Business and Economy

As a law firm specializing in commercial law, we advise on complex tasks and legal issues in the field of commercial and tax law. We handle these aspects in close cooperation with our clients.
Individual consulting, highly professional specialization, personal commitment, and interdisciplinary cooperation within our competence team "Business & Economy" and beyond are the key to quick and efficient success.

KUNZ news on our area of competence „Business and Economy”


Our "Business & Economy" team is active in the expert areas of "M&A and Restructuring", "Corporate and Business Succession", "Foundations & Associations" and especially in the following areas of expertise:

Company Law and Intercompany Agreements

  • Evaluation of Entrepreneurial Decisions
  • Joint Venture and Participation Agreements
  • Domination and Profit Transfer Agreement
  • Transformation and Devsing Corporate Structures (Holding Structures, Spin-Offs)

Divisions, Mergers, Transformations

  • Establishment of Companies, Choice of Legal Form, Liquidation
  • Drafting of Articles of Association
  • Preparing participation structures
  • Preparing, Organizing and Holding Shareholders’ Meetings
  • Squeeze-Out
  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Delisting
  • Fulfilment of Disclosure Obligations
  • Strategic Consultation
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Drafting and Implementing Codes of Conduct
  • Drafting and Implementation of Internal Compliance Guidelines and Structures
  • Review/Drafting of contracts for Management Directors, Executive Board and Supervisory Board Members
  • Advice on Legal Restructuring, Equity Replacement Law, Internal Financing
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Voting Trust Agreements and Pooling Agreements
  • Assumption of Executive Positions as Supervisory Board, Advisory Board

Corporate Litigation/Arbitration

  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Pursuing and defending claims regarding Officers' and Directors’ Liability
  • Challenging Shareholders‘ Resolutions
  • Special Audits
  • Post M&A-Litigation

Trade, Agreement and Distribution

  • Drafting/Reviewing Commercial Transactions
  • Commercial Agency Law, Law on Authorised Dealers and International Commercial Law
  • Contract Law/Distribution Rights
  • GTC (General Terms and Conditions) in Business Transactions

Joint Ventures

  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Articles of Association and Consortium Agreements
  • Operational Contracts (Manufacturing Contracts, Supply Contracts, Development Contracts)
  • Cooperation with Foreign Partner Law Firms in International Joint Ventures

Private Equity and Venture Capital

  • Conception and Implementation of Affiliate Programmes
  • Assisting in managing participations Legal Portfolio Management and legal  Management
  • Reorganisation and Restructuring of participations
  • LBOs
  • Advising Founders and Investors
  • Advice to Start-Ups and Seed-Investments
  • Investment and Participation Agreements
  • Legal Support in Financing and participation Rounds 
  • Managing Legal aspects for Portfolio Management

Company Protection, IT

  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Law
  • Competition Law
  • Copyright Law
  • IT Law

Company Taxes

  • Representation before Tax Authorities and Tax Courts
  • Corporate Taxes and Accounting Issues
  • Income Tax, Inheritance Tax and Gift Tax
  • Commercial and Fiscal Criminal Law, Voluntary Disclosure
  • Supporting Tax Audits


KUNZ Partner Dr Hermann Knott admitted as Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb)

We are pleased to announce that our partner Hermann Knott has been admitted as a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb). The basis for this was a written examination in which an arbitral award had to be prepared within a short period of time.  SIArb is the professional organisation of professionals specialized in arbitration in Singapore and other international arbitration centres. The institution facilitates professional development, personal exchange among its members and…

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Dr Knott moderates AmCham webinar on best practice approaches for financing transatlantic business in 2022

The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany is committed to strengthening transatlantic economic relations. In the webinar organised by AmCham and moderated by the Chair of the Cologne Chapter of AmCham, KUNZ partner Dr Hermann Knott, entrepreneurs and representatives of financial institutions will discuss best practice approaches for financing transatlantic business in 2022: debt or equity, long-term or short-term financing, is it worth comparing the conditions in the host country with those in…

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Dr. Knott on the new EU Digital Content and Sale of Goods Directives

Within the framework of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) monthly meeting of the International M&A Joint Venture Committee, KUNZ partner Hermann Knott will present on Tuesday, December 7th, on"The new EU Digital Content and Sale of Goods Directives – Increased consumer protection with impact on B2B relationships".

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WirtschaftsWoche | KUNZ is TOP law firm for (international) arbitration proceedings

Early Christmas present for KUNZ's arbitration practice! According to the surveys of WirtschaftsWoche in the current ranking of the most renowned law firms for litigation and arbitration, KUNZ is one of the best law firms for (international) arbitration nationwide. KUNZ partner Dr. Hermann Knott was recognized as one of the most renowned lawyers for (international) arbitration proceedings.

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Dr. Knott on he Impact of the new GDPR Standard Contract Clauses on Data Transfers to the US

Within the framework of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Annual Meeting of the Business Law Section KUNZ partner Hermann Knott will address the legal implications of the new Standard Contract Clauses (SCC) promulgated by the EU Commission in early June under the GDPR, which were published by the EU Commission at the beginning of June on the basis of the General Data Protection Regulation.

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KWR-webinar on 29.09.2021: "ReO - The new pre-insolvency restructuring procedure"

On July 17, 2021, the new Restructuring Regulation (ReO) came into force in Austria. This offers financially distressed companies the possibility of early reorganization within the framework of a pre-insolvency restructuring procedure. In a KWR webinar 

In a (free) KWR webinar on 29.9.2021, MMag. Dr. Thomas Haselberger from the renowned Austrian law firm KWR will give an overview of the new regulation. As co-presenters, KUNZ attorneys Dr. Hermann Knott and Patricia Almeida will report, among…

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Dr. Knott on the specifics of the practice of international arbitration with reference to China in the panel of the ECAA

In a cooperation event of the European Chinese Arbitrators Association (ECAA) and the VIAC (Vienna International Arbitral Centre) in the context of the 2nd Panel "Practical Tips for Drafting Arbitration Agreements", KUNZ partner Dr. Hermann Knott presents the particularities to be observed in the practice of international arbitration with reference to China.  

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Dr. Knott again appointed Chair Cologne of the North Rhine-Westphalia Chapter by AmCham Germany

KUNZ partner Dr. Hermann Knott has been appointed by the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V. for a further term of office as Chair for the Cologne area of the North Rhine-Westphalia Regional Chapter. 

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KUNZ Partner Hermann Knott to hold keynote speech on International Arbitration in Post-M&A Disputes at a webinar organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitration

On 26 August at 12:00 CEST (6:00 pm HK time), KUNZ partner Dr Hermann Knott will give a presentation on resolving M&A-related disputes through International Arbitration Courts as part of a webinar "Arbitration in M&A Disputes" organised by the Arbitration Institute in Hong Kong.

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KUNZ partner Hermann Knott has received awards in international arbitration

KUNZ Lawyers is pleased to announce that its partner Hermann Knott has been admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), London, a leading professional membership organization representing the interests of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioners worldwide.

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PMAA reform of the century - significant changes to partnership law adopted

As part of a reform of the century, the Bundestag passed the Act to Modernise the Law on Partnerships (MoPeG) on 24 June 2021 with the subsequent approval of the Bundesrat.The new regulations particularly affect the civil law partnership (GbR), which is so important for various areas of the economy.  We present an overview of the main principles of the reform.

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Handelsblatt | KUNZ Partners Dr. Knott and Dr. Giermann awarded as "Best Lawyers 2021" in Company Law

There are two reasons to celebrate for the corporate team here at KUNZ. In its current Best Lawyers 2021 ranking, Handelsblatt has published not only the "Law Firms of the Year" but also a list of the "Best Lawyers", in which the most frequently recommended lawyers are awarded. With KUNZ partners Dr. Hermann Knott and Dr. Heiko Giermann, two KUNZ lawyers are awarded in the legal field of corporate law.

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Need for action for companies due to the new EU standard contractual clauses for data transfer

With its decision of 4 June 2021, the EU Commission adopted new standard contractual clauses for agreements with data processors outside the EEA. These also implement the requirements from the ECJ ruling Schrems II. This results in a current need for action for companies. With its international cooperation law firms, KUNZ Rechtsanwälte can provide active support in the necessary data protection review and contract drafting.  

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The "Shell ruling" - need for action also for SMEs

Awareness of the dangers of climate change is increasing constantly. This new public sentiment entails responsibility of business enterprises. Courts will no longer reject claims on the basis that an individual polluting enterprise had not caused climate-related damages.  In the following, Kunz partner Hermann Knott discusses two spectacular recent court decisions.

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Hermann Knott gives a lecture on developments and trends in Fraud and Corruption in Arbitral Proceedings

Kunz Partner Hermann Knott will speak on current developments and trends in fraud and corruption in arbitration proceedings in the 36 Commercial Webinar.

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WirtschaftsWoche | KUNZ as TOP LAW FIRM for Corporate Law 2021

In the current WirtschaftsWoche ranking of the best law firms and lawyers in the field of company law, KUNZ was again named TOP Law Firm Corporate Law 2021 - as in the previous year. KUNZ Partner Dr. Hermann Knott was awarded as TOP Lawyer for Corporate Law in 2021.

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Cooperation event of AmerikaHaus NRW e.V. and KUNZ on the European visit of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

In cooperation with KUNZ Rechtsanwälte and AmerikaHaus NRW e.V., a virtual discussion on the results of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Europe will take place on 31 March. The event will be moderated by KUNZ partner Hermann Knott. 


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Dr. Knott on the repayment of subsidies following a company acquisition

In the current issue of the Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht (ZIP), KUNZ Partner Dr. Knott deals with the practice-relevant question of whether small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have to repay subsidies if they lose their SME status due to acquisition by a larger company. This question is also important for the planning of the buyer and should be regulated in the company purchase agreement by guarantees or indemnities.

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Passing of Judgements and Covid-19 Pandemic in Limited Liability Companies (GmbHs) with International Shareholders (Regional Court Stuttgart)

In its judgment of February 10, 2021 - 40 O 46/20 KfH - the Regional Court of Stuttgart dealt with Covid-19-related issues of corporate law. In the judgment, the Regional Court convincingly justifies that the provisions of the Covid-19 Act for facilitated decision-making during the Covid-19 pandemic does not apply and why extended notice periods may be necessary when scheduling shareholders' meetings in the current pandemic situation.Both aspects are likely to be of high practical importance in…

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Entering and Expanding in Germany – the KUNZ Business Guide as free download– Your Gateway to Germany

On more than 100 pages the KUNZ Business Guide provides a comprehensive and concise overview of what foreign investors need to know. It is also a great source for the foreign investors‘ advisors.

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Interview with The Legal 500: Hermann Knott explains the reasons for his move to KUNZ

In the course of his career, Hermann Knott has been involved in the establishment of two major law firms. At the beginning of this year, he joined KUNZ as a partner. In an interview with Legal 500, he explains what motivated him to take this step.

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Hermann Knott taking Co-Lead in organizing 14th SCLA Global Forum

On Friday, February 26, 2021, the SCLA will hold its monthly Global Forum. The topic of this month’s event will be ‚Routes to Enforcement of Mediation Settlements‘. 

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New EU-China Investment Agreement (CAI) – Implications for German Companies Doing Business in China

Shortly before the end of 2020 the EU and China reached an agreement regarding improved access for European businesses to the Chinese market. In a guide we present the relevant contents from the point of view of German and European companies.

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Business guide regarding the key provisions of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK

Since January 1, 2021, the Trade Agreement between the EU and the UK is in force. In a comprehensive Guide we explain the basic principles as well as essential provisions affecting relevant sectors and business areas.


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KUNZ expands international advisory services with the renowned transaction specialist Dr. Hermann Knott

As of January 1, 2021, KUNZ will further expand its advisory competence for medium-sized businesses and strengthen its "International Business" competence area with a team around the internationally very experienced, well-connected M&A/corporate expert and new partner Dr. Hermann Knott, co-founder of two major international law firms.

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Heinrich Rohde

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law
Lecturer Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Certified company succession consultant (zentUma e.V.)

Tim Schwarzburg

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for labor law
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law
Lecturer at the HS Koblenz – Faculty for Economic Sciences

Dr. jur. Hermann J. Knott LL.M. (UPenn)

Attorney-at-Law (Germany and New York)

Dr. Stefan Klöckner, LL.M. (Cornell)

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law

Georg Kaiser

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law
Specialist lawyer for tax law
Specialist lawyer for inheritance law
Lecturer Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Richard Haug

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)

Arnold Neuhaus

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for labor law
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law
Specialist lawyer for medical law

Dominic Steinborn

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for transport and forwarding law
Specialist lawyer for insurance law
Lecturer at the TH Köln (2014-2019)
Certified Compliance Officer (TÜV Rheinland)

Marcus Menster

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for labor law

Dr. Heiko A. Giermann, LL.M. (McGill)

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Certified Specialist in Transport and Forwarding Law
Guest lecturer Westfälische Hochschule (University of Applied Science)

Dr. Andreas Ziegler

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)

Michael Frohn

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)

Marc Werdein

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for transport and forwarding law
Specialist lawyer for insurance law

Eckhard K. Kunz

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)

Christine Libor

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist Lawyer for Copyright and Media Law

Sarah Emmes

Salary Partner
Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Lecturer Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Cathrin Stern

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law

Tanja Risse

Salary Partner
Specialist lawyer for intellectual property rights
Specialist lawyer for IT law
Specialist lawyer for copyright and media law
Lecturer at the University Koblenz-Landau

Carl-Bernhard von Heusinger

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law
Specialist lawyer for tax law
Member of the state parliament

Dr. jur. Hanna Deutgen

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)

Jürgen Knorre

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for transport and forwarding law

Hubertus Scherbarth, LL.M, B.A.

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Tax Consultant

Silvia Simon

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)

Gabriele Kaeser

Salary Partner
Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Commercial Mediator (Steinbeis)

Paul Kijowsky


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