Dr. Matthias Kiesewetter

Partner, Hamburg, Frankfurt



Matthias is a Partner in the Global Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group of White & Case. He advises on M&A, joint ventures and venture capital investments across a broad range of business sectors, including technology, infrastructure and industrials.

Matthias is a widely recognized expert on German takeover law and has led significant buy-side and sell-side representations of public companies.

Recent representations include M&A transactions for Daimler, Goldman Sachs, Clariant, Fluxys, LANXESS, Verdane Capital, Basalt Infrastructure and Battery Ventures.

Matthias spend significant time on secondments to the in-house M&A team of a DAX-30 Company and to the in-house M&A/ECM team of a leading investment bank.

Prior to joining White & Case, Matthias trained with the Takeover Panel of the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, BaFin).

Bars and Courts
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Schleswig-Holstein
Dr jur
University of Hamburg
First State Exam
University of Hamburg
University of Hull


Daimler AG
Advised Daimler AG inter alia on the acquisition of British electric motor specialist YASA Ltd.

Advised Basalt Infrastructure on the acquisition of goetel GmbH and German Network Construction GmbH (together goetel).

Advised open banking platform provider Tink on its acquisition of FinTecSystems.

Lime Technologies
Advised Lime Technologies AB (publ), a provider of digital products for customer care and sales based in Sweden, on the acquisition of Userlike, one of the leading German providers of live messenger services for customer communication.

Advised LANXESS Deutschland GmbH on the sale of its 40% stake in the chemical park operator Currenta to funds managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.

Advised Clariant AG inter alia on the sale of its health care packaging business to Arsenal Capital.

Allen & Company
Advised Allen & Company in connection with KKR's offer to buy out Axel Springer's minority shareholders.

Verdane Capital
Advised Verdane Capital inter alia on its investments in momox, Navabi and smava.

Battery Ventures
Advised Battery Ventures inter alia on the add-on acquisition of GIS software company Geocom for its portfolio company AED-SICAD and on the public takeover offer for EASY SOFTWARE AG.

Nordic Capital
Advised Nordic Capital inter alia on its acquisition of the Ober Scharrer Group and the acquisition of GHD GesundHeits GmbH Deutschland.

Advised dual-listed AIXTRON, the target company, inter alia on the lapsed takeover by the Chinese financial investor Fujian Grand Chip Investment.

Management board of HAWESKO Holding
Advised the management board of Germany's leading wine retailer HAWESKO Holding AG, the target company, in connection with the unsolicited public takeover bid by TOCOS Beteiligung GmbH as well as the search for a White & Knight.

Deutsche Bank
Advised Deutsche Bank AG on the acquisition of Exchanging Transaction Bank GmbH from Xchanging plc.


Stakebuilding, in: Paschos/ Fleischer, Handbook on German Takeover Law, C.H. Beck, 2017 (Beteiligungsaufbau, in: Paschos/ Fleischer, Handbuch Übernahmerecht nach dem WpÜG, C.H.Beck, 2017)

The handling of environmental risks in M&A transactions, Betriebs-Berater 2016, pp. 1798 – 1806 (Umgang mit Umweltrisiken bei M&A-Transaktionen) (Co-author with Dr. Martin Hofmann)

Reasoned Statement of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board under Section 27 of the German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act – Practice Report (January 2007 – June 2013), (Die Stellungnahme von Vorstand und Aufsichtsrat gem. § 27 WpÜG – ein Praxisbericht (Januar 2007 - Juni 2013) Corporate Finance Law, Issue 3, pp. 105 – 115, 2013, (co-author with Dorothea Kreymborg)

Practical aspects of public takeover bids in times of volatile markets, AG, Issue 20, pp. 741 – 749, 2012, (Praxisrelevante Aspekte öffentlicher Übernahmen in Zeiten volatiler Märkte) (co-author with Marc Christian Gei)

Practical aspects in connection with the financing of public takeover bids, Corporate Finance Law, Issue 6, pp. 284 – 291, 2011, (Praxisrelevante Aspekte der Finanzierungssicherstellung bei öffentlichen Übernahmen) (co-author with Alexander Kiefner)

Competence of the general shareholders' meeting to approve the sale and purchase of assets in M&A transactions, Der Konzern, p. 451 et seqq., 2009, (Hauptversammlungszuständigkeit bei Veräußerung und Erwerb von Gesellschaftsvermögen im Rahmen von M&A-Transaktionen) (co-author with Myriam Spengler)

The legal framework for prebid stakebuilding, WM, p. 340 et seqq., 2009, (Rechtliche Rahmenbedinungen des Beteiligungsaufbaus im Vorfeld von Unternehmensübernahmen) (co-author with Andreas Meyer)

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyer Germany in Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Capital Markets Law, Handelsblatt 2021

Konrad Adenauer Scholar

Best Lawyers, Capital Markets Law, 2019

Highly Recommended Lawyer, kanzleimonitor 2013–2014, M&A

Highly Recommended Lawyer, kanzleimonitor 2013–2014, Capital Markets