“The traditional Frankfurt law firm” (JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms 2023/2024)

Focus on process management

Commercial law disputes

Our litigation team specializes in the strategic planning and tactical implementation of commercial disputes. This expertise extends to complex individual proceedings as well as to the effective defense of mass actions. In recent years, we have successfully dealt with numerous waves of lawsuits involving thousands of individual cases.

Focus on notarial transaction support

Corporate and
real estate law

We have particular expertise in notarial services for real estate transactions and company purchase agreements of any complexity. Our notarial work focuses on the notarization and execution of real estate purchase agreements and the corporate law support of companies of all sizes in all notarial procedures.

Trust, precision, safety – in an accelerated world, we have to live up to these values more than ever with contemporary solutions.


Handelsblatt selects “Germany’s Best Lawyers” for the year 2023

Our partners Bernd Hanowski (dispute resolution) and Hendrik Bourguignon (employment law) are listed as “Best Lawyers” by “Best Lawyers in Germany™” and the Handelsblatt for 2023.

We are delighted with the award and would like to thank you for the numerous recommendations.

Read more in the Handelsblatt


Commerzbank prevails with Ettrich in dispute over custody fees

In October 2021, the consumer association Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg e.V. brought a claim against Commerzbank AG before the Regional Court of Frankfurt for an injunction against the use of clauses in the General Terms and Conditions of Business with which so-called custody and credit balance fees (among other things) were introduced and charged on savings deposits in new and existing customer business. The Frankfurt Regional Court had initially largely upheld the claim (judgment of 18.11.2022, ref.: 2-25 O 228/21). Commerzbank AG, which we represented in both instances, filed an appeal against the ruling in December 2022. In today’s appeal judgment (case reference: 3 U 286/22), the 3rd Civil Senate of the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt upheld Commerzbank AG’s appeal, amended the judgment of the Regional Court of Frankfurt and dismissed the action brought by Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg e.V. in its entirety.

Representing Commerzbank AG
Ettrich: Dr. Frank Findeisen

Read more in the Handelsblatt


Ettrich further expands the employment law department

Attorney Susanna Grichtmaier joined Ettrich’s employment law team on January 1, 2024. Susanna is a specialist lawyer for employment law and previously worked for more than 10 years in employment law at ebl factum Rechtsanwälte, where she already worked closely with our partner Hendrik Bourguignon. She advises and represents national and international companies on all employment law issues. Susanna also successfully supports managers in separation situations. As in previous years, Susanna was listed as “Best Lawyer” by Handelsblatt (“Germany’s Best Lawyers”) in the field of employment law in 2023.

To the profile of Susanna Grichtmaier