Firm Profile > Shearman & Sterling LLP > Frankfurt, Germany

Shearman & Sterling LLP
Bockenheimer Landstrasse 2-4
60306 Frankfurt am Main

Lending and borrowing Tier 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP's strength lies in mid-cap LBO financing, including traditional bank finance and unitranche financing, and expanded its client portfolio with several debt funds and private equity firms. The team is jointly led by Winfried Carli and Esther Jansen and works in close conjunction with finance colleagues from the firm's global network.

Practice head(s):

Winfried Carli; Esther Jansen


The team is composed of experienced partners and follows a pragmatic and constructive advice approach.

Strong in unitranche structures.

Key clients

Ares Management Limited

IK Investment Partners

Capiton AG

Silverfleet Capital

Equistone Partners Europe Limited

Muzinich & Co.

Ardian Private Debt

Commerzbank AG

Barings LLC

Hannover Finanz

HF Private Debt

PINOVA Capital

BNP Paribas S.A.

International Chemical Investors S.E.

Bank of America

EMERAM Capital Partners

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (SEB)

Restructuring Tier 4

The practice at Shearman & Sterling LLP focuses on restructurings, which frequently contain cross-border elements, financial restructurings, such as debt equity swaps and bridge financings, and distressed M&A, including the sale and acquisition of insolvency-related assets. In the contentious space, the team handles insolvency-related disputes pertaining to liability and rescission claims, including shareholder and director's liability. The team's client base is equally broad and includes national and international financial institutions, debt funds, investors and companies, which retain the practice led by Matthias Weissinger to advise on debt restructurings, extrajudicial reorganisations and insolvency proceedings. Significant sectors include automotive, aviation and finance.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Weissinger


‘Shearman & Sterling LLP work very accurately, time-critical and advise comprehensively. The team is always problemsolving-oriented, focused and evaluating. The practice has a very good market- and sector-overview.’

‘Matthias Weissinger is always available. He possesses a lot of experience and expertise in the areas of rehabilitation and restructuring. He is solution- and consent-oriented, has great negotiating powers and knows several intertwining areas of law and jurisdictions very well. He is also quick at implementing.’

Key clients


Etihad Aviation Group

Bayerische Landesbank

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 6

The M&A practice at Shearman & Sterling LLP advises large, often listed national and international corporations on cross-border transactions, which can be particularly well coordinated due to the firm's global integration. The team also has cross-practice expertise in capital markets law. Alfred Kossmann increasingly acts in private equity matters and Thomas König heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas König

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Continental AG

General Electric

International Chemical Investors

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

P.H. Glatfelter Company


Warner Music Group

The firm

Shearman & Sterling is one of the leading international law firms with 23 offices in 14 countries and more than 850 attorneys worldwide. From the German office located in Frankfurt, the firm provides clients with exceptional legal advice and in-depth commercial understanding on all business and finance law aspects. Clients are leading German and international corporations and financial institutions, private equity investors, global investment banks and privately-owned businesses.

Shearman & Sterling in Germany

For more than two decades, Shearman & Sterling has been among the leading law firms in Germany.

Strategically positioned in Frankfurt, the country’s financial center, we provide comprehensive legal advice and client service across practice groups in key areas such as Corporate/M&A and Private Equity, Finance, Regulatory, Antitrust, Tax, Compliance and International Arbitration/Litigation.

Our German team is part of a globally integrated platform which offers multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary advice ensuring an active exchange of knowledge and experience for the benefit of our clients.

Our clients include German DAX companies, international corporates, private and listed companies, financial institutions, private equity sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and family offices.

We take a hands-on approach delivering a high level of partner attention and mobilize resources 24/7 to address our clients’ needs on all matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust Dr. Mathias Stöcker
International Arbitration Dr. Marc Jacob
Banking and Finance Dr. Esther Jansen
Banking and Finance Winfried M Carli
Compliance Dr. Alfred Kossmann
Corporate Dr. Thomas König
Corporate Dr. Alfred Kossmann
Corporate Georg F. Thoma
Corporate Annette Petow
Corporate Dr. Aliresa Fatemi
Mergers & Acquisitions Dr. Thomas König
Mergers & Acquisitions Dr. Alfred Kossmann
Mergers & Acquisitions Georg F. Thoma
Mergers & Acquisitions Annette Petow
Mergers & Acquisitions Dr. Aliresa Fatemi
Private Equity Dr. Thomas König
Private Equity Dr. Alfred Kossmann
Private Equity Dr. Aliresa Fatemi
Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Dr. Esther Jansen
Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Winfried M. Carli
Financial Restructuring & Insolvency Dr. Matthias Weissinger
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Aliresa Fatemi  photo Dr Aliresa Fatemi Aliresa Fatemi is a senior associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions and…
Dr Thomas König  photo Dr Thomas König Thomas König is Head of the German office and a partner in…
Dr Alfred Kossmann  photo Dr Alfred Kossmann Alfred Kossmann is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Alfred…
 Annette Petow  photo Annette Petow Annette Petow is counsel in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Annette advises…
Dr Mathias Stöcker  photo Dr Mathias Stöcker Mathias Stöcker is counsel in the area of German and European competition…
Mr Georg F. Thoma  photo Mr Georg F. Thoma Georg Thoma is Of Counsel in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice.   He…
Dr Matthias Weissinger  photo Dr Matthias Weissinger Matthias Weissinger is a partner in the Finance practice. Matthias focuses on…
Number of lawyers : 850
in Germany : 22
Head of Frankfurt Office : Dr. Thomas König
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Other offices : *Dr. Sultan Almasoud & Partners in association with Shearman & Sterling LLP