Photo, Dr. Ulf Wauschkuhn

Dr. Ulf Wauschkuhn

Baker & McKenzie Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB


Dr. Ulf Wauschkuhn is head of the EMEA International Commercial & Trade Practice Group and a member of the Global Steering Committee of the International Commercial & Trade Practice Group. According to Chambers Europe 2018, Ulf is one of the top 3 attorneys in Commercial Contracts and furthermore he is recognized as one of Germany’s leading lawyers in distribution law by the JUVE Handbook on German Commercial Law Firms and the Nomos Handbook on Law Firms in Germany. He is also listed as a leading lawyer in trade & distribution law by The Legal 500 Germany. Ulf published two handbooks on buy-sell distribution agreements. Furthermore, he is co-publisher of the German Journal on Distribution Law and the legal commentary on all aspects of distribution law published by the leading German publishing house C. H. Beck.

Practice Focus

Ulf advises companies on all matters of commercial law, with particular emphasis on the setup and restructuring of distribution systems, the termination of distribution contracts and supply, logistics and commercial lease agreements. He is also adept at handling commercial law disputes — both in and out of court.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Regularly advises Allianz on distribution law matters.

  • Advised Amazon on the conclusion of logistics and transport agreements.

  • Regularly advises Esprit on logistics and other contract law matters and represented client in litigation proceedings.

  • Represented Novartis in court in connection with the termination of a distribution agreement.

  • Representing Pioneer in appeal proceedings in connection with a commercial law and patent license dispute.

  • Advised and represented Roche Diagnostics in the conclusion of a major logistics agreement regarding the outsourcing of the logistics for one of its divisions.

  • Regularly advises VF (with the brands Timberland, The North Face, etc.) in contract and distribution law matters and on the separation from its brand 7 For All Mankind.

  • Regularly advises a German leading car manufacturer on distribution and other contract law matters.

  • Represented a DOW Jones listed manufacturer in arbitration and litigation proceedings in connection with the termination of distribution agreements.

  • Represented a global leading consumer products manufacturer in landmark litigation case in connection with the termination of a distribution agreement.

Professional Honors

  • Best Lawyers in Germany 2019 for international trade law, Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Best Lawyer of the Year 2018 in Commercial Law, Handelsblatt, July 2018
  • Leading Individual in Distribution Law, Juve Germany, each year since 2001
  • Acritas Star, Acritas Sharplegal 2018
  • Band 1 in Commercial Law, Chambers, since 2016
  • Leading Lawyer in Trade & Distribution Law, Legal 500 Germany since 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS) - Member
  • German Society for Distribution Law e.V. - Member


  • Germany (1992)


  • Oberlandesgericht Stuttgart (Assessor Exam) (1992)
  • University of Tuebingen (Dr. jur.) (1990)
  • University of Tuebingen (Referendar Exam) (1989)
  • University of Hamburg (1985)


  • English
  • German

Previous Offices

  • Frankfurt


Co-author and co-publisher (with Schultze/Wauschkuhn/Spenner/Dau),"Der Vertragshändlervertrag" (The Distribution Agreement), Deutscher Fachverlag GmbH, Fachmedien Recht und Wirtschaft, 5th edition, 2015

Co-author (with Flohr), "Vertriebsrecht Kommentar - Handelsvertreterrecht, Vertragshändlerrecht, Franchiserecht, Kommissionsrecht" (Legal Commentary on all aspects of Distribution Law), C.H. Beck Verlag, 2nd edition, 2018

Co-publisher, “Zeitschrift für Vertriebsrecht” (Journal on Distribution Law), C.H.Beck Verlag, now in fifth year

Author, “Der Vertragshändlervertrag - Musterverträge” (The Distribution Agreement – Model Contracts), 31st volume, C.H. Beck, 2009