M&A and Restructuring

Advising medium-sized clients on the acquisition and sale of companies as well as on all restructuring projects in companies and organizations is a central area of activity of our firm. This is where we combine our corporate, tax, and employment law know-how in larger teams for the success of our clients.

Our competence team accompanies transactions in Germany and abroad in all variations of the M&A business as well as restructuring in all areas of companies.

Our support begins with strategic preliminary considerations and planning with the involvement of your other advisors, e.g. an M&A agency, auditors and tax consultants as well as banks, continues with support in discussions with potential interested parties, the structuring and negotiation of the deal (as a bidding process or with a prospective buyer), up to the preparation of the necessary documentation and support in the closing of the purchase or sale.

An overview of our main areas of consulting:

M&A, IPO, Involvement, Venture Capital

  • Acquisition and Sale of Companies at a domestic and international level
  • Advice and Negotiation of Preliminary Agreements (e.g. Letter of Intent, Confidentiality and Exclusivity Agreements, Term Sheets, Memorandum of Understanding)
  • Advice, Support and Conduct of Legal Due Diligence (Seller and Buyer side) and Provision of Data Rooms
  • Structuring of Asset Deals and Share Deals, advising and structuring of Parent and Target Companies
  • Drafting and Negotiation of M&A Contracts including Shareholder Agreements and Affiliation Agreements
  • Advice on Joint Ventures as a Preliminary to an M&A
  • Advice on and Preparing of all Post Closing Measures including Restructuring, Notification, and Publication Obligations etc.
  • Assistance in Antitrust Merger Control
  • Enforcement of Warranty Claims and Claims for Damages from Company and Investment Acquisitions
  • IPO, “Backdoor” IPO
  • M&A in Crisis Situations and Insolvency, Restructuring
  • Private Equity Investments
  • Management Buy-Outs
  • Transformation, Merger of Companies
  • Merger of Cooperative Banks
  • Support in structured Sales Processes (Bidding Process)
  • Venture and Seed Capital Investments (Financing Rounds), Acquisition Financing
  • Negotiation of Credit and Collateral Agreements


  • Review of all Contractual and Legal Structures
  • Drafting and Negotiation of new Supply Contracts, Concessions etc.
  • Optimization of the Corporate Law Situation (e.g. Transformations, Change of Legal Form, Contracts, Group Holding Structures)
  • Optimization of the Company’s Financing
  • Tax Structuring and Optimization

Labor Law Restructuring

by our competence team Employment & Employees


KUNZ Partner Dr Hermann Knott admitted as Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb)

We are pleased to announce that our partner Hermann Knott has been admitted as a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb). The basis for this was a written examination in which an arbitral award had to be prepared within a short period of time.  SIArb is the professional organisation of professionals specialized in arbitration in Singapore and other international arbitration centres. The institution facilitates professional development, personal exchange among its members and…

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Dr Knott moderates AmCham webinar on best practice approaches for financing transatlantic business in 2022

The American Chamber of Commerce in Germany is committed to strengthening transatlantic economic relations. In the webinar organised by AmCham and moderated by the Chair of the Cologne Chapter of AmCham, KUNZ partner Dr Hermann Knott, entrepreneurs and representatives of financial institutions will discuss best practice approaches for financing transatlantic business in 2022: debt or equity, long-term or short-term financing, is it worth comparing the conditions in the host country with those in…

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Dr. Knott on the new EU Digital Content and Sale of Goods Directives

Within the framework of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) monthly meeting of the International M&A Joint Venture Committee, KUNZ partner Hermann Knott will present on Tuesday, December 7th, on"The new EU Digital Content and Sale of Goods Directives – Increased consumer protection with impact on B2B relationships".

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WirtschaftsWoche | KUNZ is TOP law firm for (international) arbitration proceedings

Early Christmas present for KUNZ's arbitration practice! According to the surveys of WirtschaftsWoche in the current ranking of the most renowned law firms for litigation and arbitration, KUNZ is one of the best law firms for (international) arbitration nationwide. KUNZ partner Dr. Hermann Knott was recognized as one of the most renowned lawyers for (international) arbitration proceedings.

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Dr. Knott on he Impact of the new GDPR Standard Contract Clauses on Data Transfers to the US

Within the framework of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Annual Meeting of the Business Law Section KUNZ partner Hermann Knott will address the legal implications of the new Standard Contract Clauses (SCC) promulgated by the EU Commission in early June under the GDPR, which were published by the EU Commission at the beginning of June on the basis of the General Data Protection Regulation.

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KWR-webinar on 29.09.2021: "ReO - The new pre-insolvency restructuring procedure"

On July 17, 2021, the new Restructuring Regulation (ReO) came into force in Austria. This offers financially distressed companies the possibility of early reorganization within the framework of a pre-insolvency restructuring procedure. In a KWR webinar 

In a (free) KWR webinar on 29.9.2021, MMag. Dr. Thomas Haselberger from the renowned Austrian law firm KWR will give an overview of the new regulation. As co-presenters, KUNZ attorneys Dr. Hermann Knott and Patricia Almeida will report, among…

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Dr. Knott again appointed Chair Cologne of the North Rhine-Westphalia Chapter by AmCham Germany

KUNZ partner Dr. Hermann Knott has been appointed by the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V. for a further term of office as Chair for the Cologne area of the North Rhine-Westphalia Regional Chapter. 

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KUNZ Partner Hermann Knott to hold keynote speech on International Arbitration in Post-M&A Disputes at a webinar organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitration

On 26 August at 12:00 CEST (6:00 pm HK time), KUNZ partner Dr Hermann Knott will give a presentation on resolving M&A-related disputes through International Arbitration Courts as part of a webinar "Arbitration in M&A Disputes" organised by the Arbitration Institute in Hong Kong.

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KUNZ partner Hermann Knott has received awards in international arbitration

KUNZ Lawyers is pleased to announce that its partner Hermann Knott has been admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), London, a leading professional membership organization representing the interests of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioners worldwide.

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PMAA reform of the century - significant changes to partnership law adopted

As part of a reform of the century, the Bundestag passed the Act to Modernise the Law on Partnerships (MoPeG) on 24 June 2021 with the subsequent approval of the Bundesrat.The new regulations particularly affect the civil law partnership (GbR), which is so important for various areas of the economy.  We present an overview of the main principles of the reform.

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Handelsblatt | KUNZ Partners Dr. Knott and Dr. Giermann awarded as "Best Lawyers 2021" in Company Law

There are two reasons to celebrate for the corporate team here at KUNZ. In its current Best Lawyers 2021 ranking, Handelsblatt has published not only the "Law Firms of the Year" but also a list of the "Best Lawyers", in which the most frequently recommended lawyers are awarded. With KUNZ partners Dr. Hermann Knott and Dr. Heiko Giermann, two KUNZ lawyers are awarded in the legal field of corporate law.

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Hermann Knott gives a lecture on developments and trends in Fraud and Corruption in Arbitral Proceedings

Kunz Partner Hermann Knott will speak on current developments and trends in fraud and corruption in arbitration proceedings in the 36 Commercial Webinar.

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WirtschaftsWoche | KUNZ as TOP LAW FIRM for Corporate Law 2021

In the current WirtschaftsWoche ranking of the best law firms and lawyers in the field of company law, KUNZ was again named TOP Law Firm Corporate Law 2021 - as in the previous year. KUNZ Partner Dr. Hermann Knott was awarded as TOP Lawyer for Corporate Law in 2021.

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Dr. Knott on the repayment of subsidies following a company acquisition

In the current issue of the Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht (ZIP), KUNZ Partner Dr. Knott deals with the practice-relevant question of whether small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have to repay subsidies if they lose their SME status due to acquisition by a larger company. This question is also important for the planning of the buyer and should be regulated in the company purchase agreement by guarantees or indemnities.

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Entering and Expanding in Germany – the KUNZ Business Guide as free download– Your Gateway to Germany

On more than 100 pages the KUNZ Business Guide provides a comprehensive and concise overview of what foreign investors need to know. It is also a great source for the foreign investors‘ advisors.

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Interview with The Legal 500: Hermann Knott explains the reasons for his move to KUNZ

In the course of his career, Hermann Knott has been involved in the establishment of two major law firms. At the beginning of this year, he joined KUNZ as a partner. In an interview with Legal 500, he explains what motivated him to take this step.

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Hermann Knott taking Co-Lead in organizing 14th SCLA Global Forum

On Friday, February 26, 2021, the SCLA will hold its monthly Global Forum. The topic of this month’s event will be ‚Routes to Enforcement of Mediation Settlements‘. 

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New EU-China Investment Agreement (CAI) – Implications for German Companies Doing Business in China

Shortly before the end of 2020 the EU and China reached an agreement regarding improved access for European businesses to the Chinese market. In a guide we present the relevant contents from the point of view of German and European companies.

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Business guide regarding the key provisions of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK

Since January 1, 2021, the Trade Agreement between the EU and the UK is in force. In a comprehensive Guide we explain the basic principles as well as essential provisions affecting relevant sectors and business areas.


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KUNZ expands international advisory services with the renowned transaction specialist Dr. Hermann Knott

As of January 1, 2021, KUNZ will further expand its advisory competence for medium-sized businesses and strengthen its "International Business" competence area with a team around the internationally very experienced, well-connected M&A/corporate expert and new partner Dr. Hermann Knott, co-founder of two major international law firms.

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Heinrich Rohde

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law
Lecturer Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Certified company succession consultant (zentUma e.V.)

Tim Schwarzburg

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for labor law
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law
Lecturer at the HS Koblenz – Faculty for Economic Sciences

Dr. jur. Hermann J. Knott LL.M. (UPenn)

Attorney-at-Law (Germany and New York)

Dr. Stefan Klöckner, LL.M. (Cornell)

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law

Dr. Heiko A. Giermann, LL.M. (McGill)

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Certified Specialist in Transport and Forwarding Law
Guest lecturer Westfälische Hochschule (University of Applied Science)

Richard Haug

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)

Sarah Emmes

Salary Partner
Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Lecturer Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Cathrin Stern

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law

Carl-Bernhard von Heusinger

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law
Specialist lawyer for tax law
Member of the state parliament

Hubertus Scherbarth, LL.M, B.A.

Attorney-at-Law (Germany)
Tax Consultant

Paul Kijowsky


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