M&A: smaller deals (-€100m) in Germany

Includes M&A advice on small-cap deals up to 100 million Euro. The advice on large and mid-cap transactions is listed in separate rankings.


CMS handles transactions of all sizes and focuses on clients from the regulated industries which specialise in innovative projects, such as medical technology, energy and telecoms. In addition to traditional M&A matters, the team also assists with carve-outs and distressed M&A. Antje Becker-Boley, Richard Mitterhuber and Jacob Siebert head the team. 


Noerr has extensive expertise in the M&A arena and regularly supports small-cap transactions with its sizeable team. The group covers the management of national and international M&A transactions, the design of acquisition and joint venture structures as well as the support with related tax issues. This is complemented by expertise in distressed M&A and by the special sector expertise in the regulated industries. Florian Becker and Alexander Hirsch head the group.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Flick Gocke Schaumburg supports national and international corporations, large medium-sized companies, family businesses and financial investors in corporate transactions and complements this competence with in-depth experience at the tax law interface as well as in the healthcare, insurance, technology and finance sectors. The team is also active in supporting real estate transactions. Michael Erkens, Philipp Rulf and associated partner Alexander Goertz comprehensively cover all aspects of corporate and M&A and are among the key contacts.

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann is an established address for medium-sized companies, which are active in the financial services, energy, healthcare, mobility and technology sectors. In addition to this broad industry expertise, the team also routinely assists with transactions at the interface with VC, often in close cooperation with the respective team. Practice head Markus Söhnchen also acts at this interface. His team also includes the two automotive sector specialists Andreas Bauer and Michael Stobbe

Practice head(s):

Markus Söhnchen

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s M&A group offers its support in numerous small to mid-cap transactions. The sizeable team covers various sectors, such as mechanical engineering, automotive, healthcare, energy and TMT. This client base also benefits from the expertise in advising on corporate disputes and corporate governance issues. Boris Dürr and Thorsten Kuthe head the practice, which also includes Oliver Treptow (focus on healthcare, pharma and life sciences) and Helge-Torsten Wöhlert (also litigation and arbitration).

Practice head(s):

Boris Dürr; Thorsten Kuthe


‘Very customer oriented; strong advisory competence; very good availability; Out of the box thinking.’

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

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing is well positioned to advise on transactions of all sizes and has particular experience in technology-driven industries, advising companies as well as investors. Via a designated China desk and good relationships with the US offices, transactions in these jurisdictions are also advised on. Klaus Grossmann heads the group, from which Martin Kraus (specialisation in transactions linked to tax law and inheritance law issues) and Peter Hellich (in addition to M&A, also PE and VC transactions) should be highlighted as active advisors.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Grossmann


‘Strong communication, individual support from a wide variety of departments bundled at the M&A partner; short response time; very good accessibility; quick implementation.’

‘Ernst-Albert von Beauvais is an excellent corporate lawyer with good business expertise. He is a strong negotiator as well as a good communicator.’

act AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte

act AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte offers a 'solution-oriented way of thinking paired with a high level of commercial understanding'. The team is regularly instructed by national and international companies in the context of transactions with a volume of up to €100 million and routinely covers topics at the interfaces with tax and employment law as well as transactions in the distressed context. Sven Tischendorf, who jointly heads the practice with Matthias Müller (in addition to M&A and advice on joint ventures), also advises on these topics.

Other key lawyers:

Fabian Brocke


‘The team at AC Tischendorf is characterized by a high level of professionalism combined with flexibility and absolute client orientation. The cooperation is characterized by this as well as by openness and trust, which you don’t find in all law firms.’

‘Solution-oriented thinking paired with a high level of commercial understanding and a very collegial way of working characterize AC Tischendorf.’

‘The team’s engagement and commitment are extraordinarily high, with a level of professionalism that is in no way inferior to that of large law firms. The interaction between the teams is extraordinarily smooth.’

‘Here you will find a professional team that is very diverse. Short decision paths, as all professionals are united under one roof. Well organized team.’

‘Matthias Müller is an efficient high-flyer who can link all areas of law.’

‘Sven Tischendorf: A real grand seigneur; careful, experienced, extremely well connected.’

‘Matthias Müller is an all-rounder without sacrificing quality and the work in detail; extremely relaxed, extremely resilient, and always binding.’

‘Fabian Brocke: Very focused and solution-oriented.’ 

Key clients

Eurofins Scientific Gruppe

Hannover Finanz GmbH

Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH (HQIB)

H.I.G. Capital



Adcuram Group


KRE Krakat Real Estate Group

GFEP Family Equity

Hirsch Servo Gruppe


Baden Board Gruppe

MIB AG Immobilien und Beteiligungen

Deutsche Real Estate AG

Tempton Gruppe

Exel Industries

Summit Group

Gestamp Automoción S.A

Acciona Airport Services



The Carlyle Group

NSF International

Work highlights

  • Advising TECHNIPLAS on the takeover of the business operations and the main assets of the listed Nanogate Group from insolvency.
  • Advising Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH (HQIB) on the acquisition of the Ergosign Group with five locations in Germany and subsidiaries in Switzerland and China.
  • Advising the Beinbauer Automotive Group on the acquisition of the traditional foundry company Walter Hundhausen GmbH from insolvency.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB's team advises clients on company acquisitions and sales, reorganisation and restructuring, public takeovers and the structuring of joint ventures and in the distressed M&A arena. While the transactions are taking place in various sectors, the company has recently been more active in the healthcare and logistics sectors. The practice group is headed by Frank Evers.

Practice head(s):

Frank Evers


In addition to classic M&A support, POELLATH also offers comprehensive advice at the interface with corporate and VC. Other interface competencies, assisting with the structuring of company acquisitions and sales as well as joint ventures, include tax law, merger control and foreign trade law. Jens Hörmann and Eva Nase head the group, which also includes the two M&A specialists Philipp von Braunschweig and Michael Inhester.

Practice head(s):

Jens Hörmann; Eva Nase


RENZENBRINK & PARTNER demonstrates special expertise in advising on transactions with German-American elements and advises national and international industrial companies, financial and private investors on company acquisitions and sales as well as joint ventures. Purchase agreements, investment and shareholder agreements as well as due diligence and W&I insurance are also part of the service offering. Ulf Renzenbrink (combined M&A and PE expertise) heads the practice with Andreas Stoll and Dennis Schlottmann.


‘Renzenbrink is absolutely on an equal footing with major law firms that I have worked with in the past.’

‘Mr. Stoll: Outstanding consultant because: good knowledge of the specifics of our operational business; shows options for the client and explains and evaluates them; very pleasant personal contact; Absolute service orientation (proactively relieves the client of a lot of work); very good negotiation style in dealing with the other side’s lawyers.’

‘High professional competence and transaction strength in M&A/PE, personally pleasant team.’

‘Ulf Renzenbrink: Very experienced and strong negotiating M&A and PE advisor.’

‘Andreas Stoll: High level of expertise and extensive experience in M&A deals.’ 

Key clients


Love & Food Holding

Engel & Völkers

About You GmbH

Opseo Holding B.V.


Klingel Gruppe




Lydall, Inc.


Work highlights

  • Advising a group of investors on the acquisition of the Vapiano business from the insolvency administrator, including the implementation of a new holding structure and the sale of the German business to Krombacher/ Gastro & Soul.
  • Advised AmRest founder Henry McGovern on joining dean&david.
  • Advising the founder of TRINAMIC Motion Control GmbH & Co. KG on the sale of company shares to Maxim Integrated.

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein's team is 'diversified and yet equipped with top-class specialists'. The client base consists of medium-sized companies, corporations, investors and private equity funds, which are also offered support in employment, antitrust and tax law issues. The practice, headed by Dagobert Nitzsche and Bernd Thalmann is particularly active in the areas of automotive, chemicals, e-commerce, energy, real estate, shipping, transport and logistics.

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Scholl


‘Linking a wide range of knowledge, even for complex structures in smaller transactions, with knowledge of tax law and a great deal of detailed knowledge of the topics.’

‘Broadly positioned and yet equipped with top-class specialists. Quite high and uncomplicated permeability when it comes to integrating specialized resources. This is nevertheless handled sensitively and fairly in terms of costs.’ 

Key clients

Bürgerwind Schönberg GmbH & Co. KG

Dentsply Sirona

Niche Cocoa Services Ltd., Ghana

Tarczynski S.A., Poland


avocado rechtsanwälte

avocado rechtsanwälte regularly advises companies, which are active in the manufacturing, automotive and financial services sectors, on M&A transactions, covering going public transactions, management buyouts, joint ventures and takeovers as well as related customs, tax and foreign trade law issues. Christian Berger heads the practice, which also includes notary public Lars-Henning Behrens and Ralph Hummel (experience in supporting US-related transactions).

Practice head(s):

Christian Berger


‘Extremely competent, helpful, also explain complicated legal issues competently; very reliable.’

‘The partners and lawyers are very competent and have an excellent understanding of what is important for a foreign client.’

‘Deals are always in direct partner responsibility. The complete deal advice from the LOI to the closing is provided from a single source. In the team there is a clear division of core competencies in the context of handling the deal. I particularly appreciate the economic understanding of the lawyers involved. Tough negotiations, but always pragmatic solutions. Particular expertise in cross-border deals.’

‘They are fast and thorough, always available.’

‘Christian Berger: The helmsman, communicator and negotiator.’ 

Key clients

Acushnet GmbH

ASI DataMyte, Inc.

Bomgar Germany GmbH (jetzt Beyond Trust GmbH)

Carlisle Companies Inc.



Genovac Antibody Discovery LLC

IDEX Corporation imc Test & Measurement GmbH; imc Meßsysteme GmbH

Kreos Capital IV (UK) Ltd., London

Log-Arcus Holding AG

Luxoft GmbH

musico GmbH

Pluriomics B.V. (jetzt NCardia B.V.)

SCPI Corum

SEC Consult Deutschland Unternehmensberatung GmbH

BRP Renaud & Partner

BRP Renaud & Partner advises medium-sized and large companies on the purchase and sale of companies and share holdings as well as on the implementation and support of due diligence reviews. In addition to transactions in Europe, a China desk is also well positioned to support transactions in Asia. Practice head Ulrich-Peter Kinzl, as a tax consultant, also handles issues at this interface. Axel Neumahr is an experienced contact for medium-sized companies and holding companies.

Practice head(s):

Ulrich-Peter Kinzl

Other key lawyers:

Axel Neumahr


‘Dr. Axel Neumahr provides us with qualified and effective support in our mandates relating to the creation and review of purchase agreements.’ 

Key clients


Jennert Verwaltungen GmbH & Co. KG

Eberspächer Gruppe

Bright Testing GmbH

H + B Hightech GmbH

Gesellschafter der E & G Real Estate GmbH und der E & G Private Immobilien GmbH

Hummel Systemhaus GmbH & Co. KG

skala druckagentur mailservice GmbH

Stolz Fernwärmeservice GmbH

Beijing Guohuan Rhein Environmental Technology Group Co., Ltd.

China Biologic Products Holding Inc.

Rianlon Technology Company Limited

Zoomlion Heavy Industries Sciense & Technology Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Eberspächer Group on the entry of the mobility service provider DKV Mobility into Pace Telematics GmbH.
  • Ongoing mandates from Zoomlion Heavy Industries Science & Technology Co., Ltd. in German-speaking countries with different target companies.
  • Advising China Biologic Products Holding Inc. in connection with the acquisition of a German medical technology company.


The Kümmerlein team is primarily instructed by national companies, medium-sized companies and project developers. Traditionally, the industry focuses include the healthcare and real estate sectors, but recently the team has also become increasingly active in transactions in the energy and environmental segments. Joachim Gores heads the group together with Stefan Heutz and Martin Gisewski. Notary Ulrich Irriger is another key contact.

Other key lawyers:

Ulrich Irriger; Gerrit Forst


‘Very focused and aligned to the real needs of the project; Service orientation is top.’

‘Very structured, extremely practical and solution-oriented – real supports in the negotiation. It was important and very good that the participants adjusted to us and the negotiating party and always found the right “level” (also in the address).’

‘Mr. Gores: An absolute professional – in terms of content (in depth and breadth) as well as in personal behavior. I can’t imagine a better partner by my side. Extremely structured, always kept track of things – even in extremely complex issues/questions/situations. Very strong negotiating skills, broad knowledge, mediating, stringent, with great solution proposals and assertive. Temporally always highly affine and appropriately reactive – just great. He was such an important part of our success.’

‘Martin Gisewski is an excellent M&A lawyer with a high level of economic expertise and really constant availability.’ 

Key clients


Fahrzeugwerke Lueg


Novum Capital

Rhenus Se & Co. KG

TEDi Mehrheitsgesellschafter


Thyssen’sche Handelsgesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Advising the TEDi majority shareholder on the legal separation from the Tengelmann Group.
  • Advising Novum Capital on the sale of the CC Group to the Dutch Blue Phoenix Group, a holding of the private equity house Waterland.
  • Advising Thyssen’sche Handelsgesellschaft on the acquisition of Spiggle & Theis Medizintechnik, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical products in the field of ENT diagnostics and therapy.