On our blog "KUNZ International" our area of competence "International Business" regularly provide you with new developments and analyses on topics which are relevant for your cross-border business activities, combined with recommendations for action.

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 the country of origin? 


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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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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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Implications of Legal Tech Global Forum - 18th SCLA Global Forum

The 18th Global Forum of the Swiss-Chinese Law Association will be dealing with the role of technology in law firm management with particular expertise gained in China. KUNZ partner Hermann Knott will chair a panel of experts and contribute the developments achieved at KUNZ in this area.

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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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KUNZ Country Focus India

At the EU summit on 8 May 2021, the conditions for direct investment (FDI) by European companies in India will also be discussed. In our current KUNZ` Country Focus India, we therefore offer foreign investors a comprehensive orientation on all relevant investment fundamentals.

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Changes in German-US Relations - Panel Discussion on March 31, 2021

KUNZ Lawyers and Amerikahaus NRW e.V. organized a panel discussion with high-level representatives from German (Peter Beyer) and U.S. politics (Peter Chase) as well as Markus Krischler for business aspects. We summarise the results of the exciting discussion.

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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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KUNZ opens office in Düsseldorf with two partners from FPS

On 1 May 2021, KUNZ will open a new office in Düsseldorf. The new office will be headed by Dr. Heiko A. Giermann LL.M. (McGill) and Ms Christine Libor. Both come from FPS Düsseldorf and will strengthen KUNZ as partners.

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KUNZ supports Vis Moot, the advanced training in arbitration for students from all over the world

Teams from international universities conduct simulated arbitration proceedings. Experienced lawyers participate as arbitrators.

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The AmCham Transatlantic Business Barometer 2021 – Upwards forecast for 2021

US companies in Germany and German companies in the US are having a mixed business year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, 2021 gives cause for hope: The Biden effect is having a positive impact on the transatlantic economy - especially in terms of predictability and reliability. These are among the findings of the Transatlantic Business Barometer 2021, an annual survey of AmCham Germany member companies conducted together with Roland Berger.

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Two Virtual Events Relating to KUNZ Lawyers‘ China Practice

Global Forum on the Impact of the New Trade Agreement between the EU and China (CAI) and Regarding the Increasing Importance of Mediation as a Method of Resolving International Disputes Involving Chinese Parties on March 26 and 27.

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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 particular for Limited Liability Companies with an international group of shareholders.


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Dawn in the relations between the U.S. and the EU

Suspension of punitive tariffs imposed over aircraft financing subsidies

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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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Impact on M&A business - Transaction expert Dr. Hermann Knott takes a close look at planned new regulations on investment control

The planned amendment to the provisions of the Foreign Trade and Ordinance on investment control will have a significant impact on advice on transactions involving foreign direct investment. Transaction expert Dr. Hermann Knott takes a close look at planned new regulations on investment control

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Hermann Knott will moderate insight talk of the American Bar Association on disputes in international M&A transactions

The Corona pandemic has also led to uncertainty and changes regarding the conditions of business transactions. The panel, consisting of lawyers with international practice, will discuss these issues with proposed practical solutions.

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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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KUNZ and Brazilian law firm Pinheiro Machado Advogados form strategic alliance

KUNZ Rechtanswälte and Brazilian law firm Pinheiro Machado Advogados form strategic alliance - Intensification of mandate support between the two largest economies in the regions

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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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China - the big winner of the pandemic? Consequences for German entrepreneurs and foreign investments

China will probably be the only large economy to achieve economic growth in 2020.  What consequences will this have for German companies and foreign investment?

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On the outcome of the US elections: New opportunities for Europe - new opportunities for Rhineland-Palatinate

The outcome of the election offers the opportunity to revive transatlantic trade relations, which are also important for companies in Rhineland-Palatinate. If trade restrictions of the Trump era can be removed again, new market opportunities will arise.

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To be or not to be – the President of the United States

Did you want to wake up today and find out who will be the new US President? We still don't have that answer.

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Brexit and its consequences in the time of Covid 19 - what can German companies expect?

The negotiations on the conditions for Britain's withdrawal from the EU are now entering their final phase. What can German companies expect, what should they fear? We venture a look ahead.

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IMF recommendation to continue high national debt offers opportunities for German companies

Who always saves, never has anything - IMF recommendation to continue high national debt offers opportunities for German companies.

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The Middle Kingdom: Between US Sanctions and Neutrality in Europe - Implications for German Companies

Webinar of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham) on the effects of the U.S. sanctions on China on October 15, 2020 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. with experts from the U.S. and a German entrepreneur who has been active in China for many years.

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Donald Trump Corona - tested positive - When Trump coughs, the economy is infected

All kinds of rumors are circulating about Donald Trump's corona infection. For example, the disease is associated with election campaign tactics - from the search for sympathy to the attempt to postpone the election date. But this is only one side of the story.

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Where is the USA heading after the presidential election? - First television debate of the candidates

After the clash between Trump and Biden, many questions remain: How will the burden of taxes, regulatory requirements and the predictability of decisions develop for our clients from the business world?

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ECJ declares data protection agreement "Privacy Shield" between EU and USA invalid

The European Court of Justice has declared the data protection agreement "Privacy Shield" between the EU and the USA to be invalid (ECJ ruling of 16.07.2020, C-311/18). This has far-reaching consequences for transatlantic business transactions.

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