Niedersachsen is characterized by a strong Mittelstand and automotive industry (Volkswagen is based here). Hanover is the legal center but most market-leading firms serve the region through their offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf. Emden and Leer are increasingly important centers for shipping and offshore wind parks.

Significant developments:

  • Göhmann remains one of the most respected corporate law outfits, strengthening its clout with a rare lateral hire from Clifford Chance.
  • Many firms such as Appelhagen, KSB Intax and Fontaine Götze are pushing through a generation change.
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