Dr. Hermann Melnikov (né Schmitt) | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Hermann Schmitt
Hermann Schmitt

Dr. Hermann Melnikov (né Schmitt)

Partner, Düsseldorf


Hermann Melnikov (né Schmitt) is a senior mergers and acquisitions lawyer, with a practice focusing on complex, cross-border transactions including corporate acquisitions and joint ventures.

International in outlook and experience, he worked for a number of years as a managing partner in the Firm's Moscow office, before joining the Düsseldorf office in the same capacity. His international credentials are further underlined by his dual qualification in English and German law, which makes him a valuable resource for clients seeking to execute transactions across multiple jurisdictions.

Clients to have benefited from his knowledgeable representation include large and medium-sized enterprises operating in an array of business sectors, including Commerzbank AG, Société Générale SA, Goldman Sachs, Axel Springer, BASF/Wintershall and Daimler.

Hermann has written for a number of professional publications, and is a regular contributor to the Firm's industry alerts, focusing on the latest changes in national and international laws, and the impact they may have on his clients' interests.

He is a member of a number of professional associations, including the International Bar Association and the Deutscher Anwaltsverein.

Bars and Courts

  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Rechtsanwalt, Germany


  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main
  • Dr jur, Justus-Liebig University
  • First State Exam, Justus-Liebig University Gießen


  • German
  • English
  • Russian


Wintershall Holding's asset swaps with Gazprom

Hermann represented Wintershall Holding, a BASF group company, on two asset swaps with Gazprom concerning upstream and downstream activities in Russia and Western Europe.

Bombardier Transportation's joint ventures with TMH

Hermann advised Bombardier Transportation on the establishment of joint ventures with TMH, the leading manufacturer of rolling stock in the CIS.

Sberbank's proposed joint acquisition of a majority shareholding in Adam Opel AG

Hermann advised Sberbank on the proposed joint acquisition, together with Canadian automotive components supplier Magna International Inc., of a majority shareholding in Adam Opel AG.

Knauf Gips KG's public takeover of KPK OAO

Hermann advised Knauf Gips KG on the public takeover of KPK OAO, one of the world's largest producers of primary products for the construction sector.

Commerzbank AG and Promsvyazbank

Hermann represented Commerzbank AG in connection with the exercise of its put option vis-à-vis Promsvyazbank's majority shareholder.

Société Générale SA's public takeover of Rosbank

Hermann advised Société Générale SA on the public takeover of Rosbank.

Goldman Sachs group company's acquisition of Moscow's top residential complex

Hermann advised a Goldman Sachs group company on the acquisition of Moscow's top residential complex from AIG Inc. and Deutsche Bank AG.

Axel Springer SE's acquisition of Gruner + Jahr publishing group titles

Hermann represented Axel Springer SE on its acquisition of Gruner + Jahr publishing group titles published in Moscow.

Acquisition of a stake in A Company Consulting & Licensing AG

Hermann advised A.R. Films media corporation, a production and distribution company owned by the producer Alexander Rodnyansky, on its acquisition of a 51 percent stake in the Berlin-based A Company Consulting & Licensing AG.

Recordati's acquisition of a portfolio of assets in Russia

Hermann led a team of the Firm's lawyers from Moscow, Milan and Almaty which advised Recordati, a listed European pharmaceuticals group, on its acquisition of the rights to five product lines of OTC pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements. The transaction, which had a value of RUB 2.7 billion (approximately EUR 67 million), supported the company's strategy to promote a wide range of innovative pharmaceuticals, both proprietary and under license, in a number of therapeutic areas.


  • Russia, Legal Guidelines for International Management Practice. Ed. Ruediger Theiselmann. Basingstoke, pp. 423–480, 2012
  • Joint Ventures in the Russian Federation, Joint Ventures in Europe. 3rd edition, Chapter 10. Ed. Martin Mankabady. London, pp. 421–443, 2008