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Foreign takeovers

Geza Toth-Feher

Dewey Ballantine

Geza Toth-Feher is the head of Dewey Ballantine's German practice groups in London and Frankfurt. Geza practices in the areas of M&A, public M&A, private equity and acquisition finance. His practice has involved advising corporations and financial institutions such as CSFB, GE Capital, Chase Manhattan Bank, France Telecom, Texas Instruments, Lehman Brothers and Nomura.

Geza's recent representations include: advising CSFB on its attempt to acquire, in a two-stage transaction, Scandinavian and German pharmaceutical assets from Degussa Group; advising Invensys on planning and realizing its divestment of various European and US businesses; advising Texas Instruments in its public tender offer for Condat; advising the US private equity group Lone Star in its bid for a controlling interest in Germany's tenth largest banking group, Bankgesellschaft Berlin; and advising PKN ORLEN in its acquisition of a German network of filling stations from BP.

Based in our London office, Geza is German qualified. He undertook his legal studies at the Universities of Bonn, Cologne and Munich and received a doctorate (doctor iuris) at the University of Passau. Geza began his legal career in Germany and was made a partner in the Hamburg office of a US firm in 1998. Prior to joining Dewey Ballantine he was the head of the London German desk of a US law firm. In addition to his native German, Geza speaks fluent English, Italian and Hungarian.

Alexander Ballmann

Dewey Ballantine

Alexander Ballmann is a German qualified associate resident in our London office. Alexander's practice involves cross-border M&A and private equity transactions as well as fund structuring work for leading investment banks, private equity houses and corporates. His experience includes advising large corporates on various international acquisitions and advising private equity houses on start-up investments and buyouts. Alexander has a Law Degree and an MA in Political Science from Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University, Cambridge, US. Alexander was an Emile-Noel Fellow in EU Law at Harvard Law School. He also taught political economy at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. In addition to his native German, Alexander speaks fluent English and French.

Joint ventures

Dr. Thomas Schürrle

Debevoise & Plimpton

Thomas Schürrle is a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton in Frankfurt am Main active in the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions, Finance and Private Equity Groups, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions.

He is particularly active in financing, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions relating to the biotech, IT, and high-tech industries and has worked for more than 12 years on numerous transactions relating to financial investments and the financial services industry.

Marcia L. MacHarg

Debevoise & Plimpton

Marcia L MacHarg, for many years a partner in the Washington, DC office of Debevoise & Plimpton, relocated to the firm's Frankfurt office in 2001. She advises US and international clients in organizing funds for public or private sale domestically and in offshore jurisdictions. Ms MacHarg represents buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, principally in the investment management and financial services industries.

Private banking

Dr Carsten Schütz


Upon completion of his legal studies at the University of Hamburg and Northwestern University in Chicago, USA (LL.M.), Carsten Schütz was admitted to the Bar in 1992. After two years of practice as a lawyer for an accounting firm, he became partner in 1997 of Esche Schümann Commichau, a Hamburg based mdp. He has been a Partner of NÖRR STIEFENHOFER LUTZ since 1999. His main practice areas include Capital Markets, Banking Regulation, Law of Transformation of Companies and Corporate Law. Dr Schütz led the latest successful banking foundation project in Germany. In dealing with the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, BAFin) he supports banks and financial institutions in many regulatory issues.

Dr Joachim Preußner


After completing his legal education at the Universities of Berlin and Freiburg/Brsg, Joachim Preußner was admitted to the Bar in 1971. He has been a Partner of NÖRR STIEFENHOFER LUTZ since 2000. His main practice areas are: Banking Law, Corporate Law, Corporate Group Law, Public Institutions Law and Codetermination. As the representative of NÖRR STIEFENHOFER LUTZ Dr Preußner has acted as a key committee member for the banking foundation process.

For 25 years Joachim Preußner worked in different positions in the banking sector, most recently as chief in-house counsel. He is also a member of the Banking Law Association and Deutsche Juristenvereinigung.

Dr Torsten Fett


After Torsten Fett had completed his legal studies at the Universities of Bielefeld and Berlin, he worked as an assistant at Institute of Banking and Capital Market Law at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. He joined NÖRR STIEFENHOFER LUTZ in 2001. Dr Fett is the author of several judicial publications in the fields of Capital Market and Corporate Law. His main practice areas include Corporate and Transformation Law, Capital Market and Banking Law with a special focus on banking regulatory issues. Dr Fett has participated in the latest banking foundation project in Germany, especially in the areas of support of the development of the bank's internal processes, the compliance organization and the application for the banking licence.

Private equity

Professor Dr Gerhard Schmidt

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Gerhard Schmidt is the managing partner Germany of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He is one of the leading M&A and private equity lawyers in Germany combining competencies in corporate and tax law.

Born in Lauf an der Pegnitz in 1957, he attended the Universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Lausanne and Strasbourg (law degree 1982; Dr jur 1984). He studied business administration at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France (MBA 1984). He was admitted to practise in Germany in 1986, and was licensed as a tax adviser in 1988.

Stephan Grauke

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Stephan Grauke is a corporate partner who specializes in cross-border M&A, private equity transactions and regulatory issues. He was born in Eltville in 1959. He attended the Universities of Mainz and Dijon in France (law degree 1987) and was admitted to practise in 1991. He worked in London between 1997 and 1999.

Jürgen Börst

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Jürgen Börst is a tax partner who advises clients in all international and German tax matters. He was born in Braunschweig in 1961. He attended the University of Osnabrück and was admitted to practise in 1991. He was licensed as a tax adviser and specialized tax attorney in 1995.

Securitisation & structured products

Stephen Moller

Simmons & Simmons

Stephen Moller is a partner based in the Frankfurt office of Simmons & Simmons where he leads the capital markets team.

Stephen specializes in securitisation, collateralised debt obligations and structured products. He has advised arrangers and originators on the securitisation of a wide range of asset types including real estate leases, whole business securitisations, personal loans, credit card receivables and mortgages.

He has also documented structured products for many of the leading investment banks in this field, including synthetic structures based on credit derivatives. Stephen also has experience of advising banks in relation to transactions involving asset backed commercial paper conduits.

Stephen has focussed on structured capital markets work since 1994 when he joined Simmons & Simmons. He became a partner in 1998 and has been based in Frankfurt since July 2002. He is a regular public speaker on the subject of structured capital markets transactions.

Email: stephen.moller@simmons-simmons.com

Marc Kramer

Simmons & Simmons

Marc Kramer is an associate in the Financial Markets Department and a member of the capital markets team in Frankfurt. He joined Simmons & Simmons in London in 2001.

Marc Kramer specializes in structured finance focussing on securitisation, collateralised debt obligations and repackagings. He is involved in advising arrangers and originators in the securitisation of consumer assets and has participated in the documentation of structured products for a variety of major banks. His wider practice area also encompasses asset management/investment funds and financial markets regulation. He has a special emphasis on the regulatory treatment in Germany of credit linked notes and schuldscheine and of asset backed securities.

Email: marc.kramer@simmons-simmons.com