Law Firm

GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ is a leading boutique law firm advising national and international clients in the areas of CORPORATE and COMPETITION, LITIGATION and COMPLIANCE.

As our clients are looking for solutions for complex issues with far-reaching implications, legal excellence is a matter of course for us. In order to live up to this claim, we employ first-tier specialists in compact, effective teams. This ensures a comprehensive penetration of the matter at hand and offers the client clear contact persons.

Our independence is indispensable for us. We aim to prevent our clear view of the issue at hand from being clouded. The focus is solely on the optimal work product and thus the interests of our clients.


From DAX corporations to mid-sized companies. From family-owned to listed companies. We work on client matters requiring trust and well-founded knowledge.

Since its foundation in 2007, GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ has established itself in the market with great success. Our attorneys advise in economically significant areas of law that require experience and specialist knowledge.

The focus of our CORPORATE practice is on general corporate law, capital markets law, M&A and public takeover law as well as restructuring and insolvency-related advice.

In the area of COMPETITION, we render advice – nationally and internationally – on merger control, in cartel investigations of the European Commission and the Federal Cartel Office, in contract design or the development of distribution systems and cooperations.

The areas LITIGATION and COMPLIANCE complement our CORPORATE and COMPETITION areas of advice.



Acting dynamically. Based at our office in Düsseldorf – globally networked for clients around the world. The matters we work on and the tasks entrusted to us entail the need to find global and country-specific solutions.

This is why we cooperate closely with partner law firms all over the world in the fields of CORPORATE and COMPETITION, LITIGATION and COMPLIANCE. The same also applies to fields of law that lie outside our area of core competence. Here, we cooperate with law firms that are leading in the respective fields of law.

#GMW-Blog & Press

We are constantly monitoring current and practice-relevant developments in our consulting areas Corporate, Competition, Litigation and Compliance. Our latest articles, publications and press releases as well as references to awards & rankings can be found here.

Our contributions to current and practice-relevant developments in our consulting fields can be found here.

Dompke/Ye, Anforderungen an die Veröffentlichung von Pressemitteilungen durch das Bundeskartellamt
(Juli 2020)

Sustmann/Karbaum/Rücker, Update Verbandssanktionenrecht – Der Regierungsentwurf des Gesetzes zur Stärkung der Integrität in der Wirtschaft vom 16. Juni 2020
(Juli 2020)

Merkner/Sustmann/Retsch, Update: Insiderrecht und Ad-hoc-Publizität im neuen (und nun finalen) Emittentenleitfaden der BaFin
(Juni 2020)

Merkner/Sustmann/Retsch, Das neue Modul C des Emittentenleitfadens der BaFin - Auswirkungen auf die Kapitalmarktkommunikation bei M&A-Transaktionen
(Juni 2020)

Kleine/Poll, Bundesgerichtshof gewährt erstmalig Schadensersatz wegen Verletzung einer Gerichtsstandsvereinbarung
(Juni 2020)

Markgraf/Adams, Die Pflicht des GmbH-Geschäftsführers zur Einreichung der Gesellschafterliste vor dem Hintergrund des BGH-Urteils vom 2. Juli 2019, Az. II ZR 406/17
(Mai 2020)

Markgraf/Kleine, Gesetzentwurf zur Modernisierung des Personengesellschaftsrechts vorgelegt
(Mai 2020)

Wirtz/Karbaum, Q&As im Zusammenhang mit dem deutschen Kartellrecht (EN)
(Mai 2020)

Sustmann/Rücker, Update Verbandssanktionenrecht – Veröffentlichung des Referentenentwurfs
(Mai 2020)

Merkner/Sustmann, BaFin nimmt Anregungen aus der Praxis auf
(Mai 2020)

Wirtz, Kündigung von Lieferverträgen - Der Fall Prevent gegen VW
(April 2020)

Schulz/Dompke, "Otis" - Auf dem Weg zum unionsrechtlichen Schadensersatzanspruch?
(März 2020)

Sustmann/Rücker, Der Referentenentwurf für ein Verbandssanktionenrecht: 7 Thesen aus dem Blickwinkel des Gesellschaftsrechts
(Februar 2020)

Wirtz/Dompke, Kartellverbot und Gemeinschaftsunternehmen - Neues aus Österreich
(Februar 2020)

Merkner/Sustmann/Retsch, Auswertung der Ad-hoc-Mitteilungen von DAX-Unternehmen in 2019
(Januar 2020)

We are particularly pleased about our numerous nominations and awards, because they are proof that our ambitious strategy is the right path for us and our clients - and also enthuses market observers.

One of the best law firms and lawyers (Dr Glade, Dr Sustmann, Dr Rücker) for Corporate, WirtschaftsWoche
Highly recommended competition practice, GCR 100

One of the best law firms & partner (Dr Möller, Dr Wirtz) for antitrust, Wirtschaftswoche
One of the best lawyers (Dr Glade) for corporate/M&A, Handelsblatt, Best Lawyers
One of the best lawyers (Dr Karbaum) for Corporate Governance & Compliance, Handelsblatt, Best Lawyers
One of the best lawyers (Dr Merkner) for corporate/M&A/capital markets law, Handelsblatt, Best Lawyers
One of the best lawyers (Dr Möller) for antitrust and competition/corporate governance & compliance, Handelsblatt, Best Lawyers
One of the best lawyers (Dr Sustmann) for corporate, Handelsblatt, Best Lawyers
One of the best lawyers (Dr Wirtz) for antitrust and competition, Handelsblatt, Best Lawyers
One of the best law firms & partner (Dr Glade) for corporate, Wirtschaftswoche
One of the best law firms & partner (Dr Markgraf) for compliance, Wirtschaftswoche
Top 10 placements in the categories "Top Employer", "Best Lawyer Boutique" and "Düsseldorf", IURRATIO Awards
Nominated in the new category "Employer Region", azur Awards

Nominated as law Firm of the Year, JUVE
Lawyer of the year for antitrust (Dr Wirtz), Best Lawyers / Handelsblatt

One of the best German Law Firms, FOCUS (since 2013)
One of the best Law Firms & Partner (Dr Möller) for Compliance, WirtschaftsWoche
Shortlisted as Law Firm of the Year for Antitrust, JUVE Awards

One of the best Law Firms & Partner (Dr Glade) for Manager Liability, WirtschaftsWoche

One of the best Law Firms and Partners (Dr Glade, Dr Wirtz) for Compliance, WirtschaftsWoche
Germany Client Service Firm of the Year, Chambers

Shortlisted as European Specialist Firm of the year 2014, THE LAWYER
Corporate Law Firm of the Year, JUVE Awards

Law firm of the Year region West, JUVE Awards

Shortlisted as German Law Firm of the year 2012 and "European Specialist Firm of the year 2012 THE LAWYER
Antitrust Law Firm of the Year, JUVE Awards
Shortlisted for the GCR Awards in the category Worldwide litigation of the year

One of the best German law Firms & Partner (Dr Wirtz) for antitrust, Wirtschaftswoche
Shortlisted as German Law Firm of the Year 2011 and European Niche Law Firm of the Year 2011 by THE LAWYER
Shortlisted as Antitrust Law Firm of the Year, JUVE Awards

One of the best Law Firms & Partner (Dr Glade) for M&A, WirtschaftsWoche
One of the best Law Firms & Partner (Dr Karbaum) for antitrust, WirtschaftsWoche
Leading Law Firm, Kanzleimonitor (since 2013)
Highly recommended competition practice, GCR 100 (since 2013)
Leading Law Firm in Europe, Chambers
Leading Law Firm, Legal 500 (since 2013)

Being understood and perceived. In specialized and business press. An incentive for us to continue to be among the best.

"Dedicated German practice handling both public and private M&A transactions, and possessing extensive expertise in corporate compliance, often representing supervisory boards in corporate investigations."
Chambers Europe, 2019

"'One client praises the firm's broad expertise, stating: 'They are very well equipped in legal knowledge. They are organised, have a good network and we always get very good contact partners for specific questions."
Chambers Europe, 2019

Client feedback: "It is a small, very professional, law firm with an excellent expertise." – Competition

IFLR1000, 2018

Client feedback: "GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ was in charge of coordinating a large joint venture project with important international ramifications. The organisation of the transaction was impeccable – they quickly anticipated upcoming work-streams and the information streams were always clear and efficient. They were a pleasure to work with and were pragmatic when it came to finding solutions. An excellent firm that I would not hesitate to recommend." – Banking and finance, M&A
IFLR1000, 2018

"Commentators identify the lawyers' "in-depth knowledge" as a key strength, describing them as "solutions-focused and very reliable". Another adds: "They commit themselves to the client completely."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"With its clear focus on corporate and antitrust paired with the quality it has achieved in its advice, this highly recommended firm in Düsseldorf is unrivaled in the local market. In antitrust, it has long measured up to the established market leaders, [...]. The combination of litigation, restructuring and capital markets as well as takeover law in corporate ensures a stream of top-class instructions, such as those for the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank, Daimler, or recently for dm. Even if the M&A practice did not manage to seamlessly follow last year’s ZF Friedrichshafen deal with another of comparable size, it was nevertheless involved in complex and international instructions, incl. for the Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund in takeover law. Strengths: Renowned antitrust practice, stock corporation and capital markets law."
German Commercial Law Firms (JUVE), 2017/2018

"The lawyers are 'very good sparring partners for the exchange of ideas and information' [...] 'flexible, dilligent, easily accessible and great to work with.'"
Chambers Europe, 2017

"The firm outperforms others in terms of finding solutions, co-ordinating transactions and speed of execution."
Chambers Europe, 2017

"(For Competiton) The quality of work the lawyers do is impressive."

Chambers Europe, 2016

"Glade Michel Wirtz offers exceptional service. The lawyers are very efficient and knowledgeable, and have a way of finding practical solutions to big problems.."
Chambers Europe, 2015

"Sources say: "The delivery, performance and turnaround time are absolutely top." "It gives outstanding advice and is really creative in finding a solution when negotiations are going in the wrong direction.""
Chambers Europe, 2013

"Highly recommended corporate and competition boutique."
Chambers Europe, 2011

"Höchst professionell, große Präzision und Tiefe in der Argumentation, sehr hohe fachliche Qualität, seriöses Auftreten im Markt, sehr professionelle Kanzleiaufstellung."
Mandant, Kanzlei-Studie

"Mittlerw. treten zudem dank der jüngeren Partnergeneration auch andere Bereiche mehr in den Vordergrund. Markgraf baute ausgezeichnete Beziehungen zu führenden Insolvenzverwaltern auf, wodurch sich regelm. Litigation-Mandate ergeben, und die Reputation der jüngeren Kartellrechtspartner, v.a. Möller, ist nun nicht mehr durch den Namenspartner Wirtz vermittelt."
JUVE Handbuch, 2018/2019

"GMW gilt mittlerweile bundesw. als Vorbild dafür, wie man eine Kanzlei erfolgreich aufbaut, nämlich mit einem klar umrissenen Schwerpunkt auf 2 Bereiche (Corporate u. Kartellrecht) u. kompromissloser Qualität. Die Früchte ihrer starken Spezialisierung erntete die Kanzlei dieses Jahr. Waren es zuvor das Kartellrechtsteam und die M&A-Praxis, die im Zentrum der Aufmerksamkeit standen, so zählt die Beratung von Daimler zur mögl. Aufspaltung zweifelsfrei zu den prominentesten gesellschaftsrechtl. Ereignissen der letzten Zeit."
JUVE Handbuch, 2018/2019

"[...]The firm’s practice [...]is highly rated by its peers and is frequently mentioned in the same breath as much larger competitors. Several rivals say the small firm has been a key driver in boosting the competitiveness of the German competition bar."

GCR Volume 18 issue 7, 2015

"Probably the best of the boutiques is Glade Michel Wirtz."
Global Competition Review, 2009

"Parallel zur Corporate-Praxis agiert ein Restruktrurierungsteam, das im Rheinland durch seine Tätigkeit für prominente Insolvenzverwalter immer visibler wird."
JUVE Handbuch, 2017 | 2018

"Ein solider mittelständ. Mandatenstamm rundet das Bild der strateg. Nachhaltigkeit ab."
JUVE Handbuch, 2015/2016

"This recommended firm had a breakthrough this year. It is already highly regarded for its corporate practice. But a major deal for ZF as well as advice to Haniel shows that Glade in particular is regarded as one of the most highly respected M&A partners in an independent firm. There is also a solid Mittelstand M&A practice which provides constant work."
German Commercial Law Firms (JUVE), 2015/2016

"All the Glade Michel Wirtz lawyers are at the top of their game."
Chambers Europe, 2015

"Glade Michel Wirtz offers exceptional service. The lawyers are very efficient and knowledgeable, and have a way of finding practical solutions to big problems."
Chambers Europe, 2015

"Die immer engere Zusammenarbeit zw. dem im Dax-Bereich etablierten Kartellrechtsteam und der Gesellschaftsrechtspraxis zeigt sich besonders gut in der Compliance-Beratung."
JUVE Handbuch, 2014/2015

"Probably the best of the boutiques is Glade Michel Wirtz"
Global Competition Review, 2009