"… 'excellent quality' in its advice on high-value transactions ..."

Legal 500 EMEA 2015

Mergers and Acquisitions

Gleiss Lutz is one of Germany’s leading M&A law firms, with decades of experience in advising on complex national and international transactions. We regularly support major listed domestic and foreign companies, medium-sized businesses, and financial investors engaged in public takeovers, acquisitions, sales of privately-owned companies, and joint ventures. As one of Germany’s largest law firms, we have the necessary resources to handle even the most complex transactions. Our full-service approach allows us to call on recognised experts from other practice areas key to any given transaction. In established teams, our advisers draw on their comprehensive expertise and experience to offer clients seamless service and individually tailored solutions.

Public takeovers

A main focus of our M&A practice is public takeovers. We have recognised experts who have been involved in a host of major takeovers (both hostile and friendly) – representing buyers, target companies, and investment banks. On the buyer side, we advise clients in particular on developing viable transaction structures, preparing offer documents, negotiating with potential majority shareholders of the target companies, and regulatory authorities, as well as on post-closing matters, such as squeeze-outs and supporting target companies following a successful takeover. For target companies, we develop and help implement strategies to defend against hostile takeovers, and advise on all contractual, regulatory, corporate, capital market, and tax issues.

Company acquisitions and divestitures

Counselling clients on the purchase and sale of unlisted entities is a cornerstone of our practice. We provide guidance on all facets of domestic and international M&A. This includes strategic considerations and planning, initial talks with prospective buyers or sellers, structuring a purchase or sale (as an auction or exclusive bidding or sales process), including preparation of the necessary documentation and conducting negotiations, and successful closing. Our integrated teams of M&A and capital markets experts also advise clients extensively on dual-track processes and related specific issues.

Joint ventures

Gleiss Lutz has an extensive and proven track record when it comes to establishing domestic and cross-border joint ventures. Our specialists bring to bear their profound knowledge and experience in a wide range of industries, from automotive, energy, pharmaceuticals, and media, to telecommunications, banking and insurance, among others. Working closely with our client and other advisers, we develop tailored strategies that meet the client’s legal and business needs. 

Global reach

The majority of M&A deals on which we advise are cross-border in nature. Our global network of leading local law firms enables us to cover all major jurisdictions around the world. This gives us the flexibility to put together hand-picked, multi-jurisdictional teams best suited to the task at hand. And as an independent law firm, we are free to choose local advisers based on clients’ specific requirements – ensuring consistently high-quality advice and seamless service across borders.

Distressed M&A/Restructuring troubled or insolvent companies

Advising on the purchase or sale of distressed or insolvent companies is one of our key strengths. Here, we can draw on the expertise and experience of both our M&A and restructuring practices –areas in which Gleiss has a longstanding reputation as one of the market leaders in Germany. Our clients range from companies, shareholders and creditors to administrators and investors. Our advice also covers the reorganisation of corporate and group structures, regardless of whether for strategic or tax reasons, or in relation to financial crises.