Germany's rapidly growing economy — the fourth largest in the world and the largest in Europe — offers uniquely attractive trade and investment opportunities. German businesses are among the leading exporters in the world, and the German economy is one of the largest importers of goods and services worldwide.
In recent years, K&L Gates has significantly expanded its presence and resources in Germany. We have joined with high-caliber teams of lawyers and have enhanced the existing practices through the addition of highly experienced individuals. The German practice comprises approximately 75 resident lawyers in Berlin, the country's capital, Frankfurt, its financial center and economic stronghold, and Munich, one of the most commercially influential centers in Europe.
The group's main practice areas include corporate, M&A, real estate transactions, banking and finance, tax, regulatory (antitrust and trade regulation, public procurement, and PPP), and employment, as well as corporate matters in such fields as real estate and telecommunications, media, and technology (TMT).
The German Cross-border practice in our U.S. offices offers a wide range of services on both inbound and outbound cross-border corporate, business, financing, intellectual property, and litigation matters for the firm's large, mid-size, and emerging growth company clients.
Clients include German and international blue chip companies, major international utility service providers, renewable energy project developers, investment banks, and private equity, hedge, and venture capital funds as well as a variety of national and international businesses.
For a sixth consecutive year, K&L Gates’ German practice was ranked among the top firms in Germany in JUVE’s 2016/17 list. This leading German legal publication also recommends K&L Gates for corporate, mergers and acquisitions, private equity (transactions), media, public procurement, real estate, and tax. JUVE also named K&L Gates as “Law Firm of the Year—Region East” (2012), “Law Firm of the Year for Public Procurement” (2010), “Law Firm of the Year for Media,” “Law Firm of the Year for TV, Film and Entertainment,” and “Law Firm of the Year for Telecommunications” (2009).
K&L Gates was ranked in a top-tier by Legal 500 Deutschland for M&A: international mid-sized deals again in 2017. Additional rankings include Banking and Finance (Credit Law and Investment Funds), Corporate, Media (Entertainment), PPP, Public Procurement, Real Estate and Construction (Real Estate), and Tax.
Chambers Europe 2016 recommends K&L Gates for Public Law: Public Procurement/PPP, Real Estate, and TMT (Media). We are a first-tier firm for Transportation: Rail and Aviation Asset Finance. Additionally, Chambers Global 2015 recommends us for Banking and Finance: Acquisition Finance and Syndicated Lending.