Law office

We have been sup­por­ting and repre­sen­ting our cli­ents in natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal mat­ters sin­ce 1992. We work as part of a pro­ven and reli­able net­work of glo­bal­ly coope­ra­ting law offices. We know the con­ta­ct per­sons, lawy­ers, tax con­sul­tants and audi­tors per­so­nal­ly from many years of cooperation.

You bene­fit from the exper­ti­se of a law office spe­cia­li­sing in medi­um-sized com­pa­nies as well as from the advan­ta­ges of an inter­na­tio­nal net­work: glo­bal pre­sence and wide-ran­ging spe­cia­list know­ledge com­bi­ned with fle­xi­ble and very per­so­nal sup­port that takes your con­cerns espe­cial­ly into account.

  • Per­so­nal con­ta­ct partners 

  • Situa­tio­nal­ly appro­pria­te and indi­vi­du­al orientation

  • Law office bou­tique – not a full-ran­ge provider

  • Inte­gra­ti­on into your com­pa­ny as an out­sour­ced legal department 

  • Tailor-made solu­ti­ons for gene­ral and spe­cia­li­sed legal matters 

  • Con­ti­nuous and com­pre­hen­si­ve con­sul­ting in all aspects of com­mer­cial law 

  • Door ope­ner for inter­na­tio­nal relations 

DR. JUR. THOMAS KNAAK

Lawy­er

Dr. Tho­mas Knaak was born in Mexi­co and has also lived in Gua­te­ma­la. He holds Ger­man and Mexi­can citi­zenship. He com­ple­ted his legal stu­dies in Germany and Switz­er­land. After the second sta­te exami­na­ti­on he was admit­ted to the bar in 1992.

Pro­fes­sio­nal references

  • Part­ner of the law office Nehm & Coll. part­ners­hip of lawy­ers Nehm Dr. Knaak, Düs­sel­dorf, Germany

  • Free­lan­ce lawy­er in coope­ra­ti­on with the part­ners­hip Schlot­ke & Nehm, Düs­sel­dorf, Germany, legal advi­sor to Pri­ce Water­house GmbH

  • Free­lan­ce lawy­er in coope­ra­ti­on with the part­ners­hip Ehle, Schil­ler & Part­ner, Colo­gne, Germany

  • Mem­ber of the legal depart­ment of Mobil Erd­gas-Erd­öl GmbH in Celle, Germany

  • Mem­ber and arbi­tra­tor of the Mexi­can Arbi­tra­ti­on Group of the Inter­na­tio­nal Cham­ber of Com­mer­ce Paris (ICC)

  • Mem­ber of the ICC Arbi­tra­ti­on Commission

  • Mem­ber and arbi­tra­tor of the Ger­man Arbi­tra­ti­on Insti­tu­te (DIS)

  • Trus­ted lawy­er for the Mexi­can Embas­sy in Germany

  • Hono­ra­ry con­sul of the Repu­blic of Gua­te­ma­la in North Rhi­ne-West­pha­lia and Hesse

  • Data pro­tec­tion offi­cer for lar­ge and medi­um-sized companies

  • Lec­tu­rer and exami­ner of the cer­ti­fi­ca­te cour­se of the CCI Düs­sel­dorf “Cor­po­ra­te data protection”

Selec­tion of pro­fes­sio­nal memberships

  • Ger­man Arbi­tra­ti­on Insti­tu­te (DIS)

  • Club del Arbi­tra­je Espa­ñol (CEA)

  • Deutsch-Mexi­ka­ni­sche Juris­ten­ver­ei­ni­gung (Ger­man-Mexi­can Lawy­ers Association)

  • Ger­man-Mexi­can Cham­ber of Indus­try and Com­mer­ce (Cam­e­xa)

  • ICC Mexi­ko

  • Ger­man-Gua­te­mal­an Cham­ber of Indus­try and Com­mer­ce (AHK Guatemala)

  • Busi­ness Asso­cia­ti­on for Latin Ame­ri­ca (LAV)

Lan­guages

  • Ger­man

  • Eng­lish

  • French

  • Spa­nish

Edu­ca­ti­on

  • 1995 Doc­to­ra­te in law at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ham­burg, Germany

  • 1992 Admis­si­on to the bar

Inter­na­tio­na­li­ty

At home in the world

The law office is part of an inter­na­tio­nal net­work in which lawy­ers, tax advi­sors and audi­tors work tog­e­ther. One focus of our acti­vi­ties is the hand­ling of assign­ments with an inter­na­tio­nal dimen­si­on. Our exten­si­ve prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence in dealing with diver­se cul­tu­ral and legal sys­tems as well as excel­lent inter­na­tio­nal con­ta­cts in the legal, eco­no­mic and con­su­lar fiel­ds are the key to suc­cess­ful­ly asser­ting your interests.

We take par­ti­cu­lar account of your inter­na­tio­nal con­cerns. We advi­se and repre­sent you com­pet­ent­ly and at rea­son­ab­le cost in con­tract nego­tia­ti­ons, con­tract design, in the asser­ti­on of con­trac­tu­al claims, also in the con­text of inter­na­tio­nal arbi­tra­ti­on pro­cee­dings, through to the exe­cu­ti­on of enfor­ce­ment mea­su­res abroad. You bene­fit in every way from out office’s glo­bal networking.

The law office is part of an inter­na­tio­nal net­work in which lawy­ers, tax advi­sors and audi­tors work tog­e­ther. One focus of our acti­vi­ties is the hand­ling of assign­ments with an inter­na­tio­nal dimen­si­on. Our exten­si­ve prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence in dealing with diver­se cul­tu­ral and legal sys­tems as well as excel­lent inter­na­tio­nal con­ta­cts in the legal, eco­no­mic and con­su­lar fiel­ds are the key to suc­cess­ful­ly asser­ting your interests.

We take par­ti­cu­lar account of your inter­na­tio­nal con­cerns. We advi­se and repre­sent you com­pet­ent­ly and at rea­son­ab­le cost in con­tract nego­tia­ti­ons, con­tract design, in the asser­ti­on of con­trac­tu­al claims, also in the con­text of inter­na­tio­nal arbi­tra­ti­on pro­cee­dings, through to the exe­cu­ti­on of enfor­ce­ment mea­su­res abroad. You bene­fit in every way from out office’s glo­bal networking.

Arbi­tra­ti­on proceedings

Natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal arbi­tra­ti­on pro­cee­dings are a form of dis­pu­te reso­lu­ti­on that has espe­cial­ly gai­ned in impor­t­ance in recent years. It takes par­ti­cu­lar account of the respec­ti­ve eco­no­mic inte­rests of the parties.

Our mem­bers­hip in various arbi­tra­ti­on orga­ni­sa­ti­ons gives you access to insti­tu­tio­na­li­sed arbi­tra­ti­on. This espe­cial­ly con­cerns pro­cee­dings at the Inter­na­tio­nal Cham­ber of Com­mer­ce in Paris (ICC), pro­cee­dings at the Ger­man Insti­tu­ti­on of Arbi­tra­ti­on (DIS) but also so-cal­led ad hoc pro­cee­dings. We repre­sent you as a par­ty in arbi­tra­ti­on pro­cee­dings or sup­port you as arbi­tra­tors, in par­ti­cu­lar in com­mer­cial disputes.

Our expe­ri­ence ran­ges from the pre­pa­ra­ti­on, initia­ti­on, imple­men­ta­ti­on and decisi­on of arbi­tra­ti­on pro­cee­dings to the enfor­ce­ment of arbi­tral awards. You bene­fit from the law office’s many years of inter­na­tio­nal expe­ri­ence and lin­gu­is­tic diversity.

Natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal arbi­tra­ti­on pro­cee­dings are a form of dis­pu­te reso­lu­ti­on that has espe­cial­ly gai­ned in impor­t­ance in recent years. It takes par­ti­cu­lar account of the respec­ti­ve eco­no­mic inte­rests of the parties.

Our mem­bers­hip in various arbi­tra­ti­on orga­ni­sa­ti­ons gives you access to insti­tu­tio­na­li­sed arbi­tra­ti­on. This espe­cial­ly con­cerns pro­cee­dings at the Inter­na­tio­nal Cham­ber of Com­mer­ce in Paris (ICC), pro­cee­dings at the Ger­man Insti­tu­ti­on of Arbi­tra­ti­on (DIS) but also so-cal­led ad hoc proceedings.

We repre­sent you as a par­ty in arbi­tra­ti­on pro­cee­dings or sup­port you as arbi­tra­tors, in par­ti­cu­lar in com­mer­cial dis­pu­tes. Our expe­ri­ence ran­ges from the pre­pa­ra­ti­on, initia­ti­on, imple­men­ta­ti­on and decisi­on of arbi­tra­ti­on pro­cee­dings to the enfor­ce­ment of arbi­tral awards. You bene­fit from the law office’s many years of inter­na­tio­nal expe­ri­ence and lin­gu­is­tic diversity.

Data pro­tec­tion and IT law

In a con­tem­pora­ry infor­ma­ti­on socie­ty, in which both pri­va­te and public sec­tor acti­vi­ty is depen­dent on the pro­ces­sing of per­so­nal data, we hand­le the com­plex detail­ed pro­blems of data pro­tec­tion for you, pro­vi­de you with com­pre­hen­si­ve con­sul­ta­ti­on on data pro­tec­tion law and data pro­tec­tion trai­ning for your employees. Addi­tio­nal­ly, as an out­sour­ced data pro­tec­tion office, we are able to take over your sta­tu­to­ry data pro­tec­tion tasks.

This also inclu­des acting as an exter­nal data pro­tec­tion offi­cer for our cli­ents. In case of data pro­tec­tion vio­la­ti­ons, we repre­sent your inte­rests vis-à-vis the super­vi­so­ry aut­ho­ri­ties and enfor­ce your rights to infor­ma­ti­on and disclosure.

During our trai­ning for data pro­tec­tion offi­cers in the con­text of CCI Düs­sel­dorf cer­ti­fi­ca­te cour­ses, we recei­ve diver­se impul­ses from the world of work, which in turn make it necessa­ry to adapt data pro­tec­tion con­cepts, e.g. the estab­lish­ment of home workplaces.

Data pro­tec­tion law is embed­ded in infor­ma­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy law which forms the legal frame­work for the deve­lo­p­ment of new soft­ware pro­ducts. which forms the legal frame­work for the deve­lo­p­ment of new soft­ware pro­ducts. In this con­text we are invol­ved in the draf­ting and nego­tia­ti­on of com­plex soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment con­tracts. We repre­sent our cli­ents in the nego­tia­ti­ons of pro­ble­ma­tic soft­ware con­tracts in order to avoid expen­si­ve and leng­thy court proceedings.

In a con­tem­pora­ry infor­ma­ti­on socie­ty, in which both pri­va­te and public sec­tor acti­vi­ty is depen­dent on the pro­ces­sing of per­so­nal data, we hand­le the com­plex detail­ed pro­blems of data pro­tec­tion for you, pro­vi­de you with com­pre­hen­si­ve con­sul­ta­ti­on on data pro­tec­tion law and data pro­tec­tion trai­ning for your employees. Addi­tio­nal­ly, as an out­sour­ced data pro­tec­tion office, we are able to take over your sta­tu­to­ry data pro­tec­tion tasks.

This also inclu­des acting as an exter­nal data pro­tec­tion offi­cer for our cli­ents. In case of data pro­tec­tion vio­la­ti­ons, we repre­sent your inte­rests vis-à-vis the super­vi­so­ry aut­ho­ri­ties and enfor­ce your rights to infor­ma­ti­on and disclosure.

During our trai­ning for data pro­tec­tion offi­cers in the con­text of CCI Düs­sel­dorf cer­ti­fi­ca­te cour­ses, we recei­ve diver­se impul­ses from the world of work, which in turn make it necessa­ry to adapt data pro­tec­tion con­cepts, e.g. the estab­lish­ment of home workplaces.

Data pro­tec­tion law is embed­ded in infor­ma­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy law which forms the legal frame­work for the deve­lo­p­ment of new soft­ware pro­ducts. which forms the legal frame­work for the deve­lo­p­ment of new soft­ware pro­ducts. In this con­text we are invol­ved in the draf­ting and nego­tia­ti­on of com­plex soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment con­tracts. We repre­sent our cli­ents in the nego­tia­ti­ons of pro­ble­ma­tic soft­ware con­tracts in order to avoid expen­si­ve and leng­thy court proceedings.

Com­mer­cial law

Natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal sales and work con­tract law are just as much part of the requi­re­ments of an eco­no­mi­c­al­ly ope­ra­ting com­pa­ny as are the draf­ting and revi­si­on of con­tracts and gene­ral terms and con­di­ti­ons or the invol­ve­ment of com­mer­cial agents.
We ans­wer the resul­ting legal ques­ti­ons for you, which also inclu­des the judi­cial or extra­ju­di­cial enfor­ce­ment or defence of claims.

Natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal sales and work con­tract law are just as much part of the requi­re­ments of an eco­no­mi­c­al­ly ope­ra­ting com­pa­ny as are the draf­ting and revi­si­on of con­tracts and gene­ral terms and con­di­ti­ons or the invol­ve­ment of com­mer­cial agents.

We ans­wer the resul­ting legal ques­ti­ons for you, which also inclu­des the judi­cial or extra­ju­di­cial enfor­ce­ment or defence of claims.

Fami­ly law

The con­sul­ta­ti­on and repre­sen­ta­ti­on of medi­um-sized fami­ly busi­nes­ses as well as our con­su­lar acti­vi­ties not infre­quent­ly result in the neces­si­ty to pro­vi­de com­pre­hen­si­ve sup­port in lar­ge sca­le fami­ly law dis­pu­tes. Along­side natio­nal pro­cee­dings, this also app­lies to divor­ce pro­cee­dings with an inter­na­tio­nal dimen­si­on, such as pro­prie­ta­ry dis­pu­tes invol­ving assets in dif­fe­rent coun­tries. In this con­text, the imple­men­ta­ti­on of media­ti­on pro­ce­du­res has pro­ven effective.

The con­sul­ta­ti­on and repre­sen­ta­ti­on of medi­um-sized fami­ly busi­nes­ses as well as our con­su­lar acti­vi­ties not infre­quent­ly result in the neces­si­ty to pro­vi­de com­pre­hen­si­ve sup­port in lar­ge sca­le fami­ly law dis­pu­tes. Along­side natio­nal pro­cee­dings, this also app­lies to divor­ce pro­cee­dings with an inter­na­tio­nal dimen­si­on, such as pro­prie­ta­ry dis­pu­tes invol­ving assets in dif­fe­rent coun­tries. In this con­text, the imple­men­ta­ti­on of media­ti­on pro­ce­du­res has pro­ven effective.

Cus­toms and mar­ket regu­la­ti­on law

Glo­ba­li­sa­ti­on has meant that almost all pro­ducts of dai­ly life incre­a­singly reach us from dif­fe­rent regi­ons of the world. The import and export of goods is sub­ject to nume­rous spe­cial regu­la­ti­ons, the non-obser­van­ce of which can have serious con­se­quen­ces. This app­lies, for examp­le, to the collec­tion of avo­ida­ble cus­toms duties through to finan­cial sta­te sanctions.

The main issu­es here inclu­de cus­toms tariffs, tariff quo­tas, pre­fe­ren­ces, remis­si­on and reim­bur­se­ment of cus­toms duties, cus­toms pro­ce­du­re law, the car­ry­ing out of com­pa­ny audits and the asso­cia­ted repre­sen­ta­ti­on befo­re the aut­ho­ri­ties, finan­ce and admi­nis­tra­ti­ve courts or Euro­pean courts, in which we can sup­port you.

Glo­ba­li­sa­ti­on has meant that almost all pro­ducts of dai­ly life incre­a­singly reach us from dif­fe­rent regi­ons of the world. The import and export of goods is sub­ject to nume­rous spe­cial regu­la­ti­ons, the non-obser­van­ce of which can have serious con­se­quen­ces. This app­lies, for examp­le, to the collec­tion of avo­ida­ble cus­toms duties through to finan­cial sta­te sanctions.

The main issu­es here inclu­de cus­toms tariffs, tariff quo­tas, pre­fe­ren­ces, remis­si­on and reim­bur­se­ment of cus­toms duties, cus­toms pro­ce­du­re law, the car­ry­ing out of com­pa­ny audits and the asso­cia­ted repre­sen­ta­ti­on befo­re the aut­ho­ri­ties, finan­ce and admi­nis­tra­ti­ve courts or Euro­pean courts, in which we can sup­port you.

You need legal advice?

Talk to us. We will glad­ly advi­se you in a per­so­nal consultation.

CONTACT

Coope­ra­ti­on

Bene­fit from our network

In all mat­ters — whe­ther natio­nal or inter­na­tio­nal – you keep your con­ta­ct part­ner in our office. We also reli­ab­ly safe­guard your inte­rests in the inter­na­tio­nal field through a net­work that has been streng­t­he­ned over many years of glo­bal cooperation.

We only pass infor­ma­ti­on on your case to col­leagues per­so­nal­ly known to us, taking other legal for­ma­li­ties into account. Con­ta­ct to other col­leagues can be estab­lis­hed quick­ly and reli­ab­ly via exis­ting office partnerships.

In all mat­ters — whe­ther natio­nal or inter­na­tio­nal – you keep your con­ta­ct part­ner in our office. We also reli­ab­ly safe­guard your inte­rests in the inter­na­tio­nal field through a net­work that has been streng­t­he­ned over many years of glo­bal coope­ra­ti­on. We only pass infor­ma­ti­on on your case to col­leagues per­so­nal­ly known to us, taking other legal for­ma­li­ties into account. Con­ta­ct to other col­leagues can be estab­lis­hed quick­ly and reli­ab­ly via exis­ting office partnerships.

CONSULATE

Repu­blic of Guatemala

Fol­lowing the relo­ca­ti­on of the capi­tal of the Federal Repu­blic of Germany from Bonn to Ber­lin, we took over the con­su­lar repre­sen­ta­ti­on for the Repu­blic of Gua­te­ma­la in North Rhi­ne-West­pha­lia. The juris­dic­tion was later exten­ded to inclu­de Hesse.

We are glad to ans­wer legal, eco­no­mic and cul­tu­ral ques­ti­ons about the land of eter­nal spring, Guatemala.

Ope­ning hours of the consulate

  • Tues­days and Thurs­days 09:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

  • +49(0) 211 – 62 68 96

  • +49(0) 211 – 62 25 18

  • Con­ta­ct part­ner: Hono­ra­ry Con­sul Dr. Tho­mas Knaak

KNAAKLEGAL

Your com­pe­tent and reli­able part­ner for all gene­ral and spe­cia­li­sed legal matters.

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