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Thomas Meyding

Dr. Thomas Meyding


CMS Hasche Sigle
Schoettlestraße 8
70597 Stuttgart
Languages English, German

Thomas Meyding is a corporate/M&A partner with almost 30 years of experience. He mainly advises on national and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public takeovers, squeeze-outs and restructurings with a special focus on automotive, financial services and media sector. Prestigious rankings regularly name Thomas as one of Germany’s leading corporate and M&A lawyers.

He joined CMS Hasche Sigle in 1988 and was subsequently seconded to CMS Cameron McKenna in London. Thomas was made partner in 1993 and he is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales.

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Listed for mergers and acquisitions

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2019 – Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

"level-headed advisor who always keeps the big picture in mind" (client)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2019 (GCLF)

"Thomas Meyding is a highly experienced practitioner who advises clients on both domestic and international M&A transactions. The scope of his practice also includes restructurings and joint ventures."

Chambers Europe, 2019

"outstanding transaction lawyer" (competitor)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2018 (GCLF)

Lawyer of the year for mergers and acquisitions

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2018 - Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

Listed in The Legal 500’s Hall of Fame 2018

The Legal 500, 2018

Nennung als Top Anwalt für den Bereich Mergers & Aquisitions

WirtschaftsWoche Top-Kanzleien 2018; In Kooperation mit: Handelsblatt Research Institute

"He is a loyal and effective adviser; he is honest with his clients and able to manage their expectations."

Client Choice Awards 2017

"Thomas is commercially aware; he understands his clients' needs and he provides excellent client service."

Client Choice Awards 2017

"He is a strategic thinker; he is flexible and able to adapt, but he remains focused on the main objectives."

Client Choice Awards 2017

"tough negotiator but constructive" (competitor)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017 (GCLF)

Recommended for Corporate and M&A, "one of CMS’ best-established corporate lawyers"

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2016 (GCLF)

"renowned Thomas Meyding"

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2015

"excellent, calm, reliable" (client)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2015 (GCLF)

"A source describes Thomas Meyding as ‘a great lawyer who is really excellent in negotiations,’ adding: ‘He knows when to hold back and when to push forward.'"

Chambers Europe, 2014

"always a pleasure working with him, very competent and excellent price-performance ratio (client)"

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2011 (GCLF)

"always leads his team very well" (client)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2010 (GCLF)

Relevant experience

  • Advising Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe on setting up a joint venture for the investment in the paydirekt payment system

  • Advising Holtzbrinck Publishing Group on numerous transactions, most recently on the global merger of Macmillan Science and Education (inter alia "Nature") with the Springer Science + Business Media

  • Advising K+S on the sale of K+S Nitrogen to the Russian agrochemical corporation EuroChem

  • Advising Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on numerous transactions, most recently on the sale of cellent AG to the Indian buyer Wipro

  • Advising Honeywell and Johnson & Johnson on various transactions

  • Advising voestalpine AG on various transactions

  • Advising on the sale of automotive supplier Wahler to Borg Warner

  • Advising ABB on several transactions, most recently on the acquisition of gomtec GmbH

  • Advising Implenia AG, Swiss building company, on the acquisition of the infrastructure division from Bilfinger SE

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  • 1992: Admission as a solicitor in England and Wales

  • 1991/1992: CMS Cameron McKenna (London, UK)

  • 1987: McFarlane, Ferguson, Allison & Kelly (Florida/USA)

  • 1987: Second state examination in law

  • 1985 - 1987: Trainee lawyer at Regional Court Konstanz

  • 1985: First state examination in law

  • 1981 - 1985: Studied at the University of Freiburg

  • 1979 - 1981: Studied at the University of Tübingen

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  • British Chamber of Commerce

  • Stuttgarter Kreis für Unternehmensrecht

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  • Forms of Doing Business, Doing Business in Europe, 2019, Sweet & Maxwell (together with Dr Peter Baisch/Dr Tobias Grau)

  • "Rechtstatsachen zur Gestaltung von Unternehmenskaufverträgen in Deutschland unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Schiedsverfahren" in Stürner/Wilhelmi, Post-M&A-Schiedsverfahren. Recht und Rechtsfindung jenseits gesetzlichen Rechts, 2018, p. 11 - 48 (Springer-Verlag) (together with Steffen Sorg)

  • Forms of Doing Business, Doing Business in Europe, 2017, Sweet & Maxwell (together with Dr. Peter Baisch und Dr. Tobias Grau)

  • Introduction, Doing Business in Europe, 2017, Sweet & Maxwell (together with Dr. Kai Wallisch)

  • Ausgewählte Compliance-Aspekte aus Käufersicht bei einer Private Sale M&A-Transaktion, Aktuelle Aspekte des M&A-Geschäftes – Jahrbuch 2016, 1. Auflage 2016, Frankfurt School Verlag

  • Verhandlungsstrategien für die wichtigsten Deal Points, BUJ Sonderedition Corporate und M&A 2014

  • Risikoallokation in Unternehmenskaufverträgen - aktuelle Trends in Europa, Ausgewählte Ergebnisse der CMS European M&A Study 2012, M&A Review 9/2012

  • Veräußerung von Konzernteilen im Rahmen von M&A-Transaktionen, BB 39/2012

  • Earn-out Klauseln und Absicherung von Garantieansprüchen - "tickende Zeitbomben bei Distressed M&A?, NZG 2/2011

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Lectures list

  • M&A and private equity in Europa – market developments, deal trends and activist investors, M&A and Private Equity 2018 - 12th annual conference, 26 September 2018

  • Impact of digitalisation on M&A transactions, M&A finance round table, 19 June 2018

  • Implementation of the Fourth European Anti-Money Laundering Directive – in particular the electronic transparency register, Stuttgart Forum for Corporate Law, 19 June 2017

  • Legal know-how for drafting company purchase agreements in Germany with particular reference to arbitration proceedings, post-M&A arbitration - law and legal principles beyond statutory law, 19 May 2017

  • Cross border M&A – global transactions to foster growth and develop new markets, FAZ European M&A Forum, 26 April 2017

  • M&A Praxis – case study: a carve-out transaction, guest lecture at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, 19 April 2017

  • M&A and private equity in Europa, current market developments and deal points, M&A and private equity 2016, Frankfurt, 28 June 2016

  • Carve-out Transaktionen: Praxiserfahrungen und -probleme bei der Ausgliederung und Veräußerung von Unternehmensteilen - Inside M&A, Wien, 23 June 2015

  • Fit for Transaction: Herausforderungen beim Verkauf von Konzernteilen , BUJ Summit, 20 May 2015

  • Carve-out Transaktionen: Rechtliche Besonderheiten und Stolpersteine, 6 May 2015

  • European Corporate M&A 2015 Cross-Border Transactions: Drivers of Corporate Strategy, Frankfurt, 16 April 2015

  • M&A in der Krise und Insolvenz - Chancen und Risiken, Roundtable "Unternehmenskauf in Krise und Insolvenz, Frankfurt, 27 October 2014

  • M&A and Private Equity in Europe - Market trends and trends in deal points of M&A transactions, Frankfurt, 1 October 2014

  • The General Counsel'S Role in M&A, Divestures and Strategic Alliances, Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum New York, 4 March 2014

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