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Phone: +49 211 600500-428

Fax: +49 211 600500-91



Dr Christoph Carstens


  • Corporate law/M&A
  • Corporate compliance

Dr Carstens advises enterprises and groups on all corporate law matters. Key areas of his expertise include domestic and cross-border M&A transactions as well as assistance with the formation and during the whole life cycle of joint ventures in Germany and abroad. Dr Carstens furthermore assits with corporate governance matters, including the structuring and implementation of Corporate Compliance Programs, as well as with conducting audits and internal investigations, including manager liability matters.


Dr Carstens speaks German and English.


What others say

One of the most frequently recommended lawyers for Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice - Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers® "Germany´s Best Lawyers 2017"


Recent work

    • Advising UK based HENI Group on the takeover of the art business of insolvent Grieger GmbH + Co. KG and the entry into the German market
    • Advising a Canadian manufacturer of healthcare equipment on a strategic acquisition in Germany
    • Advising Denham Capital on the sale of power plants in Germany
    • Advising a US private equity investor on the acquisitions of groups of companies in Switzerland, the U.K. and the Netherlands
    • Advising a pet food producer on a strategic acquisition of a company in Canada
    • Advising c-m-p gmbh on the formation of a strategic joint venture with DowAksa
    • Advising PREUSS Group on the sale of the group to CBRE
    • Advising a listed corporation on formations of strategic joint ventures outside the EU
    • Advising undertakings of different sizes (including listed corporations) on the establishment and revision of corporate governance and compliance management structures and performance of internal investigations
    • Assistance with several company acquisitions and sales processes, in Germany and cross-border
    • Assistance with restructurings under the German transformation act


    Further qualifications and membership

    • Lecturer in the fields of M&A and corporate compliance
    • Author for JURIS
    • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)


      Publications (in German) 


      Events (in German)

      Curriculum vitae 

      • Studied law at the University of Hamburg, 1999 to 2003
      • Legal clerkship (Referendariat) in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and London, 2005 to 2008
      • PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin, 2009
      • Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 2008 to 2011
      • Lawyer at Kapellmann since 2011