Peter Wende

Dr. Peter Wende, LL.M. (College of Europe)


CMS Hasche Sigle
Schoettlestraße 8
70597 Stuttgart
Languages German, English, French

With a focus on complex corporate and post-M&A disputes, Peter Wende represents German and international clients before German courts as well as in German and international arbitration proceedings. His clients also regularly seek his advice in the context of out-of-court settlements and mediation proceedings. Furthermore, Peter has extensive experience advising on German and international M&A-transactions.

Peter joined CMS in 2010 and has been a partner since 2019. In 2015, he was seconded to CMS von Erlach Poncet in Geneva for six months. Alongside his legal practice, Peter is a federal board member of the Economic Council of Germany‘s CDU (Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V.) party and teaches at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

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Relevant experience

  • Defending a former board member of a large German bank against damages claims brought forward by the bank; volume: approx. EUR 140 million

  • Advising a leading US group on a post-M&A dispute

  • Advising Axpo, a Swiss energy company, on the acquisition of the wind farm developer Volkswind

  • Advising the Canadian FirstService Corporation on the acquisition of majority stakes in Colliers Munich, Stuttgart, Duesseldorf and Frankfurt

  • Advising BWK GmbH Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft on the sale of Kugel- und Rollenlagerwerk Leipzig GmbH to a Chinese group

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  • 2011: PhD, University of Cologne

  • 2009 - 2010: LL.M. at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) as a scholar of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

  • 2005 - 2007: Trainee lawyer at Oldenburg Higher Regional Court

  • 2001 - 2003: Work experience with an internationally operating law firm in Tokyo (Japan), the French Embassy in Dublin (Ireland), an international accounting and tax consultancy firm as well as the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg

  • 2002 - 2004: Scholar of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung who awards scholarships to students of exceptional academic achievement

  • 1999 - 2004: Law studies at the Universities of Tuebingen, Lausanne (Switzerland), Muenster and Cologne

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  • Federal board of the Economic Council of the CDU (Christian Democratic Union)

  • Board of the Baden-Wuerttemberg section of the CDU’s Economic Council

  • Honorary chairman of the CDU’s Young Economic Council in Baden-Wuerttemberg

  • German-Swiss Lawyers Association

  • German-French Lawyers Association

  • German Institution of Arbitration (DIS under 40)

  • Association Suisse de l'Arbitrage (ASA under 40)

  • Gesellschaftsrechtliche Vereinigung (VGR)

  • Tönissteiner Kreis

  • KIWANIS Club Stuttgart e.V.

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  • Beck-Online Großkommentar Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht, commentary on sections 109 to 111 German Commercial Code (still to be published)

  • EU will Wettbewerb durch modernes Gesellschaftsrecht stärken, Platow-Brief Recht, 28.03.2013

  • EU bastelt an einheitlichem Unternehmensregister, Platow-Brief Recht, 19.06.2012

  • Das Fremdbesitzverbot in den freien Berufen, Deutscher Anwaltverlag, Bonn, 2012.

  • E-Mobilität - Unternehmen fehlt es oft an Kapital, Klare rechtliche Firmenstrukturen erleichtern die Suche nach der richtigen Finanzierung erheblich, Stuttgarter Zeitung 19.04.2011, p. 4

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Lectures list

  • Lecturer at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, since 2012

  • "Mergers and Acquisitions in Germany and Switzerland", Panel discussion with Dieter Conzelmann (Bizerba), Ulm 24.10.2016

  • "Mobility tomorrow: new views and perspectives", Panel discussion with Eckart von Klaeden (Head of External Affairs Daimler AG and former Chancellery Minister), Stuttgart 31.08.2016

  • "The German automotive industry in the international market – tasks and challenges", Panel discussion with Matthias Wissmann (President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry and Steffen Bilger MdB, Stuttgart 16.07.2014

  • "Mobility 2.0 – the future of the automotive industry in Germany", Panel discussion with inter alia Martin Jäger (Head of Global External Affairs and Public Policy, Daimler AG), Stuttgart 19.04.2012

  • "Private Equity investors in midsize companies – corporate raiders or important investors", Panel discussion at the economic council with inter alia Thorsten Klapproth (CEO of WMF AG) and Daniel Flaig (Partner of Capvis Equity Partners AG), Geislingen 04.07.2011

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