Wilson Elser maintains a dedicated practice providing legal assistance to insurers, reinsurers, manufacturers, financial services providers and other entities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The team works principally with mid-sized companies and local law firms on a broad range of matters, including:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Insurance/reinsurance disputes
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability
  • Intellectual property
  • Risk management
  • Transactional advice

Fluent in German and drawing on more than 25 years of related experience, practice chair Frederick W. Reif is able to help mitigate and manage risk, handle financial transactions and otherwise provide legal counsel to European clients seeking to establish footholds or grow their businesses in the United States. Mr. Reif and his team frequently rely on Wilson Elser’s vast resources − including more than 60 distinct legal services − and adhere to the firm’s well-established culture of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. When it best serves client objectives, they coordinate with colleagues in Legalign Global, an alliance of best-in-region law firms of which Wilson Elser is a founding member. 

The team comprises practice attorneys with collective decades of experience representing clients in German-speaking Europe. In addition, the firm regularly hosts interns from Rechtsreferendar, Germany’s legal trainee program, who provide valuable assistance with respect to German law and cultural nuance. This collective depth of experience and understanding distinguishes Wilson Elser’s German practice, maximizes its value to our clients and explains why we measure our relationships with so many in decades rather than years.

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