Economically speaking, Baden-Württemberg is one of Germany’s strongest states. It is home to global players such as SAP and branches of IBM and Hewlett-Packard, as well as over 400,000 small and midsized companies. Heidelberg and Freiburg are prominent university towns, while Karlsruhe and Mannheim are technology centers, incl. biotech.

Significant developments:

- Work in the region is becoming increasingly international due to the export-oriented Mittelstand.

- Preventing the brain drain to major cities remains a constant challenge, making the competition for the best lawyers even more fierce.