International Business

At KUNZ, we advise and support you in all legal matters relating to your business activities abroad or with international connections.

We have bundled our services for clients in the area of  legal advice with a cross-border element and especially cross-border transactions in the competence area "International Business".

We are convinced that trade wars and travel restrictions due to Covid-19 will not significantly slow down the further trend towards global economic traffic, and that digitization will rather accelerate the trend. We help you to successfully implement your international business goals.

At KUNZ we support your foreign engagements comprehensively with top-level expertise. We are cooperating with first-class foreign law firms based on long-standing relationships in the relevant local jurisdictions. Of course do we also work with the firms you recommend to us..

We will assist you as a foreign business partner or investor in all legal matters in connection with your "Doing Business" in Germany. This includes e.g.

  • business acquisitions,
  • joint ventures,
  • restructurings,
  • commercial contracts,
  • litigation and arbitration,
  • issues arising under public law with relevance to your business, environmental and labor law.

We also handle transactions affecting several countries at the same time closely cooperating with well-established law firms in the relevant countries. In many cases, for example, the target of an acquisition may have affiliated entities in Our serfseveral jurisdictions and an efficient and focused due diligence needs to be organized. We manage the process effectively and provide you with a concise and comprehensive report. We complement our services by assisting in negotiating and entering into acquisition agreements governed by local law.

We offer to you our services in cooperation with the foreign firms in an integrated way from one single source. As legal project manager we coordinate the communication and the integration of results into one single work product delivered to you.With us you have one central contact person one single engagement letter and fee arrangement for all services relating to the relevant transaction.

As a special service for foreign companies and investors, our "International Business" competence team provides a comprehensive and clear insight into those topics that are of importance to foreign investors in our more than 100-page English-language KUNZ Business Guide "Entering and Expanding in Germany - Your Gateway to Germany". The Guide is also an important source for investors' advisors. The Guide is available for free download on our download page.

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The following services form part of the competence area "International Business":

    In particular the following aspects fall under the competence area "International Business":

    • International M&A (Inbound/Outbound)
    • Private Equity
    • International Joint Ventures
    • Cross-border Reorganizations and Restructuring
    • International Corporate Law
    • International Arbitration and Mediation
    • Coordination of the Conduct of Legal Disputes abroad
    • Cross-border Distribution Systems
    • International Damage and Insurance Claims
    • International Transport and Forwarding Law
    • Customs and Foreign Trade Law
    • EU Law, especially Antitrust Law, Anti-Dumping, State Aid and Public Procurement Law


    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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    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

    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

    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.)

    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)

    Sarah Emmes

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

    Hubertus Scherbarth, LL.M, B.A.

    Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
    Tax Consultant

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