Charitable Work

We assume responsibility.

As a commercial partnership we carry a social responsibility. Through “animus Stiftung für Kinder und Jugendliche“ foundation [animus foundation for children and young adults] and “Inhlanhla e.V.” [Inhlanhla registered society], we support two initiatives which are dedicated to social purposes. Furthermore, for many years, we have been supporting committed students and German universities who participate in the “Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot”, the distinguished student competition in international commercial dispute resolution.

animus Stiftung für Kinder und Jugendliche [animus foundation for children and young adults]

The animus foundation was established by Dr. Thomas Kantenwein with the objective to support children, young adults, and families. The foundation supports selected social initiatives which have, in general, been established by dedicated private individuals. For example, the animus Foundation promoted a project aimed at the support of unaccompanied minors from crisis areas and warzones. Furthermore, it is the co-initiator of the project “Azubi-Invest”. This project intervenes in cases where apprentices who otherwise have a promising prognosis as to the success of their apprenticeship would have to drop out of their professional education due to financial reasons. The project cooperates with several vocational schools for the purpose of detecting affected apprentices as early as possible in order to provide support at an early stage.

Contact person: Dr. Thomas Kantenwein (Chairman)

Account number for donations:

Animus Stiftung
IBAN: DE05 7509 0300 0002 2269 60
LIGA Bank eG

Inhlanhla e.V. – Hilfe für Kinder in Südafrika [Inhlanhla registered society – help for children in South Africa]

In the Zulu language, “Inhlanhla“ means luck, and it is this luck which the association aims to provide to South African children. It was established by our partner, Kirsten Fox, and her sisters, Julika Falconer-Rahe and Susanne Rahe, and has, since 2008, been making substantial contributions to the daily food supply of, in the meantime, about 500 school children in the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. The children are orphaned, predominantly due to AIDS, and live together in what is called children families, in which the older children take care of the younger children. The association currently supports nine day care centers and four schools, which take care of the children. Concretely, the association provides the children with food, school uniforms, and school supplies. Moreover, it was already possible to create eight playgrounds in the day care centers. The association also provides mobile libraries.


Contact email:

Account number for donations:

Inhlanhla e.V.IBAN:
DE47 2005 0550 1042 2180 14
Haspa Hamburg 

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

For many years, our law firm has been supporting teams from various German universities which participate in the international “Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot”. A moot is a juristic competition in which teams from different universities compete in simulated court or arbitral proceedings, representing their fictitious clients as lawyers in a realistic dispute. 

With about 300 teams from more than 65 countries, the Willem C. Vis Moot is the biggest and most renowned international moot in commercial dispute resolution. The highlight of the event is the competition for the final oral arguments in Vienna, which is also where the prizes for the best memoranda are awarded. Due to the keen interest at the participating universities, just being selected by their university’s team is already an honor for the students. 

The competition is first and foremost a unique possibility to learn and to hone the skills a corporate litigation lawyer needs in a realistic setting. However, the far more important achievement of the competition is that it offers the opportunity to network and to make friends across borders, and these contacts often remain intact for an entire career.