Firms To Watch: M&A

King & Wood Mallesons has particular strengths in advising on medium-sized German-Chinese M&A deals. The team further assists with private equity, foreign trade law, merger control and cartel proceedings and is predominantly active in the technology sector.
Menold Bezler advises medium-sized companies on national and cross-border transactions, corporate issues and reorganisations as well as on distressed M&A and joint ventures.
Mazars Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is particularly visible in small-cap deals and covers a broad industry spectrum, including recent matters in the energy, healthcare and technology industries.
In April 2023, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP strengthened its M&A practice with the arrival of M&A and private equity expert Florian Harder from A&O Shearman, who acts from the firm's newly opened Munich office and jointly leads its corporate business transaction team with Christian Zschocke. The practice is particularly well versed in cross-border transactions and, due to its interdisciplinary set-up, also frequently advises on antitrust, capital markets and tax aspects.
Osborne Clarke maintains good relationships with US and UK clients and predominantly advises them on cross-border transactions as well as on exit strategies in the VC sphere.

M&A in Germany

act AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte

act AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte focuses on distressed M&A transactions that arise from financial crises, internal disputes and insolvency, and advises German companies, private equity investors and family offices. Sven Tischendorf (employment law, restructuring and private equity), Matthias Müller (mid-cap transactions, joint ventures, insolvency law) and Fabian Brocke (insolvency law) jointly lead the team and are supported by Tara Kamiyar-Müller (real estate transactions).

Practice head(s):

Sven Tischendorf; Matthias Müller; Fabian Brocke

Other key lawyers:

Tara Kamiyar-Müller


‘Fabian Brocke: Very sound specialist knowledge, very good negotiation skills even in complicated negotiations.’

‘Quick responsiveness, proactive approach, extensive experience in the M&A and HR industries.’

‘The act team is fast, flexible and reliable. They are experts in their field, understand our business and we can absolutely rely on them to deliver on time and quality.’

Key clients

Accursia Capital

Adcuram Group


DataLab. GmbH


Eurofins Scientific Gruppe


Exel Industries

Gestamp Gruppe

GFEP Family Equity

Hannover Finanz GmbH

Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH

Herber GmbH

H.I.G. Capital

Hirsch Servo Gruppe



KLAR Partners



KRE Krakat Real Estate Group

MIB AG Immobilien und Beteiligungen


Madaus Capital

Deutsche Real Estate AG

Tempton Gruppe


Pixotope Technologies

real GmbH


Summit Group

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Advising LIKUM on the acquisition of nokutec Kunststofftechnik GmbH.

  • Advising the PE company Klar Partners on portfolio expansion in Germany.

  • Advising Harald Quandt Industrie Beteiligungen GmbH on the acquisition of the majority share in SMAL GmbH by Digital Experiences Group GmbH.


ADVANT Beiten is ideally equipped to advise on cross-border matters within Europe due to its firm network and does so for strategic investors, family businesses and medium-sized companies in mid-cap transactions, with a particular focus on deals related to China and the US. Hans-Josef Vogel has particular expertise in the technology, transport and tourism sectors and jointly leads the corporate and M&A team with Barbara Mayer, who joined from Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner in August 2022. Other team members include Gerhard Manz (restructuring, shareholder disputes, company succession) as well as Christian Burmeister and Sebastian Weller, who made partner in January 2023; both are experienced in joint ventures and private equity.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Mayer; Hans-Josef Vogel

Other key lawyers:

Gerhard Manz; Christian Burmeister; Sebastian Weller


‘Extremely fast reaction times with great practical orientation and assistance in classifying different alternatives applying extensive experience.’

Key clients

Amphenol Corporation

ECOVIA Holding GmbH, Diersch & Schröder Gruppe

Erismann & Cie. GmbH

Medline International B.V.

OncologyInformationService und deren Schweizer Tochtergesellschaft CancerDataNet GmbH


RNT Rausch GmbH

SAC Sirius Advanced Cybernetics GmbH

Sappi Europe

Schwäbischer Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Wienerberger AG wg. Projekt Rainbow

Work highlights

  • Advising Erismann & Cie. GmbH on the acquisition of all shares in Dutch company WECO BV.

  • Advising Sappi Limited on the planned sale of Sappi’s graphic paper mills in Stockstadt, Maastricht and Kirkniemi, with a total of over 1,400 employees, to AURELIUS Investment Lux One S.à.rl on German law.

  • Comprehensive advice to OncologyInformationService on the acquisition by way of an asset deal by TriNetX, LLC, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, including data protection specifics with regard to the transfer of medical care research data.

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman's M&A team is primarily active in the energy, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors, as well as the healthcare, insurance and financial services industries. Due to the firm's global presence, particularly in Europe and the US, the practice frequently assists with complex large- and mid-cap cross-border transactions as well as with joint ventures, due diligence reviews and restructurings. Practice head Nicolaus Ascherfeld advises corporations, financial investors and family companies on M&A and private equity transactions and is supported by Hartmut Krause (stock corporation, corporate and capital markets law), Helge Schäfer (M&A and venture capital transactions, joint ventures and MBOs), Hans Diekmann (corporate and capital markets law as well as public takeovers) and Alexander Veith (national and international M&A transactions). Jonas Wittgens, who has experience in stock corporation, conversion and capital markets law, and private equity specialist Roman Kasten are additional key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Nicolaus Ascherfeld

Other key lawyers:

Hartmut Krause; Helge Schäfer; Hans Diekmann; Astrid Krüger; Alexander Veith; Jonas Wittgens; Roman Kasten


‘The team led by Nicolaus Ascherfeld is a true expert in M&A transactions in the energy sector, with a particular focus on offshore transactions in Germany. The entire team has great expertise, is focused on a satisfactory result and has a pragmatic approach.’

‘Experienced team for M&A, many years of successful cooperation and absolute reliability, international resources and high level of quality.’

‘Jonas Wittgens: Controls teams confidently, high level of commitment, great experience in collaboration and thus avoidance of frictional losses. Reliability, always striving for practical solutions. Pleasant to deal with and always approachable.’

Key clients

Uniper SE

Fortescue Future Industries Pty Limited

Norges Bank Investment Management

Iberdrola S.A.

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA

Athora Gruppe

Hapag-Lloyd AG

Santander Consumer Bank AG

Bridgepoint Advisers

Royal Friesland Campina N.V.

House of HR NV



Vision Healthcare B.V.

W.A.G. payment solutions plc

Standard Chartered

Converge Technology Solutions Corp.

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft

Meta Platforms, Inc.

Frankfurter Leben-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advising Uniper SE on the €33 billion stabilization package agreed between Uniper, the federal government and Uniper’s former main shareholder Fortum Oyj.

  • Advising Fortescue Future Industries on its joint venture with Tree Energy Solutions to develop the world’s largest integrated green hydrogen project and LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

  • Advising a consortium of infrastructure investors, consisting of Allianz Capital Partners, AIP Management and Norges Bank Investment Management, on the acquisition of 49.9% of the shares in the planned 960 MW He Dreiht offshore wind farm from EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW). The investment costs amount to around €2.4 billion.


Companies and investors from the healthcare and technology industries rely on ARQIS for cross-border M&A transactions in the mid-cap segment, with the team also advising on private equity and W&I deals; the latter are a particular focus for Mirjam Boche. Jörn-Christian Schulze advises on private equity, M&A and venture capital transactions and jointly heads the practice with Shigeo Yamaguchi, who primarily counts Japanese companies and banks among his clients. In January 2023, Eberhard Hafermalz made equity partner, while Thomas Chwalek, who focuses on private equity and M&A, entered the non-equity partner rank.

Practice head(s):

Jörn-Christian Schulze; Shigeo Yamaguchi

Other key lawyers:

Mirjam Boche; Eberhard Hafermalz; Thomas Chwalek


‘Jörn-Christian Schulze: Always available, quick, competent statements, deal-oriented work.’

‘Mirjam Boche: Very efficient, doesn’t waste any time and always works very fairly towards other parties. She is very pragmatic and creative in finding solutions.’

‘Jörn-Christian Schulze: A leading light in mid-cap private equity in Germany.’

Key clients

Agile Robots AG

Alloheim Senioren-Residenzen SE

Aon Versicherungsmakler Deutschland GmbH


BME Group

Central Glass Co. Ltd.

ITOCHU Corporation

KPIT Technologies

Omnes Capital

VR Equity Partner

Work highlights

  • Advising Omnes Capital on its investment in CCE Holding.

  • Advising Volkswagen on the sale of WeShare to Miles Mobility.

  • Advising blackned on a strategic partnership with Rheinmetall.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP's transactional practice is dedicated to private and public M&A as well as PE and VC deals, primarily in the mid-cap segment, and particularly often acts in the energy sector. This industry also represents practice head Benedikt von Schorlemer's focus, who further assists with private M&A and private equity deals in the infrastructure sector and has additional industry expertise in medical technology, chemistry and automotive. The latter area is also one of Thomas Sacher's mainstays , who is experienced in both transactional and corporate law and who frequently assists with matters in the digital economy.

Practice head(s):

Benedikt von Schorlemer

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Sacher


‘Very competent and, above all, solution-oriented. In comparison to other law firms with very good knowledge of conditions, decision-making processes and sensitivities within a large US company (including corporate-political issues beyond purely legal matters).’

‘Well-coordinated team, excellent industry knowledge, precise and to the point, very pleasant cooperation.’

‘Thomas Sacher: A very prudent, strategically thinking consultant who can understand the client’s point of view well.’

Key clients

Northern Data AG

Siemens Energy

1&1 AG, including subsidiaries 1&1 Mobilfunk GmbH and 1&1 Towers GmbH

Octopus Energy Generation

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust

ABG Capital

FNZ Group

EV Cargo

MEAG and Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe (ÄVWL)

Bullfinch Asset AG

Robert Bosch GmbH

Vulcan Energy Resources Limited

Sartorius-Herbst Verwaltungs GmbH

ABC Technologies

Work highlights

  • Siemens Energy AG on the sale of its Heat Transfer Technology division of Siemens Energy BV to Balcke Dürr BV, a subsidiary of Mutares SE & Co. KGaA.

  • Advising 1&1 Kommunikation GmbH and 1&1 Towers GmbH, direct and indirect subsidiaries of 1&1 AG, ​​on several tower deals.

Baker McKenzie

Renowned companies from the automotive and technology industries regularly rely on Baker McKenzie's expertise in large- and mid-cap cross-border M&A transactions, including Russian exits and China-related deals. Christian Atzler advises German and Chinese companies on M&A transactions and jointly heads the practice with Berthold Hummel, who primarily assists life sciences and biotech companies as well as investors with M&A, private equity and capital market transactions. Florian Kästle (large-cap M&A and private equity transactions and post-M&A disputes), Peter Wand (cross-border M&A transactions), Thomas Gilles (chairman of the firm's internal EMEA-China group) and Jakub Lorys (M&A and private equity) complement the team's expertise, which was further enhanced with the arrival of corporate and M&A lawyer Katharina Stüber (previously A&O Shearman ) in April 2022. Silke Gantzckow, who specialises in cross-border transactions, joined Eversheds Sutherland in May 2023, while Nikolaus Reinhuber retired in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Christian Atzler; Berthold Hummel

Other key lawyers:

Florian Kästle; Peter Wand; Thomas Gilles; Jakub Lorys; Katharina Stüber


‘Broad international positioning. Good cooperation between (if necessary) different practice groups.’

‘Thomas Gilles: Good deal management. Very proactive.’

Key clients

Stark Corporation


Magna International Inc.

Nokian Tyres plc

VINCI Energies S.A.

Siemens AG


Trane Technologies

Pacoma Holding S.à r.l.

Knorr Bremse AG


Johnson Electric Group

Kerry Group plc

Stadt Radevormwald


RUAG International Holding

First Solar

Amundi Austria

evotreex AG

Senwes Ltd.

Dialogue Group

Infrastrukturfonds, verwaltet von B Capital Partners AG, Zürich


FUNKE Digital


L. Brüggemann KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Sika on the acquisition of MBCC Group.

  • Advising Nokian Tires on the sale of its Russian business to Tatneft PJSC.

  • Advising Stark Corporartion on the acquisition of Automotive Cable Solutions business group.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird LLP's advice spans the entire life cycle of national and cross-border transactions, with the practice's expertise also including competition law and due diligence reviews, restructuring and antitrust aspects. The team assists start-ups, medium-sized companies and global corporations and is primarily active in the technology, automotive, life sciences and communications sectors. Kai Kerger focuses on providing transactional advice to IP and IT companies and Stefan Münch on companies from the technology and communications, life sciences and healthcare sectors. Corporate and transaction lawyer Alfred Herda retired in May 2023, while former practice head Hans Peter Leube (M&A and private equity transactions in the telecommunications, media, infrastructure and automotive sectors) as well as Marianne Nawroth, who focuses on M&A deals in the telecommunications and IT sectors, joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in December 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Münch; Kai Kerger

Key clients

Azolver Holding GmbH

Cyient Limited

EFESO Management Consultants


Fortum Oyj

Free2move (Stellantis Group)

Gofore Oyj

Labvantage Solutions


Tampnet AS


UNITED Marketing Technologies by DuMont

Wascosa AG

Wolfspeed, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Norwegian company Tampnet AS on the acquisition of all shares in dasNetz AG.

  • Advising NYSE-listed Wolfspeed, Inc. on a semiconductor technology partnership with automotive supplier and global technology company ZF Friedrichshafen.

  • Advising EFESO Management Consultants on their joint venture with Austrian Tsetinis Consulting.


BRP RENAUD's transactional practice advises on small-cap deals as well as venture capital and private equity transactions, with a clear focus on China-related deals; however, the group also regularly assists companies from the UK, the US and Switzerland thanks to its Interlaw network, which facilitates cooperation between foreign offices. Ulrich-Peter Kinzl leads the team and has expertise at the interface between corporate and tax law as well as in international transactions, as does Sonja Ströhle, who made salary partner in January 2023 and primarily advises investment companies and medium-sized companies. Axel Neumahr is experienced in M&A transactions, conversions and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Ulrich-Peter Kinzl

Other key lawyers:

Sonja Ströhle; Axel Neumahr


‘Practical advice on M&A projects.’

Key clients

Gesellschafter der cit GmbH computer integrated telecommunication (cit)

Eberspächer Gruppe

DriversCheck GmbH

BESISTA International GmbH


Beijing Guohuan Rhein Environmental Technology Group Co., Ltd.

China Biologic Products Holding Inc.

Rianlon Technology Company Limited

Zoomlion Heavy Industries Science & Technology Co., Ltd.

Gesellschafter der Hermann Wein GmbH & Co. KG (Schwarzwälder Schinken)

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive legal advice to the shareholders of cit on the sale of a majority stake to the central forms service provider of Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe, S-Management Services GmbH.

  • Advising China Biologic Products Holdings on the acquisition of a German medical technology company.

  • Comprehensive interdisciplinary legal advice to the shareholders of Hermann Wein Group from Freudenstadt on the entry and majority takeover by Radeberger Fleisch- und Wurstwaren Korch GmbH.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advises on public and private M&A transactions, including going-private transactions, delistings, mergers, spin-offs and demergers, and also assists with private equity and venture capital acquisitions. The team's expertise further includes transaction-related tax and regulatory issues, with its client base spanning German and international companies from a range of industries, including chemicals, healthcare and banking. Michael Ulmer (specialist in public and private M&A transactions), Nico Abel, who also handles post- and pre-M&A restructurings and joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in February 2023, and Mirko von Bieberstein, who made partner in January 2023, focuses on foreign direct investments and primarily assists strategic and institutional investors as well as sovereign wealth funds, jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ulmer; Nico Abel; Mirko von Bieberstein


‘Michael Ulmer: An excellent lawyer. Very reliable, competent and to the point.’

‘We cooperate very closely with Nico Abel on several matters. What sets him apart is his sector know-how, availability, commitment and a very problem-solving approach.’

Key clients


Alimentation Couche-Tard




International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)

Infinite Electronics

Mercer International

MAX Automation

Mubadala Investment

Open Text



Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advice to Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. on the planned €3.1 billion acquisition of TotalEnergies’ gas station network in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

  • Advising The Chemours Company (Chemours) on its announced joint venture with BWT FUMATECH.

  • Advising Mubadala Investment Company, a sovereign wealth fund of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, on a voluntary public takeover offer to the shareholders of German va-Q-tec AG via EQT Private Equity.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is primarily active in the energy and infrastructure, telecommunications and automotive sectors and advises DAX and other major German companies on joint ventures, minority investments, sell-offs and demergers as well as on public takeovers and capital market transactions. Jörg Rhiel (acquisitions, sales, mergers and joint ventures) and Christoph Holstein (cross-border transactions and global restructuring) have been jointly heading the corporate department since November 2022 and are supported by transaction specialist Thomas Krecek (focus on financial services companies), Anselm Raddatz, who focuses on private equity, and public and private M&A expert Markus Stephanblome. The group also promoted three lawyers to the partnership: Dominik Heß, who is experienced in corporate law, and Simon Schmid, who advises on private M&A deals in the automotive and healthcare sectors, made partner in May 2022, while Moritz Petersen, who assists financial investors and companies with transactions, followed in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Holstein; Jörg Rhiel

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Krecek; Anselm Raddatz; Markus Stephanblome; Simon Schmid; Dominik Heß; Moritz Petersen


‘The team is incredibly diverse. In addition to excellent legal advice, they have always managed the balancing act between a large corporation and small/medium-sized companies. In addition, there was a very complex transaction structure, which covered a wide variety of legislation, all of which was perfectly managed by partner Simon Schmid and his team.’

‘In addition to their outstanding professional competence, they have always demonstrated exceptional social intelligence, which has helped us achieve succesful deals.’

‘Clifford Chance has proven to us many times that the client is at the center of everything they do. It is important for us to have a partner who, in addition to excellent legal expertise, can also offer a broad portfolio of specialists and cross-border locations. Clifford Chance meets these requirements excellently.’

‘Consistency in quality; Access to many comparable transactions on the market; diversity is taken seriously, positively exemplified and implemented to the benefit of quality/client.’

Key clients


Ariston Holding N.V


BNP Paribas

Cellnex Telecom, S.A.



Hitachi Ltd.

Hochtief / ACS

Macquarie Asset Management (MAM)

Oldenburgische Landesbank

Pfizer Inc.

RHI Magnesita

Software AG

Symrise AG

Telefonica Tech


Volkswagen AG






Green Investment Group


Oldenburgische Landesbank


RHI Magnesita

Software AG

Telefónica Tech

Technip Energies


Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Cinven on the acquisition of Bayer’s Environmental Science division as part of a €2.4 billion carve-out.

  • Advising Pfizer Inc. on the proposed demerger of Haleon plc from GSK plc and the placement of Haleon’s common shares on the London Stock Exchange and the American Depositary Shares, which represent common shares, on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Advising Atlantia on the acquisition of road transport subsidiary Yunex Traffic from Siemens. The infrastructure holding company controlled by the Benetton family of entrepreneurs is paying €950 million for Yunex, in which other strategists and also financial investors were interested.


CMS advises global corporations and German listed companies on small, mid and large-cap M&A transactions in the energy, life sciences, healthcare, automotive and technology sectors, whereby clients also often make use of its established IP practice in the context of mergers, joint ventures and takeovers. Company and share acquisitions also represent a focus for Antje Becker-Boley, who primarily acts in the energy sector, Richard Mitterhuber, who advises international corporations and strategic investors on distressed M&A and cross-border conversions, and Jacob Siebert, who assists private equity funds with joint ventures, M&A and private equity transactions; all three jointly head the practice. Hendrik Hirsch advises clients on M&A transactions on both buyer and seller side, Tobias Grau focuses on US deals in the healthcare sector and Christoph Lächler is regularly instructed by investors to advise on private equity and M&A transactions. Wolfgang Richter (capital markets law) and Peter Baisch (joint ventures and restructurings) retired in autumn 2022, while Florian Plagemann (M&A) made partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Antje Becker-Boley; Richard Mitterhuber; Jacob Siebert

Other key lawyers:

Hendrik Hirsch; Tobias Grau; Christoph Lächler; Florian Plagemann


‘Extremely committed and reliable. Always avaliable. Real team players.’

‘Very good specialist knowledge combined with a very pragmatic, solution-oriented approach. Respective teams led by Christoph Lächler are deeply anchored in the healthcare sector and have years of experience in this field.’

‘Due to the many specialist lawyers at CMS, all issues were addressed and resolved extremely quickly and cooperatively. This gave the entire sales process a holistic and dynamic effect and, in particular, security.’

Key clients

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK)

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

Bruker Corporation

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg



United Robotics Group / RSBG SE

Nordex SE


Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems

Chart Industries, Inc.


Warburg Bank

Stadtwerke München GmbH (SWM) / Bayerngas GmbH


Hanseatic Energy Hub

Telefónica Deutschland

Siemens Project Ventures

Blue Elephant Energy

United Robotics Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection on the €33 billion stabilisation of energy company and largest German gas importer Uniper and the acquisition of the majority of Uniper from previous majority shareholder Fortum.

  • Advised Chart Industries on its $4.4 billion acquisition of Howden, a global leader in air and gas products/services, from KPS Capital Partners.

  • Conclusion of a joint venture between PowerCo and Umicore for the production of cathode material for the production of battery cells with an investment volume of €3 billion.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP advises companies in the technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors on mid-cap M&A and private equity transactions of both national and cross-border nature. Henning Bloss focuses on cross-border transactions, carve-outs and IPOs and jointly leads the practice with transaction lawyer Jörn Hirschmann, who focuses on the healthcare and life sciences industries. Jan Friedeborn (capital markets law, corporate financing and restructuring) and associate Simon Stöhlker (public and private M&A and private equity transactions) are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Henning Bloss; Jörn Hirschmann

Other key lawyers:

Jan Friedeborn; Simon Stöhlker


‘Jörn Hirschmann works excellently, both professionally and personally.’

‘Highly professional, quick, clear and pragmatic advice, motivated team, collegial cooperation.’

Key clients

ACXIT Capital

Cameco Corporation



Work highlights

  • Advising NielsenIQ and its owner Advent International on the acquisition of GfK.

  • Advising Investcorp Technology Partners on the sale of their portfolio company softgarden e-recruiting GmbH to Grupa Pracuj SA, a Polish HR tech company.

  • Advising Cameco Corporation on its acquisition of Westinghouse Electric Company.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP provides holistic advice on mid-cap M&A transactions as well as on associated corporate reorganisations, restructurings and M&A disputes and is also active in the venture capital and private equity sectors. The practice also regularly assists investors and national and international companies from the automotive, TMT, financial services, health and life sciences sectors in a cross-border capacity. Practice heads Federico Pappalardo and Giovanni Russo are primarily active in M&A, private equity, venture capital and corporate finance matters, while Carina Klaes-Staudt complements the practice's skills with her expertise in transaction-related employment and tax law.

Practice head(s):

Federico Pappalardo

Other key lawyers:

Giovanni Russo; Carina Klaes-Staudt


‘Giovanni Russo: Always extremely knowledgeable, helpful and available. He is an excellent negotiator who gives very good and sound advice.’

‘Very efficient and hardworking team. Very good lawyers in various areas.’

Key clients

Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.

EXIMIA Engineering GmbH

FR L’Osteria SE

Oliver Healthcare Packaging

OneFootball GmbH

Vestiaire Collective S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Friedemann Findeis and Klaus Rader, the sole shareholders of FR L’Osteria SE, on the sale of a majority stake in McWin.

  • Advising Oliver Healthcare Packaging on the successful acquisition of EK-Pack Folien GmbH.

  • Advising the shareholders of EXIMIA Engineering GmbH on the sale of 100% of shares in EXIMIA to the German subsidiary of French T&S group.

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is very active in the mid-cap sphere and, in addition to cross-border M&A transactions, also advises on bidding procedures, due diligence and W&I aspects. The firm's multidisciplinary approach further enables tax and financial deal support. Practice head Michael von Rüden focuses on cross-border M&A and joint ventures and primarily acts for private equity clients, while Harald Stang assists strategic investors and family companies with corporate and transaction law. In May 2023, corporate and M&A specialists Michael Falter, Mathias Reif and Boris Kröpsky joined Grant Thornton.

Practice head(s):

Michael von Rüden

Other key lawyers:

Harald Stang


‘Harald Stang: In addition to his legal professionalism, he impresses with his excellent commercial expertise. Good instinct in every negotiation situation.’

‘Michael von Rüden: Extremely committed and service-oriented, excellent knowledge of the client and their industry, very good negotiator, honest and open.’

‘Proactive action in the client’s interests, together with technical expertise, but at the same time with a strategic and tactical approach.’

‘Very uncomplicated and pragmatic, down-to-earth.’

‘Compatible with medium-sized businesses and goal-oriented.’

‘Very harmonious team in which you can clearly see the trust in each individual.’

‘Extremely committed team that is always available and makes very forward-looking analyzes and therefore manages the process very well!’

Key clients

3K Agentur für Kommunikation GmbH

Main Capital Partners

Mitsubishi Paper

Royal Aero GmbH

Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG

Telefonica Cybersecurity & Cloud Tech SL

UNITED Marketing Technologies GmbH & Co. KG

Winning Group a.s.

capiton VI GmbH & Co. Beteiligungs KG

Hamberger Industriewerke GmbH

animonda petcare gmbh (heristo Gruppe)

Becker Stahl-Service GmbH


capiton V GmbH & Co Beteiligungs KG

BKW Energie AG


DuMont Mediengruppe GmbH & Co. KG

DVV Media Group GmbH



Facelift brand building technologies GmbH

Gesellschafter der hpberlin – Ingenieure für Brandschutz GmbH and hhpberlin Prüfgesellschaft für Brandschutz mbH

ID Metropolen News GmbH

niiio finance group AG

TA Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG

UNITED Marketing Technologies GmbH & Co. KG

ACE PILLAR Co., Ltd. (Taiwan)


RP Digital GmbH

Deutsches Speditionsunternehmen (Dachser SE)

Group DC

Simplifier AG

team SE

Work highlights

  • Advising GETEC Energie Holding GmbH on the sale of its stake in G+E GETEC Holding GmbH together with EQT to JP Morgan’s infrastructure fund IIF.

  • Complete sell-side support for Mitsubishi Paper in the bidding process for the sale of a paper mill in Flensburg.

  • Advising Telefónica Tech on the takeover of BE-terna.


Dentons focuses on the regulated sectors, including energy, healthcare, finance and pharmaceuticals, and is primarily instructed to advise on mid-cap national and cross-border M&A transactions. Rebekka Hye-Knudsen (focus on private equity and venture capital companies), Alexander von Bergwelt (cross-border transactions and restructuring of listed corporations, medium-sized German companies and financial institutions) and Robert Weber (stock corporation, corporate and capital markets law) jointly lead the practice . Michael Krömker, who focuses on cross-border transactions, joined Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Rebekka Hye-Knudsen; Alexander von Bergwelt; Robert Weber


‘Very personal advice tailored to your needs. Very practical.’

‘Dentons was able to very quickly draw upon competent specialists for all the secondary issues that arose. It was pleasant that everyone involved was motivated and involved across several national borders (and therefore different legal systems). Everyone involved was excellent, competent and personable, both professionally and in nature.’

‘The availability of a quick-witted team across multiple jurisdictions within a very short period of time.’

‘Very personal advice tailored to your needs. Very practical.’

Key clients

Aeroground Flughafen München GmbH


AixSwiss BV

Allgäuer Zeitungsverlag GmbH



Doppelmayr Group

GEODIS ja, in Deutschland goetel GmbH

Instrument Systems

International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG)


KPS Capital Partners


LFPI Gruppe (La Financière Patrimoniale d’Investissement)


Platinum Equity

Qualitas Energy


Slate Asset Management

Spenoki Solutions GmbH

Trotec Holding GmbH




WELLE Environmental Group

Wesco Distribution Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising transport and logistics company GEODIS on the acquisition of logistics service provider trans-o-flex.

  • Advising CARIAD, the software company of Volkswagen Group, on the acquisition of AI ​​specialist paragon semvox.

  • Advising KPS Capital Partners on the $4.4 billion sale of Howden to Chart Industries.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper focuses on the mid-cap segment and advises DAX40 clients as well as German companies from the technology, IT, gaming and life sciences sectors. An important part of its corporate and M&A practice are the Africa, China and India desks, through which the teams regularly handle cross-border transactions and restructurings. The group is co-led by Benjamin Parameswaran, who assists with cross-border M&A transactions, and Andreas Füchsel, who focuses on private equity, venture capital and capital markets. Former practice head Nils Krause (private equity and venture capital), Sebastian Decker (cross-border projects in the industrial sector and head of the Africa desk) as well as Mathias Schulze Steinen (cross-border transactions for financial investors) further contribute to the team's expertise. The joint venture-savvy Moritz von Hesberg made partner in May 2023, while the arrivals of private equity and M&A lawyer Lars Jessen in September 2022 from Paul Hastings LLP and Murad Daghles (cross-border transactions related to the Middle East) from White & Case LLP at the beginning of 2024 additionally strengthened the team.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Parameswaran; Andreas Füchsel

Other key lawyers:

Nils Krause; Mathias Schulze Steinen; Sebastian Decker; Moritz von Hesberg; Lars Jessen; Murad Daghles


‘Moritz von Hesberg: An excellent negotiator, great case management, great team management, always approachable.’

‘Matthias Schulze Steinen: An outstanding partner.’

‘Constant availability, meticulous preparation, absolute top-notch content/technical content, efficient and understandable.’

‘Practice is increasingly succeeding in making a name for itself.’

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

‘Close to the client, practice-oriented, easy/quick to reach, helpful in-house tools for collaborations.’

‘Very strong and creative, overall outstanding.’

Key clients


Heidelberg Materials (Heidelberg Cement AG)

Kiwoom Asset Management (Kiwoom) und KGAL GmbH & Co. KG (KGAL)

Knorr-Bremse AG

Popcore GmbH



Aonic AB


Borosil Renewables

Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG



Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG / Amperfied GmbH


riskmethods GmbH



JUMP House Holding GmbH / Equip Capital



Uniper SE

Work highlights

  • Advising BASF on entering into a partnership with Vattenfall in the area of ​​offshore wind farms. BASF and Vattenfall will jointly participate in the tender process for the Hollandse Kust West (HKW) offshore wind farm.

  • Advising ResMed on the acquisition of MEDIFOX DAN, a German provider of software solutions for out-of-hospital care, from HgCapital, a private equity investor in the technology and services sector.

  • Advising Knorr-Bremse and its subsidiary Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH on the acquisition of a majority stake of 55% in Cojali SL (Cojali).

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland advises large and medium-sized companies as well as financial and private equity investors on complex cross-border transactions, while the private capital practice focuses on assisting German family offices with national transactions. In Munich, Anthony Cross focuses on M&A transactions, restructurings and joint ventures, while new practice head Steffen Schneipp is particularly well versed in international PE and M&A transactions; the latter joined from PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in October 2022 to open the firm's new Frankfurt office in January 2023, which also saw the arrival of notary and corporate finance expert Silke Gantzckow from Baker McKenzie in May 2023. The Frankfurt M&A practice was further strengthened in January 2024 with the arrival of two partners from King & Wood Mallesons: Sandra Link and Hui Zhao both provide comprehensive advice on transactions and corporate law and have extensive experience in supporting Chinese investors and companies. Michael Prüßner, Maximilian Findeisen and Sven Schweneke joined Norton Rose Fulbright in autumn 2022 to strengthen the M&A practice there, while Werner Brickwedde, who focuses on cross-border M&A, joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Steffen Schneipp

Other key lawyers:

Silke Gantzckow; Anthony Cross


‘Excellent international cooperation between individual offices.’

‘Outstanding personal commitment across 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


Work highlights

  • Advising Nuveen Real Estate on the sale of the PEP shopping center in Munich-Neuperlach to Generali Real Estate and ECE Real Estate Partners.

  • Advising Sherwin-Williams on the acquisition of all shares in Gross & Perthun GmbH & Co. KG and the production facility in Mannheim.

  • Advising Meritor, Inc on the €190 million acquisition of the Siemens commercial vehicle business.

EY Law

EY Law advises private equity investors, energy and public sector companies on medium-sized transactions and distressed M&A. Robert Manger took over management of the practice in July 2022 and oversees M&A, joint venture and restructuring matters, while Torsten Göcke assists strategic and financial investors with distressed M&A and venture capital transactions. Kerstin Henrich joined from Jones Day in September 2022 and is considered a key contact for M&A and venture capital transactions in the renewable energies and infrastructure sectors, while transaction lawyer Claus Elfring joined PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft) in October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Robert Manger

Other key lawyers:

Torsten Göcke; Kerstin Henrich


‘Torsten Göcke: An extremely experienced, smart and creative negotiator. He made a significant contribution to the success of the transaction. He brings valuable creative and pragmatic solutions and has excellent legal expertise. A very experienced and recommended transaction specialist.’

‘EY Legal did an excellent professional job on the transaction combined with extremely factual and targeted negotiation communication during the contract negotiations. The collaboration was extremely trusting.’

‘Very well coordinated interdisciplinary team, if necessary we can rely on a good network of experts within the firm.’

Key clients

Arriva plc


Facultatieve Group

General Logistics Systems B.V.

Lekkerland SE

Northern HeliCopter GmbH

sino Beteiligungen GmbH

Sofidel SpA

Solis Tractors & Agricultural Machinery B.V.

Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, China, on the acquisition of the automotive wireless division of TE Connectivity.

  • Advising Sofidel SpA on the acquisition of the brand portfolio of Hakle GmbH by way of a combined share and asset deal.

  • Advising Arriva plc on the carve-out and sale of the entire Danish business, the franchise for the car sharing company Share Now and UCplus as well as the second largest private bus company in Serbia and the Polish bus business in structured sales processes to strategists and PE investors.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Flick Gocke Schaumburg primarily advises companies from the healthcare, private equity and industrial sectors on cross-border M&A transactions in the small and mid-cap segment, while its expertise in related tax and structuring matters is also regularly called upon. Michael Erkens primarily assists with restructuring, conversions and company acquisitions, Fred Wendt is particularly experienced in cross-border transactions and joint ventures, as is Philipp Rulf, who further advises on corporate and group law and represents family businesses. Mathias Bülow is experienced in assisting private equity and strategic investors with M&A transactions as well as venture capital matters.

Other key lawyers:

Michael Erkens; Fred Wendt; Philipp Rulf; Mathias Bülow


‘Excellent availability and accessibility, always very good to excellent quality of its legal products. Excellent contact not only with in-house colleagues, but also with other areas involved in transactions (in particular the M&A team and taxes). Overall excellent client orientation.’

‘Mathias Bülow: Excellent accessibility and availability, delivers top quality in M&A, tough and tenacious negotiator, cooperative collaboration with in-house colleagues.’

‘Constant forward thinking and, if necessary, coordination within the firm if other experts need to be called in. You are presented with solution options very promptly, often without the need for additional coordination.’

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner focuses on advising large, medium-sized and internationally active family businesses and listed companies on national and international mid-cap transactions, merger control issues and FDI matters; the client base primarily stems from the healthcare sector as well as the medical device and automotive industries, with start-ups also playing an increasingly important role. Real estate business expert Arnt Göppert, technology transaction specialist Alexander Hartmann and Stefan Lammel, who advises on corporate and tax law as well as company succession, jointly head the practice. Hendrik Thies and Jan Henning Martens focus on advising healthcare clients, including medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.

Practice head(s):

Arnt Göppert; Alexander Hartmann; Stefan Lammel

Other key lawyers:

Hendrik Thies; Jan Henning Martens


‘Arnt Göppert: Excellent knowledge of corporate law, very good and persistent negotiation skills in M&A transactions, comprehensive knowledge beyond the specialist area. Comprehensive consulting services and representation of interests at shareholder level.’

‘Alexander Hartmann: Good pragmatic advice and very quick response to requirements within a tight time frame.’

‘Very good communication within the team.’

Key clients

Airline Assistance Switzerland AG

Bentley InnoMed GmbH

Cryptshare AG

CuriosityStream Inc.

Dorner GmbH &Co. KG

Dr. Langer Medical GmbH

Enphase Energy, Inc.

Fidelity International

flatexDEGIRO Bank AG


INBRIGHT Development GmbH

Investorengruppe bestehend aus der Nord West Management GmbH und der Niederrheinischen Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

iqs Software GmbH

Jan Plambeck Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH


Kingjee Investment Germany GmbH

Lila Ventures GmbH

Sympatient GmbH

Xilinx Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Bentley InnoMed GmbH on a MedTech deal with Upstream Peripheral Technologies.

  • Advising the shareholders of iqs Software GmbH on the sale of their shares to a fund advised by the Main Capital Partners Group.

  • Advising the shareholders of Dr. Langer Medical GmbH regarding the sale of the company to Brainlab AG.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is involved in large and mid-cap transactions, including inbound and outbound deals, public acquisitions and cross-border joint ventures. The team is instructed by private equity investors as well as multinational corporations and medium-sized companies, particularly in the automotive, energy, chemical and technology sectors; clients can also draw upon the group's US law expertise. Lutz Englisch (experienced in stock corporation and conversion law) and Ferdinand Fromholzer advise on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, the latter primarily for strategic and private equity investors; Dirk Oberbracht (cross-border and domestic transactions for private equity investors as well as family and management teams), Wilhelm Reinhardt (public takeovers on buyer and seller side) and Jan Schubert, who made partner in January 2023 (venture capital financing, joint ventures and co-investments) are further key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Lutz Englisch; Ferdinand Fromholzer; Dirk Oberbracht; Wilhelm Reinhardt; Jan Schubert


‘Dirk Oberbracht: Willing to work, has a razor-sharp mind, great lawyer, doesn’t compromise on quality.’

‘Dirk Oberbracht and Jan Schubert combine very good legal expertise with economic acumen.’

‘Ferdinand Fromholzer is characterized by excellent detailed knowledge of the projects, very good accessibility and overview. Dr. Fromholzer can always provide information on the status of individual disciplines (e.g. tax, IP, etc.). His negotiation is tailored to the respective counterpart.’

Key clients

3B Scientific



Compass Diversified Holdings




Net App

PJT Partners


VIB Vermögen

Work highlights

  • Advising Giesecke+Devrient on the acquisition of Valid’s North American business in the area of ​​smart cards for payment and identity solutions.

  • Advising Japanese Kubota Corporation on the acquisition of Brabender Technologie GmbH & Co. KG, one of the world’s largest companies for gravimetric dosing systems.

  • Advising Muehlhan AG on the sale of its European and American business to One Equity Partners.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz focuses on public takeovers, but is also familiar with carve-out transactions, distressed M&A and large and mid-cap private equity transactions, where it advises German corporations and family-owned companies in the technology, healthcare, real estate and infrastructure sectors. Ralf Morshäuser leads the M&A practice and acts in cross-border acquisitions and sales for national and international companies, while Jochen Tyrolt is primarily active in public takeovers and Christan Cascante also advises on private equity and cross-border transactions. Martin Viciano Goferje further covers private equity, venture capital and corporate law. Vanessa Rendtorff (private equity transactions) and Anselm Christiansen (cross-border transactions related to Asia) made partners in January 2023, as did Moritz Alexander Riesener (M&A, private equity, carve-outs) in November 2023, while Stefan Widder (cross-border transactions) joined from Latham & Watkins LLP in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Morshäuser

Other key lawyers:

Jochen Tyrolt; Christan Cascante; Martin Viciano Goferje; Vanessa Rendtorff; Anselm Christiansen; Cornelia Topf; Stefan Widder; Moritz Alexander Riesener


‘Ralf Morshäuser: Excellent negotiator with very good economic understanding.’

‘Cornelia Topf: Excellent overview of overall transactions, fast, pragmatic, highly intelligent.’

‘Jochen Tyrolt: Very pleasant cooperation, always available, fast, pragmatic.’

Key clients

Boehringer Ingelheim


Deutsche Post DHL

Deutsche Telekom

Heidelberg Materials




Munich Re




ZF Friedrichshafen

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Telekom on the €17.5 billion sale of a majority stake in its radio tower business to Brookfield and DigitalBridge.

  • Advising LANXESS on the global carve-out and integration of the High Performance Materials division into the joint venture for technical high-performance polymers with financial investor Advent International as well as on the joint acquisition of the DSM Engineering Materials business of Dutch group Royal DSM.

  • Advising Lufthansa Group on the €450 million sale of Lufthansa AirPlus Servicekarten GmbH to Swedish SEB Kort Bank AB.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB advises domestic and foreign medium-sized companies and financial investors on small and mid-cap M&A transactions, including public takeovers and joint ventures on both buyer and seller side. Bernt Paudtke has particular expertise in M&A and venture capital transactions in the energy and healthcare sectors and jointly heads the corporate law/M&A/tax department with Tobias Fenck, who assists clients from the healthcare and technology sectors. Philipp Grzimek (M&A for investors, family businesses and private clients) joined from Norton Rose Fulbright, while Tobias Riehtmüller (corporate finance) and Markus Söhnchen (M&A, including post-M&A disputes, private equity and venture capital) joined from GSK Stockmann in May and August 2023, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Paudtke; Tobias Fenck

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Grzimek; Tobias Riehtmüller; Markus Söhnchen


‘The contacts are always available and quick to reach.’

‘The tasks are processed exceptionally quickly. The recommendations are clear and specific after considering all alternatives. Internal, interdisciplinary collaboration is always helpful and in the interests of the client.’

‘Always and always reliably on point and always approachable.’

Key clients


Alliance Automotive Group

AVIA Gruppe


con|energy AG

Corestate Capital Advisors GmbH

dp polar GmbH

Ekosem-Agrar AG

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

GBC Gruppe

Green City AG

GreenCom Networks AG


Ingo Maurer Designer GmbH & Co. KG


Oberberg Gruppe

Öhmi AG

sepago GmbH

SOL Capital Management GmbH


Ufenau Capital Partners AG


Verimi GmbH

Verlagsgruppe Delius Klasing

Zeitfracht Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advising HUK-COBURG on the acquisition of 25.1% in the pitstop workshop chain.

  • Advising Veolia on the complex takeover of the Hofmann group of companies.

  • Advising Bluegem on its investment in Petromax Group.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany is primarily active in the healthcare, automotive, IT, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors and advises international companies and investors on private and public mid- and large-cap transactions, including private equity deals and joint ventures;  distressed M&A represents another mainstay. Peter Schorling and Henrik Armah, who both focus on  M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate law, co-lead the practice. Josef Hofschroer (advising public companies on corporate and capital markets law, M&A), Nicolai Lagoni (M&A in the automotive, technology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors), Sara Berendsen (corporate transactions of all kinds) and Oliver Markmann and Philipp Osteroth (private equity) are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Peter Schorling; Henrik Armah

Other key lawyers:

Josef Hofschroer; Nicolai Lagoni; Sara Berendsen; Oliver Markmann; Philipp Osteroth


‘The team’s communication makes it unique. There was frequent communication between the practice and us and our team felt well looked after on matters large and small.’

‘But they are exemplary, especially in the area of ​​diversity, and were very well organized so that the transaction went smoothly. Overall a very good picture.’

‘Henrik Armah: A very good negotiating partner who, on one hand, vigorously pursued the legitimate interests of his clients and, on the other, exercised great pragmatism in order to bring the transaction to a very quick and successful ending. I was particularly impressed by his feeling for the transactions’ dynamics, which was characterized by pre-existing close connections between the buyer and the target company. Overall, a highly competent and very pleasant lawyer, a special combination.’

Key clients

Altice Luxembourg S.A.

GARBE Industrial Real Estate

Gilde Healthcare Partners B.BV.

Allianz Real Estate and EDGE

WING Group

Besitzer von Sunshine Smile GmbH

Aktionäre von Targenomix GmbH




Halloren Schokoladenfabrik AG

Work highlights

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

  • Advising Dutch healthcare investor Gilde Healthcare Partners on the acquisition of Diener GmbH & Co. KG.

  • Advising German real estate company Garbe Industrial Real Estate on the sale of a portfolio.


Private equity investors, hedge funds, various manufacturers and German media groups trust Greenfort to advise on mid-cap cross-border M&A deals, particularly with regard to Asia and the US. The team also assists family businesses on both the buyer and seller side and has further experience in distressed M&A. Private and public M&A transactions are the focus of Carsten Angersbach and Andreas von Oppen, while Martin Asmuß and Tobias Glienke, who made equity partners in January 2023, exclusively advise on private M&A. Daniel Röder assists with post-M&A disputes and Gunther Weiss is primarily active in cross-border transactions and joint ventures, as is Ahn-Duc Cordalis, who focuses on advising private equity investors.

Practice head(s):

Andreas von Oppen; Anh-Duc Cordalis; Gunther Weiss; Carsten Angersbach; Daniel Röder; Martin Asmuß; Tobias Glienke


‘Gunther Weiss: Always very easy to reach; pragmatic; top M&A specialist; in addition to the legal aspects of a transaction, he always keeps an eye on the economic aspects.’

‘Andreas von Oppen: Very quick, effective solutions are developed that can be implemented pragmatically.’

‘Anh-Duc Cordalis works hard, you can always reach him, he is flexible, puts the clients’ interests first and has a practical approach.’

Key clients

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

Bertelsmann / RTL




Juma Maastricht / Schaap Martens-Gruppe

Prodege LLC


Rhein Invest / Fund Loreley


Work highlights

  • Advising DPE Deutsche Private Equity on the acquisition of a majority stake in Adelphi Group, a leading European think-and-do tank in the field of climate, environment and development (ESG).

  • Advising Bertelsmann on the exit from a joint venture with Experian in the informa solutions group through the sale of the 40% stake in Experian.

  • Advising RTL on the acquisition of the French Realytics group as part of RTL’s buy-and-build strategy to expand the business of its investment in smartclip AG.

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann is primarily visible in the financial services, energy, real estate and public sectors and assists with small-cap cross-border transactions including public takeovers, venture capital deals and joint ventures. In November 2023, transactional capacities were strengthened with the arrival of Robert Korndörfer, previously senior counsel at Noerr, who assisted strategic and financial investors in the mid-cap segment; he also has industry expertise in the energy, infrastructure and the digital economy sectors. Private equity and venture capital specialist Max Wilmanns (health and real estate) and the joint venture and M&A-savvy Jennifer Bierly (real estate) jointly lead the M&A team, after former practice head Markus Söhnchen (private equity and venture capital in the regulated sectors) joined GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB in July 2023; corporate finance and fintech consultant Tobias Riethmüller joined the same firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Max Wilmanns; Jennifer Bierly

Other key lawyers:

Robert Korndörfer


‘Jennifer Bierly: Extraordinary expertise in corporate law, great experience in M&A projects, always very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients


BERNARD Gruppe Holding ZT GmbH

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

Digital Transformation GmbH

Element Materials Technology Limited

Greenmarck Management GmbH


MVPF Technologies GmbH

Olam International Limited

propertyteam AG

Residea Immobilien Management GmbH

Ritterschaft des Herzogtums Bremen

Voigt-Salus, Herr Rechtsanwalt Joachim

Wiit S.p.A., MyLoc managed IT AG

Yapi Kredi Banksi A.S.

VKB Versicherungskammer Bayern

Work highlights

  • Advising MVPF Technologies GmbH on an exit transaction with carve-outs and complex purchase price regulations.

  • Advising AMAN GmbH on the sale of software company AMAN Media GmbH to PE investor ANDCompany GmbH and AMAN GmbH’s re-investment in ANDCompany GmbH.

  • Advising the Bavarian Insurance Chamber on an investment in a property by entering into a joint venture with a foreign real estate investor via a share deal regarding a Luxembourg structure including financing of the structure.

GvW Graf von Westphalen

The corporate and M&A team at GvW Graf von Westphalen primarily assists German medium-sized companies, however also maintains good relationships with international clients, particularly from China and India, which it advises on mid-cap cross-border M&A transactions. Head of the India desk Ritesh Rajani assists start-ups and e-commerce companies with M&A and venture capital transactions and also heads the general corporate and M&A practice together with Markus Sachslehner, who predominantly advises on strategic M&A , private equity and venture capital in the automotive industry.

Practice head(s):

Ritesh Rajani; Markus Sachslehner

Other key lawyers:

Titus Walek


‘In addition to his high level of legal competence and outstanding service awareness, Ritesh Rajani has the ability to quickly understand the client’s financial/commercial perspective and to be able to tailor legal work products to the client’s needs without further ado. Ritesh Rajani is a first-class contact for cross-border M&A mandates.’

‘Ritesh Rajani: Outstanding. Pragmatic advice, very responsive, excellent knowledge of financial sponsor portfolios and approach.’

‘Titus Walek: Expert in M&A, Financing, Corporate with a good international network and excellent negotiation skills.’

Key clients

1&1 Telekom GmbH

abaut GmbH

Albring Investment und Beratungsgesellschaft mbH

Alleingesellschafter der Lyra Pet GmbH

Architrave GmbH

Atlantic Bridge

Bürger Glas- und Fasertechnik GmbH

Cefetra Group B.V.

Collins Aerospace (Teil von RTX – Raytheon Technologies Corporation)

DivInvest GmbH


Enagás, S.A.


Fielmann Ventures GmbH

FL Technics UAB

Hexad GmbH

HopOn Mobility Ltd.

HOOPP (Health Care of Ontario Pension Plan) / Verdion

Konzmann GmbH


Martens & Prahl Holding GmbH

Nahverkehrsservice Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH|Regionalverband Großraum Braunschweig|Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig|Thüringer Landesamt für Bau und Verkehr


osapiens Services GmbH

ParkDepot GmbH

Paulaner Brauerei Gruppe

Plant Systems & Services PSS GmbH/Veltec Gruppe

Vsquared Ventures

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller continues to be a renowned heavyweight that advises large German and international companies and financial investors on large and mid-cap transactions; in addition to public takeovers, joint ventures and cross-border transactions, the practice further impresses in crisis situations with relevant expertise in antitrust and foreign trade law as well as in regulatory issues. Maximilan Schiessl focuses on cross-border M&A, public takeovers and private equity, Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain assists listed companies, family businesses and private equity clients, Andreas Hoger is experienced in M&A and private equity transactions and Thomas Meurer focuses on capital market, corporate and group law aspects. Maike Hölty (M&A transactions, equity financing and joint ventures) and Oda Christiane Goetzke (public takeovers and corporate acquisitions) made partners in January 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Maximilian Schiessl; Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain; Andreas Hoger; Thomas Meurer; Maike Hölty; Oda Christiane Goetzke

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises national and international blue chips, major German corporations and private equity companies, primarily from the insurance, industrial, infrastructure and energy sectors, on mid-cap transactions and joint ventures. This also reflects the focus of practice head Sönke Becker, while Christian Johnen, who made partner in May 2023, focuses on advising financial investors and family-run companies. Nico Abel (M&A in the financial, technology and energy sectors) joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sönke Becker

Other key lawyers:

Christian Johnen


‘Christian Johnen and Sönke Becker impressively represented the client’s interests and ensured the high quality of the documentation.’

‘Sönke Becker: One of the best negotiators there is on the market. Always on task, even in the final stages of a deal. He knows when to pass the ball to others and is strategically and rhetorically brilliant.’

‘The team has distinguished itself through its enormous competence, willingness to perform, availability and sympathy.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Lufthansa Group on the sale of its global catering division LSG Group to private equity company Aurelius Group.

  • Advising APEX Group, a leading developer and operator of green hydrogen electrolysis plants, on the sale of all shares in the company to Prime Standard-listed investment holding company exceet Group SCA.

  • Advising Rheinmetall AG on concluding a purchase agreement with MaxamCorp. Holding SL, Madrid, to acquire all shares in Expal Systems SA.


Heuking advises German and international companies from the automotive, IT, life sciences and telecommunications sectors on public M&A transactions, distressed M&A and joint ventures, especially in the small and mid-cap sector. Capital markets and transaction expert Thorsten Kuthe jointly heads the practice with M&A and tax lawyer Jörg Schewe, who succeeded Boris Dürr (private equity and venture capital in the healthcare, life sciences and automotive sectors) in January 2023. Helge-Torsten Wöhlert acts for French companies, while Bodo Dehne, who made partner in January 2023, advises private equity and venture capital transactions. Other changes to the team include the departure of private equity lawyer Slaven Kovacevic to Fieldfisher in April 2023 and the promotion of financing and capital markets lawyer Kai Erhardt to the partnership in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Thorsten Kuthe; Jörg Schewe

Other key lawyers:

Boris Dürr; Helge-Torsten Wöhlert; Bodo Dehne; Kai Erhardt


‘Helge-Torsten Wöhlert is outstanding.’

‘Helge-Torsten Wöhlert: Friendly and has an excellent strategic overview.’

‘Jörg Schewe: An absolute professional who always delivers pragmatic and appropriate solutions! In addition, he is a top negotiator who keeps a cool head even in difficult situations and gives his clients goal-oriented advice.’

‘Excellent, interdisciplinary teams.’

‘Very good full service law firm.’

‘Excellent team with great market knowledge and high responsiveness.’

‘Excellent and very reliable team. Very responsive and always to the point.’

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's broad sectoral coverage of the automotive, consumer goods, energy, financial, life sciences, healthcare and real estate industries is also reflected in the firm's M&A practice, which particularly frequently advises DAX40 companies, financial institutions and investors on public takeovers as well as financing rounds and cross-border acquisitions. Volker Geyrhalter, who primarily assists US clients with cross-border transactions, and Nikolas Zirngibl, who supports transactions in the automotive and real estate industries, jointly lead the practice. Tim Oliver Brandi's mainstay are company acquisitions and restructuring in the financial services sector, while Matthias Hirschmann focuses on the energy sector and Birgit Reese acts for primary insurers and reinsurance companies as well as automotive industry players; Jörg Herwig is another experienced contact for private equity and M&A. In December 2022, Urszula Nartowska joined OBI Group Holding as Managing Director Legal, while Alexander Stefan Rieger left for Latham & Watkins LLP in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Volker Geyrhalter; Nikolas Zirngibl

Other key lawyers:

Tim Oliver Brandi; Jörg Herwig; Matthias Hirschmann; Birgit Reese


‘Competent advice, high motivation, extraordinary commitment and legal skills.’

Key clients

ADVA Optical Networking SE

DIF Capital Partners

RGW Express

Saurer Group


va-Q-tec AG

Aareon AG




Banijay Germany GmbH

Bierwirth & Kluth

blau direkt GmbH

BMW und Mercedes-Benz

British American Tobacco Group

Chubu Electric Power Co Inc.

Covestro AG

CureVac NV

Cygna Labs Group

Digital Transformation Capital Partners

Dürr AG

DWS Gruppe

EB – Sustainable Investment Management (EB-SIM) and LHI Group


Fressnapf Beteiligungs GmbH



Greenvolt – Energias Renovaveis SA

HR Group

IDEAL Versicherungsgruppe with its parent company IDEAL Lebensversicherung a.G.

IT Frankfurt GmbH

KIRKBI Invest A/S und William Demant Invest A/S


Maguar Capital

Marquard & Bahls AG

Mitsubishi Corporation Group

Motherson Group

Naxicap Partners und ihre Portfolio-Gesellschaft myStromer AG

Northland Power, Inc.

Protect Medical Holding GmbH

PTC Inc.

RGW Express


Stumpf Group

Talanx Group

UBS Asset Management


Work highlights

  • Advising the Indian Motherson Group on the acquisition of SAS Group from Faurecia, a company of the FORVIA Group listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.

  • Advising Covestro AG on the sale of its additive manufacturing business to the US-Israeli Stratasys Group.

  • Advising Chubu on the acquisition of a strategic stake in Eavor Technologies.

Jones Day

Jones Day handles large and mid-cap M&A deals as well as Chinese transactions, the latter via its China desk, which is led by practice head Ansgar Rempp (cross-border M&A and private equity transactions) and Ulrich Brauer (cross-border mergers and acquisitions). The team is also involved in transatlantic transactions, including public takeovers, going-private transactions, joint ventures and equity investment sales, with instructions coming from corporations, private equity houses and venture capital investors. Adriane Sturm primarily advises on transactions in the automotive sector, Markus Weber assists chemical companies with cross-border carve-outs, and Martin Schulz acts for strategic and PE investors. Michael Bartosch (M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions) joined from Baker McKenzie in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Ansgar Rempp

Other key lawyers:

Ulrich Brauer; Adriane Sturm; Markus Weber; Martin Schulz; Michael Bartosch; Korel Kaplan


‘Korel Kaplan is characterized by an extremely practical and solution-oriented approach. He is excellent at reading situations and reacting accordingly in negotiations. He sees connections between legal and commercial issues straight away and thus makes a disproportionate contribution to the success of transactions.’

Key clients

Ahlström Capital


Arrowhead Engineered Products

Arsenal Capital

Aurelius Eta UK Investments Limited

Bayer AG

Bluepoint Capital

Goldman Sachs



Plastic Omnium



Solvay Ventures



The Timken Company

Work highlights

  • Advising a global industrial client on the planned €3 billion acquisition of a large global player headquartered in Germany.

  • Advising a client on a planned €500 million public takeover and a going-private transaction by an international private equity company.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP's M&A team has expertise in various transactions, including carve-outs, LBOs, public-to-private transactions, joint ventures and distressed M&A on both domestic and international level and focuses on advising Fortune 500 and medium-sized companies in the manufacturing, automotive and technology sectors. Thomas Lappe assists companies and financial investors with M&A and intra-group reorganisations, while Martina Ortner has expertise in advising private equity funds on M&A and portfolio management. Ramona Ruf, who made partner in January 2023, focuses on corporate aspects.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lappe

Other key lawyers:

Martina Ortner; Ramona Ruf


‘Thomas Lappe: Technically outstanding, quick comprehension and reaction, very good negotiating skills.’

‘The team is very professional and responds very quickly to all emails and questions from various areas.’

Key clients



Hyundai Mobil


Koenig & Bauer


Deutsche Bahn

Arena Holdings

Unigestion S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Vitesco Technologies on the sale of all shares in Vitesco Technologies Italy Srl, with more than 900 employees, to the Belgian Punch Group.


Kümmerlein assists financial investors and medium-sized companies from the real estate, logistics, infrastructure, technology and energy sectors with small-cap M&A at a national and international level. Joachim Gores, who focuses on cross-border company acquisitions and corporate law, jointly heads the practice with Stefan Heutz, who primarily advises private equity investors and family offices, and Sebastian Longrée , who advises on corporate transactions and restructuring. Maximilian Schauf is experienced in domestic and foreign private M&A, while Christian Löhr is the key contact for corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Joachim Gores; Stefan Heutz; Sebastian Longrée

Other key lawyers:

Maximilian Schauf; Christian Löhr; Patric Sondermann


‘Stefan Heutz: First-class quality, pragmatic and efficient.’

‘Christian Löhr: Confident in negotiations, understands his counterpart, very communicative, very experienced, tough on the matter but always friendly and personable. The result: top negotiation results.’

‘Stefan Heutz has excellent technical expertise, fast processing and feedback times. Convincing presentation, high negotiation skills, very good communication appropriate to the addressee!’

Key clients

Bencis Capital

DB Schenker

Fahrzeugwerke Lueg AG

Fripa Papierfabrik Albert Friedrich KG

ista SE


LSG Sky Chefs

Novum Capital

opta data Gruppe


thyssenkrupp Materials Services GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising DB Schenker on the acquisition of Bitergo GmbH and the sale of EVAG Emder Verkehrs und Automotive GmbH.

  • Assisting LSG Sky Chefs with the sale of LSG Group’s non-European business to AURELIUS.

  • Advising Novum Capital on the planning, structuring and implementation of a transfer of the MMC Group, Cologne, into a continuation fund also managed by Novum Capital Management.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP advises major German corporations from the technology, energy and infrastructure, life sciences and healthcare sectors on transatlantic transactions and is particularly experienced in public M&A, P2P deals, carve-outs as well as distressed M&A and restructuring. Since Nikolaos Paschos (general meetings and corporate governance) joined Paul Hastings LLP in February 2024, Heiko Gotsche (joint ventures, reorganisations and carve-outs) has been the sole practice head. He is supported, among others, by Tobias Larisch, who regularly assists with transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector, and Rainer Traugott, who advises international companies, private equity houses and infrastructure investors on complex transactions. M&A and private equity transaction specialist Stephan Hufnagel made partner in January 2023 and Carsten Loll, who focuses on real estate and private equity transactions, joined from Linklaters in October 2022, as did Alexander Stefan Rieger, who specialises in M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors and came from Hogan Lovells International LLP in May 2023. In September 2023, Stefan Widder (cross-border transactions) joined Gleiss Lutz.

Practice head(s):

Heiko Gotsche

Other key lawyers:

Tobias Larisch; Rainer Traugott; Ingo Strauss; Henning Schneider; Stephan Hufnagel; Carsten Loll; Alexander Stefan Rieger


‘High energy level. Deep expertise. Outstanding implementation speed. Plus it’s highly precise.’

‘Broad and deep coverage of relevant subject areas on a global basis! Full commitment; commercial and pragmatic view.’

‘Henning Schneider: Very experienced, combines legal excellence with commercial flair in transactions, maintains focus, technically excellent, broad wealth of experience, very results-driven approach to win deals!’

‘Ingo Strauss: Strategic mind combined with clear, creative and entrepreneurial thinking. Also craftsmanship excellence. Strong transaction partner.’

Key clients

Advent International

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Aareal Bank AG

Apollo Global Management



Digital Realty

DB Schenker

Deutsche Bank AG/Orchard Global Asset Management LLP

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

IKB Deutsche Industriekreditbank AG

Körber Supply Chain Software Management GmbH

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

Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Swiss Life Asset Management AG and Vauban Infrastructure Partners

Worth Capital Holdings


Linklaters advises DAX40 and international companies and their bodies on large and mid-cap, often cross-border transactions. A particular practice focus rests on advising companies from the energy, health, infrastructure and mobility sectors, with clients from the technology, chemical and financial services sectors also accessing the team's expertise. Tim Johannsen-Roth, who primarily advises on public takeovers, restructurings and national and international acquisitions, and corporate and private equity expert Marco Carbonare jointly lead the group. The core team also includes Ralph Wollburg, who heads the global M&A practice and primarily looks after DAX companies, Kristina Klaaßen-Kaiser, who is experienced in national and international M&A, Christoph van Lier, who is well versed in public takeovers, as well as the M&A and corporate disputes-savvy Staffan Illert. In May 2023, private equity specialist Carl Sanders and Andreas Zenner (M&A transactions, restructuring, corporate law) made partners, while real estate lawyer Carsten Loll joined Latham & Watkins LLP in October 2022. The two managing associates Dominik Wegener (in addition to M&A also VC) and Alina Kaufmann (in addition to M&A also general corporate law) are additional key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Tim Johannsen-Roth; Marco Carbonare

Other key lawyers:

Ralph Wollburg; Kristina Klaaßen-Kaiser; Christoph van Lier; Staffan Illert; Carl Sanders; Andreas Zenner; Dominik Wegener; Alina Kaufmann


‘Tim Johannsen-Roth: Very confident and a good negotiator.’

‘Staffan Illert: Very good lawyer, solution-oriented.’

‘Ralph Wollburg: Very great knowledge.’

‘Ralph Wollburg: An outstanding lawyer, very deep wealth of experience.’

‘Staffan Illert: Fantastic to work with, great but very pragmatic awareness of problems and solution-oriented, very good lawyer.’

‘Fantastic team, lots of very good partners.’

‘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

  • Advising Volkswagen and Porsche on the IPO of 25% of the preferred share capital of Porsche AG and on the sale of 25% plus one share of the share capital of Porsche AG from Volkswagen AG to Porsche Automobil Holding SE with a total value of €19.5 billion.

  • Advising Carrier Global Corporation on its acquisition of Viessmann Climate Solutions for €12 billion in cash and shares issued directly to Viessmann Group.

  • Advising Vodafone Group Services Limited on the strategic partnership with GIP and KKR for Vantage Towers and the preceding bidding process as well as advising on the contribution of Vodafone’s German fiber optic business into a joint venture with Altice and the preceding bidding process.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

With international offices in Asia, London and Luxembourg, Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH is well positioned for cross-border inbound and outbound transactions and is particularly active in the mid-cap segment. Alongside DAX40 companies, the practice also assists German medium-sized companies in the energy and infrastructure, healthcare, automotive as well as technology and telecommunications sectors. Practice head Stefan Galla, like Michael Bormann, advises on joint ventures and corporate restructuring, while Thomas Kuhnle is well versed in post-M&A issues related to restructuring and crisis situations. Private equity expert Andreas Vath joined from KPMG Law in Germany in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Galla

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bormann; Thomas Kuhnle; Andreas Vath


‘Michael Bormann: Good strategist, strong negotiator, trusted advisor also for sensitive issues.’

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

‘Very good strategic, transparent and division of labour advice. Extremely good responsiveness and it is clear at all times which contact you can turn to with which concern. Within a very short time, the team was introduced and brought together with their own colleagues.’

Key clients



Eneco B. V.

Ingka Investments B.V.


I.G. Bauerhin


Matthews International Corp.

Swissport International AG

Lomar Shipping



Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.


IDT Biologika GmbH

Knorr-Bremse AG

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive legal advice to Matthews International Corporation on the acquisition of OLBRICH GmbH and R+S Automotive GmbH.

  • Comprehensive legal advice to Arendals Fossekompani ASA on the acquisition of IPT Technology GmbH.

  • Comprehensive legal and tax advice to Laurens Spethmann Holding on the sale of the instant tea and sweeteners business to KRÜGER GROUP.


LUTZ | ABEL RECHTSANWALTS PARTG MBB's M&A practice focuses on the technology, mobility and real estate sectors, where it advises on private equity and venture capital acquisition structures, exit transactions as well as small and mid-cap M&A deals. Practice head Bernhard Noreisch assists venture capital investors with exit and M&A transactions and can further count on Marco Eickmann (M&A and venture capital) and Frank Hahn (national and international M&A transactions in the e-commerce and infrastructure sectors). Sebastian Sumalvico, who made partner in January 2023, advises investors and start-ups on M&A and financing.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Noreisch

Other key lawyers:

Marco Eickmann; Frank Hahn; Sebastian Sumalvico


‘The firm has excellent expertise. The firm’s teams work harmoniously and objectively with excellent specialist knowledge.’

‘The great commitment and professionalism of the lawyers with a very high level of professional competence regularly help us in processing the deal. In doing so, relevant and appropriate solutions are developed and communicated in a clear, factual and appropriate manner.’

‘The team was highly professional, available and resilient. At all times I was impressed with the quality of the advice and the creation of the documentation. Both economic and legal aspects were combined and implemented under extreme time pressure.’

Key clients

Alphapet Ventures

BayBG Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH


Electric Mobility Concepts GmbH

Gesellschafter der B+M Webworks GmbH

Gesellschafter der Möhler & Partner Ingenieure AG

Gesellschafter der Solvemate GmbH

Holidu GmbH

MIG Fonds

verticalAds Group GmbH

VINCI Concessions Deutschland GmbH

Wachstumsfonds Bayern GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Coparion on the sale of Vimcar GmbH to Battery Ventures.

  • Advising GoTo Mobility, Tel Aviv, Israel, on the acquisition of felyx Deutschland GmbH.

  • Advising a large international infrastructure company on the establishment of a joint venture in the e-mobility field.

Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown LLP advises international corporations, family businesses and W&I insurers on public and private M&A deals in the mid-cap segment, but is also experienced in distressed M&A and corporate restructuring. The team is led by Ulrike Binder (advice to listed companies) and primarily acts in the chemical, automotive, finance and energy sectors. Marco Wilhelm focuses on transactions and restructurings, while Jan Streer has experience in private equity and venture capital. In October 2022, Robert John, experienced in M&A and private equity, joined Winterhoff Buss, while in May of the following year, former practice head and private equity expert Julian Lemor left for Noerr.

Practice head(s):

Ulrike Binder

Other key lawyers:

Marco Wilhelm; Jan Streer


‘Jan Streer: An experienced M&A lawyer who is very competent and knows the market down to the last detail. He has a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach without losing sight of legally relevant issues. The collaboration works extremely well.’

‘Collaboration within the team was seamless and we always had the right contact for all questions. Characteristic of the entire team around Jan Streer was the high level of transactional expertise, the solution-oriented approach and the “clients first” mentality, which was expressed in all phases of the project.’

‘Spontaneous availability, competent, understandable advice.’

Key clients




Norsk Hydro



Storag Etzel GmbH





Lange-HANSA-Holding GmbH


Work highlights

  • Advising Dow Chemical on its investment in Hanseatic Energy Hub, the project company for the future LNG terminal in the Stade industrial park.

  • Advising Lear on the acquisition of all shares in IG Bauerhin GmbH and the business of IG Bauerhin GmbH.

  • Advising Norsk Hydro Group on the acquisition of Hueck Group, a provider of aluminum window, door and facade systems.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP focuses on cross-border M&A advice to family offices, medium-sized and DAX companies as well as international groups in the healthcare and life sciences, TMT, food, aerospace and automotive as well as real estate sectors and is particularly active in the European and US sphere. Practice head Philipp Grenzbach assists financial investors with acquisitions and public takeovers, as does Clemens Just, who also advises on private takeovers and corporate law; Norbert Schulte further advises on cross-border joint ventures. Rolf Hünermann and Philip Schmidt (corporate and investigation) joined the team from Reed Smith LLP in September and October 2022, respectively, while the arrival of Holger Ebersberger (previously Noerr) and Hanno Witt (previously Latham & Watkins LLP) strengthened the firm's private equity practice in March 2023. Nikolaus von Jacobs (M&A, private equity and venture capital), senior counsel Christian von Sydow (M&A and restructurings) and private equity lawyer Germar Enders left for Reed Smith in May and August 2023 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Grenzebach

Other key lawyers:

Clemens Just; Norbert Schulte; Rolf Hünermann; Philip Schmidt; Holger Ebersberger; Hanno Witt; Felix Ganzer; Carsten Böhm


‘Carsten Böhm: Very reliable, pragmatic, keeps an overview of what’s important.’

‘Our requirements for advice from McDermott are very well known and are taken into account without the need for extensive coordination.’

‘Very good collaboration with Dr. Carsten Böhm. In addition to his professional quality, Mr. Böhm has excellent communication skills and also has a very good commercial understanding.’

‘Very trusting, long-term contact with the team. Our requirements for advice from McDermott are very well known and are taken into account without the need for extensive coordination. This long-standing, stable teamwork is paying off for us.’

‘A very high level of expertise, short response times and individual advice characterise the collaboration and are very valuable to us.’

Key clients

Belden Inc.

Door2Door GmbH

Gesellschafter der Office Partner Gruppe

Great Mountain Partners

Gründer und bisherigen Gesellschafter der FotoFinder Systems GmbH

Intersnack International B.V.

Lobster GmbH

Merck KGaA

Volkswagen Financial Services AG


Milbank advises listed stock corporations, financial and institutional investors and, most often, private equity houses on large and mid-cap M&A transactions, due diligence, post-merger integration, joint ventures and venture capital, with the team having particularly deep expertise in the latter area. Norbert Rieger is the Global Chair of the corporate practice and focuses on corporate acquisitions, private equity, stock corporations and corporate law, while Michael Bernhardt assists with corporate acquisitions and sales as well as cross-border M&A transactions and Sebastian Heim is particularly experienced in advising financial investors on matters related to distressed M&A.

Practice head(s):

Norbert Rieger

Other key lawyers:

Michael Bernhardt; Sebastian Heim; Martin Erhardt


‘The team provides competent and pragmatic advice.’

‘Martin Erhardt: An extraordinarily competent and skilled lawyer. He skillfully maintains an overview of his team (including other external lawyers) and can lead clients very well, be they lawyers or management, to the desired result in discussions and negotiations.’

‘Milbank has developed into an outstanding advisor for us over the past few years, who now knows quite well what makes our company and, above all, our top management tick, what is relevant or less relevant to us and what interests we have in a wide variety of areas. Without Milbank, some of the successfully completed transactions in recent years would certainly not have turned out as they did.’

‘Dr. Michael Bernhardt, as our “primary” contact, has outstanding expertise/competence and can also provide an excellent assessment of which approach in a particular project has the highest probability of success in the specific situation. He also works at an extremely high pace, like his entire team.’

Key clients

AUTO1 Group

Allianz X

Axel Springer SE

Deutsche Glasfaser

Discovery Networks Inc.

Evoco Ag

Flender GmbH


Get Your Guide

Kalera AS

LGT Bank

Moonfare GmbH

NCG – NuCom Group SE

Otto Group


Pharma SGP


ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Sartorius AG

SHL Medical AG

Sixt SE

AUTO1 Group

AUTO1 Group

Allianz X

Axel Springer SE

Deutsche Glasfaser

Discovery Networks Inc.

Evoco Ag

Flender GmbH


Get Your Guide

Kalera AS

LGT Bank

Moonfare GmbH

NCG – NuCom Group SE

Otto Group


Pharma SGP


ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Sartorius AG

SHL Medical AG

Sixt SE

Work highlights

  • Advising CordenPharma’s management on a transaction, including aspects of management participation.

  • Advising Sartorius AG on the signing of an agreement to acquire Polyplus for approximately €2.4 billion from private investors including ARCHIMED and WP GG Holdings IV BV, a subsidiary of Warburg Pincus.

  • Advising ProSiebenSat.1 Group on the sale of the US portion of Red Arrow Studios’ production business to Peter Chernin’s The North Road Company.


Noerr's client base includes technology, healthcare and energy companies as well as financial services providers and advises them on high-volume, cross-border transactions, including public takeovers, joint ventures and, most recently, exits from Russia. Natalie Daghles, who is experienced in cross-border public takeovers and primarily acts for financial services providers and healthcare clients, and Laurenz Tohlen (M&A and PE) jointly lead the practice; the latter took over co-management from Alexander Hirsch, who specialises in company acquisitions and joint ventures and primarily acts for strategic investors, in December 2023. Harald Selzner advises DAX40 companies on corporate and capital markets law, while Martin Neuhaus and Christian Pleister assist large German companies with M&A and private equity transactions as well as public takeovers. Holger Ebersberger (private equity and venture capital) joined McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP in January 2023 and Armin Bartsch (venture capital and national and international M&A transactions) left for Taylor Wessing in September 2022. Vanessa Hoffmann Linhard (M&A) made associated partner.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Daghles; Laurenz Tholen

Other key lawyers:

Harald Selzner; Martin Neuhaus; Christian Pleister; Vanessa Hoffmann Linhard; Alexander Hirsch


‘Harald Selzner always has the bigger picture in mind. Extremely confident even in difficult situations. Very pleasantly direct, without unnecessary loops. Martin Neuhaus: Very impressive detailed knowledge. Has all relevant details at hand at all times. Combative.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge and excellent negotiation skills. Fluent spoken and written English skills. Good orientation towards the client’s needs.’

‘Christian Pleister is outstanding.’

‘Practice covers all legal and tax topics relevant to M&A. Good client orientation and cooperation.’

‘Speed ​​and size flexibility. Team is available at any time. Always ready to face challenges. Very pleasant, direct cooperation.’

‘Good team for large transactions and international M&A deals.’

Key clients

ACTUS Capital Partners AG

Daimler Truck

Deutsche Telekom AG

Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung

Foresight Group

Fresenius SE & Co KGaA

Gegenbauer Holding SE & Co. KG


H2 Mobility GmbH & Co KG und seine Aktionäre Air Liquide, Daimler Truck, Hyundai, Hy24, Linde, Shell, TotalEnergies, OMV

Mercedes-Benz Group

MS Pharma

Omnicom Group Inc.

Open Grid Europe

Rhône Group/Maxam

Summit Partners

Synergie Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advising the DFL on the structuring and implementation of the desired participation of a financial investor in the media revenues of the Bundesliga with final bidders Advent, Blackstone, CVC and EQT. Following the vote of the DFL general meeting, the transaction is currently on hold.

  • Advising Deutsche Industrie REIT-AG on the conclusion of an agreement in principle on the merger with the Dutch CTP NV and the subsequent takeover offer.

  • Advising Henkel on the agreement to sell its business activities in Russia.

Norton Rose Fulbright

German and international clients from the energy, infrastructure, consumer goods and technology sectors regularly instruct Norton Rose Fulbright to advise on cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, carve-outs and corporate organisations, while the team also possesses expertise in assisting banks, insurance companies and other financial services providers with distressed M&A situations. Practice head Nils Rahlf advises strategic and financial investors on cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, while Katrin Stieß primarily acts for technology companies, banks and financial investors. Recent team changes include the arrival of three partners from Eversheds Sutherland, including Maximilian Findeisen (cross-border M&A transactions and projects), Michael Prüßner (advising automotive and industrial companies) and Sven Schwenke (national and international private equity transactions) at the end of 2022 and the simultaneous arrival of corporate lawyer Anne Fischer from A&O Shearman, who is experienced in the insurance sector. Philipp Grzimek, who frequently acts in joint venture transactions and restructurings, joined GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Nils Rahlf

Other key lawyers:

Katrin Stieß; Maximilian Findeisen; Michael Prüßner; Sven Schwenke; Anne Fischer

Key clients




Deutsche EuroShop

IMI plc


Paragon / Cariad

Deutsche EuroShop



Knorr-Bremse AG

Bourns, Inc.

Archer Daniels Midland / Marel International

Sandvik AB

Work highlights

  • Advising MANN+HUMMEL Group on the intended carve-out and sale of its business with high-performance plastic products to investment company Mutares SE & Co. KGaA.

  • Advising the shopping center AG Deutsche EuroShop on the takeover offer by US investment company Oaktree Capital Management and Cura Vermögensverwaltung, the family office of Alexander Otto.

  • Advising main shareholders of the information and communications expert KOMSA AG on the company’s merger with British West Coast Group.


Oppenhoff advises on cross-border M&A transactions in the mid-cap segment and, due to the firm’s global positioning, maintains good relationships with clients from France, China and India, with companies in the healthcare, insurance and defense industries draw upon the team’s expertise in particular. Günter Seulen advises on corporate and capital market law as well as compliance issues, while Markus Rasner primarily acts in cross-border M&A and private equity transactions for Asian investors and tax lawyer Gunnar Knorr handles transactions and corporate finance matters.

Other key lawyers:

Günter Seulen; Markus Rasner; Gunnar Knorr


‘Markus Rasner: A very experienced and pragmatic M&A lawyer who gives good advice even on very complicated transactions and is always at your side.’

‘Oppenhoff has a great deal of commercial expertise across all areas that an industrial company needs.’

‘Perfect interaction between lawyers from various specialist areas, who are brought together under the project management. Strong focus on closing the deal. Back office provided optimal support.’

Key clients

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics MG Silikon GmbH

tesa SE

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG

Expleo Germany Holding GmbH

VHV Versicherungsgruppe


Alle Gesellschafter der Smart Paws GmbH

CCE Group

Edizione S.r.l.

JAB Holding Company SARL

Gebr. Rhodius GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Saint-Gobain on the sale of the 100% subsidiary Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics MG Silicon GmbH, which specialises, among other things, in the production of silicone profiles for aviation.

  • Advising industrial insurance broker MRH Trowe on its minority investment by private equity investor TA Associates.

  • Advising VHV Allgemeine Versicherung AG on the acquisition of 50% of the shares in the northern Italian insurance broker Olimpia Managing General Agent Srl.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's global practice maintains strong relationships with international clients, primarily from the US, Europe and China, advising them on cross-border M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. The practice particularly focuses on advising the technology sector, from start-ups to listed companies. Real estate transaction lawyer Oliver Duys and Christoph Brenner, who assists private equity investors with M&A, have jointly led the practice since former practice head Thomas Schmid joined SNP Schlawien Partnerschaft MBB in July 2023. Key contacts also include Sven Greulich, who is experienced in technology transactions, and Werner Brickwedde, who assists with cross-border deals in the energy sector and joined from Eversheds Sutherland in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Duys; Christoph Brenner

Other key lawyers:

Sven Greulich; Werner Brickwedde


‘Oliver Duys ensures he understands client’s objectives and viewpoints and is able to resolve issues efficiently. The combination of excellent legal advice and outstanding teamwork both within the firm and with other stakeholders guarantees great results.’

‘Very reliable and supportive team, very friendly and professional!’

‘Good representation in cases of absence, availability, quick understanding of complex issues.’

Key clients

ACG Pharma Technologies



Beijing Aeonmed Co. Ltd.

Crane Co.

creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft

Flexera Software

EP Power Minerals

Goldman Sachs

ifb SE



Nanjing Estun Automation

Neway Valve (Suzhou)


Paulig A/B

ProLeiT AG



Vantage Towers AG

Wipro Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advising ifb SE on the sale to EY.

  • Advising Aptean on the acquisition of German software company ImPuls AG.

  • Advising listed Vantage Towers AG on its multi-billion dollar takeover by PE investors.

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB provides international companies and investors with comprehensive transactional support, including due diligence and resulting corporate restructuring; however, companies from a range of industries, including automotive and technology, also call upon the team's expertise in cross-border joint ventures and distressed M&A. M&A specialist Thomas Peschke leads the practice and focuses on matters in the consumer goods and retail industries, while Ronald Meißner assists companies in the manufacturing, healthcare and infrastructure sectors with cross-border transactions and joint ventures. Nina Leonard, who specialises in transactions in the life sciences, technology and energy sectors, joined Addleshaw Goddard in September 2023, while the group welcomed Michael Krömker from Dentons in January 2024; he focuses on cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Peschke

Other key lawyers:

Ronald Meißner

Key clients

A.T. Kearney GmbH

Desay SV Automotive Europe GmbH

Cognex Corporationn

Cubus Partners

Enit Energy IT Systems GmbH

grosso Tec AG

Hypergene AB

Knorr-Bremse AG

Kontron AG

Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH

Halma plc

HomeServe International Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of Enit Energy IT Systems GmbH, a spin-off of Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, on the sale of all shares to proALPHA Group GmbH, a group company of the proALPHA Group.

  • Advising grosso tec AG on the submission of a partial public offer to acquire up to 5.5 million bearer shares in S&T AG.

  • Advising Knorr-Bremse AG on the takeover of DSB Component Workshops for a takeover price of approximately €50 million.


POELLATH's M&A team advises on national and international company acquisitions and sales, restructurings and distressed M&A, and also regularly handles tax aspects; led by M&A and private equity lawyers Tim Kaufhold and Jens Hörmann, whose expertise is primarily sought by companies in the infrastructure and healthcare sectors, the practice mainly acts in small and mid-cap deals. Eva Nase assists public and private companies with conversion issues and public takeovers.

Practice head(s):

Tim Kaufhold; Jens Hörmann

Other key lawyers:

Eva Nase


‘Comprehensive expertise in corporate law, transaction design, tax law with excellent quality.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom

Henderson Park

Mehrheitsgesellschafter Pinion




AB Tasty

Energy Software


Work highlights

  • Advising the deputy chairman of the supervisory board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE as well as the supervisory board of Volkswagen AG and indirect shareholders on the IPO of Porsche AG.

  • Advising a family office on its investment in LSH as part of a share sale of 40% of Sartorius AG to LSH.

  • Advising Deutsche Telekom AG on a bidding process for the sale of its majority stake of 51% in its radio tower business GD Towers.


RENZENBRINK & PARTNER's team, which is primarily visible in the small-cap segment, predominantly advises industrial companies, financial and private investors on cross-border M&A deals and joint ventures and also has expertise in due diligence reviews and W&I insurance. Private equity and M&A transaction specialist Ulf Renzenbrink, venture capital advisor Andreas Stoll and Dennis Schlottmann (M&A, also in the venture capital and private equity area) jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ulf Renzenbrink; Andreas Stoll; Dennis Schlottmann


‘Andreas Stoll: Legally very precise and always available.’

‘Andreas Stoll advocates strongly for the client in negotiations.’

‘The competence in the respective field and the quality of the contributions of each individual partner was excellent.’

Key clients

Hochtief PPP Solutions GmbH



Plastiflex Group N.V., Niederlande

Körber AG

Engel & Völkers AG

1000eyes GmbH

Friedrich & Wagner Holding GmbH

eagle lsp Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH


Conet Technologies Holding GmbH


opseo Holding B.V.

Thomas Meyer GmbH

Peter Oppermann

svt Holding GmbH

HiQ International AB, Schweden

Work highlights

  • Advising Hochtief on the sale of shares in Via Solutions Nord GmbH & Co. KG (motorway section of the A7) to infrastructure fund BBGI.

  • Advising Thomas Meyer GmbH and Thomas Meyer Family Foundation on the sale of TKM Group to Groz-Beckert.

Schalast Law | Tax

Schalast Law | Tax advises medium-sized and large companies in the banking and financial services sectors on cross-border transactions, joint ventures and due diligence as well as increasingly on the entire venture capital life cycle. Christoph Schalast is experienced in transactions in the real estate sector, in banking and financial market law as well as in contentious scenarios and jointly heads the practice with Gregor Wedell, who advises on company sales and corporate law, especially in an international context. Marc-André Rousseau focuses on venture capital, start-up consulting and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Schalast; Gregor Wedell

Other key lawyers:

Marc-André Rousseau


‘Gregor Wedell: Pragmatic, solution-oriented and thinks commercially.’

‘Marc-André Rousseau is not only an expert in corporate and commercial law, but also in financial matters.’

‘The specialised team shines with absolute quality and specialisation. It’s also a very large corporate and M&A team.’

Key clients

Beyond Capital Partners

Bingmann Pflüger International GmbH, Berlin

EMAG Salach GmbH

enercity AG

Henssler Gruppe

Echtschnell GmbH

Stadtwerke Frankfurt Holding GmbH / Mainova AG


WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG

Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Advising DACH investment company Beyond Capital Partners on the majority acquisition of ANK sanitätshaus group and other transactions.

  • Assisting Viessmann with the joint venture with BEGA, Eltako and Oventrop.

  • Advising KMW on a €500 million joint venture with Green Mountain to build an innovative green and sustainable data center on a Rhine island.

Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater

Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater's M&A expertise is primarily called upon by German and international companies in the telecommunications, food and healthcare sectors as well as increasingly in the technology industry and includes company acquisitions and sales, joint ventures and disputes, also in connection with distressed M&A. Corporate and commercial law expert Wolfgang Student advises corporations and family businesses on M&A deals and restructurings, while Daniel Grewe assists German and international industrial companies and investors with private equity and venture capital transactions; both jointly head the practice. Florian Lauscher assists with distressed M&A and counsel Jennifer Konrad acts for investors in financing rounds.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Schüler; Daniel Grewe

Other key lawyers:

Florian Lauscher; Jennifer Konrad


‘Daniel Grewe: Great. An excellent draftsman and negotiator. Very thoughtful.’

‘A team of lawyers of high quality in every respect, particularly in the areas of M&A and employment law. Very pleasant collaboration with, among others, the very competent and efficient Daniel Grewe.’

‘Daniel Grewe: Goal-oriented, fast, economically minded and extremely efficient.’

‘Jennifer Konrad: Very competent and solution-oriented.’

‘It is a very fast and powerful unit that can implement both small and large projects in a precise and closely coordinated manner. The team acts pragmatically and entrepreneurially. Advice is bespoke.’

Key clients

Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller S.e.c.s.

Accentro Real Estate AG

q.beyond AG

DKSH Group

REWE Group

Simon Hegele Group

Uniklinik Köln

Deutsche Telekom AG

Schwarz Werkzeugbau

Homann Feinkost GmbH

Gesellschafter der Adams Network Engineering

Georg Stahl Beteiligungsgesellschaft

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's client base includes large international corporations, financial institutions and listed German companies, which the team assists with large acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, primarily with a US connection and often entailing cross-border aspects. Practice head Matthias Horbach acts in various transactions including cross-border mergers, joint ventures and public takeovers and is particularly active in the banking sector. Holger Hofmeister and Jan Bauer have expertise in private equity and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Horbach

Other key lawyers:

Holger Hofmeister; Jan Bauer


‘Jan Bauer: Highly committed, available at any time, focused, immediately grasps the most complex issues, develops solutions together with colleagues around the globe and communicates them in an easily understandable way for top management. His recommendations are very highly regarded within the company.’

‘Jan Bauer: Open-minded and confident under all circumstances. He is able to simplify very complex issues and is good at negotiating. He really understands what the customer wants.’

‘Holger Hofmeister: Very solution-oriented and obviously has great negotiating skills.’

‘Collaboration with Skadden is fast, solution-oriented, international. Briefings from experts around the world are extremely helpful.’

‘Skadden Germany has a fantastic team. The availability and quality of the exchange are one of the team’s strengths. In addition, the team is able to provide good advice and address complex and critical issues, not only from a legal perspective, but also from a strategic and negotiation perspective.’

Key clients


Gulf Energy Development



JAB Holding Company





Work highlights

  • Advising Trimble Inc. on the acquisition of Transporeon Group from private equity investor Hg in an all-cash €1.88 billion transaction.

  • Advising Gulf Energy on the sale of 50.01% of its shares in the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm, valued at approximately €3 billion, to a joint venture between Singapore’s Keppel Infrastructure Trust and Keppel Corporation Limited.

  • Advising the listed German biotechnology company Medigene on its global cooperation with BioNTech.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP assists large international companies across a variety of sectors with large M&A transactions, initial public offerings, private equity deals and SPAC transactions, with an additional focus on public acquisitions. Carsten Berrar (public M&A in the German market), York Schnorbus (public and private M&A) and Konstantin Technau (public takeovers) jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Carsten Berrar; York Schnorbus; Konstantin Technau

Key clients


Robert Bosch GmbH


European Healthcare Acquisition & Growth Company (EHC)

GFJ ESG Acquisition I

Next.e.GO Mobile



Foxconn Interconnect Technology



LEG Immobilien


Majorel Group Luxembourg

Morgan Stanley

Infrastructure Partners

Porsche SE


SLM Solutions Group


Work highlights

  • Advising Advent International and Centerbridge Partners on the public takeover of Aareal Bank.

  • Advising MSIP on the sale of 72.5% of VTG to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).

  • Advising Porsche SE on the acquisition of ordinary shares of Porsche AG from Volkswagen AG in connection with the IPO of Porsche AG.

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft

German blue chip clients, European stock corporations, medium-sized companies and private equity investors rely on SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft for national and cross-border M&A transactions, including public takeovers and private equity transactions, as well as resulting corporate restructurings and due diligence audits. Key contacts include M&A and corporate governance advisor Marc Löbbe, transaction lawyer Oliver Schröder, who advises on joint ventures and public takeovers, and Martin Gross-Langenhoff, who focuses on listed companies and financial investors. Practice head Jochem Reichert advises on corporate issues and assists both buyers and sellers with M&A transactions, while Jan Friedrichson, who made partner in October 2023, focuses on the interface between corporate law, M&A and corporate financing in the PE and VC sphere.

Practice head(s):

Jochem Reichert

Other key lawyers:

Marc Löbbe; Oliver Schröder; Martin Gross-Langenhoff; Jan Friedrichson


‘Practical advice, knowledge of special deal features in medium-sized businesses.’

‘Pragmatic approach, close and regular coordination with internal specialist departments, development of different strategies and quick response to changes.’

‘SZA-Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz offers an excellently positioned M&A team and can also offer excellent quality abroad. Special negotiating experience and broad expertise is always tangible.’

Key clients

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Diebold Nixdorf, Inc.

Südzucker AG


Vitesco Technologies Group AG

Bundesland Hessen

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

Proact IT Group AB

DKV Mobility Group SE

Silex Microsystems AB

VIB Vermögen AG

Südzucker AG

TP Global Operations Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising DKV Mobility Group SE on entering into a strategic partnership with LIS Logistische Informationssysteme AG, through the acquisition of a majority of voting rights in LIS AG and its subsidiaries in Spain, Poland, the Netherlands and France as well as Denmark, including a change of legal form of target company to a GmbH.

  • Advising Bäcker Görtz GmbH on the sale of a majority stake, in particular the negotiation and conclusion of a strategic partnership with Scandinavian investor FSN Capital.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing advises medium-sized German companies as well as large international corporations from the technology, energy, real estate, life sciences and health sectors on M&A transactions, with the practice's cross-border capacities being particularly strong in relation to China, the Middle East, the US and Brazil . Practice head Klaus Grossmann is experienced in cross-border M&A and joint ventures and regularly acts for companies in the logistics, chemical and automotive industries, while Michael Stein primarily assists clients in the life sciences and healthcare sectors and Peter Hellich focuses on the technology industry. In May 2023, four partners joined Gowling WLG: M&A and capital markets lawyers Lars-Gerrit Lüßmann and Ulrich Reers, M&A and joint venture specialist Michael Sinhart as well as Michael Lamsa, who is experienced in private equity. Venture capital and M&A specialist Armin Bartsch had previously joined from Noerr in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Grossmann

Other key lawyers:

Michael Stein; Peter Hellich; Armin Bartsch

Key clients

EQT Infrastructure

Triathlon Holding GmbH



NORD Holding

ZG Augenklinik Holding GmbH

Azenta Inc.

International Chemical Investors S.E. (ICIG)

CEE Group

Encavis Asset Management

Vebego Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising EQT on the sale of a minority stake in Global Connect to Mubadala.

  • Advising battery system manufacturer Triathlon Holding GmbH on the merger with Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems.

  • Advising International Chemical Investors SE on the acquisition of the Evonik chemical site in Lülsdorf and the associated cyanuric chloride business in Wesseling, North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as of inprotec AG.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP's client roster includes private equity funds, investors, banks as well as municipalities and German companies, most of which stem from the transport and energy sectors, and advises them on joint ventures and mid-cap cross-border transactions. Christian Finnern has led the M&A practice since May 2022 and has particular expertise in joint ventures, investments and M&A transactions in the maritime sector. Marcus Bechtel acts for companies from the energy, infrastructure and real estate industries as well as private equity investors in joint ventures and M&A deals, while Dirk Janssen focuses on leveraged buyouts and cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

Christian Finnern

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Bechtel; Dirk Janssen


‘Marcus Bechtel is characterised – of course in addition to his excellent expertise – by his calm and mediating manner. He recognises problems very early, not only names them, but also provides proactive solutions for many problems at hand.’

‘Above average level of commitment, team strength and proactive management of problems and challenges.’

Key clients

NeXtwind Management GmbH

Alpina Capital

Aukera B.V.

Aventron AG

BayWa AG

Boards & More Group

Commerz Real

CL GmbH (former CrossLink GmbH)

enercity Erneuerbare GmbH

Enervie Group

FFW Group

Findos Investor GmbH

Fire Holding GmbH


HQ Equita GmbH

R+R Heming

Peter Möhrle Holding, GP Capital UG


Work highlights

  • Comprehensive legal and tax advice to enercity Erneuerbare GmbH, a subsidiary of enercity AG, on the acquisition of the Horizon wind farm portfolio from owners of Norderland Group.

  • Advising an international consortium consisting of Commerz Real, Ingka Investments and KGAL on the joint (indirect) acquisition of 20% of shares in the 402MW Veja Mate offshore wind farm from Siemens Financial Services.

  • Advising the founders of energy service provider NWG Power on their e-charging joint venture with Shell Recharge Solutions.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Due to the firm's global network in the US, Europe and Asia, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is primarily involved in mid-cap and large cross-border deals as well as acquisitions of insolvent companies and also provides regular advice on tax aspects thanks to its close cooperation with the tax team. Practice head Gerhard Schmidt has experience in public and private M&A, joint ventures, delistings and distressed M&A, while transaction specialist Christian Tappeiner primarily acts in the technology, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Gerhard Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Christian Tappeiner


‘Gerhard Schmidt applies great know-how as well as pragmatism and is solution-oriented.’

‘Practical, very detailed and complex knowledge of German law and its very business-oriented implementation. Ability to participate in multi-jurisdictional transactions. Exceptional negotiation experience and skills. All the partners we work with are very focused and goal-oriented.’

‘Christian Tappeiner: Great negotiating skills in the German environment.’

Key clients

Elevate Brands LLC

DIC Asset AG

Tree Energy Solutions (TES)

Upfield Group

Quest Diagnostics, Inc.

Arrowhead Engineered Products

Dstny Group

Alibaba Group Holding Limited

CEZ Group

Elevion Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Quest Diagnostics Inc. on the strategic acquisition of Haystack Oncology Inc.

  • Advising Arrowhead Engineered Products on the acquisition of all shares in Bihr NV.

  • Advising Dstny on the acquisition of easybell GmbH.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is frequently instructed to assist with large and mid-cap cross-border transactions, particularly by European companies and start-ups in the technology, automotive, energy, infrastructure and financial services sectors. Tobias Heinrich primarily advises on cross-border transactions in the technology and automotive industries, while Matthias Kiesewetter assists with M&A transactions as well as joint ventures and venture capital transactions. Sebastian Pitz, who is considered an expert in private and public takeovers, and private equity and M&A specialist Ingrid Wijnmalen focus on supporting financial investors. In January 2023, Julia Sitter (stock corporation, GmbH (LLC) and corporate law) made partner and Mathias Bogusch (technology transactions) local partner. At the beginning of 2024, Murad Daghles (stock corporation, corporate, conversion and takeover law) joined DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Heinrich

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Kiesewetter; Sebastian Pitz; Ingrid Wijnmalen; Julia Sitter; Mathias Bogusch


‘Sebastian Pitz: An extremely creative and fast M&A partner who also covers financial regulatory law in detail and is our go-to lawyer for complex, cross-border M&A transactions.’

‘Sebastian Pitz has extremely deep knowledge of corporate law and regulations. Very good negotiating partner who achieves the best results for his clients quickly, efficiently and legally.’

‘Cooperative team that works very well in both financing rounds and M&A deals. All deadlines, especially those you set yourself, are met. The team is always approachable and always responds quickly and accurately.’

‘Dedicated, practical, responsive.’

‘Excellent deal management for a complex US deal with a razor-sharp focus on key issues.’

Key clients


Athena Consumer Acquisition Corp.














Grupa Pracuj




Work highlights

  • Advising Nestlé on the acquisition of a majority stake in Ankerkraut GmbH and the conclusion of a corresponding shareholder agreement.

  • Advising Faurecia on the sale of its SAS Cockpit Modules (SAS) division to automotive group MOTHERSON Group.

  • Advising Toyota Industries Corporation on the acquisition of the family-owned viastore group, a global provider of comprehensive intralogistics solutions.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

The M&A team at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is particularly adept at handling complex cross-border transactions, including pan-European and transatlantic deals, not least due to the close collaboration with its international offices. Medium-sized companies and private equity portfolio companies particularly often turn to the team, which is led by Georg Linde; he is primarily visible in M&A and private equity transactions in the technology, telecommunications, chemicals and energy sectors. Kamyar Abrar has experience in distressed M&A and Axel Wahl advises financial investors on private equity, venture capital and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Georg Linde

Other key lawyers:

Kamyar Abrar; Axel Wahl; Michael Ilter


‘Kamyar Abrar: A very focused and responsive partner who always gets the job done and always looks for the right solutions (both legally and commercially).’

‘Michael Ilter: Open advice and his understanding of the commercial motivations for the transaction and how these can be achieved.’

‘Very experienced team with a really good combined legal and commercial approach.’

‘The team takes the time to understand the commercial reasons for a transaction and advises with that in mind.’

Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Insight Partners

Bregal Milestone LLP

SGT Capital

Adiuva / Sanecum Gruppe GmbH

Conscio Group

PAI Partners

3i Group plc

Blackstone samt Portfoliounternehmen Clarion Events

Work highlights

  • Advising CVC on the acquisition of a majority stake in The Quality Group.

  • Advising PAI Partners on the acquisition of Savory Solutions Group.

  • Advising Lagardère Travel & Retail on the acquisition of Switzerland-based caterer Marché International.


YPOG focuses its advice on the technology sector and assists clients, ranging from start-ups to national and international funds, with M&A as well as private equity and venture capital deals, including exit transactions and strategic acquisitions. In addition to his M&A and venture capital advice, practice head Martin Schaper also focuses on the establishment of European stock corporations and carve-outs, while Stephan Bank advises strategic and institutional investors on secondary transactions, including recapitalisations and restructurings. Johannes Janning and Frederik Gärtner have experience in advising start-ups on venture capital and M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

Martin Schaper

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Bank; Johannes Janning; Frederik Gärtner


‘Stephan Bank: A very competent, thorough and cooperative lawyer who brings a lot of experience.’

‘All colleagues are characterised by professional excellence, knowledge, quick comprehension and efficient processing, resilience and a very collegial atmosphere.’

‘The team is broad and dynamic. Particular strength in technology transactions.’

Key clients

Deutsche GigaNetz


Wallaby Medical

Great Hill Partners

MILES Mobility

Gesellschafter der Vimcar GmbH



Altana AG


Gründer der AMANA Consulting GmbH

Project A Ventures

Consumer Edge


Gründer von ComX

Delivery Hero

BurdaPrincipal Investments, Sequoia Capital India und Vorwerk Ventures

Work highlights

  • Corporate advice to Delivery Hero on the acquisition of a majority stake in GlovoApp23, SL.

  • Advising on its merger with Global Savings Group (GSG).

  • Advising Wallaby Medical on the €500 million acquisition of the German phenox GmbH and its sister company femtos GmbH.