ZENK Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB is an independent, full service commercial law firm with around 50 attorneys, a notary office, a mediation practice and a tax consulting service at its offices in Hamburg and Berlin. It advises on national and international projects in all core areas of commercial law. Our clients include medium-sized German companies, international corporations and public institutions at federal, state and local level.


ZENK was founded in Hamburg at the beginning of the 1970s. At present, around 25 lawyers and a tax consultant advise clients at the Hamburg office on Neuer Wall.


During the reunification of Germany in 1991, the Berlin branch was opened in the government district to establish a presence in the newly emerging political and cultural metropolis.
At present, the Berlin office at Reinhardtstraße has around 16 lawyers. It also has its own notary office.


ZENK Rechtsanwälte has a long history of awards from various industry bodies. The awards are based on the results of peer and client surveys.

Handelsblatt: ZENK lawyers among Germany's best lawyers in construction law, health law (food law) and advertising law

Exclusively in cooperation with Handelsblatt, US publisher Best Lawyers draws up an annual ranking of peer-recommended German lawyers in various fields of law. The ranking is regarded as an overview of Germany’s top lawyers.

For the ninth consecutive year, Alexander Baden was awarded the seal “Germany’s Best Lawyers” in 2019 for construction law and Dr. Carsten Oelrichs for advertising law and food law (health care). Dr. Peer Feldhahn was also awarded the “Germany’s Best Lawyers” seal in construction law in 2019.

Legal 500 Germany survey

“The Legal 500 (Germany)” is a detailed qualitative review of law firms and lawyers in 48 specialistareas and is used as a referenceby professionals and clients. Every year, the editorial staff interviews hundreds of lawyers and records around 14,000 customer references.

In the 2018 survey, ZENK was listed in the ranking for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region with special mention of Jan Dietze and Dr. Michael Hackert.

FOCUS Magazine: TOP commercial law firm for construction law

Also for the fifth year in a row, the construction law department at ZENK was listed as a recommended commercial law practice by the FOCUS editorial team in their special edition on “Germany’s Top Lawyers”. The list is categorized into 24 specialist areas of law. The Germany-wide ranking is based on recommendations from peers and surveys of legal departments in companies.

JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms

JUVE “Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien” is a reference work of the German legal market. The publication is based on extensive research carried out by an independent editorial team among law firms, corporate managers, representatives of public authorities and employees of the judiciary and academia.

ZENK has been mentioned in the JUVE Ranking and ZENK lawyers are recommended for many years now. The Handbook 2018/2019 mentions the following: Dr. Carsten Oelrichs (“very competent food lawyer, open and loyal cooperation”, competitor), Dr. Ralf Hüting (“very competent in specialist planning and environmental law, careful representation in litigation”, client), Dr. Wolfgang Hopp (public law), Dr. Henrik Nacke (real estate and private construction law), Alexander Baden (“commercially and technically very experienced construction lawyer, reasonable view of the big picture”, “very committed architect’s lawyer”, competitor), Jan Dietze (corporate law), Dr. Bastian Schmidt-Vollmer (“outstanding corporate lawyer in maritime affairs”, “pragmatic consulting approach”, competitor), Dr. Stefanie Hartwig (IP/food law).


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We lecture and debate at numerous internal and external events relating to current and practice-relevant legal topics. We also offer seminars and training courses in various forms, both at our offices and on-site with our clients.


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