Both of these states are mainly rural, though BASF has its headquarters here, and there are several large towns, incl. Mainz, Koblenz and Kaiserslautern. Rheinland-Pfalz is economically overshadowed by Baden-Württemberg so law firms here tend to be smaller and less specialized. Saarland has suffered from the decline of the coal and steel industries but is bouncing back with a number of high-tech companies.

Significant developments:

  • Many firms concentrate on advising local Mittelstand companies, but are finding it hard to attract new graduates; some have growing IT practices.
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