Dr. Robert Weber | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Robert Weber
Robert Weber

Dr. Robert Weber

Partner, Frankfurt

“Dr. Robert Weber [is a] frequently recommended lawyer for corporate law.”

JUVE 2015/2016

Overview

Robert advises companies of all types on matters involving corporate law, with a focus on the law of stock corporations and corporate groups.

In mergers and acquisitions, which are often cross-border, he provides the insight and rigor needed to develop unique structural solutions. He helps clients to tackle the complexities inherent in their national and international corporate affairs, including capital markets issues and tax efficiency structures.

Through his involvement in numerous corporate acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, restructurings and squeeze outs, Robert can offer the necessary knowledge and experience to help his clients achieve their business objectives. During periods of structural change, as well as on an ongoing basis, businesses need to ensure compliance with regulations, and Robert is able to offer clients reassurance on corporate governance, compliance and liability issues.

Robert is a sought-after speaker at conferences and seminars in his field, and is a member of the DVFA Working Group "Corporate Transaction & Valuation". He has authored a number of publications.

Bars and Courts

  • Certified Tax Lawyer
  • Rechtsanwalt

Education

  • Dr jur, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main
  • First State Exam, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

Languages

  • German
  • English

Experience

Aixtron SE, 2016

Advising TecDAX and NASDAQ listed Aixtron SE on the agreement that it will be taken over by Chinese financial investor Fujian Grand Chip Investment. The transaction is valued at around €670 million.

WCM Beteiligungs- und Grundbesitz-AG, 2015/16

Represented German Prime Standard (SDAX) listed WCM Beteiligungs- und Grundbesitz-AG against various shareholders’ actions, advised on extraordinary shareholders’ meeting, successful negotiations and settlement agreement with shareholders.

KWS Saat AG, 2014/2015

Advised German Prime Standard (SDAX) listed KWS Saat AG on the general meeting resolving its transformation into a Societas Europaea (SE).

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2014

Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the preparation of the Fairness Opinion delivered to the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland AG, for their Joint Statement pursuant to § 27 WpÜG (German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act), related to the voluntary public takeover offer of Sky German Holdings GmbH.

Drillisch AG, 2012

Advised Drillisch AG in connection with the enforcement of its shareholder rights in the general meeting of freenet AG.

MEDICLIN AG, 2012

Advised German Prime Standard listed MEDICLIN AG on its refinancing of existing loans through financing with an increase option, arranged by DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank.

Süd-Chemie AG, 2011

Advised on the squeeze-out at Süd-Chemie AG following its acquisition by Clariant.

AIXTRON AG, 2010 – 2011

Advised German Prime Standard (TecDAX) and NASDAQ listed AIXTRON AG on its transformation into a Societas Europaea (SE).

MEDICLIN AG management and supervisory boards, 2011

Advised in connection with MEDICLIN AG's public takeover offer of Asklepios Group.

SHS Struktur-Holding Stahl, 2008

Advised in connection with its acquisition of shares in DHS Dillinger Hütte Saarstahl AG from ArcelorMittal.

MEDICLIN AG management and supervisory boards, 2008

Advised in connection with MEDICLIN's public takeover offer of ERGO Versicherungsgruppe AG.

Speaking Engagements

"Making the Deal Work - Post-Merger Integration Strategies and Success Factors", October 29, 2015: Lecture and Presentation Ninth Annual Transatlantic Business Conference of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany e.V.,
Frankfurt am Main
, (with Andreas Knebel, Michael Lebovitz, Prabhu Narasimhan, Steve Weerts)

"Corporate Governance and Legal Requirements As Applied in Practice", October 26, 2015, April 14, 2015, October 6, 2014, May 5, 2014: Lectures and Presentations to seminar: "Excellence Program for Supervisory Boards" (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management),
Frankfurt am Main
, (with Lutz Krämer)

"Global Bank Risk Management for Board Members, Managing Directors and Future Executives", September 11, 2015, March 27, 2015, November 28, 2014: Executive Seminar for Managing Directors of banks (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management),
Frankfurt am Main
, (with Andreas Wieland and Julia Redenius-Hövermann)

"Questions on Matrix Structures", July 8, 2015: Lecture and Presentation to client workshop Law to Go,
Frankfurt am Main
, (with Detlef Gabel und Frank-Karl Heuchemer)

"US Economic and Trade Sanctions, German Antiboycott Laws and the Implications for International Business", November 12, 2014: Lecture and Presentation Eighth Annual Transatlantic Business Conference of the American Chamber of Commerce,
Germany e.V., Frankfurt am Main
, (with Kenneth A. Caruso and Constantin Lauterwein)

"Shareholder Activism. Aspects - Tendencies – Strategies", September 30, 2014: Lecture and Presentation to annual symposion "Shareholders' Meeting" (Deutsches Aktieninstitut),
Frankfurt am Main
, (Shareholder Activism – Aspekte – Tendenzen – Strategien)

"Avoiding Liability in a Changing World. Challenges for Managers of International Businesses", November 13, 2013: Lecture and Presentation Seventh Annual Transatlantic Business Conference of the American Chamber of Commerce,
Germany e.V., Frankfurt am Main
, (with Eric Grannon and James Black)

"The Relationship between Parent Company and Subsidiary within a Group (Mutter-Tochter-Verhältnis im Konzern)", January 29, 2013: Lecture and presentation: The Exclusive Managing Director Circle,
Berlin
, (Handelsblatt/Euroforum)

"Liability Trap – A Never Ending Topic for the CFO, Especially in Unsafe Times", June 15, 2012: Lecture and Presentation to CFO Congress, (Haftungsfalle – Ein Dauerthema für den CFO, insbesondere in unsicheren Zeiten)

"Module VI – Mergers & Acquisitions", Lectures and Presentations to Studies No. XIV, March 10, 2011: Executive Master of European and International Business Law (MBL) of the University of St. Gallen,
Frankfurt
, (with Volker Baas)

"What Sovereign Wealth Funds can do in Germany", June 25, 2009: Presentation to Tax & Law Talk, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management,
Frankfurt
, (Handlungsspielräume von Staatsfonds in Deutschland) (with Christoph Schalast)

Publications

  • Weber, Robert; Kühnel, Julia: Commentary on Sec. 291 (Domination, P&L Transfer Agreement), 292 (Other Intercompany Agreements) and 293 (Approval for Shareholders' Meeting) of the German Stock Corporation Act, Handbuch der Rechnungslegung. Ed. Karlheinz Küting, Norbert Pfitzer and Claus-Peter Weber. 5th ed., Stuttgart, Loose Leaf System, 20th delivery complement, May 2015, (§§ 291 (Beherrschungsvertrag, Gewinnabführungsvertrag), 292 (Andere Unternehmensverträge) und 293 AktG (Zustimmung der Hauptversammlung)
  • Compliance responsibilities of management bodies, directors and officers of domestic and foreign subsidiaries of German groups, Business Law Magazine, No. 2, September 25, 2014, pp. 21–24, (co-author with Michael Müller and Darryl Lew)
  • Commentary on Sec. 93 of the German Stock Corporation Act, Handbuch der Rechnungslegung, Ed. Karlheinz Küting, Norbert Pfitzer and Claus-Peter Weber, 5th ed., Stuttgart, March 2003, 17th delivery complement, October 2013, (Sorgfaltspflicht und Verantwortlichkeit der Vorstandsmitglieder) (co-author with Julia Kühnel)
  • The case of a shareholders' meeting cancelled by the management board after having been convened at the request of a minority shareholder and its implementation by the shareholders following refusal by the board members to take the chair, NZG 2013, pp. 890–892, (Absage einer auf ein Aktionärsverlangen einberufenen Hauptversammlung und Abhaltung einer Hauptversammlung durch die Aktionäre)
  • Fairness Opinions. Developments, significance and current practice with particular regard to the statement of the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board pursuant to § 27 WpÜG, Rüdiger von Rosen (Hrsg.): Studien des Deutschen Aktieninstituts, Issue 52, 2012, (Fairness Opinions – Entwicklung, Bedeutung und aktuelle Praxis unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Stellungnahme von Vorstand und Aufsichtsrat gemäß § 27 WpÜG) (co-author with Alexander Georgieff)
  • Shareholders' resolutions in court – Proceedings to set aside shareholders' resolutions, registration and review proceedings, Munich 2010, (Hauptversammlungsbeschlüsse vor Gericht – Die aktienrechtliche Anfechtungs- und Nichtigkeitsklage, Freigabeverfahren und Spruchverfahren) (co-author with Julia Sitter née Kersjes)
  • What Sovereign Wealth Funds can do in Germany – Foreign Trade Law and Corporate Law, Studien des Deutschen Aktieninstituts. Issue 45, June, 2009, (Handlungsspielräume von Staatsfonds in Deutschland – Außenwirtschafts- und Gesellschaftsrecht) (co-author with Christoph Schalast)

Awards & Recognition

Highly Recommended Lawyer, JUVE 2015/2016

Corporate; Corporate Litigation

Client quotation, JUVE 2008/2009

Robert, "high level of competence in stock corporation law, especially in AGMs, [with a] very agreeable manner".

JUVE 2009/2010

"Most visible is Dr. Robert Weber, who has built consistently and emphatically an excellent AGM practice".

Client quotation, JUVE 2009/2010

"Always on top, impressive knowledge in stock corporation law".