China Desk

China is not merely one of the most dynamic growth regions worldwide – today many Chinese companies have begun to discover the German market for themselves. Through the acquisition of medium-sized companies, industrial corporations can secure vital know-how. Family offices appreciate the reliable returns obtained from investment in long-established German companies.

Our China desk, headed by Matthias Kleffner in Hamburg, advises Chinese companies and financial investors on their activities in Germany as well as German companies who are rapidly expanding in China. In this context, international corporate takeovers and mergers are complex processes that require prudent management: from the initial contact regarding transaction structuring through to post-merger integration.

Thanks to many years of professional activity in Hong Kong, Mr Kleffner is able to draw on his outstanding expertise in the Chinese market. In conjunction with Chinese lawyers he has supported Chinese M&A and investment projects all over Germany. Clients benefit in particular from cooperation with Mr Kleffner’s company Fritz & Mark AG: an auditing and consultancy firm specializing in the support of East Asian companies and employing dual-qualified, German-Chinese experts.

In addition to M&A projects, we assist Chinese clients in all areas of German business law: from the registration of new companies and drawing-up of distribution contracts to the enforcement of intellectual property rights. In addition, we of course also support German companies in their activities abroad: both at their head office in Germany as well as in the field in China.

  • Advising financial investors, family offices and industrial companies on their activities in Germany
  • Acquisition of new companies in Germany or company shares in Germany
  • Supervision of official registration in respect of commercial law
  • Enforcement of property and trademark rights
  • Drafting of distribution and purchase agreements
  • Supervision of German companies with their Chinese-market activities