The Legal 500 Germany: SKW Schwarz again one of the Top Tier Law Firms


Legal publisher The Legal 500 recommends SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte as a Top Tier Law Firm in two practice areas Media - Entertainment and Media - Entertainment - Digital Content.

The current The Legal 500 Germany handbook reads:

“SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte offers 'excellent expertise' in the areas of film, music and online platforms and advises national and international media companies, financial institutions and film studios on market entries, financing, distribution structures and contracts. The team led by Norbert Klingner is also continually expanding its advisory capacities in the areas of eSports and Augmented and Virtual Reality.”

In addition, SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte is recommended in the following 10 practice areas:

Intellectual property – Trade marks

“The firm is very modern and progressive. It immediately covers the latest developments in business and IT. The expertise in IP, particularly in trademark law, is really, really high.”

Intellectual property – Unfair competition

In contrast to other firms, economically reasonable solutions are devised and useful alternative options are pointed out.“

Trade and distribution – Foreign trade

Trade and distribution – Trade, distribution and logistics

“The team at SKW Schwarz consists of professionally competent lawyers, who maintain a pleasant and reliable collaboration as well as candid cooperation as equals.“

Real estate and construction – Real estate

“Reliable, good organization. Comprehensive, secure contract drafting in the areas of land law and construction law.“

Information technology – Data protection

“High level of professional competence, very good understanding of clients’ problems, and always practice-oriented solutions. Particularly in data protection law, there are currently a large number of law firms on the market, which, however, fail to produce a sufficient amount of high-quality services. SKW, on the other hand, is highly recommended.”

Information technology - Information technology and digitalisation

“Very pragmatic but at the same time sound legal expertise, seamless communication also with specialist departments; wide range of experience.“

Public sector – Public procurement

“The team is working hand in hand and is always available by phone or email. Immediate availability is essential for resolving spontaneously developing issues in daily business life.“


“Highly competent and individual advice by the team. In addition, the team members display a high level practical orientation and sound knowledge of the company.“

Dispute resolution - Commercial litigation

Two SKW Schwarz lawyers are listed as “Leading Individuals.“

Ulrich Hildebrandt (Intellectual property – Trade marks - Leading Individuals)

“Ulrich Hildebrandt is a mastermind in trademark law. Not only does he (actually) know almost all relevant decisions of German and European courts and authorities, but he is also capable of connecting them in a depth that is unrivaled.“

Martin Diesbach (Media - Entertainment - Leading Individuals)

“The highly respected Martin Diesbach is considered an outstanding advisor in the field of movie financing and in representing clients in media law disputes.“

In addition, 19 SKW Schwarz lawyers are recommended in the editorial portion of The Legal 500 Germany 2020:

The Legal 500 Germany provides a comprehensive overview of some 400 business law firms and 2,700 lawyers in Germany. The assessment is based on extensive research, law firm interviews, and client surveys.