Our lawyers working for the French Desk advise companies from francophone countries on how to do business in Germany, and German companies on transactions and commercial undertakings in those countries. Our range of consultancy services includes, in particular, cross-border M&A transactions, the drawing up of contracts covering commercial contract law as well as general advice on trade and company law. In addition, the French Desk assists wealthy individuals with addressing all questions that involve cross-border asset and company succession including issues in connection with Franco-German marriages, moving to and from countries, the acquisition and sale of assets in France, French-speaking Switzerland, and Germany as well as estate administration including any associated tax-related questions that may arise.
The members of our French Desk have years of experience living in francophone countries; some went to university and some obtained their PhD there; some taught there or worked for French law firms. A solid command of the language, legal competence as well as an in-depth experience of French laws, economy and culture enable our team to offer highly specialised and client-orientated expert advice in connection with francophone countries.
Those who work for the French Desk not only benefit from a network linking it to various French law firms, which was set up especially by the members of our firm, but also from the international LEGALINK network that connects partner firms from 60 countries. This ensures the provision of comprehensive and target-orientated advice even if faced with complex issues and transactions that, apart from the French and German law, involve other legal systems.