Gottfried Graf von Bassewitz
Counsel | London
Gottfried Graf von Bassewitz

Gottfried Graf von Bassewitz focuses his practice on corporate transactional, white collar investigation and compliance matters.

He acts for financial investors, corporates and management teams on a broad range of M&A, private equity and financing transactions – both domestic and cross-border. Graf Bassewitz has comprehensive experience advising on corporate law, joint-ventures and reorganisations across a wide variety of sectors and industries. He also advises on the effectiveness of compliance policies as well as on harm minimisation strategies for high-risk corporate and commercial transactions.

Graf Bassewitz also has considerable expertise in white collar defense matters, notably complex multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional investigations. He was a key member of the Airbus legal team that secured a landmark deferred prosecution agreement – the first coordinated settlement between the UK, U.S. and French prosecuting authorities in history. His experience includes anti-bribery and anti-money laundering compliance as well as tax, antitrust and cartel investigations with a particular focus on their corporate, transactional and remediation aspects.

Prior to joining Dechert, Graf Bassewitz worked in the corporate practice groups of international law firms in Frankfurt, Germany and Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Airbus SE – oversaw the compliance and corporate remediation of a large high-value portfolio of 50 JVs and in-country investments in over 30 jurisdictions in consultation with enforcement agencies in UK, France and the U.S. This work was cited by Dame Victoria Sharp in the Airbus DPA judgment and is now a legal benchmark for "exemplary cooperation" in the UK.
  • Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE) in connection with the sale of its stake in fixed telecommunications operator Telekom Romania for €268 million to Orange Romania.
  • VIA optronics AG, a leading supplier of enhanced display solutions, in its US$93.75 million cross-border initial public offering and listing on the NYSE.
  • Airbus SE in a global investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, and subsequent coordinated settlements with the UK Serious Fraud Office, French Parquet National Financier, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of State.
  • A U.S. Fortune 500 company in an investigation by the European Commission (metal packaging cartel).
  • An aviation service provider in an investigation by German authorities concerning allegations of tax fraud.
  • Tönsmeier family on the auctioned sale of Tönsmeier Group, Germany’s fifth-largest waste disposal company, to GreenCycle, a Schwarz Group company.
  • Tönsmeier and Lumaro on the sale of Waste Paper Trade, a Dutch joint-venture on waste paper recycling, to Hong Kong-based Anhui Shanying Paper Group.
  • DER Touristik Hotels & Investments GmbH, REWE Group’s hotel management division, on international franchise and hotel management transactions.
  • China-based Shanghai Shenda on its joint venture with International Automotive Components (IAC) to supply soft trim and acoustics products to automotive original equipment manufacturers globally.
  • Gianni Versace S.p.A. in connection with new store leases and matters of competition law and trademark law.
  • A Swiss family office on the sale of Smaato Holding AG, a leading global real-time advertising platform for mobile publishers and app developers.
  • PhotoBox Holdco Ltd., Europe’s leading digital consumer service for personalized products and gifts, on its acquisition of Munich-based posterXXL Aktiengesellschaft, a leading service in Germany’s online photo print market.
  • DER Touristik Köln GmbH, a major German tour operator and member of REWE Group, on the sale of three hotel companies operating in Spain to Lindner Investment Group.
  • A major Swiss pension fund on the sale of a portfolio of more than 40 private equity investments.
    • Universität Passau, First German Law Degree/Erstes Staatsexamen, 2009
    • Germany
    • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales
    • English
    • German