Firm Profile > Dechert LLP > Frankfurt, Germany

Dechert LLP

Investment funds Tier 3

The team at Dechert LLP stands out for its 'availability and profound industry knowledge' and, since spring 2019, is co-led by Joachim Kayser, Angelo Lercara and Hans Stamm, after former practice head Achim Pütz moved to Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH in April 2019 together with Martin Hüwel and Frank Wilbert. Simultaneously, the team also lost investment tax law expert Klaus Hahne to WTS. With a client portfolio consisting of financial institutions, fund providers and institutional investors, the team specialises in matters concerning regulated investment funds within the meaning of the German Capital Investment Code (KAGB) and foreign legal systems as well as in alternative investments. This offering includes advice on regulatory, fund structuring and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Joachim Kayser; Angelo Lercara; Hans Stamm


Well connected.

Competent team which quickly finds efficient and pragmatic solutions.

Key clients

Altarius Asset Management Limited


FERI Trust GmbH


ICG Alternative Investment Limited

Investec Bank plc

LGT Capital Partners Limited

NN Investment Partners B.V.

Prime Capital AG

Robus Capital Management Limited

Sigma Analysis & Management Limited

Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG

StepStone Group LP

Wealth Management Capital Holding GmbH

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 4

Dechert LLP's M&A advice spectrum includes sector specific expertise in various areas, particularly with regards to digital media, internet, e-commerce, financial services and investment management as well as automotive. Cross-border deals are a strong focus of the practice, which is instructed by national and international corporations as well as financial investors. Assistance with distressed M&A matters and cross-practice restructuring advice complement the service offering. Frederico Pappalardo heads the German team.

Practice head(s):

Frederico G. Pappalardo


‘International structure and greatest expertise in all offered practice areas (experience with M&A, IPO and IP).’

‘Consistently high level of advice from all offices; very well coordinated among all locations, extensive range of experience.’

‘Federico Pappalardo displays exceptional specialist knowledge and leads the consultation process in a confident and goal-oriented manner; broad experience; great availability; very pleasant in personal interaction.’

Key clients

Akka Technologies

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT)

Berwind Group

CIT Group

Laboratoire HRA Pharma/ Astorg und Goldman Sachs

Lazada Group

Mid Europa Partners

One Equity Partners

Sun Capital / Coveris Holdings

Established in 2012, Dechert’s Frankfurt office is located in the leading financial centre of Germany and continental Europe.

Our Frankfurt team represents international investment banks, financial institutions, private equity funds, investors, sponsors, companies and local authorities in a broad array of legal services, with a focus on asset management, banking regulation, tax, regulatory and insurance supervisory matters. We assist domestic and international clients with complex multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions, tax and finance transactions, and other corporate matters. We also advise on all areas of German and European competition law.

With lawyers who speak German, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian, we offer true multinational legal advice. They work closely with members of Dechert’s Munich office and the global Dechert network to help clients navigate the most complex regulatory and business landscapes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Office Managing Partner Federico Pappalardo +49 89 21 21 63 11
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Joachim Kayser  photo Dr Joachim Kayser Partner
Number of lawyers : Approximately 1000 worldwide
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