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Belgium

Simmons & Simmons LLP in Belgium is regulated by the Barreau de Bruxelles (Brussels Bar) and comprises lawyers who are regulated by the Brussels Bar as lawyers (advocaten), or foreign lawyers who are admitted in their home jurisdiction.

The rules and principles applicable to the professional conduct of advocaten can be found through the following link to the website of the Brussels Bar.

The office address, contact details and Country Head can be found here.

TVA/BTW (VAT) Number = BE0830690083

China

Simmons & Simmons operates in the People’s Republic of China through a representative office of the Hong Kong partnership of Simmons & Simmons (“Simmons & Simmons Hong Kong”). Simmons & Simmons Hong Kong is affiliated with Simmons & Simmons LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC352713, and with its registered office and principal place of business at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom.

Lawyers based in China who are qualified in other jurisdictions may be subject to regulation by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

A list of Hong Kong partners together with their professional qualifications is available on request.

The office address, contact details and Country Head can be found here.

Dubai

Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC345139 and with its registered office at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom. The word “partner” refers to a member of Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications. A list of members and other partners together with their professional qualifications is available for inspection at the above address.

Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP is affiliated with Simmons & Simmons LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC352713, and with its registered office and principal place of business at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom.

Lawyers based in Dubai who are qualified in other jurisdictions may be subject to regulation by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

The office addresses, contact details and Regional Head can be found here.

France

Simmons & Simmons LLP in France is regulated by the Ordre des Avocats à la Cour de Paris (Paris Bar) and comprises lawyers who are regulated by the Ordre des Avocats à la Cour de Paris as avocats (lawyers registered at the French Bar) and/or foreign lawyers who are admitted in their home jurisdiction.

The rules and principles applicable to the professional conduct of avocats can be obtained on the Paris Bar website or by contacting either the Direction de l'Exercise Professionel +33 1 44 32 47 76 or the Direction des Affaires Europeennes et Internationales + 33 1 44 32 47 77.

The office address, contact details and Country Head can be found here.

TVA (VAT) registration number: FR 45391289766

Germany

Simmons & Simmons LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with number OC352713, and with its registered office and principal place of business at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS. It is authorised and regulated by, amongst others, the Solicitors Regulation Autority (SRA), with registration number 533587.

A list of all partners (members) of the Simmons & Simmons LLP and their professional qualifications is available for inspection at the registered office of the company or can be found at here. The term partner is used to refer to a member of Simmons & Simmons or an employee or consultant of Simmons & Simmons LLP or any of its affiliated firms or entities with equivalent standing and qualifications.

Simmons & Simmons LLP is an international law firm practicing in a number of jurisdictions worldwide. The firm is therefore subject to the rules of various professional regulatory bodies according to the jurisdiction in which each office is based. Lawyers based in our German offices who are admitted in other jurisdictions are also regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission. Hereafter, you will find further details about our German practice and our offices in Germany as well as links to the professional codes of practice for lawyers and tax advisors.

Contact and authorised representative

Düsseldorf
Simmons & Simmons LLP
Kö-Bogen
Königsallee 2a
40212 Düsseldorf
T +49 2 11-4 70 53-0
peter.meyer@simmons-simmons.com

Frankfurt
Simmons & Simmons LLP
MesseTurm
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 49
60308 Frankfurt am Main
peter.meyer@simmons-simmons.com

Munich
Simmons & Simmons LLP
Lehel Carré
Thierschplatz 6
80538 München 
peter.meyer@simmons-simmons.com

Legal representative: Mr Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff

Chamber membership and supervisory authority

If not stated otherwise, all lawyers who are established in the Federal Republic of Germany of the Simmons & Simmons LLP are admitted as lawyers (Rechtsanwälte) in Germany and are members of the local competent Bar Association (Rechtsanwaltskammer) an. The respective Bar Association is also supervisory authority according to Sec. 5 para 1 no 3 TMG in conjunction with Sec. 73 para 2 no 4 BRAO:

Düsseldorf Rechtsanwaltskammer Düsseldorf
Freiligrathstraße 25
40479 Düsseldorf

Frankfurt am Main Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt/Main
Bockenheimer Anlage 36
60322 Frankfurt am Main

München Rechtsanwaltskammer München
Tal 33
80331 München

If not stated otherwise, all German tax consultants who are established in the Federal Republic of Germany of the Simmons & Simmons LLP are admitted as tax consultants (Steuerberater) in Germany and are members of the local competent Chamber of Tax Advisors (Steuerberaterkammer):

Frankfurt am Main Steuerberaterkammer Hessen
Gutleutstraße 175
60327 Frankfurt am Main

Professional Codes of Practice

The following professional regulations apply:

Lawyers:

  • Federal Regulations for Attorneys (BRAO)
  • Professional Regulations for Lawyers (BORA)
  • Rules of Professional Practice for Specialist Lawyers (FAO)
  • Law regulating the activity of European lawyers in Germany (EuRAG)
  • Charter of core principles of the European legal profession and Code of Conduct for European lawyers (CCBE)
  • German Act on Lawyers' Fees (RVG)

Tax consultants:

  • Tax Consultants Act (StBerG)
  • Implementation Ordinance to the Tax Consultants Act (DVStB)
  • Professional Standards (BOStB)

Fee Ordinance for Tax Consultants0020 (StBVV) VAT number.

Simmons & Simmons VAT Number is DE 276903746

Reference:

Professional Liability Insurance

Mandatory professional indemnity insurance cover is maintained by the firm, to cover acts or omissions arising out of the firm's professional business anywhere in the world. The insurers are Lloyds Syndicates (“QBE”), of Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BD and Lloyd’s Syndicate 5000 (“Travelers”) (Ref B0808P7032290 and B0808P7132291).

Our mandatory professional indemnity insurer is R+ V Allgemeine Versicherung AG, Raiffeisenplatz 1, 65189 Wiesbaden. The geographical scope of insurance coverage comprises legal advice in Germany.

In addition, a global professional indemnity insurance policy is maintained by the firm. This insurance covers liabilities resulting from acts or omissions arising out of the firm’s professional business anywhere in the world. The insurers are Lloyds Syndicates (“QBE”), of Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BD and Lloyd’s Syndicate 5000 (“Travelers”) (Ref B0808P7032290 and B0808P7132291).

Information about the ODR platform according to Art. 14 para 1 ODR Regulation

Platform of the EU for the out-of-court resolution of disputes:
http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/

Simmons & Simmons LLP does (not) participate in the out-of-court resolution of disputes before a consumer arbitration board.

Information pursuant to Sec. 36 VSBG

The arbitration board of the lawyers is competent arbitration board for patrimonial disputes arising from the client-lawyer relationship. The address of the arbitration board is Schlichtungsstelle der Rechtsanwaltschaft, Neue Grünstraße 17, 10179 Berlin, Tel.: +49(0)30/2844417-0, e-mail: schlichtungsstelle@s-d-r.org, www.s-d-r.org. Lawyers are not obligated to participate in arbitration before a consumer arbitration board.

Simmons & Simmons LLP does (not) participate in the out-of-court resolution of disputes before a consumer arbitration board.

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong partnership of Simmons & Simmons (“Simmons & Simmons Hong Kong”) is regulated by the Hong Kong Law Society, and comprises lawyers regulated by the Hong Kong Law Society as solicitors or registered foreign lawyers. Lawyers based in Hong Kong who are qualified in other jurisdictions may also be subject to regulation by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

Simmons & Simmons Hong Kong is affiliated with Simmons & Simmons LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC352713, and with its registered office and principal place of business at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom.

A list of Hong Kong partners together with their professional qualifications is available on request.

The office address, contact details and Country Head can be found here

 

Italy

Simmons & Simmons operates in Italy through Studio Legale Associato in affiliation with Simmons & Simmons LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC352713, and with its registered office and principal place of business at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom. 

Studio Legale Associato comprises lawyers who are members of an Ordine degli Avvocati and regulated by the Consiglio Nazionale Forense as lawyers (avvocati), or tax advisers (dottori commercialisti) who are members of and regulated by the Ordine dei Dottori Commercialisti, or foreign lawyers who are admitted in their home jurisdiction.

The rules and principles applicable to the professional conduct of avvocati can be found through the link to the website of the Consiglio Nazionale Forense. The rules and principles applicable to the professional conduct of dottori commercialisti can be found through the link to the website of the Ordine dei Dottori Commercialisti.

The office addresses, contact details and Country Head can be found here.

Partita IVA (VAT number): IT10951140150

 

Japan

Simmons & Simmons in Japan operates through Simmons & Simmons Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise TMI Associates), which is affiliated with Simmons & Simmons LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC352713, and with its registered office and principal place of business at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom and with Simmons & Simmons East Asia LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC345136, and with its registered office and principal place of business at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom.

Lawyers based in Japan who registered foreign lawyers in Japan (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi) are regulated by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association. Lawyers based in Japan who are qualified in other jurisdictions may also be subject to regulation by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

The office address, contact details and Country Head can be found here

 

Luxembourg

Simmons & Simmons Luxembourg LLP is registered with the Luxembourg Bar (Ordre des Avocats du Barreau de Luxembourg), and authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The firm comprises lawyers who are regulated by the Ordre des Avocats du Barreau de Luxembourg as avocats and/or foreign lawyers who are admitted in their home jurisdiction.

Simmons & Simmons Luxembourg LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC396740 and with its registered office at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom. The word “partner” refers to a member of Simmons & Simmons Luxembourg LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications. A list of members and other partners together with their professional qualifications is available for inspection at the above address.

Simmons & Simmons Luxembourg LLP is affiliated with Simmons & Simmons LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC352713, and with its registered office and principal place of business at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom.

The office address, contact details and Country Head can be found here.

TVA (VAT) registration number: LU27417454

Netherlands

Simmons & Simmons LLP in the Netherlands is regulated by the Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten (NOvA), the Koninklijke Notariële Beroepsorganisatie (KNB) and the Nederlandse Orde van Belastingadviseurs (NOB).

The rules and principles applicable to the professional conduct of attorneys (advocaten) can be found through the link to the website of the NOvA. The rules and principles applicable to the professional conduct of civil law notaries (notarissen) can be found through the website of the KNB. The rules and principles applicable to tax advisers (belastingadviseurs) can be found through the link to the website of the NOB.

The office address, contact details and Country Head can be found here.

By Dutch law, law firms have to verify the identity of clients, in certain situations, before accepting an engagement, and may have to report unusual transactions to a central authority. Please ask your adviser if you have any questions on this law. See also the Dutch website of the Bureau Financieel Toezicht.

Simmons & Simmons LLP in the Netherlands operates a Complaints Handling Scheme to address any client complaints, and the details can be found in the following documents

Internal Complaints Handling Scheme (Netherlands) – Dutch version
Internal Complaints Handling Scheme (Netherlands) – English version 

BTW (VAT) registration number: NL8224.00.893.B01

 

Portugal

Sociedade Rebelo de Sousa in Portugal operates in association with Simmons & Simmons LLP.  It has offices in Lisbon and Funchal (Madeira).  Further details can be found on the website of Sociedade Rebelo de Sousa.

Qatar

Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC345139 and with its registered office at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom.  The word “partner” refers to a member of Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications.  A list of members and other partners together with their professional qualifications is available for inspection at the above address.

Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP is affiliated with Simmons & Simmons LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC352713, and with its registered office and principal place of business at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom.

Lawyers based in Doha who are qualified in other jurisdictions may be subject to regulation by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

The office address, contact details and Regional Head can be found here

Singapore

Simmons & Simmons JWS Pte. Ltd practises as Simmons & Simmons JWS and is a Joint Law Venture between Simmons & Simmons Asia LLP and Singapore law firm JWS Asia Law Corporation. Simmons & Simmons JWS Pte. Ltd is a limited liability company registered in Singapore under UEN 201621350E and regulated by the Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Singapore. Simmons & Simmons Asia LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC381007 and with its registered office at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom. The word “partner” refers to a member of Simmons & Simmons Asia LLP, a director in Simmons & Simmons JWS Pte Ltd, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing. A list of these individuals together with their professional qualifications is available for inspection at the above address.

Simmons & Simmons JWS Pte. Ltd is affiliated with Simmons & Simmons LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC352713, and with its registered office and principal place of business at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS, United Kingdom.

All Singapore law work outside of the permitted areas of legal practice will be discharged under JWS Asia Law Corporation, a constituent Singapore law practice of Simmons & Simmons JWS Pte Ltd UENcal 201621350E, a Joint Law Venture incorporated with limited liability in Singapore.

Lawyers based in Singapore who are qualified in other jurisdictions may be subject to regulation by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

The office address and contact details can be found here.

Spain

Simmons & Simmons LLP comprises lawyers (abogados) admitted to practise in Spain and who are members of the Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (Madrid Bar Association), and Spanish and/or foreign lawyers who are admitted in other jurisdiction.

The rules and principles applicable to the professional conduct of abogados can be found via the Madrid Bar Association using the above link, or they can be found in the "General Rules for Lawyers" (Estatuto General de la Abogacía Espanola) and "Spanish Lawyers' Code of Conduct" (Código Deontológico de la Abogacía Española) which are based on the "European Code of Conduct" (Código Deontológico Europeo).

The office address, contact details and Country Head can be found here.

Tax Identification Number (NIF): N8261155I 

United Kingdom

Simmons & Simmons LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with number OC352713, and with its registered office and principal place of business at CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS.  It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), with registration number 533587. The SRA's rules can be found in its Code of Conduct, available from its website. The Law Society is the designated professional body for the purposes of the Financial Services and Market Act 2000 (FSMA), but responsibility for regulation and complaints handling has been separated from the Law Society's representative function. The SRA is the independent regulatory body and the Legal Ombudsman is the independent complaints handling body.

Our firm is not authorised by the UK Financial Conduct Authority. However, we are included on the register maintained by the Financial Conduct Authority so that we can carry on certain regulated financial activities provided that they are closely linked and incidental to the legal services we provide to you. These activities include certain limited activities in relation to investments, and insurance mediation activity which is broadly the advising on, selling and administration of insurance contracts. This part of our business, including arrangements for complaints or redress if something goes wrong, is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The register can be accessed via the Financial Conduct Authority website at www.fca.org.uk/register.

For each of our clients, our policy is to nominate a partner who has overall responsibility for ensuring we deliver a high standard of service, and with whom any problems should be raised. If you have concerns at any stage about any aspect of our conduct in any matter, including the level of our fees, you should contact that partner, or if you prefer, you can get in touch with our Senior Partner, Colin Passmore. We will always try to resolve any problem quickly and we operate an internal complaints handling system to help us to resolve the problem between ourselves. A copy of our written complaints procedure is available on request.

If for any reason we are unable to resolve the problem between us, then it may be possible to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman of England and Wales (further information can be found at www.legalombudsman.org.uk). Any such complaint must be made no later than 12 months after you find the alleged problem, and within 6 months of receiving a final response from us. If your complaint is in respect of our fees, you may also be able to apply to court for an assessment under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974.

Lawyers based in the United Kingdom who are admitted as solicitors in England and Wales are regulated by the SRA. Certain lawyers based in the United Kingdom are not admitted as solicitors in England and Wales and are subject to regulation by the Bar Council of England and Wales or by the relevant regulatory body in their place of admission.

Mandatory professional indemnity insurance cover is maintained by the firm, to cover acts or omissions arising out of the firm's professional business anywhere in the world. The insurers are QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited, Lloyds Syndicates 386 and 1886, of 386 Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BD and Travelers Insurance Company Limited (Ref B0808P1032290 and B0808P1032291).

The office address, contact details and Country Head can be found here.

VAT registration number: GB 100200122.