Mergers & Acquisitions

The M&A section provides a forum for DAJV members with an interest in the legal issues surrounding corporate law and the purchase and sale of businesses  in a cross-border context. This section generally focuses on legal practice in international transactions having a transnational component. The sections' annual meeting takes place every spring and serves as its most important platform for the exchange of ideas. At our workshops, members and guest lecturers provide case studies of German-American M&A transactions or discuss current developments in transatlantic practice. Subjects covered in recent years have included M&A transactions during the financial crisis, the relocation of business operations in the United States and Europe, German-American corporate investigations, the stabilization of banks during the financial crisis and the Opel (GM) sales process.

Head of Section M & A

Dr. Michael R. Fischer, LL.M.

Dr. Markus Nauheim, LL.M.

Working Group Day 2017

The Working Group M&A discussed the following topics:

Session I

Fintech M&A – Players, deal structures and key issues

The future is bright for Fintech M&A - We'll examine this statement by one of the leading law firms. Fintechs are driving rapid technological advancement and are challenging business models of the entire financial industry.

What are the characteristics of the Fintech sector? How about the structural, regulatory and technical idiosyncrasies of M&A transactions? We'll address these central issues in our review of two deals involving significant German Fintechs. The panel will discuss experiences with common transaction structures and key issues, as well as future developments and challenges for the Fintech M&A market.

Session II (in cooperation with the Working Group ARIM)

Big Data Jungle – The Use of Artificial Intelligence in M&A Transactions in the 21st Century
What are the real risks and opportunities that a target company provides? Usually, only a limited data set is made available to potential buyers and their attorneys during the due diligence of an M&A transaction. However, many times there are latent legal disputes, concealed compliance violations and business opportunities hidden in the data sets of which the buyers and their advisors become aware only after the completion of the transaction, if at all. In order to search this additional "big data jungle" quickly and efficiently, intelligent technologies are today used to support the acting parties. With search terms – generated by “man & machine” –  relevant documents and e-mails, for example, can be identified that would otherwise not be considered in a timely manner or not at all and which could provide a significant added value to the buyer.

You can find information about coming events of the Mergers & Acquisitions section under events.