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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.

Our offering

German Stock Corporation Law Advisory

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.)
  • squeeze-outs
  • corporate law advice in connection with M&A transactions
  • corporate litigation, such as proceedings on motions to set aside shareholder resolutions or award proceedings
Corporate advice

Corporate advice

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

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.

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News: 31 January 2023

Allen & Overy advises Standard Chartered in a multibank partnership with DekaBank, LBBW and Comyno building the blockchain platform SWIAT

Allen & Overy advised international bank Standard Chartered on entering into a joint venture with big German banks to fund the blockchain platform SWIAT.

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Publications: 24 January 2023

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On 20 January 2023, the German parliament (Bundestag) approved the Act on the Implementation of the Directive on Cross-border Reorganisations and on the Amendment of further Acts (Gesetz zur Umsetzung…

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Publications: 21 December 2022

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What to expect from the new EU Women on Boards Directive, including the practical changes for your management structure and the impact on the national legislation of each Member State.

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News: 08 December 2022

Allen & Overy advises Bridgepoint and PTV on the acquisition of a majority stake in Conundra

Allen & Overy advises PTV Group ("PTV"), the global market leader for mobility and logistics software, and its shareholders Bridgepoint and Porsche SE, on the acquisition of a majority stake in…

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