Dr. Sonja Hoffmann

Partner, Frankfurt

Biography

Overview

Sonja is a member of the Firm's Global Commercial Litigation Practice based in Frankfurt. She advises national and multinational clients on complex national and cross-border commercial disputes with a particular focus on financial services, corporate, private equity, and real estate litigation.

Sonja has extensive experience in handling litigations in court, especially in the field of collective redress. She is a proven specialist in advising clients in mass proceedings. She defends, among others, financial institutions nationwide regarding lawsuits involving various financial market instruments.

Furthermore, Sonja supports clients in complex commercial disputes relating to liability issues (including managing directors' liability) and post-M&A matters. Sonja also assists clients in the context of enforcement proceedings with international implications. In the context of M&A transactions she advises clients on liability and litigation risks.

Sonja also advises clients in ESG litigation topics, including disputes relating to supply chain, sustainability and climate change.

Sonja regularly speaks at conferences and client seminars on commercial litigation topics and is a lecturer of the Deutsche Anwaltakademie.

Bars and Courts
Certified Lawyer for Bank and Capital Market Law
Rechtsanwältin
Education
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Cologne
Dr jur
University of Cologne
First State Exam
Eberhard Karls University Tübingen
Languages
German
English
French

Experience

Several companies
Advice to companies regarding contractual claims in connection with COVID-19.

Technology company
Cross-border advise to a technology company with regard to contractual claims in the field of renewable energies.

Real estate companies
Advice to and representation of real estate companies in the defense of contractual claims.

A German bank
Exclusive advice and representation of a German bank in relation to swap transactions.

German Bank
Exclusive representation with regard to Wölbern-Funds.

German Bank
Exclusive representation with regard to Swaps.

German Banks and European Financial Service Provider
Representation regarding the clients' defence against claims for damages in connection with funds, certificates and derivatives.

Speaking Engagements

"Collective Litigation in Germany, the EU and the U.S.: Model Declaratory Proceedings under Scrutiny: Class action light?", 24 Oct: Client Seminar – White & Case Office – Frankfurt, Germany

Publications

"Climate protection lawsuits against companies won‘t stay away in the future" ("Klimaschutzklagen gegen Unternehmen bleiben künftig nicht aus") guest commentary in: energate messenger, July 02, 2021 (with Markus Burianski and Federico Parise Kuhnle)

"The German Federal Constitutional Court on the German Climate Change Act”, Environmental Law & Management, Lawtext, 2021 (with Markus Burianski and Federico Parise Kuhnle)

"The New Corporate Due Diligence Act: Potential Liability under Civil Law and Administrative Law" ("Das neue Lieferkettengesetz: Mögliche zivilrechtliche und bußgeldrechtliche Haftung"), July 2021 (co-author with Thomas Helck, Christian Theissen and Christoph Zuschlag)

New clarity/ambiguity regarding internal commissions and reimbursement in investments (Neue (Un-)Klarheit bezüglich lnnenprovisionen und Rückvergütungen bei Kapitalanlagen), NJW, Issue 40, pp. 2909–2913, 2014, (co-author with Stefan Lars-Thoren Heun-Rehn and Isabelle Ruf)

Valid consent in data protection law taking into account the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, ELR, Issue 6, pp. 206–215, 2013, (General Data Protection Regulation) of 25 January 2012 (co-author with Stefan Peintinger)

Liability for incorrect securities prospectus containing an incomplete description of intragroup investments. Commentary on the decision of the Federal Court of Justice of September 18, 2012 – XI ZR 344/11, ZWH, Issue 7, pp. 287–290, 2013, (co-author with Stefan Deller)

The requirements for ad hoc disclosure in protracted processes (Ad-hoc-Publikationspflicht bei zeitlich gestreckten Vorgängen), ELR, Issue 10, pp. 262–269, 2012, (co-author with Julia Sitter and Stefan Deller)

The investment advisor‘s duty to provide information about legal risks resulting from changes in the law; duties to identify and advise about risks. Commentary on the decision of the Federal Court of Justice of December 1, 2011 – III ZR 56/11, WuB, July, pp. 358–388, 2012, (co-author with Markus Hauptmann)

The road towards achieving insolvency-proof direct debits, NJW, Issue 48, p. 3484 et seqq., 2010, (co-author with Mareile Müller-Felsch)

Grossly negligent ignorance of an error in the advice provided by an investment adviser, BB, Issue 34, p. 2005 et seqq., 2010, (co-author with Mareile Müller-Felsch)

Duty of investment advisers to review the business press in timely fashion (Federal Court of Justice – Judgment of 5 November 2009 III ZR 302/08), BB, Issue 13, p. 725 et seqq., 2010, (co-author with Markus Langen)

Awards and Recognition

Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation – Germany, The Legal 500 Germany, 2020

Recommended Lawyer: Dispute Resolution – Germany, The Legal 500 Germany,2017/2018