Florian Kästle

Dr. Florian Kästle

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern


Dr. Florian Kästle practices in the area of M&A, private equity, restructuring, corporate law and post-M&A disputes. He joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in 2000. He is regularly cited by top legal directories in Germany as one of Germany’s leading M&A lawyers. In addition to regularly giving presentations on M&A topics, Dr. Kästle authored the first legal commentary in German language on an English-language share purchase agreement.

Practice Focus

Dr. Kästle has broad experience in all kinds of M&A transactions, including acquisitions, sales, public takeovers, joint ventures, post-merger integrations and post-M&A disputes. Throughout his 20 years of practice, he has represented numerous strategic and financial investors, corporate sellers and other corporations in various industries.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Air Liquide on the acquisition of Lurgi AG from GEA and the sale of its Polymer Technology business to Technip.
  • Advised Ashland on the acquisition of the water treatment business from Degussa.
  • Advised Clariant on the sale of its Energy Storage business to Johnson Matthey Plc.
  • Advised Rexnord on the acquisition of VAG Group from Halder.
  • Advised Siemens on the sale of a business division of Siemens VDO to Mahle, the sale of Wireless Modules Business to T-Mobile Venture and Granville Baird and further transactions.
  • Advised Sika on the acquisition of the building adhesives business of Akzo Nobel and further transactions.
  • Advised SIG on the sale of its beverages packaging solutions business to Salzgitter.
  • Advised Swiss Sulzer AG on the sale of its Metco division to OC Oerlikon.
  • Advised Techem on the takeover bid by Macquarie and BC Partners.
  • Advised a US chemicals group on the final round bid for Rütgers Chemicals from Evonik.

Professional Honors

  • Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability, Chambers Europe 2021 
  • Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability, Chambers Global 2021 
  • The Best Lawyers in Germany 2022 edition for Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law since 2014
  • Top Lawyer 2020 M&A Lawyers Ranking, Wirtschaftswoche 2020
  • Acritas Star, Acritas Sharplegal 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • German American Lawyers Association (DAJV) - Member


  • Germany (1994)


  • Bavaria State (Assessor Exam) (1994)
  • University of Munich (Teaching Assistant) (1994)
  • University of Munich (Dr. jur.) (1993)
  • University of California at Berkeley (Visiting Scholar) (1992)
  • University of Munich (Referendar Exam) (1990)


  • English
  • French
  • German


Co-author, "Post M&A Disputes Study 2013/2014," September 2013

Co-author, "Distressed Investing & Restructuring News," March 2012

Co-author, "Acquiring assets through US bankruptcy," September 2009