Insurance Lawyers

Legal advisors to the insurance industry

CMS Germany has many years of experience and expertise in virtually all areas of insurance law. Our clients include major German and foreign insurance companies, Hanseatic underwriters, reinsurers and insurance brokers. Due to the central role played by London in the insurance sector, CMS Germany maintains close links with the UK market and its local legal partners.

Insurance law is a core strength

CMS is one of the leading German law firms for insurance law. Our advice covers all aspects of insurance and reinsurance law, including marine insurance law.

Individual areas include regulatory and corporate law, the design and marketing of insurance products, as well as insurance-related matters, such as corporate finance, compliance, M&A, insolvency law, tax, data protection law and competition law.

We also provide representation during negotiations, for example involving major insurance claims and legal disputes. We have broad-based expertise in settling disputes both in court and out of court, particularly in national and international judicial and arbitration proceedings in the area of insurance and reinsurance law.

Insurance regulatory law – we represent your interests

CMS Germany has been advising insurance companies and other players on issues around insurance regulatory law for many years. We represent our clients both vis-à-vis BaFin (the German financial regulator) to safeguard their interests and with regard to the entry of new competitors into the German insurance market.

Our advice on regulatory matters includes

  • Licensing issues for new market players
  • Approval procedures, including changes to the business plan and articles of association
  • General regulatory constraints on product design
  • Other matters relating to ongoing regulationSupporting insurance companies during external audits by BaFin
  • Transfer of insurance portfolios
  • Business operations of foreign insurance companies in Germany
  • Regulatory issues relating to investing capital (especially investment in loans, companies, real estate and funds)

Support in insurance sales law, broker-related matters and insurance competition law

In recent years we have advised numerous insurance companies on issues relating to insurance sales law. Our portfolio of services covers the full range of insurance sales law, including direct sales, distance selling, sales through exclusive representatives and via insurance brokers.

We can also assist with the design of agreements and advise on them (for example, drafting of model contracts) and provide in-court and out-of-court representation in disputes.

D&O insurance – help you can rely on

We have a wealth of experience in advising on insurance law matters in complex D&O insurance claims, in particular on behalf of financial services providers, DAX-listed companies and trading companies.

Our clients benefit here from our interdisciplinary approach. In practical terms, this means that teams comprising corporate lawyers and/or service contract experts and litigation attorneys as well as insurance lawyers work together on your matter.

Our services and expertise extend from conventional advice through the assessment of complex claims with regard to liability and insurance cover aspects to enforcement in court as well as design services and advice on the conclusion of D&O insurance contracts.

On the policyholder side, CMS Germany acts in a support role to review the position of insured persons (particularly corporate organs) in relation to insurance cover aspects and to enforce their claims if necessary.

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Michael Kamps
Michael Kamps
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Michael Kamps is an IT compliance expert who advises his clients on the legal and actual interfaces that are created when collecting, processing and using digital data. He advises media, insurance,...
Winfried Schnepp
Dr. Winfried Schnepp
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Versicherungsrecht (Certified lawyer for insurance law) | Head of Insurance Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Cologne
Winfried Schnepp has extensive experience in advising international and national insurance companies and insurance brokers, in particular in connection with private law and supervisory law issues....
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Alexander Bossel
Dr. Alexander von Bossel, LL.M.
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Alexander von Bossel specialises in IP/IT litigation with a focus on representing international and German companies, many of whom DAX-listed, in unfair competition and trademark law cases. Another...
Jan Wölper
Jan Wölper
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Jan Wölper specialises in advising and representing companies in the maritime industry. His clients include numerous leading container and tanker shipping companies, shipyards and marine insurers...
Petra Schaffner
Dr. Petra Schaffner
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Cologne
Petra Schaffner is a specialist in the areas of corporate/M&A and corporate compliance. She advises on all areas of corporate a partnership law, including providing advice on the law relating to stock...
Cornelia Wiendl
Dr. Cornelia Wiendl
Coun­sel
Rechtsanwältin, Tax Adviser | Fachanwältin für Steuerrecht (Certified lawyer for tax law)
Germany, Frankfurt
Cornelia Wiendl has extensive experience in the structuring of cross-border open-end and closed-end funds and advises institutional investors as well as family offices on the tax implications of...
Eva Margareta Wolff
Dr. Eva Margareta Wolff
Coun­sel
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Cologne
Advice and litigation in all areas of insurance policy and insurance supervisory law, including private international law; ongoing advice to foreign insurance companies on the German market; advice...
Thomas Maur
Thomas Maur, LL.M.
Coun­sel
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Insurance lawyer Thomas Maur has special expertise in insurance contract law and the laws on insurance intermediation. He focuses on insurance distribution, both in terms of direct sales and via...
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Alexander Hoffmann
Dr. Alexander Hoffmann, LL.M. (Temple University)
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Alexander Hoffmann’s practice focuses on insurance lawsuits, representing clients in court as well as in arbitration proceedings. He has special expertise in private insurance law and regulatory...
Aline Icha-Spratte
Dr. Aline Icha-Spratte
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Cologne
Aline Icha-Spratte specialises in insurance contract and regulatory law as well as all legal aspects related to the marketing of insurance products. She focuses on the industrial and life insurance...
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