Chemical Industry

Broad-based Expertise in all Areas

The transformation, driven by new technologies, increasing regulation, and consolidation, that is currently taking place within the chemical industry calls not just for legal expertise but for expertise that has been shaped by extensive knowledge of the industry and its particular characteristics.

We advise market participants in all matters relating to the chemical industry, from M&A transactions, through issues relating to patent and antitrust law, to compliance. We also advise our clients on industry-specific topics, such as on environmental law and regulatory issues.

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“Recommended law firm for the chemicals and plastics sectors”

Mergers and Acquisitions

As a leading law firm for corporate law covering both German and international M&A transactions, Gleiss Lutz regularly advises companies in the chemical industry. Our work covers all aspects of the M&A business.

Thanks to our full-service approach we can integrate renowned experts seamlessly into a mandate from any area of the law relevant to an M&A transaction (such antitrust, environmental, IP, or public law).


The ability to protect intellectual property is essential for companies operating in a knowledge-based industry such as the chemical industry. Gleiss Lutz has for decades advised clients on all issues relating to the infringement, legal validity, and use of patents and utility models, as well as on the protection of inventions and know-how.

The focus of our activities is on complex German, pan-European, and international issues of patent law, and it includes litigation as well as out-of-court advice on topics such as patent protection strategies and technology transfers.

Competition / Antitrust

From its earliest days Gleiss Lutz has been a market leader in antitrust law. We regularly advise companies in the chemical industry on antitrust issues. Clients benefit from our unparalleled experience, from our longstanding relationships with the respective  authorities, and from our industry knowledge.

We cover all relevant areas, advising on merger control and horizontal and vertical agreements as well as on fine and damages proceedings. We develop tailored compliance programs to ensure that our clients do not fall foul of the antitrust authorities.


Legal regulations for the  chemical industry are spread over many laws and are forever affected by new regulations and other changes. To ensure that our clients can from the outset avoid government sanctions, which can include the forfeiture of permits and licences and even criminal sanctions, we develop tailored industry-specific compliance programmes covering such issues as REACH and CLP compliance.

Environment and regulatory Issues

Companies operating in the chemical industry must comply with a whole array of regulations covering their operations. We advise on environmental issues and emissions control, on dealing with contaminated sites, and on emissions trading.

We also support our clients in the area of public commercial law, covering such issues as foreign trade law and planning and plant licensing law as well as interacting with the authorities on their behalf, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).


Gleiss Lutz advises LANXESS on formation of joint venture with Advent for high-performance engi-neering polymers Mandate
Gleiss Lutz advises Metso Outotec on the sale of its aluminium business to REEL International Mandate
Gleiss Lutz advises Aspirant Group on its acquisition of DIPSOL Chemical Mandate
Strategic move in the hydrogen sector: Gleiss Lutz advises Linde on joint venture and stake in ITM Power Mandate
Gleiss Lutz advises Infraserv Höchst on an investment financing project Mandate
Restructuring in insolvency plan proceedings successfully completed: Gleiss Lutz advises SKW Stahl-Metallurgie Mandate

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