Whether individually or together: Transactions are our strength

The term "Transactional Powerhouse" brings together the practice groups of Banking & Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Capital Markets, Projects (Energy, Infrastructure and Resources) and Real Estate. In addition, we work closely with our colleagues from other practice groups and jurisdictions to provide our clients with a comprehensive range of advice.

Our cross-border collaboration in all of the legal areas critical to a deal adds value in every aspect of transaction structuring, negotiation and closing.

Germany partners Katharina Stuber, Christian Vocke, Nicolai Behr, Marta Zuliamis, Oliver Socher, Sandra Wittinghoffer


How well a deal goes depends on how good the team is:

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lawyers and tax advisors


of our deals are cross-border

worldwide for cross-border M&A transactions in the last 15 years (Refinitiv 2023)

JUV Awards


One with the Deal

Innovative transaction approaches

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Innovative transaction approaches

'Reinvent' is Baker McKenzie's innovation program. Innovation is most effective when smart solutions meet challenges and strategic goals. That's why our approach to innovation starts with what our clients want to achieve.

Whether it's speed, certainty, accuracy, flexibility or increased efficiency, we make it happen - delivering the best results for our clients' projects.


We solve complex problems innovatively and efficiently:


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Alternative Legal Services

Increasing efficiency through scalable, cost-effective teams using predefined processes and the right legal technology.

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Operational Execution

Using technologies such as automation, visualisation, and the latest AI tools to increase efficiency and work smarter.

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Global eDiscovery & Data Advisory


Providing efficient, high-quality data services through our in-house Global eDiscovery & Data Advisory (GEDA) team.

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Design Thinking


Collaborative development of new methods and approaches through the application of design thinking.

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Legal Project Management

Efficient implementation of extensive projects through the use of experienced legal project managers and innovative technologies.

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Spark Beyond


World Economic Forum: Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution




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Supply Chain Risk Assessment Solution
New LegalTech tool for supply chain risk assessment

The Supply Chain Risk Assessment Solution enables companies to monitor their risk exposure in relation to their current compliance management system. For all companies to which the German Supply Chain Act applies or will apply from 2024, the Supply Chain Risk Assessment Solution provides valuable information on their current risk status, which will help them in their future strategic decisions and resource allocation within their compliance management system.

The Supply Chain Risk Assessment Solution calculates:

  • the abstract risks relevant to your company based on the indices mentioned by BAFA in their handout on risk analysis,
  • calculates the concrete risks relevant to your company on the basis of questionnaires that are based on the questionnaire for reporting pursuant to § 10 Para. 2 LkSG and
  • the net risks relevant to your company on the basis of the abstract and concrete risks identified.

Are you interested in a live demo of the Supply Chain Risk Assessment Solution?



Legal Technology Tools - Eine Auswahl

Relativity Compliance Cockpit
Contract Express

Selected highlights of the German transaction practice

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We lead deals to completion - and far beyond.

At Baker McKenzie, individual and innovative advice is based on the strong foundation of an international law firm with decades of experience, as well as local transaction experts.

Jakub Lorys - One with the Deal

Selected highlights of the German transaction practice



Advised Sika on the sale of the MBCC Group to INEOS.


Magna International

Advised Magna International Inc. on the acquisition of the Veoneer Active Safety business from SSW Partners.



Advised AURELIUS on the acquisition of LSG Group from Deutsche Lufthansa AG.


VINCI Energies

Advised VINCI Energies S.A. on the acquisition of the IT services business of Kontron AG.



Advised Swedish Scania Group on the sale of its truck leasing business in Russia to Volkswagen AG.



Advised Siemens on the sale of its commercial vehicle business to Meritor.


How good a deal is depends on how good the team is.

Complex deals require innovative advice coupled with extensive industry knowledge.  

Julia Braun - One with the Deal

Selected highlights of the German transaction practice



Advised AURELIUS on the acquisition of AGFA Offset Solutions from AGFA-Gevaert NV.


Kerry Group

Advised Kerry Group on the acquisition of c-LEcta GmbH.


Trane Technologies

Advised Trane Technologies on the acquisition of AL-KO Air Technology, a division of AL-KO SE.



Advised Deutsche Beteiligungs AG on its investment in vhf Group.

Knorr-Bremse AG

Advised Knorr-Bremse AG on the sale of its stake in the listed Swedish company Haldex AB to SAF-Holland SE.




Selected publications of the German transaction practice

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Legal Due Diligence in International M&A Transactions - A Baker McKenzie Practitioner's Guide

We are pleased to present our new handbook "Legal Due Diligence in International M&A Transactions - A Baker McKenzie Practitioner's Guide", edited by Dr. Florian Kästle, partner of our transaction practice in Frankfurt, and our Swedish partner Carl M. Svernlöv.

This handbook provides a guide for conducting legal due diligence in international M&A transactions. In addition to the legal aspects, it covers organizational aspects (composition of the team, cooperation of the parties, preparation by the seller, etc.) as well as numerous other requirements, such as the use of technological tools. Starting with the general requirements for due diligence, the book covers specific areas such as corporate law, financing, real estate, commercial contracts, intellectual property, information technology, employees, environmental law, compliance, insurance, and tax. A detailed subject index allows for quick, targeted access.

The book is available for purchase at this Beck Verlag link:

Kästle / Svernlöv | Legal Due Diligence in International M&A Transactions | 1. Auflage | 2022 |

Trends in the Healthcare Industry: Legislation, Reforms, Perspectives Advertorial in the Journal for Corporate Lawyers ZUJ

Trends in Healthcare Brochure 

The tasks of in-house counsel in the healthcare sector remain exciting and full of challenges. This advertorial offers interesting insights into current developments, trends and reforms in the healthcare industry and thus provides valuable input for the everyday work of in-house lawyers in particular.

StaRUG - The New German Restructuring Act White Paper by Joachim Ponseck, Artur M. Swierczok and Anja Moser from the German Restructuring Team together with the German Association of Corporate Lawyers (BUJ)

Das StaRUG Whitepaper 

Following the implementation of the European Restructuring Directive by the "SanInsFoG" (Restructuring and Insolvency Law Further Development Act), the main components of which came into force on January 1, 2021, Germany has had a much more attractive restructuring law. At its core is a new restructuring law called "StaRUG" (Act on the Stabilization and Restructuring Framework for Companies), which not coincidentally has similarities to an English Scheme of Arrangement.

The forum-shopping abroad (e.g. England) observed in the past in restructuring situations was one of the reasons for the adoption of the European Restructuring Directive, which requires member states to provide for procedures in national law that include important aspects of the Scheme of Arrangements, namely in particular reorganization outside insolvency on the basis of a majority decision.

The termination of the tax group in connection with M&A transactions
White Paper by Dr. Barbara Deilmann, partner in our transaction practice in Düsseldorf together with the German Association of Corporate Lawyers (BUJ)

BUJ Die Beendigung Whitepaper

German group companies conclude profit and loss transfer agreements in order to establish a tax group for income tax purposes (Sections 14, 17 KStG). In order to bring about organizational integration for the purposes of fiscal unity for VAT purposes, they regularly resort to the instrument of concluding a control agreement. If one party to such an intercompany agreement (as a rule, the subcompany) is sold, the control and/or profit and loss transfer agreement must be terminated.

The issues to be considered in this context go far beyond the question of the correct timing of the termination. Sellers in particular should also be fully aware of the risks associated with termination and, if possible, make provision for this in the M&A agreement.

This whitepaper provides an overview of the issues that should be considered in an M&A transaction in connection with the termination of an intercompany agreement.


One with the Deal - German Transaction Practice Brochure

Transactional Powerhouse Brochure



Please note - publications are available in German language only. 

Mergers & Acquisitions
With unmatched experience leading on complex cross-border transactions, our seasoned M&A lawyers provide seamless advice through local expertise, deep sector knowledge, commercial acumen and refined transactional techniques to maximize deal certainty and the desired value and synergies of our clients’ transactions.
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