A Foreign Buyer’s Guide to Acquisitions in Germany

How to address local stakeholders to get the deal done

In 2017, Germany saw a significant increase in inbound M&A. Inbound deal value almost doubled compared to the previous year. Yet, most foreign acquirers have only limited experience in the German market and do not fully appreciate its unique characteristics. Successfully conducting M&A transactions in Germany requires – just like in any other country – an understanding of the local particularities, corporate structures, legal and regulatory processes and culture.

Our team has compressed its experiences with the largest, most complex and challenging incoming German M&A transactions. The result is a Foreign Buyer’s Guide describing with whom, when, how and why acquirers should communicate to get their deal done as smoothly as possible.



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Dr. Phoebe Kebbel, Managing Partner in Frankfurt, explains what the most important stakeholder groups in an M&A deal in Germany are.


For further insight and information, contact our M&A advisers:

Europe and Middle East: pkebbel@heringschuppener.com; hpeucker@heringschuppener.com; ntacke@heringschuppener.com; faeth.birch@finsbury.com; simon.moyse@finsbury.com

Americas: kal.goldberg@finsbury.com; winnie.lerner@finsbury.comjkrumholtz@gpg.com

Asia: ben.richardson@finsbury.com

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