Prof. Dr. Roger Kiem

Partner, Frankfurt


“excellent negotiator” (The Legal 500 2018, Germany, Corporate and M&A) “Clients say that Roger Kiem ‘combines very accurate technical understanding with commercial acumen.’” (Chambers Europe 2017, Germany, Corporate/M&A – High End Capability)


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.

A thought leader in the corporate law sector, Roger is also a widely published author, who has written on a broad spectrum of related legal issues.

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


Advised a financial sponsor on the contemplated acquisition of Dexia Kommunalbank GmbH.

Advised Bridgepoint in connection with the bidding process to acquire Concardis GmbH, one of Europe's leading payment service providers.

Advised First Data Group in connection with the bidding process to acquire BS PAYONE GmbH, one of the leading omnichannel-payment providers in Europe.

Advised a financial institution on the contemplated acquisition of Deutsche Hypothekenbank AG.

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.

Advised ABN AMRO and Bethmann Bank on the acquisition of LGT Germany.*

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

Advised Allianz Global Investors on the creation of a joint venture (Dealis) with DekaBank for the administration of funds.*

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

Advised Qatar Holding LLC on its investment in Hochtief AG.*

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

Advised funds advised by Warburg Pincus on the sale of easycash GmbH.*


* 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.


Contribution to Article "New Breed Of Digital Banks Rising To The Challenge", Law360, 2016

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

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) Munich, 2015

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

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

Working group reformation of the law of obligations: Reformation of the law of obligations (Arbeitskreis Reform des Schuldverschreibungsrecht: Reform des Schuldverschreibungsgesetzes), ZIP, Issue 18, p. 845 et seqq., 2014, (co-author with Theo Baumer et. al.)

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

'Publication duties vis-à-vis holders of securities' and 'The declaration of compliance pursuant to Sec. 161 German Stock Corporations Act (AktG)', (Handbuch der Kapitalmarktinformation), Ed, Mathias Habersack, Peter O. Mülbert and Michael Schlitt 2nd ed, Munich, 2013

Awards and Recognition

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 and M&A, Legal 500 2018, Germany