Updated January 2017
The services from our offices in Germany are provided by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a Limited Liability Partnership under the laws of the U.S. State of California, registered with the Secretary of State, State of California, Sacramento California (Registration No 201996243002). Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s registered office is at The Orrick Building, 405 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-2669, USA. Telephone: +1 415-773-5700, email: [email protected]
Access a list of all German lawyers and other professionals here: http://de.orrick.com/EN/Lawyers
Authorized representatives in Germany and responsible for the editorial content according to § 55(3) Interstate Broadcasting and Telemedia Agreement (Staatsvertrag für Rundfunk und Telemedien) are Dr. Oliver Duys and Dr. Wilhelm Nolting-Hauff (Managing Partner Germany), Heinrich-Heine-Allee 12, 40213 Dusseldorf, Germany, Telephone: +49 (0) 211 36787-0, email:[email protected]
Our VAT identification number in Germany is DE 263842489.
Tel: +49 (0)211 36787-0
Fax: +49 (0)211 36787-540
Tel: +49 (0)89 383980-0
Fax: +49 (0)89 383980-99
In the following you will find information on professional titles, competent regulatory bodies and professional rules applicable to professionals working for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in Germany.
German Lawyers (Rechtsanwälte)
All German Lawyers are admitted to practice as such in the Federal Republic of Germany, unless stated otherwise. They are members of the local bar associations competent for their respective office:
• Düsseldorf: www.rechtsanwaltskammer-duesseldorf.de/
• Munich: http://rak-muenchen.de/
Professional rules relevant to Lawyers admitted in Germany:
Professional regulatory provisions for Lawyers admitted in Germany are the Federal Lawyers’ Regulation (Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung - BRAO), the Specialist Lawyers’ Regulation (Fachanwaltsordnung - FAO), the Lawyers’ Fees Act (Gesetz über die Vergütung von Rechtsanwältinnen und Rechtsanwälten - RVG), the Rules of professional practice (Berufsordnung der Rechtsanwälte - BORA), the Charter of core principles of the European legal profession and Code of Conduct for European lawyers (CCBE) and the Law pertaining to the professional law regulating the legal profession (Gesetz über die Tätigkeit europäischer Rechtsanwälte in Deutschland - EuRAG), respectively the regulation regarding the implementation of § 206 of the Federal Lawyers’ Act for lawyers from non-european countries. The texts of the applicable acts, regulations and codes are available online (partially in English) at the Federal Chamber of Lawyers’ website under section “Berufsrecht”): http://www.brak.de/
Tax advisers (Steuerberater)
All Tax advisers are admitted to practice as such in the Federal Republic of Germany, unless stated otherwise. They are members of the local bar associations competent for their respective office:
• Düsseldorf: www.stbk-duesseldorf.de/
• Munich: www.steuerberaterkammer-muenchen.de/
Professional regulatory provisions for tax advisers in Germany are the Tax Advisory Act (Steuerberatungsgesetz - StBerG) and its implementing regulation (Durchführungsverordnung zum Steuerberatungsgesetz - DVStB), the Professional Code of The Federal Tax Advisory Chamber (Berufsordnung der Bundessteuerberaterkammer - BOStB) and the Tax Advisers’ Fee Regulation (Steuerberatergebührenverordnung - StBGebV). The texts of the applicable acts, regulations and codes are available online (in German only) at the Federal Chamber of Tax Advisors’ website under section “Der Steuerberater/Berufsrecht”): http://www.bstbk.de/de/steuerberater/berufsrecht/
Public Certified Accountants (Wirtschaftsprüfer)
All public certified accountants are admitted to practice as such in the Federal Republic of Germany, unless stated otherwise. They are members of the uniform competent Chamber of Public Certified Accountants (Wirtschaftsprüferkammer): www.wpk.de/.
Professional regulatory provisions for public certified accountants in Germany are the Public Account Act (Wirtschaftsprüferordnung - WPO), the Professional Charter for Accountants/Chartered Accountants (Berufssatzung für Wirtschaftsprüfer und vereidigte Buchprüfer - BS WP/vBP), the Rules on Quality Control (Satzung für Qualitätskontrolle), the Sealing Regulation (Siegelverordnung -Siegel-VO) and the Regulation for the Insurance of Professional Liability of Accountants (Wirtschaftsprüfer-Berufshaftpflichtverordnung - WPBHV).
The texts of the applicable regulations, rules and codes are available online (partially in English) at the Chamber of Public Accountants’ website under section “Rechtsvorschriften”): http://www.wpk.de/rechtsvorschriften/rechtsvorschriften.asp.
All Solicitors under English law are admitted to practice as such in England and Wales. They are members of the Law Society of England and Wales. The address can be found at: www.lawsoc.org.uk under section „Get in Touch“.
Professional regulatory provisions for Solicitors (UK) are the Solicitors’ Code of Conduct, the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules, the Solicitors’ Financial Services Rules and the Solicitors’ Indemnity Insurance Rules. The texts of the applicable codes and rules are available online at the website of the Solicitor Regulation Authority under section “For solicitors”: http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/handbook/code/content.page.
All Attorneys at law (New York) are admitted to practice as such in the state of New York. They are members of the New York Bar: http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/.
The texts of the applicable codes and rules for Attorneys at Law (New York) are available at http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/resources.shtml.
All Attorneys at law (California) are admitted to practice as such in the state of California. They are members of the California Bar: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/.
The texts of the applicable codes and rules for Attorneys at Law (California) are available at http://rules.calbar.ca.gov/.
All Attorneys at Law (District of Columbia) are admitted to practice as such in the District of Columbia. They are members of the District of Columbia Bar: http://www.dcbar.org.
The texts of the applicable codes and rules for Attorneys at Law (District of Columbia) are available at http://www.dcbar.org/inside_the_bar/structure/bar_rules/index.cfm.
Our professional liability insurer is ERGO Versicherung AG, Victoriaplatz 1, 40198 Düsseldorf. The insurance covers worldwide activity in connection with providing legal advice on and services in connection with domestic and foreign law, representation in domestic and foreign courts, as well as legal actions in domestic and foreign courts. The aforementioned insurance coverage applies only to German offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and the professionals insured via ERGO Versicherungs AG.
In Addition, all professionals working in our German offices are covered by professional liability insurance with MPC Insurance, Ltd. The liability insurance covers worldwide professional responsibilities acts or omissions.
Consumer Dispute ResolutionWe are not obliged to use and we will not make use of Alternative Dispute Resolution entities within the meaning of the Consumer Dispute Resolution Act (Verbraucherstreitbeilegungsgesetz – VSBG) to resolve disputes with consumers.