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Dr Heiko Gotsche

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Baker McKenzie's Corporate / M&A Practice Group in Germany




Dr. Heiko Gotsche is a partner in the Firm's Dusseldorf office. He has extensive experience in advising clients on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions as well as on corporate law matters. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Dr. Gotsche worked for the Dusseldorf, London and Frankfurt offices of Hengeler Mueller.


  • English
  • French
  • German


  • London School of Economics (LSE) (LL.M.) (2010)
  • University of Muenster (Dr. jur.) (2008)
  • Court of Appeal, Cologne (Second State Exam) (2008)
  • University of Muenster (First State Exam) (2005)
  • University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas) (2003)


Private equity

Within: Private equity

Baker McKenzie promoted Ingo Strauss to the partnership in July 2016. Besides him, Peter Wand, Nikolaus Reinhuber and Heiko Gotsche regularly handle private equity matters. The latter led advice to Serendipity and its portfolio company Voff Science on the acquisition of the majority stake in Visionistas. Other highlights included advising the Hillhouse Capital Group on the acquisition of pet food manufacturer Gimborn from Penta Investments and assisting DBAG regarding the acquisition of a minority shareholding in R&M International. Shortly before the time of going to press, Berthold Hummel joined from Dechert.

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Germany: Corporate and M&A

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

Within: Next generation lawyers

Heiko Gotsche - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie’s ‘very competent’ M&A group led by Nikolaus Reinhuber and Andreas Lohner is spread over four offices and therefore has a strong national network. ‘Down to earth’ and ‘time-flexible team playerIngo Strauss, who made partner in July 2016, and Heiko Gotsche advised claims management provider GFKL Lowell on the acquisition of Tesch Inkasso. Christian Atzler, who made partner at the same time, led assistance to automotive supplier Presswerk Krefeld with the acquisition of the insolvent IBEX Automotive and Gebrüder Kunze. In 2016, a group led by Thomas Dörmer and Tim Heitling joined from Taylor Wessing, while Sönke Becker left for Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP.

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

Within: Next generation lawyers

Heiko Gotsche - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie’s ‘outstanding international network’ ensures a steady flow of instructions in the mid-cap sector. A complex mixed share and asset deal with carve-out in various countries was handled by the pumps, seals and valve manufacturer Flowserve on the €186m sale of the Gestra Group to Spirax Sarco. Other highlight instructions included advising Grünenthal on the acquisition of Adhesys Medical, Allegion on the acquisition of all of its shares in Trelock, and Dassault Systèmes on the €220m acquisition of all CST - Computer Simulation Technology shares. Alba Group and HOCHTIEF also retained the group, which is led by Nikolaus Reinhuber and Andreas Lohner and also includes the recommended Heiko Gotsche. In 2016, the group saw the addition of Thomas Dörmer and Tim Heitling from Taylor Wessing and the departure of Sönke Becker for Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP. In addition, Christian Atzler and the ‘down-to-earthIngo Strauss, who is ‘flexible in terms of times and a teamplayer’, made partner in July 2016.

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