Schmidt, von der Osten & Huber
They have enjoyed excellent education and training, many of them also abroad. Because they are also likeable personalities, we have won them over to working at SOH and have developed their specialist knowledge and skills further. Today they are first-class advisers in the SOH team and have had considerable experience in their special areas. On the next few pages we will show you what we mean.Company lawWell-known companies see in us their external legal department - and this has sometimes been the case for decades. At SOH, this has developed into a particular competence in all issues regarding the company and the entrepreneur (and his or her family) as well as comprehensive know-how concerning all-round care for companies including succession arrangements (one main area: foundation conceptions).At the same time, it is necessary to also make allowance for tax considerations in our advisory concepts just as much as, for example, strategies for the consistent utilization of structuring potentials under co determination and industrial constitution law.Examples:- Formation of companies (start-up)- Company law and tax-related structuring, Group- Family-based pool of capital, consortium agreements- M & A, due diligence- Cross-border structuring, acquisition of companies, transformation- Managing board member and managing director contracts- Design of management, sales/distribution and remuneration structures- Sales concepts for a vertical group of subordinated affiliates and for a horizontal group of affiliated companies- Restructuring, advice prior to insolvency, transformation- Legal issues relating to telecommunications and data processing- Protection and administration of trademarks- Structuring of licence and know-how agreements- Questions relating to competition law- Issues of administrative law- Location and real estate issues- Corporate succession (including testamentary dispositions)- Foundation conception (non-profit foundation, family foundation)- Support and advice on corporate policy issues and within the area of corporate cultureReal estate law is one of our classic fields of activity. Several partners are active mainly in this area.Comprehensive know-how has evolved from the many years of assisting our clients. We provide advice on all phases of acquisition, development and marketing of real estate. We handle the drafting, negotiating and implementation of real estate contracts.Here, too, formation of teams is required – often our real estate specialists work out the optimum solution together with the company-law and tax-law experts.Examples:- Purchase of real estate and law relating to heritable building rights- Location of trade or business establishments- Project development and financing- Real estate funds- Lease and rental agreements for commercial property- Brokerage law- Private and public building law- Real property assets and succession to the property and debts of the testatorOne of our core competences is labour law, and here in particular in the area of co-determination and industrial constitution law. Also in this legal field, we are the external legal department for many companies.On behalf of the companies we represent, we negotiate with works councils and trade unions. In proceedings before the labour courts and conciliation boards we represent our clients throughout the country at all instances.Examples:- Management structures- Plant agreements- Remuneration and working time models- Restructuring of companies- Plant closures- Accommodation of conflicting interests and social compensation plan- Insourcing and outsourcing- Dismissal and termination procedures- Hiring-out of employees as temporary workersEstablishment and defence of industrial property rights are frequently decisive for companies’ success in the market.In our own department we administer and defend our clients’ trademarks world-wide.Examples:- Unfair competition- Examination of advertising concepts- Lawsuits relating to advertising- Licence agreements- Protection and administration of trademarks- Copyright and publication law- Advertising agency law- Press and personal privacy law- Online advertising lawNew media leave their mark on our lives to an ever increasing degree. That poses new legal questions every day. Besides the legal know-how necessary for answering such questions, our clients can also expect from us an understanding of the technology behind it.We provide comprehensive assistance to our clients with regard to their Internet activities and ensure the defence of their name and trademark rights on the Internet. We also provide assistance for our clients for the working-out and negotiation of contracts concerning complex IT projects.Examples:- Monitoring and defending name rights and trademark rights on the Internet (‘Web monitoring’)- Assistance with the contracts for IT projects- Licence agreements- Telecommunications- Data privacy and data securitySince our formation we have been advising hospitals as well as doctors and their associations and institutions. The synergy effects obtained benefit our clients - for example with regard to issues in connection with integrated medical care.For assistance for co-operation projects the medical law experts work together with our experts in company law, in labour law and in the area of tax law.Examples:- Co-operation between hospitals- Hospital planning and medical care agreements- Medical practitioners’ liability (in tort and contract)- Pharmaceutical and pharmacy law- Licence to practise, checking of profitability and plausibility- Practice succession- Joint practices

practice areas

Alternative Dispute ResolutionAntitrust and Trade RegulationArbitrationBanking LawBankruptcyCommercial LawConstitutional LawContractsCopyrightsFinanceHealth CareInformation TechnologyLabor and EmploymentMergers and Acquisitions and DivestituresReal EstateSports LawTrademarksUnfair Competition

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