Litigating in English: Will Germany introduce Court Divisions for International Commercial Matters?

Before the German courts, German is the exclusive official language (Section 184 GVG). The popularity of Germany as a forum for international legal disputes suffers as a result. In certain cases, some courts allow the parties to dispense with the use of interpreters in oral proceedings and instead hold the hearing in English. Written pleadings, minutes of hearings and all court orders and decisions must, however, continue to be written in German. Annexes, especially contracts, must be made available to the court with a German translation.

Despite the high international reputation of German law and the German judiciary, foreign contracting parties therefore shy away from choosing German law for contracts and the jurisdiction of the German courts for eventual disputes. Significant commercial law disputes are therefore often conducted abroad or before arbitral tribunals. Small and medium-sized enterprises in Germany in particular are at a disadvantage because (more…)

Congrats!

Team Schellenberg and friends took part in the Berlin Half Marathon again this year. Congratulations to the finishers (everyone!) and a thousand thanks to all the great supporters!

 

Brexit – English Limited Companies at Risk?

Following the vote on Brexit, companies in the English legal form of Limited Company located in other EU Member States are faced with the question of what impact the withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union will have for them. (more…)

Bot or not?

Some statistics say that between 9 and 15% of all active Twitter accounts are bots. Other estimates go up to a figure of 30% of all active accounts. The use of social bots for or in the context of election campaigns in the US and elsewhere has shown the significant impact that virtual echo chambers created by bots can have. (more…)

Advoc Junior Meetup 2017

We at Schellenberg Unternehmeranwälte had the great pleasure to host the 5th international Advoc Junior Meetup in Berlin on October 6th and 7th. Lawyers from 11 European jurisdictions have been discussing the legal implications of marketing in the “new media” such as influencer marketing and of the use of social bots. Thanks to everyone for being with us!


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New Transparency Register available now …

… forcing companies to look closely into their shareholdings.

That is new

With the update of the Anti Money Laundering Act (Geldwäschegesetz/GWG), which came into effect on 26 June 2017, a new public register was introduced called the “Transparency Register”. (more…)

Schellenberg Unternehmeranwälte hosts first Advoc Real Estate Conference in Berlin

The Berlin Conference on March 29 & 30, 2015 brought together banking and financial experts, real estate developers, fund managers, real estate advisors and legal experts from more than ten of the major European real estate markets.

“Prime yields are likely to further compress but we expect the market to be in and around the 2014 total investment in 2015 however there is some upside risk” (more…)