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Private Equity & Venture Capital Lawyers

What others say about us

  • "A leading firm for private equity and venture capital, with one of the broadest practices in the market."
  • "The PE practice is one of the market leaders and boasts exceptional strength in breadth."
  • "The firm attracted a lot of interest when it was chosen to advise on the first German SPAC."
  • "An impressive year for a firm that has been raising its standards on all counts. Not only has the corporate practice, one of the largest in Germany, maintained its performance with another very good year, but there were some surprising developments that showed a firm in full flight and going places."
    (The Lawyer Awards )
  • "CMS Hasche Sigle is the leading law firm in Germany for mid-cap acquisitions."
    (Financial Times Deutschland)


Providing comprehensive advice on private equity transactions is one of our core strengths. The prestigious JUVE Handbook has long ranked our 70-headed team among Germany’s top five private equity practices. We advise our clients throughout the acquisition and ownership phases. Our successful track record of advising on large buy-out transactions is complemented by a long-established focus on the mid-cap segment.

Pioneering role

Our private equity team has carved out a pioneering role for itself in the market by developing new and innovative solutions.

Awareness of the wider context

Rather than being a private equity boutique focused purely on transactions, we have in-depth expertise in all legal areas relevant to private equity.

Market and industry expertise

The special strengths of our practice include detailed expertise across all sectors and markets.

Regional coverage

The full breadth and depth of this expertise is immediately available at all our German locations.

At home in Europe

As an integral part of CMS, the leading organisation of international law and tax firms, we offer direct access to offices in 59 locations and 33 jurisdictions. Strong partner involvement

Strong partner involvement

guarantees outstanding expertise, continuity, reliability and efficiency, plus smooth workflows throughout the CMS organisation.

Optimised advice

We are committed to tailor-made, pragmatic solutions as well as effective – and costeffective – advice.

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Dr. Christoph Schröder
China, Shanghai
As a member of the firm’s China Desk, Christoph Schröder advises companies on commercial and corporate law. He supports in particular Chinese state-owned and private enterprises in relation to their ou...
Malte Bruhns
Dr. Malte Bruhns, LL.M. (Edinburgh)
Germany, Cologne
Malte Bruhns is a partner in the corporate department of CMS, specializing in M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital transactions. He has a particular sector focus on transactions in the digital...
Martin Bell
Dr. Martin Bell
Germany, Frankfurt
Martin Bell is an extremely experienced transaction lawyer, having advised on a multitude of M&A and private equity transactions as well as on corporate restructurings. German and international...
Peter Baisch
Dr. Peter Baisch
Germany, Stuttgart
Peter Baisch specialises in private equity and M&A transactions. He advises private equity firms and family offices that invest in medium-sized companies and real estate portfolios. His M&A work...
Sebastian Becker
Dr. Sebastian Becker, LL.M. (London Metropolitan University)
Germany, Duesseldorf
Sebastian Becker has long-standing experience advising sellers as well as buyers on German and international M&A transactions. He specialises in private equity transactions and also regularly...
Marc Seibold
Dr. Marc Seibold
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Banking & Finance Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Stuttgart
Marc Seibold is a CMS banking and finance partner who advises investors, banks and alternative lenders (e. g., insurance companies) on corporate, acquisition and real estate financing transactions....
Johanna Hofmann
Johanna Hofmann, Immobilienökonom (IREBS)
Germany, Frankfurt
Johanna Hofmann specialises in commercial real estate. She is focused on real estate transactions (commercial and residential properties), asset management, project developments as well as private...
Jürgen Frodermann
Dr. Jürgen Frodermann
Germany, Duesseldorf
Jürgen Frodermann advises companies on national and international M&A transactions and joint ventures. With more than 20 years of experience, he works on cross-border transactions and also advises ...
Claus-Peter Fabian
Dr. Claus-Peter Fabian
Germany, Stuttgart
Claus-Peter Fabian has long-standing experience advising on national and international M&A transactions and on corporate law matters. In this context, his work also focuses on cross-border...
Henrik Drinkuth
Dr. Henrik Drinkuth
Germany, Hamburg
Henrik Drinkuth is a Corporate/M&A partner with more than 20 years‘ experience advising German and international companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public takeovers, corporate r...