Dr Axel Wenzel > Oppenhoff > Cologne, Germany > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Corporate Law - Mergers & Acquisations - Succession, Wealth and Fundations


Axel Wenzel is a partner at Oppenhoff. He specialises in advice to entrepreneurs, enterprises and foundations on all issues of German and European corporate law, in particular in national and cross-border reorganisations, company purchases, joint ventures and in connection with SE structures. As a partner of the practice group Succession, Wealth, Foundations, he also advises wealthy individuals, family-run companies and families of owners as well as non-profit or private foundations on all questions concerning company and property succession. In this connection he focuses on cross-border issues of inheritance and family law, as well as the law on foundations and non-profit organisations.


Axel Wenzel is a partner at Oppenhoff. He began his career as a lawyer at Linklaters LLP and transferred to Oppenhoff upon its foundation in 2008.


German, English


He studied law at the University of Cologne, obtained his doctorate in law (Dr. jur.) under Prof. Dr. Peter Krebs and acquired an LL.M. (International Commercial and Business Law) at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England).

Lawyer Rankings

Deutschland > Private Clients und Nonprofits > Private Clients und Nonprofits

Unternehmer, Inhaberfamilien und vermögende Privatpersonen mandatieren Oppenhoff regelmäßig in Fragen zur Unternehmens- und Vermögensnachfolge sowie zum Gesellschafts-, Steuer-, Gemeinnützigkeits- und Stiftungsrecht und agieren hierbei regelmäßig praxisübergreifend. Axel Wenzel leitet das Team, das Eversheds Sutherland im Februar 2021 Sebastian Zeeck (Handels-, Gesellschafts-, Insolvenz- und Steuerrecht) abgewinnen konnte. Gregor Seikel ist ein weiterer zentraler Kontakt für diverse Nachfolgethemen und familiäre Konflikte.

Germany > Private clients and non-profits

Entrepreneurs, owner families and wealthy private individuals regularly instruct Oppenhoff to assist with corporate and asset succession as well as corporate, tax, non-profit and foundation issues and regularly acts across practices. Axel Wenzel heads the team which also includes Sebastian  Zeeck (commercial, corporate, insolvency and tax law), who joined from Eversheds Sutherland in February 2021. Gregor Seikel is another key contact for various succession issues and family conflicts.