17 June 2015

Felix Schaefer joins Wilhelm’s Corporate practice / Fabian Herdter appointed partner

From 1 July 2015, Felix Schaefer (44) joins the Düsseldorf office of Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte to lead the firm’s practice group Corporate.

Schaefer has extensive experience in advising companies and their management in critical situations, in particular regarding reorganization and insolvency related issues. Before joining Wilhelm, Schaefer was a partner with an international major law firm for several years where he specialized in corporate law, insolvency law and capital market law.

Already with effect from 1 June 2015, the firm appointed Dr. Fabian Herdter (38) as new partner. Working in the firm’s Insurance & Liability practice since 2012, Herdter advises clients among others on D&O and fidelity insurance.

“We are pleased to welcome Felix Schaefer with his longstanding experience in our Corporate team and gladly announce Fabian Herdter’s advancement within the partnership”, says Dr. Mark Wilhelm, founder and managing partner of the firm.


8 June 2015

"Rarely without problems"

Dr. Mark Wilhelm in the German daily Handelsblatt on claim settlement in D&O insurance.

Please find the full report (German language only) online on


4 May 2015

Chambers recommends Wilhelm

Chambers Europe 2015 recommends Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte as leading firm in Insurance Germany.

The editors highlight the firm's "growing market profile in insurance litigation, particularly D&O and cross-border damage claims." Along with the practice group, Dr. Mark Wilhelm is recommended as leading individual in insurance law in Germany.

The ranking published by Chambers & Partners is based on interviews with clients and peers and a follwoing review by the editors of the the renowned British publishing house. The complete Guide Chambers Europe 2015 can be found online.


17 April 2015

Wilhelm awarded Insurance Law Firm of the Year

Firm receives two Law Awards 2015 awarded by the british magazine Finance Monthly .

Besides being awarded as Insurance Law Firm of the Year Germany, Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte also won in the category Private Equity Law Firm of the Year Germany.

The Finance Monthly Law Adwards annually honor leading business law firms across the globe. The selection is based upon a quantitative assessment of reader votes and a qualitative evaluation by the british magazine's editorial research team.

The full publication of all winners can be found here.


26 November 2014

Legal 500 Guide recommends Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte

The 2015 edition of Legal 500's Germany Guide recommends Wilhelm as a leading law firm in Insurance (Dispute Resolution).

The ranking is based on a survey among more than 14,000 clients and lawyers and on a market review by the Guide's editorial staff. Legal 500 is renowned as one of the most important and reliable international law firm rankings. This year's edition for the first time listed a ranking for Insurance (Dispute Resolution) in Germany.

A complete overview of the ranking and the recommendation of our firm can be found here. An English version of the 2015 Guide will be available online in early 2015.


27 October 2014

JUVE recommends "impressive Wilhelm team"

The JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms again lists Wilhelm as a highly recommended law firm for insurance law.

According to the editors, Wilhelm specializes extremely successfully on the insurance related advice of large corporations and the defense in D&O liability cases. Their loyal clients praise Mark Wilhelm's "great expertise" and "close, personal advice" as well as the "impressive team".

JUVE's renowned annual ranking is based on interviews with clients and competitors. In 2011, the editors awarded Wilhelm as "Law Firm of the Year for Insurance Law".

The complete ranking can be found here.


9 September 2014

"Insurers might seek compensation from drivers"

Dr. Fabian Herdter in the German weekly Wirtschaftswoche on insurance issues in connection with Uber's taxi services.

The full article (German language only) is available online on


28 August 2014

Wilhelm launches Berlin office

The law firm Wilhelm announces the opening of an office in Berlin. From 1 September 2014, three lawyers will advise national and international clients at Wilhelm’s newly established office in the German capital.

The office will be led by partner Dr. Axel A. Thoenneßen (46). Thoenneßen joins Wilhelm from his own well-established law firm in Düsseldorf and Berlin. He specializes in insurance law as well as in medical law and has many years of litigation experience.

Thoenneßen will be supported by Of Counsel Beliz Dağlı (41) who is qualified in insurance law, social law and medical law, and by Of Counsel Werner Becker who specializes in corporate law and criminal law.

Following the demand of Wilhelm’s clients, the Berlin office will advise companies and decision makers comprehensively on complex insurance, liability and corporate matters in critical situations. Thoenneßen and Dağlı have particular expertise in advising healthcare providers as well as pharmaceutical and medical technology companies. Wilhelm thus further strengthens its healthcare practice.

“We notice a rising demand for specialized advice in the Berlin area. Industry has been growing recently, there are major associations and political institutions, and the connection to Eastern Europe is strategically important for us“, explains Dr. Mark Wilhelm, partner and founder of the law firm.

At Düsseldorf, there are currently thirteen lawyers working with Wilhelm.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries:

Christoph Manke

Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte
Reichsstraße 43
40217 Düsseldorf

Tel: +49 (0)211 . 68 77 46-54
Fax: +49 (0)211 . 68 77 46-20