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Henrik Drinkuth

Dr. Henrik Drinkuth


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Stadthausbrücke 1-3
20355 Hamburg
Languages German, English, French

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 restructurings as well as on stock corporation law matters. He has special expertise in the media sector.

Henrik started his legal career with Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann and joined CMS towards the end of 1997. He has been a partner since 2001 and is co-head of the takeover law excellence cluster.

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"knows how to close a deal, when it’s worth fighting and when it’s time to compromise"

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2020 (GCLF)

"technically precise, always solution-oriented and pragmatic"

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2020 (GCLF)

"very knowledgeable and good expertise, understands clients" (competitor)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2016 (GCLF)

"very conscientious and good lawyer who understands his clients" (client)

German Commercial Law Firms 2015 (GCLF)

Relevant experience

  • Advising Freudenberg Group on the sale of Freudenberg Schwab, an internationally operating manufacturer of air spring systems for rail vehicles and industrial applications, to Trelleborg AB (Sweden)
  • Advising anchor shareholders of SLM Solutions Group AG on a public takeover offer by GE Aviation
  • Advising Deposit Solutions on a funding round with international investors
  • Advising Gruner + Jahr on the joint venture with Landwirtschaftsverlag regarding the joint publishing of top selling publications Essen & Trinken and Landlust
  • Advising Acciona SA (Spain) on the acquisition of a 29,9% share in Nordex SE and on the conclusion of a business combination agreement
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  • 1996: PhD; thesis on European stock corporation law
  • 1994: Second state examination in law
  • 1992: First state examination in law
  • 1987 - 1991: Law studies at the Universities of Bayreuth, Lausanne and Mainz
  • 1985 - 1987: Traineeship with Dresdner Bank AG
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  • Gesellschaftsrechtliche Vereinigung (association of company law)
  • Board member of Gesellschaft Hamburger Juristen (lawyers association in Hamburg)
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  • Chapter "Public Takeovers of Listed Corporations" und "Transfer of Shares against Cash Compensation (Squeeze out)" in Guide to Listed Companies, 3rd ed. 2014
  • Numerous articles on stock corporation law, takeover law and law on limited liability companies
  • Numerous articles on German stock corporation and takeover law, newspapers and law magazines 2008
  • Shareholders' Rights in view of Authorized Capital, The Stock Corporation (NJW) 2006, p. 142 ff
  • Provisions on the Exclusion of Shareholders under the "Sword of Damokles", New Law Journal (NJW) 2006, p. 410 ff
  • Formalised Information Rights in respect of so-called "Holzmueller-Resolutions"?, The Stock Corporation (AG) 2005, p. 256 ff
  • Information Requirements in respect of Resolutions according to Sect. 33 German Takeover Akt (§ 33 WpüG), The Stock Corporation (AG) 2005, p. 597 ff
  • Duties and Obligations of the Board Members of a Target Company in the Event of Public Offers in Reforms Needs for German Takeover Law, ed. by Veil/Drinkuth, Carl Heymanns-Verlag Cologne 2005, p. 0 59
  • Manual on the Listed Stock Corporation, Public Takeovers of Listed Companies, Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt Cologne; ed. by Marsch-Barner/Schäfer 2005, p. 0 1915
  • Berichtspflicht des Vorstands beim genehmigten Kapital unter Ausschluss des Bezugsrechts, Der Syndikus, Legalease Ltd. 2004, p. 1 ff
  • Exclusion of Pre-Emptive Rights in view of European Company Law, International Tax Law Journal (IStR) 1997, p. 312 ff
  • The Capital Directive, At-Least or At-Most Provision, Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt, Cologne 1997
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Lectures list

  • Legal Issues pertaining to Group-Financing, AmCham-Seminar, Frankfurt, April 2003
  • Duties and Obligations of the Board Members of a Target Company in the Event of Public Offers, Symposion on Takeover Law at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, July 2004
  • Succession of Undertakings, Conference on Legal and Tax Aspects on the Succession of Undertakings, Hamburg, April 2005
  • Techniques of Contract Drafting A Lawyer's Perspective, Asian-European Business Transactions, ICGS, Hamburg, February / March 2006
  • Intellectual Property in Venture Capital- and Private Equity-Transactions, Euroforum, Dusseldorf, 23/24 August 2006
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