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Hendrik Schindler

Dr. Hendrik Schindler

Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht (Certified lawyer for commercial and corporate law)

CMS Hasche Sigle
Kranhaus 1
Im Zollhafen 18
50678 Cologne
Languages English, French, German

Hendrik Schindler is a corporate law specialist, advising stock corporations, limited liability companies (German GmbH) and partnerships on corporate governance issues, the transformation of companies and the specific rules concerning groups (German Konzernrecht) as well as on succession planning. He regularly assists companies across all industries and financial investors with national and international mergers and acquisitions and in case of post-M&A and corporate disputes, he also represents his clients in arbitration proceedings and in court. With country-specific know-how, Hendrik is a member of the firm‘s German-French desk and advises a number of major companies on their French investments and activities.

Hendrik joined CMS in 1997 and became a partner in 2002.

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  • 1998: PhD on aspects of the law governing limited companies and the capital markets in Germany and France
  • 1997: Admitted as a lawyer in Cologne
  • 1992 - 1994: Assistant at Cologne University’s Institute for Employment and Commercial Law (Prof. Dr. Herbert Wiedemann)
  • 1986 - 1992: Law studies at the Universities of Cologne and Geneva
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  • Mitautor des Ziemons/Jäger, Beck’scher Online-Kommentar zum GmbH-Gesetz (dort u.a. § 33 – Erwerb eigener Geschäftsanteile, § 34 Einziehung von Geschäftsanteilen/Austritt und Ausschluss, §§ 45 bis 51b Rechte der Gesellschafter/Gesellschafterversammlung), Edition 34, März, 2018
  • Vorstands- und Geschäftsführerpflichten bei M&A-Transaktionen, in: KSzW 2017, 14 ff.
  • Die Aufklärungspflicht des Verkäufers beim Unternehmenskauf, in: KSzW 2016, 62 ff.
  • Corporate Governance und Compliance in Familienunternehmen, in: von Rechenberg/Thies/Wiechers, Handbuch Familienunternehmen und Unternehmerfamilien, Stuttgart 2016, S. 117 ff.
  • Neues zum "Zeitpunktstreit" beim Erwerb eigener Geschäftsanteile, in: GWR 2013, 310 ff.
  • Neue Haftungsrisiken des Erwerbers beim Kauf von Geschäftsanteilen? Zur Ausdehnung der Haftung wegen verbotener Einlagenrückgewähr durch das Urteil des OLG Köln vom 31.03.2011 – 18 U 171/10, in: KSZW 2011, p. 369-373, co-author: Dr. Axel Buchwald
  • BGH: Verjährung der akzessorischen Haftung des GbR-Gesellschafters, in: BB 2010, p. 599-600
  • Das Austrittsrecht in Kapitalgesellschaften, Eine rechtsvergleichende Untersuchung zum Austrittsrechts als Mittel des Individual- und Minderheitenschutzes im deutschen und französischen Kapitalgesellschaftsrecht, C.H. Beck, München 1999
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Lectures list

  • "Rechte und Pflichten von Vorständen und Geschäftsführern in GmbH und Konzern", Schulungsvortrag für die Geschäftsleitung eines internationalen Konzerns, May 2017
  • "Unternehmensnachfolge – Strategische und steuerliche Fallstricke", 10. Mittelstandstag NRW Köln, 31 May 2012
  • "Managing Director's Liability, a Calculable Risk", Dortmund, November 2010
  • "Remuneration of Members of the Board of Directors One Year After Entry Into Force of the Act on the Appropriateness of Management Board Compensation (VorstAG)", Coaching for Business Managers, Supervisory Board Members and Advisory Board Members, November 2010
  • "New Regulation of Managing Director's Liability", 8th Mittelstandstag (SME Conference) Cologne, 15 September 2010
  • "Advisory Focus for Shareholders' Meeting and General Meeting", Frankfurt, 27 November 2009
  • "Ten Key Points to Make Your Business Succeed in Germany – Corporate Law", Salon Class Export Lyon, 18 November 2008
  • "Quo vadis GmbH? New Regulation Concerning Company Financing and Liability After Entry Into Force of the Act to Modernise the Law Governing Private Limited Companies and to Combat Abuses (Gesetz zur Modernisierung des GmbH-Rechts und zur Bekämpfung von MissbräuchenMoMiG), 2nd Familienunternehmertag (Family Companies Conference) North Rhine-Westphalia, 29 October 2008
  • "Multi-Headed GmbH Management, Legal Certainty and Rules of Play for Efficient Cooperation", Management Circle Exklusiv-Seminar, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich, 2008 and 209 (together with Dr. Hildegard Ziemons)
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