Dr Karl Rauser

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer), Tax Advisor
Partner emeritus

Dr. Karl Rauser is Head of the Practice Group Commerce & Trade. He advises German and foreign companies on all aspects of distribution and commercial law, in particular on franchising. His work also focuses on on-going civil, commercial and corporate law advice and the representation of small and medium-sized, often owner-managed businesses. Dr. Karl Rauser is vice-chairman of the foundation board of McDonald's Kinderhilfe, German subsidiary of the international Ronald McDonald House Charities organization.


  • Distribution and commercial law
  • Antitrust distribution law
  • Corporate law
  • Tax law


  • Legal studies at the University of Munich
  • With Noerr since 1990
  • Admitted to the Munich Chamber of Lawyers and to the Munich Chamber of Tax Advisors


  • Recommended as leading expert for distribution and franchising, JUVE and Who‘s Who Legal
  • ILO Client Choice Award: Germany’s best franchising counsel (2014 und 2015)
  • “… a ‘big name’ due to his ‘superb counsel’ to international franchise systems” – Who’s Who Legal Germany 2014

Selected Publications

  • Handelsvertretervertrag, Vertragshändlervertrag, Franchisevertrag (together with Dr. Michael Reiling), in: Beck’sches Formularbuch Deutsch-Englisch, 3rd edition 2014, Chapter 0 Vertriebsrecht


  • Leading individual for franchise law, Best Lawyers Germany (2019)