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German Contract Law

The bread and butter business of many companies in the real economy is the conclusion of purchase contracts, service contracts, and work and materials contracts. Large claims can quickly arise, the timely payment of which can be essential for the company's survival. As a result, protecting a company’s legal interests should be top of mind from the beginning – not just when a conflict arises or litigation is necessary.

When drafting business contracts, especially where large sums are involved, nothing should be left to chance. General Terms and Conditions, payment terms or transfer of title provisions are useless unless they are compliant with German contract law and can be enforced by a German court.

As experts in German and international contract law, WINHELLER can help you with every aspect of your company’s contract matters – from drafting Terms and Conditions to helping you enforce your legal claims in a German court. As a member of PRIMERUS, a network of international law firms, we can also manage your contract matters throughout the European Union, the U.S., China and the world. 

Taking into account overlaps with other areas of law

Sales contracts for high value items require particular attention to other areas of law that may be implicated, such as tax or banking and finance law. To the extent, for example, that products are sold pursuant to finance leasing contracts or loans, obtaining approval from BaFin (the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority) may be necessary to close the deal.

These intricacies of German Contract Law are WINHELLER’s bread and butter. As a result, our attorneys have the experience necessary to help ensure that your contracts are water tight – allowing you to focus on your core business and stay ahead of the competition.

Your German contract law attorneys

Your contact persons for the drafting of different contracts (such as purchase contracts, service contracts and others) and for enforcing contract claims in Germany and the EU are Attorney Thomas Schwab (Certified Specialist for Commercial and Corporate Law), Attorney Olga Stepanova and Attorney Phillipp von Raven. Please contact us by e-mail ( or by phone (+49 (0)69 76 75 77 80).




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