Loschelder: Germany - Cologne

Loschelder: Germany - Cologne


Loschelder was founded in 2002 as a spin-off from the Cologne office of international law firm Norton Rose (formerly Gaedertz). The firm comprises more than 50 lawyers. Most partners of Loschelder have been partners or senior associates with international firms before founding/joining the firm.

Loschelder is well-known for its partner-focused approach (rather than using a high leverage of associate work) to create individual and innovative solutions for its clients. This approach enables Loschelder to resolve complex, high-value matters for its clients efficiently, and often confidentially.

The firm’s quality has been frequently recognized, inter alia, by its selection as “Law Firm of the Year Real Estate & Construction” in 2018 and “Law Firm of the Year for the Western Region of Germany” in 2015 by JUVE, the leading publication on the German legal market. In its evaluations JUVE noted the “top quality”, “entrepreneurial thinking” and “extreme reliability” of the firm’s lawyers. According to JUVE, the firm’s real estate client base – in addition to long-standing corporate clients such as STRABAG, Deutsche Telekom, Sandvik – “reads like the who-is-who of the real estate industry and would be desired by many a larger competitor.”

Loschelder's office is located in Cologne, the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia, but serves clients in all parts of Germany. North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's largest state. It is centered on Germany's Rhine-Ruhr urbanized region, which includes the cities of Cologne, Dusseldorf and Bonn, as well the Ruhr Area industrial complex with numerous cities such as Dortmund, Essen, and Duisburg. Many well-known German multinational companies are headquartered in North Rhine-Westphalia. The key industries of the region are chemicals, energy, mechanical engineering and engineered products, media, steel, and automotive products.

Loschelder serves a wide range of clients, from large international groups to German “Mittelstand”. The firm's practice covers all needs of business and corporate clients, including:

  • Corporate & M&A (mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, venture capital, corporate restructuring, squeeze out, general corporate, company succession, corporate finance, corporate litigation & arbitration)
  • Insolvency & restructuring
  • General commercial (commercial agency and distribution Law, sale and purchase agreements, service agreements, standard contracts, product liability and equipment safety, franchise law, commercial litigation and arbitration)
  • State aid
  • Competition and antitrust / public procurement
  • Labor & employment (flexible employment contracts, innovative forms of work, termination of employment, service agreements for directors, works constitution law, transfer of undertakings, restructuring and privatization, collective bargaining agreements, litigation in labor and employment matters)
  • Intellectual property & media (trademarks and other marks, designations of origin and geographical indications, patents and utility models, designs, unfair competition, copyright and media law, law of the press)
  • Construction / real estate (legal advice on major building projects, architectural and engineering services, asset management, including letting and restructuring of real estate portfolios, public private partnership, public building law, soil protection law, emission control law and other environmental law, litigation & arbitration in real estate matters and real estate transactions)
  • IT / media & telecommunication / data protection / litigation & arbitration in IT, media & telecoms
  • Regulated markets (communications, energy, railways)
  • Insurance / banking / asset financing (leasing & factoring) / litigation & arbitration for banks and financial services providers
  • Life / health (food law, pharmaceutical and medical product law, health law, law of agricultural subsidies)
  • Estate planning / family office / litigation & arbitration for high net worth individuals

Practice areas

  • Arbitration & Litigation
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Environment
  • Insurance / D&O
  • Intellectual Property / Unfair Competition / Media
  • IT / Media / Telecommunication
  • Labour / Employment
  • Life / Health
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Production / Trade / Services
  • Real Estate
  • Regulated Markets
  • Security / Capital

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