International firms face fee structure challenges in Germany

January 27, 2017 While the German legal market continues to see international firms set up shop, the country’s historically moderate legal fees pose a challenge to international firms. In recent years, more international firms based in the US and UK have established themselves in the country.

Independent firms have more flexibility in setting their own price structures, while international firms must strike a balance between competing in Germany and maintaining consistency with their international guidelines. Fee structures are also influenced by German clients, who tend to be highly cost-aware when negotiating agreements.

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