Prof. Dr. Roger Kiem

Partner, Frankfurt

Biography

According to Chambers Germany, 2021, “Roger Kiem has considerable experience in public M&A, and has additional expertise in corporate issues.”

Overview

Roger Kiem is a partner in the Corporate group of the Frankfurt office of White & Case and co-leader of the EMEA Financial Institutions M&A group.

Roger is regarded as one of the leading M&A/Corporate lawyers in Germany. He advises his clients, in particular major banks and financial institutions, on an array of complex corporate law issues including spin-offs and company conversions.

His experience of major domestic and international M&A transactions makes him a sought-after advisor for leading companies and financial institutions, both within Germany and around the world.

According to Chambers Europe 2017 (Corporate/M&A), Roger is a notable practitioner and clients say that he "combines very accurate technical understanding with commercial acumen."

Bars and Courts
Rechtsanwalt, Germany
Education
Second State Exam
Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf
Dr jur
University of Marburg
LLM
London School of Economics
First State Exam
University of Marburg
Languages
German
English

Experience

Faurecia SE
Advised Faurecia S.E. one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers, on the launch of a tender 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 €6.8 billion.

Summit Group
Advised Summit Group on the sale of a major part of its German commercial real estate portfolio to Tristan Capital Partners for an initial purchase price of €1 billion. 

Kommunalkredit Austria AG
Advised Kommunalkredit Austria AG in connection with the bidding process to acquire the Ireland-based DEPFA BANK plc.

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

Advised ADO Properties S.A. (now Adler Group S.A.) in connection with the voluntary public takeover offer for ADLER Real Estate AG.

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)
Advised United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) and its majority shareholders Qatar Holding LLC and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia on its business combination with Hapag-Lloyd AG.

Allianz SE
Advised Allianz SE on the sale of Dresdner Bank AG to Commerzbank AG.*

Allianz Group
Advised Allianz Group on its merger with Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà (RAS) to form a European Stock Corporation (SE).*

Qatar Holding LLC
Advised Qatar Holding LLC on its investment in Volkswagen AG and Porsche Automobil Holding SE.*

 

*Matters prior to working for White & Case.

Speaking Engagements

Roger speaks frequently on conferences and seminars. He is a honorary professor for corporate law and capital markets at Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz.

Publications

Annotations to Articles 11-14, 52-60 and 63-70 European Stock Corporation (SE) Regulation, Kölner Kommentar zum Aktiengesetz, 4th ed., Vol. 1, Part 1 and 2, Cologne, Carl Heymanns, 2021

Ed. Kiem, Roger: Purchase price clauses in M&A agreements – Evaluation, purchase price calculation, drafting of clauses, purchase price adjustment, (Kaufpreisregelungen beim Unternehmenskauf, Bewertung – Kaufpreisermittlung – Klauselgestaltung – Kaufpreisanpassung), 2nd edition, Munich, 2018

Annotations to §§ 20, 21 Law of Corporate Bonds (SchVG) (legal remedies, execution of resolutions), Hopt/Seibt (Ed.), Schuldverschreibungsrecht (Bond law), Cologne, Otto Schmitt, 2017

Annotations to §§ 122 a through 122 1 Conversion Law (UmwG), (Kommentar zur SE-Verordnung und grenzüberschreitenden Verschmelzung.) Mathias Habersack and Florian Drinhausen (Ed.), 2nd edition, Munich, 2016

Practitioner's expectations on a EU-Directive on the transfer of the required seat (Erwartungen der Praxis an eine künftige EU-Sitzverlegungsrichtlinie), ZHR 180 (2016), pages 289 et seqq.

Impacts of the transfer of the registered seat of an European Stock Corporation (SE) and conversion of legal form from the SE on the Participation Statute (Auswirkungen von SE-Sitzverlegung und Formwechsel aus der SE auf das Mitbestimmungsstatut), 10 Jahre SE in Deutschland, ZHR Special issue Vol. 77. Ed. Bergmann/Kiem/ Mülbert/Verse/Wittig. Frankfurt, Pages 126 et seqq., 2015

Annotations to Sec. 33 a et seqq. German Takeover Code, Baums/Thoma (eds): WpÜG, Loseblatt Lieferung (Loose sheet delivery), Cologne, RWS, 2015 (previous edition 2007)

Third-party compensation of supervisory board members, (Drittvergütung von Aufsichtsratmitgliedern, Festschrift für Eberhard Stilz zum 65. Geburtstag) Ed, Habersack/Huber/Spindler. Munich, p. 329 et seqq., 2014

The damaging acquisition of assets (Der schädigende Beteiligungswettbewerb), ZHR, No. 177, p. 819 et seqq., 2013, (co-author with Peter O. Mülbert)

Awards and Recognition

"Best Lawyer" for Corporate, Financial Institutions, M&A, Private Equity Handelsblatt 2022

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Corporate and M&A JUVE 2018/2019

Highly Recommended Lawyer: Corporate, M&A, Private Equity and Banking Law,  Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt, 2019

Leading Individual: Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability Chambers Global 2019, Germany

Leading Individual: M&A WirtschaftsWoche Top-Kanzleien 2019

Foreign Expert for Qatar: Corporate/M&A Chambers Global 2019, Germany

"excellent negotiator" – Corporate/M&A Legal 500 2018, Germany