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BEITEN BURKHARDT Elects a Total of 20 New Partners, Four of them Equity Partners

Munich, 27 November 2017 – The international commercial law firm BEITEN BURKHARDT appoints Dr Daniel Hund (Labour & Employment, Munich), Christian Schenk and Alexander Thees (both Tax Law, Dusseldorf), as well as Uwe Wellmann (Antitrust & IP, Berlin) as Equity Partners as of 1 January 2018.

Another 16 lawyers were appointed Salary Partners. The newly appointed partners are from all four German offices of the law firm, working in seven different areas of competence.

"We are pleased to be able to appoint so many of our colleagues from all our locations once again this year", comments Frank Obermann, BEITEN BURKHARDT's Managing Partner. "We understand that leading our lawyers to partnership is one of our most important goals, and I am very pleased that this year we accompany so many first-rate talents even to equity partnership. I congratulate all those appointed for reaching this step in their career. It is with great pleasure that I look forward to developing our law firm further together with them."

Dr Daniel Hund, LL.M. (Licensed Labour Law Specialist) advises national and international companies on European and German labour law, particularly in restructuring projects (e.g. outsourcing, transfer of undertakings) and in works constitution law and collective bargaining matters. Issues of the international labour law (such as cross-border temporary employment, posting of employees to work abroad) are as much his area as the defence of employers against protection against dismissal procedures and discrimination complaints. He further provides advice on recruitment and dismissal of managing directors and board members. As a licensed labour law specialist he also represents employers throughout Germany both in court and in conciliation boards formed under works constitution law.

Christian Schenk particularly advises his national and international clients on transactions and on restructuring and reorganisation matters. He further provides advice on the control and optimisation compliance management systems. His area of activity comprises advice to businesses of various legal forms, sizes and industries on tax and business management issues.

Alexander Thees particularly advises his national and international clients on valuation issues and on business and tax issues. His area of activities comprises mainly corporate finance, transaction advice, tax advice and audit related services.

Uwe Wellmann, LL.B. DLS (Licensed Specialist for Industrial Property Protection) advises his clients comprehensively on the planning and execution of German and European merger control proceedings, including the verification and coordination of notification obligations worldwide. He further focuses on providing comprehensive advice and representation in cartel administrative proceedings and administrative fine proceedings before antitrust authorities and courts. Uwe Wellmann also has a longstanding expertise regarding the high-value consumer goods industry and is an expert in cosmetic legislation. In this context he advises on both the layout and securing of distribution systems as well as on labelling and advertising law-related issues. Furthermore, he has special market knowledge in the sectors health, energy, chemical industry and building materials.

These are our new salary partners in alphabetical order:

  • Dr Johannes Allmendinger (Labour & Employment, Frankfurt am Main)
  • Katharina Fink (Assets/Succession/Foundations, Frankfurt am Main)
  • Dr Christian Kaufmann, LL.M. (Government & Public Sector, Berlin)
  • Susanne Klein, LL.M. (IT law specialist, IP/IT/media, Frankfurt am Main)
  • Moritz Kopp, LL.M. (Corporate/M&A, Munich)
  • Dr Markus Ley (Corporate/M&A, Munich)
  • Maik Benedikt Merkens, LL.M. (Corporate/M&A, Frankfurt am Main)
  • Sascha Opheys (Government & Public Sector, Dusseldorf)
  • Wojtek Ropel (IP/IT/media, Frankfurt am Main)
  • Alexander Schmid (Commercial Criminal Law, Munich)
  • Gudrun Schumacher (IP/IT/Media, Munich)
  • Christopher Theis (Government & Public Sector, Munich)
  • Dr Julia Thöle, LL.M. (Corporate/M&A, Dusseldorf)
  • Christian H. Werkmeister, LL.M. (Licensed Specialist for Industrial Property Protection, IP/IT/Media, Munich)
  • Teresa Werner (Tax Law, Dusseldorf)
  • Sebastian Zajons (Tax Law, Dusseldorf)

"All appointments also reflect our strategy to continue investing in strengthening all our areas of competence," says Frank Obermann, adding:" The partner appointments mirror our work across locations and practice groups which is substantiated by an extraordinary high level of various industry competencies."

BEITEN BURKHARDT thus continues its course of targeted growth with lateral hires in selected areas. The following salary partners strengthened the law firm in the past year:

  • Torsten Cülter (Restructuring & Insolvency)
  • Dr Daniel Fischer (Licensed Administrative Law Specialist, Real Estate, Frankfurt am Main)
  • Jan Mohrmann (Tax Law, Frankfurt am Main)
  • Maike Pflästerer (Labour & Employment, Frankfurt am Main)
  • Dr Winfried Richardt (Corporate/M&A, Dusseldorf)
  • Dr Jochen Reuter, LL.M. (Licensed Building and Architects' Law Specialist, Real Estate, Frankfurt am Main)

Frank Obermann
Phone: +49 30 264 71-132

Public Relations:
Frauke Reuther
Phone: +49 69 75 60 95 – 570


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Teresa_Werner_ADVANT Beiten

Teresa Werner

Rechtsanwältin, Steuerberaterin, Licensed Specialist for Tax Law



Uwe Wellmann

Rechtsanwalt, LL.B. DLS (London), Licensed Specialist for Intellectual Property Law


Christian Schenk_Experte_ADVANT Beiten

Christian Schenk



Sascha_Opheys_ADVANT Beiten

Sascha Opheys

Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Procurement Law


Maik Benedikt_Merkens_ADVANT Beiten

Maik Benedikt Merkens

Rechtsanwalt, LL.M.


 Katharina Fink_Experte_ADVANT Beiten

Katharina Fink



Christopher_Theis_ADVANT Beiten

Christopher Theis

Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Procurement Law


Wojtek_Ropel_ADVANT Beiten

Wojtek Ropel



Winfried_Richardt_ADVANT Beiten

Dr Winfried Richardt



Jochen Reuter_ADVANT Beiten

Dr Jochen Reuter

Rechtsanwalt, LL.M., Licensed Specialist for Construction and Planning Law


Maike Pflästerer_ADVANT Beiten

Maike Pflästerer

Rechtsanwältin, Licensed Specialist for Labour Law


Markus_Ley_ADVANT Beiten

Dr Markus Ley



Moritz_Kopp_ADVANT Beiten

Moritz Kopp

Rechtsanwalt, LL.M.


Susanne_Klein_ADVANT Beiten

Susanne Klein

Rechtsanwältin, LL.M., Licensed Specialist for Information Technology Law, external data protection officer (certified by TÜV Nord)


Christian_Kaufmann_ADVANT Beiten

Dr Christian Kaufmann

Rechtsanwalt, LL.M.


 Dr. Daniel_Fischer_Experte_ADVANT Beiten

Dr Daniel Fischer

Rechtsanwalt, Licensed Specialist for Administrative Law