Noerr appoints new partners


Noerr has promoted three of its lawyers to partnership from 1 January 2023. Tim Behrens, Sarah Blazek and Michael Schuhmacher will be admitted as equity partners.

Barbara M. Maucher, Nikolaus Polzer, Angelika Schmid, Michael Tommaso, Pawel Zelich and Thomas Zollner will be working as senior counsel (salaried partners) in future.

Apart from this, twelve lawyers were promoted to the position of associated partner and another four as counsel.

“Due to their outstanding work, our new partners have more than satisfied our mission to offer the very best quality as one of Europe’s top independent law firms,” said co-managing partner Torsten Fett. “We are delighted to be able to admit top talents to the partnership once again with whom we can successfully continue pursuing our strategy of qualitative growth,” added Alexander Ritvay, who co-heads the firm with Fett.

Noerr’s new equity partners

Tim Behrens (40, lawyer in Frankfurt am Main) specialises in advising German and foreign real estate investors on complex domestic and cross-border real estate transactions/real estate M&A. Tim also advises on real estate joint ventures and real estate financing on a regular basis.

Sarah Blazek (41, lawyer in Munich and Brussels) advises her clients on European and German antitrust, competition and merger control law across various jurisdictions. Sarah represents clients in fine proceedings brought by competition authorities before the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office. She also specialises in European State aid law.

Michael Schuhmacher (42, lawyer in Frankfurt am Main) advises on complex acquisitions, corporate and growth financing and promotional loans. Michael’s clients mainly include credit institutions, loan funds, public development banks such as the European Investment Bank, and private equity investors and companies. German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche has designated him as one of the most highly respected banking and finance lawyers.

Noerr’s new senior counsel

Barbara M. Maucher (47, lawyer, attorney-at-law (NY/D.C.) in Dusseldorf) has long-standing experience of handling arbitration proceedings in Germany and the USA, where she has provided US and German-speaking clients with cross-jurisdictional legal assistance on various matters. Her practice mainly focuses on representing clients from the energy sector in arbitration proceedings relating to commercial and investment disputes.

Nikolaus Polzer (41, lawyer and certified specialist in employment law based in Dusseldorf) advises companies on all matters involving individual and collective employment/labour law and service contracts. His practice mainly involves advising companies in connection with proceedings before employment tribunals, restructuring and reorganisations and on the employment-related aspects of corporate transactions.

Angelika Schmid (58, lawyer in Munich) advises on cross-border employment relationships, international secondments and related employment as well as social security, tax, residency and work permit law. Another of Angelika’ specialisations is compliance issues in connection with social security and illegal employment.

Michael Tommaso (44, lawyer and tax advisor in Berlin) advises companies, financial investors, private individuals and family-owned businesses on tax-related matters. Michael’s practice mainly involves designing national and international tax and succession planning arrangements and advising on tax structures during transactions and corporate reorganisations.

Pawel Zelich (46, lawyer based in Warsaw) heads Noerr’s Warsaw office and the Real Estate Investment Group and Litigation, Arbitration & ADR practice groups in Poland. Apart from his extensive advice in advising on real estate transactions, Pawel has expert knowledge of private and public building law, mining law and structuring of foreign investments (including state aid).

Thomas Zollner (44, auditor, tax advisor and certified valuation analyst in Munich) is a member of our Advisory practice group and has in-depth knowledge in the fields of business valuations, valuation of intangible assets and financial modelling. His practice mainly involves advising on judicial and extrajudicial disputes. Thomas’s clients come from a range of sectors, including automotive, trade, energy, high tech and medical engineering.

Noerr’s new associated partners

Johannes Allmendinger (Employment & Pensions, Frankfurt am Main), David Bomhard (Digital Business, Munich), Michael Josef Braun (Capital Markets, Munich), Florian Döpking (Corporate, Dusseldorf), David Funken (Corporate, Dusseldorf), Alida Gölz (Compliance & Investigations, Frankfurt am Main), Vanessa Hoffmann Linhard (M&A, Hamburg), Susann Jahn (Digital Business, Dresden), Leopold König (Corporate & Financial Litigation, Hamburg), Sebastian Leidel (Tax, Munich), Valentina Nieß (Intellectual Property, Munich), Sebastian Seier (Corporate, Munich)

Noerr’s new counsel

Theodor Artenie (Tax, Bucharest), Raluca Botea (Corporate & Financial Litigation, Bucharest), Viktor Gerbutov (Arbitration, Hamburg), Michal Janíček (M&A, Prague)