Wilhelm J. Ziegler

Of Counsel

Fax: 404.873.8181
Atlanta
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Admitted to practice law in the United States and Germany, Wilhelm focuses on delivering efficient solutions to his multinational corporate clients’ needs in all aspects of their U.S. operations, from the formation of start-up sales subsidiaries to the inception and operation of manufacturing facilities.

Wilhelm counsels clients in all aspects of inbound U.S. investments, strategic U.S./Germany partnerships, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as site-selection and negotiation of government incentives. He advises on all types of business matters such as sales, agency, distribution, licensing, software, employment and other business agreements; terms and conditions; intellectual property protection; products liability advice; website compliance; litigation; and visa matters, green cards and dual German/U.S. citizenship.

Wilhelm is well recognized in the international legal community – he is a past Chair of the Europe Committee of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law (the Section has 18,000 members from 90 countries), received the Section’s Outstanding Stand-Alone Program Award, and serves as a frequent speaker with the Section, the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK), and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Wilhelm also serves as an advisor to the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeastern U.S. and the German-American Cultural Foundation in Atlanta in corporate governance matters.

Experience

  • Solar developers’ bids to provide 525 MW of electrical power to the Georgia Power Company, to be generated by large photovoltaic solar farms, at a total investment volume of $600 million, including negotiation of investment incentives.

  • Represented an industry-leading German manufacturer of photovoltaic modules in connection with the development and operation of its manufacturing facilities in the United States.

  • Advising U.S.-based investor in the marketing and sale of $20 million real estate portfolio located in Germany.

  • Advising publicly traded (NASDAQ and German Stock Exchange) multinational software company in U.S. legal matters.

  • German flooring manufacturer during incentive negotiations, bond-for-title transaction and corporate matters for a $45 million manufacturing facility in the US, creating 100 direct jobs.

  • German/Austrian automotive supply company in the buy-out of a US joint venture partner in US and Mexican manufacturing and sales facilities.

  • German/Austrian steel manufacturer during site selection, incentive negotiation and related matters in $900 million investment in a steel manufacturing facility, creating 675 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs.

  • Lead acquisition of multimillion dollar Brazilian and U.S. trade show portfolios by Germany-based trade show company.

  • Represented German photovoltaic modules manufacturer for setup of U.S. subsidiaries and operation of sales facilities in the U.S.

  • US/Germany-based manufacturer of high-precision dies for the digital printing industry in merger with US-manufacturer of precision converting products, which resulted in the worldwide leading precision rotary tooling company with manufacturing and support services on 5 continents.

Credentials

  • Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany, Juris Doctor
  • German Bar Examination II, (Zweites Bayrisches Juristische Staatsexamen), Munich, Germany
  • German Bar Examination I, (Erstes Bayrisches Juristische Staatsexamen), Munich, Germany
  • State of Georgia 2003
  • Country of Germany 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Superior Courts of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Landgerichte I & II, Munich, Germany
    • American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Europe Committee
    • Bar Association, State of Georgia, USA
    • Bar Association, Germany
    • German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeastern United States
    • German-American Cultural Foundation, Inc.
  • German ( Fluent )
  • English

Recognition

Recipient, as a Conference Co-Chair, of the Outstanding Stand-Alone Program Award, American Bar Association—Section of International Law