Advising Banks and Financial Services Providers

Sernetz·Schäfer advises German and international banks, stock markets and financial services providers in all aspects of the law relating to banking, capital markets, financial regulation and the stock market. Our banking and capital markets practice is one of the forerunners in this field in Germany. Large German and international banks rely on our acknowledged expertise in this area. Our clients also include German and international investment companies and investment funds seeking advice on issues governed by the German law and regulations applicable to investments in financial instruments as well as cooperative banks, state banks, savings banks and other institutions from the public sector.

Litigation for Banks and Financial Services Providers

The lawyers of Sernetz·Schäfer specialised in litigation and arbitration are acknowledged experts in the strategic and tactical planning and conducting of complex, often lengthy, disputes. We have exceptional know-how in managing model and class actions (Spezial- und Massenverfahren) under the law relating to capital investments. The number of cases we conduct and coordinate for defendants throughout Germany reaches the four-figure region. We often act for clients in proceedings pursuant to the German Act Governing Representative Legal Actions for Capital Markets Disputes (Kapitalanleger-Musterverfahrensgesetz).

Capital Markets

Sernetz·Schäfer advises German and international issuers and credit institutions in connection with IPOs, corporate actions and bond issues. Our advice includes guidance on clients’ continuous obligations under capital markets law, such as the prohibition of insider dealing, ad-hoc disclosure requirements and the notification duties of shareholders, conformity with the numerous statutory amendments in capital markets law, and the regulatory and compliance issues affecting corporations under capital markets law.

First choice for many large banks

(German Commercial Law Firms, 2014)

enjoys an outstanding reputation among clients engaged in disputes under banking and capital markets law

(JUVE Handbuch 2015/2016)

… in den vergangenen Jahren eine - auch bundesweit einzigartige - Position in der Prozessvertretung deutscher Großbanken im Kapitalmarktrecht erarbeitet.

(JUVE Handbuch 2010/2011)

TOP commercial law firm in the capital markets sector

(Focus Spezial 2014)