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Christian Atzler

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern


Christian Atzler chairs the Firm's EMEA M&A Group. He is also the co-head of the Corporate/M&A Practice Group in Germany. He is listed as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global from 2012 to 2021.

Practice Focus

Christian regularly advises German and international clients on M&A transactions, corporate matters and investment projects. Prior to joining the Frankfurt office of Baker McKenzie in 2009, Christian worked in the Shanghai and Hong Kong offices of Baker McKenzie from 2005-2008, and mainly advised international clients on M&A projects, joint ventures, and China foreign direct investment projects.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Accenture in connection with a number of acquisitions of technology companies in Germany.
  • Advised the shareholders of e-commerce platform KP Family International GmbH to Avedon Capital Partners.
  • Advised Chr. Hansen A/S on its acquisition of Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH.
  • Advised HK-listed Johnson Electric on its acquisition of automotive supplier E. Zimmermann GmbH.
  • Advised HK-listed AAC Technologies on its multi-million investment in Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH, combined with a strategic partnership between AAC Technologies and Ibeo Automotive.
  • Advised Paccor Packaging GmbH on its acquisition of MikoPac NV and EDV Packaging S.A.
  • Advised the shareholders of Hauck Group on the sale of a majority interest in Hauck Group to, and the formation of a joint venture with, Avedon Capital Partners.
  • Advised Schur Flexibles on its acquisition of Termoplast SpA and Sidac SpA.
  • Advised Chinese Nison Group on its majority acquisition of premium kitchen manufacturer SieMatic Group.
  • Advised NASDAQ-listed Trimble Navigation Ltd. on its acquisition of Müller-Elektronik, a German company specializing in implement control and precision farming solutions.
  • Advised the shareholders of PolyCine on the sale of PolyCine to German industrial holding Armira in a competitive auction.
  • Advised Hillhouse Capital on the acquisition of Gimborn from Czech PE house Penta in a competitive auction.

Professional Honors

  • Corporate/M&A (Foreign Expertise in International Firms) - Expert based abroad, Chambers Global 2021
  • Recommended for M&A and Corporate in JUVE 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in Germany 2022 edition for Corporate Law since 2020
  • Acritas Star, Acritas Sharplegal 2018/2021

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt - Member


  • Germany (2005)


  • State of Rhineland-Palatinate (Second State Exam) (2005)
  • University of Passau (State Exam) (2003)
  • National Taiwan University School of Law (2000)


  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin

Previous Offices

  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
  • Co-author, "Corona und M&A Transaktionen," NZG 2021, 1281
  • Co-author, "Vis à VIE – Ein Überblick über das Investitionsmodell der Variable Interest Entities," ZChinR 2016, 91
  • Co-author, "Der Entwurf für ein Gesetz der Volksrepublik China für ausländische Investitionen," ZChinR 2015, 252
  • Co-author, "Private M&A: Auktionsverfahren, Due Diligence, Vertragsgestaltung," in Bu, Yuanshi, Chinesischen Outbound-Investitionen in Deutschland, 2014
  • Author, "Brief Overview on the Overseas Investment Approval Regime," April 25, 2012
  • Co-author, "Revisions to the Catalogue for Guiding Foreign Investment in Industry 2011," January 12, 2012