Schalast | Awards

We are also pleased at Schalast when our work is appreciated. Below is a selection of the prizes and awards we have received.


Six lawyers from Schalast were recognized in 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Germany.

Christoph Schalast, Managing Partner of Schalast Law | Tax, was recently included in the 13th edition of The Best Lawyers™ in Germany for Real Estate Law. Clemens Schalast, head of the practice area, for his practice in Labor Law. Hans Hofmann was included in the 2022 edition in the areas of Leasing Law and Real Estate Law. In Technology Law, Jan Schneider was selected this year. Matthias Geurts, partner in the Banking & Finance and Tax practice group, was selected for inclusion in Banking & Finance Law, Investment Funds and Tax Law, and Udo Kornmeier for his practice in Media Law. 


Schalast is WiWo Top Law Firm for Corporate Law

The Handelsblatt Research Institute (HRI) asked more than 4900 lawyers from 270 law firms about their most renowned colleagues in labor and corporate law. According to the jury's evaluation, 51 law firms with 90 lawyers prevailed in the corporate law ranking. With Prof. Dr. Christoph Schalast as a "highly recommended lawyer", Schalast Law | Tax is awarded as a Top Law Firm.

Managing Partner and founder Prof. Dr. Christoph Schalast about the award: „After our law firm was awarded by WiWo for Banking & Finance Law, we are very proud and feel honoured, that the work for our Corporate practise is also valued. The award for WiWo Top Law Firm confirms that our strategy to bring both our renowned Banking & Finance Law group and our Corporate team to the highest standards is working and we will continue to strengthen their synergies.”

Schalast Law | Tax congratulates all other awarded law firms and is looking forward to keep following successful, strategic growth.

The ranking of all awarded law firms can be found here.

Schalast wins Legal 500 Triple Crown: Top Tier, Leading Firm and numerous Recommended Lawyer and Leading Individuals, respectively.

Schalast once again wins the Triple Crown at The Legal 500 (Legalease): "Schalast stands out due to the broad range of its expertise in corporate, finance, labour and commercial law as well as the international footprint of its clients".

The report goes on to highlight that the firm advises important German and foreign banks and financial services providers, particularly in its core areas.

We are particularly pleased that Schalast "stands out" in the new legal segment FinTech, which Chambers and Partners also confirmed in its current FinTech Ranking 2021 a few days ago. Further rankings can be found in the areas of telecommunications and entertainment/media. The close cooperation within the Tier 1 network Multilaw and the innovative approach together with the sister company CLARIUS.LEGAL Rechtsanwaltsaktiengesellschaft are particularly highlighted.

Georg Berger, Prof. Dr. Andreas Walter, Gregor Wedell, Dr. Thorsten Voß, Dr. Udo Kornmeier and Prof. Dr. Christoph Schalast are individually recommended.


Schalast ranked among the top law firms in the FinTech sector by Chambers & Partner

The SCHALAST Banking & Finance Team was again listed in the most important international ranking of the legal industry published by Chambers & Partners This time in the FinTech section. We are particularly pleased to hear what our clients have said about us: " Consistently high-quality output and good dependability" and "I've been impressed by their detailed knowledge of regulatory authorities and requirements - they have a lot of experience in this area. In addition to the entire team, practice group leader Prof. Dr. Andreas Walter was included in the ranking as an individual with the comments "outside-the-box thinker" and "proactive, practical and a great partner".

SCHALAST covers the entire sector in the field of FinTech & Innovative Products. A certain emphasis is placed on credit programs and platforms, where a significant part of the German offerings have been legally structured by SCHALAST's lawyers. But also the areas of payment transactions, deposit business, block chain and recently increasingly factoring are covered. A major advantage of the Banking & Finance team at SCHALAST is that it does not focus or even limit itself to FinTech but covers the entire spectrum of the financial industry. Thus, SCHALAST also advises on large-volume financing, on all questions of banking supervisory law, in connection with the structuring of refinancing and capital investment products and in connection with disputes, whether litigation or arbitration.


Best Lawyers lists Schalast

In the 5th annual global business edition of Best Lawyers, three Schalast Partners and one Of Counsel have been highlighted.

This is in recognition of the dynamic development, particularly in the areas of Labour Law, Employment Law, Litigation and M&A/Real Estate.

We are pleased about this recognition, especially in these difficult times.




Best Lawyers: Clemens Schalast awarded

In recent years, Schalast's practice group Labor Law/Human Resources has grown dynamically. This is not least due to the addition of Boris Christian from SKW Schwarz and Britta Fischer from Lufthansa at the end of 2019. The visibility of the team has thus increased considerably and has now also been visibly documented by the award of Clemens Schalast as Best Lawyer. Today, the Schalast team in Frankfurt consists of three partners and two associates, in Hamburg another partner is to be added in the course of the year.

Furthermore Dr. Hans Hofmann, Dr. Udo Kornmeier and Prof. Dr. Christoph Schalast were also awarded as Best Lawyers.

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Legal 500: Top Tier und Recommended Lawyer

As in previous years, Schalast was recommended as a Tier 1 law firm for the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main metropolitan regionby the editorial team of "The Legal500" in 2020. Managing Partner Prof. Dr. Christoph Schalast was also highlighted as a recommended lawyer.

Furthermore, it should also be emphasized that for the first time the firm's telecommunications practice was named as a leading law firm in the sector focus on telecommunications. A great success for the team around Schalast partner Dr. Ernst Georg Berger, who is also personally recommended by Legal500.

The Legal500 is a directory of leading law firms in Germany and is primarily used by legal professionals who need legal expertise. The Specialist Directory contains approximately 400 commercial law firms and 2,700 lawyers (in total there are more than 165,000 registered lawyers in Germany).

The recommended attorneys are determined by hundreds of interviews, which were managed with about 14,000 clients. The research also takes into account the visibility and strength of the firm in the German legal market in general.


Schalast Top Employer in Frankfurt

Schalast was honored by the azur editorial team in the current issue of azur100 as one of the top employers in the Frankfurt-Hessen region. In doing so, Schalast was able to prevail against a whole series of other renowned top law firms. You can find more information here:

Under the azur brand, JUVE-Verlag provides young lawyers with orientation on the job market in a variety of ways. Who are the top employers for lawyers? How do employees rate their own satisfaction? Who offers the best training opportunities? The answers to these and many other questions are provided by azur100. In addition to the 50 top-ranked companies on the azur list, the editorial team presents 30 local champions and 20 attractive employers in hot legal fields.

Schalast is very proud to be among the local champions in the region. The result shows above all that the career development at Schalast, the innovative projects, the agile working, the activities in the legal tech area, but also the work-life balance of the employees, offered part-time models, associate retreats and secondments are rated particularly positively.

Schalast was also honored by the azur editorial team in the categories Innovation and Arbeitgeber Region. Even though the awards were given to other law firms, the double nomination is extremely gratifying and was also particularly acknowledged during the award ceremony and celebrations on March 5, 2020 in Cologne.

Schalast nominated in 2 categories for the azur Awards 2020




The business law firm Schalast was nominated in two categories for the azur Awards 2020 by the editorial staff of the magazine azur. Specifically, the law firm was entered into the race by azur in the categories Innovation and Employer Region.

The azur Award Innovation honors imaginative employers for lawyers. The focus is on law firms and legal departments that have new ideas for promising topics such as legal tech, diversity, pro bono, work-life balance, working hours, compensation or training.

Schalast has been particularly active in this area in recent years, be it through the new part-time partnership career system, the entry into the LegalTech law firm Clarius.Legal, the implementation of agile project management, the international integration of young lawyers in the law firm network Multilaw and the introduction of a customized training program for lawyers and trainee lawyers.

The azur Award Employer Region focuses on the regional anchoring and the importance for a regional applicant market.

On March 5, 2020, the azur Awards will be presented at a festive awards ceremony in Cologne. More information about the azur Awards 2020 can be found under this link.




Legal 500: Top Tier und Recommended Lawyer

Besides Schalast as a firm also our lawyers Christoph SchalastAndreas WalterGregor Wedell and Hans Hofmannwere recommended by Legal500.


The Lawyer European Awards 2019

Schalast Finalist: European finance deal of the year


IFLR 1000

Schalast's M&A team is recommended by the renowned international Direc-tory IFLR 1000 for M&A in Germany. For its directory, IFLR draws on hundreds of interviews with partners from the world's leading law firms as well as over 60,000 client recommendations.

With few exceptions, all recommended law firms are major international law firms. Schalast's M&A team has significantly expanded its transactional work in recent years and has been man-dated in many national and international transactions. Currently, the team consists of three experienced partners and six associates.

The practice group not only advises on transactions, but also on an ongoing basis advises companies of various sizes on all emerging corporate and commercial law issues.


Chambers: FinTech


Schalast selected as German Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer European Awards

Last Thursday, on 15 March, the renowned English online legal news provider The Lawyer honoured leading independent law firms in the most important European jurisdictions when it presented The Lawyer European Awards in London. Schalast was selected as "German Law Firm of the Year". The judging panel particularly emphasised Schalast's focus on service delivery and its openness for and use of legal tech. Schalast was able to assert itself against major national law firms such as Hengeler Müller, Noerr or Gleiss Lutz.

Founding partner Professor Christoph Schalast was pleased about this international recognition: "The Lawyer European Awards are the benchmark for excellence in providing legal advice. That Schalast as a medium-sized law firm came first is sensational and confirms our strategy.".

The Lawyer European Awards honour firms that are committed to excellence and have a clear strategic vision and a corresponding approach to providing legal advice. The judging panel is made up of 21 experienced and skilled lawyers from private practice and industry. Members of the judging panel included managing partners at law firms such as Hogan Lovells or Osborne Clarke, as well as the legal counsel of PayPal, Airbnb, Barclays and Société Général.

As well as Schalast, the Multilaw partner firms Portolano Cavallo and Moroğlu Arseven also received the awards for their respective country categories on 15 March 2018. Last year, the network Multilaw, of which Schalast is a member, itself won the award for Network of the Year.

Global Law Experts: Annual Awards Winner - Mid-Market M&A Law Firm of the Year in Germany




The Lawyer European Awards 2017: Schalast Finalist: European banking & finance deal of the year and Law firm of the year: Germany


Schalast has been nominated by the respected magazine The Lawyer both in the category GERMAN LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR and in the category EUROPEAN BANKING & FINANCE DEAL OF THE YEAR. Multilaw, the law firm network of which Schalast is a member, has also been nominated in the category GLOBAL NETWORK OF THE YEAR.

Legal500: Schalast is Tier One in Frankfurt


For the third time in succession Legal500 Germany has ranked Schalast as a tier one law firm for the commercial law centre Frankfurt/Main. The guide expressly mentioned the strengthening of the Media Practice Group as well as the strong Banking & Finance Practice Group. Further, the growing Practice Groups Real Estate and Labor Law were highlighted. 



The Lawyer 2016 – Schalast nominated for two awards 


Schalast & Partner has for the second time in succession been nominated for two European Lawyer Awards by the leading British legal industry magazine “The Lawyer”. Schalast & Partner is once again on the shortlist in the categories “Law firm of the year: Germany” and “European Banking & Finance Deal of the year”. The European Awards have been honouring excellent achievements on the European legal services market for many years.

The focus of this year’s jury of top-class independent experts was the international work of the participating firms and the increasing crossborder demands this work has to meet. Firms were thus asked to demonstrate their activities and initiatives in the past year which were aimed at building a profile with international clients and referral partners.

“We are pleased that we have been shortlisted for two awards this year as well. This not only underlines our presence and competitiveness on the German market, but also our increasingly successful network and reputation at international level,” comments Prof. Dr Christoph Schalast. “Together with other well-known firms such as Gleiss Lutz or Noerr, we are eagerly awaiting the awards ceremony at the beginning of March.”

The international network Multilaw, which Schalast & Partner joined in 2010, has also been shortlisted by The Lawyer for an award. This network of law firms which last year achieved ELITE status in the respected ‘Chambers Global Guide’, was successful in being nominated for the new category “Global network of the year”. Also shortlisted for “The European Lawyer Awards 2016” are the Multilaw partner firms Moroglu Arseven in the category “Law firm of the year: Turkey” and Tuca Zbarcea & Associatii for “Law firm of the year: Romania”.

The full shortlist can be accessed here

Legal500 2016: Schalast ranked as a tier one law firm in Frankfurt am Main

For the second time in succession, The Legal 500 Germany has ranked Schalast & Partner as a tier one law firm for the commercial law centre Frankfurt. The client guide has the following to say about Schalast & Partner:

“Frankfurt as a banking and financial centre is characterised by strong competition amongst its law firms and the presence of a large number of Anglo-Saxon law firms [...]. Some smaller law firms have been very successful in this and medium-sized law firms also regularly advise on cases of spectacular size and surprisingly international quality.“ 

The entry continues:

“The showcase practice areas of Schalast & Partner Rechtsanwälte are M&A, banking and capital markets law, as well as providing comprehensive advice on NPL. The practice area banking and financial law has in particular demonstrated dynamic growth […].”

Special mention is given to Matthias Schmidt from the litigation practice group and the company law/M&A expert Kristof Schnitzler, who is being made a partner of the law firm on 1 January 2016.

The Legal 500 Germany has this to say about the team overall:

“Christoph Schalast heads a team of competent partners with an entrepreneurial mindset, whose uncomplicated and pragmatic manner is very well received.”


The Lawyer nominated Schalast & Partner


For the first time, UK leading law journal „The Lawyer“ (London) has nominated Schalast & Partner for two of its prestigious European Lawyer Awards. In January the journal announced that it has shortlisted Schalast & Partner for the categories “Law firm of the year Germany” and “European banking and finance deal of the year”. Prof. Dr. Christoph Schalast comments on the good start to 2015: “What is special about the “The Lawyer Awards” is that the candidates for the shortlists are picked by an independent and high-class jury. This is also reflected by the selected competitors like Hengeler Müller, Gleiss Lutz and Noerr, compared to which we operate as medium-sized law firm. The nomination for the “European banking and finance deal of the year” visualizes the importance to expand and strengthen this sector dynamically”.

Kanzleimonitor: Schalast - Labor and Employment Law practice top-notch in Frankfurt

A survey carried out by Kanzleimonitor on the basis of interviews of general counsel of leading German businesses ranks Schalast & Partners´ labor and employment law practice number 2 in Frankfurt (directly behind Allen & Overy) and as one of the leading practices in Germany. 

The practice group leader Clemens Schalast comments: 

“This recommendation shows that the purposeful development of our labor law practice including laterals as Ann-Charlotte Ebener and Kerstin Streichardt has proven to be successful and consistent. We feel especially honoured by this ranking, because it results from a client voting.”




Legal 500: Schalast listed as tier one law firm in Frankfurt

The German edition of The Legal 500 was published again at the end of December. Schalast has been listed in it as a tier one law firm in Frankfurt am Main.

The client guide has the following to say about Schalast & Partner: “Frankfurt as Germany’s biggest banking and financial centre is characterised by strong competition amongst its law firms ... . Independent smaller firms constantly have to compete against larger rivals; the market does, however, offer opportunities for local law firms that have a similar entrepreneurial mindset to international law firms and also have special expertise in certain specialist fields.”

Prof. Dr Christoph Schalast commented on this as follows:
“We are really proud that we have with our law firm been able to hold our ground so well in Frankfurt in the last 17 years.”

Schalast & Partner was awarded one of the top 25 real estate law firms in Germany

Regularly WirtschaftsWoche, leading German economic newspaper, has been publishing rankings of leading German law firms based on data base research and expert interviews as well as a final selection by a high profile jury made up by industry leaders as Carsten Beisheim, head of legal and compliance of Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG, Thomas Hegel, CEO LEG Immobilien, and Dirk Sonnberg, head of legal and compliance of Deutsche Wohnen AG.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schalast comments:

Having successfully established our debt and claims trading practice (non-performing loans, credit linked loans) throughout the last years, we are delighted to see that we have as well succeeded in establishing Schalast & Partner in all real estate-related transactions in a rather short period of time.

This award is all the more valuable for Schalast & Partner as we have been able to compete with the big international law firms.

This was only rendered possible on the basis of the trust and confidence of our clients and friends, for which we are very grateful.“

Schalast has been shortlisted in two categories of the ‘MPF Awards for Management Excellence in Professional Firms’. In collaboration with the Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times and Google Enterprise, the shortlist nominations were assessed by more than 25 judges from Europe and North America. Schalast is going head-to-head with international law firms such as Shearman Sterling and national champions like Farrer & Co. and DWF in the 'BEST MANAGED NATIONAL FIRM' and 'BEST COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT' categories.

Azur: Top Arbeitgeber

We have been named a top employer by the career magazine Azur, which makes us extremely happy and confirms our course.

1998 - 2013

Particular highlights are the Juve Awards Law Firm of the Year Mittelstand, Law Firm of the Year Telecommunications and Law Firm of the Year Frankfurt am Main we received in 2007. We were also nominated for the Juve Award Law Firm of the Year Mittelstand in 2006.

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