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Information pursuant to Section 5 German Tele Media Act and the Regulation of Service Information Requirements

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and its subsidiaries and Herbert Smith Freehills, an Australian partnership, are separate member firms of the international legal practice known as Herbert Smith Freehills.

We practice in Germany, through Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC310989. It is regulated by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority of England and Wales whose rules can be accessed via https://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/standards-regulations. A list of the members and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at the registered office, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EG. We use the word partner of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP to refer to a member of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is registered for V.A.T in Germany under DE815417466.

The German taxpayer identification number for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is 14/327/01491.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is represented in Germany by Hans Thomas Kessler, LL.M., Dr Nico Abel, Dr Mathias Wittinghofer, Kai Liebrich, Thomas Weimann, Moritz Kunz, Dr Patricia Nacimiento, Dr Sönke Becker LL.M., Dr Dirk Seiler, Dr Christoph Nawroth, Dr Sven Wortberg, Dr Marius Boewe, Dr Marcel Nuys, Dr Steffen Hörner, Stefanie Herkert, Dr Ina vom Feld.

German offices

Frankfurt am Main
Neue Mainzer Strasse 75
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 2222 82400
Fax: +49 69 2222 82499

Düsseldorf
Breite Strasse 29-31
40213 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 211 9755 9000
Fax: +49 211 9755 9099

Bar admission

Unless otherwise stated, all German lawyers at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP are admitted within the Federal Republic of Germany to practice as lawyers (Rechtsanwalt) and are members of the Bar (Rechtsanwaltskammer) for their respective offices.

Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt: Bockenheimer Anlage 36, 60322 Frankfurt am Main

Rechtsanwaltskammer Dusseldorf: Freiligrathstrasse 25, 40479 Dusseldorf

Rules and Regulations Governing Professional Conduct

Relevant rules and regulations governing the professional conduct of lawyers admitted in Germany:

  • Federal Lawyers' Act (Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung; BRAO)
  • Lawyers' Compensation Act (Rechtsanwaltsvergütungsgesetz; RVG)
  • Rules of Professional Practice (Berufsordnung; BORA)
  • Rules of Professional Practice for Specialist Lawyers (Fachanwaltsordnung; FAO)
  • Charta of core principles of the European legal profession and Code of Conduct for European lawyers (CCBE)
  • Law regulating the activity of European lawyers in Germany (EuRAG)

The relevant professional rules and regulations for lawyers can be accessed and viewed under the "Berufsrecht" section of the Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer website: http://www.brak.de (primarily in German language).

If you would like to discuss how the service to you could be improved, or should there be any aspect of our service with which you are not satisfied at any time, you should raise the matter with the partner with whom you deal or with the head of the division or department where the work has been carried out. If you would like to make a formal complaint, you should do so in writing addressed to the head of the relevant division or department or to the Complains Partner and ask for a copy of our complaints procedure. We will look into your complaint carefully and promptly.  

Duty of disclosure under section 36 Consumer Dispute Resolution Act (VSBG) regarding involvement in conflict resolution proceedings

In some circumstances you may be entitled to submit a complaint via the European Online Dispute Resolution platform:  
http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr using the email address Germany@hsf.com 

Herbert Smith Freehills is not obliged to and does not participate in conciliation proceedings held before the German consumer conciliation bodies.

Tax advisers

Unless otherwise stated, all lawyers at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP that are also qualified as tax advisers are admitted in the Federal Republic of Germany to practice as tax advisers (Steuerberater) and are members of the tax advisers associations (Steuerberaterkammern) for their respective offices:

Steuerberaterkammer Hessen: Gutleutstrasse 175, 60327 Frankfurt am Main

Relevant rules and regulations governing the professional conduct of tax advisers admitted in Germany:

  • Tax Advisory Act (Steuerberatungsgesetz; StBerG)
  • Implementation Ordinance to the Tax Advisory Act (Durchführungsverordnung zum Steuerberatungsgesetz; DVStB)
  • Rules of Professional Conduct for Tax Advisors (Berufsordnung für Steuerberater; BOStB)
  • Ordinance on Tax Advisors' Fees (Steuerberatergebührenverordnung; StBGebV)

The relevant professional rules and regulation for tax advisers can be accessed and viewed under the "Berufsrecht" section of the Bundessteruerberaterkammer website: http://www.bstbk.de (primarily in German language).

Solicitors of England and Wales

Relevant rules and regulations governing the professional conduct of solicitors can be found on the website of the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales at http://www.sra.org.uk.

Insurance

In accordance with the disclosure requirements of the Provision Services Regulations 2009, our professional indemnity insurer is Travelers Insurance Company Limited (broker reference no. QF078309) of Exchequer Court, 33 St. Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8AG.

Scope of the insurance cover: any events insured under our professional indemnity insurance which are caused by the insured, wherever in the world they occur.