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Peter Veranneman

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Bird & Bird LLP

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Corporate and M&A / Automotive


Peter is a joint head of the International Corporate Group and a member of the German and international Automotive group at Bird & Bird. He specialises in corporate transactions (M&A, joint ventures, IPOs, Private Equity and Venture Capital), capital markets transactions (incl. financial restructurings) and compliance mandates. Peter has built a strong expertise across M&A and capital markets over more than two decades with a particular focus on representing bidders and target companies in complex national as well as cross-border takeovers. His M&A practice encompasses transactions for mid-sized to large corporates (e.g. Continental, Daimler, Electronics for Imaging, Littelfuse, McKesson, Siemens and UCB) as well as private equity and venture capital houses, particularly those with an IP and IT focus.


Partner at Bird & Bird since 2014. Founder and Managing Director of DGVA GmbH from 2012 to 2014. Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom from 2004 to 2011. Partner at Baker & McKenzie from 1998 to 2004. Associate at Baker & McKenzie since 1997. Associate since 1993 at Hengeler Mueller with secondments in New York (at Hengeler Mueller and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, from 1996 to 1997).


Fluent in German and English.


Qualified as a lawyer in 1993. Trained at the University of Regensburg, Germany (1985 – 1990), and the University of Bristol, UK (1987 – 1988). Defended his doctoral dissertation on antitrust law at the University of Regensburg, Germany (1993). Served his legal clerkship in Hamburg with stints at the German Embassy in Washington D.C., at A.T. Kearney in Düsseldorf and London and at Hamburgische Landesbank.

Germany: Corporate and M&A


Within: Corporate

Bird & Bird’s corporate group advises clients in close collaboration with colleagues from other practice groups such as antitrust, labour, IP and IT. In 2016 and 2017, corporate housekeeping instructions, in addition to some reorganisations, were on the group’s agenda. For example, the group advised ENTRADE Energiesysteme on its annual general meeting of 2016 and on corporate governance matters, next to ongoing corporate advice. On the contentious side, the group represented a company in a case concerning shareholder meetings. In the technology and media sector in particular, the practice has a strong network and a broad client base. New clients include Forward Engineering, a specialist in lightweight construction for the automotive and machinery industries, Menzies Aviation and TomTom. Peter Veranneman leads the group from Düsseldorf, where Stefan Gottgetreu is also recommended. In Frankfurt, Kai Kerger made partner in May 2017.

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M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m)

Within: M&A: mid-sized international deals (€100m-€500m)

Bird & Bird is particularly successful handling cross-practice and cross-border instructions. For example, the group advised the Japanese wholesaler Sojitz on the acquisition of Solvadis, a marketing and distribution service provider of basic and specialty chemicals, together with other practice groups and offices. Another 2016 highlight was advising SpeedCast, a provider of satellite communications and network services, on the acquisition of the Maltese company Wins from Eutelsat and Techinvest. The group also advised PostNL on several transactions in Germany and cooperated with other offices when assisting with acquisitions of German subsidiaries. Within the seven partner-strong group, Peter Veranneman, Alexander Schröder-Frerkes and Stefan Münch are recommended, while Kai Kerger joined the partnership in May 2017.

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