Commercial Lawyer in Germany


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Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG is an international law firm active all over Germany. As a full-service firm we can offer comprehensive legal advice from one source. Get to know us, our services and covered industries today.

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Straightforward Legal Advice in German & International Commercial Law

Schlun und Elseven Lawyers is your company’s contact partner for all legal questions concerning national and international commercial law. Our qualified and experienced lawyers are available to you at our offices in Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf to support and advise you. We take care of the drafting of contracts of all kinds and the individual preparation and adaptation of the general terms and conditions for your company. We also provide comprehensive advice on commercial agency and distribution law. We also find suitable solutions for your company in the area of financing contracts and factoring. Due to the interdisciplinary orientation of our law firm, we are also able to offer our clients comprehensive support in legal interfaces of commercial law, in problems of labour law, tax law and corporate law.


Our Services in Commercial Law

Our team of commercial law attorneys has excellent expertise in dealing with all legal issues that arise and offers you a wide range of legal services. We can advise you according to your wishes at our offices in Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf and throughout Germany, using our conference rooms in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. In the field of commercial law, we advise both international corporations and local businesses.

Full-Service and Legal Representation

We know how important it is for a company to be on a legally stable and reliable foundation. Our experienced team of attorneys not only handles all commercial law aspects of your company, but also all other legal issues that arise. Our portfolio here ranges from the drafting and preparation of all types of contracts and general terms and conditions of business to comprehensive advice on labour and distribution law issues and the assumption of claims management, including expertise in banking and capital markets law. We would be pleased to present our services and support possibilities in detail in a personal meeting.

The international team of lawyers at Schlun & Elseven advises and represents private individuals and companies in the English as well as German.

Drafting Contracts and General Terms and Conditions (AGB)

The basis for long-term business success and a functioning sales department is a comprehensive contract with general terms and conditions of business, which are specially adapted to the conditions of the company. Depending on the type of contract, the general terms and conditions must be harmonized and coordinated with the company’s objectives. Thus, in the case of purchase contracts, supply contracts or contracts for work and services, a wide variety of different but decisive special features must be considered. Yet other aspects must be considered in financing contracts or rental and lease agreements. In all these areas a company cannot rely on standard contracts. Rather, it requires detailed legal knowledge of the respective contract territory in order to draw up effective, tailor-made contracts that are advantageous for the company.

Our legal experts in commercial law can ensure that all decisive contracts guarantee the interests of your company and that the current legal situation, the latest legal changes and highest court rulings are considered accordingly, or the contracts are revised accordingly.

Another essential part of our extrajudicial services is the drafting, negotiation and review of general terms and conditions. In this respect, attention must be paid to the observance of effective and court-proof wording. We do our utmost to avoid the invalidity of general terms and conditions clauses both in B2C and B2B business. This is because the use of incorrect GTCs can lead to warnings from competitors or the consumer protection association as well as claims for damages. In addition, ineffective GTC clauses can lead to the rescission of contracts even several years after the conclusion of the contract, e.g. because the necessary revocation instruction did not comply with the legal requirements.

Effective GTCs thus play an important role, especially in consumer contracts, not least because of consumer-friendly EU law and the case law of the European Court of Justice. Due to this high risk of damage, which arises when general terms and conditions are written, adopted or amended by the consumer without in-depth legal knowledge, it is essential to engage an experienced lawyer at an early stage. Our team of lawyers will work out which general terms and conditions clauses are not only permissible but also appropriate for your business and the respective area of contract and will pay particular attention to compliance with the latest legal changes and case law.

We take over the drafting of contracts, including the drafting and review of the General Terms and Conditions for, among other things:

  • Purchase contracts and contracts for work and services, especially in the wholesale trade
  • Transport and logistics contracts
  • Contracts in e-commerce
  • Rental agreements and leases
  • Finance contracts
  • Factoring and leasing agreements
  • Commercial agency agreements
  • Advertising contracts
  • Employment contracts

Commercial Agency Law

In the form of an individual as well as a partnership (OHG, KG) or corporation (AG, GmbH), the commercial agent plays a decisive role for entrepreneurial success and the marketing of the goods and services offered by the company. In addition to authorised dealers, franchise companies and commission agents, commercial agents are of course an integral part of economic distribution structures. This characteristic of the commercial agent as the central figure in the distribution of a company is accompanied by a multitude of rights and obligations on both sides. For this reason, some essential legal aspects must be considered when drafting a commercial agency contract, often of many years’ standing. Our commercial law legal team reviews, drafts and revises your commercial agency contracts and ensures that the rights and obligations of both parties to the contract are clearly and comprehensibly formulated.

The commercial agent’s first and foremost duty is to actively mediate and conclude transactions in the interests of the company. In addition, they have to fulfil far-reaching duties to inform the entrepreneur and must comply with their non-competition clause. This can be maintained on a contractual basis even after termination of the agency agreement. In return, the entrepreneur has the obligation to instruct the commercial agent and to provide them with the materials and documents necessary for the performance of their commercial agency duties. During the term of the contract, the commercial agent is also entitled to commission payment from the principal and, after termination, to compensation in accordance with § 89 b HGB.

All in all, the following contractual elements should be discussed in any case in the commercial agency contract:

  • Contract territory, regional limitation
  • Authorisation of the entrepreneur or third parties to independently market the goods in the contract territory
  • Design of the product description and marketing
  • Subagent and vicarious agent
  • Need for a directory of customers and turnover
  • Mediation and conclusion of transactions, as well as subsequent customer care
  • Takeover of the existing customer base
  • Commercial agent’s rights of use of industrial property rights
  • Liability agreements
  • Obligation of secrecy
  • Mutual information obligation
  • Obligation of the entrepreneur to cooperate
  • Credit assessment
  • Confidentiality obligations
  • Non-competition clause, in particular regulation of the post-contractual
  • Settlement of commission and compensation claims
  • Termination of the contract (duration, termination)

In addition, the classic sales structures, such as distribution through sales representatives, are also subject to the changes brought about by globalisation and digitalisation. The importance of e-commerce, the variety of Internet platforms and the revenue generated through Internet sales is constantly increasing. Commercial agents also use this to perform their intermediary and brokerage activities via the Internet. However, other digital requirements may become relevant, which also require special attention when concluding or extending a commercial agency agreement.

In addition to the drafting of commercial agency contracts, we also offer our support in the calculation of compensation claims after termination of the contract in accordance with § 89 b HGB. An appropriate compensation payment is to be granted to the commercial agent for the transfer of his established customer base. The correct calculation is based on several factors, is therefore very complex and often a reason for dispute between commercial agents and companies. The value of the customer base on a given date, the prospect of further contracts being concluded and prior payments by the company to the commercial agent must be taken into account.

If a prior contractual arrangement is not sufficient to secure the claims, we represent both companies and commercial agents in their enforcement after the termination of the contract. An out-of-court settlement of the disputes is always preferred by us. However, if this cannot be avoided – even with a comprehensive dispute resolution strategy – our qualified and experienced lawyers are of course also available to represent you in court.

Distribution Law and e-Commerce

Our lawyers for commercial law also offer you their expertise in the extremely important area of distribution law. We can work out the appropriate distribution channels for you and explain their differences as well as legal advantages and disadvantages so that you can set up or design a distribution structure suitable for your company. We ensure that all legal requirements are observed when expanding distribution channels and drafting distribution agreements. We are also available as a strong partner to advise and support you in disputes and disputes with distribution partners. In addition, we work with you to meet the special requirements of e-commerce, from online marketing and copyright law to digital ordering processes and electronic payment.

The establishment of distribution structures for your company can be done in many ways. It is possible to conclude distribution contracts with commercial agents, authorised dealers, commission agents and franchise companies. Often the regulations of commercial agency law as a statutory part of distribution law and some European directives must be considered. The basis of an economic and functional distribution are therefore first detailed contracts, which meet the legal requirements and at the same time protect the interests of the company. In addition to drafting the distribution contracts, we also take care of drafting supply chain management contracts and customer service contracts in the area of after-sales management. These are particularly important for a long-term distribution structure and a solid customer base. Furthermore, we also support you in distribution law in the judicial or extrajudicial settlement of conflicts in ongoing or terminated contractual relationships.

The importance of e-commerce has steadily increased with the variety of internet platforms and turnover via internet sales. It changes the classic distribution structures and is subject to special legal regulations, which must also be observed in B2B business but especially in B2C business and thus in consumer contracts. We check whether your distribution structures in the e-commerce sector, your Internet platforms and online shops, meet these requirements. As an interdisciplinary law firm, we take into account the overlapping fields of law such as copyright law, data protection law, consumer protection law, capital market law and others. From online marketing and the obligation to provide an imprint, digital ordering processes, electronic payment or faulty general terms and conditions of business to questions regarding file sharing cases, we advise you on all problems of e-commerce.

Receivables Management

Our team of lawyers in commercial law is also at your disposal for the implementation of your company’s receivables management. Should your contractual partners fail to perform their contractual services and deliveries, or not perform them as agreed, you can contact us. We will take care of setting necessary deadlines and ensuring that you receive your services and receivables in the agreed manner.

We will also assist you in enforcing warranty and contractual rights such as subsequent delivery, rectification of defects, withdrawal, reduction in price and all forms of compensation. In particular, we ensure that the time frame is adhered to when your claims and rights are enforced, that special deadlines are observed and that reminders are issued. It may also be necessary to have claims titled and enforced by force. We can do this by means of the enforcement law of the German Code of Civil Procedure (ZPO).

In return, we will of course ward off unjustified claims against your company and check them for their effectiveness, conformity with the contract, amount and limitation period. This includes the defence against warnings and cease-and-desist declarations on the Internet by competitors. This often involves trademark or copyright infringements or violations of the law against unfair competition in the context of e-commerce. Our law firm with its interdisciplinary focus can also advise you in these relevant areas of copyright law, competition law and distribution law.

Practice Group for German Commercial Law

Aykut Elseven Lawyer

Aykut Elseven
Lawyer

Dr Richard Nouvertné Lawyer

Dr. Richard Nouvertné
Lawyer

Lawyer Florian Reisser

Florian Reisser
Lawyer

Jens Schmidt Lawyer

Jens Schmidt
Lawyer

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Mon. – Fr:
09:00 – 19:00 o’clock
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+49 211 882 84196
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Aachen

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG
Von-Coels-Straße 214
52080 Aachen (Eilendorf)
Tel: +49 241 4757140
Fax: 0241 47571469

Cologne

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG
Kyffhäuserstr. 45
50674 Köln
Tel: +49 221 93295960
Fax: 0221 932959669

Düsseldorf

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG
Königsallee 60F
40212 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 211 882 84196
Fax: 0221 932959669

Conference Rooms

Munich 80339
Theresienhöhe 28

Hamburg 20354
Neuer Wall 63

Berlin 10785
Potsdamer Platz 10

Stuttgart 70174
Friedrichstraße 15

Frankfurt 60314
Hanauer Landstrasse 291 B