Firms To Watch: M&A

Jointly led by Markus Sachslehner and Ritesh Rajani, GvW Graf von Westphalen's team is well versed in assisting with national and international share and asset deals, joint ventures and several other transactions.
King & Wood Mallesons predominantly advises on mid-cap cross-border transactions with a focus on China and Europe as well as the automotive, technology, fashion and IT sectors.
Osborne Clarke's team members combine M&A and PE expertise and primarily act in cross-border transactions.
SKW Schwarz predominantly assists with international sales and acquisitions in the small- and mid-cap arena, while acting with a clear focus on the technology, IT, media and healthcare sectors.

M&A in Germany

act AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte

act AC Tischendorf Rechtsanwälte specializes in distressed M&A as well as M&A in special situations and supports buyers and sellers who find themselves in insolvency situations or conflicts with lenders, banks and corporate bodies. The practice group is led by founding partner Sven Tischendorf, who acts at the interface of distressed M&A, restructuring and employment law, and Matthias Müller, who is well versed in joint ventures and insolvency law. Tara Kamiyar-Müller is the key contact for real estate transactions, while Fabian Brocke assists companies and funds facing insolvency with complex transaction matters.

Key clients


Eurofins Scientific Gruppe

Hannover Finanz GmbH

Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH (HQIB)

H.I.G. Capital



Adcuram Group



KRE Krakat Real Estate Group

GFEP Family Equity

Hirsch Servo Gruppe

Gestamp Gruppe

MIB AG Immobilien und Beteiligungen

Deutsche Real Estate AG

Tempton Gruppe

Exel Industries

Summit Group

Gestamp Automoción S.A



The Carlyle Group

real GmbH

Madaus Capital

Pixotope Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advice on the takeover of real department store group from PE investor SCP by a restructuring investor.
  • Advising fintus on their Europe-wide expansion: acquisition of the majority stake in fintus GmbH by AnaCap Financial Partners, London.
  • Advising Pixotope and the underlying financial investor Eltek Holding AS on the acquisition of all shares in TrackMen GmbH.


With a focus on international mid-cap deals, ADVANT Beiten is not only well versed in transactions within Europe, but particularly adept in assisting with deals related to China: in cooperation with its international network, the team thus advises medium-sized companies on company and share acquisitions, spin-offs and traditional M&A. The practice group is jointly led by Hans-Josef Vogel, who focuses on matters in the technology, transport and tourism sectors, and Christian von Wistinghausen, who specializes in international M&A and joint ventures. Sebastian Weller assists large corporations and medium-sized companies with restructuring, joint ventures and financial rounds and acts with a special focus on the healthcare industry, while Barbara Mayer and Gerhard Manz, who joined from Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner in August 2022, focus on advising both companies and family offices on international M&A.

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Weller; Barbara Mayer; Gerhard Manz


‘The ADVANT Beiten team was incredibly strong in terms of collaboration and internal coordination to work out solutions to problems. There were no bottlenecks at any time in terms of key contacts or the like. You had the feeling that they had everything under control at all times and didn’t let anything go to waste.’

‘Sebastian Weller: He is outstanding in many respects. Technically one of the best I’ve ever experienced and also extremely strong in communication. He always knew when we should get more third-party know-how and what the best course of action was. Truly unique to work with.’

‘The ADVANT Beiten team was very responsive and the collaboration extremely uncomplicated and efficient.’

‘Hans-Josef Vogel: Extremely responsive and his advice focused on key points of the transaction. Working with him was characterized by a very high level of efficiency and simplicity.’

‘The team was sensational. Everyone complemented and supported each other perfectly and you always had a good feeling that they had everything under control.’

‘Sebastian Weller: Simply unbelievably good, both technically and as a project manager. He had everything under control at all times and you always felt well informed. Really outstanding to work with him. The project ran extremely smoothly!’

Key clients

Aesculap AG

apetito AG

Capitalmind GmbH

Comer Industries S. p. A.

Knill Energy Holding GmbH

EnBW New Ventures GmbH

EWK Umwelttechnik GmbH

Ferronordic AB

Myposter GmbH


Work highlights

  • Advising Aesculap AG on the acquisition of the majority of shares in SCHÖLLY FIBEROPTIC GMBH from the Schölly family.
  • Advising apetito AG on the strategic sale of business operations of apetito convenience AG & Co. KG to GETI WILBA Holding.
  • Advising M&A advisor Capitalmind on the sale of a strategic minority stake to British-South African Investec Bank.

Allen & Overy LLP

German and international companies from the life sciences, energy and financial services sectors regularly turn to Allen & Overy LLP for large and mid-cap cross-border M&A transactions, while the team also assists financial investors with PE-related carve-outs and spin-offs; under the leadership of Nicolaus Ascherfeld (infrastructure, energy, transport), the practice further frequently advises on the establishment of international joint venture projects and associated share deals. M&A, venture capital and MBO transactions represent Helge Schäfer's main areas of focus, while he also assists with international restructurings, as does Jonas Wittgens who made partner in May 2022. Hartmut Krause (including stock corporation, group and capital market law) as well as Hans Diekmann (corporate and capital market law) are considered experienced contacts for public takeovers and Astrid Krüger acts for German and foreign investors with a focus on technology transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nicolaus Ascherfeld

Other key lawyers:

Hartmut Krause; Helge Schäfer; Hans Diekmann; Jonas Wittgens; Astrid Krüger


‘One of the best practices in Germany – for years again and again and repeatedly instructed!’

Key clients

DigitalBridge Group, Inc.

Bayer AG


alstria-office REIT-AG

BMW Group

Scout24 SE

Advent International Corporation

BC Partners LLP

Bridgepoint Advisers Limited

Knorr-Bremse AG

Partners Group und CVC

Zurich Gruppe

Allianz SE

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH

The Riverside Company

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft

VTG Tanktainer GmbH


tado GmbH

Converge Technology Solutions Corp.

Roca Sanitario

Hapag-Lloyd AG

Work highlights

  • Advised DigitalBridge Group, Inc. and its affiliated funds on their acquisition of a 51% interest in GD Towers which the client jointly purchased with Brookfield Infrastructure and its affiliated entities.
  • Advising Bayer AG on the €500 million sale of its mens health product Nebido™ to Grünenthal.
  • Advising TUI AG on the sale of its 49% stake in the RIU Hotels SA joint venture.

Arqis Rechtsanwälte

Arqis Rechtsanwälte's M&A team has recently seen a significant increase in instructions from the healthcare sector, but also assists companies from other industries with cross-border mergers. The team has a specialist in Japan-related transactions in Shigeo Yamaguchi; in addition to the Japan desk, he also jointly heads the entire practice with M&A lawyer Jörn-Christian Schulze who is experienced in international deals as well as in PE and VC transactions. W&I matters and special situation transactions are a particular strength of Mirjam Boche who specializes in advising insurance companies. Christof Alexander Schneider assists with M&A, private equity and venture capital deals among other matters.


‘ARQIS is particularly characterized by the fact that its own claim – the provision of qualitatively excellent legal services – is exemplified by partners and provided to the team as a whole.’

‘Jörn-Christian Schulze: Mastermind and leader, impresses with extraordinary expertise, assertive negotiating skills in combination with a pronounced instinct and – this cannot be emphasized often enough – a flawless character on a human level. Negotiations on the legal level are communicated excellently and implemented without a hitch.’

‘Great law firm that covers the entire range of solutions for M&A issues.’

Key clients


Delta Dore Groupe

Dr. Simon Consulting

DUAL Specialty M&A GmbH

EQOS Energie Deutschland GmbH

HCC Diversificación Y Soluciones S.L.

Itochu Corporation

Kudan Inc

Landis + Gyr AG

Liberty Global Transactions Solutions

Megger Group

New York Pizza

Oxford Metrics

Sereni Partners BV

Themis Capital LLP

Triton IV Fund: EQOS Energie

Deutschland GmbH

Triton V Fund: Renk GmbH

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Advice to BME on the takeover of Mahler Group and acquisition of Heinrichs Fliesenmarkt.
  • Advising Landys + Gyr AG on the acquisition of Rhebo GmbH; Advice on the departure of one of the sellers/former shareholders.
  • Advised Itochu Corporation on the sale of the subsidiary IC Autohandel Beteiligungen GmbH (ICAB) to CT Tewes GmbH.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP's M&A practice advises automotive, chemical and digital economy companies on domestic and international transactions and is also active in the private equity sector. Practice head Benedikt von Schorlemer assists with acquisitions, disposals, carve-outs and restructurings, while Thomas Sacher oversees private and public takeovers as well as joint ventures and spin-offs.

Practice head(s):

Benedikt von Schorlemer

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Sacher


‘Dr. Thomas Sacher: Very reactive, transparent and practice-oriented.’

‘Strong client service focus. We have worked with Ashurst as co-counsel where they handle the corporate side and we handle the US regulatory issues.’

Key clients

1&1 AG

ABC Technologies


Bullfinch Asset AG

Commerz Real AGs KlimaVest-Fonds

DIF Capital Partners

Dutch Infrastructure Partners


FNZ Group

Grammer AG

Macquarie/Green Investment Group

Oxford Instruments plc

Pure Battery Technologies Pty Ltd

Robert Bosch GmbH

Realport AG

Sartorius-Herbst Verwaltungs GmbH

Shareholders of ECENTA AG

Tritax EuroBox plc

Vulcan Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Karin Sartorius-Herbst on the increase in her shares in the community of heirs after Horst Walter Sartorius from other members of the Sartorius family simultaneouesly to the share acquisition of Armira and LifeScience Holding.
  • Advising 1&1 AG on negotiations with Vantage Towers AG to conclude a long-term contract for the provision of up to 5,000 antenna sites throughout Germany.
  • Advising FNZ Group on the acquisition of all shares in Fondsdepot Bank GmbH.

avocado rechtsanwälte

avocado Rechtsanwälte assists medium-sized and family businesses with transactions in the German and international market, including company and share purchases, joint ventures and associated due diligence and post-M&A restructuring. Christian Berger advises medium-sized companies on M&A deals with a particular focus on real estate transactions and heads the team, which also includes notary and insolvency law expert Lars-Henning Behrens and Ralph Hummel (specialist in US-related transactions).

Practice head(s):

Christian Berger

Key clients

Acushnet GmbH

ASI DataMyte, Inc.

Beyond Trust GmbH


Genovac GmbH

imc Test & Measurement GmbH; imc Meßsysteme GmbH

Luxoft GmbH

Kiesl Insolvenzverwalter

musico GmbH

NCardia B.V.

SCPI Corum

SEC Consult Deutschland Unternehmensberatung GmbH

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie specializes in large and mid-cap cross-border deals and has particular expertise in China-related transactions, in which context practice co-head Christian Atzler and the head of the firm's in-house EMEA-China group Thomas Gilles also advise on restructuring and general corporate law issues; the practice further assists large corporations, especially in the automotive sector, with company and share acquisitions and sales as well as joint ventures. Practice co-head Berthold Hummel is an experienced PE and VC lawyer who supports financial institutions and family offices in international transactions, while clients from the financial services and automotive industries frequently call upon Peter Wand for restructurings, carve-outs and joint ventures; Florian Kästle is the key contact for post-M&A integration issues and disputes. Thorsten Seidel focuses his advice on regulated industries, especially the pharmaceutical sector, and with the addition of Jakub Lorys from Hengeler Mueller in October 2021, the practice enhanced its capacities in the private equity field.

Practice head(s):

Christian Atzler; Berthold Hummel

Other key lawyers:

Florian Kästle; Peter Wand; Thorsten Seidel; Thomas Gilles; Jakub Lorys


‘Christian Atzler: Advice is very interest-based and has a very good international network. It should be emphasized that he speaks fluent Chinese, which greatly facilitates negotiations with Chinese business partners.’

‘Great team who was able to close the deal in a very short time, which even they didn’t think was possible.’

‘Peter Wand: Great availability, always cooperating with the client to overcome the problem.’

Key clients

Sika AG

Infrareal GmbH

Hyundai Motor

Deutschland GmbH

EP Power Europe

Gesellschafter der KP

Family International


Cognizant Technologies

Solutions Group


BizLink Holding Inc.


AAC Technologies

Magna International Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising SIKA AG on the takeover of MBCC Group.
  • Advising Hyundai Motor Deutschland GmbH on its participation in H2 MOBILITY.
  • Advised Cognizant on the takeover of ESG Mobility.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP assists start-ups, medium-sized companies and well-known international companies with transactions, mergers and acquisitions and particularly focuses on the automotive, life sciences and TMT sectors; the group's transactional expertise is further complemented by pre- and post transactional antitrust, commercial, IP and employment advice. Practice head Hans Peter Leube acts at the interface of M&A and private equity and assists with restructurings, especially in the telecommunications, media, infrastructure and automotive sectors, while Peter Veranneman advises bidders and target companies on national and cross-border transactions. Stefan Münch is an experienced contact for private equity issues and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Hans Peter Leube

Other key lawyers:

Peter Veranneman; Stefan Münch

Key clients

Albrecht Gebrüder & Co.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj

ALD Automotive


Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

FLS Gruppe


DXC Technology Deutschland GmbH

Elixinol Global Limited

EnPro Industries, Inc.

FUNKE Digital GmbH

Global Connect Holdings S.a.r.l.

Investec Bank plc

Itron Inc

Jobandtalent DE GmbH


KORIAN Deutschland AG


niiio finance group AG

Nimbus Health GmbH

Nordic Unmanned

Seedtag Advertising S.L

shopware AG

Smarp OY

Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

Story House-Gruppe

Vitruvian Partners LLP

Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised ALD Automotive on the acquisition of Fleetpool Group and its portfolio of 10,000 vehicles.
  • Advising DocPlanner on the acquisition of jameda GmbH with the aim of entering the German market.
  • Advised Investec Bank plc on its minority stake in three Capitalmind International companies in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

BRP Renaud & Partner

BRP Renaud & Partner's advisory capacities include traditional M&A transactions, VC and PE deals as well as related tax law issues and are called upon by both domestic and foreign clients. As part of the international law firm network Interlaw, the practice group is well positioned to advise companies on cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on the Chinese market. With the help of its China Desk, the team thus assists with transactions and corporate disputes among other matters. Practice head Ulrich-Peter Kinzl represents medium-sized and listed companies on transaction and tax aspects, while Axel Neumahr has expertise in transactions, conversions and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Ulrich-Peter Kinzl

Other key lawyers:

Axel Neumahr


‘The cooperation is pragmatic and suitable for medium-sized companies.’

‘We successfully worked with Dr. Axel Neumahr on several M&A projects regarding purchase agreements.’

Key clients

Eberspächer Gruppe

E & G Real Estate GmbH

E & G Private Immobilien GmbH

Dehler Matratzenfabrik GmbH

Möstel Bedachungen GmbH & Co. KG


Beijing Guohuan Rhein Environmental Technology Group Co., Ltd.

China Biologic Products Holding Inc.

Rianlon Technology Company Limited

Zoomlion Heavy Industries Science & Technology Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive legal advice to Eberspächer Group on the entry of mobility service provider DKV Mobility into PACE Telematics GmbH.
  • Comprehensive legal advice to the shareholders of E & G Real Estate GmbH and E & G Private Immobilien GmbH on the participation of Grossmann & Berger, in which HASPA Finanzholding holds a majority stake, as well as the mutual participation of the clients in Grossmann & Berger.
  • Advising China Biologic Products Holding Inc. on the acquisition of a German medical technology company.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advises German and foreign companies and financial institutions on public and private takeovers and also assists with going private and delisting transactions, mergers and spin-offs. The practice further handles PE and VC acquisitions as well as takeovers and also advises on tax and regulatory aspects of transactions. Michael Ulmer acts for large corporations and medium-sized companies in cross-border M&A deals and is also experienced in shareholder activism, Michael Brems is well versed in employment law aspects of transactions in the German and international market and Mirko von Bieberstein advises strategic investors and sovereign wealth funds on M&A matters.


‘Dr. Michael Ulmer: Very pragmatic with excellent know-how.’

Key clients


DWS Infrastructure

International Flavors and Fragrances

LVMH Moët Henessy –Louis Vuitton



The Walt Disney Company

Westlake Chemical Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. on the sale of its food preparation business to Frulact Serviços Partilhados SA (Frulact).
  • Advising The Walt Disney Company on the sale of its 50% limited partnership interest in RTL Disney Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG to RTL Group SA.
  • Advised LVMH on the acquisition of the remaining 20% in RIMOWA.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance advises companies, investors and funds on large and mid-cap M&A transactions in the automotive, energy, financial services, healthcare, chemical and technology sectors and recently also assisted with various highly complex deals, particularly in the infrastructure sector; in the context of these matters, the M&A group generally cooperates closely with other practices, especially its corporate, regulatory and supervisory law colleagues. Jörg Rhiel and Anselm Raddatz, who heads the firm's private equity practice, are involved in traditional M&A deals and cross-border restructurings, while Markus Stephanblome advises industrial companies, financial investors and banks on takeovers and investments in listed companies and further acts as a key contact for ECM transactions. Practice head Thomas Krecek accompanies M&A transactions, private equity investments and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Krecek


‘Seamless collaboration between offices and practice groups: In the context of a complex, cross-border transaction, the firm covered all relevant jurisdictions and legal areas, while we still had a leading partner as a point of contact. Also strong partners outside of Germany. In a complex multi-party transaction, their excellent project management was a particular and valuable strength.’

‘They are always close to the client, listen to our expectations and respect our ideas. They provide regular feedback and are willing to do their best to meet clients’ needs. You build a trusting relationship with the client and the other side.’

‘Great responsiveness, availability and engagement from all team members. They are professionals and have extensive knowledge and experience of M&A transactions, including financial aspects. They are problem solvers and listen to their clients.’

Key clients


BNP Paribas


Macquarie Asset Management



Software AG






Willy Bogner

Work highlights

  • Advising Cinven on the conclusion of an agreement with Bayer AG for the acquisition of the Bayer Environmental Science Professional division.
  • Advised Macquarie Asset Management on the acquisition of Thyssengas. Sellers are DIF Capital Partners and EDF.
  • Advised Norsk Hydro ASA on the €1.38bn sale of its rolling business to private equity investor KPS Capital Partners.


CMS is primarily visible in the energy, automotive, medtech and life sciences sectors and acts across the large-, mid- and small-cap segment in traditional, PE and VC transactions. In addition to established companies, the practice frequently advises innovative start-ups in industries such as battery storage and hydrogen on financing rounds, joint ventures and exit deals. Headed by Antje Becker-Boley, Richard Mitterhuber and Jacob Siebert, the practice also assists with acquisitions, restructuring and distressed M&A. Other key contacts are Hendrik Hirsch (corporate acquisitions and sales), Maximilian Grub (automotive, energy and PE transactions) and Tobias Grau (healthcare, industrial companies and US-related transactions). Christoph Lächler specializes in cooperation agreements.


‘The team gave us excellent support and advice throughout the process. The lawyers’ extensive experience made a massive contribution to conducting successful strategic negotiations.’

‘They have a very good feeling for what is feasible. Supported deals very positively with creativity and quick perception. Very flexible and very committed.’

‘Maximilian Grub: Deal and success-oriented, unpretentious, creative and flexible in finding solutions. Very empathetic and always creates a positive mood in negotiations.’

Key clients

ADS-TEC Energy GmbH

Airbus Group


Bruker Corporation

Daimler Truck AG

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

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Holtzbrinck Publishing Group

Nordex SE

Northland Power Inc.

Phillips 66

SFS Group AG

Stadtwerke München GmbH (SWM)/Bayerngas GmbH


Telefónica Deutschland

Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Northland Power Inc. on a joint venture with RWE Renewables for the joint development of a 1.3 gigawatt cluster of offshore wind projects in the German North Sea.
  • Advising Daimler Truck AG on the establishment of a joint venture with Traton Group and Volvo Group to set up and operate a public high-performance charging network for battery-electric long-distance trucks and coaches in Europe.
  • Advising Stadtwerke München GmbH (SWM) and Bayerngas GmbH on the realignment of Spirit Energy in accordance with requirements of the energy transition and the sale of Norwegian gas and oil fields and a British field of Spirit Energy, the gas production company in which SWM and Bayerngas jointly held 31 % and the British Centrica hold 69%, to Norwegian companies Sval and Equinor.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP specializes in transactions in the healthcare and technology sectors and due to its global network, has the ability to advise on complex cross-border deals under the leadership of M&A and private equity specialist Henning Bloss: in addition to traditional M&A transactions, the group also assists with spin-offs, share acquisitions and carve-outs as well as with related corporate law issues. Simon Stöhlker advises private and public companies on private equity transactions, while Jan Friedeborn, who is also qualified in New York, assists strategic and financial investors with capital market aspects.

Practice head(s):

Henning Bloss

Other key lawyers:

Simon Stöhlker; Jan Friedeborn

Key clients


Merck & Co., Inc. (MSD)

Protagen Protein Services GmbH

Renesas Electronics Corporation

ACXIT Capital Partners

Adiuva Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising MSD Sharp & Dohme (called Merck & Co., Inc. in the US and Canada) on the global spin-off of the Women’s Health, Legacy Products and Biosimilar businesses.
  • Advising Protagen Protein Services GmbH on its acquisition by US company BioAgilytix Inc.
  • Advising ACXIT Capital Partnerson on its acquisition by US investment bank Stifel Financial.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP acts for buyers and sellers in cross-border transactions in the automotive, e-commerce, TMT, health and life sciences sectors and also represents an increasing number of start-ups; in addition, the team oversees transaction-related restructuring, the establishment of joint ventures and is also well versed in distressed M&A. Under the leadership of Federico Pappalardo, the team further regularly advises on PE- and VC-related matters, which also represents a focus for Giovanni Russo who has additional experience in co-investments. Carina Klaes-Staudt‘s expertise covers corporate, employment and tax law aspects of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Federico Pappalardo


‘The colleagues in Munich always have an open ear and are always available for information, even if they have a lot to do and their schedules are full. Answers are well researched, extensive and mostly completely presented and documented. I also like the international network.’

‘Highest qualification, enormous knowledge and effective application of it in individual cases. Entrepreneurial action with legal precision.’

‘Extremely good internal coordination and strong team spirit internally and towards the client.’

‘Giovanni Russo: An excellent negotiator with a lot of intuition for the specific situation. Outstanding knowledge and a very wide range of experience. Very quick learner and ideal advisor for complex transactions.’

‘The team around Giovanni Russo is doing an excellent job.’

‘Giovanni Russo: As part of our M&A transaction, he negotiated the deal in a highly professional and reliable manner right up to the last minute. He has a distinctive understanding of – even more complex – situations and knows how to guide through them with skill.’

Key clients

&ever GmbH

Crown Holdings

OneFootball GmbH

Safran Corporate Ventures

Vestiaire Collective

Work highlights

  • Advised &ever GmbH on its €130m acquisition by Kalera AS.
  • Advising long-standing client Crown on the sale of its European tinplate business to financial investor KPS Capital Partners, LP.

Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Alongside its transactional assistance, Deloitte Legal Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH also provides relevant financial and tax advice due to its close interaction with other practice groups; medium-sized and large German and international companies regularly draw upon the team's expertise in company acquisition and sales as well as in the context of bidding proceedings, while the team's activity in traditional M&A deals is further complemented by advice to private equity investors as well as on joint ventures. Practice head Michael von Rüden assists companies, including the PE sector, with complex international transactions, while Harald Stang advises on family business-related deals.

Practice head(s):

Michael von Rüden

Other key lawyers:

Harald Stang


‘Dr. Michael von Rüden: Technically very well versed and has a wide range of experience in buy side and sell side transactions in Germany and many other countries, very good knowledge of the specifics of the client’s industry, extremely committed, high partner involvement, very fair and transparent billing .’

‘Super accessibility, reliability and constructive problem solving. Focus on sticking points and no pointless arguments about principles. We have already completed 4 distressed deals together this year. Very flexible and fast, but without errors.’

Key clients

Birkenstock GmbH & Co. KG

CWS Fire Safety/CWS International

EOS Partners GmbH

GETEC Energie Holding GmbH

Main Capital Partners

Nippon Steel

Patrimonium Asset Management AG

Refresco Holding B.V.

Tessner Beteiligungs GmbH



Ceyoniq Technology GmbH

Ekkio Capital SAS

FCA Bank


Hannover Finanz GmbH

heristo AG


Implenia Schweiz AG

LEA Partners

MVV Energie AG

Predator Group

Rheinische Post Mediengruppe

Teamware GmbH

Torsten Adam/Pharma Solutions International GmbH

Trimet Aluminium SE

Winning Group

Hamberger Industriewerke GmbH

The Match Factory

DATEV eG, Nürnberg

GETEC Energie GmbH

Hispasat S.A.

Patient21 GmbH

Prodapt Solutions Private Limited

Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG

Work highlights

  • Advising GETEC Energie Holding GmbH on the joint sale of stakes in G+E GETEC Holding GmbH with EQT to JP Morgan infrastructure fund IIF.
  • Sell-side advice to Nippon Steel for Steinmüller Babcock Engineering GmbH; starting with the bidding process up to now exclusive negotiations with the buyer Hitachi Zosen Inova AG.
  • Advising Refresco Holding BV on the acquisition of HANSA-HEEMANN AG Group by one of the largest white label beverage manufacturers in the world, the Dutch Refresco Group.


Dentons fields a strong presence in the mid-cap segment where it handles classic M&A deals and private equity transactions. The practice group is often instructed by companies from the renewable energy, healthcare, pharmaceutical and financial services sectors seeking advice on cross-border M&A deals and is further well versed in international restructurings. Under the joint leadership of Rebekka Hye-Knudsen, Alexander von Bergwelt and Robert Weber, the team recently increased its activities for DAX-listed companies and also advises on venture capital investments, joint ventures and squeeze-outs.


‘Dentons provides advice to cover our global needs for VC investments and M&A deals.’

Key clients


CBRE Group

Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft (FSG)


KKR/Global Infrastructure Partners


replex GmbH




Trotec Holding GmbH

8080 Labs

Work highlights

  • Advising Securitas on the acquisition of German company Protection One.
  • Advising Q-Energy, an investor and project developer in the field of renewable energies, on the acquisition of a portfolio of 16 wind farms in Northern Germany from MEAG.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's M&A team regularly advises DAX-listed companies on cross-border transactions with a particular focus on the technology, chemical and life sciences sectors and can rely on the support of its China, India and Africa desks. Managing Partner Benjamin Parameswaran, who took over as global co-chair for corporate law in October 2022, has a focus on international company acquisitions and sales, as does co-head and private equity and venture capital advisor Nils Krause. The head of the Africa desk Sebastian Decker is an experienced contact for cross-border projects and corporate law issues, while Mathias Schulze Steinen specializes in advising strategic and financial investors.


‘Mathias Schulze Steinen: An extraordinarily strong lawyer – legally sound, engaging in appearance, calm even in stressful situations with high personal commitment.’

‘DLA Piper offers a very good overall package and excellent support during transactions.’

‘DLA Piper’s support is present, precise and fast. DLA is a business partner with expertise and a high level of professionalism. In addition, it is simply fun to work with DLA.’

‘Benjamin Parameswaran: In my opinion, one of the leading lawyers for M&A and corporate law in Germany for global corporations. He always delivers excellent quality advice and is an extremely strong negotiator.’

‘Immediate availability, no long waits, one face to the client, internal coordination, client-oriented to maximum extent, equal cooperation, fast and meaningful legal information.’

Key clients


Bilfinger SE

Cohu, Inc

HARMAN International

HCL Technologies

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Jungheinrich AG

Knorr-Bremse AG

Mercedes-Benz AG

Montana Aerospace AG

Revalize, Inc.


Siemens AG

Storskogen Deutschland GmbH

Sutton International Limited

Tentamus Group


Trajan Scientific and Medical


Casters Holdings Inc

Work highlights

  • Advising BASF on the acquisition of 49.5% of Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm in the Netherlands from Vattenfall. In addition, advice on the subsequent sale of 25.2% of offshore wind farm to Allianz.
  • Advising Jungheinrich AG on the takeover of Munich-based arculus GmbH.
  • Advice to Knorr-Bremse AG on the acquisition of EVAC Group and the purchase of a majority stake in Cojali.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland focuses on the regulated sector with particular emphasis on automotive, energy, TMT and life sciences companies and, due to the team’s global integration, advises these on cross-border acquisitions, carve-outs and post-merger restructurings. Under the leadership of Werner Brickwedde (focus on energy companies), the practice further assists with private equity deals and joint ventures. Anthony Cross, who qualified in England and Wales, also handles M&A transactions as well as restructurings, joint ventures and minority shareholdings. Michael Prüßner (focus on automotive, industrial and consumer goods companies), who co-led the practice with Brickwedde until September 2022, has since joined Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):

Werner Brickwedde

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Cross


‘Small, powerful teams with very good balance between billing and added value for the client, good visibility for fees, good networking also abroad for cross-border issues.’

‘Werner Brickwedde: Responsive, honest opinion, good at brainstorming, solution orientation and clear communication.’

Key clients




Cyrus One

Deutsche Post DHL


EG Group

Experian Ventures

Glanbia Nutritionals

Hörmann Industries




Norges Bank Investment Management


REWE Group/DER Touristik

Rolls-Royce Power Systems

RWE Renewables




Work highlights

  • Advising US data center operator CyrusOne on its $15 billion public takeover by KKR and Global Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advising RWE Renewables on the establishment of a joint venture with Canadian power producer Northland Power Inc. for the joint development of a 1.3 gigawatt cluster of offshore wind projects in the German North Sea.
  • Advice to Vantage Data Centers on the acquisition of a data center on the FRA1 campus in Offenbach from previous joint venture partners Energieversorgung Offenbach and DataCenter-Group and the conclusion of long-term contracts for the construction of additional data centers with a total capacity of 55 MW.

EY Law

EY Law advises on mid-cap transactions and related due diligence reviews, particularly in the automotive, energy and healthcare sectors. Annedore Streyl, who focuses on assisting financial investors, leads the team which provides all-encompassing advice on transactions due to close cooperation with its internal tax and financial advisors. Torsten Göcke focuses on distressed M&A and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Annedore Streyl

Other key lawyers:

Torsten Göcke


‘Interactive team, willingness to perform, out-of-the-box solution-oriented thinking.’

‘At EY you get comprehensive expertise and consulting services from a single source: If tax law issues arise during a deal, these are easily clarified directly with EY’s tax advisors and auditors. You save yourself constant back and forth between different players and you can rely on completeness and excellent quality!’

‘Very well coordinated and dedicated team. Contactable at any time.’

Key clients

beeline GmbH

Biesterfeld AG

Daimler Truck AG

Ehrmann SE

LCI Industries GmbH

ALBA Group plc. & Co. KG

Spectris plc.


Stadt Neuss

Arriva PLC

Rockspring TransEuropean Properties VII Holding S.à r.l. (Unternehmen der PATRIZIA Gruppe)

Hy24 SAS (Ardian)

sino Beteiligungen

HgCapital (Transporeon)

Drewag (Stadtwerke Dresden)

Work highlights

  • Advising Daimler Truck AG on the sale of Mercedes MiniBus GmbH to a Munich-based private equity fund.
  • Conducted due diligence and advised on transaction documents for Hy24 SAS, the hydrogen investment platform founded by Ardian and FiveT Hydrogen.
  • Advising Arriva plc. and Deutsche Bahn AG on the divestment of mobility business areas in several European jurisdictions to strategic investors and PE/financial investors.

Flick Gocke Schaumburg

In addition to international corporations, Flick Gocke Schaumburg also advises medium-sized companies, family businesses and financial investors on all key issues in the mid-cap M&A segment and is primarily visible in public and private transactions in the energy, healthcare, insurance, technology and financial services sectors. Michael Erkens focuses on company acquisitions and structural measures, while Fred Wendt advises private and public companies and private equity funds on complex cross-border transactions. Philipp Rulf assists with traditional M&A deals and is also instructed by family businesses.


‘Very competent, service-oriented M&A team, which supported us closely in a sales process. Specialists of individual departments were convincing throughout.’

‘Philipp Rulf: Exceptional understanding of legal and commercial issues; is able to convey complex legal issues in a way that laypeople can understand; strong negotiating partner for our interests; high personal commitment.’

‘Fred Wendt and his small but very selected team are outstanding. Both in terms of technical expertise and in terms of quality of products supplied. 100% reliable. Communication is extremely pleasant.’

‘Fred Wendt: In addition to outstanding technical expertise, it should be emphasized that he knows how to convey technical topics in a way that is appropriate for the addressee. We really appreciate that he thinks and advises very strategically beyond purely technical advice.’

Key clients


Lindsay Goldberg

Joachim Herz Stiftung


Deutsche Bahn

H.I.G. Capital

M.M. Warburg & Co

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Work highlights

  • Advising DB Regio Aktiengesellschaft and Deutsche Bahn AG on a bidding process for assets of the insolvent Abellio through an asset deal.
  • Advising the shareholders of KREBS+KIEFER Group in connection with the strategic partnership with Dorsch Group.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

The M&A team at Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner acts for family businesses and listed corporations in Germany and abroad, with a particular focus on the healthcare, real estate and technology sectors; start-ups in the mid-cap segment form an additional focus for the practice which supports them from foundation to sale. Arnt Göppert and Alexander Hartmann handle portfolio transactions as well as financing and restructuring, while Stefan Lammel provides expertise in company acquisitions and sales as well as tax, insolvency and corporate law issues. Hendrik Thies and Jan Henning Martens act with a focus on transactions in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Former practice heads Gerhard Manz and Barbara Mayer joined ADVANT Beiten in August 2022.


‘Hendrik Thies: Comprehensive knowledge, especially in transactions in the medical technology sector.’

‘The team’s uniqueness footed on its adaptability to client requirements and individual culture. The composition of the team at FGvW meant that the right skills were always available and any challenges that arose were solved quickly and competently in our interest.’

Key clients

Cryptshare AG

CuriosityStream Inc.

Dorner GmbH & Co. KG

DS Energie-Holding



Jan Plambeck Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

Schulz-Electronic GmbH

Sympatient GmbH


Xilinx Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising shareholders of DORNER GmbH & Co. KG on the sale of shares to GUS Holding GmbH.
  • Advising CuriosityStream on a strategic partnership with SPIEGEL TV.
  • Advising the main shareholder Dominik Lehr on the sale of his shares in IT company Cryptshare AG to Pointshare AG.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

In close cooperation with its offices in London, Paris and the US, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is well equipped for cross-border transactions: in addition to traditional transactions for companies in the automotive, chemical, service and technology industries, the practice also acts in the private equity sector. Lutz Englisch is an experienced advisor on public and private takeovers and possesses further expertise in general corporate law issues. Alongside Englisch, Dirk Oberbracht and Wilhelm Reinhardt also advise on M&A and PE transactions, while Ferdinand Fromholzer specializes in assisting private equity and strategic investors with mergers and acquisitions. Markus Nauheim, who is also admitted to the US bar, focuses on PE and VC deals as well as on international joint ventures.

Key clients






VIB Vermögen

Work highlights

  • Advising Bosch on the sale of the global automotive steering business with steering and transmission pumps for passenger cars and commercial vehicles to Fidelium Partners.
  • Advising Tiancheng International Investment on the sale of biotech company Biotest to Spanish medical group Grifols.
  • Advised Lazard, as financial advisor to the executive and supervisory board of Schaltbau Holding AG, on a fairness opinion regarding the public takeover of Schaltbau Holding AG by The Carlyle Group.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz specializes in advising technology, healthcare, real estate and infrastructure companies on public takeovers and complex carve-outs in the large and mid-cap sector, but also regularly acts for family businesses and their shareholders and in PE transactions. Ralf Morshäuser, who is well versed in company acquisitions and sales, assists financial investors with major transactions, as does Christian Cascante, while Martin Viciano Gofferje has expertise in joint ventures and transactions in the healthcare sector. With the opening of its London office in January 2022 the firm was able to expand its cross-border M&A capacities.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Morshäuser


‘Excellent industry knowledge and M&A experience.’

‘The Gleiss Lutz M&A team was characterized by their extraordinary commitment, speed and efficiency, especially over weekends and at all times of day and night. The cooperation with our corporate lawyers and other business development colleagues was always on equal footing.’

‘Commercial and pragmatic, accessible, in the interests of the client.’

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB assists German medium-sized companies as well as large international corporations with complex M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions and has the capacities to cover a wide range of relevant aspects due to its cooperation with tax, financing and antitrust lawyers of the firm. Bernt Paudtke and Tobias Fenck jointly head the practice and both act in the PE and VC area, as does Frank Evers who further advises on leveraged and management buyouts. Christoph Niemeyer has experience in transactions related to the Italian market.

Practice head(s):

Bernt Paudtke; Tobias Fenck

Other key lawyers:

Frank Evers; Christoph Niemeyer


‘Strong M&A team that is solution-oriented. Good support from other areas such as merger control leading to ‘one stop shop’.’

‘Excellent knowledge and years of experience. Quickly understanding client needs and translating them into concrete ideas/solutions.’

Key clients

ABC Holding

Alliance Automotive Group


Coca-Cola European Partners

Cox Automotive/Manheim Deutschland GmbH


Heidelberg Pharma AG


Kanalservice Gruppe

Medical Eye-Care MVZ

Nord GmbH



Oberberg Gruppe

Trianel Gruppe

Turck duotec GmbH

Ufenau Capital Partners

Uranos Beteiligungen

Veolia Gruppe

Vorsprung Gruppe

Zeitfracht Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advising Ufenau Capital Partners on the sale of the majority stake in Swiss IT Security Group (SITS).
  • Advising Zeitfracht Group on the complex takeover of the insolvent Adler Modemärkte AG.
  • Advising Coca-Cola European Partners on the sale of Sodenthaler Mineralbrunnen to Vilsa Brunnen Otto Rodekohr Group.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

Greenberg Traurig Germany advises on cross-border transactions in the large and mid-cap segment, but is also active in the private equity sector; it primarily assists companies from the technology, healthcare, energy and automotive sectors with public takeovers, venture capital and financing matters. In addition, the team is well versed in distressed M&A matters and works closely with the firm's insolvency lawyers. The practice group is jointly led by M&A and corporate lawyers Peter Schorling and Henrik Armah and also includes start-up and investor advisory specialist Josef Hofschroer, corporate law and private equity expert Nicolai Lagoni and company acquisition specialist Sara Berendsen. Oliver Markmann and Philipp Osteroth (both private equity, M&A) made partners in January 2022.


‘We have been working with GT on numerous transactions and projects for years and regard them as people of trust – the firm’s lawyers are our extended workbench. We are particularly impressed that GT is constantly trying to improve.’

‘Peter Schorling: Our trusted advisor in the best sense of the word – he has an incredibly quick grasp, always keeps an eye on the bigger picture and is incredibly strong in negotiations. We have already come a long way together and look forward to having Peter Schorling by our side in the future.’

‘Oliver Markmann is characterized in particular by the fact that he remains calm even in stressful situations. He is always tough on the matter, but authoritative in his tone – a real negotiating professional.’

‘From our point of view, Greenberg’s corporate and M&A practice, led by Peter Schorling and Henrik Armah, is characterized by short response times and a pure focus on client’s interests.’

‘We have been receiving exceptionally professional and human advice from GT for years. The professional competence in all specialist areas is extremely high and, in our experience, cannot be compared with other law firms. Even the most difficult issues are always resolved to our complete satisfaction.’

‘In all the years that he has been at our side, Josef Hofschroer has had a significant influence on our growth through his expertise, commitment, his negotiation qualities, organization and recognizing connections and is therefore an indispensable partner for us.’

Key clients


GlobalLogic Inc.


Pacifico Renewables Yield AG

Eltel AB

Gilde Healthcare

Digital Turbine


ZTE Corp.

HanseMerkur Gruppe

Jump Trading

LivePerson Inc.

Best Western Hotels

ALS Global Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised ALS Limited (ALS) on the €300m acquisition of a 49% equity stake in Nuvisan Group (Nuvisan).
  • Advising AI company LivePerson on the acquisition of technology start-up e-bot7.


Alongside European deals, Greenfort focuses on advising on transactions related to North America and Asia and also assists with acquisitions and sales of private and family companies as well as public takeovers in the mid-cap segment; particularly energy and technology companies as well as PE houses and hedge funds call upon the expertise of the firm which has also accumulated experience in distressed M&A. Andreas von Oppen and Carsten Angersbach are well versed in M&A transactions, while Anh-Duc Cordalis focuses on private equity and strategic investors and Gunther Weiss is primarily instructed by industrial clients and energy companies. Daniel Röder is considered an experienced contact for financial investors and, like Tobias Glienke, also acts in transaction-related disputes. Martin Asmuß regularly advises on private M&A transactions.


‘Gunther Weiss: empathy, highest level of professional competence, quick grasp of client-specific issues and special features, ability to convince negotiating partners.’

‘GREENFORT is a young practice with a dynamic and creative team that offers fast and agile solutions. Especially suitable for medium-sized companies that love pragmatic solutions. Nevertheless also well connected internationally.’

‘Gunther Weiss: An experienced M&A lawyer who represents his clients with both routine and creativity, always on the ball in order to be able to realize deals.’

Key clients

RTL Deutschland GmbH

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

Feintool International Holding AG

Gesellschafter Westbridge Advisory GmbH / Westbridge-Gruppe

Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH

Planet Group GmbH


Sorb Industri AB


Hyperscience USA

Work highlights

  • Advising RTL Deutschland GmbH on the acquisition of the Gruner & Jahr business from Bertelsmann.
  • Advised RTL Deutschland GmbH on the acquisition of 100% of Super RTL from Disney Corporation.
  • Advised DPE Deutsche Private Equity on the acquisition of Engelmann Sensors.

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann assists with M&A deals in the real estate, finance, energy and healthcare sectors and is also active in joint venture formation. In addition, the practice often advises on exit deals in the venture capital sector and oversees IPOs and sales. M&A and venture capital expert Markus Soehnchen heads the practice which also includes real estate transaction specialist Michael Stobbe and Andreas Bauer, who focuses on investor and financing advice. Transaction lawyer Jens Rügenhagen represents clients in in- and out-of-court proceedings and was appointed equity partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Markus Soehnchen


‘Empathy of the people involved. Good adjustment to the respective situation.’

Key clients

Swiss IT Security Group AG

BECKEN Holding GmbH

coparion GmbH & Co. KG

degewo AG

Element Materials Technology

Hines Immobilien GmbH

Huble Digital Group Limited

K&U und Bäckerhaus Ecker


MVP Factory

Normec Holding GmbH

Princeville Capital




xbird GmbH

Hengeler Mueller

Several of the largest German companies as well as large international corporations trust Hengeler Mueller's M&A team to carry out large-cap international transactions as well as medium-sized deals in the German market. The firm recently attracted various new clients through its international network and, in addition to public takeovers, also advised them on bidding processes, spin-offs and financing rounds as well as on joint venture formations. Maximilian Schiessl is an experienced M&A lawyer who focuses on public takeovers and in particular cross-border company acquisitions, while listed and family businesses can rely on Thomas Meurer for national and international transactions, including structured auctions. Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain and Andreas Hoger have expertise across M&A and private equity.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advises upper mid-market clients on corporate acquisitions and sales, public takeovers, joint ventures and management buy-outs as well as buy-ins and has experience in the regulated markets, including the healthcare, finance and transport sectors; further expertise exists in transaction-related tax matters. The practice group is jointly led by Boris Dürr, who oversees M&A and private equity transactions in the technology, service and mechanical engineering sectors, and Thorsten Kuthe, who is well versed in corporate law and public takeovers. Oliver Treptow advises on transactions in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries and Helge-Torsten Wöhlert is the key contact for litigation and transactions related to France. Bodo Dehne, who made partner in January 2023, is an experienced contact for private equity and venture capital transactions. The intersection of M&A, PE, VC also represents the focus of Slaven Kovacevic, who joined the team from Simmons & Simmons in November 2022, while Kai Erhardt, who made partner in January 2023, handles corporate finance matters in addition to M&A.

Practice head(s):

Thorsten Kuthe; Boris Dürr


‘Nice, competent colleagues. Fast replies.’

‘No legal team has been so committed, fast, available 24/7 and always friendly and fun. Any time! Very strong entrepreneurial profile and sparring partner on a strategic level.’

‘Heuking has all the necessary skills in the legal area and beyond on offer and can cover all topics with its own team and partners. We were particularly impressed by the team’s commitment to successfully completing our deal on an ambitious schedule.’

‘Bodo Dehne: Client focus – high level of commitment – lots of experience in dealing with critical situations – great wealth of experience – good feeling for timing – clear structure and advancing on next steps.’

‘The team is very pragmatic, straight to the point, no ramblings, uncomplicated, pleasant to work with.’

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With an excellent international network, Hogan Lovells International LLP handles large-cap cross-border transactions in the telecommunications, financial services and energy sectors, ranging from company and share purchases to spin-offs and squeeze-outs. Nikolas Zirngibl, who advises clients from the automotive and real estate sectors on transactions, reorganizations and restructurings, leads the German M&A team, while Volker Geyrhalter is responsible for the European corporate law and M&A practice and frequently handles deals in the life sciences and aviation sectors that entail US aspects. Tim Oliver Brandi is experienced in company acquisitions and restructuring in the financial sector and, alongside Jörg Herwig (private equity, coordinator of the China desk) and Birgit Reese (governance/compliance, insurance), also advises on transactions in the automotive sector. Matthias Hirschmann heads the energy and natural resources practice group and is an experienced advisor in the energy market as is Alexander Stefan Rieger; both assist with transactions and joint ventures. Alesya Pavlynska (transactions, corporate restructurings and shareholder agreements) joined from Arzinger Law Offices in July 2022.


‘Throughout a two-year M&A project, Matthias Hirschmann’s team was our constant companion: from seller due diligence and contract negotiations to all issues after the transaction’s closing. It wasn’t just the outstanding legal advice that impressed us, but also the way the project was pushed beyond these legal issues. The entire team has been highly professional and dedicated throughout the transaction.’

‘Matthias Hirschmann: Outstanding professional competence, fun at work and working with the client, project management that goes beyond legal issues, availability at all times for urgent issues.’

‘Hogan Lovells is extremely hands-on and commercial. The cooperation is excellent, 24/7 availability and always by your side with help and advice.’

‘Alexander Stefan Rieger can almost be described as a “deal maker” in the German infrastructure market. In addition to excellent legal advice, he also almost acts as a financial adviser and knows the market inside out. He often knows more than a coverage MD in an investment bank and fully understands transaction dynamics.’

‘Very good M&A transaction team that works at a high level and is very practice-oriented.’

‘Alexander Stefan Rieger has very good knowledge of the market, provides very good legal advice and is very proactive in negotiations and in the course of the process. Good project management. Always available.’

Key clients

ADVA Optical Networking

AGROB Immobilien AG

Akasol AG

BMW und Mercedes

Daimler AG und Daimler Truck AG

DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate AG


International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)



Quadriga Capital


Saurer Netherlands Machinery Company BV


Adagia Partners


Cygna Labs Group

Dagmar Vogt Vermögensverwaltungs GmbH

Daimler AG

Dana Inc.

Digital Charging Solutions GmbH (DCS)


Fressnapf Beteiligungs GmbH

HR Group

InfraRed Capital Partners

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

Konzern Versicherungskammer

Marquard & Bahls AG

Mercedes Benz AG

Naxicap Partners

NorthC Gruppe

Perkin-Elmer, Inc.

Safran S.A.

Saint Gobain

Selux AG

Ventiga Capital Partners

Verdantf (künftig Agergy)

Work highlights

  • Advising AKASOL AG on the voluntary public takeover bid by ABBA BidCo AG, a subsidiary of BorgWarner Inc.
  • Advising Daimler on the global IT carve-out of Infosys.
  • Advising Ventiga Capital Partners on an acquisition in the aviation industry.

Jones Day

Large and mid-cap deals form part of Jones Day's transactional instructions which are frequently handled in cooperation with the firm's international offices. The practice group is particularly well equipped for deals related to China and the US, in the context of which practice head Ansgar Rempp is particularly active. In addition to traditional transaction matters, the team is also visible in the venture capital area and assists start-ups with financing rounds and also advises various well-known private equity houses. Adriane Sturm is an experienced M&A lawyer with particular expertise in the automotive sector, while Markus Weber accompanies public and private transactions and also advises on capital market issues.

Practice head(s):

Ansgar Rempp

Other key lawyers:

Adriane Sturm; Markus Weber

Key clients

Arsenal Kapital

Cardinal Health


Eastman Chemical

EMERAM Capital Partners


Hilti Group

Hi Inov/VI Partners

Lincoln Electric

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Plastic Omnium


PTTGC Group (PTT Global Chemical)



Suez S.A.

The Riverside Company

Yabeo Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advising PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited on the acquisition of allnex Holding GmbH from Advent International.
  • Advised SUEZ SA on the sale of most of its Recycling & Recovery activities to PreZero.
  • Advising SAP on the joint venture with dediq GmbH.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP advises well-known medium-sized and Fortune500 companies, primarily from the automotive, infrastructure and healthcare industries, as well as technology start-ups. In cooperation with the firm's international offices, the practice assists with cross-border transactions, distressed M&A deals and corporate restructurings. Thomas Lappe leads the team and has many years of experience in advising on carve-outs and buy-out transactions as well as on venture capital and private equity deals. Martina Ortner specializes in the creation of holding structures and also accompanies M&A transactions in the technology sector and the manufacturing industry.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Lappe

Other key lawyers:

Martina Ortner

Key clients

ATOS Gruppe

Continental AG

Exasol AG

Gencor Inc.

Microsoft Inc.

Osram Continental GmbH

Relief Therapeutics Holding SA

Robus Capital Management Ltd.

Sinch AB

TriSpan LLP

ZEAL Network SE


Work highlights

  • Advising Microsoft on the acquisition of Kinvolk GmbH.


Kümmerlein has strong expertise in the healthcare, real estate and energy sectors, but has recently also expanded into the logistics, infrastructure and mobility sectors, advising clients on cross-border and domestic transactions. Joachim Gores supports European and American companies in their activities in Germany, Stefan Heutz advises on corporate transactions, co-investments and corporate structural measures and Sebastian Longrée focuses on corporate law disputes; all three jointly lead the team which also includes Maximilian Schauf, who is well versed in national and international private M&A transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Maximilian Schauf


‘Great team, an in-house colleague is available for each specialist area who assimilates perfectly into the project without the client noticing that competencies are divided between several people.’

‘Small, flexible teams – transparent billing, moderate fees – best value for money on the market – great expertise, including in non-legal/technical issues.’

‘Dr. Joachim Gores: Calm case management; pragmatic.’

Key clients

AH Holding/Simon Holding

Fahrzeug-Werke LUEG

MMC Holding

Novum Capital

opta data Gruppe

REMONDIS Recycling

Thyssen’sche Handelsgesellschaft

Xeptor Distribution Holding B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of AH-Trading GmbH on the sale of shares to the listed Swedish BHG Group AB.
  • Advising REMONDIS Recycling GmbH & Co. KG on the acquisition of Diebold Nixdorf’s deposit return systems division, namely Diebold Nixdorf Technology GmbH and Diebold Nixdorf Retail Services GmbH.
  • Advising Dutch Xeptor Distribution Holding BV (Flex IT) on the acquisition of MKCL group.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has a particular focus on US and UK-related transactions, advising companies in the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors on large and mid-cap deals as well as capital market law issues. The team, which closely cooperates across practice groups and locations, advises on international carve-outs, restructuring and joint ventures and is also assists with auction processes and sales in the private equity market. Practice heads Nikolaos Paschos and Heiko Gotsche are both experienced M&A advisors who also have experience in structural measures. Rainer Traugott and Ingo Strauss advise at the interface of transactions and corporate law issues, whereby Traugott assists private equity houses and infrastructure investors with cross-border deals. Deputy office managing partner Tobias Larisch is a key contact for clients from the energy and infrastructure sectors seeking advice on domestic and international deals, while Henning Schneider oversees M&A and private equity transactions in the healthcare and life sciences sectors.


‘Very good knowledge of German corporate law; extremely responsive. Offer great, practical advice on complex issues.’

‘Nikolaos Paschos and his team are very dedicated and responsive.’

‘High professionalism, commitment, pragmatic in deals, qualitatively and quantitatively outstanding. Awesome characters. Great team. Overall rating: Excellent.’

‘Dr. Henning Schneider: Very senior, a lot of experience, calm, top deal qualities, great with clients, precise; lots of industry expertise.’

‘Good teamwork between partners and associates as well as good dialogue skills with the client.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG

Authentic Brands Group

Bio Rad, Inc.

Bitly, Inc.

Broadcom, Ltd.

Cheplapharm Arzneimittel GmbH

Desktop Metal, Inc.

DXC Technology

Just Spices


Körber AG


Nagarro SE

Nielsen Capital

Novo Holdings A/S

Swiss Life Asset Management AG

ZF Friedrichshafen AG


Linklaters' M&A team advises some of Germany's largest corporations, including DAX40 listed companies, as well as international clients on large and mid-cap cross-border transactions. The practice also oversees restructurings, is active in the context of IPOs and further assists with large spin-offs and divestments with a special focus on the automotive, chemical, healthcare, infrastructure and technology sectors. M&A and corporate lawyer Tim Johannsen-Roth jointly heads the German practice with Marco Carbonare, who specializes in advising financial investors on M&A and capital market transactions. Ralph Wollburg leads the global M&A practice and is considered an experienced M&A and capital markets lawyer who advises listed companies on cross-border mergers and acquisitions. The head of the European corporate and M&A practice Kristina Klaaßen-Kaiser as well as Christoph van Lier are the key contacts for joint ventures and international mergers.


‘The Linklaters team structured the in-house team and supported them through the process while keeping an eye on commercial profitability. Despite the complexity, issues were dealt with in a resource-saving and thus cost-optimized manner.’

‘Excellent team, fast, always available, always pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘Tim Johannsen-Roth and team: professionally outstanding, fast and pragmatic, very good team, first choice for cross-border transactions and projects.’

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to Volkswagen AG on the conception of the transaction and the negotiations with its major shareholder Porsche Automobil Holding as well as on the preparation of Porsche AG’s planned IPO.
  • Comprehensive advice to Daimler AG on the spin-off of a majority stake in Daimler Truck AG and the subsequent listing in the dual track process.
  • Comprehensive advice to McKesson Corporation on the sale of a large part of its European business to the Phoenix Group.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's M&A practice advises companies from the energy and construction sectors as well as financial investors on domestic and international transactions, with deals relating to the Asia-Pacific region representing a particular practice mainstay; here the firm works closely with its Singapore office. The practice is jointly led by Stefan Galla, who advises energy and life sciences companies on restructurings and joint ventures, and Thomas Kuhnle, who is experienced in corporate transactions. Michael Bormann specializes in restructuring and governance issues, while Philipp Dietz and Thomas Weidlich focus on deals related to China and India.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Galla; Thomas Kuhnle


‘Michael Bormann: Pleasant cooperation, very client-oriented, delivers on time, fair billing.’

‘International positioning, fast response time, excellent client communication, high quality, high availability, very high quality standards.’

‘Luther’s full service approach deserves special mention here! Teams from different areas always work very well together.’

Key clients






Eneco B.V.

Knorr-Bremse AG

Mahle GmbH


Wielton S.A.

Benteler SE

IDT Biologika GmbH

Ingka Investments B.V.

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to EON SE on the majority takeover of start-up GridX, a highly innovative provider of energy management software.
  • Comprehensive legal advice to Douglas GmbH on the acquisition of Dutch online pharmacy and prior transfer of the Chinese sales company to the target company.
  • Comprehensive legal advice to Groupe Briand together with unyer member Fidal on the acquisition of Astron Group with subsidiaries in Germany, Luxembourg, France, Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic.


LUTZ | ABEL RECHTSANWALTS PARTG MBB handles cross-border M&A transactions and VC deals and has particular expertise in exit transactions; the practice focuses on the e-commerce and real estate sectors where it advises start-ups and established companies on the design of acquisition structures and private equity deals. Medium-sized companies as well as investors and family offices frequently turn to practice head Bernhard Noreisch who also assists companies and shareholders with M&A transactions and exit deals. Marco Eickmann regularly advises on financing rounds and investments, while Frank Hahn supports medium-sized companies and investors in cross-border M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Noreisch

Other key lawyers:

Marco Eickmann; Frank Hahn


‘Frank Hahn: Very, very good specialist knowledge. Extremely good accessibility and working hours practically around the clock. Always competent and friendly. I would recommend 110%.’

‘Very strong partner-oriented work with far above-average expertise; Extremely efficient and result-oriented, very transparent when it comes to billing.’

‘Bernhard Noreisch: Outstanding expertise in the field of M&A, VC, strong negotiator and with an eye for essentials.’

Key clients

Alphapet Ventures GmbH

BayBG Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH


Electric Mobility Concepts GmbH


Gesellschafter der Hemovent GmbH

Gesellschafter der GmbH

Gesellschafter der ISR Information Products AG

Gesellschafter der WeSustain GmbH


Instaclustr US Holding Inc.

JJ Grundstücks-Holding GmbH

Just Spices GmbH

MIG Fonds



Robotise AG

verticalAds Group GmbH

VINCI Concessions


Work highlights

  • Advising Electric Mobility Concepts GmbH and all shareholders on the cross-border share swap with GoTo Mobility Ltd., Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • Advising US software company Instaclustr on the acquisition of all shares in an international open source software company with target companies in Germany and the USA.
  • Advising VINCI Concessions on the acquisition of all shares in a German start-up company in the e-mobility field.

Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown LLP focuses on cross-border transactions for both financial investors and corporations. The team has particular experience in advising VC funds and family offices on venture capital deals, while co-investments and exit transactions are also part of the firm's repertoire. Practice head Julian Lemor, who is also experienced in PE transactions, as well as the head of the restructuring group Marco Wilhelm, oversee cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures, while Ulrike Binder focuses on advice to listed companies.

Practice head(s):

Julian Lemor

Other key lawyers:

Marco Wilhelm; Ulrike Binder

Key clients

Lange-HANSA-Holding GmbH/ULM Management GmbH

Volpi Capital (ihr Portfolio-Unternehmen Moving Intelligence B.V.)

Triton (ihr Portfoliounternehmen NORRES)

Turck duotec Holding

Aptos Germany Holding GmbH

INDUS Holding AG

coparion GmbH & Co.KG


Theobald, Patrick

DBG Advising GmbH & Co. KG; DBAG Fund VII

Lear Corporation

Volpi Capital (ihr Portfoliounternehmen Asolvi)

LG Displays Co. Ltd.

Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers AG

Sixth Street Partners

AaviGen GmbH

Raffinerie Heide GmbH

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP's corporate and M&A practice possesses strong industry expertise in the life sciences, TMT, food, aerospace and real estate sectors and regularly advises medium-sized companies, family offices and DAX-listed companies on national and cross-border transactions. Led by Clemens Just, the team also assists financial investors and fields an experienced contact for joint venture advice with Norbert Schulte. In addition to acquisitions and public takeovers, Philipp Grenzebach also advises on corporate reorganizations.

Practice head(s):

Clemens Just


‘Very good M&A practice, ability to bring together different disciplines from many departments that are required in a complex M&A transaction, a lot of experience in dealing with an international field of bidders.’

‘The law firm has outstanding specialist knowledge in the areas of M&A and corporate law and sufficient resources to process various simultaneous matters at sufficient speed.’

‘Clemens Just: Extremely competent lawyer who understands the issues and challenges of an in-house team and helps us make the right decisions. We appreciate his strategic advice, his determination to get things done and his always calm and unexcited manner.’

Key clients

Atruvia AG

Doktorde GmbH

Hanwha Solutions

Corporation (HSC)

Intersnack Group

isel Asset & Investment GmbH

KPM Analytics

Mainova AG

Merck KGaA

Nagel Logistik +

Beteiligungs GmbH

SIGNA Sports United


Softhale N.V.

Unsere Champions GmbH

Volkswagen Financial Services AG

Zwilling J.A. Henckels AG


Milbank's M&A team focuses on advising listed and medium-sized companies as well as financial investors on large cross-border corporate and equity acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and mid-cap deals as well as on related tax, financial and antitrust matters. Company acquisitions, conversion law and private equity transactions form the expertise of Norbert Rieger, who is also experienced in tax law, while Sebastian Heim advises financial investors on private equity deals as well as on insolvency law and distressed M&A.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Heim; Norbert Rieger

Key clients

About You

Allianz X



Heubach Group

ISYS Medizintechnik GmbH


Kalera AS

LGT Bank

Moonfare GmbH



Sartorius AG

United Internet

Otto Group

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Work highlights

  • Advising Allianz X on the integration of Finanzen Gruppe into CLARK and on the associated participation of Allianz X in CLARK.
  • Advising KAEFER on the addition of a consortium consisting of Altor/SMS to the group of shareholders.
  • Advising CURA on a takeover bid for Deutsche EuroShop AG.


Noerr's M&A practice is regularly instructed by DAX and MDAX corporations as well as medium-sized companies to assist with a wide range of transactions, while the team recently increasingly focused on distressed M&A. Thus, the practice advises companies in the automotive, healthcare and energy sectors on company acquisitions, private equity deals and international joint ventures. Acquisition and joint venture expert Alexander Hirsch and Natalie Daghles, who focuses on complex transactions in regulated markets, have been jointly leading the team since Florian Becker moved to the firm's London office. Martin Neuhaus and Christian Pleister specialize in investments and restructuring in the PE sector, while experienced M&A specialist Harald Selzner advises DAX companies and investors on cross-border transactions. In addition to his transactional advice, Rainer Wilke also handles privatizations and dispute resolution.


‘In a very complex project, in which we sold several sub-divisions to various buyers through spin-offs and acquisitions, Noerr developed very convincing solutions to all legal issues and problems. We would instruct Noerr over and over again for comparable projects.’

‘Deep industry know-how and excellent legal and economic understanding in the areas of M&A, energy, private equity and infrastructure.’

‘Speed, reduction of complexity, simple presentation of complex issues and goal-oriented, pragmatic solutions; paired with appropriate social skills – that is the Noerr team.’

‘Dr. Selzner: An excellent contact at eye level with far-reaching strategic thinking, a very quick perception and excellent skills in the relevant legal area! I appreciate his humorous way! A very valued contact of mine!’

‘Harald Selzner and Martin Neuhaus: Very high performance and very fast reaction time.’

‘Very experienced team for large transactions, good network worldwide also for international transactions.’

‘Christian Pleister: Very good lead partner, outstanding lawyer.’

‘Excellent team for international M&A transactions, well positioned and well connected.’

Key clients


Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH


Deutsche Telekom

HOWOGE Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung

Open Grid Europe

Schwarz Gruppe

Ampyr Solar

LVM Landwirtschaftlicher

Versicherungsverein Münster

Emeram Capital Partners



Dragoneer Investment Group

ALH Gruppe

Brookfield Asset Management


Daimler Truck

Deutsche Börse



Fresenius Medical Care



Summit Partners


Work highlights

  • Advice to HOWOGE housing association on the purchase of residential and commercial properties in Berlin from Vonovia and Deutsche Wohnen.
  • Advised Schwarz Group and PreZero on the €1.13 billion acquisition of Ferrovial’s waste disposal business in Spain and Portugal.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises finance, technology, healthcare and energy companies on transactions in German and abroad, while being particularly well equipped for international deals due to its close collaboration with offices in Asia, North America, Paris and London. In cooperation with the firm's insolvency and restructuring experts the practice also assists banks and strategic investors with distressed M&A transactions. In January 2022, M&A and private equity expert Nils Rahlf took over the practice management from Frank Regelin, who advises listed companies on cross-border M&A and private equity deals as well as capital market law. Katrin Stieß assists clients from the technology and financial services sectors with M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. In October 2022, the firm received a boost with the arrival of Michael Prüßner (focus on automotive, industrial and consumer goods companies) from Eversheds Sutherland.

Practice head(s):

Nils Rahlf


‘Excellent team, highly recommended.’

Key clients

AutoScout24 GmbH



European Investment Bank (EIB)

MTG Modern Times Group

MEAG MUNICH ERGO AssetManagement GmbH (MEAG)


Gesellschafter der Ociris GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Brookfield on the acquisition of Sunovis, a project developer and general contractor for turnkey photovoltaic systems.
  • Advising AutoScout24 GmbH on the takeover of imove AS, which is active in the field of computer system design and related services, as well as advising on the establishment of a joint venture.
  • Advising Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG) on the sale of ESL Gaming to Savvy Gaming Group (SGG).


Clients from the financial services sector and the digital economy regularly call upon Oppenhoff's expertise in acquisitions and sales; the team also assists with transactions in special situations and supports TRI providers in insuring risky deals. Team leader Peter Etzbach primarily advises finance and insurance companies on cross-border transactions, joint ventures and restructuring, while Günter Seulen covers capital market transactions, company acquisitions and joint ventures as well as compliance and directors' liability issues. Markus Rasner is well versed in international M&A and private equity deals, with a particular focus on advising Asian investors.

Practice head(s):

Peter Etzbach

Other key lawyers:

Günter Seulen; Markus Rasner

Key clients

Audax Private Equity

AustriaEnergy Group

European Innovation Council der Europäischen Kommission (EIC Fund)

Finatem III GmbH & Co. KG

Gebr. Rhodius GmbH & Co. KG

Gesellschafter der Sunovis-Gruppe

MXP Prime Platform GmbH (SellerX)



TIMETOACT Software & Consulting GmbH

VHV Allgemeine AG

VHV Holding AG

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

International transactions are at the heart of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's practice, with its China and India/Middle East desks facilitating advice on cross-border matters. The team specializes in advising technology companies on company acquisitions and sales as well as on joint ventures, but is also active in private equity and venture capital arenas; here, practice head Thomas Schmid primarily advises technology and life sciences companies. Oliver Duys is the key contact for real estate transactions and, like Sven Greulich, is particularly well versed in venture capital deals and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schmid

Other key lawyers:

Sven Greulich; Oliver Duys

Key clients

ACG Pharma Technologies



Beijing Aeonmed Co. Ltd.

Crane Co.

creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft

Flexera Software


Goldman Sachs

IONITY (Joint Venture zwischen BMW, Daimler, Ford, Hyundai, VW)



Nanjing Estun Automation

Neway Valve (Suzhou)


PHW Group

ProLeiT AG



Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB

The M&A team at Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB has extensive experience in handling mid-cap deals and structuring joint ventures in Germany and abroad. The team advises sellers, strategic and private equity investors on all types of transactions and is also well versed in due diligence and post-merger integration. Practice head Thomas Peschke (also Head of Germany since October 2022) has a strong focus on the retail and consumer goods sectors and acts on both the seller and buyer side, while Sven Schulte-Hillen specializes in cross-border M&A and financial transactions.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Peschke

Other key lawyers:

Sven Schulte-Hillen


‘Well managed with a small team and reasonable billing.’

‘Creative and very hardworking.’

Key clients

Canon Europe Ltd.

Canon Deutschland GmbH

Borg Automotive A/S

EGV Lebensmittel für Großverbraucher AG

GETEC Energie GmbH

Getrag Ford Transmissions GmbH

Kempinski Gruppe

SynBiotic SE

TEGA Technische Gase and

Gasetechnik GmbH

Temicon GmbH

Test Industry S.r.l.

Transgourmet Deutschland GmbH & Co. OHG

WSW Gruppe

Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising a US private equity consortium led by Pacific Media Group Limited on its investment in 1. FC Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KGaA (1st FC Kaiserslautern).
  • Advising a German utility company in connection with a joint venture to build and operate data centers in Germany.
  • Advising Borg Automotive A/S on the takeover of SBS Automotive Group from Scandinavian Brake Systems A/S.


POELLATH frequently advises clients at the interface of transaction and tax law and, in addition to traditional M&A, also assists with matters in the venture capital area as well as with distressed M&A. The practice is led by merger and conversion expert Eva Nase, who also advises on public takeovers, and Jens Hörmann, who is well versed in M&A, private equity and carve-out transactions. Michael Inhester, Benedikt Hohaus and Philipp von Braunschweig have expertise in private equity deals.

Practice head(s):

Eva Nase; Jens Hörmann

Key clients

Sanoptis Gruppe

SAP Fioneer


KONEN Bekleidungshaus


Porsche Automobil


Babilou Gruppe



Ingentis GmbH

WHOW Games

KIWI Consulting

CoRRect Medical





Solarisbank AG

Work highlights

  • Advising the shareholders of astragon on the sale to Team17.

Schalast Law | Tax

The M&A team at Schalast Law | Tax assists medium-sized companies from the infrastructure and telecommunications sectors as well as private equity funds with cross-border transactions and further advises on structural measures in connection with company acquisitions and sales, due diligence, relevant antitrust issues, the development of management participation programs and post-merger integration processes. In addition to his M&A activities, practice head Gregor Wedell also handles corporate reorganization and restructuring issues as well as dispute resolution, while Christoph Schalast complements his transactional expertise with experience in banking and financial markets regulations.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Wedell

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Schalast


‘In the field of M&A, innovative and reliable support through competence, thoroughness and speed. Comparison to competitors: Clients interests come first and only then their own (fee) intentions – but without loss of competence.’

‘From its partners, led by Prof. Dr. From Christoph Schalast to its associates, it is not possible to single out specific people because their expertise is excellent in all required areas.’

Key clients

Beyond Capital Partners


EMAG GmbH & Co. KG

Endodoctor GmbH


Rate Gain Travel Technologies Limited, India

Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advice to Beyond Capital Partners Fund II on the acquisition of Dr. Hoffmann building services GmbH.
  • Advising Viessmann on the sale of Schmack Biogas Group to Hitachi.
  • Advising the shareholders of Endodoctor GmbH on the sale of company shares to a Chinese investor.

Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater

Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater assists German and international companies from the telecommunications and food sectors in cross-border M&A deals and also regularly advises on employment, corporate and tax law aspects. The practice is headed by Wolfgang Schüler, who frequently advises family offices and is well versed in restructuring, and Daniel Grewe, who specializes in assisting financial investors and VC funds, but also includes insolvency expert Florian Lauscher, who primarily advises on distressed M&A transactions and venture capital deals.

Other key lawyers:

Florian Lauscher

Key clients

Accentro Real Estate AG

AXA Konzern AG

Deutsche Telekom AG

Homann Feinkost GmbH

Meesenburg Großhandel KG

REWE Gruppe

Simon Hegele Gruppe

Uniklinik Köln

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's M&A team acts with a focus on US-related transactions which the team regularly handles in cooperation with the international network. Headed by Matthias Horbach, the practice advises listed companies on cross-border transactions, public takeovers as well as mergers and is also active in the context of IPOs. The team further includes Jan Bauer, Holger Hofmeister and counsel Rüdiger Schmidt-Bendun, of whom all advise on joint ventures, restructuring and corporate governance in addition to M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Horbach

Key clients

Dürr AG

Færch Gruppe und A.P. Møller Holding

Filmbetriebe Berlin Brandenburg GmbH

Goldman Sachs

HeidelbergCement AG

Hidrovias do Brasil S.A.


Marbis GmbH

Medigene GmbH

Mercedes-Benz Group AG

MorphoSys AG

PayPal Inc.

Sanity Group GmbH


SIGNA Sports United GmbH

The KraftHeinz Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Goldman Sachs as financial advisor to Deutsche Wohnen on the merger with Vonovia.
  • Advice to HeidelbergCement on the partnership with Thoma Bravo and the acquisition of a 45% stake in Command Alkon.
  • Advising SIGNA Sports United on the $3.3bn merger with Yucaipa Acquisition Corporation.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's experience in corporate law enables it to provide comprehensive support for transactions: particularly listed companies and corporations from the regulated sectors frequently draw upon the group's experience in public and private takeover bids, mergers and delistings. Carsten Berrar, Konstantin Technau, who also covers regulatory issues, and York Schnorbus jointly head the practice which also frequently supports start-ups and further advises on capital increases and strategic takeovers.

Key clients



Apeiron Investment Group



Daimler Truck

Delivery Hero

Deutsche Wohnen

Goldman Sachs



Lakestar SPAC I

LEG Immobilien

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Porsche SE


Work highlights

  • Advised Advent International and Centerbridge Partners on the public takeover of Aareal Bank.
  • Advising Deutsche Wohnen on the merger with Vonovia.
  • Advising Porsche SE on the acquisition of ordinary shares in Porsche AG from Volkswagen AG in preparation for a possible IPO of Porsche AG.

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwalts AG

SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises on company acquisitions and sales, public and private takeovers, related due diligence proceedings, joint venture formations and restructuring as well as on post-merger disputes. Jochem Reichert, who focuses on assisting listed companies and is considered an experienced litigator, Marc Löbbe ,who is often involved in international transactions, and M&A and private equity specialist Oliver Schröder jointly head the practice. Martin Gross-Langenhoff is particularly well versed in public takeovers and capital market matters.

Other key lawyers:

Martin Gross-Langenhoff


‘Highly competent and very well structured.’

‘Highly respected law firm with a wide range of services.’

‘Dr. Martin Gross-Langenhoff: Technically very strong, high availability, very well respected in the market.’

‘SZA is definitely a high-end law firm that offers good value for money. I work with them every time I have the opportunity. The lawyers there are all good, responsive and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Vitesco Technologies

AiC Gruppe bestehend aus Luxempart SA, Familienaktionären und Unternehmensstiftung; Monolith NV und Teslin Capital Management GmbH

VIB Vermögen AG

Avantor, Inc.

Silex Microsystems AB

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Diebold Nixdorf, Inc.

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

Work highlights

  • Advising VIB Vermögen AG on the defense against the unsolicited public takeover of DIC Asset AG.
  • Advising Diebold Nixdorf, Inc. on various transactions, including on the financing round of AEVI International GmbH, which is an 82% subsidiary of Diebold Nixdorf, Inc.
  • Advising AIC Group on the takeover of zooplus by Hellmann & Friedman and EQT.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's corporate and M&A team acts for companies in the technology, energy, real estate, infrastructure, life sciences and healthcare sectors as well as for private individuals and houses a strong international transaction practice with ties to Asia (especially China), the Middle East, the US and Brazil. Klaus Grossmann heads the practice and oversees international M&A transactions and joint ventures. Philip Cavaillès and Peter Hellich act at the interface between private equity and venture capital.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Grossmann

Other key lawyers:

Philip Cavaillès; Peter Hellich


‘Dr. Peter Hellich and Dr. Philip Cavaillès: Very dedicated, practical, business oriented.’

Key clients

]init[ AG

Dead Presidents Invest GmbH

ENCAVIS AM Management GmbH

Hillenbrand, Inc.

Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH

Imperial Logistics International B.V. & Co. KG

Thyssenkrupp AG

CEE Group

Cevotec GmbH

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Databricks Inc.

ebm papst Beteiligungs-GmbH

Exit Games GmbH

Foxway OÜ

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH

Giesecke+Devrient GmbH

Hardinge, Inc.

Mahler Gruppe

Method Park Holding GmbH


Pflegehelden Gruppe

Schlau Elektrotechnik GmbH

Vebego Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising ]init[ AG on strengthening its group of shareholders with Glide Buy Out Partners.
  • Advice to Dead Presidents Invest on the sale of to Deutsche Beteiligungs AG.
  • Advising Saint-Gobain on the sale of GVG Deggendorf to Arbonia.

Watson Farley & Williams

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has a strong focus on advising transport and energy clients on both traditional M&A deals as well as increasingly on private equity transactions; the team is well equipped for cross-border transactions due to its cooperation with the firm's international offices. In May 2022, shipping expert Christian Finnern took over the practice management from Marcus Bechtel, who focuses on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors and advises companies on M&A and private equity deals as well as project developments. Dirk Janssen primarily assists with leveraged buyouts.

Practice head(s):

Christian Finnern

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Bechtel; Dirk Janssen


‘The WFW practice around partner Dr. Marcus Bechtel works extremely professionally, is a strong team and has an excellent “deal-driven” approach.’

‘Dr. Marcus Bechtel is characterized in particular by his calm and mediating manner. In contract negotiations, the “points” of clients are argued, while the arguments of the other side are equally included through a change of perspective.’

‘Excellent negotiation skills, good communication and process management.’

Key clients

NeXtwind Management GmbH


Perpetua Holding GmbH

Alpina Capital Partners LLP

Commerz Real AG

Findos Investor GmbH

Gemeinde Kirchweidach

HQ Equita


Tentamus Group GmbH

Genus plc

The Renewable Infrastructure Group Limited und der niederländische Pensionsinvestor APG

Work highlights

  • Advising NeXtwind Management GmbH and subsidiaries of NeXtwind Capital Ltd. on the acquisition of several onshore wind farms with a total capacity of 82 MW.
  • Advice to Perpetua Holding GmbH on the acquisition of a majority stake in Artemed care centers – in the future operating under ArteCare – from Artemed SE.
  • Advising a consortium consisting of The Renewable Infrastructure Group Limited and Dutch pension investor APG on the acquisition of German offshore wind farm Merkur from a consortium consisting of Partners Group, InfraRed Capital Partners, DEME Concessions, GE Energy Financial Services and ADEME.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's M&A team advises on public, private and distressed transactions, takeover bids, taking private transactions as well as joint ventures and is led by Gerhard Schmidt; the client base, consisting of companies in the energy, technology and food sectors, also call upon the practice head's expertise in restructurings. Due to its close integration within the international network, the practice is well equipped for cross-border deals. Christian Tappeiner assists domestic and foreign investors with transactions resulting from restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Gerhard Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Christian Tappeiner

Key clients

ChargePoint Holdings, Inc.

Upfield Group

TES Tree Energy Solutions

CEZ Group

PT Holdings/Parts Town

Elevion Group

Work highlights

  • Advising ChargePoint Holdings, Inc. on the acquisition of has-to-be GmbH.
  • Advice to TES on the establishment of a strategic partnership with Open Grid Europe (OGE) for the development of CO2 infrastructure.
  • Advised Elevion Group BV on the acquisition of Belectric’s European photovoltaic business.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP regularly handles large-cap multi-billion transactions as well as mid-cap deals in the German and European market and acts with a focus on companies from the energy and infrastructure, technology, finance, automotive and industrial sectors; joint ventures, private equity and venture capital transactions also form part of the team's expertise portfolio. Practice head Tobias Heinrich, who also co-heads the firm's global autotech group, advises technology companies on investments and exit deals, which often carry VC implications, while banks and financial institutions call upon Roger Kiem who also assists with corporate law and is adept at conversions. Joint venture and venture capital specialist Matthias Kiesewetter, Murad Daghles, who focuses on transactions in the Middle East, and Sebastian Pitz, who advises on private and public takeovers, are other key contacts. Hans-Georg Schulze made partner in January 2022 and assists with strategic transactions and carve-outs.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Heinrich


‘Hands-on mentality paired with legal class and excellent client management!’

‘Murad Daghles: constant availability; very assertive; legally outstanding in corporate law, without “overthinking”; knows how to act efficiently and client-oriented, especially with small projects.’

‘Fast, practical.’

‘Sebastian Pitz: An extremely experienced and fast-acting local partner.’

‘W&C is extremely responsive. I got some replies within minutes. I have experienced an unbelievable commitment here that I do not know from other large law firms. Most large law firms certainly work carefully even under time pressure, but I always had the feeling that we were getting special treatment. I’m sure all of W&C’s clients feel the same way.’

‘Sebastian Pitz has broad knowledge in his specialist area, but doesn’t mind thinking outside the box and working out dogmatically clean solutions for adjacent areas of law. He is always polite, combined with a friendly sense of humour.’

Key clients

Faurecia S.E.

JP Morgan Infrastructure Investments Fund (IIF)

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Adler Group S.A.

Summit Group

Ancala Partners LLP

HPS Investment Partners

Synthos S.A.




Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP

Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust plc

Osstem Implant


Toyota Industries Corporation


Work highlights

  • Advising Faurecia SE on the takeover bid for HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA and on the acquisition of 60% of HELLA shares.
  • Advised JP Morgan Infrastructure Investments Fund on the acquisition of GETEC from EQT and Getec Energie Holding.
  • Advising Synthos SA on the acquisition of Trinseo’s synthetic rubber business.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP advises private equity and public companies as well as private sector clients on complex transactions and has particular experience in the commercial, technology and healthcare sectors. Practice head Georg Linde specialises in privatizations and exit deals and advises high-tech sector companies, while Kamyar Abrar is the contact for distressed M&A and Axel Wahl assists board members in private equity and venture capital transactions.

Practice head(s):

Georg Linde

Other key lawyers:

Kamyar Abrar; Axel Wahl

Key clients

3i Group plc und Portfoliounternehmen


Acerinox S.A.

Apax Partners LLP

Aquiline Capital Partners

Ardian Private Equity und Portfoliounternehmen

Blantyre Capital


Calida Holding Ag

Capital 300


Castik Capital

Cheyne Capital

Constantia Flexibles (Wendel Portfoliounternehmen)

CVC Capital Partners

DexKo Global Inc.

EQT und Portfoliounternehmen

Full In Partners


Genstar Capital und Portfoliounternehmen

GHO Capital

Glide Healthcare

GoldenTree Asset Management

Grillo-Werke Aktiengesellschaft

Hudson’s Bay Company

Insight Partners und Portfoliounternehmen

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.

ITT Inc.

Lindal Group Holding GmbH


Master Builders Solutions Deutschland GmbH (MBCC)

Media Broadcast Satellite

Metso Outotec Corporation

PAI Partners und Portfoliounternehmen

Palamon Capital Partners

Saracus consulting Verwaltungs GmbH

Sensovation AG

SF Technologies Verwaltungs GmbH

Stark Deutschland GmbH



TA Associates

tbg Technologie-Beteiligungs-Gesellschaft mbH, ein Tochterunternehmen der KFW-Gruppe

The Ambassador Theatre Group (Portfoliounternehmen von Providence Equity Partners)

The Sterling Group und Portfoliounternehmen

Time Manufacturing

Trimet Aluminium SE


Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller

Valeo Foods

Webasto SE


Xella International S.A. (Portfoliounternehmen von Lone Star Funds)

Yazaki Europe Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising CVC on the acquisition of a majority stake in The Quality Group from its founders.
  • Advising a consortium on the sale of Signavio to listed software company SAP SE.
  • Advising Sebia on the announced takeover of leading specialist diagnostics company ORGENTEC diagnostics from Water Street Healthcare Partners.


YPOG's M&A team has a strong track record in transactions in the technology sector and also advises on private equity and venture capital deals; here, the practice cooperates closely with its in-house fund structuring experts. The practice is led by Martin Schaper who focuses on M&A and venture capital deals as well as carve-outs. Jörn Wöbke assists financial investors and listed companies with international transactions, while Frederik Gärtner is well versed in fintech, digital health and other regulated industries. Start-up specialist Johannes Janning joined the team from Oppenhoff in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Martin Schaper


‘Extremely high level of industry knowledge and understanding. Cross-practice advice is very good. Very high responsiveness.’

‘Technically up-to-date – no fax, paper or anything else. I always feel that I am in safe hands and that I am given extremely competent advice and representation.’

‘Frederik Gärtner: Even on vacation pr in the hospital, he’s available no matter when and where, if necessary. He is aware of absolutely crucial conditions relating to proceedings and understands that time is of the essence.’

Key clients

Deutsche Telekom


Fit Analytics

Hauck & Aufhäuser



Project A

Btov, Endeit, Project A


Five Season



Delivery Hero






Wallaby Medical



Work highlights

  • Advising Wallaby Medical on the €500 million acquisition of phenox GmbH.
  • Advised Delivery Hero on the acquisition of a majority stake in Glovo.
  • Advising Armira on the acquisition of a stake of around 40% in the Horst Walter Sartorius community of heirs from members of the Sartorius family.