30 October 2013

JUVE: Wilhelm on par with major law firms

In its 2013/2014 edition published on 28 October 2013, the JUVE guide to the German legal market “Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien” again lists Wilhelm as one of the most renowned law firms for insurance law in Germany.

The editors highlight Wilhelm’s growing international business via its cooperation partners in the US and UK as well as in Continental and Eastern Europe. According to JUVE, Wilhelm has already reached the standard of competing major firms when it comes to highly complex cases, especially with regard to D&O.

The JUVE researchers base their evaluation on interviews with various clients, corporate counsels and attorneys.

Already earlier in October, Wilhelm was ranked by the German weekly FOCUS as one of the leading insurance firms in Germany based on recommendations from within the market.

Please find the full review of our firm by JUVE here.


17 October 2013

FOCUS ranking: Wilhelm one of Germany’s leading business law firms

According to the German weekly FOCUS, Wilhelm Rechtsanwälte is one of the leading German business law firms for insurance.

The ranking was published on Tuesday, 15 October 2013, in the special issue FOCUS-SPEZIAL “Deutschlands Top-Anwälte”.

The research conducted by Statista for FOCUS was based on recommendations by more than 4,200 specialized lawyers and 1,700 attorneys working in major business law firms in Germany. In addition to the number of recommendations, the research team considered the media coverage on the individual firm to evaluate the firm's reputation.


4 April 2013

"Conclusion of W&I policies often hindered by tight timing"

Dr. Mark Wilhelm in the German newspaper Handelsblatt on current developments in W&I insurance

The full article and an English translation are available upon request.



30 March 2013

Gross negligence: "Argumentation of insurers is often questionable"

Christian Becker in the German weekly Wirtschaftswoche 14/2013 on insurers' reduction of payment in case of gross negligence

Since 2008, insurers are allowed to reduce payment if a policyholder causes an insured event by gross negligence. The reduction has to be commensurate with the severity of the fault of the policyholder.

The full interview and an English translation are available upon request.


31 July 2012

Wilhelm advises Smart Holding on acquisition of Ukrainian Bank Forum

The law firm Wilhelm advised Ukrainian investment group Smart Holding on the purchase of Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC) Bank Forum from Commerzbank AG.

A sale and purchase agreement regarding Commerzbank’s stake in PJSC Bank Forum of approximately 96 per cent was signed by the contract partners on Monday, 30th July 2012, in Kiev. The transaction is still subject to the approval of the regulatory authorities.

With about 500,000 clients and more than 100 branches, PJSC Bank Forum is one of the largest banks in the Ukraine for private and corporate customers. Commerzbank held the majority stake in the bank since 2008.

Lars Winkler and Dr. Friedrich Isenbart of the Wilhelm practice group Corporate/M&A advised on the drafting and negotiation of the sale and purchase agreement in the Ukraine and Germany in cooperation with the Ukrainian law firm Engarde.