Finance Lawyers

Your partner for finance matters

The finance team at CMS Germany helps you develop solutions for your particular financing requirement, working closely with the project managers and lawyers within your organisation.

Service portfolio

  • Acquisition finance and corporate loans
  • Asset finance and leasing
  • Foreign trade finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Project finance
  • Finance restructuring
  • Structured finance

Advising on finance transactions

In addition to our core strength in finance matters, clients benefit from our expertise in major industries and business sectors. These include in particular the financing of projects involving conventional and renewable energy, infrastructure and real estate, as well as transport, logistics and the maritime industry.

We offer a broad spectrum of advice and support around finance transactions. Our services include in particular:

  • Structuring finance deals
  • Conducting legal and tax due diligence
  • Drafting and negotiating term sheets
  • Drafting and negotiating loan and collateral agreements
  • Preparing legal opinions and other expert reports
  • Monitoring that drawdown requirements are met
  • Assistance with loan syndication and refinancing
  • Project coordination

Finance restructuring

In view of the difficult situation in some sectors, advising banks and debtors in cases of imminent insolvency is a key part of our service. When advising on restructuring we work closely with other CMS lawyers from the relevant areas of law, especially our insolvency law experts.

We support our clients:

  • in all phases of refinancing and restructuring
  • when structuring and implementing asset and credit portfolio (re-)financing
  • when selecting banks and with finance tendering
  • during negotiations with debtors, banks and other creditors
  • when acquiring or selling assets and loans by providing relevant insolvency law advice 
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Thomas Motte
Dr. Thomas de la Motte
Germany, Hamburg
Thomas de la Motte is a highly respected finance expert. He advises banks, companies and investors on all legal aspects of finance transactions. His focus is on real estate and asset finance (namely...
Marc Riede
Dr. Marc Riede
Germany, Hamburg
With a focus on project, real estate, acquisition and asset finance, Marc Riede advises German and international banks, leasing companies and investors on financing and leasing transactions. His...
Markus M. Pfaff
Dr. Markus M. Pfaff
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Banking & Finance Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Frankfurt
Markus Pfaff specialises in finance transactions and restructuring, with a focus on acquisition and corporate finance as well as real estate and asset finance (aircrafts). He also advises on non-performing...
Axel Dippmann
Axel Dippmann
Germany, Berlin
Axel Dippmann has long-standing experience as a finance lawyer, working both on the lender and borrower side. He specialises in high-volume syndicated loans for corporates, acquisition financing...
Kerstin Block
Dr. Kerstin Block, LL.B.
Germany, Hamburg
Financing, including asset, project, real estate and acquisition financing, corporate finance, leasingAbitur (A-Levels) in 1999. From 1999 to 2001 Training as bank clerk (Bankkauffrau). Thereafter,...
André Frischemeier
Dr. André Frischemeier
Germany, Frankfurt
André Frischemeier advises companies as well as banks on all aspects of banking law, with special financing expertise (asset, project, real estate and acquisition finance). He also advises on financial...
Jens Moraht
Dr. Jens Moraht
Germany, Berlin
Finance partner Jens Moraht is an acquisition, real estate and project financing as well as syndicated loans specialist. He acts for banks and investors and alongside his transactional work, he regularly...
Herbert Wiehe
Dr. Herbert Wiehe
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Bank- und Kapitalmarktrecht (Certified lawyer for banking and capital markets law) | Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht (Certified lawyer for tax law)
Germany, Cologne
Herbert Wiehe is an expert banking and finance lawyer. Alongside his long-standing corporate finance work, his practice has – from the start – also focused on general banking law. Herbert in...
Holger Kraft
Dr. Holger Kraft
Germany, Hamburg
Holger Kraft specialises in advising on national and international energy and infrastructure transactions and project finance. This includes structuring and managing the transactions as well as considering...
Peter Ruby
Dr. Peter Ruby
Germany, Stuttgart
Peter Ruby specialises in advising banks, investors, industrial companies as well as insurance companies and pension funds on all aspects of corporate, acquisition and real estate finance. His practice...