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    


5 August 2014

Dr. Mark Wilhelm recommended by Legal Media Group's Expert Guides

The recently published Expert Guides "Insurance and Reinsurance 2014" recommend our partner Dr. Mark Wilhelm as one of the leading experts in Germany.

Since 20 years, the editors and research team with Legal Media Group annually select the best lawyers of their field in the major legal markets across the globe. The ranking is based on recommendations by peers.

The full list „Insurance and Reinsurance Germany 2014“ is also published online.


23 May 2014

"ART models often more cost efficient"

Dr. Mark Wilhelm in Commercial Risk Europe E-Newsletter of 22nd May 2014 on the advantages of alternative capital for primary buyers

Mr Wilhelm finds it astonishing that risk managers have not started to rethink their risk transfer strategy. "Most risk managers are clinging to traditional industrial insurance," he said.

Mr Wilhelm concedes that alternative risk transfer models for companies are complex and have to be tailor-made. But the effort is usually worth it, he said. Alternative schemes are often more cost efficient and allow for improved risk management, he added.

The schemes also represent a chance for risk managers to boost their standing within their companies. "They can jettison the outdated image of a mere buyer of insurance," said Mr Wilhelm.

The full article can be found here.


20 January 2014

„No consistent reduction quotas yet“

Christian Becker in the German weekly Euro am Sonntag on payment reductions by insurers in cases of gross negligence.

The full article (German language only) is available on


18 December 2013

"Many insurers cut payments inappropriately"

Christian Becker in the German monthly Finanztest 01/2014 on the claim settlement in cases of gross negligence.

The full article (German language only) is available upon request. It can also be downloaded on



9 December 2013

Liability and D&O in the spotlight

Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte is official partner of the EUROFORUM conference "Haftpflicht 2014"

The annual conference on liability hosted by EUROFORUM is the meeting point for commercial insurers, policy holders and brokers who discuss new products, changing legal framework, risk management issues and compliance requirements.

The conference will again take place in Hamburg on 16 and 17 January 2014. Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte will be hosting the get-together as sponsoring partner of EUROFORUM.

For further information on the upcoming conference and on topical issues of the market please see the EUROFORUM newsletter "Haftpflicht und D&O im Fokus" (German language only) and the website