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Corporate and company law

Sector knowledge & management experience.

APPROACH

We advise company managements and company owners on general questions of corporate and company law, as well as specific and complex matters. Our team is managed by partners who bring to the table the broad range of expertise they have built up in over 20 years of professional experience, and who understand precisely what their clients expect: We offer incisive analytical and conceptual skills, thorough knowledge of how businesses work, familiarity with a broad range of sectors and business management experience. Our clients choose us because we stand for solid, binding and cost-aware solutions that have a strong hands-on quality. We apply professional project management approaches when we take on larger projects.

Focus

  1. Mergers and acquisitions

    We support clients through every stage of a deal, focusing in particular on acquisitions, mergers and sales, including advice for carrying out due diligence. As we look at every M&A transaction from the legal, strategic and tactical perspective, we are able to offer optimised, tailor-made solutions in each individual case. We also frequently represent our clients in the merger registration process.

  2. Reorganisations and Restructurings

    We can advise you on any kind of reorganisation or restructuring – be it in connection with specific measures you are planning to take, or if you would like to assess your business or company for any necessary optimisation. We offer solutions for family businesses as well as international corporations. Working together with long-trusted partners, we can also ensure that you achieve the ideal result from a taxation point of view.

  3. Compliance & Corporate Governance

    When providing compliance advice, we identify legal risks, determine the specific actions needed and recommend organisational measures that will counter the risks present. We are always happy to take on compliance and corporate governance projects that ensure the implementation of the desired standards.

  4. Reorganisations/restructurings/insolvencies/liquidation

    Ideally, companies anticipate reorganisation or restructuring measures in order to prevent crisis situations from arising in the first place. In fact, the signs of an impending crisis are often overlooked, misjudged or negligently ignored by the management. We can advise and assist in the challenging process of corporate reorganisation and restructuring for all parties involved in all project phases before the onset of the crisis, during the crisis with the aim of avoiding the obligation to file for insolvency and also after the onset of the material insolvency with the focus on the continuation of companies that are capable of being restructured.

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    Ideally, companies anticipate reorganisation or restructuring measures in order to prevent crisis situations from arising in the first place. In fact, the signs of an impending crisis are often overlooked, misjudged or negligently ignored by the management. We can advise and assist in the challenging process of corporate reorganisation and restructuring for all parties involved in all project phases before the onset of the crisis, during the crisis with the aim of avoiding the obligation to file for insolvency and also after the onset of the material insolvency with the focus on the continuation of companies that are capable of being restructured. Once the crisis has occurred, depending on the circumstances, various frameworks and diverse reorganisation instruments are available to secure the company's continued existence in the long term, in particular judicial reorganisation proceedings and judicial restructuring proceedings, but above all also out-of-court reorganisation, in which insolvency is secured through bilateral agreements with creditors without the involvement of the court. In the event of impracticability or failure of an out-of-court restructuring, a well-prepared insolvency managed by a lawyer within the framework of judicial restructuring proceedings can pave the way for a successful continuation of the business. We are very familiar with the dynamics that arise, in particular, in family businesses that are in danger of going out of business. FSM's corporate and company law team also advises and assists in the formal liquidation of legal entities outside of reorganisations and insolvencies.

  5. IP/IT-Law

    We provide intellectual property rights consultation including protection of trademarks and industrial designs, as well as contract formulation and evaluation, in particular in the field of IT, software and technology law.

  6. Labour law

    We advise our clients on matters of individual labour law – concerning the relationship between employer and employee (for example employment contracts) – as well as collective labour law, including drawing up works agreements, or reviews in relation to collective agreements.

Experience

  • Food/Drink
  • Pharma/Life Sciences
  • Automotive/Transport
  • IT and Commerce
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