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Petra Schaffner

Dr. Petra Schaffner

Partner
Rechtsanwältin

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

Petra Schaffner is a specialist in the areas of corporate/M&A and corporate compliance. She advises on all areas of corporate a partnership law, including providing advice on the law relating to stock corporations and corporate groups, D&O liability, corporate restructuring and preparing and conducting general meetings, shareholders' meetings and general assemblies. 

One focus of her practice is advising on issues of corporate governance and (internal) structure of companies and groups of companies, including advising management boards and managing directors and also supervisory and advisory boards. This also includes supporting companies in connection with corporate codetermination.

In recent years, Petra Schaffner has also advised on numerous national and international corporate transactions. She has extensive experience in corporate acquisitions for strategic investors and joint ventures. She regularly contributes her expertise in corporate law to the restructuring of corporate groups and outsourcing projects. 

In the area of compliance, the advisory services focus on the implementation and improvement of compliance programmes or individual compliance modules and their integration into the company's governance structures, the performance of compliance risk analyses and the management of internal investigations and the processing of compliance violations.

Her clients include German and international medium-sized companies and listed companies, international corporate groups and public sector institutions. She has special industry expertise in advising companies in the insurance sector and the industrial/automotive sector. 

Petra Schaffner conducts management and supervisory board training and compliance training for employees on a regular basis.

Petra Schaffner joined CMS in 2000 and has been a partner since 2007.

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Relevant experience

Corporate / M&A

  • Kulzer GmbH | Advice on the sale of the turning milling centre business unit at the Hanau site by Kulzer GmbH, a member of the Mitsui Chemicals Group, to i-Prodens GmbH
  • Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc | Advice on the acquisition of OWL Marine Insurance Brokers GmbH & Co. KG
  • UK based listed group | Advice on acquisitions in Germany
  • Ströer Group | Advice on acquisition of Social Media Interactive; advice on acquisition of UAM Media Group
  • walter services group | Advice on various transactions, e.g. on the acquisition of seven locations from Telekom subsidiary VCS
  • German investment company | Advice regarding international investments and acquisitions
  • US based listed group | Advice on reorganisations, adaptation of corporate governance structures in 19 EU countries, among other things
  • Mitsui Sumitomo Group | Advice on the establishment of an insurance company in Germany and asset deals, as well as on governance issues, among other things.

Compliance

  • DAX 30 company | Advice on reviewing and revising corporate governance and corporate compliance structures in connection with an investigation
  • Several medium-sized companies in the industrial sector | Advice on the implementation of compliance structures
  • Two listed companies in the media industry | Advice on compliance issues
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Education

  • Doctorate under Professor Dr Henssler on a corporate law topic
  • Research assistant at the Institute for the Law of the Legal Profession and at the Institute for Employment and Commercial Law at the University of Cologne (Professor Dr Martin Henssler)
  • 1995: Second state law examination
  • 1993 - 1996: Research assistant for the Großer Klausurenkurs, a special course for law students in preparation of their exams (Professor Dr Herbert Wiedemann)
  • Law studies at the University of Cologne
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Memberships

  • Member of the Corporate Law Committee of the German Federal Chamber of Lawyers (Bundesrechtswaltskammer)
  • VGR – Corporate law association
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Publications

  • Compliance- und Unternehmensrichtlinien (with Dr Mayer-Uellner), "Wertpapier-Compliance in der Praxis", 2019, pp 1083 ff.: a commentary on current legal obligations, 2nd ed. 
  • "M&A-Transaktionen – Wie viel Compliance ist nötig, wie wenig ist möglich?" (with Dr Benjamin D. Ullrich), Compliance Berater 8/2017, pp. 289-294
  • "Notwendigkeit, Konzeption und Elemente eines effektiven Compliance-Systems" (with Dr Richard Mayer-Uellner), Controlling 2010, pp. 611-616
  • "So verbindlich wie nötig, so flexibel wie möglich, REIT UP" – Das Magazin von REITs in Deutschland 2007, pp. 14-15, and www.reits-in-deutschland.de
  • "Haftungsbeschränkungen im Managementletter", Betriebs-Berater 2007, pp. 1292-1294
  • "Entschädigung: Wer? Wen? Wofür? Womit?" – Article on the REIT bill, www.reits-in-deutschland.de, 2007
  • "Die Vorgesellschaft als Gesellschaft sui generis – Struktur- und Haftungsfragen bei Vor-GmbH und Vor-Partnerschaftsgesellschaft" 2003
  • Comments on the decision of the German Federal Labour Court, 18 September 1997 (with Professor Dr Henssler), EWiR 1998, p. 245
  • "Gleichbehandlung von Männern und Frauen beim Lohn" (with Professor Dr Henssler), SAE 1997, pp. 186-189
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Lectures list

  • "Neues zur Compliance-Organisation – oder: Der richtige Umgang mit Geschäftsgeheimnissen" (with Dr Heike Blank, Dr Thomas Sonnenberg), CMS: Cologne Governance und Compliance Breakfast, 22 May 2019 in Cologne
  • "Der neue Geheimnisschutz: die Baustellen sind überall" (with Dr Maximilian Koschker, Alexander Leister), CMS Compliance Forum 2019, 5 November 2019 in Frankfurt am Main
  • "CSR im Kontext von Governance – Informationsflüsse zwischen Organen und Schlüsselfunktionen", Second Annual Conference Risiko Compliance & Fraud 2018 at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, 16 May 2018 in Frankfurt am Main
  • "Compliance und M&A-Transaktionen" (with Dr Benjamin D. Ullrich), Deutsche Compliance Konferenz 2017, 28 June 2017 in Frankfurt am Main
  • "CSR im Kontext von Corporate Governance: Bedeutung der CRS-Richtlinie und deren Umsetzung – Ausgewählte Perspektiven für strategische Ansätze" (with Eckart Gottschalk), Conference CGC Strategies, 18/19 June 2017 in Berlin
  • "Deutsche Unternehmensmitbestimmung im Fokus des Europarechts" (with Martina Higaldo), 16th CMS Labour Law Congress, 16 May 2017 in Frankfurt am Main
  • "Kooperation mit der Staatsmacht oder stille Beerdigung? Best Practice bei Verdacht auf Non-Compliance" – lecture 12 November 2015 in Cologne
  • "Compliance bei Mergers & Acquisitions" – lecture 24 September 2014 in Cologne
  • "Compliance und Mittelstand – Was ist zwingend und was ist sinnvoll?", 11th Mittelstandstag Nordrhein-Westfalen, 27 June 2013 in Cologne
  • "Handlungspflichten und Risiken für die Geschäftsleitung", Bund der Unternehmensjuristen 2012, lecture during workshop "Internal Investigations" on 24 April 2012 in Frankfurt am Main
  • "Risikofaktor Geschäftsgeheimnis – Strategien zum Umgang mit Wissen: Wie organisiert man einen Betrieb, um vorhandenes Wissen optimal zu schützen und zu bewahren?" Chamber of Industry and Commerce 2012, lecture with lawyer Michael Kamps on 19 April 2012 in Cologne
  • "Compliance-Verstöße: Persönliche Haftung des Managements?" – lecture during the CMS Compliance Roadshow 2011, 28 September 2011 in Cologne
  • "M&A Roadshow 2010 – Streitprävention bei M&A-Transaktionen – Aus der Nachsorge zur Vorsorge", lecture on 21 September 2010 in Cologne
  • "Compliance aktuell: Prävention und Krisenmanagement", lecture during the CMS Compliance Roadshow 2010, 7 September 2010 in Düsseldorf
  • "M&A Roadshow 2009 – der Blick nach vorn", lecture during the CMS client seminar am 29 September 2009 in Cologne
  • "Wie viel Compliance brauchen Sie? – Bausteine für ein erfolgreiches Compliance-Programm", lecture during the CMS Compliance Roadshow 2009, 24 June 2009 in Cologne
  • "Der Unternehmensverkauf aus rechtlicher und steuerlicher Sicht – Risiken erkennen und vermeiden", lecture during the CMS client seminar "Unternehmensverkauf und -kauf erfolgreich gestalten" with Klein & Coll. and the LGT Bank on 30 April 2009 in Cologne
  • "M&A Roadshow 2008 – Strategische Chancen", lecture during the CMS client seminar on 15 October 2008 in Düsseldorf und on 30 October 2008 in Cologne
  • "Corporate Compliance", lecture during the CMS client seminar "Compliance 360° – Haftungsvermeidung im Unternehmen" on 26 April 2007 in Frankfurt am Main and on 18 September 2007 in Cologne
  • "Fit für das UMAG", CMS client seminar, 2005
  • "Rendite und Exit bei offenen und stillen Beteiligungen", 6th Investor Get-Together of the Business Angel Venture GmbH, Deutsche Bank AG and CMS Hasche Sigle, 2005
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