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Capital markets introduction:
The Finanzplatz Deutschland

Stefan Seip

Finanzplatz eV

Graduated from university and after completion of his practical education in law, Stefan Seip first worked for a law firm. He joined the Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt, in 1992. Having served in various positions in the legal area, Stefan Seip became head of market policy in 1995. In this position he is responsible for the relations to government authorities, associations, exchanges and other organizations of the Deutsche Börse's institutional environment both on national and international levels.

In addition to his work for the Deutsche Börse, he is the managing director of Finanzplatz eV (since 1998), an association representing the interests of industry, financial services, investment, politics, trade associations and the media in the capital market. It pursues the goal of enhancing the competitive position of Germany as a financial centre in Europe on a lasting basis. Finanzplatz eV now has more than 500 members.

Stefan Seip is also the secretary of the Exchange Expert Commission at the German Federal Ministry of Finance (since 1997), chairman of the Working Committee of the Federation of European Stock Exchanges (FESE, since September 2000) and a member of the Working Committee of the International Federation of Stock Exchanges (FIBV, since 1995).

New listing regulations: Neuer Markt

Josef Tobien

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Tel: +49 69 2165 9620
Fax: +49 69 2165 9699
E-mail: josef.tobien@weil.com

Josef is an international finance partner and Germany's leading regulatory legal adviser, supervising public offerings and public takeovers.

He is leading Weil, Gotshal & Manges' initiative to build an international capital markets practice in Frankfurt, working closely with the firm's capital markets groups in London and New York.

He was previously Head of Listing of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and Chief Executive of the German Takeover Panel and was the chief regulator on Vodafone/Mannesmann.

Olaf Schick

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Tel: +49 69 2165 9622
Fax: +49 69 2165 9699
E-mail: olaf.schick@weil.com

Olaf is a German-qualified associate based in Frankfurt. He has corporate and capital markets law experience, in both Germany and the UK, and holds a masters in international law.

Getting to grips with German bonds

Jasper Evans

Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler

Jasper Evans is a capital markets partner based in the Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler Frankfurt office. His extensive experience covers capital markets and international finance including debt, structured finance and derivatives, equity and equity-linked products. Before moving to the Frankfurt office Jasper worked for Linklaters in London, New York and Tokyo and became a partner in 1997.

Martin Krause

Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler

Martin Krause is a tax junior partner and works in the Frankfurt office of Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler. Martin's area of expertise principally comprises advice on financial services, banks, funds and financial products. Martin qualified as a Rechtsanwalt in 1996 and as a tax advisor in 2000.

Peter Waltz

Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler

Peter Waltz is a capital markets junior partner who is currently based in the Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler Frankfurt office. Peter was previously based in Linklaters' London office. His work encompasses advice on debt, structured finance and derivatives, and equity-linked products. Peter qualified as a Rechtsanwalt and joined the firm in 1996.

Staging foreign takeovers in Germany

Dr Geza Martin Toth-Feher

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Tel: +44 20 7903 1299
Fax: +44 20 7903 1220
E-mail: geza.toth@weil.com

Geza is a German-qualified corporate partner and Head of the German Desk in London. He has extensive experience of cross-border merger and acquisition transactions combined with wide-ranging expertise in the field of acquisition finance and transaction management.

He joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges from the Hamburg office of one of Germany's pre-eminent firms, where he worked on a wide range of high profile merger & acquisition transactions. He also worked with King & Spalding as visiting attorney in New York and Atlanta.

Geza is admitted to the Hamburg bar and holds a legal doctorate from the Institute of Tax Law at the University of Passau, Germany.

Maximilian Buecklers

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Tel: +49 69 2165 9677
Fax: +49 69 2165 9699
E-mail: maximilian.buecklers@weil.com

Maximilian is a German-qualified attorney based in Frankfurt. He has insolvency, litigation and corporate law experience and holds a masters in finance law.

Taking private a listed German stock corporation

Dr Joachim Habetha, LLM (EUI)


Born in March 1965 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Legal studies from October 1985 until February 1990 at University of Kiel, Germany, and University of Surrey, England. Post-graduate studies (LLM) in 1990/91 at the European University Institute, Florence. Second German state exam in 1994. Doctor thesis on "Directors' Liabilities and Company-financed D&O Liability Insurance" (as a German-English comparative research before an EC background), published in 1995 by CF Müller. Joined Boesebeck, Barz & Partner in December 1994. One year stage as adviser at the German Institute of Notaries, Würzburg, in 1996/97. Primary fields of practice have been: private equity transactions, corporate, banking and financing, capital markets, notarial deeds. Legal languages: German and English. Dr Habetha is a corporate partner at Lovells.

The reform of the Works Council Constitution Act

Dirk W Kolvenbach

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Dirk W Kolvenbach, born May 18 1955, is a partner of the supra-regional law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in Düsseldorf, with offices in the entire territory of the Federal Republic of Germany. He specializes in counselling national and international clients on questions of general commercial and labour law, and also in connection with mergers and acquisitions, as well as in representing clients in commercial law litigation before German courts. For some years now, he has also been active in advising international enterprises in connection with advertising and sponsoring contracts. In addition, he counsels companies on questions concerning product liability and general business conditions.

Dirk W Kolvenbach has been practising as a lawyer since 1984 and, prior to joining Heuking Kühn Herold Kunz, he was a foreign guest lawyer at the Canadian law firm Lette & Lette in Montreal. In 1988, Dirk W Kolvenbach became a partner of Heuking Kühn Herold Kunz.

Ute Spiegel

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Ute Spiegel, born September 28 1969, is a senior associate of the supra-regional law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in Düsseldorf, with offices in the entire territory of the Federal Republic of Germany.

As a specialist lawyer for labour law, she counsels national and international clients on questions of collective and individual labour law, and also in connection with mergers and acquisitions. She is especially active in advising enterprises in connection with mass dismissals, and represents clients in all kinds of labour law proceedings. In addition, she counsels companies on questions concerning general business conditions and contractual rights. Ute Spiegel has been practising as a lawyer since 1997.

The acquisition of state-owned companies

Matthias Wissmann

Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering

Matthias Wissmann's practice concentrates on market and industrial liberalization and deregulation. One of his main areas in corporate law is the sale and acquisition of companies in the energy sector. Mr Wissmann served as Federal Minister of Transport in the German government until 1998. Previously he was Minister of Research and Technology. His efforts to liberalize the transportation sector culminated in the German-American open-skies agreement, which opened the American air traffic market to German air carriers. Mr Wissmann has also worked to privatize the German railway system and Lufthansa. Mr Wissmann is a member of the German Bundestag, where he chairs the Committee for Economics and Technology.

Roland Steinmeyer

Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering

Roland Steinmeyer practices primarily in the area of corporate law. Dr Steinmeyer has extensive experience in handling a variety of international corporate matters and has practised in the areas of company law, mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, real estate transactions, financial services, privatizations, and liquidations. His experience is complemented by his practice as a notary. Dr Steinmeyer has lectured at the University of Augsburg and is the author of "The Winding-up of Companies of the Treuhandanstalt", published in 1995. He was involved in several acquisitions of formerly state-owned enterprises, such as companies sold by the Treuhandanstalt or in the purchase of Stadtwerke. He is a member of the Federal Association of German Industry's Committee on Contract Clauses and has also held memberships on several supervisory boards. He is a member of the State Examination Board for chartered accountants.

Philipp von Hoyenberg

Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering

Philipp von Hoyenberg has negotiated and closed several transactions, mainly cross-border and domestic company purchases, or international licence agreements. He advises clients in general corporate law matters and data protection issues. Furthermore, Dr von Hoyenberg is specialized in the field of banking law, involving in particular international loan transactions and the whole field of regulatory banking law. He assists banks and financial services institutions in many regulatory matters, such as licensing issues or negotiations with and litigation against the German regulatory banking authority (Bundesaufsichtsamt für das Kreditwesen).

Private equity funds

Dr Thomas Schürrle

Debevoise & Plimpton

Dr Thomas Schürrle, LLM is a partner of Debevoise & Plimpton in Frankfurt am Main active in the firm's mergers and acquisitions and finance practice, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions. Dr Schürrle joined the firm in May 2001. Prior to joining Debevoise & Plimpton, he was a lawyer with Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz in Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin for 15 years, where he became a partner in 1990. Dr Schürrle began his career as an administrative and antitrust lawyer, focusing on litigation. He has been active in financing, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions relating to the biotech, IT, and high-tech industries for more than 12 years and has worked on numerous transactions relating to new economy ventures. Dr Schürrle is also a member of the supervisory board of a number of enterprises.

Dr Schürrle's publications cover a wide range of topics relating to investments in German companies and antitrust issues. He teaches part-time at the Business Faculty of the Technical University Dresden and is a frequent speaker on corporate law topics at business seminars.

Dr Schürrle is a graduate of Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg (1981) from which he also holds a doctorate in law (Dr iur, 1985) and the University of Michigan Law School (LLM, 1987). He was admitted as Rechtsanwalt in 1985 and is a member of the New York bar.

Dr Friedrich EF Hey

Debevoise & Plimpton

Dr Friedrich EF Hey, LLM is a tax partner of Debevoise & Plimpton in Frankfurt am Main concentrating on German international tax matters with an emphasis on US/Germany cross-border tax planning. He has worked extensively in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, tax planning for high net-worth individuals, and assistance in tax audits. Dr Hey is a member of the Frankfurt and New York bars and is a licensed German tax consultant (steuerberater). He is a member of the American Bar Association's Tax Section, of the International Fiscal Association and the International Bar Association. Prior to joining Debevoise & Plimpton in August 2001, Dr Hey was a partner in Oppenhoff & Rädler/Linklaters & Alliance, where he was a member of the global Tax Management Committee. Dr Hey also served in the German Tax Administration in Hamburg focusing on corporate taxation (1978 to 1982).

Dr Hey has written numerous articles for leading German and international tax journals and has lectured at a number of conferences and seminars.

Dr Hey graduated from the University of Hamburg and from the Government School on the Administration of Taxes, Hamburg. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Hamburg (Institute for International Taxation). Dr Hey familiarized himself with the US legal system at the University of California at Berkeley (LLM).

Tax reforms

Bernd Erle

KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft AG

Marie-Curie-Str. 30
60439 Frankfurt/Main
Tel:+49 69 9587 2383
Fax:+49 69 9587 2825
E-mail: berle@kpmg.com
Website: www.kpmg.com

Bernd Erle is a senior tax partner with KPMG and head of KPMG Tax & Legal Germany.

After having graduated in law at the University of Bielefeld in 1985 he did his PhD (Doctor of Laws), working as a research fellow for Prof Dr Hommelhoff.

Bernd Erle was admitted to the Frankfurt Bar in 1987, received his certification as a tax specialist in 1991 and his certification as a public accountant in 1993.

He started working for KPMG in 1987 in the Frankfurt office and became head of the KPMG office in Leipzig in 1991 to establish the tax department. In 1998 he was appointed to the board of directors.

Bernd Erle is a member of the EMA Tax & Legal Steering Group as well as the International Tax and Legal Steering Group. Moreover, he belongs to the Legal Committee of the Institute of German Auditors (Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer) and has published a number of books and essays on tax, accounting and company law.

Thomas Sauter

KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft AG

Marie-Curie-Str. 30
60439 Frankfurt/Main
Tel:+49 69 9587 2718
Fax:+49 69 9587 2046
E-mail: tsauter@kpmg.com
Website: www.kpmg.com

Thomas Sauter is a tax partner with KPMG Germany and partner in charge of National Tax & Legal.

Having graduated in law at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, he studied as a postgraduate of the University of Speyer.

Sauter was admitted to the Munich Bar in 1988, and received his certification as a tax specialist in 1992 and his certification as a public accountant in 1998.

As one of KPMG's international tax partners, Sauter has provided advice to many German subsidiaries of foreign multinational groups as well as to German multinational companies.

He concentrates on product development in the Tax & Legal Innovation Center in Frankfurt, mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganizations.

Martin Wenz

KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft AG

Marie-Curie-Str. 30
60439 Frankfurt/Main
Tel: +49 69 9587 4214
Fax: +49 69 9587 2046
E-mail: mwenz@kpmg.com
Website: www.kpmg.com

Martin Wenz is a tax manager with KPMG National Tax & Legal Germany.

After having graduated in business administration at the University of Mannheim in 1992, he did his PhD (Doctors of Economics) there, working as a research fellow and senior lecturer for Prof Dr Dr Theisen at the Universities of Mannheim and Munich, and has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

Martin Wenz started working for KPMG in 2001 in the Tax & Legal Innovation Center in the Frankfurt office, where he concentrates on product development.

He specializes in the international tax treatment of hybrid entities and financial instruments, corporate reorganizations, UK-German as well as European tax issues and legal aspects of the European Company Statute.

His scientific work concentrates on European tax competition issues. In particular, he is developing a European tax law and tax competition order to facilitate, and also regulate tax competition between EU member states.

Martin Wenz is – amoung other things – a member of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and the Chartered Institute of Taxation in the UK, and has published a number of books and essays on international and European tax and company law.

Telecoms and internet regulation

Natalie Lübben

Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering

Natalie Lübben has broad experience in German and EU regulatory law with a special focus on telecommunications matters, both fixed and wireless, e-commerce, and data protection matters. Dr Lübben has counselled German, US and international clients on regulatory issues in the developing German telecommunications market, including the set-up of a mobile network. She served as acting General Legal and Regulatory Counsel for a major new entrant in the telecommunications and Internet industry in Germany (1997-1998), and has advised on all legal and regulatory aspects of the emerging German telecoms and Internet market.

Jörg Karenfort

Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering

Jörg Karenfort specializes in European and German legislative matters, competition law and e-commerce issues. He has advised corporate clients on e-commerce related aspects of the reform of German legislation concerning unfair competition, and on other aspects with regard to the national implementation of the EU e-commerce directive. He works with Internet start-ups on e-commerce related matters.

Christian Sommer

Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering

Christian Sommer was a Research Assistant at the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law at the University of Muenster, Germany. He is author of several publications with a focus on e-commerce legislation, and worked for an Internet and media spokesman in the German Parliament as well as for a major media company.