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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 close cooperation with the internationally highly recognised arbitral institution SIAC.
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?
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".
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.
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.
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 other things, on initial experiences of the Company Stabilization and Restructuring Act (StaRUG for short), which has already been in force in Germany since January 1, 2021 on the basis of the EU Restructuring Directive and pursues the same objectives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Knott on the advantages of a medium-sized law firm compared to a large law firm in the current issue of "Modern Lawyer"
For clients as well as for younger and experienced lawyers, the question arises as to which type of law firm to choose for one's professional activity or engaging lawyers. This is the subject of the article by KUNZ partner Dr Hermann Knott and his long-time colleague, law firm consultant Robert Millard, Cambridge, England.
The article combines Hermann Knott’s personal experiences from legal practice with Rob Millard’s knowledge from external consulting for law firms. In this way, a comprehensive picture is given of the differences in structure and working methods between large and medium-sized law firms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WirtschaftsWoche | KUNZ as TOP LAW FIRM for Employment Law 2021
Great success for KUNZ's competence area "Employment and Employees". In the current WirtschaftsWoche ranking of the best law firms and lawyers in the field of employment law in 2021, KUNZ has notched up three successes:
Brand eins Ranking: KUNZ is once again one of the best Commercial Law Firms in Germany 2021
Another great success for KUNZ. According to the current ranking of the business magazine brand eins (issue 20 - May 2021), KUNZ is once again one of the best commercial law firms in Germany in 2021; special mention was made of the above-average recommendation of the competence area "Transportation and Logistics" led by KUNZ Partner Dominic Steinborn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WirtschaftsWoche | KUNZ is TOP LAW FIRM for Medical Law 2021
For the third time in a row, KUNZ and our partner Dr. Carsten Fuchs were awarded the title "Top Law Firm in Medical Law" and "Top Lawyer in Medical Law" by WirtschaftsWoche. The award was given in the category for the treating party and insurer side.
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.
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.
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.
WirtschaftsWoche Ranking: KUNZ is "TOP Law Firm Insurance Law 2020"
Next big success for the insurance law department of KUNZ. Once again, KUNZ was named "TOP Law Firm Insurance Law" and KUNZ partner Dr. Fuchs was named "TOP Lawyer Insurance Law 2020" by WirtschaftsWoche.
KUNZ provide legal support for the Inno-ATrak research project
KUNZ provides legal advice to the nationwide InnoATrak research project on climate protection, which deals with the use or valorization of previously unused waste heat from the recooling of transformers in power distribution networks.
Decision of the ECJ: Toll refunds for transport companies? Costs of traffic po-lice must not be included in the toll
The European Court of Justice today ruled that the calculation of the toll in Germany violates EU law to the extent that the costs for the traffic police are included in the toll. Can the transport companies now hope for a ruling?
Reform of EU regulations on road haul-age: What lasts long may still be good
The EU regulations on road haulage have been scheduled for reform for years. After long discussions, a first regulation was issued a few weeks ago with a view to adapting it to developments in the road transport sector.
The foundation reform is coming: Early action before the tightening of foundation law is required
The draft for the standardization of the law on foundations is finally available. This is intended to make a number of adjustments that will lead to a tightening of the law on foundations in many places. Timely action is therefore necessary.
WirtschaftsWoche: KUNZ is the "TOP Law Firm for Environmental and Construction Planning Law 2020"
WirtschaftsWoche awarded KUNZ as one of the most renowned law firms nationwide in the field of environmental and construction planning law; at the same time Dr. Ditandy received the award "TOP Lawyer for Environmental and Construction Planning Law".
WirtschaftsWoche: KUNZ is the "TOP Law Firm for Procurement Law 2020"
WirtschaftsWoche awarded KUNZ as one of the most renowned law firms nationwide in the field of public procurement law; at the same time Dr. Dr. Theis received the award "TOP Lawyer for Public Procurement Law".
FOCUS | KUNZ is the Top Law Firm 2020 for Labor Law
After the award of KUNZ by Wirtschafts-Woche as "TOP Law Firm for Labor Law 2020", FOCUS magazine has now also awarded KUNZ as "Top Law Firm 2020" in Germany, with special recommendation in the field of labor law.
JUVE Awards 2020 | KUNZ is nominated for the Award Category "Law Firm of the Year for Medium-sized Businesses"
The next big success for KUNZ: After last year's award as "Law Firm of the Year in the Southwest 2019/2020", KUNZ has now also been nominated in the category "Law Firm of the Year for Medium-Sized Businesses".
ECJ declares data protection agreement "Privacy Shield" between EU and USA invalid
Der Europäische Gerichtshof hat die Datenschutzvereinbarung „Privacy Shield“ zwischen der EU und den USA für unwirksam erklärt (Urteil des EuGH vom 16.07.2020, C-311/18). Dies hat weitreichende Folgen für den transatlantischen Geschäftsverkehr.
WirtschaftsWoche | KUNZ is now also TOP Law Firm 2020 for Corporate Law and TOP Law Firm for Labor Law
Next success: KUNZ has been awarded several times today by WirtschaftsWoche: TOP Law Firm for Labor Law & TOP Law Firm for Corporate Law: Three partners received the award TOP Lawyer in Labor & Corporate Law.