All 5 GEISTWERT-Partners ranked in WTR 1000 from a standing start
GEISTWERT burst onto the scene this year as an alliance of five prominent IP and IT practitioners; their combined force has propelled the fledgling firm straight into the silver tier. Previously at Taylor Wessing, Rainer Schultes is “one of the best litigators: a clever negotiator with a strong courtroom presence and top-of-the-line experience in trademark infringement matters”. He was accompanied by Juliane Messner, who has an unerring facility for bringing licensing and IP-driven transactions to a successful close: “She is very creative in finding contractual solutions that meet clients’ business interests.” Making the move from Gassauer-Fleissner, Max Mosing shines particularly brightly in the technology sector. Peers recognise this expertise as “very important right now, with Google, smartphones, domain names and so on all at the forefront. He makes really strong legal arguments and is well integrated with leading clients in that field.” Adversaries also appreciate the challenge he presents in the courtroom. Ex-Baker & McKenzie Alexander Schnider is another talented litigator. “It was nearly impossible for him to win, but he was very creative in his defence and managed to get a result for his client,” said one opponent. Clients are equally enthusiastic: “His trump card is the combination of his unmatched knowledge of IP case law, his business acumen and unrivalled business and industry understanding.” The crucial fifth element is “exceptionally innovative” Constantin Kletzer, previously of Fiebinger Polak Leon. Delivering “100% satisfaction, he is truly outstanding – he has very strong commercial awareness and knows the industries of his clients very well”.