Specialised Insurance Lawyer


Theodor-Heuss-Ring 13-15
50668 Cologne
+49 221 944027-6
+49 221 944027-973

LANGUAGES: German, English


  • Insurance Supervision Law
  • Banking Law
  • Claims Monitoring
  • Product Development and Consulting
  • Arbitration Proceedings
  • Mediation

Theo has vast experience in insurance and liability law. Along with advising insurance executives on all levels of insurance and corporate issues his most recent work includes high profile claims and policy advise in special areas like D&O, K&R, CAR and various products for the off- and on-shore energy sector.

Following his qualification as a lawyer in 1978 he first practised for a renowned German liability law firm. After the conferral of a doctorate from the University of Cologne and his admission to the appeal court bar, he joined BLD in 1984 and has become one of the most prominent figures in German insurance and liability law since. Theo focus on non-contentious work in coverage issues including ensuing litigation in high profile losses as well as supervisory law. He has been appointed a certified arbitrator of the German AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society in Germany (ARIAS Europe e.V.).

For over 30 years his publications have been contributing to solutions of and guiding thorough pressing insurance industry issues. They qualified him to be a member of the expert board advising the German government during the renewal process for the new Insurance Contract Act 2008. Chambers Europe rated he “assisted a number of international insurers with a range of property insurance cases. Sources say: ‘He is really erudite, interesting and an engaging orator’” in 2014. Who's Who Legal stated 2015 that Theo is a "real favourite" with both international and domestic insurers who value his "exceptional legal knowledge and commercial understanding".


Chambers Europe 2017:
"Theo Langheid has a very strong reputation in the German insurance world. Langheid is particularly respected for his work on insurance contract law."

Chambers Europe 2016:
"Managing partner Theo Langheid is universally considered to be one of the most prominent names in insurance. Clients observe: "He has an outstanding reputation. He is possibly the leading insurance lawyer in Germany and is highly regarded by clients for his great personality and gravitas." Recent work highlights include advising an international transport insurer on coverage questions following damage to an underwater cable."