Firms To Watch: Corporate

CBH Rechtsanwälte assists German cities and associations as well as medium-sized companies with corporate aspects of transactions, project finance and joint ventures as well as with the establishment of shareholder structures and relevant antitrust issues.
Kümmerlein advises clients on the reorganisation of corporation and governance structures, corporate disputes including post-M&A litigation as well as on D&O matters. The team particularly often assists large medium-sized companies and corporations as well as small and medium-sized investors and is increasingly active in the real estate sector.
Rittershaus advises executive and supervisory boards of listed companies as well as family and medium-sized companies on various corporate issues, including stock corporation and group law matters as well as on general meetings, joint ventures and transactions.
YPOG assists fintech companies as well as PE and VC funds with SE conversions, SE foundations as well as cross-border carve-outs and is also well versed in stock corporation issues and D&O liability.

Corporate in Germany

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller applies its corporate expertise in the context of IPOs, SE conversions, compliance, takeovers and sales as well as in virtual general meetings and his particularly frequently active for DAX-listed companies; most recently, the practice also assisted various clients in withdrawing from Russian business relationships. Maximilian Schiessl assists national and international listed companies with corporate and capital market issues and further advises boards of directors and supervisory boards as well as on public takeovers and cross-border acquisitions. Corporate governance, compliance and liability expert Lucina Berger, Hartwin Bungert, who has experience in restructuring and general meetings, and Daniela Favoccia, who is experienced in corporate, group and capital market law, complement the practice's capacities. Corporate and capital market expert Stefan Richter and Rainer Krause retired in March 2023 and October 2023, respectively, while corporate and transaction lawyer Johannes Baumann joined Baker McKenzie in December 2023 and renowned corporate lawyer Andreas Austmann founded his own practice Austmann Senior Legal at the beginning of 2024.

Other key lawyers:

Hartwin Bungert; Daniela Favoccia; Lucina Berger; Maximilian Schiessl


Linklaters advises DAX40, MDAX and SDAX companies as well as other high-profile German and international corporations and their boards of directors on corporate issues, including in connection with restructuring projects, reorganisations, IPOs and general meetings. Tim Johannsen-Roth further complements the practice's capacities with expertise in complex M&A deals, restructuring and corporate governance and jointly leads the team with Marco Carbonare, who assists companies and financial investors with cross-border M&A and capital market transactions. The team also includes Ralph Wollburg, who heads the global M&A group and advises DAX companies on cross-border acquisitions, Kristina Klaaßen-Kaiser (cross-border mergers, sales and acquisitions), Staffan Illert (stock and capital market law advice as well as corporate disputes) and Hans -Ulrich Wilsing (stock corporation and corporate law). M&A and restructuring expert Andreas Zenner made partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tim Johannsen-Roth; Marco Carbonare

Other key lawyers:

Kristina Klaaßen-Kaiser; Staffan Illert; Ralph Wollburg; Hans-Ulrich Wilsing; Andreas Zenner


‘Ralph Wollburg and Hans-Ulrich Wilsing: Still strong corporate partners in Düsseldorf.’

‘Ralph Wollburg and Hans-Ulrich Wilsing: excellent networkers and strategists.’

‘We received excellent support from Linklaters Hamburg. The team had just the right combination of seniority and skills for the matter. They showed a good understanding of the needs of a non-German client. Great general business and communication skills in addition to great legal skills. Good value.’

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice on the reorganisation of Aldi Nord’s group of companies, including the implementation of a new group and foundation structure as well as coordination with tax authorities and foundation supervision.

  • Advising Uniper on the federal rescue package worth more than €30 billion in state support via equity measures as well as advising on all state aid and public law aspects of the stabilisation and rescue package, which was coordinated and negotiated with majority shareholder Fortum and the Federal Republic of Germany and should be further coordinated with the European Commission.

  • Advising thyssenkupp on its comprehensive corporate review and preparation regarding the possible independence of its steel division, comprehensive corporate advice on the sale of a stake in the steel division to an industrial partner, corporate advice on the spin-off and subsequent IPO of thyssenkrupp subsidiary Nucera (formerly Uhde Chlorine Engineers) and comprehensive corporate advice on the intended spin-off.

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft offers DAX40, multinational and medium-sized companies as well as financial investors comprehensive corporate advice and particularly stands out for its expertise in corporate governance structures, company restructuring as well as cross-border transactions and IPOs. The team is led by Jochem Reichert, who is experienced in M&A and corporate law and primarily focuses on litigation and arbitration proceedings. He is supported by Marc Löbbe (corporate governance, board and supervisory board liability), Nicolas Ott (restructuring, SE conversions and cross-border mergers), Cäcilie Lüneborg (corporate law and compliance), Martin Gross-Langenhoff (transformation projects of listed companies) and Florian Schumacher (transactions and restructuring, advice to shareholders and board members), who made partner in January 2023; at the turn of the year 2024, Jan Friedrichson (restructuring, M&A, board and shareholder advice) and Stefan Mendelin (corporate dispute resolution, corporate governance, board liability) were also promoted to the partnership. Principal associate Maximilian Goette is another key contact; alongside his corporate and compliance expertise, he is also experienced in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jochem Reichert

Other key lawyers:

Michaela Balke; Marc Löbbe; Nicolas Ott; Cäcilie Lüneborg; Martin Gross-Langenhoff; Florian Schumacher; Maximilian Goette; Jan Friedrichson; Stefan Mendelin


‘Nicolas Ott: Simply outstanding!’

‘Jochem Reichert: Expert for issues related to associations, foundations, corporate law, supervisory bodies, etc.’

‘Jochem Reichert: Extremely experienced, reliable and likeable colleague and an experienced lawyer.’

Key clients

Mercedes-Benz Group AG

Deutsche Bank AG

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Diebold Nixdorf, Inc.

Südzucker AG

Uniper SE


Vitesco Technologies Group AG

Deutsche Post AG

Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG

Bundesland Hessen

Deutsche Bahn AG

CropEnergies AG

JM Gruppe – Renolit SE

Hoffmann SE

Haftpflichtverband der deutschen Industrie VVaG

Nolte Group

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

Proact IT Group AB

Freudenberg SE

DKV Mobility Group SE

Koenig & Bauer AG

VIB Vermögen AG

Treuhänder der STEAG

SNP Schneider-Neureither & Partner SE

Work highlights

  • Advising Vitesco Technologies Group AG on the establishment of corporate governance structures and company organisation as well as on various other corporate matters following the spin-off from Continental AG and the subsequent IPO.

  • Advising the supervisory board of Uniper SE on various highly complex corporate and corporate governance issues, including in connection with the takeover of the company by the German state, the state-initiated rescue measures for Uniper SE and the relationship with majority shareholder Fortum.

  • Advising the executive board of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE on regulatory issues.

A&O Shearman

Blue chip clients rely on A&O Shearman's expertise in complex corporate, stock corporation and capital market issues, with the team also assisting executive and supervisory boards with general meetings, crisis situations, complex structural measures, public takeovers as well as corporate governance and compliance issues. Practice head Nicolaus Ascherfeld primarily acts for clients from the infrastructure, energy and transport sectors with a focus on M&A and private equity transactions as well as joint ventures, while Christian Eichner mainly advises stock corporations and private capital investors on stock corporation, corporate and transactional matters and capital market expert Hans Diekmann assists DAX and MDAX companies with public takeovers and general meetings. Jonas Wittgens, who is experienced in stock corporation, conversion and capital markets law, and private equity transaction specialist Roman Kasten made partner in 2022, while Dorothée Kupiek (corporate and capital markets law, transactions) made counsel in November 2022 and counsel Hauke ​​Sattler, who has restructuring experience, joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at the same time.

Practice head(s):

Nicolaus Ascherfeld

Other key lawyers:

Hans Diekmann; Christian Eichner; Jonas Wittgens; Roman Kasten; Dorothée Kupiek; Hauke Sattler


‘Hans Diekmann: One of the absolute best corporate law consultants on the market. Immensely experienced, always up to date, top advice tailored to the client’s individual needs and very pragmatic.’

‘Dorothée Kupiek: Very experienced, conscientious, hard-working and knowledgeable.’

‘Hans Diekmann is characterised by great practical relevance, always useful solutions and absolute clarity of thought.’

Key clients

Uniper SE


Autodoc SE

Standard Chartered

Gerry Weber International AG

Scout24 SE

Rheinmetall AG

Canada Life Irish Holding Company Limited

Converge Technology Solutions

HelloFresh SE

ProSiebenSat1 Media SE

Work highlights

  • Advising Uniper SE in connection with the €33 billion stabilisation package agreed between Uniper, the federal government and Uniper’s former main shareholder Fortum Oyj.

  • Advising TUI AG on the preparation and implementation of the 64th Annual General Meeting (virtual). In particular, it created the conditions for a planned capital increase, the proceeds of which are intended to repay financial stabilisation measures granted by the Economic Stabilization Fund (WSF) in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Corporate advice to Autodoc SE on complex reorganisation and the change of legal form into a European stock corporation (Societas Europaea, SE).

Clifford Chance

With a particularly strong foothold in the automotive, energy and technology industries as well as healthcare, Clifford Chance advises listed companies on corporate governance issues, general meetings and capital market compliance as well as in the context of IPOs and capital increases; the team's corporate expertise is also regularly called upon in cross-border transactions, joint ventures and global restructurings. Transaction specialist Thomas Krecek is frequently instructed by financial services companies and heads the practice, which also includes Christian Vogel (corporate law and cross-border transactions) and Markus Stephanblome (M&A, private equity). In May 2022, Simon Schmid, who focuses on corporate law and capital market transactions, and Dominik Heß, who is experienced in corporate, capital market, group and transformation law, made partners.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Krecek

Other key lawyers:

Christian Vogel; Markus Stephanblome; Simon Schmid; Dominik Heß


‘Christian Vogel: Very good and quick advice, practical and flexible.’

‘Thomas Krecek: An outstanding M&A lawyer who is extremely committed to his transactions (despite the volume of M&A transactions he deals with), and he always thinks outside the box and finds very creative solutions.’

‘Clifford Chance offers very good and fast advice.’


CMS focuses its corporate advice on national and international corporate restructurings, in particular SE conversions, joint ventures, headquarter transfers, ESG and related compliance issues. The corporate team primarily supports clients from the automotive, energy and telecommunications sectors and can also rely on the expertise of its employment, tax and antitrust practices. Antje Becker-Boley, who assists with restructuring and company acquisitions in the energy sector, Richard Mitterhuber, who focuses on restructuring projects and corporate transactions of medium-sized companies, and Jacob Siebert, who advises investors and private equity funds on cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures, jointly lead the practice. Most recent team changes include the retirement of Peter Baisch (joint ventures and restructuring) and the departure of Ralph Drouven, who is experienced in corporate disputes, and senior associate Georg Dietlein in June 2023 to found Drouven Dietlein Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB. Florian Plagemann, who has M&A experience, made partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Antje Becker-Boley; Richard Mitterhuber; Jacob Siebert

Other key lawyers:

Florian Plagemann


‘Size allows the firm to specialise in relevant practice areas.’

‘Fast operational ability to act in a wide variety of legal areas through the involvement of competent partners ensures a high level of agility for us as clients.’

‘High level of company knowledge, in-depth legal knowledge, quick reactions in everyday life.’

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's corporate practice is well equipped for cross-border corporate restructuring due to its global firm network and extensive expertise, but also assists its clients, consisting of DAX40 companies and multinational corporations, with corporate governance, compliance and board liability issues as well as with post-M&A disputes and general meetings. Experienced M&A lawyer Benjamin Parameswaran has been co-chair of the global corporate practice since November 2022 and also jointly heads the German team with PE and M&A lawyer Andreas Füchsel, who took over the role from Nils Krause (stock corporation and group law), who in turn was appointed International Co-Head of Corporate Legal Products and Innovation. The team further includes Kerstin Schnabel, who focuses on capital markets law and primarily advises listed companies, and Cornelius Frie, who is experienced in restructuring, joint ventures and transactions. Moritz von Hesberg (cross-border transactions and corporate governance) made partner in May 2023, while Lars Jessen (private equity and M&A) joined from Paul Hastings LLP in September 2022. In January 2024, corporate lawyer Andreas Meyer-Landrut left for Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Parameswaran; Andreas Füchsel

Other key lawyers:

Nils Krause; Kerstin Schnabel; Cornelius Frie; Moritz von Hesberg; Lars Jessen


‘Benjamin Parameswaran: Has a lot of experience; good negotiator; always solution-oriented and always available; great personal commitment.’

‘Benjamin Parameswaran: Excellent understanding of the business and company processes, practical use of work products, negotiation skills, availability and reliability.’

‘Cornelius Frie: Fast, technically outstanding, always keeps an eye on efficiently handling the case.’

‘Pragmatic approach, solution-oriented, understands the client’s concerns and does not try to fight on unimportant points.’

‘Quality and expertise in ​​M&A and corporate law.’

‘The practice has gained in profile in recent years and benefits greatly from its broad base and international network.’

‘Hands-on approach, clear statements and practical advice.’

Key clients


Borealis AG

Warner Bros. Discovery

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG


Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

Gigaset AG


Gerry Weber International AG

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


Work highlights

  • Advising Warner Bros. Discovery on an agreement with ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE on a new cooperation model for streaming platform Joyn, in which both companies previously each held a 50% stake.

  • Advising Borealis AG on an equity joint venture with Reclay Group.

Gleiss Lutz

Large international corporations, listed and owner-managed companies, entrepreneurial families as well as executive and supervisory boards, rely on Gleiss Lutz's expertise in complex restructuring, stock corporation and group law matters, compliance and in the strategic and organisational preparation of general meetings. Practice head Peter Steffen Carl focuses on restructuring-related stock corporation and capital market matters, while Michael Arnold is well versed in corporate governance and compliance; the latter area is also a focus for Eike Bicker, who handles litigation as well. Gabriele Roßkopf has extensive experience in restructuring, Adrian Bingel is considered an expert in advising listed companies and Dirk Wasmann and Vera Rothenburg focus on the preparation of general meetings.

Practice head(s):

Peter Steffen Carl

Other key lawyers:

Michael Arnold; Eike Bicker; Gabriele Roßkopf; Adrian Bingel; Dirk Wasmann; Vera Rothenburg


‘Excellently trained lawyers with in-depth know-how in ​​corporate and stock corporation law. Lots of experience and always client-oriented.’

‘Michael Arnold and Peter Steffen Carl: Always available and come with very justifiable solutions for their clients, even at short notice. The other colleagues are also excellently trained lawyers.’

‘Outstanding quality at both partner and counsel and associate levels. Good accessibility and high commitment. The team manages to reduce clients’ stress in difficult proceedings.’

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's industry expertise spans automotive, consumer goods, energy, finance, life sciences, real estate and healthcare. The team comprehensively assists DAX40 companies as well as large national and international corporations with global restructuring projects, financing and corporate aspects of transactions; furthermore, the group has extensive experience in corporate disputes, including out-of-court dispute resolution and joint venture conflicts, in which litigation, arbitration and employment lawyers Olaf Gärtner and Kim Lars Mehrbrey are particularly active. Volker Geyrhalter and Nikolas Zirngibl lead the corporate and M&A practice and have longstanding experience in transactions and restructuring projects. Lutz Angerer advises companies on stock corporation issues, corporate governance and compliance, while Michael Rose advises on public takeovers, restructurings and joint ventures. Joachim Habetha (corporate structuring, corporate succession, M&A) joined Schalast Law | Tax in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Volker Geyrhalter; Nikolas Zirngibl

Other key lawyers:

Lutz Angerer; Michael Rose; Olaf Gärtner; Kim Lars Mehrbrey


‘Good industry contacts, lots of deal experience.’

Key clients

ADVA Optical Networking SE

DIF Capital Partners

RGW Express

Saurer Group


va-Q-tec AG

Barclays Bank Ireland PLC, Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG, Deutsche Bank AG

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH

Cofinity X

DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate AG

Fresenius SE & Co. KG

Gothaer Group

Mercedes-Benz AG


Shop Apotheke Europe N.V.

Storengy Deutschland

voxeljet AG

AGROB Immobilien AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Storengy Deutschland, a company of ENGIE Group, on a joint venture with Bavarian biogas specialist CM Fluids AG.

  • Advising ten global companies (BASF, BMW Group, Henkel, Mercedes-Benz, SAP, Schaeffler, Siemens, T-Systems, Volkswagen and ZF) in the German automotive industry on the Cofinity-X joint venture.

  • Advising Federal Republic of Germany – Finanzagentur GmbH on insolvency plan proceedings of GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Listed companies as well as family businesses, private equity investors and financial institutions across a broad range of industries instruct Latham & Watkins LLP's corporate team to advise on transactions, joint ventures and carve-outs, while the group also frequently cooperates with the firm's internal restructuring and financing practices. Since Nikolaos Paschos (general meetings and corporate governance) joined Paul Hastings LLP in February 2024, Heiko Gotsche (public takeovers, joint ventures and restructuring) has been leading the team on his own; other key contacts include Henning Schneider (focus on M&A and PE transactions) and Rainer Traugott, who assists with M&A transactions and advises executive and supervisory boards.

Practice head(s):

Heiko Gotsche

Other key lawyers:

Henning Schneider; Ingo Strauss; Rainer Traugott


‘Henning Schneider: Extreme market knowledge of all relevant market players and the transactional environment. Always appropriate and pleasant cooperation with the other side and necessary toughness when it matters.’

‘Perfect mix of top advice and hands-on implementation suggestions. Super efficient and on point.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

Advent International

Apollo Global Management

BayWa AG

BioRad, Inc.

Brenntag SE



Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)/Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR)

Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft (Münchener Rück)/MEAG MUNICH ERGO Asset Management GmbH (MEAG)

Renk AG


TeamViewer AG

Worth Capital Holdings

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's corporate practice advises listed companies and international corporations on reorganisation, cross-border mergers, relocations, joint ventures and corporate compliance, but also assists with stock corporation matters, corporate disputes and general meetings. Christian Atzler acts with a focus on M&A, corporate affairs and investment projects and jointly leads the team with Berthold Hummel, who primarily advises on private equity and cross-border transactions. The team also includes Christian Vocke (stock corporations and corporate law), Katharina Stüber (stock corporations and capital markets law) and Peter Wand (cross-border M&A transactions) as well as Johannes Baumann, who joined from Hengeler Mueller in December 2023 and specialises in carve-outs, shareholder matters and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

Christian Atzler; Berthold Hummel

Other key lawyers:

Christian Vocke; Katharina Stüber; Peter Wand; Johannes Baumann


‘Katharina Stüber delves very deeply into current topics and developments and regularly promotes exchanges with clients through joint meetings. Very solution-oriented and practical.’

‘Christian Atzler: Excellent international network, always available, pragmatic solutions.’

‘Global full service network.’

Key clients

Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG


eBay Inc.

Visa, inc.


McDonalds Deutschland

S&P Global

Schneider Electric

ScaleHub AG

Evonik Industries

Work highlights

  • Advising listed Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG on its control and profit transfer agreement (BGAV) as a controlled company with Pangea GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Busch SE, as the controlling company, including advice on a general meeting.

  • Advising Thales on the carve-out of Ground Transportation Systems (GTS) business unit, which was sold to Hitachi Rail.

  • Advising Evonik Industries AG on its annual general meeting, which was the client’s first virtual general meeting in accordance with new legal regulations.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's corporate capacities are primarily applied in the context of corporate structural measures, including restructuring and SE conversions, for international corporations - frequently involving cross-border aspects- and national medium-sized companies; here, Holger Holle (corporate law and M&A) and Carsten Brüninghaus, who also has expertise in business creations, shareholder advice and equity financing, particularly stand out. The team, led by M&A lawyer Steffen Schniepp who joined from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in October 2022, is further adept in carve-outs, general meetings, compliance and corporate matters and was strengthened by the arrival of commercial and corporate lawyer Christian Ostermöller from King & Wood Mallesons in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Steffen Schniepp

Other key lawyers:

Holger Holle; Carsten Brüninghaus; Christian Ostermöller


‘Excellent international cooperation between individual offices.’

‘Outstanding personal commitment in all projects. Excellent accessibility and wonderfully understandable documents with the right balance of sophisticated information, but not overloaded with all eventualities.’

Key clients

Atreus Group


DNV / Germanischer Lloyd

Europa Capital


Fiserv / First Data

Huber Group



Sherwin Williams


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's advice covers the entire range of corporate law, while it has a particular focus on corporate governance and receives corresponding instructions by DAX40 corporations, large and international industrial companies and their bodies, investors and entrepreneurial families; the team is also experienced in cross-border transactions and restructurings, executive and supervisory board issues as well as corporate litigation including post-M&A disputes. The practice further includes Lutz Englisch, who is experienced in transaction, stock corporation and conversion law, Ferdinand Fromholzer, who regularly advises on general meetings, and Markus Nauheim and Dirk Oberbracht, who are both experienced in PE and M&A issues. Of counsel Silke Beiter also advises private and listed companies on corporate governance, structural measures and general meetings.

Other key lawyers:

Lutz Englisch; Ferdinand Fromholzer; Markus Nauheim; Dirk Oberbracht; Silke Beiter; Jan Schubert; Sonja Ruttmann


‘Dirk Oberbracht: Top professional and human being, very practical and solution-oriented, good negotiating partner in M&A transactions, cost-conscious, efficient, leads internal teams very well.’

‘Sonja Ruttmann: Very good and experienced senior associate.’

‘Ferdinand Fromholzer and Silke Beiter both led the process very efficiently through their high level of confidence and very good preparation.’

Key clients


Allianz SE

Atlas Copco

Baur Versand


Burda Digital SE

Centrotec SE



Nestlé Deutschland

PJT Partners

Talanx AG

VIB Vermögen

Wacker Chemie

Zeal Networks

Work highlights

  • Advising the supervisory board of insurance group Talanx AG in connection with new financing for Talanx.

  • Advising investment bank PJT Partners on a fairness opinion in connection with the IPO of Porsche and the share acquisition by Porsche Automobil Holding SE.

  • Advising Atlas Copco in adjudication proceedings in connection with the squeeze-out and on corporate law issues resulting from the takeover of ISRA VISION.

Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition

Glade Michel Wirtz - Corporate & Competition's corporate expertise spans judicial and regulatory proceedings, the preparation and implementation of structural measures under corporate and conversion law as well as corporate governance and is primarily called upon by listed corporations and large family businesses in the automotive, real estate, telecommunications and media sectors as well as by financial investors. Achim Glade (M&A and joint ventures), Marco Sustmann (corporate and capital market law including compliance), Andreas Merkner (advice of listed companies on corporate, group and capital market law), Alexander Retsch and Friedrich Schulenberg (both focus on corporate and capital market law) jointly head the practice. Corporate law and insolvency expert Jochen Markgraf joined Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Achim Glade; Marco Sustmann; Andreas Merkner; Alexander Retsch; Friedrich Schulenburg


‘Andreas Merkner: Very experienced and very competent. Very pragmatic.’

GMW brings together outstanding experts and lawyers within a powerful team. The quality of its advice as well as the client management and project management is consistently very good. This applies to partners as well as experienced associates. Client contact is close and personal, and collaboration on a human level is always extremely pleasant and uncomplicated.’

‘The firm can be fully recommended for issues relating to corporate and capital market law and is one of the absolute top addresses in the market in terms of quality and price-performance ratio.

Key clients

Continental AG

Daimler Truck Holding AG

Deutsche Fonds Holding GmbH

Deutsche Wohnen SE

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft

Hella GmbH & Co. KG


Mercedes-Benz Group AG

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Red Bull GmbH

Fruchtsäfte GmbH

Rheinischer Sparkassen- und Giroverband


Scania AB

Verband der kommunalen RWE-Aktionäre

Vonovia SE

ZF Friedrichshafen

Work highlights

  • Advising Mercedes-Benz Group AG on a share buyback program.

  • Advising Red Bull and RAUCH on the acquisition of Brandenburger Urstromquelle GmbH.

  • Advising ZF Friedrichhafen on the sale of ZF Aviation Technology GmbH.


Heuking's corporate team assists with general meetings, post-M&A restructuring and conversions as well as corporate disputes and is primarily active for medium-sized companies and listed corporations, although the practice occasionally also advises on interface topics such as ESG and digitalisation. The team is jointly led by Thorsten Kuthe, who has experience in stock exchange, capital markets and banking law, as well as M&A, private equity and venture capital experts Boris Dürr and Jörg Schewe; India specialist Martin Imhof is another key contact, who focuses on private equity and M&A alongside corporate law. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of salary partner Slaven Kovacevic (M&A, joint ventures and restructuring, also PE and VC) from Simmons & Simmons in November 2022 and in June 2023, Mark Rossbroich (also private equity and venture capital) joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Patrick Müller (corporate housekeeping, restructuring) made partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Thorsten Kuthe; Boris Dürr; Jörg Schewe

Other key lawyers:

Slaven Kovacevic; Patrick Müller; Mark Rossbroich; Martin Imhof


‘Martin Imhof: Very good corporate /M&A lawyer.’

‘Competent team, experienced in commercial and legal topics that are relevant in corporate or M&A projects. The team members complement each other and know who is the competent contact person for each specific topic.’

‘Jörg Schewe: Technically excellent, very committed, careful, reliable and client and solution-oriented. He thinks first economically and then legally. He can distinguish essentials from non-essentials, communicates to the point and is uncomplicated, very structured and organised. He is an absolute team player with extensive international experience and network and at the same time a very pleasant person.’


Milbank's expertise extends across the entire corporate spectrum, including structuring, corporate governance, compliance and corporate support for national and cross-border transactions. Stock corporation law, group law and capital market law represent further mainstays of the practice, which mirror Christoph Rothenfußer's expertise, who is also experienced in general meetings; he jointly leads the team with Ulrike Friese-Dormann, who advises executive and supervisory boards on board liability issues, and Norbert Rieger, who focuses on stock corporation and corporate law as well as public takeovers.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Rothenfußer; Ulrike Friese-Dormann; Norbert Rieger


‘Milbank not only impresses with its excellent legal expertise, but particularly stands out for its excellent service.’

‘Norbert Rieger: Excellent in the corporate sector. Great business acumen and solution-oriented.’

‘Christoph Rothenfußer impresses with his excellent knowledge of corporate and capital market law.’

Key clients


Allane SE

Auto1 Group

Axel Springer

Dermapharm Holding SE

F.C. Bayern München

Hauptaktionär der mediantis AG

KAEFER Isoliertechnik GmbH & Co. KG

KG CURA Vermögensverwaltung G.m.b.H. & Co.

KSBG Kommunale Verwaltungsgesellschaft GmbH


Otto Group

PharmaSGP Holding SE

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Sartorius AG

Sixt SE

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to KG CURA Vermögensverwaltung GmbH & Co on the existing controlling interest in listed Deutsche EuroShop AG.

  • Ongoing corporate advice for Sartorius AG, including assistance with the general meeting.

  • Ongoing advice to Otto Group on the existing controlling interest in listed AboutYou Holding SE.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's corporate expertise is drawn upon by German medium-sized companies and international corporations in the technology, media, communications, real estate, energy and life sciences sectors seeking advice on restructuring, carve-outs, transactions and joint ventures as well as general meetings. Klaus Grossmann leads the team and is mainly active in M&A transactions and joint ventures, but also has longstanding experience in advising companies and corporate bodies on corporate law. Lars-Gerrit Lüßmann (stock corporations and capital markets law), Michael Sinhart (focus on international and national transactions within the infrastructure sector) and Michael Lamsa (private equity transactions) joined Gowling WLG in spring 2023.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Grossmann


‘Broadly positioned firm with good cost structures.’

Key clients

Panasonic Industry Europe



Lankwitzer Lack-fabrik GmbH

Topp Holdings GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Panasonic Industry Europe on international group reorganisation (merger of Panasonic with Panasonic Electric Works Europe AG).

  • Advising Lankwitzer Lackfabrik on all aspects of the sale of its global liquid coatings business for aluminum wheels to Dutch manufacturer of paints and coatings AkzoNobel.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's corporate expertise comes to the fore in cross-border transactions, extensive adjudication proceedings and structural measures, with the team also frequently advising boards of directors and supervisory boards on general meetings. Stock corporation and corporate law are among the main areas of expertise of practice head Alexander Kiefner, who often assists with structural measures. Julia Sitter, who made partner in January 2023, is well versed in stock corporation law and pre- and post-closing measures, while Hans-Georg Schulze advises companies from the tech, energy and infrastructure sectors on cross-border transactions, joint ventures and carve-outs.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kiefner

Other key lawyers:

Julia Sitter; Hans-Georg Schulze; Sebastian Pitz


‘Sebastian Pitz: Incredibly quick in his feedback. He not only has extremely in-depth knowledge and wealth of experience in his area, but also does not lose sight of other legal areas. With him you can be sure that the solution is always there and will be delivered at an impressive pace.’

Key clients





Korian Deutschland

Jost Werke










EASY Software



Work highlights

  • Advising Schufa Holding AG on corporate and financial regulatory matters as well as other obligations as a target company in the context of its takeover attempt by EQT, which values ​​Schufa at more than €2 billion.

  • Advising Faurecia SE, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, on complex integration of two industrial companies following the successful takeover of HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  • Comprehensive corporate and capital market advice to Adler on what is currently the largest restructuring in Europe.


ARQIS frequently advises on restructuring and conversions of companies across various sectors, while its expertise also includes corporate aspects of M&A transactions and post-M&A disputes. The client base includes German as well as leading Japanese companies and banks who receive advice on their German business via the firm's Japan desk; the main contact is Shigeo Yamaguchi (focus on M&A, corporate and commercial law), who jointly heads the practice with Jörn-Christian Schulze, who focuses on M&A, private equity and venture capital. Thomas Chwalek, who also has experience in private equity, M&A and venture capital, made partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jörn-Christian Schulze; Shigeo Yamaguchi

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Chwalek


‘Jörn-Christian Schulze: A top lawyer who knows how to combine practical challenges of companies with legal requirements on a personal and friendly level. He finds a solution for everything. His negotiating skills and know-how are very good. His team is consistently top.’

‘The ARQIS team always works in a very solution-oriented manner and close to the customer. Our special requirements and wishes are always taken into account. The implementation always follows practical ideas.’

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP's corporate advice predominantly focuses on transactions and assisting boards of directors, particularly with compliance matters and corporate governance; the latter area represents one of Thomas Sacher's mainstays. Led by transaction lawyer Benedikt von Schorlemer, the team further advises on general meetings, carve-outs, joint ventures and company formations in the energy, financial, automotive, real estate and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Benedikt von Schorlemer

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Sacher

Work highlights

  • Advice to Northern Data AG on its first virtual general meeting after corresponding changes to the Stock Corporation Act.


Dentons places a particular focus on advising listed companies and large national corporations on SE conversions, squeeze-outs, corporate restructurings, general meetings and on corporate governance and compliance issues. The team is jointly led by Robert Weber, who is experienced in stock corporation and corporate law, Alexander von Bergwelt (corporate law, corporate restructuring and litigation) and Rebekka Hye-Knudsen, who is experienced in joint ventures, private equity and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Robert Weber; Alexander von Bergwelt; Rebekka Hye-Knudsen


‘Assertive, powerful team with a rarely seen understanding of companies. Uncomplicated, humane. Try to find entrepreneurial solutions, unlike many lawyers who are more interested in legal disputes. Absolutely clever.’

‘Alexander von Bergwelt: Clever, pragmatic, absolutely assertive entrepreneurial lawyer. Fast, pragmatic, absolutely committed and brilliant. Unparalleled understanding of economic relationships.’

Key clients

Accursia Capital GmbH

Acuity International



Bayerische Gewerbebau AG

Deutsche Grundstücksauktionen AG

Deutsche Sparkassen Leasing AG & Co. KG

e-mobilio GmbH


Flughafen München GmbH




MT Technologies

Munich Airport International

Pearl Gold AG

Puma SE

Pyrum Innovations AG

Qualitas Energy

Revell GmbH

SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH & Co. KGaA

Stabilus SE

Stable Beteiligungs GmbH

WELLE Environmental Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Stabilus on SE conversion and the subsequent transfer of its registered office from Luxembourg to Germany.

  • Advising Qualitas Energy on a partnership with Surplus Equity Partners to build a comprehensive wind energy portfolio in Germany.

  • Advising Munich Airport New Jersey, the US subsidiary of Munich Airport International, on subcontractor agreements with 20 contracting parties (various stakeholders, volume over €100 million).

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann's corporate expertise is applied in cross-border transactions, VC transactions, joint ventures and restructurings, with the team particularly frequently assisting clients from the finance, energy and real estate sectors. The practice is led by Max Wilmanns (commercial law, private equity and venture capital) and Jennifer Bierly, who is primarily active in capital market matters and structural measures. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Daniel Fehling (restructuring and M&A) from Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in January 2024, after VC and PE-savvy former practice head Markus Söhnchen and Tobias Riethmüller joined GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB in July 2023 and May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Max Wilmanns; Jennifer Bierly

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Fehling


‘Specialists for all questions relating to a transaction, especially taking into account special issues of a municipal company; very good network; Timely delivery of solution-oriented statements agreed upon by all those involved.’

‘Jennifer Bierly: Extraordinary competence in corporate law, extensive experience in M&A projects, always very pleasant to work with, which in this combination has a very positive effect not only on the client, but also on negotiating partners.’

Key clients

Aptiv Global Operations Ltd.+A2:J2


Element Gruppe


Daily Mail and General Trust Group (DMGT), Landmark Information Group Ltd.

Digital Transformation GmbH


Hoeller Electrolyzer GmbH

MVPF Technologies GmbH

Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG

Nord Holding Gruppe

Praeclarus Asset Management GmbH

propertyteam AG

VKB Versicherungskammer Bayern

Work highlights

  • Advising Element Group on a complex restructuring.

  • Advising a German private equity fund on an investment in the crisis, including the preparation of comprehensive legal opinions on corporate and insolvency law issues.

  • Ongoing advice on stock corporation and capital market law for listed BAUER Aktiengesellschaft, currently with regard to the implementation of a €104 million subscription rights capital increase.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

It is international corporations in the healthcare, chemical and energy sectors that primarily benefit from Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's corporate capacities in restructuring (especially cross-border mergers), corporate governance, cooperations, joint ventures and corporate disputes . Restructuring expert and practice head Stefan Galla advises on corporate issues, company acquisitions and joint ventures at a national and international level, while Björn Simon, who is experienced in corporate, contract and capital market law, supports industrial and family businesses as well as institutional investors.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Galla

Other key lawyers:

Björn Simon; Michael Bormann


‘Dealing with colleagues at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft is always friendly, pleasant and professional. Questions are always responded to promptly and competently. If this is necessary, it is always possible to quickly involve colleagues from other departments.’

‘Stefan Galla: Very service-oriented, extremely competent, proactive and creative.’

‘Team Luther is characterised above all by its very good economic understanding and understandable, pragmatic advice. In addition, lawyers think outside the legal box and also include strategic questions in their advice.’

‘Dr. Michael Bormann: Very strong and experienced in corporate law and M&A; trusted advisor also for sensitive issues.’

Key clients

Atlas Copco Holding GmbH

Peach Property Group (Deutschland) AG

Bundesverband der deutschen Kalkindustrie e.V.

Warsteiner International KG/Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Cramer KG

KarlsbergHolding GmbH


MGM International Television Productions (Germany) GmbH

Vorwerk & Co. KG


Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

MET Holding AG


Avancis GmbH

Alloheim Senioren Residenzen SE

Open Grid Europe GmbH

MIBRAG Mitteldeutsche Baunkohlengesellschaft mbH

Hamburg Trust Asset und Fonds Management HTAF GmbH

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Work highlights

  • Ongoing corporate advice to Atlas Copco Holding GmbH, including in connection with the integration of the ISRA Vision Group and a variety of measures under the UmwG.

  • Advising Warsteiner and Karlsberg on the establishment of a joint venture as a joint purchasing cooperation.

  • Advising Peach Property Group (Deutschland) AG on the internal restructuring and the transfer of Danish portfolio companies from the Danish legal form ApS to the German legal form GmbH.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

In addition to advising on international reorganisations and conversions, McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP places a particular focus on joint ventures and is also well versed in corporate law, post-merger matters and structural measures; the team acts for large and medium-sized companies and family offices in the real estate, retail, healthcare, media, automotive and food industries. Practice head Philipp Grenzbach has experience in corporate reorganisations as well as in corporate governance and capital market compliance and is supported by Clemens Just, who is experienced in takeovers and reorganisation. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of M&A, corporate governance and compliance specialists Rolf Hünermann and Philip Schmidt, who joined from Reed Smith in October and November 2022, while Holger Ebersberger (M&A and corporate governance for PE- and VC funds) came from Noerr in March 2023, Hanno Witt (M&A) in the same month from Latham & Watkins LLP and IPO specialist Felix Ganzer from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in April 2023; he is also experienced in corporate law and corporate governance. M&A lawyers Nikolaus von Jacobs and Christian von Sydow joined Reed Smith in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Grenzebach

Other key lawyers:

Clemens Just; Holger Ebersberger; Rolf Hünermann; Philip Schmidt; Hanno Witt; Felix Ganzer


‘High quality, first-class expertise and very nice people.’

Key clients

Agilent Technologies

MEC METRO-ECE Centermanagement GmbH & Co

SIGNA Prime / SIGNA Retail (Selfridges)

Sport1 Medien AG

Volkswagen Financial Services AG

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte advises numerous board members, corporations and listed companies on shareholder disputes, restructuring, D&O liability , post-M&A matters, succession issues, including separations, as well as compliance issues; the team can also easily access the expertise of its antitrust, procurement, employment and pharmaceutical practices. Practice head Thomas Trölitzsch assists companies with compliance, board liability and company succession and is supported, among others, by corporate and commercial law expert Carl Höfer, who is experienced in board liability cases, compliance investigations and post-M&A disputes, as well as Rolf Leinekugel (commercial and corporate law, M&A ).

Practice head(s):

Thomas Trölitzsch

Other key lawyers:

Carl Höfer; Rolf Leinekugel; Christian Gunßer


‘Rolf Leinekugel: Very careful and goal-oriented.’

‘Rolf Leinekugel has been advising our company on all corporate matters for years. He is characterised by high availability and quick reactions.’

‘We value Christian Gunßer because of his professional expertise, negotiating skills and reliability. He always answers very quickly and is always reliable. We value him very much for his advice on all corporate issues.’

Key clients

ACE Autoclub Europa e.V.

Rieker Investment AG

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft e.V.

Nehlsen AG


Verkehrsministerium Baden-Württemberg


Modellfabrik Papier gGmbH

Staatl. Toto-Lotto GmbH Baden-Württemberg

Süddeutscher Verlag Hüthig Fachinformationen GmbH

Südwestdeutsche Medien Holding

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive corporate and contract advice toLorch Schweisstechnik GmbH.

  • Advising TAKKT AG on the preparation and implementation of its (virtual) Annual General Meeting 2023.

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte

Large national and international as well as medium-sized companies and startups from various industries, including renewable energies, regularly call upon Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte's corporate practice for restructuring, D&O liability and D&O issues, joint ventures and post-M&A disputes. The practice is jointly led by Marc Henze (corporate and transformation law), Kai-Michael König (focus on corporate liability), Boris Körner (financing, M&A and corporate law), Christian Meyer (corporate liability and D&O damages) and Robert Orth (commercial and corporate law related to M&A transactions).

Practice head(s):

Marc Henze; Kai-Michael König; Boris Körner; Christian Meyer; Robert Orth


‘High practical expertise combined with a pragmatic approach, especially in transactions. Better commercial understanding than other corporate teams. Technologically modern law firm that operates on a very high level of digitalisation for lawyers, as well as a high level of commitment and products in the area of ​​LegalTech.’

‘High legal competence with a pragmatic approach, especially in negotiation situations.’

‘Marc Henze is a very technically experienced and at the same time very solution-oriented corporate lawyer.’

Key clients

BP Teamcoaching GmbH

CoCoNet AG

GeWi Solutions 1827 GmbH und Gesellschafter

iqoni GmbH

juwi AG

Lieken AG

Siemens Healthineers AG

sino AG

VDM Metals GmbH mit allen Konzerngesellschaften weltweit


Work highlights

  • Advising a chemical company on restructuring as well as general corporate advice (including subsidiaries).

  • Successful representation of a supervisory board member against claims made by the insolvency administrator under Sections 93 and 116 AktG.

  • Corporate advice to Siemens Healthineers AG.

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB assists companies and investors with cross-border M&A transactions, restructuring and corporate governance issues and also advises international companies on their German market entry; these areas also represent practice head Thomas Peschke's mainstays, who is further experienced in post-merger integration and international due diligence projects, particularly in the retail and consumer goods sectors. Sven Schulte-Hillen supports clients in crisis situations and is experienced in insolvency issues and disputes, while Sandra Schuh is the key contact for group structure optimisation, company restructuring, board liability and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Peschke

Other key lawyers:

Sven Schulte-Hillen; Nina Leonard; Sandra Schuh

Key clients

Korelya Capital

videantis GmbH


Work highlights

  • Advising French investment company Korelya Capital on the €100 million financing of car subscription start-up FINN.

  • Advising videantis GmbH, a leading provider of visual computing solutions, on a growth financing round led by eCAPITAL entrepreneurial Partners AG.

  • Advising Homeserve on entering the German market by setting up a suitable governance structure.


SERNETZ • SCHÄFER's team continues to focus on corporate litigation and is therefore experienced in representing clients in D&O conflicts and stock corporation disputes, while also enjoying an excellent reputation for its advice on mass and test case proceedings. Under the joint leadership of Fabian Dietz-Vellmer and Jörg Mimberg, the practice also assists with various corporate and stock corporation issues and advises on general meetings. Clients include entrepreneurial families and family-owned businesses, financial institutions, investors and foundations.

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Höder; Susanne Zwirlein-Forschner; Ferdinand Kruis; Wolfgang Selter


‘Wolfgang Selter is an experienced corporate lawyer.’

Key clients

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Sparta AG

WealthCap Gruppe

Wirecard AG

Work highlights

  • Representation of Wirecard AG (supervisory board) in proceedings concerning alleged accounting fraud.
  • Representation of a large foundation in a dispute concerning its formation and funding, which entails new questions of private international law.
  • Representation of Deutsche Pfandbriefbank in a D&O liability dispute.

avocado rechtsanwälte

avocado rechtsanwälte' corporate advice focuses on restructuring and conversions, corporate governance issues, operational and external audits as well as capital measures, while the team has further expertise in investor control procedures and corporate disputes. Practice head Christian Berger advises medium-sized companies and international corporations, particularly on restructuring and transactions in the real estate and financial sectors, while Ralph Hummel and Udo Zietsch, who is also experienced in dispute resolution, focus on M&A transactions. Insolvency expert Justus Heldt contributes specialist knowledge of business start-ups and financing.

Practice head(s):

Christian Berger

Other key lawyers:

Ralph Hummel; Udo Zietsch; Justus Heldt


‘Christian Berger: affable, competent and reliable; solution-oriented way of working.’

‘Ralph Hummel has excellent knowledge of employment law. He was very easy to work with and was a great help to our team for our Europe launch.’

‘Ralph Hummel: He knows how to adjust the length/complexity of his consultation.’

‘Udo Zietsch’s proactive communication deserves special mention.’

‘Very good specialist knowledge within the team. We value interdisciplinary collaboration. Voting and decision-making processes are short.’

‘The company is very thorough, conscientious and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Acushnet GmbH

Algeco GmbH

Alluto LLC

ANSYS Germany GmbH


ASI DataMyte, Inc.

Best Gaming Technology GmbH

Beyond Trust GmbH

BGT Deutschland GmbH

Came Deutschland GmbH

Carlisle Fluid Technologies GmbH

Carlisle Holdings GmbH

Color Street Europe B.V.

Dinkle International Co.

Donnelley Financial Solutions

FE fundinfo (Germany) GmbH

Genovac GmbH

Gleason Corporation

GMS Management Spanien

GMS Solutions Deutschland GmbH

Grote Industries Europe GmbH

Humanic Deutschland GmbH

Color Street Europe

ITecon GmbH

L & S Deutschland Schuhhandels GmbH

Leder & Schuh AG

Luxoft GmbH

M.A. Med Alliance SA

Media Frankfurt GmbH


Mirado Real Estate GmbH

NC-Vision GmbH

Nordisk Büro Plus GmbH

North Channel Bank GmbH & Co. KG

Norwex Germany GmbH

ORIFLAME Kosmetik-Vertriebs GmbH

Partslife GmbH

PharmacoSoftware GmbH

PharmacoVision GmbH

Portwell Deutschland GmbH

PrinterLogic GmbH

Recurity Labs GmbH

Schiff-Martini & Cie. GmbH WPG STBG

Semperit AG Holding

SMC Deutschland GmbH, SMC Corporation


Stark Power GmbH

Stiefelkönig Schuhhandels GmbH Deutschland

Telia Carrier Germany GmbH

Top Tools GmbH

Trans World Hotels Germany GmbH

USANA Germany GmbH

USANA Health Sciences, Inc.


Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt GmbH

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton primarily advises on corporate governance issues as well as duties and liability risks of management and supervisory boards, but is also regularly involved in corporate restructuring, M&A transactions and capital measures. Michael Ulmer advises medium-sized companies on structuring, transactions and in case of shareholder activism, while Mirko von Bieberstein, who made partner in January 2023, is well versed in M&A, joint ventures and corporate law.

Other key lawyers:

Michael Ulmer; Mirko von Bieberstein


‘Each team member is not only an excellent lawyer, but also a sparring partner.’

Key clients



GN Store Nord

MAX Automation

Polypore International


Westlake Chemical

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH focuses on cross-border restructuring projects including relocations, preparation of IPOs and post-M&A, with its client base including medium-sized companies and international corporations from a variety of sectors. The team is jointly led by Andreas Jentgens, who oversees international M&A transactions and is responsible for the Japan desk, and Julia Petersen, who is experienced in cross-border restructuring and transactions; compliance and corporate governance expert Volker Schulenburg is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Jentgens; Julia Petersen

Other key lawyers:

Volker Schulenburg


‘Andreas Jentgens: Outstanding client proximity and confidant.’

‘Volker Schulenburg: Extremely service-oriented, technically competent and pragmatic consultant. At the same time, the collaboration is pleasantly fact-oriented and friendly.’

‘The team works noticeably harmoniously together, internal coordination at Deloitte works extremely well.’

‘Very good knowledge of our business and legal structures.’

‘Very good, broad specialist knowledge and quick support available at any time.’

‘Very professional cooperation.’

‘The Deloitte Legal team provides very satisfactory service.’

Key clients

ADAC/ADAC Finanzdienste GmbH


Karlsruher Sport Club Mühlburg-Phönix GmbH & Co. KGaA


Lindner Group KG


Movado Group


PARK NOW Group Holding B.V.

Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG



Barilla Deutschland GmbH, Barilla Central Europe Service GmbH

Bazaar Group

BioMedion Holding GmbH

CDP Europe

CentralNIC Group PLC

CIBT Group

Cycas Hotels

DAIKIN Chemical Europe GmbH

DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH

FOCONIS Holding GmbH

Getinge/MAQUET-Gruppe, Getinge Holding B.V. & Co. KG

Gläserne Molkerei GmbH



Homann Holzwerkstoffe GmbH

KvB Ventures GmbH

LUWIN Real Estate Managers

Möllers Packaging Technology

niiio finance group AG


pdv Holding GmbH

Royal Aero GmbH

SCHMIDT Gruppe Immobilien GmbH

Siltronic AG

Worldwide Link (Ecogreen Oleochemicals)

SGL Carbon SE

JobRad Holding AG

Helu Kabel GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to the German Medical Association on  association/corporate issues.

  • Advising ADAC Finanzdienste GmbH on credit card cooperation with Solarisbank AG.

  • Implementation of a pan-European restructuring project for Nintendo to establish an SE and conversion to branch.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Flick Gocke Schaumburg's corporate core competencies particularly come into play in the context of cross-border restructuring, boards of directors advice, corporate disputes and joint ventures; the team is primarily instructed by companies from the energy, real estate and telecommunications sectors. Michael Erkens focuses on restructuring, conversions and company acquisitions, while Jan Giedinghagen is experienced in corporate, group and capital markets law. Dieter Leuering and Christoph Bode are considered key contacts for corporate disputes and Fred Wendt frequently advises on cross-border transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Dieter Leuering; Michael Erkens; Fred Wendt; Jan Giedinghagen; Christoph Bode


‘Very top-class team of lawyers with a lot of practical experience and good cooperation between expert teams.’

‘The firm offers comprehensive corporate and tax advice from a single source. All employees have extensive knowledge of their respective areas.’

‘Michael Erkens combines corporate and tax expertise, always has the overall picture and client interests in mind and designs sensible solutions that are practicable.’

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner regularly advises medium-sized companies as well as German and international corporations (primarily from the life sciences sector) on a wide range of corporate issues, including company formations, reorganisations of group structures, international joint ventures, general meetings and corporate governance. The practice is led across several locations: by Cologne-based transaction specialist Arnt Göppert, Annette Bödeker in Frankfurt, who regularly advises listed companies, the Berlin-based Alexander Hartmann, who mainly assists with ​​venture capital and M&A with a particular focus on the technology industry, as well as by Albert Schröder and Hendrik Thies in Freiburg, who both focus on commercial, corporate and tax law. Christina Schröter (M&A in the healthcare sector) joined from VOELKER & Partner in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Arnt Göppert; Annette Bödeker; Albert Schröder; Hendrik Thies; Alexander Hartmann

Other key lawyers:

Christina Schröter


‘Arnt Göppert: Very high level of legal competence, very good support on a wide range of different issues.’

‘Arnt Göppert: Excellent knowledge of corporate law, very good and persistent negotiation skills in M&A transactions, comprehensive knowledge beyond the specialist area.’

‘Excellent know-how on start-ups, not only directly legally, but also with its business implications. Close, unique support during our founding.’

Key clients


Zoetis (Deutschland GmbH)

Ehrentreich Vermögensverwaltung

Fastlane Marketing GmbH

JP Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

Plasmotion GmbH

QBE Insurance SA/NV

Raith Engineering & Manufacturing Co.


The Go-Ahead Group plc

Veru Inc.

XPO Logistics (Transport Solutions Europe)

Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik


Eps Holding GmbH



flatexDEGIRO Bank AG

Metropolitankapitel der Hohen Domkirche Köln

Omega Immobilien GmbH

Stratosphere Games

Work highlights

  • Ongoing corporate advice to Motherson Group on various joint ventures, domestic and foreign structural measures, internal organisation and general corporate issues.

  • Advising Essilor Group on setting up a holding structure for the Germany-Austria-Switzerland area following various acquisitions and on the restructuring of group functions, reorganisation and merger of group companies.

  • Comprehensive corporate law advice to flatexDEGIRO AG, which is listed on the SDAX, including assistance with its public general meeting and corporate issues of the group companies.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB regularly advises on restructuring, joint ventures and group financing systems such as cash pooling. The team also deals with insolvency-related corporate matters and advises medium-sized companies on board and group liability issues, among other matters. Bernt Paudtke, who is experienced in capital measures and general meetings, jointly heads the practice with Tobias Fenck, who primarily focuses on private equity and venture capital. Matthias Menke assists domestic and foreign companies with complex joint venture structures, while Alexander Kessler covers corporate, stock corporation and capital markets law. Corporate lawyer Stephan Göthel, previously at  Pier 11 Göthel Rossbach Schmitz, joined the Hamburg team in January 2024, while Tobias Riethmüller (stock corporation law and capital markets) and Markus Söhnchen (corporate finance) joined GSK Stockmann in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Paudtke; Tobias Fenck

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Menke; Alexander Kessler; Heiko Hofmann; Stephan Göthel


‘Heiko Hofmann: Very high level of specialist expertise in the area of ​​public procurement law; very winning and yet professional, technical and goal-oriented way of working together; very good responsiveness; very quick response time to inquiries; very helpful and precise work results.’

‘Matthias Menke: The teamwork with him seems very good.’

‘The team works together in a goal-oriented manner with a clearly high level of mutual appreciation; no one dominates other team members. Respective specialist expertise is respected and applied.’

Key clients


Chom Capital GmbH

Ekosem-Agrar AG

Ekotechnika AG

First Sensor AG

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG



Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf


Morphosys AG

Stadt Kassel

Tech Mahindra

Verimi GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing corporate and capital market advice to First Sensor AG.

  • Advising HUK-COBURG on LVM Versicherung VaG’s entry into its corporate start-up onpier GmbH and on the acquisition of 25.1% of the pitstop workshop chain.

  • Advising the state capital of Düsseldorf on a complex procurement procedure for the reorganisation of waste management and street cleaning.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany advises on all key corporate issues, but places  particular emphasis on complex corporate structural measures and cross-border joint ventures; expertise is also available on cross-border conversion measures, restructuring projects and corporate governance issues as well as general meetings. The life sciences, technology, media and telecommunications sectors represent Henrik Armah's playing field, who regularly advises on M&A, joint ventures and general corporate issues; he jointly heads the practice with Peter Schorling, who focuses on the real estate industry. Josef Hofschroer, who is experienced in corporate and capital market law, and Oliver Markmann, who is well versed in private equity and stock corporation law, are other contacts.

Practice head(s):

Henrik Armah; Peter Schorling

Other key lawyers:

Josef Hofschroer; Oliver Markmann

Key clients


GARBE Industrial Real Estate

Gilde Healthcare Partners B.BV.

Röhlig Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG



GlobalLogic Inc.

Halloren Schokoladenfabrik AG

HanseMerkur Gruppe

NIVIDIA Corporation


Work highlights

  • Advising French telecommunications company Altice on the establishment of a joint venture with Vodafone Group to establish a nationwide fiber optic network with a transaction volume of €1.2 billion.

  • Advising real estate investment manager Allianz Real Estate and commercial real estate developer EDGE on the launch of a €1.3 billion program to build and develop a series of smart and CRREM sustainable office properties in the four largest German cities (Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt).

  • Advising NREP on expanding its real estate strategy into the German market by establishing a long-term joint venture with Artisa Group.

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH assists medium-sized clients with a broad array of corporate issues related to company foundations, partnerships and project financing, which often entail cross-practice aspects. Christof Schmidt leads the practice and applies his additional tax expertise to advise companies on project financing and tax plans. Frank-Grischa Feitsch further assists with matters related to succession, inheritance law and assets, while Sven Hoffmann, Michael Frühmorgen and Dirk von dem Knesebeck focus on corporate and commercial law and assist with disputes, company formations and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Christof Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Frank-Grischa Feitsch; Sven Hoffmann; Michael Frühmorgen; Dirk von dem Knesebeck; Daniel Smyrek


‘Daniel Smyrek: Excellent knowledge of corporate law and corporate structures in Africa. Pragmatic approach.’

‘Daniel Smyrek: Very competent and helpful support.’

‘Dirk von dem Knesebeck takes his role within a project very seriously; high workload (even and especially at off-peak times); immediate response to project-specific changes.’

‘Very good communication within the team.’

‘Complete coverage of all business-relevant legal fields, including internationally.’

‘Ongoing communication with a central contact who includes colleagues that specialise in the respective topic.’

‘Competent, valued communication with auditors on the further development of internal structures and complex external legal cases.’

Key clients

Film & Entertainment VIP Medienfonds

Real I.S.

solargrün GmbH

Industria Wohnen

Seventure Partners


MULTIVAC Sepp Haggenmüller SE & Co. KG

Fidor Bank AG

ITT Corp.

Heska Corporation

derigo GmbH & Co. KG

Expleo Germany Holding GmbH

Terra Quantum AG

BVT Holding GmbH & Co. KG und Tochtergesellschaften

Berndt GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising an Austrian group on several company acquisitions in Germany including mergers.

  • Advising KeKelit Group on the sale of DW composite pipe (Multitubo) to French company Elydan.

  • Advising a technology group on the acquisition of a company (management consulting), including due diligence, M&A transaction and earnout calculation.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP advises multinational corporations, medium-sized companies, investors and board members as part of its transaction practice also on corporate issues as well as strategic issues and corporate governance. The team further assists with restructuring and general meetings, where Martina Ortner is particularly adept, as well as with distressed M&A, which is handled by insolvency expert Georg Bernsau. Thomas Lappe heads the practice and provides holistic M&A support to companies from the automotive and technology industries.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lappe

Other key lawyers:

Martina Ortner; Georg Bernsau; Gabriella Piras; Richard Resch

Key clients

ZEAL Network SE

Industrie Saleri Italo S.p.A.

Koenig & Bauer AG

Exasol AG

Francotyp Postalia Holding AG

Veganz Group AG

Vita 34 AG

MotorK Italia S.r.l.


Work highlights

  • Ongoing comprehensive corporate and capital market advice to ZEAL Network SE.

  • Advising Industrie Saleri Italo SpA on complex corporate and contractual matters.

  • Ongoing corporate advice to Koenig & Bauer AG related to Corona-related restructuring requirements due to ongoing KfW financing.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' expertise covers corporate disputes, restructurings and joint ventures and is primarily called upon by DAX40 companies, private equity and venture capital investors as well as private sector companies, with a particular focus on the real estate and technology industries. Practice head Kai Mertens has many years of experience in transactions and financing law, while Volker Heidbüchel further focuses on restructuring and joint ventures. Matthias Werner, previously at POELLATH, joined the corporate real estate practice in Berlin in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kai Mertens

Other key lawyers:

Volker Heidbüchel; Matthias Werner


‘We have recommended Kai Mertens to our clients several times and have consistently received very positive feedback on both the quality of his legal advice and the professional handling of the overall case.’

‘Precise, fast, smart and extensive expertise and experience.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Wohnen in adjudication proceedings in connection with the valuation of listed and large real estate companies.

  • Advising GSW Immobilien on a dispute with a third party regarding transaction fees.

  • Advising the world’s largest tire manufacturer on a joint venture.