BRANDI lawyers.

Dr. Carsten Hoppmann

Lawyer and Notary in and for Hannover
Certified Specialized Attorney in Commercial and Corporate Law
Certified Specialized Attorney in Intellectual Property Law

Location Hannover
T +49 511 899379 - 41
F +49 511 899379 - 77
Foreign language: English


About me

  • Born in 1971
  • Legal studies at University of Osnabrück
  • Consultant for German regional stock exchanges, 1998
  • Legal clerkship ("Refrendariat") in the Oldenburg Higher District Court District
  • Elective rotation with Dorado Law Group, New York
  • Awarded doctoral degree (Dr. jur.) in 2000
  • Second (Bar) Exam ("2. Staatsexamen") in 2001
  • Lawyer with Schindhelm Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Osnabrück and Hanover, 2001 - 2011
  • Certified Specialized Attorney in Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Certified Specialized Attorney in Intellectual Property Law
  • Joined the firm in 2011
  • Appointment as notary in 2013


IP rights & competition law

Competition law

  • Violations against competition regulations (warning, pre-liminary 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)
  • Trademark infringements abroad
  • Rights to names, company signs, and titles of works

Know-how protection

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


  • Property law
  • Corporate law
  • Succession law
  • Precautionary legal advise
  • Drafting and certification of agreements and unilateral declarations of intent

Corporate law/M&A


  • 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

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

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

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


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


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