Dr Gunne W. Baehr LL.M

Germany

DLA Piper
Hohenzollernring 72
D-50672 Cologne
Germany

Tel: +49 221 277 277 285
Fax: +49 221 277 277 71

Email: gunne.baehr@dlapiper.com
Web: www.dlapiper.com

Dr. Gunne Bähr heads the German Insurance and Reinsurance Group of DLA Piper and is a partner of the Litigation and Regulatory Group in the Cologne office. He specialises in insurance and reinsurance law, insurance corporate and regulatory law. His clients comprise domestic and international insurance and reinsurance companies, brokers and industrial policyholders whom he assists in insurance and reinsurance matters as well as in lawsuits and arbitration procedures.

He also advises and represents insurers and reinsurers in complex liability and coverage proceedings, e.g. regarding D&O and other financial lines insurances such as E&O, PI and FI, but also with respect to product liability and other industrial insurances. He has handled widely noted D&O cases for insurers as monitoring and coverage counsel, but also represents insurers and reinsurers in court and arbitration proceedings. Besides that, Gunne Bähr has also represented reinsurers in arbitration proceedings concerning disputes about reinsurance issues and was involved in the settling of disputes between insurers and reinsurers.

Gunne Bähr has advised insurers, but also policyholders with respect to international insurance programmes and regarding a number of distribution cooperations in the insurance sector and with respect to group insurance structures and questions regarding internet distribution. A further focus of his work is on product development and policy wordings (industrial and consumer business) as well as mediation law.

Over the years, Gunne Bähr has developed particular expertise in insurance supervisory law and regarding the German Financial Services Supervisory Authority (“BaFin”). He advises insurers and reinsurers on insurance regulatory and corporate matters, inter alia, in M&A projects within the insurance sector, authorisation procedures, e.g. for the transfer of insurance and reinsurance portfolios, on risk management and run-off issues and on “fit and proper” approvals for managers. Furthermore, he advises on issues regarding business organisation and compliance, also with respect to the Solvency II Directive. Gunne Bähr has represented numerous (re)insurance companies and their officers and directors in insurance litigation and regula¬tory matters vis-à-vis the BaFin.

We have one of the leading full service insurance and reinsurance teams in Germany and act for many of the major insurance companies, reinsurance, self-insured corporations and public sector clients in the management of commercial and regulatory pre-litigation and litigated matters.
The team offers a broad range of expertise covering: arbitration, aviation, casualty, cargo, corporate, insurance, Director & Officers liability, financial reinsurance, fire, fraud, healthcare, insurance and reinsurance insolvency, international trade, marine, mediation, personal injury, professional liability, property damage, regulatory, reinsurance, tax and transport.

Within the context of customs and usage, we put an emphasis on devising and negotiating favourable and efficient solutions preferably out of court – in order to minimise cost and to achieve a speedy resolution. We invest in listening to our clients and understanding their commercial goals in order to devise the solutions that meet their priorities in terms of cost, timing and commercial strategies.

DLA Piper became one of the largest business law firms in the world in 2005 through a merger of unprecedented scope in the legal sector. We were built to serve clients wherever in the world they do business – quickly, efficiently and with genuine knowledge of both local and international considerations. Whether our clients require seamless coordination across multiple jurisdictions or delivery in a single location, they can count on us to deliver the right service and solutions.

Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. As we build our global presence, we remain committed to maintaining regional practices around the world where we do great work for longstanding clients. This gives us an understanding of middle market clients and insight into the issues facing both large clients and those seeking to establish a foothold.

 

Gunne Bähr maintains a fantastic reputation for both insurance litigation and regulation. Clients say: “If it comes to dealing with regulators or transactional business, he’s my first choice.”
Chambers Europe, 2015