Established in 2012, Dechert’s Frankfurt office is located in the leading financial centre of Germany and continental Europe.
Our Frankfurt team represents international investment banks, financial institutions, private equity funds, investors, sponsors, companies and local authorities in a broad array of legal services, with a focus on asset management, banking regulation, tax, regulatory and insurance supervisory matters. We assist domestic and international clients with complex multi-jurisdictional mergers and acquisitions, tax and finance transactions, and other corporate matters. We also advise on all areas of German and European competition law.
With lawyers who speak German, English, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Czech, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Portuguese, French, Polish and Russian, we offer true multinational legal advice. They work closely with members of Dechert’s Munich office and the global Dechert network to help clients navigate the most complex regulatory and business landscapes.
Leading legal publications such as Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, JUVE, Best Lawyers and IFLR1000 regularly recognize our lawyers for their profound legal knowledge, expertise and practical commercial judgment.
Areas of Focus
Financial Services and Investment Management
Financial services companies seeking opportunities in Germany need a legal team that can navigate the country’s complicated regulatory structures while providing a gateway to global legal resources for cross-border matters. Covering all legal disciplines from regulatory, derivatives to tax, we advise across the spectrum of financial services matters, including on the establishment of German investment stock corporations, formation of investment platforms, traditional and alternative fund structuring, structured debt products and all aspects of investment strategy regarding complex financial structures.
Clients value our unique position as the only law firm with offices in all leading jurisdictions for international investment funds as well as offering one of the largest investment funds practices in Germany.
Corporate and Securities
Under pressure to create value while navigating an increasingly complex regulatory environment, companies doing business in Germany turn to experienced legal counsel to plan, finance and execute strategies that optimize growth and profitability. Possessing in-depth experience, our lawyers provide legal and transactional tax advice to clients who compete in a broad array of industries, including but not limited to the energy, industrial, automotive, manufacturing, healthcare and services sectors, as well as with private equity funds acquiring and divesting assets in Germany and across the globe.
The team's experience, network and language skills entail a strong focus on Latin America matters.
Our team has an outstanding track record of success in handling complex merger control cases before German authorities and the European Commission, multi-jurisdictional cartel and abuse of dominance investigations, business agreements, EU state aid and privatization matters as well as numerous litigation matters concerning both public and private enforcement before local and district courts, Germany’s Federal Supreme Court and the European courts. We work closely with clients to improve our clients’ compliance posture in relation to antitrust/competition law, preparing and presenting tailor-made compliance workshops across a broad range of industries and jurisdictions.
Dechert assists national and international clients in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors in mergers and acquisitions, collaborations, licensing agreements, initial public offerings, private equity and venture capital transactions as well as intellectual property matters. We have extensive experience handling life science matters in Europe, China and Taiwan.