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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  • 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

  • "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

  • 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.