Dr. Nico Frehse

Associate, Hamburg



Dr. Nico Frehse is a member of our global Corporate/M&A group. He advises on all aspects of corporate and capital markets law as well as private and public M&A transactions.

Prior to joining White & Case, Nico worked - during his legal traineeship - in the Corporate/M&A departments of several other international law firms and in the in-house Corporate team of a listed company in Hamburg.

Bars and Courts
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Schleswig-Holstein
Dr jur
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg
First State Exam
Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel


Prax Group
Advised a Prax Group, a multinational, independent energy group on its acquisition of OIL! Tankstellen GmbH, a petrol station operator with subsidiaries and activities in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark, from Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG, an energy company belonging to the Marquard & Bahls Group.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj
Advised Ahlstrom-Munksjö on the reorganization of the ownership of its Decor business to a newly formed company that will be named Munksjö.

Advised leading international private equity firm Cobepa on its investment in Reaction Biology, an industry-leading provider of drug discovery services.

Advised growth equity investor Verdane on the acquisition of a majority stake in InnoNature, a nutritional supplements, superfoods and natural cosmetics company.

Advised SECO S.p.A. on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Garz & Fricke Holding GmbH and its controlled companies and AF HMI Holding from Afinum Siebte Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, a fund managed by Afinum Management GmbH, and other minority shareholders.

Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP
Advised Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP and its fund Basalt III on the acquisition of goetel GmbH and German Network Construction GmbH.

Faurecia SE
Advised Faurecia SE, one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers, on the launch of a voluntary public takeover offer for HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA and the acquisition of 60 percent of HELLA's shares held by the family shareholder pool resulting in an overall transaction volume of roughly EUR 6.8 billion.

HDT Automotive Solutions
Advised US-based HDT Automotive Solutions, the main shareholder in which is private equity investor Ardian, on the acquisition of German automotive components group Veritas.

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

Lime Technologies AB
Advised Lime Technologies AB, a Sweden-based provider of digital products for customer care and sales, on its acquisition of Userlike UG.

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG
Advised Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG with regards to its subsidiary CAPVERIANT GmbH on the conclusion of an investment and shareholders' agreement with the French state-owned credit institution Caisse des Dépôts.

Corestate Capital Holding S.A.
Advised Corestate Capital Holding S.A., a leading independent investment manager for real estate in Europe, on its acquisition of Aggregate Financial Services GmbH, a leading debt financing platform and fully licensed securities trading bank.

Battery Ventures
Advised Battery Ventures on its voluntary public takeover offer to the shareholders of EASY SOFTWARE AG.

ADO Properties S.A.
Advised ADO Properties S.A. on its voluntary public takeover offer and delisting tender offer to the shareholders of WESTGRUND Aktiengesellschaft.

ADO Properties S.A.
Advised ADO Properties S.A. on its voluntary public takeover offer (exchange offer) to the shareholders of ADLER Real Estate Aktiengesellschaft. The new company will operate as Adler Group S.A. and combine a real estate portfolio value of approx. EUR 8.6 billion.


The exemption from the mandatory offer in connection with the restructuring of the target company - a practice report of the last ten years (Die Befreiung vom Pflichtangebot im Zusammenhang mit der Sanierung der Zielgesellschaft - ein Praxisbericht der letzten zehn Jahre), Betriebs-Berater 2021, pp. 135-138 (co-author with Dr. Matthias Kiesewetter)

The adjustment of the offer pursuant to Sec. 21 para. 1 WpÜG – Guarantee for success or just a deferred failure of the public tender or takeover offer? (Die Angebotsänderung nach § 21 WpÜG – Erfolgsgarant oder doch nur hinausgezögertes Scheitern des öffentlichen Erwerbs- oder Übernahmeangebots?) Betriebs-Berater 2018, pp. 2312-2316

Five years PartG mbB - The legal form for lawyers, (Fünf Jahre PartG mbB – Die Verbandsform für Anwälte), NJW 2018, pp. 2175-2179 (co-author with Prof. Dr. Jan Lieder and Prof. Dr. Matthias Kilian)

Internal and external liability of the PartG mbB and its partners (Innen- und Außenhaftung der PartG mbB und ihrer Partner), Duncker & Humblot, 2018

The German takeover law doesn't provide a subsequent adjustment of the consideration by the authority within a public takeover or mandatory offer, comment to EuGH C-206/16, (Das deutsche Übernahmerecht sieht eine nachträgliche Anpassung des Angebotspreises durch die Behörde bei einem Übernahme- oder Pflichtangebot nicht vor, Anmerkung zu EuGH C-206/16), Betriebs-Berater 2018, pp. 75-78 (co-author with Dr. Stephan Schulz)