  • “professional excellence, calm and reliability” of its lawyers
  • Far-reaching corporate competence, also with respect to large, listed companies. Impressive knowledge of the capital market for a firm of its kind.
  • High level of technical knowledge


Juve Handbuch 2009 / 2010

  • Top quality legal advice at comparatively low costs; strong practice relating to listed companies.
  • Far-reaching corporate competence, also with respect to large, listed companies. Impressive knowledge of the capital market for a firm of its kind.
  • However, it remains the less expensive alternative. The firm’s trump card is its specialised knowledge with respect to transactions involving environmental issues, as deals within the energy sector do on a regular basis.


Juve Handbuch 2011 / 2012

  • The individual partners at this highly recommended firm in Düsseldorf enjoy strong reputations. The firm traditionally stands for high-quality corporate and administrative law, a combination which has allowed the lawyers to adivse more intensively on energy law advice
  • High-quality legal advice for comparatively resonably cost; strong practice for listed companies; speciality in China-related work.


JUVE Handbuch 2012/2013

Employment Law Firm of the Year in Germany
Mid-market winner of Corporate Intl Magazine’s 2014 Global Award


Corporate Intl Magazine, which is published worldwide, has awarded Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner (HLFP) its Global Award as Employment Law Firm of the Year in Germany. Hoffmann Liebs Fritsch & Partner had previously been awarded Corporate Intl Magazine’s Global Award accolade in 2012 in the category Environment Law, Firm of the Year in Germany.