Practice Groups

GAPLA PRACTICE GROUPS

We aim to increase our members’ understanding of diverse areas of practice in our group’s legal jurisdictions. In order to cover a wide range of subjects, GAPLA is currently divided into the following practice groups:


COMMERCIAL LAW, ARBITRATION AND LITIGATION

Our focus is on commercial and corporate law as well as industrial property, insurance and labour law. This includes the drafting of articles of association, distribution agreements and other qualified contracts as well as out-of-court settlement of disputes and representation in court. Litigation practice also includes special areas such as insolvency law and execution.

The leaders of group

THOMAS JOHN

Barrister

Principal Legal Officer, ACIArb
Hague Conference on Private International Law
6b Churchill Plein
JW The Hague / Netherland

Phone: +31 (6) 43816644
Mail: Udo.Pfleghar@best-ip.eu

PETER KIESGEN

Rechtsanwalt
Notary
Accredited Specialist
Employment & Insurance Law

DANCKELMANN UND KERST
Platz der Einheit 1 (15. OG)
60327 Frankfurt am Main / Germany

Phone: +49 (69) 920727 32
Mail: ra.kiesgen@danckelmann-kerst.de

CLAUDIA DELA CRUZ

Solicitor

Resolve Litigation Lawyers
Level 18, Deutsche Bank Place
126 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000 / Australia

Phone: +61 (2) 8298 6005
Mail: claudia.delacruz@rllawyers.com.au


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW (IP)

In international legal relations, the rights to intangible assets, in particular technical inventions, trademarks and company names, i.e. brands, as well as literary or artistic works, are of particular importance. This group not only deals  with aspects of  patent, trademark and design law, but also with licensing and copyright issues. Special areas of law such as data protection law are also considered as being at the interface with commercial law. 

The leaders of group

UDO PFLEGHAR

Rechtsanwalt (Frankfurt / Main)
B.A. (Melbourne)

BEST Rechtsanwälte
Hostatostraße 26
65929 Frankfurt am Main / Germany

Phone: +49 (69) 8700 200-32
Mail:
Udo.Pfleghar@best-ip.eu

ANGUS LANG

Barrister

Selborne / Wentworth Chambers
174-180 Phillip St.
Sydney NSW 2000 / Australia

Phone: +61 (2) 9232 4609
Mail: lang@tenthfloor.org


INTERNATIONAL PRIVATE AND INHERITANCE LAW

This practice group concentrates on legal questions that arise when life circumstances with a relationship to several states (e.g. Australia and Germany, Austria and New Zealand) have to be assessed.  Special regulations (so-called conflict-of-law rules) determine how the respective national legal systems are to be coordinated with each other. This applies above all to inheritance law, the spectrum of which ranges from succession planning to will execution and estate administration. 

The leaders of group

MARIO VON SEELSTRANG

Rechtsanwalt, Tax Advisor, Accredited Specialist
Taxation and Inheritance Law

von Seelstrang & Partner mbB
Brienner Straße 55
80333 Munich / Germany

Phone: +49 (89) 171132-17
Telefax: +49 (89) 171132-18

Mail: mario.vonseelstrang@vonseelstrang-partner.de


INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC LAW

In addition to the supranational principles and rules of international law, international public law for Germany, Austria and the Benelux states is shaped by European law. European law in the narrower sense includes the law of the European Union (Union law). It is to be expected that the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain (“BREXIT”) will not only lead to a special right between the EU and the United Kingdom, but in the course of this action also the legal relations between Australia and the EU or New Zealand and the EU will be newly regulated. 

The leaders of group

PROF. DR. PETRA BUTLER

Professor

Victoria University
PO Box 6000
6011 Wellington / New Zealand

Mail: petra.butler@vow.ac.nz

DR. RENÉ BEYER

Rechtsanwalt

München / Deutschland

Mail: rené.beyer@dapjv.com

INTERNATIONAL TAX LAW AND INVESTMENT LAW

Private individuals and companies that have legal relationships with more than one country are generally confronted with the problem of not being taxed in several countries on the same matter. The avoidance of such double taxation is primarily regulated in special agreements, such as the Double Taxation Agreement between Australia and Germany. These take precedence over the national provisions on tax exemption or tax credit. There are other special regulations for capital investments, especially at the national level, such as the German Investment Code (KAGB). 

The leaders of group

CHRISTIAN FINGERHUT

Lawyer
Tax Advisor

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Bockenheimer Anlage 3
60322 Frankfurt am Main / Germany

Phone: +49 (69) 24 75 76 0
Mail:
CFingerhut@curtis.com

CHRISTIAN LEHMANN

Lawyer

Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Von-Gablenz-Straße 2-6
50664 Cologne / Germany

Phone: + 49 221 826-2779
Mail: christian.lehmann@dlh.de


INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION LAW

Distribution is the backbone of economy. Particularly in the German-Australian relationship, distribution law issues are becoming increasingly important, because the trading volume between the two countries has been rising continuously for years (source: GTAI, Economic Data Compact Australia, May 2018). More and more companies want to take advantage of this trend and intend to open up new cross-border sales markets.

The practice group distribution law deals with all forms of distribution on a national and international level. The members of the group possess profound knowledge in the field of commercial agents, authorised dealers, franchise and distribution antitrust law. The cross-border cooperation within this practice group guarantees an exchange between members at the highest level.

The leaders of group

DR DENNIS GROH, LLM

Rechtsanwalt
Specialist Lawyer for the Protection
of Industrial and Intellectual Property Rights

Leinen & Derichs Anwaltsozietät
Clever Straße 16
50668 Cologne / Germany

Phone: +49 (0)221 /77209 21
Fax: +49 (0) 221 72 48 89
Email: dennis.groh@leinen-derichs.de

WE WELCOME YOU TO JOIN ANY PRACTICE GROUPS OF INTEREST TO YOU. PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO THE RELEVANT GROUP LEADERS.

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