Corona Task Force

The Corona crisis raises numerous legal questions. Our experts can answer them - and everyone is available to you. Below you will find important information, dates and consulting topics.

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New partners at Oppenhoff

With effect from 1 July 2020, the independent commercial law firm Oppenhoff has appointed cor-porate and M&A attorney Sarah Scharf as partner, and labor law attorney Alexandra Groth and litigation and arbitration attorney Dr. Anna-Gesine Zimmermann as junior partners. These steps up the career ladder are in response to the attorneys' contributions to the sustained success of the firm’s clients.

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Tax Law19.05.2020 Newsletter

Corona / immediate measures: Lump-sum reduction of prepayments for 2019

According to the BMF letter of 24 April 2020, it is now possible to apply for a (partial) refund of the advance payments already made for 2019 by means of a lump-sum loss carryback.

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Antitrust Law and Merger Control15.05.2020 Newsletter

COVID-19: German parliament decides on temporary extension of deadlines for German merger control and interest-free deferral of cartel fines

The corona crisis not only affects companies, but also has an impact on the operation of public authorities. In the opinion of the German legislator the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) cannot conduct investigations or cannot do so within the usual timeframes, as companies are apparently not responding to the authority's inquiries or are responding with a considerable delay.

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Oppenhoff strengthens Frankfurt office with financial law expert Wolfgang Kotzur

Oppenhoff has recruited the financial law expert Dr. Wolfgang Kotzur for the expansion of its banking and capital markets law practice. He is transferring from Simmons & Simmons and previ-ously worked for ten years as a solicitor for two large international law firms in London as well as for three years in Frankfurt.

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Remote acceptance: Commissioning machines despite corona

Engineering companies with customers all over the world are facing the same problems as a result of the Covid-19 crisis: Corona has brought important projects to a standstill shortly before completion. Either it is not possible to finish assembling plants at customers abroad, to make them available for commissioning, or to carry out the final inspection and approval – so-called “acceptance” (“Abnahme”) - of plants that have already been fully installed because staff are unable to travel abroad. In many cases, remote support offers an alternative way for companies to remain involved and to provide instructions or explanations.

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30.04.2020 News

Securing M&A transactions

30 April 2020 – Our partner Markus Rasner on

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Employment Law / Corporate Law / Tax Law29.04.2020 Newsletter

Employee participation - financing options for companies in crisis

Little attention has been paid to employee participation to date in the context of the corona pandemic and the accompanying economic crisis. Employee participation offers various possibilities to provide the company with liquidity or to reduce wage expenses, and at the same time to create an incentive to increase the company’s success beyond the mere preservation of jobs.

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Employment Law24.04.2020Cologne Newsletter

Corona pandemic: Temporary changes in working-time regulations for certain work activities

In its social protection package, the legislator had included a new provision in § 14 (4) of the German Working Hours Act [Arbeitszeitgesetz – ArbZG] which makes it possible in exceptional emergencies with a nationwide impact, particularly in epidemic situations of national significance, to permit changes for certain work of employees for a limited time period as exceptions to the existing working time regulations.

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Employment Law23.04.2020Cologne Newsletter

Short-time work - News from the legislator

On 22 April 2020, the governmental coalition agreed to increase short-time work compensation. This and further current changes concerning the receipt of short-time work compensation illustrate the current relevance of short-time work as an instrument of labor market policy.

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