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Christian Atzler

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern


Christian Atzler is the co-head of the Corporate/M&A Practice Group in Germany and Austria, and EMEA Mergers & Acquisitions Chair. He is listed as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global from 2012 to 2017.

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 Chinese Nison Group on its majority acquisition of premium kitchen manufacturer SieMatic Group.
  • Advised Chinese PE fund Pagoda Investment on its series A investment in TravelEasy GmbH, a software-driven provider of VAT reimbursement solutions for travelers.
  • Advised MacLean Lismore on its acquisition of automotive supplier IBEX Group out of insolvency in a competitive auction.
  • Advised Mundipharma on the acquisition of the business of VC-backed CellAct Pharma GmbH in a competitive auction.
  • 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 Chinese PE fund Pagoda Investment on its proposed acquisition of GBA Gesellschaft für Bioanalytik from adiuva capital and management in a competitive auction.
  • Advised Hillhouse Capital on the acquisition of Gimborn from Czech PE house Penta in a competitive auction.
  • Advised Chinese PE fund Nepoch Capital on its majority acquisition of Ascopharm Group from Adiuva Capital.

Professional Honors

  • Corporate/M&A (Foreign Expertise in International Firms) - Expert based abroad, Chambers Global 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

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