Corporate / M&A

No matter whether it is a start-up, a medium-sized company or a corporate group – in a globalised economy, flexibility and innovation are increasingly determining success. Getting off to a good start, not stopping, being one step ahead of the competition, determines business models, products, services and expansion plans. The beginning of everything: a solid legal foundation.

Lawyers for companies

At Orth Kluth, our lawyers offer a full service in the area of corporate law: ranging from the incorporation of new companies, to the development of legal structures for companies and groups, all the way up to corporate housekeeping. Our expertise in corporate law is reflected in our well-established transaction practices, which revolve around company acquisitions and sales, mergers and co-operations.

Over the years, we have proven ourselves to be a reliable partner for corporations and entrepreneurs in the field of corporate/M&A. Our clients consist of young growth-oriented companies, medium-sized companies and family-owned businesses, national and international corporations operating in a wide variety of industries, as well as investors operating within the private equity and venture capital sectors.

Broad-based, profound in details
Orth Kluth's corporate lawyers are highly proficient within the entire range of special corporate law issues, be it restructuring, employee participation, corporate governance, group law, compliance, liability of executive bodies or corporate litigation pending before ordinary courts and arbitration tribunals.

In matters of corporate acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions as well as joint ventures, our spectrum of counselling ranges from conceptual design, due diligence, contract drafting and negotiation, up to support in post-merger integration. Our focus particularly concentrates on the support of national and international mid-cap transactions for strategic and financial investors.

In detail, we offer you the following consulting services in the area of Corporate/M&A:

Focus on corporate law
Partnership and companies law; group law; stock corporation law; incorporation, restructuring and reorganisation of companies; corporate succession; group restructuring; reorganisations (mergers, demergers and changes of legal form); preparation and support for general meetings and shareholders meetings; advising management and supervisory bodies; establishment and further development of corporate governance structures; compliance, employee participation (stock option programmes and management participation).

Focus on corporate litigation
Disputes between shareholders; enforcement and defence of directors and officers liability claims; resolution rescission, special audits; post-M&A litigation.

Focus on M&A
Support in the acquisition and sale of companies; legal due diligence; conception, drafting and negotiation of contracts; carve-outs, MBOs, LBOs; post-merger integration.

Focus on joint ventures
Joint venture agreements; articles of association and consortium agreements; operative agreements (e.g. manufacturing agreements, supply agreements, development agreements); cooperation with foreign partner law firms in international joint ventures.

Focus on private equity
Conception and implementation of participation programmes; legal portfolio management and legal participation management; restructuring of participations; LBOs.

Focus on venture capital
Counselling of investors and founding entrepreneurs; start-up and seed investment counselling; investment and participation agreements; legal support during financing and participation negotiations; legal portfolio management.

Focus on financing
Bank and syndicated loans; financing of acquisitions; trade finance; bond programmes; debt compliance.