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Pay attention when choosing your profession: our lawyers apply their motivation and expertise to keep sight of the big picture when addressing labor law issues, estate law, commercial law, insolvency law, brand law and copyright, or tax legislation. We are also happy to address special fields of law, such as medical law and complex contractual structures.

Everything within the law.

Our lawyers possess recognized expertise and a great deal of sensitivity for commercial issues. The interdisciplinary cooperation with tax advisors, auditors and business consultants that lies at the heart of the Winsulting® service philosophy results in individual, forward-looking solutions that rest on a secure legal foundation.

Where possible, we avoid the risk of legal expenses and time consuming litigation. If it nevertheless comes to the crunch, you are in the good hands of our experienced lawyers and our network. We create legal assurance for making decisions on significant investments. And rightly so!

Dr. Nicolas W. Garstka

“To be in the right = having your rights respected –
so simple is our calculation.”

Commercial law and corporate agreements

The focus of our activities in the field of commercial law lies on corporate agreements for all forms of companies under German or European law, strategically preparing, executing and facilitating shareholder meetings and meetings of other corporate bodies passing resolutions, handling lawsuits objecting to resolutions, providing legal assistance in disputes in or out of court, assisting corporate reorganizations (such as spin-offs, mergers and changes in legal form), formations, mergers, liquidations, acquisitions and corporate transactions, cooperation models and contracts, capital procurement and maintenance using financing and investment models, assisting and providing legal counsel in the case of liability suits and compliance issues, restructuring and business rescues as well as developing concepts for legal succession.

The broad field of commercial and business law is also covered by core expertise. The focus of our legal contract work and consulting activities lies in purchase and supply contracts, financing agreements, warranty agreements, leases, outsourcing agreements, transport and freight contracts, storage and logistics agreements, drafting the contracts, negotiating and concluding cooperation or joint venture agreements, liability law, including product or manufacturer’s liability, drawing up and reviewing general terms of business or other general terms,er research and development contracts, insurance law and agency law governing sales representatives and distribution.

Labor law

Particularly at medium-sized companies, a reliable workforce of skilled employees is a key success factor for business success. At the same time, the associated labor law issues are generally very sensitive and frequently very complex from a legal perspective. Our lawyers specialized in labor law provide you with the requisite legal expertise but also many-years of experience in this sensitive field. In addition, the interdisciplinary familiarity with labor law and social security ensures a holistic approach that takes due account of the increasingly important social law aspects in consulting and advising on contracts.

The focus on our labor and social activities lie on structuring, reviewing and adjusting employment contracts of all kinds as well as service contracts with managers and executive directors, conducting unlawful termination cases and representing clients in court in all kinds of labor law cases up to the level of the Federal Labor Court, advising and structuring company pension plans, advising on restructuring measures (reduced hours schemes, lay-offs, outsourcing), negotiating settlements of interests and socially amenable redundancy plans, assessing social security obligations towards freelancers (avoiding “dependent self-employment”), advising on minimum wage requirements and assessing the labor law and social security aspects of foreign assignments.

Estate law

Succession issues are of central significance for the survival of your company across a number of generations. Our estate law competence team will accompany you from an early stage in planning and structuring the succession of your net worth and company under both German law and international law. Our expertise in commercial law also ensures that all aspects of the company succession are covered without ignoring the entrepreneur standing behind the company. Our interdisciplinary approach creates decisive added-value for you. Close cooperation with our experts in tax and auditing at our affiliates allows us to plan and optimize the tax structures for the succession of your net worth and company ownership.

We advise our clients mainly in the fields of (corporate) successions – particularly in family-owned companies – on structures that ensure the ability of the company to keep operating in the case of a succession, tax-optimized structures for the powers of representation in the event of your death, international succession structures, tax-optimized rules for gifting your estate before you die, advising on the creation of charitable trusts and foundations either before you die or out of your estate, advising on the creation of family trusts and structuring your personal retirement provisions, in particular, structuring the powers of attorney to be issued and living wills that take true account of your needs, providing support during disputes concerning your estate after your death and acting as the executor of your estate. Our expertise in court procedure ensures that your rights will be honored even if a case goes to court.

Insurance law

Legal advice on insurance law.
Our special expertise – forensic particularly – in insurance law is founded among other things on the continuous legal representation of our clients, insurers in particular, that we have built up over 15 years. These include court cases conducted across the nation before the insurance chambers of the regional courts as well as appeals brought before the insurance senates of the higher regional courts as well as legal counsel given in parallel to the legal strategies pursued in the suits during appeal cases brought before the insurance senate of the Federal Court of Justice.

Main points of focus include the many hundreds of cases that have been effectively brought in the field of personal insurance (such as accident insurance, occupational disability and life assurance), D&O insurance and company liability.

Real estate law

Legal advice on real estate law.
One point of our focus lies on accompanying real estate transactions (purchase and sale) of single top-dollar properties or entire portfolios of real estate within the framework of an asset or share deal. In this context, our specialists conduct the legal due diligence and draw up and negotiate the purchase contract. Naturally we can also provide post-closing advice and support you with legal disputes both in or out of court.

Our lawyers specialized in the law of commercial leases offer you comprehensive legal counsel in all phases of the lease, either as a tenant or as the lessor. One of our core competencies lies in assisting you with structuring rental agreements, leases and other license agreements and supporting you during negotiations and terminating and dissolving contracts. Naturally we will not only take over the associated out-of-court correspondence but will also represent you at court if the need arises.

Conducting court cases, arbitration and mediation

Legal cases can have a serious impact on the business of a company and impair it for the long term. We will help you to avoid disputes in advance and analyze with you the options available to you in a legal dispute. Our expertise in the field of court procedure and litigation will help you to make a reliable decision as to whether a court case is justified in the interests of the company or not and will create transparency about the (cost) risks. For being in the right does not always mean you should assert your rights.

If a dispute becomes unavoidable, we will actively represent your interests in court or at arbitration throughout Germany. We will work out an effective strategy with you to defend your rights, which we will revise depending on the development of the case.  Not only our many years of experience with court cases but also our state-of-the-art analytical tools, with which we can effectively process even extremely complicated cases, help us here. Where suitable, we also think out alternative methods of resolving disputes such as using mediation or provide assistance with obtaining finance to fund a case.

Commercial law and criminal tax law

The lawmakers and the courts have repeatedly tightened commercial law and the law on tax crimes in recent years. The potential for making a voluntary disclosure has been restricted.

In our experience, a professional defense for alleged tax crimes or white-collar crime necessitates a common strategy made in collaboration with the tax representatives familiar with the substantive aspects of the case. For this reason, we work closely with our tax advisors and auditors as well as with the tax departments of our clients. Swapping notes with the specialists allows us to analyze the matter and the potential criminal consequences. We therefore view our core task to lie in responding on behalf of our clients to the associated queries in a well-thought-out, comprehensive and unambiguous manner.

Medical law

Our spectrum of advisory services in the field of medical law extends to drawing up and terminating cooperation contracts, both for medical practices as well as clinics and providing the associated consulting services, also for the sale or acquisition of medical practices and pharmacies, as well as advising on the professional code governing the healthcare professions and the laws governing hospitals.

One particular point of focus lies in advising on new welfare structures such as the various forms of cooperation between healthcare professionals, medical healthcare centers (MVZ) and other forms of healthcare (sector-independent and integrated healthcare). As in the past, the contractual framework of such cooperations lies at the center of our advisory approach as this requires specialist knowledge and familiarity with the peculiarities of the healthcare sector to resolve the complex issues facing our clients. Thanks to our interdisciplinary alignment we also understand how to integrate issues related to medical law, such as liability law, fair trade law, social security law and labor law, at a very high quality level.

Your contacts

Dr. jur. Nicolas W. Garstka,
Dr. jur. Nicolas W. Garstka
° Lawyer ° Managing Director ° Partner
Laufbahn
  • Studies in Hanover
  • 2001 admission to practice law
  • Employed at the law firm, Götz-Werner von Fromberg & Collegen
  • Since 2016 Managing Partner
Schwerpunkte
  • Corporate and commercial law (advisory and contracts)
  • Insurance law (life, accident, disability and D&O)
  • Litigation (representing insurance companies, litigation with directors, tax advisors liability)

The reinforcements

Sabine<br/>Bartels,
Sabine
Bartels
° Rechtsanwalts- und Notariatsfachangestellte ° Teamassistentin
Iris<br/>Deni,
Iris
Deni
° Rechtsanwalts- und Notariatsfachangestellte ° Teamassistentin
Katrin<br/>Engler,
Katrin
Engler
° Lawyer ° Specialist in labor law ° Specialist in criminal law ° Authorized signatory
Laufbahn
  • Studies at Leibniz University Hanover
  • 2008 admission to practice law
  • Since 2013 at Gehrke Econ
Schwerpunkte
  • Labor law (legal advice, employment contracts, litigation, advising on all issues related to the works council/employee representatives)
  • Criminal law (advising on tax crime law, particularly voluntary declarations, legal counsel and litigation involving labor law, insolvency crimes, white collar crime and compliance, legal defense)
Thomas<br/>Heidemann,
Thomas
Heidemann
° Lawyer ° Specialist in labor law ° Authorized signatory
Laufbahn
  • Studies in Augsburg and Münster
  • 1996 Admission to practice law
  • Since 1998 bei Gehrke Econ
Schwerpunkte
  • Labor law (legal counsel, contracts)
  • Estate law and contingency planning (business/private wealth succession, testaments, estate and nuptial agreements, powers of attorney, living wills)
  • Corporate and commerical law (contracts, founding documents, real estate matters)"
Saskia<br/>Kaldune,
Saskia
Kaldune
° Rechtsanwalts- und Notariatsfachangestellte ° Teamassistentin
Jana <br/>Lechte,
Jana
Lechte
° Rechtsanwalts- und Notariatsfachangestellte ° Teamassistentin
Benjamin<br/>Sänger,
Benjamin
Sänger
° Lawyer ° Specialist in commercial law and company law ° Authorized signatory
Laufbahn
  • Studies in Bielefeld, internships in Hanover and Munich
  • 2008 admitted to practice law
  • Since 2008 at Gehrke Econ, two years of which in auditing
Schwerpunkte
  • Company law (legal counsel for companies on day-to-day transactions, advising health insurers)
  • Commercial law (service level agreements, cooperation agreements, contracts for management services and leases, letters of comfort/subordination, loan agreements and collateral arrangements)
Tom-Christian<br/>Uhland,
Tom-Christian
Uhland
° Lawyer ° Specialist in labor law
Laufbahn
  • Studies in Marburg, internship in Dortmund
  • 2007 admitted to practice law
  • Since 2016 at Gehrke Econ
Schwerpunkte
  • Individual and collective labor law
  • Litigation based on labor law and the civil code
  • Construction and architect law
  • Property law
  • Data protection legislation

Of Councel

Dr. Udo<br/>Lundberg,
Dr. Udo
Lundberg
° Rechtsanwalt ° Fachanwalt für Insolvenzrecht ° Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht ° Compliance Officer
Laufbahn
  • Studium der Rechtswissenschaften an der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität (Freiburg) und an der Georg-August-Universität (Göttingen), Studium der Politikwissenschaften an der Brock-University, St. Catharines (Canada)
  • Seit 2010 bei Gehrke Econ
Schwerpunkte
  • Rechtliche Beratung und Begleitung bei Umstrukturierung / Sanierung und Insolvenzen
  • Rechtliche Beratung von Geschäftsführern und Vorständen
  • Individual- und Kollektivarbeitsrecht
  • Beratung/Begleitung bei Compliance Management Systemen
Wilhelm<br/>Niggemann,
Wilhelm
Niggemann
° Lawyer ° Tax advisor ° Counsel
Laufbahn
  • Since 1987 professional experience in tax advisory and legal counsel
  • Partner at EY Law and Tax
  • Head of the tax/law practice for northern Germany
  • Since 2015 at Gehrke Econ
Schwerpunkte
  • Family-owned companies
  • Company law
  • Succession issues, in particular estate law and estate tax
Prof. Dr. Dietmar<br/>Nolting, LL.M.,
Prof. Dr. Dietmar
Nolting, LL.M.
° LL.M. ° Lawyer ° Tax advisor ° Mediator ° Prof. at FH Nordhessen
Laufbahn
  • Studies at the University of Passau and at King‘s College of the University of London
  • Lawyer since 1995, Professor of Commercial Law at Fachhochschule North Hesse since 2002
  • Appointed as a certified tax advisor im Jahr 2000
Schwerpunkte
  • Company law (avoiding liability, wording contracts)
  • Administrative law and tax law (legal representation, courtroom representation, laying constitutional complaints before the Federal Court of Justice)
  • Medical law (advising healthcare providers)
  • Conflict management (negotiations, mediations and arbitration proceedings)