Firms To Watch: M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m)

The team at GvW Graf von Westphalen, headed by Markus Sachslehner and Ritesh Rajani is well versed in national and international share deals, asset deals, joint ventures and transactional structuring measures.
Under the leadership of Bernhard Noreisch, the team at LUTZ | ABEL RECHTSANWALTS PARTG MBB regularly advises on mid-cap transactions in the M&A, private equity and venture capital space.
The team at Osborne Clarke combines expertise in M&A and private equity and is predominantely active in cross-border transactions.
YPOG focuses on advising companies from the technology sector and is experienced at the interface with venture capital.

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) in Germany

Includes M&A advice on medium-sized deals worth between EUR 100 million and EUR 500 million. Advice on large deals and smaller deals is dealt with in separate rankings.

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller ‘s corporate law and M&A practice is an established address for large and mid-cap transactions. The team is particularly well versed in public takeovers, but also advises on acquisitions, sales and spin-offs. German and international corporations are among the client portfolio, which also benefits from specialised expertise in the finance, healthcare, energy and heavy industry sectors. Key contacts with experience in large and mid-cap transactions include Maximilian Schiessl , Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain and Andreas Hoger.


Linklaters‘s team has longstanding expertise in cross-border large and mid-cap transactions, which are often handled in close cooperation with the international network. Led by Tim Johannsen-Roth, the group is regularly instructed by DAX30 companies and international corporations from the energy, automotive, mechanical engineering, IT and financial sectors. The practice also includes transaction specialists Ralph Wollburg , Hans-Ulrich Wilsing (also has expertise in stock corporation and corporate law), Staffan Illert and Counsel Christoph van Lier.

Practice head(s):

Tim Johannsen-Roth

Clifford Chance

German and international companies as well as financial investors and banks regularly call upon Clifford Chance‘s expertise in M&A transactions. The practice, led by Thomas Krecek, focuses on advising companies in the automotive, finance and healthcare sectors and particularly their technology-driven transactions. Markus Stephanblome complements this offering with specialised expertise in energy and infrastructure, while Anselm Raddatz is an experienced contact for private equity clients. Markus Muhs, who specialises in M&A and private equity, joined Milbank in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Krecek

Key clients



Huntsman Corporation

Norsk Hydro

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Oldenburgische Landesbank



Swiss Re




Walgreens Boots Alliance

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz fields a team with expertise in outbound M&A transactions, public takeovers, carve-outs, transactions for  family-run companies and their shareholders as well as transactions in the banking and technology space. This broad service spectrum is reflected in regular instructions from large corporations, upper medium-sized companies, financial investors and public institutions. Practice head Ralf Morshäuser handles M&A and private equity transactions. The same interface competence is demonstrated by Jan Balssen and Martin Viciano Gofferje, while Christian Cascante is among the key contacts for cross-border transactions. Gofferje also heads the Healthcare and Life Science Industry Group and is the relationship partner for the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Morshäuser

Latham & Watkins LLP

After Latham & Watkins LLP‘s team experienced team changes due to several transaction specialists’ switch to Noerr at the end of 2020, the M&A practice was strengthened again in June 2021 with the addition of partner duo Ingo Strauss and Heiko Gotsche from Baker McKenzie. In addition to transactional support, the group also has expertise in public takeovers, with a recent increase in the advice on SPACs and spin-offs. The team focuses on healthcare, technology, energy and infrastructure. Tobias Larisch is an experienced contact for the latter and Henning Schneider for the healthcare sector. Both are part of the practice group led by Nikolaos Paschos

Practice head(s):

Nikolaos Paschos

Allen & Overy LLP

Industrial companies, financial institutions, insurance companies and non-profit organisations instruct Allen & Overy LLP in the course of their M&A transactions, joint ventures, public takeovers and buyouts. In close cooperation with other practice groups, such as tax and capital markets law, all aspects of transactions are covered. Infrastructure, energy and transport expert Nicolaus Ascherfeld heads the practice, which also includes public takeover specialist Hartmut Krause.

Practice head(s):

Nicolaus Ascherfeld

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie shows particular strengths in the healthcare, telecoms and automotive sectors, which is evident in regular instructions from large German companies. The team predominantely handles cross-border transactions, especially in the China context, while restructuring-related M&A transactions constitute another key strength. Since former co-head Ingo Strauss and Heiko Gotsche moved to Latham & Watkins LLP in June 2021 (both are experienced in national and cross-border transactions and corporate law issues), the team has been under the sole leadership of Christian Atzler, who also heads the firm’s EMEA M&A group.

Practice head(s):

Christian Atzler

Other key lawyers:

Thorsten Seidel


CMS is experienced in medium-sized M&A transactions, including acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, carve-outs and distressed M&A transactions. The group predominantely advises companies from the technology, telecoms, medtech and energy sectors. Thanks to its global network, the team is well positioned for cross-border mandates. Antje Becker-Boley , Richard Mitterhuber and Jacob Siebert head the practice group, which also includes Maximilian Grub and Christoph Lächler, both of whom regularly advise investors and companies. Thomas Meyding retired at the end of 2020.


‘Excellent team with very good commercial and legal knowledge. Very result oriented.’

‘Max Grub: High professional competence – and excellent implementation .’

‘Very competent, quick-reacting contact persons, especially Christoph Lächler, who has very sound legal knowledge and uses it optimally.’

Key clients

Telefónica Deutschland


Nordex SE


EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Plastic Omnium

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Chart Industries Inc.

Dürr AG

Discovery Communications Europe

Bitburger Braugruppe


Syntegon Technology

Bankhaus Metzler

Work highlights

  • Advising Telefónica Deutschland on the sale of its passive infrastructure at around 10,000 rooftop locations and up to 80 tower locations for a purchase price of €1.5 billion to Telxius Telecom SA
  • Advising Nordex SE on the sale of the European wind and photovoltaic project development portfolio to RWE.
  • Advising Shell Overseas Investment BV on the obligation to the current consortium of shareholders to acquire 100% of the shares in Next Kraftwerke GmbH, the operator of a virtual power plant platform (VPP).

DLA Piper

DLA Piper ‘s M&A practice ‘is excellently positioned worldwide and has a large network covering almost every jurisdiction‘. In addition to ongoing transactions, the group is also active in M&A restructuring mandates and focuses on the industrial, consumer goods, chemical and technology sectors. Country managing partners Benjamin Parameswaran and Nils Krause jointly head the team and have longstanding experience in M&A, public takeovers and corporate law with Krause complementing the expertise in corporate group and group law as well as private equity and venture capital. TMT specialist Mathias Schulze Steinen and Africa desk manager Sebastian Decker are other key contacts.


‘It is the combination of competence, division of labor between associates and partners, adequacy of work products, compensation and perfect personal interaction with senior partner Benjamin Parameswaran that makes DLA my preferred law firm.’

‘DLA Piper has a very strong transaction force. We feel that we are in very good hands there, regardless of the country (in addition to Germany, the USA and France).’

‘We work with Nils Krause. He is a distinct personality in the field of M&A and ensures that transactions run smoothly with his problem-solving skills and understanding of economic backgrounds. He also responds optimally to the respective wishes of the client and makes extremely smart solutions that are acceptable to all parties.

‘The law firm is excellently positioned worldwide and has a large network covering almost every jurisdiction.’

‘Sebastian Decker has excellent knowledge of the industry and familiarizes himself with every topic without wasting any time. Depending on the client’s wishes, he is also able to find quick and pragmatic solutions without losing sight of potential risks.’

‘We were happy to carry out both a purchase and a company sale with DLA Piper Cologne. Not only the respective implementation is simply great, but also the support afterwards. Nothing has ever become time-critical. If need be, work was also done at the weekend.’

‘The precision of the team is like Swiss clockwork when it comes to legal qualifications and safeguarding clients’ interests. The cross-border experience and the in-depth knowledge of different industries and deal structures deserve special mention.’

‘Mathias Schulze Steinen is an outstanding lawyer; to learn professionally; very prudent and with a sure instinct for tricky situations.’

Key clients

Daimler AG

GM Cruise Holdings

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG



Wipro Limited

Siemens AG



Elisa Oyj


KRAHN Chemie Gruppe

Lufthansa Technik AG

Nemetschek Group

Otto Group


Ping An Global Voyager Fund


Sopra Banking Software S.A.

Stillfront Group



Work highlights

  • Advising Daimler AG on the establishment of a fuel cell joint venture between Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group.
  • Advising GM Cruise Holdings LLC in connection with the acquisition of Astyx GmbH from Zukunft Ventures GmbH, a subsidiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, and the founders of Astyx.
  • Advising Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on the extensive package of measures announced by the company to increase profitability.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland offers specialised expertise in the automotive, technology, energy, manufacturing and life sciences sectors and provide a ‘one-stop shop for all major areas of law‘. The team, led by Christof Lamberts, advises on takeovers on both buyer and seller side, mergers, carve-outs and post-M&A issues as well as on financing, reorganisation and restructuring issues. Admitted to the bar in Germany and as a solicitor in England and Wales, Anthony Cross made partner in May 2021 and covers joint ventures, M&A transactions and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Christof Lamberts


‘The team consisted of Max Findeisen and Anthony Cross. They worked very well together, helped by Anthony’s qualifications in the UK and Germany.’

‘Max Findeisen is an excellent business lawyer and very practical. Being less used to civil contracts, he gave sound advice on where we should and shouldn’t agree.’

‘It was very reassuring that Anthony Cross is qualified in both Germany and the UK as the contracts are in English but governed by German law.’

‘One-stop-shop for all major areas of law relevant to transactions. Good networking between the offices.’

‘Michael Prüßner: Pragmatic consulting approach. Very good client perspective due to in-house GC experience. Knows what matters.’

Key clients




Cyrus One


EG Group

Experian Ventures

Glanbia Nutritionals

Hörmann Industries




Norges Bank Investment Management




Work highlights

  • Advising Norges Bank Investment Management on the acquisition of 50% of the offshore wind farms Borssele 1 and 2 in the Netherlands from the Danish energy group Ørsted for around €1.38 billion.
  • Advising Reconomy on the takeover of the German Reverse Logistics Group and Duales System Noventiz.
  • Advising Shell on the takeover of the charging infrastructure provider Ubitricity from the shareholders, including Heinz Dürr Invest, the Siemens subsidiary Next47, Honda, EDF and earlybird.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s key strength are medium-sized cross-border transactions, often in close cooperation with its global offices. The client portfolio includes DAX30 companies as well as medium-sized companies and international corporations. The team has particular expertise in the healthcare, life sciences, automotive and financial sectors, which is complemented by Matthias Hirschmann‘s and Alexander Stefan Rieger‘s know how in the energy sector; Rieger also handles infrastructure-related issues and is part of the practice led by Volker Geyrhalter and Nikolas Zirngibl. At the turn of the year 2021/2022, the team experienced a significant boost with the arrival of newcomers Christoph Naumann and Torsten Rosenboom from Watson Farley & Williams LLP.


‘Mr Rieger distinguished himself by his responsiveness, proactivity and legal precision. Furthermore, he always kept an eye on the big picture of the transaction in question. We were completely satisfied with the consulting service.’

‘Proactive, always available, very responsive, good specific sector know-how.’


Noerr is a well-known address for the drafting of acquisition and joint venture structures and regularly instructed by German and international family businesses as well as listed corporations. The client roster reflects the team's industry focus on the financial services, automotive, healthcare and energy sectors. Headed by Florian Becker and Alexander Hirsch, the team also includes PE specialist Christian Pleister. In October 2021, the group welcomed Natalie Daghles , Martin Neuhaus , Rainer Wilke and Harald Selzner from Latham & Watkins LLP, all of whom have longstanding experience in M&A and corporate law.


‘Ability to manage complex transactions with a multi-site team; this allows resources and know-how to be used ideally.’

‘Excellently positioned full advice in all M&A-relevant legal areas (including antitrust law, employment law, etc.). Fair billing behavior. Very high availability and adherence to schedules.’

Key clients

Aluminium Rheinfelden Gruppe


Cerner Corporation

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners

DrSmile (Urban Technology GmbH)

Grupo J. URIACH, S.L.

Hertha BSC GmbH & Co. KGaA

J.C. Flowers LLC

Kaufland / Schwarz Dienstleistung KG

MET Holding AG

Royal Cosun U.A.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.

Tengelmann Gruppe


Work highlights

  • Lead advice to the insolvency administrator of Wirecard/Jaffé on the successful sale of the group’s global companies and divisions.
  • Advising the Kaufland Group on the acquisition of the Real Digital Business from the investor SCP.
  • Advising Condor Flugdienst GmbH on the acquisition of a majority stake in the airline by Attestor.

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH has an 'excellent and well-established team with very strong expertise in all relevant areas of law'. The team advises German medium-sized companies and large corporations on company acquisitions and sales, including due diligence reviews, as well as on public takeovers, joint ventures and transaction-related restructuring. Jochem Reichert complements this offering with dispute resolution expertise, while both practice heads, Marc Löbbe and Oliver Schröder, offer additional advisory capacities in compliance and private equity. Martin Gross-Langenhoff joined the team from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in January 2021 and advises listed companies and financial investors on national and international M&A transactions and on public takeovers in particular.


‘The team put a lot of effort into the deal. Especially in the phase when an unexpected event jeopardized the conclusion, our contact persons were available for us from morning to night, even at the weekend. Without this close-knit and competent support, the deal would probably not have come to a successful conclusion.’

‘Excellent and well-rehearsed team with very strong competence in all relevant areas of law, good availability for the clientele.’

‘Martin Gross-Langenhoff: Rising star within the industry, extremely detail-oriented, doesn’t make any mistakes, but keeps an eye on the big picture at the same time.’

‘The team can be reached at any time and also works above the performance limit over a longer period of time in order to get the maximum out of the mandate.’

‘Excellent expertise, good market presence.’

‘Martin Gross-Langenhoff: Very good negotiator, excellent legal knowledge, good deal management.’

‘Jochem Reichert: Very experienced and very careful.’

‘Marc Löbbe: Very experienced and very pragmatic.’

Key clients


Innogy SE

Diebold Nixdorf Inc.

Isaria Wohnbau

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA


JM Holding GmbH & Co. KGaA

Balcke Dürr

STS Group

Schweizer Familie Pohl


Bihr NV


Investorengruppe bestehend aus Renolit, Solvay Participations Belgique, dem High-Tech Gründerfonds und Ffilipa Venture Capital

Gesellschafter der ioxp GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive legal advice to the US life science company AVANTOR on the approximately €890 million acquisition of Ritter GmbH, headquartered in Schwabmünchen, and several companies affiliated with it.
  • Advising Diebold Nixdorf, Inc. on various transactions, including in connection with the financing round of AEVI International GmbH, which is an 82% subsidiary of Diebold Nixdorf, Inc.
  • Advising Isaria Wohnbau AG on the sale of a total of 13 real estate project companies and the associated platform to the listed German real estate company Deutsche Wohnen SE and on the sale of ONE GROUP GmbH to the SORAVIA Group.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's transactional team is divided into subgroups focusing on technology, energy, real estate, healthcare, private wealth, capital markets and industrials. The team offers comprehensive support for investors, funds and corporations in national and cross-border transactions, especially in the US and China context. Interfacing corporate law matters are regularly handled by practice head Klaus Grossmann, while Peter Hellich routinely covers issues at the interface with venture capital and private equity.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Grossmann

Key clients

Delfingen Industry Group

Diehl Metall Stiftung

DKV Mobility Service Group

Duisburger Hafen AG

Fertinger Gruppe

Hillenbrand, Inc.

Imperial Logistics International B.V. & Co. KG

Jansen Group

Mühlenhoff + Partner GmbH

Provinzial Versicherungsgruppe

sennder GmbH

Sixt Leasing SE

Téléfonica SA

Wuxi OFC Carpet Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising Telefónica SA on the establishment of a joint venture with Allianz Capital Partners for fiber optic expansion in Germany.
  • Advising Imperial on the sale of the South American inland shipping business to Hidrovias do Brasil.
  • Advising Hillenbrand, Inc. on the sale of the ABEL Group’s pump business to IDEX Corporation.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP advises on all aspects of M&A transactions, but demonstrates particular expertise in public takeovers and real estate transactions, where the team receives interdisciplinary and cross-border support from the firm’s other experts, resulting in additional capacities in private equity as well as the technology, finance (including FinTech), energy and infrastructure sectors. The cross-border orientation is also reflected in practice head Darragh Byrne, who shares his time between Frankfurt and Stockholm. The team includes Middle East expert Murad M. Daghles and Tobias Heinrich, who also advises on PE issues, as well as Sebastian Pitz (transactional and regulatory matters) and Hans-Georg Schulze (M&A, corporate and commercial). Pitz and Schulze both made partners in January 202.

Practice head(s):

Darragh Byrne


‘Mr Heinrich has built up an excellent team in W&C’s Frankfurt office, which is able to deliver results very quickly, competently and with outstanding quality, even with complex and difficult client requirements.’

Mr Heinrich has an excellent international network, so that even cross-border issues can be addressed quickly and easily.’

‘Mr Heinrich is an outstanding expert and industry insider who always succeeds in explaining complex issues to his clients across all hierarchical levels in an understandable way. Even with demanding and challenging client requests, he remains calm and always finds suitable and appropriate solutions.’

Key clients

aamundo Immobilien Gruppe

Corestate Capital Holding S.A.

Eco-Bat Technologies Limited

Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Lumos Investment Holdings

Next Kraftwerke

SoftBank Vision Fund II

Work highlights

  • Advising the SoftBank Vision Fund II as lead investor on the investment in a Series C financing round in TIER Mobility.
  • Advising the founders and shareholders of Next Kraftwerke on the 100% sale of their shares to Shell Overseas Investment BV.
  • Advising Kommunalkredit Austria AG on the planned acquisition of Ireland-based DEPFA BANK plc.  

Ashurst LLP

The M&A team at Ashurst LLP focuses on the automotive, infrastructure, energy, real estate, healthcare and new economy sectors and also covers various interface topics pertaining to finance, antitrust, employment and tax law. This results in regular instructions on mergers, takeovers, company acquisitions and sales, which routinely feature cross-border aspects. Practice head Thomas Sacher advises on private and public M&A as well as corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Sacher 

Other key lawyers:

Benedikt von Schorlemer


‘Very responsive team and knowledge of key industries. Always deploy the right team.’

‘Thomas Sacher in Munich is always available and responds to customer needs.’

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLPalways takes a pragmatic approach to solving problems ‘. The team is instructed by both startup and medium-sized companies as well as multinational stock corporations, which benefit from the group’s experience in automotive, life sciences, technology and communications. Stefan Münch is a key contact for corporate law and M&A issues in the context of the last-mentioned three sectors. Led by Peter Veranneman, the team also advises on pre- and post-acquisition issues, mergers, takeovers and growth strategies.

Practice head(s):

Peter Veranneman

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Münch; Stephan Kübler


‘The group we’ve worked with really acts as a team; so you are never completely dependent on one person. When new partners/employees are brought in to solve specific problems, it is clear that B&B has done an excellent job of internal communication to bring everyone up to date.’

B&B always takes a pragmatic approach to solving problems, looking for a solution that fits our specific needs rather than forcing us down a certain path .’

‘We worked extensively with Stephan Kübler and Stefan Münch. They are both exceptionally communicative, have sharp legal minds and are adept at finding creative solutions.’

‘Very good interdisciplinary cooperation; not too many people involved; very good transfer of knowledge within the team.’

‘Stefan Münch: Outstanding negotiation skills, result-oriented.’

Key clients

Antin Infrastructure Partners



Cube Infrastructure Fund II

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Elixinol Global Ltd

Electric Feel Entertainment

Ellab A/S

Eve Systems GmbH

FUNKE Digital GmbH

Gamma Communications plc

HRworks GmbH


KORIAN Deutschland AG

LEAD VENTURES Alapkezelo Zártköruen Mukö

Materia Ventures

MaxLinear, Inc.


PSA Group/Opel

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Rackspace Technology

Seedtag Advertising S.L.

Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd

Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

Story House Productions GmbH/Story House Pictures GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising DBAG – Deutsche Beteiligungs AG on several transactions of portfolio companies.
  • Advising KORIAN Deutschland AG on the takeover of the care division of Qualivita AG and on the acquisition of the intensive care service Lebenswert.
  • Advised PSA/Opel on the agreement with Total/Saft to form the Automotive Cells Company (ACC), a joint venture to manufacture batteries in Europe.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP particularly stands out at the intersection between private equity and venture capital. The team has experience in various sectors, such as automotive, TMT, finance and healthcare. Other key topics include interfacing issues such as corporate financing and restructuring, which practice head Federico Pappalardo routinely advises on. His team includes Giovanni Russo (corporate law, M&A, PE, and VC), Carina Klaes-Staudt (transactions and restructuring-related advice) and Dominik Stuhler, who joined the team in May 2021 from Allen & Overy LLP and complements the advisory services with expertise in PE, restructuring and transactions in the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Pappalardo

Key clients

Akka Technologies

Assmann Holding GmbH

Berwind Group

Branded Group

Cathay Capital Private Equity

Crown Holdings

YIELCO Investments

Lazada Group

Onefootball GmbH

Shurgard Europe

Target Global

Vestiaire Collective

VIA Optronics

Work highlights

  • Advising OneFootball GmbH on the acquisition of Dugout, a digital media company.
  • Advised VIA optronics AG, a Bavarian manufacturer of advanced display solutions, on the $94 million cross-border IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Crown Holdings on the sale of their European tinplate business to the financial investor KPS Capital Partners, LP.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH offers ‘client-oriented solutions and precise support in implementation down to the last detail ‘. The team’s core competencies include transaction support in China and Asia – Thomas Weidlich and Philipp Dietz are the key contacts here -, distressed M&A as well as transactions in the healthcare, energy and automotive sectors, while Michael Bormann advises clients from the food industry. Thomas Kuhnle heads the practice, which was strengthened in September 2020 with Björn Simon (corporate, contract and capital markets law) from Baker McKenzie.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Kuhnle


‘Lots of experience, high level of pragmatism.’

‘In my opinion, Philipp Dietz is one of the most empathetic lawyers in the segment, who understands what the other party’s core issues are and tries to combine them with ours in order to achieve good results.’

‘Fully for the benefit of the client: not just to “get the job done”, but because there is a real, authentic interest in people – absolute reliability: throughout the negotiations I never had to worry that anything would get lost in the hustle and bustle – excellent strategic negotiation skills.’

‘Thomas Kuhnle is technically absolutely outstanding, in all facets of my M&A case (from the legal details to the conduct of the conversation); humanly very agreeable and benevolent; with understanding for the client’s challenging situation.’

‘Comprehensive commitment, pragmatic contribution of competencies.’

‘Very good specialist knowledge, utmost commitment, greatest focus on results, great value for money.’

‘Thomas Kuhnle is very experienced, extremely good at delicate negotiations, outstanding transaction lawyer.’

‘Extremely responsive and efficient. The interest in the client and the willingness to learn are always noticeable. Advice to the point, without disclaimer. Smooth coordination of the various teams and locations that is hardly noticeable to the client. Practical, client-oriented solutions and precise support down to the last detail during implementation.’

Key clients

Knorr-Bremse AG



Benteler SE

H.B. Fuller

Ärzteversorgung Niedersachsen

Mahle GmbH


IDT Biologika GmbH

Continental AG

TrailStone GmbH / TrailStone UK Ltd.

Wielton S.A.

AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA

SA Mediawan

Work highlights

  • Advising Anhui ActBlue Co.,Ltd. on the acquisition of shares in Vitesco Technologies Faulquemont SAS and assets of the Vitesco Group.
  • Advice to Mediawan SA on a participation in a complex transaction structure in the Leonine Group.
  • Advising Canadian 5N Plus InC on the acquisition of Azur Space Solar Power GmbH, a leading manufacturer of solar cells for space travel.

Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown LLP focuses on advising financial investors and corporations on predominantly cross-border transactions, with an industry focus on financial services. The team has specialised know-how in underwriting, restructuring-related M&A as well as interfacing venture capital capacities, with additional private equity expertise demonstrated by practice head Julian Lemor. Other key members are restructuring expert Marco Wilhelm and Ulrike Binder, who focuses on listed companies and capital markets law issues in the corporate space.

Practice head(s):

Julian Lemor


‘Martin Heuber is a top quality lawyer. He uniquely combines expertise with commercial transaction experience.’

‘Top quality advice, both professionally and personally. In particular, the high quality standard and the speed are convincing. The cooperation is also very pleasant on a personal level.’

‘Ulrike Binder is extremely professional, technically top class and very pleasant as a person. In negotiations with the other party, she is very persistent, convincing in her arguments and works out very good solutions, even in deadlocked situations, without diluting the client’s position. Due to her interdisciplinary knowledge, she convinces and surprises again and again with additional aspects that go far beyond the usual content of advice. She is always personally available and approachable for the client. Highly recommended!’

‘Able to grasp and process complex issues quickly.’

‘Julian Lemor thinks and acts in the interest of the customer; very thorough legal preparatory work.’

‘In der Lage, schnell, komplexe Sachverhalte zu erfassen und abzuarbeiten.’

‘Julian Lemor denkt und handelt im Interesse des Kunden; sehr gründliche rechtliche Vorarbeiten.’

Key clients

AaviGen GmbH und ihre Gründer

Acolad Group

BRT Beteiligungs GmbH

LG Displays Co. Ltd.

proFagus Group

Raffinerie Heide GmbH

Sixth Street Partners

Avedon Capital

Volpi Capital

Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers KGaA


Milbank impresses with a broad advisory portfolio including transactional due diligence processes and post-merger integrations. Accordingly, the team is instructed by listed corporations, international financial investors and medium-sized companies from Germany and abroad on large and mid-cap transactions, which often feature interfacing private equity and venture capital aspects. The core team includes Martin Erhardt, who covers M&A and corporate law as well as insolvency law matters, conversion and takeover specialist Norbert Rieger and Christoph Rothenfusser (stock corporation and group law, capital markets law, takeover and conversion law). The corporate and private equity specialist Peter Nussbaum left the legal market in February 2022.

Key clients

Auto1 Group SE

Futrue GmbH

HG Darco Group

NuCom Group SE

Oncare GmbH

Otto Group

ProSiebenSat. 1 Media SE

Sartorius AG

SHL Medical AG

Sixt SE

Smith & Nephew plc


Themis Beteiligungs-Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Advising the founder and majority shareholder Roman Arnold on the acquisition of a majority stake in Canyon Bicycles GmbH by Groupe Bruxelles Lambert.
  • Advising capiton, Nord Holding, the Brendecke family and the management team of Engelmann Sensor, a leading European manufacturer in the smart heat metering industry, on the sale to DPE.
  • Advising HG Darco Group LLC on the sale of hg medical GmbH.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Led by Stefan Feuerriegel and Frank Regelin, Norton Rose Fulbright‘s M&A practice predominantely advises on transactions in the technology and innovation, energy, banking and insurance sectors, while Philipp Grzimek ‘s expertise covers energy as well as the consumer goods and healthcare sectors. The group is characterised by its international competencies and, in cooperation with other practice groups, covers all stages of the deal. The two corporate specialists Frank Henkel and Katrin Stieß are among the key contacts in Munich.


‘Strongly service-oriented. One stop shop. Can also do larger, multinational deals.’

‘Very responsive.’

‘Very committed team with a high level of expertise. The work was very solution-oriented. Conducted the negotiations with a steady hand and a cool head.’

‘Sylwia Bea: Strong and convincing personality. High willingness to perform with above-average ability to master critical situations.’

‘Philipp Grzimek: Strong thinker with persuasive powers. Excellent analytical skills.’

Flexible, practiced and easy to deal with. Understand the pressures on in-house legal teams.’

‘Mr Niehaus is an excellent professional; full knowledge of M&A; extremely discreet and competent, factual and objective. Very pleasant to work with, represents his point of view and is a team player. His way of dealing with the project was extremely factual and convincing, especially when it came to complex issues.’

Key clients

Bayerische Motorenwerke Aktiengesellschaft

Dradura Holding GmbH & Co. KG in Eigenverwaltung

Eavor Technologies Inc

Energie 360 Grad AG

Konsortium bestehend aus Heliot Group und Cube Infrastructure Managers

Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG)

Wüllner Unternehmensgruppe

Wyelands Capital / Liberty House Group / Alvance (GFG Alliance)


According to clients – including numerous investors and family businesses – Oppenhoff  ‘can be entrusted with all kinds of M&A deals at any time without preparation‘. The focus is on cross-border transactions pertaining to digitisation and healthcare, although the firm is also experienced in warranty and indemnity insurance solutions. Practice head Peter Etzbach is the main contact for insurance and financial industry clients. Günter Seulen is a key contact for compliance and D&O liability issues.

Practice head(s):

Peter Etzbach


‘The necessary resources were made available at very short notice. A wealth of experience from other transactions, which helped us overcome a number of hurdles in our negotiations.’

‘Till Liebau knows how to adapt optimally to the circumstances of the negotiating partner and the situation in the negotiation and in the drafting of the contract. pragmatism where the situation requires it and helps the negotiation; great accuracy and insistence on detail to avoid risk.’

‘We feel that we are in the best hands and can entrust Oppenhoff with all types of M&A deals at any time without any preparation. It doesn’t matter whether it’s support in an individual case or the complete assumption of entire transactions of any size in the group – we can rely on the law firm.’

‘Myriam Baas-Schilling is a managing partner and has been the central contact person for our group for many years and coordinates all areas of law in an outstanding manner. We feel that we are in the best of hands.’

Key clients

Banijay Group

Zurich Gruppe Deutschland

Expleo Deutschland Holding




Shop Apotheke

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain


nd industrial investments B.V.


MVGM Deutschland GmbH

Liberty Global Transaction Solutions

Gesellschafter der MRH Trowe Holding AG

Hydro66 Holdings Corporation

CCE Gruppe



Work highlights

  • Advising RheinEnergie AG/ EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG on the sale of their 45.1% stake in the listed energy supply company MVV Energie AG.
  • Advising Compagnie de Saint-Gobain on the acquisition of a majority stake in the Brüggemann Holzbau Group.
  • Advising VHV Holding AG on the acquisition of the Eucon Group.

Arqis Rechtsanwälte

Arqis Rechtsanwälte advises on M&A transactions, private equity platform transactions, private equity add-ons as well as on venture and W&I issues. The team also has specialist expertise in M&A-related insurance and transactions involving nursing homes and medical care centers. Key contact for the latter is co-head Jörn-Christian Schulze, who jointly leads the practice with Japan desk manager Shigeo YamaguchiMirjam Boche is another key member and has extensive expertise in M&A, PE and corporate.


‘Arqis’ strength lies in its deep understanding of Japanese companies and wealth of experience. Arqis has an overwhelming wealth of experience in cross-border transactions (Japan and Germany) and can offer practical advice and solutions that take cultural and legal differences into account.’

‘Very committed team, very competent, good negotiating partners, excellent W&I insurance support.’

‘Dr. Mirjam Boche: Commitment, in-depth knowledge, pragmatic approach, very pleasant to deal with, 100% reliable.’

‘Outstanding partner is Shigeo Yamaguchi. He is able to consider the different business practices between Japan and Germany and find mutually acceptable solutions. His advice was also very useful in the post-transaction settlement.’

‘What can I say – I love Arqis because they are fast, solution-oriented and technically top-notch. The cooperation is simply very pleasant, both professionally and personally!’

‘Jörn-Christian Schulze: Outstanding advisor, always finds a solution, a top negotiator.’

‘Mirjam Boche is a technically excellent and also very pragmatic transaction lawyer. We particularly value the efficiency with which she ties together and drives the various transaction streams. Simply a very good overall package.’

‘Lars Laeger: Technically competent, pragmatic (where justified), very good management of the technical experts.’

Key clients

Domidep S.A.S.

RENK Aktiengesellschaft

AVS Verkehrssicherung

Kroha GmbH

BME SHK Deutschland-Gruppe

Brüggemann Holding GmbH


Black Horse Investments

DUAL Specialty M&A GmbH

HCC Tokio Marine

RiskPoint A/S

terraplasma medical

Alloheim Senioren-Residenzen SE

Oerlikon Metaplas GmbH

Willis Towers Watson

Amaniki GmbH

Liberty Global Transaction Solutions

Sompo International

VALE Insurance Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising RENK Aktiengesellschaft, a portfolio company of the private equity investor Triton, on the acquisition of the Combat Propulsion Systems (CPS) division and Magnet-Motor GmbH (MM) from L3Harris Technologies Inc.
  • Advising Landis+Gyr on the acquisition of all shares in Rhebo GmbH based in Leipzig.
  • Advising BME on the acquisition of the Detering Group and the Mahler Group.

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's clients appreciate the 'communication and allocation of roles taking place in an efficient manner'. In addition to transactional support, the firm also covers interfacing tax law, financing and business advice and is thus active in the entire transactional space. In the summer of 2020, the Cologne office was strengthened with former DWF partners Mathias Reif (Head of the M&A service line in Cologne), Michael Falter (advises on corporate law issues and corporate restructuring) and Boris Kröpsky (M&A and corporate law, including corporate disputes). The group is headed by Michael von Rüden in Düsseldorf and includes Harald Stang, who is the key contact for investors and family companies.

Practice head(s):

Michael von Rüden


‘Good teamwork, communication and allocation of roles taking place in an efficient manner. Good technical tools. Solution-oriented action.’

‘Mr Stang: Competent; pragmatic; solution-oriented; friendly.’

‘Competent, flexible.’

‘The team negotiates deals “with a sense of proportion” and, as far as possible, brings quick and practical solutions. Due diligence and advice are provided with the necessary care, without getting bogged down in trifles.’

Key clients

Acceres SAS (jetzt Syntech Research Group)

Amadeus FiRe AG

Birkenstock GmbH & Co. KG

Boll & Kirch GmbH

Caplast GmbH / KAP AG

CCE Group GmbH

CWS International GmbH/CWS Fire Safety GmbH

De Ceuster

Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH


DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH

Heristo AG

Implenia Gruppe

Karatzis SA

Main Capital Partners/ GBTEC Software AG

Main Capital Partners/ ONVENTIS GmbH

Main Capital Partners/ Hype Softwaretechnik GmbH


Native Instruments Holding GmbH

Nipro Medical Europe N.V.

NMC International SA

Orelia Group NV

Rheinisch-Bergische Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

Saarbrücker Zeitung Saarbrücker Zeitung Verlag und Druckerei, Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung

Winning Group a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advice to the Birkenstock Group with a multidisciplinary, cross-location team on the preparation of the majority entry and the implementation of a bidding process until the successful sale to the strategic investor L Catterton focused on consumer goods.
  • Advising the Saarbrücker Zeitung Saarbrücker Zeitung publisher and printer on the sale of the Amplexor Group with companies in 23 countries worldwide to the French Acolad Group.  
  • Advising Winning Goup as on the acquisition of the companies Sona BLW Präzisionsschmiede GmbH and SONA AutoComp Germany GmbH from insolvency.


Dentons is a renowned address for M&A transactions with regulatory aspects, particularly in the (renewable) energy, healthcare and financial services sectors. The arrival of Michael Krömker from Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in December 2020 further strengthened the team's expertise in the energy, infrastructure, automotive, industrials, IT and media segments. The group is increasingly active for DAX30 companies, but also advises international companies and private equity investors, who benefit from the interfacing advisory capacities in restructuring and distressed M&A. Alexander von Bergwelt , Robert Weber and Rebekka Hye-Knudsen jointly head the practice.


Pragmatic, entrepreneurial understanding.

Key clients


Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)

Aves One AG

Arlington Germany

Commerz Real


Yinglei Wang Holding / Sedant Roba

Yonsung Group

Infracapital Accursia Capital

Carl Hanser Verlag

Infinex Group

Accursia Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Volkswagen on the takeover of the front camera software business of the listed automotive supplier Hella.
  • Advising Aves One on the $182.5 million sale of its entire sea container portfolio to a fund managed by investment firm Oak Hill Advisors.
  • Advising WebMD, the portfolio company of leading global private equity firm KKR and Singaporean investment fund Temasek, on the acquisition of coliquio.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

Led by Frank Evers, GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB offers ‘comprehensive legal, yet personal advice‘. German and international companies, medium-sized companies and financial investors instruct the team on transactional matters in the mid-cap segment, while the group also covers related tax, financial and competition law aspects. Christoph Niemeyer is a key contact for Italy-related transactions, among other things.

Practice head(s):

Frank Evers


‘Continuous availability, absolute adherence to schedules; deep understanding of the industry and the company; pragmatic approach to conflicts and proactive introduction of solutions.’

‘Wolfgang König impresses with his pragmatic manner and with his calm but always razor-sharp analysis of the situation. The translation of commercial agreements and thoughts into contracts succeeds almost playfully.’

‘Görg offers comprehensive legal, yet personal advice.’

‘Unlike other lawyers, Dr. Niemeyer has an eye for the essentials, very good business and operational knowledge and always proposes solution-oriented approaches. The combination with appropriate legal skills creates added value for the customer, especially in M&A transactions.’

‘Frank Evers and his team are multilingual French/English/German. Frank has a very good knowledge of French culture and is able to create an optimal connection and cooperation between French customers and companies in Germany. In addition, Frank and his team are very competent and reactive.’

‘Fast and pragmatic, always solution-oriented. Very good team with specialists in all relevant areas (environment, HR, antitrust law, etc.) who can support.’

‘Frank Evers: Very calm manner, a lot of experience and a good team.’

Key clients

Turck duotec-Gruppe

Veolia Group

Berliner Glas KGaA Herbert Kubatz GmbH & Co.

Ningbo Fengmei Industrial Co., Ltd.

AD Education

Herbstreith & Fox (H&F Group)

Fiege Logistik Holding Stiftung & Co. KG

Zeitfracht Gruppe

Altenloh, Brinck & Co. GmbH & Co. KG

Gesundheit Nordhessen Holding AG

VKR Holding A/S

Stiftung der Cellitinnen e.V.

Hengst SE

QBS Technologies Limited

Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH

Spiekermann GmbH Consulting Engineers

Vorsprung Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advising the Turck duotec group/ Turck duotec GmbH on various acquisitions and investments in the tech sector.
  • Advising the Veolia Group on the sale of several business premises to the Remondis Group.
  • Advising Ningbo Fengmei Industrial Co. (FMIC) on the acquisition of shares from the insolvent Schlemmer GmbH in their joint venture in China, Ningbo Schlemmer Automotive Parts Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries in Asia.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany offers ‘great flexibility and creative solutions’ with regard to its M&A offering. A key focus is the advice to international companies and investors from the healthcare, pharmaceutical, automotive, industrial, chemical and renewable energy sectors, among others. The team also has experience in distressed M&A and private equity transactions. Peter Schorling and Henrik Armah head the group, which also includes Josef Hofschroer, Nicolai Lagoni, Sara Berendsen and senior associate Oliver Markmann, who are experienced in M&A and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schorling; Henrik Armah


‘Professionally and personally above average across all hierarchies; no ranking list within the team, but comprehensive and very team-oriented, solution-oriented work. Diverse experience in a broad team.’

‘Flexible and cooperative; professionally – like almost all good law firms – absolutely top; In addition, there is great flexibility and creative solutions, which probably result from the fact that a lot of experience is anchored in the team and at the same time there is a great and healthy team spirit internally. Leads to fast, good and very pleasant cooperation with the client.’

‘For transactions, the team around Peter Schorling is a real powerhouse that acts quickly and efficiently. Thanks to our team of partners, which has meanwhile grown significantly, we can always access the right lawyer for the respective topic. The young generation impresses with its professional competence and pragmatism.’

‘Oliver Markmann is one of the best senior associates in the M&A field that we can count on in the years to come.’

‘Nicolai Lagoni was a helpful partner at all times, actually available when we needed him. Very trusting relationship and he got numerous issues out of the way with a quick phone call without going directly into sales mode. Exemplary.’

‘Sara Berendsen ran the show together with her team. Accurate, punctual, efficient and most importantly, practical.’

‘Service-oriented, commercial and pragmatic.’

‘Henrik Armah keeps an overview, is precise, commercial and very adept at dealing with clients and opponents.’

Key clients

Black Dragon Capital, LLC


GlobalLogic Inc.


Macquire Infrastructure and Real Assets

Pacifico Renewables Yield AG

Eltel AB

Paysign, Inc.

Tuscan Holdings Corp.

Gilde Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advising technology company Digital Turbine on its $600 million acquisition of Fyber.
  • Advising Gilde Healthcare, a Dutch private equity investor, on the acquisition of Acti-Med Aktiengesellschaft, a manufacturer of medical technology.
  • Advised a laboratory services and clinical trials company on the intended acquisition of a competitor in the field of clinical trials based in Europe.


Greenfort impresses with ‘ valuable advice and clear recommendations for action’ in supporting medium-sized M&A transactions. The firm’s advisory portfolio includes advice on the acquisition, sale and merger of companies as well as on auction procedures, public takeovers, joint venture structures and general transaction management. The team has an industry focus on energy and media, while it also covers various interface topics such as private equity, financing, insolvency and restructuring as well as dispute resolution. Among the key contacts are Andreas von Oppen, Anh-Duc Cordalis, Gunther Weiss, Carsten Angersbach, Daniel Röder and Martin Asmuß.

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is experienced, pragmatic, practical and not theoretical, yet conscientious enough. Very targeted advice. Top accessibility and speed in response.’

‘Andreas von Oppen: Smart and socially competent. He has a very good tonality and a good sense of how to deal with the other person; SUPER on point and regulates what needs to be regulated without getting lost in pointless details.’

‘Anh-Duc Cordalis is pragmatic and achievable.’

‘Greenfort has an exceptional focus on the client’s problems and needs. The partners are outstanding lawyers and remarkably well networked.’

From a layman’s point of view: In most of the law firms that we commission, questions are expanded considerably and new questions are identified that need to be dealt with comprehensively. There is rarely a clear recommendation for action at the end. Greenfort, on the other hand, focuses on what is necessary to ensure professional processing and provides valuable advice and clear recommendations for action. This is what makes the law firm so valuable and also adds value for us.’

‘Carsten Angersbach leads and guides the parties through each phase of the transaction process. No matter how complicated the negotiations are, he finds a creative and legally well-founded way out. With a high degree of empathy and experience, he immediately recognizes the negotiation situation and gives excellent advice or, if necessary, steers the discussions in the right direction himself. All in all, Angersbach, as an experienced negotiating professional, leads to the best possible result for his client. In doing so, he acts objectively, highly competently and always appreciatively towards all those involved.’

‘Daniel Röder is a very pleasant, reliable and at the same time assertive lawyer.’

‘Knowledgeable, pragmatic, unpretentious, service and solution oriented.’

Key clients

B.V. Kennemervis Groep

Baron Equity / Stellwerk Süd

Bertelsmann / arvato

Comfica S.A.


Deutsche Private Equity

Ditabis AG

Elanders Gruppe

Envases A/S

Haus der Bäcker

HENN Gruppe



IRIS Analytics GmbH

Lifco Gruppe

Mahansaria Tyres Private Limited

Mediengruppe RTL

MI Investitions GmbH

Partex Capital

Phatebo (Gesellschafter)


Romaco Gruppe

Third Blink Software Inc. (dba Rewind)


TSR Recycling

Work highlights

  • Advice to Knight Vinke on the sale of the stake in UNIPER.  
  • Advising Bertelsmann/ arvato on the sale of a majority stake in Arvato Financial Solutions’ Risk Management division to Experian plc.
  • Advising DPE Deutsche Private Equity GmbH on the acquisition of a majority stake in Engelmann Sensor GmbH from NORD Holding Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft mbH and capiton AG.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Thanks to its sizeable team across several locations, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is experienced in advising corporations, family businesses, private equity houses and family offices in M&A transactions in the mid-market segment. The team’s transactional support is evident in extensive industry experience, including mechanical engineering, automotive, healthcare, energy, financial services, real estate, media and technology matters. Boris Dürr jointly heads the practice with Thorsten Kuthe. Helge-Thorsten Wöhlert is an experienced contact for French clients.

Practice head(s):

Boris Dürr; Thorsten Kuthe


‘German, medium-sized company-oriented, partner-managed, interdisciplinary, long-term stable teams and partner structure/ contact person.’

‘High expertise, high and flexible, results-oriented commitment, holistic advice, ie legal, economic, tactical; very extensive legal and transactional experience.’

‘Rainer Herschlein has a lot of negotiating experience. He doesn’t cave in.’

‘Helge Wöhlert is incredibly knowledgeable and a strong leader.’

‘Boris Dürr is commercial, pragmatic and inspires confidence in his advice.’

‘Helge-Thorsten Wöhlert and Martin Imhof are characterized by excellent quality, legal knowledge and the ability to process complex transactions.

‘Kristina Schneider: She explains complex issues in an understandable way and always finds a solution or, she admits if she doesn’t know something and has to research something,  but she then doesn’t charge for this know-how. She is technically outstanding and does not seek any unnecessary complexity.’

‘Very good set of values, interdisciplinary coordination, attitude towards the negotiating partner ranging from down-to-earth to academic. This is extremely important, especially in the area of mid-cap deals, in order to pick up on the respective corporate culture. Precision in legal work. Flexibility/ creativity in finding solutions.’

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP specialises in advising multinational European, American and Asian corporations on upper mid-market M&A transactions, routinely advising in close collaboration with the firm's international offices. Clients are often from the automotive, industry and technology sectors and are also supported on distressed M&A matters with assistance from the expanding restructuring practice. Thomas Lappe is the central contact.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lappe

Other key lawyers:


‘Good understanding of the packaging industry; very pragmatic approach to due diligence and negotiation; quick and efficient communication; easy availability of partners where required.’

‘Thomas Lappe: Very pragmatic, no laps of honor, direct and solution-oriented addressing of issues.’

Key clients

Tokyo Century Corporation


Sinch AB

Exasol AG

Continental AG


Koenig & Bauer AG

Minebea Mitsumi, Inc.


CML Microsystems PLC

Schuhhaus Dielmann GmbH & Co KG


Digital+ Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Tokyo Century Corporation and Continental AG (independently of each other) in connection with the Series D financing round of Volocopter GmbH.
  • Advising RWE AG on the sale of Georgia Biomass.
  • Advised Sinch AB on the purchase of SAP Digital Interconnect (SDI).

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLPhas excellent specialist knowledge in the area of corporate law and M&A’ and primarily advises large medium-sized companies, family companies and family offices from various sectors. Due to its international network, the team is also well positioned for European and US mandates. M&A and joint venture specialist Norbert Schulte is part of the team led by Clemens Just.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Just


‘McDermott Will & Emery provides legal advice of the highest quality.’

‘They are responsive, always offer fast turnaround times and all the lawyers I have worked with are very reliable and competent.’

‘On projects that required cross-border elements, the firm has excellent international resources that have been invaluable. The international cooperation is very good, as the firm can draw on an extensive network of lawyers for a large number of cross-border matters.’

‘Especially Clemens Just is an extremely competent lawyer who understands the challenges of in-house teams, puts the needs of the clients first and helps me to make the right decisions. I appreciate both his strategic advice, his determination to get things done and his extremely pleasant personality. He is approachable and a consummate professional, highly experienced in corporate law and M&A, knowledgeable and highly motivated.’

Key clients


Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof

Union Park Capital

Bilfinger SE

EMH Partners

CWS-boco International GmbH

Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Albufeira Investment GmbH

Celanese Group

Coty Inc.

Pfeifer & Langen Group

Nagel Group


Event Hotel Group

CirComp Group

Walterscheid Group

Volkswagen Financial Services AG

Sport 1 Medien AG


Merck KGaA

Work highlights

  • Advising SIGNA on the establishment of a new joint venture with the Harng Central Group for the acquisition of the magazine zum Globus AG for €1.1 billion.
  • Advising SIGNA Sports United GmbH on the merger with Yucaipa Acquisition Corporation, a listed Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC).
  • Representing the shareholders of the pharmaceutical company Softhale NV in negotiations with various bidders and in the sale of the company to Sino Biopharm for $110 million.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP ‘s M&A advisory offering is characterised by cross-border mandates, not least due to its designated China, India and Middle East desks and its international network. The team places particular emphasis on the life sciences, healthcare and technology sectors as well as the interface between private equity and venture capital. Practice head Thomas Schmid also advises on matters pertaining to the last-mentioned two, while Oliver Duys is a central contact for real estate portfolio transactions and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schmid

Other key lawyers:

Sven Greulich; Oliver Duys

Key clients

ACG Pharma Technologies



Beijing Aeonmed Co. Ltd.

Crane Co.

creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft

Flexera Software


Nanjing Estun Automation

Neway Valve (Suzhou)

Persico S.p.A.

PHW Group

ProLeiT AG



Xometry Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Lilium on the SPAC merger with Qell, bringing Lilium to the NASDAQ.
  • Advising Convergenta on the €815 million investment in Ceconomy and agreement to simplify the corporate structure at MediaMarktSaturn.
  • Advising auxmoney on the €150 million majority acquisition by US investor Centerbridge.


POELLATH is particularly well-known for M&A activities at the interface with private equity, venture capital and corporate law and offers additional expertise in insolvency and restructuring, tax structuring, merger control and foreign trade law matters. The practice heads Jens Hörmann and Eva Nase are among the key contacts for both companies and corporations as well as private equity clients. Management teams regularly instruct Benedikt Hohaus and Michael Inhester.

Practice head(s):

Eva Nase; Jens Hörmann

Key clients

DN Capital/ Piton Capital

Management von Synlab

Management von Axel Springer

Equistone Partners

HPE Growth Capital

Zur Rose Gruppe




BayWa AG


Multimon Grupp

Equistone Partners


Ziegler & Ecker Gruppe




Accesa IT (Gesellschafter)


Commerzbank AG


Investcorp/ Acura


Brockhaus Private Equity

Congatec Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advising DN Capital and Piton Capital on all corporate and capital market law issues relating to the IPO of Auto1 and pre-IPO share sales.
  • Advising the Talanx Group on its participation as an indirect co-investor in the Oldenburg utility company EWE.
  • Advising the management of Axel Springer on the implementation of a management participation program.

Watson Farley & Williams

In addition to project M&A transactions, Watson Farley & Williams LLP increasingly advises on companies transactions and focuses on the energy, shipping, transport and infrastructure sectors. In December 2020, the newly-opened Düsseldorf office expanded the advisory capacities in the energy sector, among others. Since Torsten Rosenboom moved to Hogan Lovells International LLP in January 2022, Marcus Bechtel solely heads the practice. He is particularly experienced in transactional advice to private equity investors. Christoph Naumann joined Hogan Lovells International LLP in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Bechtel

Other key lawyers:

Dirk Janssen


‘Uniquely broad and deep knowledge of renewable energies and excellent negotiation and transaction support.’

‘Marcus Bechtel: Outstanding negotiator, convincing in argumentation and careful in approach with a unique wealth of experience in the field of renewable energies.’

‘Quickly pragmatic in terms of the client as well as keeping an eye on the other side.’

Key clients

Deutsche Börse AG

Acarda Group



Naxicap Germany GmbH


GP JOULE Holding GmbH & Co. KG

TUI Cruises GmbH

Tradebe Port Services S.L.

Elektrizitätswerk der Stadt Zürich (EWZ)


Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Börse AG on the sale of Regulatory Services GmbH to MarketAxess.  
  • Advising EWE AG on the sale of its offshore subsidiary to VINCI.
  • Advised TUIC on the financing and implementation of the $1.3 billion takeover of HL Cruises.


ADVANT Beiten assists industrial companies, company owners and families with medium-sized transactions, among others. Recently, cross-border instructions on US and China-related matters, distressed M&A transactions and issues at the interface with foreign trade law have noticeably increased. Technology, transport, leisure and tourism specialist Hans-Josef Vogel jointly heads the group with Christian von Wistinghausen, who is well versed in cross-border company acquisitions and joint ventures. Maximilian Emanuel Elspas (corporate law and M&A with a sector focus on energy) joined GvW Graf von Westphalen in April 2021.

Key clients

Amphenol Corp.

Commerz Real AG

Ferronordic AB

init innovation in traffic systems SE

Insolvenzverwalter der Tom Tailor Holding SE

Ledvance GmbH

Suzhou Tztek Technology Co Ltd

Vital Materials Co. Ltd.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe S.A.S.

DeinHandy GmbH

EGCO Group

Glenrock International Ltd

König Metall Gruppe (Holding Dr. Zwiebelhofer GmbH)

Intensivpflegedienst Lebenswert GmbH

Aesculap AG

Work highlights

  • Advising the founder and shareholder of Flaschenpost SE on the sale of all shares to the Radeberger Group.
  • Advising the insolvency administrator of Tom Tailor Holding SE on the sale of all shares in Tom Tailor GmbH to Fosun International Limited Group.
  • Advising Ledvance GmbH on the sale of Radium Lampenwerk GmbH to the investment company ASC Investment and on the sale of their plant in Eichstätt, Bavaria, to the Munich private equity investor Callista.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Flick Gocke Schaumburg has longstanding experience in advising corporations, large medium-sized companies, family businesses and financial investors and covers a wide range of industries, although it focuses on the energy sector. Another key strength are tax law matters in private and public transactions. Stephan Göckeler and Michael Erkens head the practice, which also includes Fred Wendt, who is experienced in corporate law and M&A as well as in all related areas (including PE, VC, capital markets and compliance).

Other key lawyers:

Fred Wendt


‘Fred Wendt is an outstanding partner in transactions. Negotiation expertise and business management expertise paired with a high level of strategic competence, creativity, extensive experience from a large number of transactions and excellence on the legal level make him my preferred partner.’

‘I experienced Dr. Göckeler on the other side and due to the extraordinarily good and pleasant experiences mandated in a further transaction. He is an extremely good drafter, his drafts are very well thought out, very clear and pleasantly formulated. He is focused, direct, very solution-oriented and always legally very clean, but above all an incredibly pleasant, level-headed, calm and objective negotiator. His warm-hearted and humorous manner really makes work a pleasure.’

‘Technically competent, reliable, solution and goal-oriented with a view to successfully completing M&A transactions.’

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

The team at Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner is regularly instructed by German family businesses and startups as well as foreign corporations and listed companies on transactions in the mid-market segment. The close cooperation with the firm’s liability and insurance law specialists is also noteworthy. The practice head trio are Gerhard Manz, who advises on corporate finance, corporate and commercial law expert Barbara Mayer and Arnt Göppert, who is a key contact for funds and financial institutions.


‘Interdisciplinary set up; efficient, organized and goal-oriented approach; one or two central project contacts with whom all topics can be placed. The topics are then passed on internally by FGVW to the appropriate specialist lawyers/ clerks and coordinated. Instead of dealing with 5-6 lawyers, one appreciates central contacts who communicate internally coordinated solutions.’

‘Special mention should be made of Dr. Martens in relation to corporate law and the diverse topics in the start-up area, which he and his team prepare in an understandable and comprehensible manner. The consulting approach is ideal for young entrepreneurs and start-ups.

‘Competent, resilient, highly professional.’

‘Barbara Mayer: Highly professional “ease” combined with an overview when things get hectic. You don’t want Barbara on the other side.’

‘Committed, creative and goal-oriented. Motivated and persistent to achieve a successful conclusion, at the same time pragmatic and experienced enough not to lose sight of the possible.’

‘Arnt Göppert is an excellent negotiator even in challenging projects with short reaction times.’

‘The team has incredible experience, mastering the details of the case and communicating the way forward.’

Key clients



Duravit AG


Haufe Gruppe

Herder Gruppe

JP Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

Knauf Gips KG

MEIKO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG / MEIKO Waste Solutions GmbH

Omega Immobilien Gruppe

Outerscore GmbH

Oxid eSales AG

Pyramid Computer GmbH

Samvardhana Motherson Gruppe

S-Beteiligungsgesellschaft der Sparkasse Freiburg und S-Cap Beteiligungsgesellschaft der Sparkasse Pforzheim

Schölly fiberoptic GmbH

SWING Gesellschaft für EDV-Systemlösungen GmbH

Swiss Automotive Group AG (SAG)



Testo SE & Co. KGaA



Wörwag Pharma GmbH & Co. KG

Zahoransky AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Pyramid Computer GmbH on the takeover by the listed mic AG.
  • Advising Schölly fiberoptic GmbH on the sale of the 3D Robotics division to the listed US company Intuitive Surgical.
  • Advising the Swiss Automotive Group AG on the acquisition of a majority stake in the German online car dealer Auto-Teile-Pöllath Handels GmbH.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP ‘s team handles both large and mid-cap transactions, advising industrial companies, strategic investors and private equity clients. In addition, the team offers expertise at the interface with antitrust, IP, tax and employment law as well as financing. Key contacts include Lutz Englisch, who is well versed in the (renewable) energy, media and technology sectors, and Ferdinand Fromholzer, who routinely advises on public and private mergers and acquisitions.

Key clients


Celanese Corp.

Centrotec SE

Cision US Inc.

FormFactor, Inc.

Riverbed Technology,Inc.


Work highlights

  • Advised Cision US Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Brandwatch.
  • Advising CENTROTEC SE on the acquisition of all shares in PARI Group AG.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The Herbert Smith Freehills LLP team is led by Nico Abel and is experienced in advising on M&A transactions, public takeovers and joint ventures. The group is regularly instructed by German companies. Sönke Becker has experience in aerospace, defence and other regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Nico Abel

Other key lawyers:

Sönke Becker; Christoph Nawroth

Key clients

Deutsche Lufthansa

Unzer (vormals heidelpay Group)

ADO Properties

flaschenpost SE

Klarna Prolactal

Work highlights

  • Advising the Lufthansa Group on the sale of the European business of the LSG Group to the airline caterer gategroup.
  • Advising Unzer on the takeover of the acquirer Clearhaus and the payment service provider Quick Pay from Denmark.
  • Advising the online delivery service Flaschenpost SE on its acquisition by Dr. August Oetker KG.

Paul Hastings LLP

Practice head(s):

Christopher Wolff

Other key lawyers:

Regina Engelstädter

PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft)

The M&A practice at PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) advises clients – including German medium-sized companies, DAX30 and international companies – on the entire transactional life span, including due diligence processes, transaction processing and post-merger integration. Managing partner Steffen Schniepp heads the group and is well versed in M&A and private equity.

Practice head(s):

Steffen Schniepp

Other key lawyers:

Lars Benger; Gerhard Wacker


‘Fast, pragmatic, implementation and agreement-oriented, good value for money.’

‘Overall an experienced team. It quickly adjusted to our rather special market. Always friendly and reliable, especially when it comes to timing. I can only recommend the team, would work with this team again at any time.’

‘The individual team members were very competent in their respective areas, especially in the area of finance.’

‘Very practical; very short distances; very efficient.’

‘Mr. Benger: Extremely strong in negotiations and finds out what both parties want and is always business-oriented.’

Key clients

Adiuva Capital GmbH


Bayer AG

BE-terna Enhancement GmbH

BE-terna Holding GmbH

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi)

DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH

Dive-e Digital Value Excellence GmbH

DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH

DS Holding GmbH

Fashionette AG

Genui Sechste Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

Gesellschafter der BSB & BWB Unternehmensgruppe

Gesellschafter der Dream Chip Technologies GmbH

Gesellschafter der Enscape- GmbH

Gesellschafter der Hornetsecurity Group

Grünenthal GmbH

High Tech Gründer Fonds

High Tech Gründer Fonds und Gründer

LeanIX GmbH

Metalogalva – Irmãos Silvas, S.A.


Pana Investments UG

S.V. Holding Aktiengesellschaft

Schaeffler AG

Stihl Holding AG & Co. KG

Teleste Oyj

The Family Butchers Gruppe

The SPB Global Corporation, S.L., Valencia

Tönnies International Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) on the pre-IPO investment (by KfW) of €300 million in CureVac AG together with the contribution to CureVac NV and the subsequent IPO of CureVac NV.
  • Advising Genui Sixte Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH on the sale of shares in Cherry Holding GmbH to Argand Partners.
  • Advising the High Tech Gründer Fonds (HTGF) as seller on the sale of all shares in MYR GmbH to Gilead with a transaction volume of €1.15 billion.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

The Shearman & Sterling LLP team advises on public takeovers, acquisitions and sales, joint ventures and private equity transactions, regularly led by Thomas König and Alfred Kossmann.

Other key lawyers:

Alfred Kossmann; Thomas König 

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Led by Gerhard Schmidt, the Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP team advises on public, private and distressed M&A transactions, takeover bids, taking-private transactions and joint ventures in the mid-market segment. These mandates often feature cross-border aspects, which are handled in close cooperation with the international network. Christian Tappeiner is another key contact and has experience in transactions in the restructuring context.

Practice head(s):

Gerhard Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Christian Tappeiner


‘Weil is incredibly responsive. The team reacts very quickly and proactively to new inquiries and changing conditions.’

‘Extremely dedicated, focused and commercial. Creative structuring.’

‘Gerhard Schmidt: Extremely hands-on, goal-oriented, fast and agile, very experienced, very commercial in finding solutions.’

Key clients

Upfield Group

Exide Technologies

ChargePoint, Inc.

CEZ Group

Terreal Group

Santé Cie SAS

Concardis Payment Group

Culligan International

Olympic Entertainment Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Exide Technologies on the legal restructuring of the European and Asian subgroups and the subsequent sale.
  • Advising Terreal on the acquisition of the Creaton Group.
  • Advising the Santé Cie Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in APOSAN.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Led by Georg Linde, the Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP team advises clients from the PE and finance industries on M&A transactions, public takeovers and exits. Axel Wahl is another key member of the group and, in addition to M&A and PE transactions, is also active in the VC arena.

Practice head(s):

Georg Linde

Other key lawyers:

Kamyar Abrar; Axel Wahl


‘Willkie has an excellent pan-European practice in private equity transactions and special situations. The speed of reaction and the economic understanding of the consultants is enormous. Every single lawyer is technically outstanding and has extensive transaction experience, including in cross-border situations.’

‘Axel Wahl is extremely well connected and experienced in the German market. He knows how to achieve the best possible results for his clients through great negotiating skills, without missing the necessary pragmatism. He masters complex situations with innovative solutions and technical brilliance.’

‘Very good competence across all levels of contact persons. Seamless interface management across different topics.’

‘Integration into the topic.’

‘Expertise, availability, speed of response.’

‘A very professional, responsive and commercially minded team with good knowledge of the market.’

‘Kamyar Abrar is a very professional lawyer with a commercial mindset. He’s also very responsive and ‘to the point’ in his advice.’