International law firm Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz is changing its name to simply Noerr. "The change of the name only reflects what has been established in the market for a long time", says Dr. Tobias Bürgers, one of managing partners of the Noerr Group. "For a long period of time, our clients and business partners have referred to us as Nörr or Noerr law firm. Therefore, the shortening of our name and omission of the German mutation “ö” are aimed primarily at our international intelligibility. We want our name to resound and be clear for our existing, as well as potential, clients in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, in USA and in Asia. However, our change of name does not mean a farewell to our traditional values. We will continue providing our clients with first class legal and tax advisory", added Dr. Bürgers.
With its five offices in Germany, namely in Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Düsseldorf, Berlin and Dresden, Noerr is among the leading international law firms and also won its recognition in countries of Central and Eastern Europe, as is manifested by its many years of successful representation in Bratislava, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, Kiev and Moscow. Last but not least, a recent opening of our office in New York reaffirms our global growth. Our thanks for that go to more than 450 highly-skilled and specialised lawyers and tax advisors.
For its effort and achievements, the Noerr Group has won several important rewards in the past. In 2009, the International Legal Alliance & Summit awarded our company the “Best German Law Firm” award and we were the only German law firm that managed to get to “Law Top 50” rank of “Innovative Lawyers” announced by the Financial Times. For its activities in countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Noerr Group was named “Commercial Law Firm of the Year – Eastern Europe” for 2009 by ACQ Global Awards.
In Slovakia, Noerr celebrated its fifth anniversary. Zuzana Wohlmuth, managing partner of the Bratislava office of this international company, summarized the five years of operations in the Slovak market and the further direction of the company:
How do you perceive the activities of Noerr in Slovakia?
The setting-up of the Bratislava office in 2004 was a response to strong economic growth and the increasing attractiveness of the Slovak Republic for investors and the related demand for comprehensive legal consultancy based on robust experience from abroad. Thus, the Bratislava team built on the experience of our colleagues in the field of EU law from other branches of the Noerr Group and combined it with the experience of Slovak lawyers. In this way, we try to meet the needs of our foreign clients as well as Slovak companies and entrepreneurs.
Our Slovak colleagues are regularly referred to and recommended in magazines compiling lists of the most prestigious law firms in the world, such as The Legal 500, Chambers Global or Chambers Europe, in particular in the field of M&A, real estate law, bank law and financing, as well economic competition protection law.
However, we also need to constantly adapt to the current situation in the Slovak market and therefore we intensively deal with other fields of law, such as PPPs, renewable energy and public procurement. In this area, we can rely on and make use of valuable cooperation from our colleagues in Germany who already have practical experience with application of relevant legal regulations, in particular those concerning European legislation.
Some “traditional” fields of consultancy, such as employment law, have also undergone significant modifications and amendments in Slovakia, which have to be taken into account in everyday consultancy.
During the five years of our operation in the Slovak legal market, we have built a strong and recognised law firm; we were present at many important investment projects and transactions. Of course, we would not have accomplished it without our clients. And therefore a big thank you for our success goes especially to them.
Mgr. Zuzana Wohlmuth is a Managing Partner with Noerr s.r.o. This article is of an informative nature only. For more information go to www.noerr.com
11. Jan 2010 at 0:00