Dr. Carsten Hoppmann

Dr. Carsten Hoppmann

  • Lawyer and Notary
  • Specialist Lawyer for Trade and Company Law
  • Specialist Lawyer for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights


Office: Hanover
T +49 511 899379 - 41
F +49 511 899379 - 77
Languages: German, English

About me

  • Born in 1971
  • Legal studies at Osnabrück University
  • Consultant for German regional stock exchanges, 1998
  • Legal clerkship in the district of Oldenburg Higher Regional Court
  • Elective rotation with Dorado Law Group, New York
  • Awarded doctoral degree (Dr. jur.) 2000
  • Second state examination 2001
  • Attorney-at-law with Schindhelm Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Osnabrück and Hanover, 2001 - 2011
  • Specialist attorney for commercial and corporate law
  • Specialist attorney for industrial property law
  • Joined the firm in 2011


    Intellectual Property Rights, IT law

    Competition law

    • Violations against competition regulations (warning, preliminary injunction, action)
    • Assessment of advertising material, web pages, online shops, advertising campaigns, contests, General Terms and Conditions etc. with regard to compliance with competition law
    • Price information
    • Labeling obligations
    • Law on the advertising of medicinal products
    • Protection against imitation
    • Competition in the public sector

    Trade mark and designation law

    • Application of German trade marks, community trade marks and IR trade marks
    • Trade mark research, management and monitoring
    • Consulting on trade mark strategies
    • Contract design (trade mark license and transfer agreements, delimitation agreements)
    • Conduction of opposition and cancellation proceedings before authorities, the German Federal Patent Office and the General Court
    • Border seizure processes
    • Trade mark and designation infringements (warning, preliminary injunction, action)
    • Trade mark infringements abroad
    • Name rights, company names, title protection

    Design law

    • Application of German and EU designs (formerly known as design patents)
    • Design infringements (warning, preliminary injunction, action)
    • Design license agreements

    Know-how protection

    • Non-disclosure agreements (NDA)
    • Know-how protection agreements


    • Copyright infringements (warning, preliminary injunction, action)
    • Contract design (copyright license agreements, music publisher agreements, orders for compositions, artist contracts, band take-over agreements, concert agreements etc.)
    • Related property rights (in particular image rights, databases, sound recordings)
    Corporate law


    • Selection of the legal form (corporate law and tax law)
    • Drafting of the partnership agreement, further agreements between the partners
    • German stock corporation and private company law (e.g. OHG, KG, GmbH & Co. KG, GmbH, AG, KGaA, eG)
    • Societas Europaea (SE)
    • Foreign legal forms (e.g. Ltd, Plc, Inc., LLC)
    • Trust
    • Voting trust, pool and consortium agreements

    Life and growth of the company

    • Conduction of general meetings and partners' meetings
    • Growth financing, corporate finance (borrowed and own capital, cash pool, bank loans, leasing, leasing, factoring, forfaiting, asset-backed securities, mezzanine financing, bonds, bonded loans)
    • Participation rights, silent partnerships (typical, atypical)
    • Employee participation schemes
    • Private equity companies
    • Subsidiaries (foundation and acquisition, foreign subsidiaries)
    • Partnership agreements, affiliation agreements (in particular control and profit and loss transfer agreements)
    • Co-determination
    • Corporate compliance, corporate governance
    • Cooperation agreements, joint ventures, join ventures in Germany and abroad
    • Takeover of other companies (M&A)


    • Transformation law, transformation tax law
    • Consolidation, split, restructuring, contribution, merger
    • International mergers and control agreements
    • National and international holding structures
    • Squeeze-out
    • Support during company reorganization

    Disputes within the company

    • Disputes between the partners, with members of bodies and with the company
    • Representation of interests out of court (in particular in partners' meetings, general meetings, supervisory board, advisory board)
    • Representation of interests in court
    • Mediation (as party representative and mediator)
    • Arbitration (as party representative and arbitrator)

    Company succession

    • Structuring of family assets
    • Entrepreneur's last wills
    • Gifts, usufruct
    • Inheritance tax law
    • Foundation (charitable foundation, family foundation)
    • International models
    • Supervisory board, advisory board
    • Execution of wills, administration of estates
    • Sale of companies
    • Estate settlements

    Purchase and sale of companies (M&A)

    • Preparation of the purchase of a company (tax optimization, bundling of the assets to be sold, separation of assets, sales brochure)
    • Determination of the type of sales process (e.g. auction, sale to competitors)
    • Selection of the business broker or the investment bank
    • Transaction structure (in particular asset or share deal, tax aspects)
    • Transaction management
    • Agreements prior to due diligence (e.g. non-disclosure agreement, letter of intent)
    • Preparation and execution of and support during due diligence (including installation of a(n) (electronic) data room)
    • Negotiations
    • Drafting of the company purchase agreement
    • Distressed M&A, acquisition from the insolvency administrator
    • Consulting in the case of public take-over bids
    • Purchase of a foreign company
    • Purchase by a foreign purchaser

    Corporate tax law

    • Company related corporate and income tax law
    • Inheritance and gift tax law
    • Conversion tax law
    • International taxation law

    Insolvency law and reorganization

    • Preparation and supervision of company reorganization concepts including the creation of rescue companies
    • Support of companies and entrepreneurs in case of insolvency both on the side of the creditor and on the side of the debtor
    • Representation in disputes regarding insolvency law
    • Rights of parties furnishing security and of parties to which a security is furnished in case of insolvency
    • Insolvency rescission
    • Liability of the insolvency administrator
    Asset planning, succession, succession law

    Succession law

    • Design of last wills
    • Revocation of a last will
    • Contracts of inheritance (notarial)
    • Withdrawal from a contract of inheritance
    • Directions pertaining to legacies and conditions
    • Prior and subsequent succession, also excepted prior succession
    • Order of the execution of a will
    • Will to the benefit of persons with disabilities, in need or overly indebted
    • Provisions for the offsetting and balancing of gifts
    • Renunciation of inheritance
    • Renunciation to the compulsory portion
    • Inheritance tax
    • Agricultural succession law (farm regulations)
    • Determination of the legal succession including spousal inheritance rights
    • Acceptance and renunciation of the inheritance
    • Contesting of the acceptance of an inheritance
    • Securing the estate through curatorship of the estate
    • Liabilities of the heirs, obligations of the estate
    • Administration of estates
    • Insolvency of estates
    • Community of heirs
    • Contesting a will
    • Interpretation of a will
    • Accepting or rejecting the office of the executor
    • Remuneration of the executor
    • Dismission of the executor from office
    • Compulsory portion regulations
    • Obligation of the heir to furnish information
    • Offsetting of gifts against the compulsory portion
    • Request for the issuance of a certificate of inheritance
    • Revocation of a certificate of inheritance
    • Purchase of an inheritance, transfer of shares of an inheritance

    Asset succession and company succession

    • Succession planning
    • Legal and tax succession model
    • Prevention of claims for compulsory portions
    • Anticipated succession
    • Transfer of company assets
    • Foundation of family-owned businesses/family pools
    • Establishment of foundations
    • Sale of companies
    • Enduring power of attorney
    • Entrepreneur's last wills, testamentary and prenuptial of the entrepreneur
    • Execution of wills (e.g. in case of underage heirs)
    • Transfer agreements
    • Agreements on the renunciation of the compulsory portion
    • Lump sum provisions

    Asset planning

    • Legal consulting with regard to asset management
    • Legal structuring of (family-owned) companies
    • Prenuptial agreements
    • Legal models for invested capital, in particular for investment funds




    • Vorstandskontrolle im Versicherungsverein auf Gegenseitigkeit, Frankfurt am Main, 2000

    Contributions to books

    • Rechtsfragen des Internet-Vertriebs von Versicherungsdienstleistungen (joint publication with Dr. Flemming Moos), in: Gimmy/Kröger, Handbuch zum Internetrecht, 2nd ed., 2002
    • Hauptversammlungen und Internet (joint publication with Dr. Michael Lange), in: Gimmy/Kröger, Handbuch zum Internetrecht, 2nd ed., 2002
    • Der Versicherungsverein auf Gegenseitigkeit (joint publication with Michael Lange), in: Blümler, Busch, Hoppmann u.a., Handbuch Gesellschaftsrecht für das Firmenkundengeschäft, Heidelberg 2006
    • Markenrecht, in: Hoeren, Moderecht (Handbuch), München, 2019
    • Patentrecht, in: Hoeren, Moderecht (Handbuch), München, 2019


    • "Europarechtliche Entwicklungen im Börsenrecht, in: Europäisches Wirtschafts- und Steuerrecht 1999
    • Werbung rund um die Fußball-WM 2006 - Schießen Sie kein Eigentor! in: Bankpraktiker 2006
    • Verwarnung für die FIFA - Der BGH zeigt der Marke "Fußball WM 2006" die rote Karte!, Bankpraktiker 2006
    • Wettbewerbsrecht: Aktuelle Fallstricke für Kreditinstitute, Bankpraktiker 2006
    • Irreführende Gestaltung von Kontoauszügen, Bankpraktiker 2007, pp. 118 et seq.
    • Bankmarketing versus Datenschutz?, Bankpraktiker 2009, p. 131 (joint publication with Dr. Mathias Scholz)


    • Deutscher Anwaltverein e.V.
    • Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (GRUR)