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Christian Zielonka

Dr. Christian Zielonka, Maître en droit


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

Christian Zielonka mainly advises groups and medium-sized companies on national and international M&A-transactions, joint ventures and restructurings. Beyond this, he has gained experience in the realm of dispute resolution, particularly by advising in a large-scale post-M&A arbitration proceeding.

Christian Zielonka joined CMS in 2012 and was promoted to Counsel in 2019. He has gained international experience in France as well as the UK, in particular during his additional studies in International and European Law at Paul Cézanne University in Aix-en-Provence obtaining the degree Maîtrise en droit and while conducting research for his PhD in the field of International Investment Law as a Visiting Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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Relevant experience

  • Implenia AG (Swiss construction and construction services company) | On takeover of Bilfinger Hochbau from Apleona GmbH
  • Gustav Wahler GmbH u. Co. KG shareholders | On sale of Gustav Wahler GmbH u. Co. KG to BorgWarner
  • Robert Breuning Foundation | On sale of KOMET Group to CERATIZIT S.A.
  • Advising a group on the sale of a business unit (industrial services)
  • Sparkasse financial group (Deutscher Sparkassenverlag, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg) | On implementation of the online payment service paydirekt
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  • 2012 - 2016: PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Nettesheim at the University of Tuebingen, thesis in the field of International Investment Law on “How to balance investor protection and regulatory interests in International Investment Agreements”, including research at the University of Cambridge, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, UK
  • 2012: Second state examination in law
  • 2010: Trainee lawyer at Stuttgart Regional Court, including placements at CMS Germany
  • 2010: First state examination in law
  • 2006 - 2007: International and European Law studies at Paul Cézanne University in Aix-en-Provence; degree: Maîtrise en Droit International et Européen
  • Work experience in international commercial law firms and the Federal Ministry of Justice in the international law/international organisations department
  • Law studies at the University of Tuebingen with a focus on international business law
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  • DIS 40 (German Arbitration Institute’s initiative of young arbitrators)
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  • Der Ausgleich zwischen Investorenschutz- und Regulierungsinteressen in internationalen Investitionsschutzabkommen“, Tübinger Schriften zum Internationalen und Europäischen Recht, Band 102, Duncker & Humblot 2017
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