Contract law and drafting of contracts

Do you require legal assistance with a property purchase? Are you planning an early succession? Do you need to negotiate an employment contract or a lease agreement, or maybe even restructure your company?

Contracts are concluded in a huge variety of areas covering both private or business matters. Contractual agreements can often contain hidden pitfalls that may trigger disputes between the contracting parties. In order to avoid unpleasant surprises later on, before signing any contract, the signatory-to-be must therefore always make it their top priority to have their contracts reviewed. We will perform legal reviews of your contracts from various areas of law. Our consultancy services cover contracts and agreements of all types, including:

  • sales and service contracts,
  • lease and rental agreements,
  • service and employment agreements,
  • articles of association and gift agreements,
  • divorce settlements.

The basis on which we will draft your contracts is a precise analysis of your wishes and objectives, enabling us to design a contract that is individually tailored to your needs. Thanks to our extensive experience in contract drafting, we can always find a solution that is right for you.

"Our in-depth professional knowledge of contract law enables us to advise you on risk minimisation and to help you steer clear of potential legal pitfalls. We ensure that your contracts are legally valid and transparent, and that they comply with current laws and regulations."

Quote by Prof Dr Carmen Griesel

The practical implementation of an early succession or corporate restructuring requires the drafting of various contracts. We not only present the concept for an early succession but also accompany you through its practical implementation, from preparing the necessary tax returns to the required contractual documents. The acceptability of contracts from the tax perspective will always remain in our focus.

"Our challenge is to offer you legal certainty within the framework of your objectives and to reflect your interests in clearly formulated contracts."

Quote by Prof Dr Jürgen Mertes

Therefore, we will not leave you alone with a concept but will also walk you through its practical implementation and can even recommend suitable notaries from our network. This is a very clear advantage of our interdisciplinary cooperation.

"Our Firm places special emphasis on expertise, professionalism, commitment, trust and teamwork to achieve the goals that we set together with you."

Guiding principle of our Firm

If you have already signed a contract, upon your request, we will review its legal validity and explain the specific legal consequences to you. Just as important as the legal review of contracts is the enforcement of your contractual rights. From challenging contracts to exercising termination and withdrawal rights, we can help you assert a whole range of rights, including payment, rectification, reduction or damages claims. At the forefront for us is the prompt assertion and diligent pursuit of your rights, coupled with the required level of professionalism and determination. If no out-of-court settlement can be reached with the other party, despite us having tried all the available legal remedies, we will discuss with you the options and costs of pursuing legal action and we will also represent you in contentious disputes.

Your contact person

Vanessa Griesel
Lawyer, Partner
Prof Dr Carmen Griesel
Lawyer, Tax Advisor, Partner - Managing Director
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Contract law and drafting of contracts

Contract law and drafting are essential components of structural tax planning. The goal here is to create clear and fair contracts that consider the interests of all parties and minimise legal risks. Our lawyers will help ensure that previously devised strategies are implemented in the most optimal way possible.

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