Our German practice reflects the country’s position as one of the strongest economies worldwide and as a global leader in the industrial and technology sectors.


Based in Düsseldorf and Munich, we have particular depth in the technology, energy & infrastructure, and finance sectors. We have a strong focus on transactions and dispute resolution, and also advise on cybersecurity & data privacy / IT, tax, employment, antitrust & competition, real estate and finance.

Private Equity

In late 2019 we were shortlisted for JUVE’s Private Equity & Venture Capital Law Firm of the Year award as a result of our continuous advise for leading PE firms such as AGIC Capital, Ardian, DBAG, EQT, HANNOVER Finanz, Luxempart or Monitor Clipper Partners who trust in us when investing or divesting in Germany.

(Corporate) Venture Capital / Tech

Our work in Germany is elemental to Orrick being #1 in Pitchbook’s European venture capital ranking for 2017, 2018 and 2019: we advise financial investors such as Atomico, TCV or Vitruvian, corporates such as Gruppe Deutsche Börse or Aesculap and companies like Lilium and auxmoney on their often Tech related investments, financing rounds, and beyond.

Relying on our experience from numerous transactions, we have written guides specifically targeting the German market, such as the Orrick Legal Ninja Series and our 120-page Guide to Venture Capital Deals in Germany.

Mergers & Acquisitions / China Desk

From a firm regularly ranked in the top 10 for global M&A, you will expect an appetite for challenging M&A transactions: we advise both international corporates such as Crane, Fagerhult, or WTC/Ironman as well as German corporates such as HELLA, STEAG, or Wickeder Westfalenstahl on their corporate transactions in Germany and Europe.

We have a special focus on Sino-German transactions, especially on Chinese investments in German companies, in which our clients benefit from our team of both German and Chinese qualified lawyers.

Arbitration and Litigation

Our team is known for being a disputes powerhouse and in late 2020 won the JUVE Award as Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year. Led by one of the most experienced arbitrators in Europe, who is ranked as a Star Individual by Chambers, our ten-lawyer team is called on by private investors, international companies and sovereign entities to provide representation in a wide range of complex cross-border disputes.

Our experience includes representing a client in a multi-billion ICC arbitration on price provisions in the energy sector, defending one of the largest German power producers against recourse claims of over 600 million Euros, and representing an insolvency receiver of AgfaPhoto GmbH in various arbitrations.

Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation / IT/IP

We are part of a global team that advises on compliance with EU, U.S. and other international data protection laws, as well as on IP and IT law. Recognized for being among the leading German Data Privacy practices (Legal 500 Deutschland), we provide strategic advice to medium sized and large multinationals, in particular, in the Tech sector.


Our team is part of our international tax practice that is focused on both integrity and innovation. We advise on tax issues in transactions as well as on stand-alone litigious / non-litigious tax issues.


Our German employment team is an integral part of our global employment practice consisting of 70 specialized employment lawyers in the U.S., Asia and Europe. We advise some of the most sought-after multinationals with a special sector focus on Tech in all areas of individual and collective employment law. We help our clients manage their global workforce and overcome the myriad human resources issues that arise with a particular focus on restructuring, outsourcing and headcount reductions, including negotiations with works councils and unions.

Antitrust, Competition and Investment Law

The antitrust and regulatory environment is continuously changing, in Germany, in the EU and globally. Our team of recognized experts delivers effective and hands-on advice for the new challenges. We work in all areas of antitrust and regulatory law, including merger filings and foreign investment screenings, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases and cartel damages claims.

Real Estate

With teams in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, we combine worldwide coverage with on-the-ground support and market knowledge. Our practice has a strong focus on sophisticated asset acquisitions/dispositions.


Together with our global finance and capital markets teams, our German finance team is advising clients regarding capital markets, banking and financial law including areas such as investment (funds) law and carbon trading.


Our German Energy team advises investors on the development and acquisition of renewables across Europe and corporates on some of their most important transactions and projects, e.g. a leading German energy company in a billion euro dispute with regard to an infrastructure project.

  • Our Offices and Our Communities

    Our German offices are located right in the city centres of Düsseldorf (historic downtown) and Munich (historic Stachus). We play off the vibe of our cities and the leading role they play in the German economy.

    We have a strong culture of teamwork and a commitment to making a social impact. In 2017, we were honoured by Proboneo as the top performer for providing pro bono services in Germany.