In its roots, Büsing Müffelmann & Theye goes all the way back to Bremen attorneys and notaries in the 19th century. In 1961, Dr. Constantin Frick and Arthur Büsing founded a joint law firm that quickly made a name for itself in Northern Germany. This served as the basis from which a partnership later developed in successive steps.
Dr. Constantin Frick, who was admitted as a notary public in 1947, was considered an expert in trade law. In addition to his work as a lawyer, he assumed the tasks of a legal adviser of the associations Bremer Spediteure (Bremen Shipping Carriers) and Deutscher Heringsfischereien (German Herring Fisheries). Arthur Büsing enhanced the partnership to include knowledge of tax law and excellent association contacts. In 1964, Dr. Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Dr. Herbert Müffelmann joined the partnership.
In 1967, an office building centrally located at Marktstrasse 3 was added and serves as BMT’s office site there to this current day. Hans-Dietrich Genscher assumed the position of Germany’s Federal Minister of the Interior in 1969 and, for this reason, took leave from his position as an attorney-at-law. In 1978, BMT merged with a small law firm, and the association grew to include well-known attorney-at-law and legal scholar Dr. Willfried Helling. First as of 1978, the law firm began operating officially under the name ”Büsing, Müffelmann & Theye“.
Coming from strong roots
The headquarters’ location in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, considered to be one of the most important commercial centres in Europe thanks to its modern port facilities, plays a significant role in the office’s advisory work. Not only because Hanseatic understatement is part of our self-conception, but also due to the local specifics, which allow BMT to be particularly active in business fields of a trade and commercial nature, such as: transport and freight forwarding law, commercial and company law and, most importantly, tax law.
As of the 1980s, BMT took the lead in developing the creation of private radio broadcasting in Germany. By the time private broadcasting stations went on air for the first time in Germany, BMT had also gained a new core competence with sound knowledge in step with the practice of media law.
Since then, media law and the law of intellectual property are amongst the most sought-after core competencies at the law firm. At the same time, we continue to receive inquiries concerning projects in technology law or tasks from the field of research and development. BMT has also succeeded in specifically expanding its client base in these areas, with mandates coming from highly innovative fields such as automotive, pharma, IT, eBusiness and Internet.
Büsing Müffelmann & Theye is known for having extremely good contacts with the public sector. Governmental decision-makers and contracting authorities have, for years (and often decades), appreciated the quality consultation offered by BMT for major projects, such as the support of privatisations.
BMT is tradition in movement, visions with deep roots. In other words: BMT is a success story that begins anew each and every day.
|1961||Establishment of the lawyers’ group |
The roots of Büsing Müffelmann & Theye go all the way back to Bremen attorneys and notaries in the 19th century.
|1967||BMT Bremen, Marktstraße 3 |
The group of attorneys sets up in its offices located at Börsenhof C, right in downtown Bremen and with a view of the historic town hall as well as the famous Roland statue. The focus of the group, not least in trade-related areas, continues to serve as the rich soil for the law firm’s work to this day.
|1989||Opening of BMT Frankfurt/Main |
With this second office, BMT enforces the expansion of its expertise into the areas of media law and industrial property rights.
|1997||Opening of BMT Berlin |
The offices in the capital city take strong steps in the field of technology law. Genscher rejoins the group in Berlin as an active partner – for more than 13 years.
|2008||Opening of BMT Munich |
With this office in Bavaria’s capital, IT law has been added as one of the growing core competencies of our consultation. Here, like everywhere else, now as then, BMT’s core philosophy is to provide personal services be there for sophisticated clients.