Corporate and M&A
Seamless service across jurisdictions and practices
Our clients come to us with complex transactions and innovative structures. Our integrated teams provide a comprehensive service beyond typical M&A work. It ranges from tax, bank finance, antitrust, capital markets, dispute resolution and public law to intellectual property law.
German Stock Corporation Law Advisory
We provide ongoing or project related advice on German Stock Corporation Law including all ancillary areas such as capital markets law, German laws on co-determination or the Societas Europaea (SE). Being a trusted adviser of some of the largest companies in Germany, including several DAX 30 companies, our expertise derives from a well established and long-standing practise focussing mainly on listed companies.
Our German Stock Corporation Law team covers:
- boardroom advice, in particular on governance, directors’ duties, risk management and reporting
- advice on executive compensation (e.g. related to the German Act on the Appropriateness of Management Board Remuneration or stock option plans)
- annual and extraordinary general meetings
- corporate restructurings (mergers, spin-offs etc.)
- corporate law advice in connection with M&A transactions
- corporate litigation, such as proceedings on motions to set aside shareholder resolutions or award proceedings
The team advises on all aspects of company law, especially stock corporation law, law of company groups, co-determination law, transformation law, takeover law and related capital markets law (such as stock exchange regulations, the law on trading of securities and insider dealing as well as disclosure and publicity). We advise large listed companies including DAX and MDAX companies on annual general meetings, group reorganisations, capital market issues and integration measures as well as corporate governance and compliance issues.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Our German M&A team advises industrial corporations, investment banks, insurance companies as well as non-profit organisations on all aspects of national and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, public takeovers, restructurings, management and leveraged buy-outs and related capital market matters, including regulatory and tax issues.
We support buyers and sellers at all stages of a transaction – from bid preparation and submission to negotiation, sign-off and close. We’re known for getting to the heart of the most complex issues, forming the right strategy and deal structure and minimising the risk.
Our worldwide team of lawyers employs a common approach, so we can handle cross-border deals effectively. At the same time, our efficient working practices and competitive pricing give clients ‘more for less’ by saving them time and money.
News & insights
News: 05 DECEMBER 2019
Allen & Overy has advised Veganz GmbH, one of the worlds few suppliers of a full range of vegan foods, on its corporate realignment as stock corporation (Veganz Group AG). With this step, Veganz Group adopts a structure that will support further growth.Read more
News: 06 NOVEMBER 2019
Allen & Overy has advised Kendrion N.V. (Kendrion), headquartered in Zeist (Netherlands) on acquiring INTORQ GmbH & Co. KG (INTORQ), a German manufacturer of brakes and clutches.Read more
Publications: 17 APRIL 2019
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) will have a major impact on the asset management sector as it regulates alternative investment fund managers who market or manage funds in Europe targeted at professional investors. With the rapid growth in alternative investment funds focussed on a wider range of asset classes the AIFMD heralds increased regulatory scrutiny on the sector.Read more
Publications: 20 DECEMBER 2018
On 19th of December 2018, the German government adopted amendments to the foreign direct investment screening regime.Read more
Germany Law Firm of the Year - Corporate
JUVE Awards 2019
Stock corporation and group law: One of the leading firms for takeover law.
JUVE Handbook 2018/2019, Corporate
Strong European corporate practice [...] strong in public takeovers
JUVE Handbook 2018/2019, M&A
'Fast and always to the point', 'Solution-oriented'
Legal 500 2019, Corporate/M&A