Düsseldorf based GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ was established in June 2007 as an independent law firm focusing exclusively on corporate and competition work. The lawyers of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ work on complex matters which require highly specialized skills and experience. In 2012 GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ attracted a lot of attention when two new partners joint the firm from Sherman & Sterling further strengthening the partner base in the corporate department.
Major move: The opening of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ has been recognized by the legal press as a "major move" in the German market (Legal 500).
When the two new partners Sustmann and Merkner joined the firm this was commented by the press as "new era for GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ" (JUVE, April 2012).
International: About 50% of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ' client base consists of international clients, including blue chips like LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Mettler Toledo or Epson. Glade Michel Wirtz' domestic clients include DAX-30 corporations, MDAX corporations, German Mittelstand and industry associations.
Outside Corporate and Competition: As a highly specialized firm, GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ has established a "network of specialists" on a non-exclusive basis. The network of specialists includes the market leader boutique firms in each area of law and is designed to provide top tier legal service to GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ' clients in all their legal needs.
Outside Germany: GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ regularly works with leading competition practices around the world e.g. on multiple merger filings, multiple leniency filings or the implementation of worldwide compliance organisations.
First class: GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ provides its clients with first class legal solutions made in Germany. The partner led advice in small but powerful teams is tailored to the specific needs of the clients in every individual assignment.
Accolades: Global Competition Review says "Probably the best of the boutiques is Glade Michel Wirtz." (Global Competition Review, Germany's Competition Bar, October 2009)
The German magazine WirtschaftsWoche ranked Glade Michel Wirtz as one of the best German law firms for competition and for compliance. GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ won the JUVE Awards 2012 in the category "Law Firm of the Year for Competition" in Germany. JUVE is impressed by the development of the law firm: Only five years after the foundation the boutique "can easily compete with the big law firms". Competitors thus have good reasons to call GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ "top dog of the boutiques", according to JUVE.
Chambers Europe says: "Markus Wirtz of GLADE MICHEL WIRTZ makes clients feel they are in good hands – he always comes back with the right information and has the network in place to deal with more complex competition cases." (Chambers Europe, 2010) and "Sources regard department head Markus Wirtz as a creative and business-oriented lawyer, stating that 'he's a rising star', who 'provides high-level critical advice'." (Chambers Europe, 2011)