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27 October 2017

WILHELM awarded "Law Firm of the Year for Insurance Law 2017"

Renowned publishing house JUVE has awarded the Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte as Germany's "Law Firm of the Year for Insurance Law 2017".

In their statement, the editors particularly commend the firm’s advice of policyholders on issues relating to D&O, plant construction, compliance and liability: "The law firm, which is frequently recommended in insurance law, is highly specialized, but unlike other insurance law boutiques works mainly at the side of companies that assert claims for insurance cover or need products for certain risks. With its successful concept, the law firm continues to gain mandates from DAX corporations." The editors also praise the far-seeing development of related advisory fields such as corporate law, criminal law and advice in critical situations.

The annual awarding by JUVE – Germany’s leading lawyers’ magazine – is based on recommendations by companies and competitors as well as on research by the JUVE editors. "The award shows us that clients and market participants value our work. We are grateful and motivated to continue to advocate for the interests of insured companies and decision-makers”, explains Dr. Mark Wilhelm, partner and founder of Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte.

Already in 2011, the law firm Wilhelm was awarded "Law Firm of the Year for Insurance Law" by JUVE for the first time.

For any enquiries on this or other topics please contact:

Christoph Manke, christoph.manke@wilhelm-rae.de, +49 211 687746 54

 

4 October 2017

Former AGCS Head of Claims Andreas Shell joins WILHELM to advise policyholders

From today, Dr. Andreas Shell is working for the insurance firm Wilhelm as lawyer and of-counsel.

The long-term Global Head of Claims with Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) will advise reinsurers and insured companies to improve cooperation with insurers.

 “The opposed interests between the insurance industry and commercial clients have made claim settlement increasingly difficult recently. False and insufficient communication significantly contributed to this development“, explains Shell. "Already during underwriting, diffuse or false expectations arise. This leads to disappointment in an insured event." By cooperating, Wilhelm and Shell want to build a bridge between insurers and their clients.

Shell will advise insured companies particularly in the pre-contractual phase and on how to cooperate with insurers during claim settlement to reach the best possible results. Reinsurers will be assisted by Shell as Claims Control Counsel in the settlement of large and medium-sized claims. In disputed cases, he acts as a party representative in arbitration proceedings.

 “From our own experience with him representing our clients’ opponents, we know how knowledgeable and persistent Andreas Shell fights for the interests of his party”, says Dr. Mark Wilhelm, founder of the law firm Wilhelm. “Our clients will benefit from that now. We look forward to working together.”

Shell, who settled corporate claims in the field of property insurance as Global Head of Claims of AGCS since 2006, has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. He was responsible for the claims settlement after 9/11 across all lines at Allianz. At Wilhelm, Shell completes the team of meanwhile 18 lawyers who deal with critical issues in the fields of insurance, liability, corporate and commercial criminal law.

Please find the full press release for download below. In case of any queries please contact:

Christoph Manke (Head of PR), +49 211 687746 54, christoph.manke@wilhelm-rae.de

 

9 December 2016

Wilhelm a leading insurance firm, says Legal 500

Once more, the renowned legal directory Legal 500 recommends Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte in the practice area Insurance - Dispute Resolution.

In its new Germany edition, the researchers praise Wilhelm's "constantly good team" and highlight the firm's expertise in major losses, in D&O insurance as well as in product liability. According to the directory, the firm has specific industry experience i.a. in energy, chemicals and pharma, as well as in construction and real estate.

The recommendation is based on interviews with clients and competitors.

Please find the latest rankings online on www.legal500.de. An English version will be released in early 2017.

 

3 November 2016

"Highly recommended in Insurance Law": JUVE Handbook 2017

Wilhelm maintains its leading role in German insurance law, says the countries most important law firm directory JUVE.

"This highly recommended firm in insurance is clearly positioned at the side of insurance policyholders in a way that few of its competitors are. With this focus on industrial instructions, the insurance and liability boutique is at the vanguard of a trend that competitors such as White & Case and other large firms are increasingly pursuing. One client praises the team around Wilhelm for its entrepreneurial thinking: “brilliant minds who are very engaged and act strategically”. Much attention was also brought to the firm on the basis of a success before the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof): Wilhelm and Winkler won a precedent dispute for two clients on assignment of claims and the conditions for a claim on the part of the D&O insurer. [...]"

The full ranking and appreciation of our firm can be found online on juve.de.

 

19 October 2016

"Current situation of some companies does not correspond with paid manager bonuses"

Dr. Mark Wilhelm in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung  on bonuses for executives of companies in crisis situations.

Please find the full article (German language only) online on faz.net 

 

27 September 2016

FOCUS magazine: Wilhelm one of Germany's leading business law firms

In its special edition „Deutschlands Top-Anwälte 2016“ (Germany's top lawyers 2016), the German weekly FOCUS  ranks Wilhelm as one of the leading firms for insurance law.

Together with the renowned research institute Statista, the editors of FOCUS identified 301 firms in 24 practice areas. The list is based on recommendations by 2,600 lawyers and general counsels.

The special edition can be ordered online on www.focus-magazin.de

 

13 July 2016

"This argumentation turns the idea of fidelity insurance upside down"

Dr. Fabian Herdter in an interview with Versicherungsmonitor  on the settlement of "fake president" cases by fidelity insurers.

Please find the full article released 13 July 2016 on www.versicherungsmonitor.de (German language only).

 

28 June 2016

"Federal Court of Justice has put a stop to the strategy of some insurers"

Dr. Mark Wilhelm in an interview with Handelsblatt on the recent decision of the German Federal Court of Justice on the assignment and seriousness of claims under D&O insurance.

Please find the full article released 28 June 2016 by Handelsblatt (page 17) online (German language only).

 

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