SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte

SKW Schwarz is an independent German law firm. We advise companies of all sizes, from owner-managed firms to listed corporations, and private clients in all major fields of national and international business law. With offices at Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg and Munich, we are present at the major German business hubs.

Apart from information and communication technology, medicine and healthcare as well as biotechnology will probably be the most important growth areas in the future. A team of SKW Schwarz lawyers has therefore specialized on life science and biotechnology issues. We advise pharmaceutical companies, producers of medical devices and biotechnology companies and their founders at all stages of the value chain. The most important issues are:

  • Protection of intellectual property rights: We ensure the protection of patent and intellectual property rights for the products of our clients and advise them on how to best license their products.
  • Corporate/corporate finance: Our Life Sciences/Biotech department has considerable expertise with growth-related issues, in particular growth financing, for example by venture capital, private equity, capital increases or mergers and acquisitions.
  • Distribution law: We check and draft distribution agreements and give advice on all legal matters which may arise in day-to-day distribution business.
  • Regulation and product liability: We support clients during the drug approval process, in matters of laboratory regulations and in all issues related to producer liability for defective products.

We joined the Biolegis network in order to supplement our own expertise with international experience. Biolegis brings together independent law firms from currently 14 European countries. It provides our clients access to about 120 life science lawyers and is probably the largest network of its kind in Europe.

The Biolegis members have considerable experience with the following issues:

  • monitoring and enforcement of intellectual property rights;
  • production and distribution regulations;
  • environmental protection;
  • product liability;
  • research and development;
  • license agreements;
  • EU regulatory law;
  • corporate finance, private equity, IPOs;
  • mergers and acquisitions.

Listings & recommendations

  • Chambers Europe 2018 – Germany
    Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market (Tier 4/5)
    Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Unfair Competition: (Other noted firms)
    TMT: Information Technology (Tier 3/4)

  • The Legal 500 – Germany 2018
    IT and Outsourcing: Data Protection(Tier 3/3)
    IT and Outsourcing: Information Technology (including Contracts) (Tier 2/5)

  • Who’s Who Legal 100 2016:
    Dr. Matthias Nordmann and Dr. Tatjana Schroeder are named amongst the leading lawyers in transactional work in the area of life sciences.

  • Who’s Who Legal 100 2016:
    No 12 in the global ranking for our TMT practice, with six lawyers named amongst the leading lawyers

  • JUVE Commercial Law Firms 2015/2016:
    • Recommended firm for M&A
    • Tier 4 Trademarks/Unfair Competition
    • Tier 2 IT – “highly recommended IT practice”

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2016:
    • M&A – recommended firm for mid-sized international deals (under €500m)
    • Intellectual property: Trademarks (including competition): Band 4

  • LMG Life Sciences 2015:
    • Dr. Tatjana Schroeder is named in the financial & transactional listings of Life Sciences Stars Germany


SKW Schwarz’s cases in Biotech & Life Sciences

By Dr. Matthias Nordmann M.A.

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte, Wittelsbacherplatz 1, 80333, München, Deutschland

tel: +49 (0)89 286 40-0
fax: +49 (0)89 280 94-32
Biolegis contact:
Dr. Matthias Nordmann M.A.

Our specialist Dr. Matthias Nordmann M.A. is happy to meet you.

Our specialist Dr. Tatjana Schroeder is happy to meet you.

Our specialist Markus von Fuchs is happy to meet you.