Oliver Socher

Dr. Oliver Socher LL.M.

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern


Dr. Oliver Socher is EMEA Banking & Finance Chair and member of Global Banking & Finance Steering Committee. His practice covers banking and finance and distressed debt matters. Prior to joining the Firm in January 2006, he worked as an associate for a "Magic Circle" law firm in Frankfurt and London. He also worked as an associate for a Wall Street law firm in New York. Dr. Socher studied law at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, where he also earned his doctor’s degree in law, and at Fordham School of Law in New York. He was admitted to the German bar in 2001.

Practice Focus

Dr. Socher advises banks and investors in all aspects of banking and financing transactions, including national and international syndicated financing transactions.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised various corporate borrowers in relation to their financing needs by means of revolving and term loans, cash pooling and factoring arrangements.
  • Advised DZ Bank as lender in relation to various financings.
  • Advised Commerzbank AG on the EUR80 million financing for the acquisition of a US target group, active in the field of the production of pharmaceuticals.
  • Advised LBBW on the acquisition financing regarding a US target, producing pharmaceuticals.
  • Advised major banks in connection with various ECA related financings.  
  • Advised various automotive suppliers in relation to restructuring of existing debt.
  • Advised syndicate of banks in relation to debt restructuring of ATS Stahlschmidt & Maiworm.

Professional Honors

  • Banking & Finance, Chambers Global 2021 
  • The Best Lawyers in Germany 2022 edition for Banking and Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law since 2020
  • Acritas Star, Acritas Sharplegal 2018


  • Germany (2001)


  • Fordham University (LL.M.) (2002)
  • Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Referendar Exam) (1998)


  • English
  • German