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Dr. Maximilian Grub


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

Maximilian Grub has extensive experience from providing advice on a wide range of national and international M&A transactions. He also specialises in restructuring and complex corporate law structures. His clients, many of whom are from the automotive, energy and private equity sectors, particularly appreciate his negotiating skills and creative approach to providing advice on corporate structures.

Maximilian joined CMS in 1995 after a stint with Fulbright & Jaworski in New York. In 1998/99, he spent a year with CMS in London and became a partner in 2000.

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"Top lawyer for transactions"

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2020 (GCLF)

"competent, precise and has the necessary capacities" (client)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2018 (GCLF)

Relevant experience

  • Advising Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG on acquisition of a majority holding in the software company Cetitec GmbH
  • Advising the shareholders of the software company Catalysts GmbH on sale to Deutsche Beteiligungs AG
  • Advising a consortium led by Dieter von Holzbrinck Vermögensverwaltung GmbH and Marc Zeimetz on acquisition of the postal services company, PIN AG, in Berlin
  • Advising Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG on a strategic joint venture in the vehicle wash business with the French Tokheim Group
  • Advising Aurelius on the acquisition of the European crafts business of Coats plc
  • Advising HUBER Packaging Group on the simultaneous acquisition of four plants in Switzerland, Finland, the UK and France through mixed share and asset deals
  • Advising Telemotive AG on the sale to Magna International Inc. trough an acqui-hire transaction, including a multi-stage due diligence process in order to ensure protection of trade secrets among competitors
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  • 1995: Second state examination in law at Higher Regional Court Munich
  • 1994: PhD at the University of Tübingen
  • 1992: First state examination in law at the University of Munich
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  • "Auswirkungen der Digitalisierung auf M&A-Transaktionen", in: BetriebsBerater 2018 (with Dr. Sabina Krispenz)
  • ""Acqui-Hire" – Transaktionsberatung im gewandelten Umfeld", in: Legal Management of Innovation, 2018, p. 212 ff. (with Dr. Sabina Krispenz and Dr. Maximilian Koschker)
  • "Chancen und Herausforderungen von "Acqui-Hire", Ein Überblick über den neuen Transaktions-Trend", in: M&A Review 2016 (Nr. 12), S. 450 ff. (mit Dr. Sabina Krispenz)
  • "Acqui-Hire – ein neuer Transaktions-Trend?", deutsche startups vom 12.09.2016 (mit Dr. Sabina Krispenz), abrufbar unter https://www.deutsche-startups.de/2016/09/12/acqui-hire-ein-neuer-transaktions-trend/
  • "Die klugen Köpfe sind entscheidend, Acqui-Hire – Neuer Transaktions-Trend in disruptiven Industrien?", Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, Ausgabe 19 vom 21.09.2016, S 7 ff. (mit Dr. Maximilian Grub) sowie Jahrbuch 2017 Digitale Transformation, Wie Sie die Chancen der Digitalisierung nutzen, F.A.Z. Fachverlag, S. 82 f. (mit Dr. Sabina Krispenz)
  • "Acqui-Hire – Neuer Transaktionstrend in der Industrie", Blog Beitrag vom 04.08.2016 (mit Dr. Sabina Krispenz), abrufbar unter http://www.cmshs-bloggt.de/gesellschaftsrecht/acqui-hire-neuer-transaktions-trend-der-industrie/#
  • Ausgewählte Compliance-Aspekte aus Käufersicht bei einer Private Sale M&A-Transaktion, M&A Jahrbuch 2016
  • Verhandlungsstrategien für die wichtigsten Deal Points, BUJ Sonderedition M&A Corporate 2014
  • 2014 - Ein Boom-Jahr für M&A? Gute Voraussetzungen, schwierige Umsetzung, VentureCapital Magazine 12-2013
  • Risikoallokation in Unternehmensverträgen – aktuelle Trends in Europa, M&A Review
  • Risikoverteilung beim Unternehmenskauf – die CMS European M&A Study, ParisBerlin
  • Die wichtigsten Ergebnisse der CMS European M&A Study 2012, Finance
  • Verkauf in der Krise – eine besondere Herausforderung, Beitrag FINANCE 2011, (Jahrbuch Restrukturierung)
  • M&A-Marktumfeld: Rückkehr zu größerer Stabilität und Ausgewogenheit Ergebnisse und Trends der CMS European M&A Study 2011, Beitrag FINANCE 2011
  • Nach der Krise ist vor der Krise, Beitrag FINANCE 2011
  • Vorteil Käufer: M&A Transaktionen in Zeiten der Wirtschaftskrise Ergebnisse und Trends des CMS European M&A Survey, Beitrag Going Public 2009
  • Preisklauseln als Kriseninstrumente, Beitrag FINANCE Februar 2009
  • § 16 (Übernahme anderer Unternehmen) und § 18 (Unternehmensverkauf), Buchbeitrag Vertragsbuch Gesellschaftsrecht 2008
  • "Das neue Wertpapierprospektgesetz - Anlegerschutz und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit des Finanzplatzes Deutschland", NZG 18/2005 2005
  • Die Aktiengesellschaft, Die Anwendung der Nachgründungsvorschriften auf Sachkapitalerhöhungen, Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt KG, Köln 2002, p. 614 f
  • A trend towards more Shareholders Value in Germany, ICC LR 1999
  • The Concept of Corporate Governance in Germany, CGI 1999
  • Die insolvenzstrafrechtliche Verantwortlichkeit der Gesellschafter von Personenhandelsgesellschaften, Paffenweiler 1995
  • Mitarbeit bei CCH Doing Business in Germany, CCH 1980
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Lectures list

  • "M&A and Private Equity in Europe– Current Developments and Deal Trends, Frankfurt School of Finance, 26.09.2019"
  • "Implications of Digitalisation on M&A Transactions" M&A Conference 2018 | Betriebs-Berater, Düsseldorf 31.01.2018
  • „M&A and Private Equity in Europe – Current Deal Trends and the Implications of Digital Transformation on the Transaction Market“ 11th Annual Conference M&A and Private Equity 2017 | Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Frankfurt a.M. 26.09.2017
  • How to Avoid the "Clash of Cultures" Roundtable Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, Frankfurt 23.05.2017
  • "Innovation and the Driving Force for Transactions " BUJ In-House Counsel Congress 2017, Berlin 26.01.2017
  • CMS European M&A Study 2016 - Press conference in Frankfurt on 22 March 2016
  • M&A and Private Equity in Europe -Current Market Developments and Deal Points, 9th Annual Conference - M&A and Private Equity 2015, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, 7 October 2015
  • CMS European M&A Study 2015 - Press conference in Frankfurt on 24 March 2015
  • Panel discussion: Changes in the Energy Sector - Impact on M&A Strategies?, Conference - M&A and Private Equity 2014, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, 1 October 2014
  • CMS European M&A Study 2014 - Press conference in Frankfurt on 18 March 2014
  • M&A in Germany and Europe - Market Developments and Deal Points in Transactions, Conference - M&A and Private Equity 2013, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, 25 September 2013
  • Standard and Trends for Drafting Inter-Company Agreements, Commercial and Corporate Law Working Group of the German Bar Association, Vienna, 28.06.2013
  • Differences and Similarities between Inter-Company Agreements in France and Germany, Tuebingen University, Tuebingen, 15.05.2013
  • CMS European M&A Study 2013, Business Lunch at CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart, 18.04.2013
  • CMS European M&A Study 2013, Press conference, Frankfurt, 18.03.2013
  • Save the Deal – How to minimise risk in M&A processes, CMS Business Breakfast, Stuttgart, 26.02.2013
  • M&A in Germany and Europe – Market developments in times of debt crisis, 2012 M&A and Private Equity Conference, 26.09.2012
  • Setting the course of action in M&A transactions, M&A Roadshow, 11.09.2012
  • Save the Deal – How to minimise risk in M&A processes, 2012 Strategy Summit for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 09.05.2012
  • M&A Masters 2009 - M&A in crisis situations, Berlin, 30.09./01.10.2009
  • Press conference - M&A European M&A Survey, Frankfurt, 06.05.2009
  • M&A Transactions in the economic downturn, Stuttgart, 06.05.2009
  • M&A Masters 2009 - Process-Related Success Factors in M&A Transactions, Berlin, 26./27.01.2009
  • 4. SME Conference Lake Constance – Corporate structure with an eye to the future – purchase and sale of companies and parts of companies, Friedrichshafen, 23.09.2008
  • M&A Masters 2008 – Litigation-related success factors in M&A transactions, Cologne, 28./29.05.2008
  • Financing a company in growth, 6th Swiss Family Companies Conference, Zurich, 22.09.2008
  • Financing a company in growth, 5th Schweizer Familienunternehmertag, Zürich, 11.12.2007
  • Effective process management in M&A transactions, Wiesbaden, 14./15.11.2007
  • How do I organise a joint venture?, SME Conference in Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe, 08.03.2007
  • Corporate transactions the easy way?!, SME Conference in Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart 16.03.2006
  • Success factors of an M&A transaction on an international level, 4th Finance Mergers & Acquisitions Congress, Stuttgart, 10./11.05.2005
  • Success factors of an M&A transaction on an international level, SME Conference in Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, 22.03.2005
  • Success factors for an M&A transaction, Bankenforum, Stuttgart, 22.07.2004
  • Handling of an M&A transaction with the involvement of a medium-sized company, Medium Conference in Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, 03.03.2004
  • Company acquisition, Villeroy & Boch Akademie, Mettlach, 2003
  • M&A Transactions involving German Companies, London
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