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


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. 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)

Sarah Emmes

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

Cathrin Stern

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

Dr. Martin jur. Winkler

Legal assessor

Moritz Riehl

Attorney-at-law (Germany)

Hubertus Scherbarth, LL.M, B.A.

Research assistant

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