Grünecker has again been recognised as a gold tier firm in the 2023 WTR 1000 Ranking. The firm, which handles more than 500 mostly cross-border trademark disputes a year is described by the WTR editors as “being up there with the best in the world” and “providing top-notch, practical legal advice, understanding the business goals of their clients and being strong advocates when conflicts arise.” In addition to the gold tier ranking for Grünecker, Maximilian Kinkeldey, Nicolás Schmitz and Holger Gauss were also awarded gold. Anja Franke, Cornelia Schmitt and Philipp Strommer were listed in the bronze band.
“Rockstar” Maximilian Kinkeldey is appreciated by a client for “his terrific combination of practicality, business savviness, cost-effectiveness and unsurpassed substantive knowledge.”
Nicolás Schmitz is described by one client as an “exceptional lawyer who is flexible, and keen to partner with brands to help achieve their business goals.” He is “strategic, solution focused and easy to work with.”
Holger Gauss is described by a client as “a sharp strategist who is able to handle the most complex trademark disputes.” The client further states that Holger Gauss “has an extensive and incredibly loyal network. He understands the needs and demands of fast-paced US-based clients. He is responsive, practical, friendly and has an excellent sense of humour.”
Anja Franke has an extensive network of associates covering Japan, China and Europe. She represents a wide range of top brands in the automotive, engineering and consumer electronics sectors.
Clients describe Philipp Strommer as “simply exceptional.” He is “incredibly responsive, proactive and commercial” and “understands his clients’ businesses, their goals and their budgets. He is very intelligent, practical, succinct and is also incredibly nice to deal with.”
Cornelia Schmitt works with many of the firm’s top US-based clients and is described as “a fantastic and trustworthy attorney.”