Dr. Oliver Habighorst

Partner, Frankfurt


Oliver Habighorst is recognized as a highly recommended lawyer in Corporate Law by Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2014, and as a highly recommended civil law notary in Corporate Law and Real Estate by JUVE 2015.


Oliver counsels companies on a spectrum of corporate law matters. He also advises on matters relating to corporate transactions and mergers and acquisitions, both as a lawyer and as a notary. His practice has a particular focus on the reshaping of group structures and joint ventures, particularly those of major, non-listed (German 'Mittelstand') companies. He also has considerable, hands-on experience of establishing non-profit organisations founded by companies, as well as of advising their corporate bodies and shareholders on an array of legal issues. Oliver's deep knowledge of corporate law is partly based on his experience prior to becoming a practicing lawyer, working as a research assistant at the Institute for German and European Corporate and Business Law of the University of Heidelberg. A partner in the Firm's Frankfurt office, Oliver speaks fluent English as well as his native German. He is a member of various professional associations, including the German Lawyer's Association, the Corporate Law Association and the Frankfurt Legal Society. Furthermore, Oliver is an associated member of the board of the Chamber of Notaries Public, Frankfurt.
Bars and Courts
Tax Lawyer
Notar, Notarkammer Frankfurt
Dr jur
University of Heidelberg
University of Bielefeld
Graduated from single-stage lawyer's training



Formular-Kommentar GmbH-Recht. 4th ed. Carl-Heymanns-Verlag, 2019 (co-authored with Alexander Kiefner, Julia Sitter, Josef Michael Groβe Honebrink)

Umwandlungsrecht-Kommentar. 2nd ed. Nomos-Verlag, 2019 (co-authored with Dr. Lars Böttcher and Dr. Christian Schulte)

Commentary on Merger Law – Corporate Law, Tax Law, Procedural Law, Baden-Baden, 2015, (Nomos Kommentar Umwandlungsrecht – Gesellschaftsrecht, Steuerrecht, Verfahrensrecht) (co-editor with Lars Böttcher and Christian Schulte)

European Private Company (SPE) , Münchener Handbuch des Gesellschaftsrechts, Ed, Hans-Joachim Priester, Dieter Mayer, Volume 3, revised 3rd ed., Munich, p. 1685 et seqq., 2009, (Europäische Privatgesellschaft (SPE)

Transferring the company seat , Problemfelder der steuerlichen Beratung – Ertragsteuern, Bonn, Ed. Martin Strahl, 2009, (Sitzverlegung)

Comment to the German Federal Supreme Court Decision of June 9, 2007, EWiR, p. 417, 2008, (Anmerkung zu BGH, Urteil vom 9. Juli 2007, Zur Abgrenzung von Nachgründungsgeschäft und gemischter Sacheinlage (Lurgi)

Taxation of foundations and founders in Europe, Handbuch des internationalen Stiftungsrechts, Angelbachtal, 2007, (Steuerliche Behandlung von Stiftungen und Stiftern in Europa) (Ed. Andreas Richter, Thomas Wachter)

Systematic Shareholder Loans – Equity in a Limited Liability Company , Dissertation, Frankfurt am Main et al., 2006, (Finanzplanfinanzierungen. Materielles Eigenkapital in der GmbH)


Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyer Germany in Corporate Law, Handelsblatt 2021

Highly Recommended Lawyer, Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt 2015
Corporate Law

Highly Recommended Civil Law Notary, JUVE 2014/2015
Corporate Law and Real Estate