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
Publications: 19 JANUARY 2021
On 10 June of 2020, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy released its National Hydrogen Strategy (Nationale Wasserstoffstrategie) (German Hydrogen Strategy) as a part of the Covid-19…Read more
News: 14 JANUARY 2021
A cross-border team of corporate and real estate experts at Allen & Overy has advised global communications infrastructure leader American Tower Corporation (American Tower) on its agreed acquisition…Read more
News: 14 JANUARY 2021
Allen & Overy has advised the European Directories Group (“EDSA”), a portfolio company of Triton Fund III, in connection with the unification of its fully owned Austrian group company, Herold Business…Read more
News: 18 NOVEMBER 2020
Allen & Overy has advised Banco Santander, one of the largest banks in the world, on the acquisition of highly specialised technological assets of the European merchant payment services and processing…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