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Carsten Alting



Carsten Alting practices in the areas of business law, corporate law, international transactions between the U.S. and EU countries, investments, immigration and civil practice. He is a member of the German, Georgia and New York bars.

Carsten has been practicing in the United States since 1996, and was previously of counsel at another firm before joining HBS in 2007. He is fluent in English, German and French.

After completing his German law studies at the University of Mainz in 1988, he passed the German second state exam in 1991 and was admitted to practice law in Germany. He also received a Master of Law from St. Louis University of Law in 1994.


Business Litigation

Mr. Alting’s work includes corporate matters. He is helping start-ups to select the appropriate business entity form and undertakes all the legal work to form an entity. He further drafts corporate agreements such as shareholder, (limited) partnership or operating agreements. He is also assisting clients in M&A or similar corporate transactions including joint ventures.

Business Transactions

Mr. Alting advises numerous foreign clients, with an emphasis on Germany and other European countries, doing business in the United States on all legal issues they may face. The work primarily includes corporate and commercial work including transactional, contract, employment and immigration matters. The transactional work consists of assisting clients with setting up a legal entity in the United States, including advice on the best corporate structure, as well as corporate restructuring matters, joint ventures and M&A work.


As part of his international practice, Mr. Alting helps clients and their foreign employees to secure all necessary visas and work permits, be aware of the numerous immigration laws and to be in compliance with these laws. Visa work focuses on getting nonimmigrant and immigrant (permanent) visas for the clients’ executive, managerial, professional and other employees including their spouses and children. In addition, Mr. Alting assists individuals getting the proper nonimmigrant and/or immigrant visa.

International Business

Mr. Alting advises numerous foreign clients, with an emphasis on Germany and other European countries, doing business in the United States on all legal issues they may face. The work primarily includes corporate, contract, employment and immigration matters as well as litigation and product liability issues. Services range from helping clients to form a new company in the U.S. to giving continuous legal support and advice as the business is manufacturing, marketing and selling its products and/or services in the U.S. The work also includes estate matters involving foreign individuals or another country.

Further, Mr. Alting gives legal advice to businesses or individuals residing in the U.S. on issues involving other countries’ laws, with a focus on Germany. For example, this may include assisting a U.S.-based company that has foreign operations or is in the process of setting up a foreign base, getting a visa or work permit for another country or dual nationality questions (especially the so-called German “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung”).

Where needed and appropriate, Mr. Alting uses his contacts with other professionals in and outside the United States, including those offered by the legal networks of which the Firm is a member.


  • Georgia – 2011
  • New York – 1996
  • Germany – 1991
  • LL.M., 1994 St. Louis University School of Law
  • Assessorexamen (German second state exam), 1991
  • Law studies, University of Mainz, and law degree (German first state exam), 1988


  • German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, Inc. (GACC South), Atlanta, Georgia
  • German American Cultural Foundation, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
  • The German School of Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia


  • Piercing the Corporate Veil in American and German Law – Liability of Individuals and Entities: A Comparative View
    2 Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law, 187, 1995
  • Doing Business in Germany
    (co-author), 2001

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