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Legal Notice

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH 
Anna-Schneider-Steig 22
50678 Cologne
Phone +49 221 9937 0
Fax +49 221 9937 110
E-Mail  elisabeth.lepique@luther-lawfirm.commarkus.sengpiel@luther-lawfirm.com

Managing Partners:  Elisabeth Lepique, Dr Markus Sengpiel

Commercial Register: Registration Court Cologne, HRB No. 39853

VAT Identification Number: DE 223646821

Responsible professional associations:
Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, which is registered in Germany, is subject to supervision by the Cologne Bar Association (Rechtsanwaltskammer) (www.rak-koeln.de).

All lawyers (Rechtsanwälte) working for the company are members of the respective regional Bar Association (Rechtsanwaltskammer) responsible for their admission (as for the single regional Bar Associations, cf. www.brak.de/die-brak/regionale-kammern/).

All tax advisors (Steuerberater) working at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH are members of the respective regional Tax Advisors’ Association (Steuerberaterkammer) (www.bstbk.de).

All notaries (Notare) working at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH are members of the respective regional Chamber of Notaries (Notarkammer) (www.bnotk.de/Bundesnotarkammer/Landesnotarkammern).

Professional regulations for German lawyers:
Official title: Rechtsanwalt (Bundesrepublik Deutschland); information about the regulations that apply to German lawyers is available on the website of the German Federal Bar Association (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer) at www.brak.de/fuer-anwaelte/berufsrecht/.

Professional regulations for German tax advisors:
Official title: Steuerberater (Bundesrepublik Deutschland); information about the regulations that apply to German tax advisors is available on the website of the Cologne Tax Advisors’ Association (Steuerberaterkammer) at  www.stbk-koeln.de or at www.bstbk.de.

Professional regulations for German notaries:
Official title: Notar (Bundesrepublik Deutschland); information about the regulations that apply to German notaries is available on the website of the German Federal Chamber of Notaries (Bundesnotarkammer) at www.bnotk.de/Notar/Berufsrecht/.

Dr Andreas Blunk, civil-law notary with his office in Hannover, Lower Saxony
Official title: The official title “Notar” (civil-law notary) has been granted in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Competent supervisory authority: Hannover Regional Court, Volgersweg 65, 30175 Hannover
Competent notaries’ association: Celle Notaries’ Association (Notarkammer), Riemannstr. 15, 29225 Celle, phone: 05141 / 949 40, fax: 05141 / 949 421, e-mail: info (at) celle-auditorium.de, www.celle-notarkammer.de.

Professional regulations: The professional regulations that apply to German civil-law notaries are available on the Federal Notaries’ Association’s website (www.bnotk.de) under “Der Notar”, from where they can be downloaded. These regulations especially include the Federal Notaries’ Code (Bundesnotarordnung/BNotO), the German Law governing the Official Recording of Deeds (Beurkundungsgesetz/BeurkG), guidelines issued by the notaries’ associations, the Official Regulations for German Civil-Law Notaries (Dienstordnung für Notarinnen und Notare/DONot), the German Court and Notary’s Fees Act (Gerichts- und Notarkostengesetz/GNotkG); since 1 August 2013, the European Code of Notarial Professional Ethics.

Professional liability insurance:
All German lawyers, tax advisors, and notaries are required to take out a professional liability insurance policy according to the provisions of the German Federal Lawyers’ Act (Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung, “BRAO”), the German Federal Notaries’ Act (Bundesnotarordnung, “BNotO”), and the German Tax Advisors’ Act (Steuerberatungsgesetz, “StBerG”), respectively.

For law firms, the minimum sum insured is € 2,500,000.00.

Further details are contained in Sections 51, 59j (2) BRAO, Section 19 a BNotO, and Section 67 StBerG.  Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH has professional liability insurance provided by

Allianz Versicherungs-AG
Königinstrasse 28
80802 Munich, Germany

The professional liability insurance policy is valid worldwide.

At Luther, we provide our services in accordance with the provisions of the “General Terms and Conditions for Client Engagements and Fee Arrangements” of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.  These General Terms and Conditions can be obtained from the respective offices of Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft.  To determine the scope of our services and the fees, we additionally enter into engagement letters and fee arrangements with our clients which we negotiate individually with our clients.

Avoiding conflicts of interests:
Professional regulations (Section 43a (4) BRAO) prohibit German lawyers from representing conflicting interests.  This is why we always check whether a conflict of interests exists before we accept an engagement.

Online dispute resolution platform and consumer dispute resolution:
The European Commission provides a platform for online dispute resolution, which is available at https://.ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr. Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH does not participate in dispute resolution proceedings before a dispute resolution body for consumers.