Christoph Carstens


  • Corporate law/M&A
  • Corporate compliance

Christoph advises enterprises and groups from Germany and abroad on German corporate law matters. Key areas of his expertise include domestic and cross-border M&A transactions as well as real estate transactions (share deals). Christoph 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.


Christoph 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 2017-2019"


Recent work

  • Advising LIVOS Group on the acquisition of a warehouse and logistics asset (share deal)
  • Advising acrylic fiber manufacturer DRALON on the acquisition of DOLAN
  • Advising UK based HENI Group on various strategic transactions in Germany
  • Advising Canadian healthcare equipment manufacturer Laborie on acquisitions 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 for M&A at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences
  • Lecturer in the fields of M&A and corporate compliance
  • Author for JURIS
  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of the Scientification Association for Company and Corporate Law (VGR)


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 with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 2008 to 2011
  • Lawyer with Kapellmann since 2011