Dr. Achim Herfs

Achim Herfs is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Germany on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Achim directly using the contact details listed above.

Achim is a corporate partner in the Munich office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Prior to joining Kirkland, he was a partner in the Munich and Frankfurt offices of Hengeler Mueller.

He advises listed companies on capital markets transactions, corporate restructurings and M&A transactions, as well as corporations and their bodies on general capital markets and stock corporation law, including the support of general meetings, and internal investigations. Furthermore, Achim Herfs advises issuers and banks on capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights offerings, share placements without pre-emptive rights and block trades, as well as the issuance of convertible bonds and high yield bonds.

He is a lecturer for corporate and capital markets law at the University of Augsburg and is frequently published on his area of law in journals and textbooks.

Achim Herfs is listed as a leading senior partner for corporate law in the 2020/2021 edition of JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms. He is also honoured as “Lawyer of the Year” for capital markets in Germany by Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2019. IFLR1000 recognises Achim in its 2021 Financial and Corporate Guide as a highly regarded lawyer for capital markets, M&A and private equity. In addition, he is listed in WirtschaftsWoche as one of the most renowned lawyers for corporate law and M&A in 2020. FINANCE ranks Achim as one of the top 10 dealmakers 2020 in Germany and Chambers Global as well as Chambers Europe recommend him for Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability in 2021.

Firm Overview:

Attorneys in our Munich office have counselled clients in Germany, Europe and globally on sophisticated transactions for nearly 15 years. Working from our office in the city’s historic centre, our team of nearly 40 attorneys handles private equity/M&A, capital markets, debt finance and tax matters, and advises on all aspects of domestic and cross-border insolvencies and financial restructurings. Our Munich team is fully integrated with our practices in London, the U.S. and Asia, giving clients access to Kirkland’s diversified, international resources. Our attorneys in Munich are all German-qualified lawyers and fluent in both German and English, with significant experience abroad.

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Dan Balke

Dan Balke is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in Germany on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Dan directly using the contact details listed above.

Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The city’s also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-coloured, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963.

Dan is Managing Director and Partner of LFS, with a multifaceted record of senior management positions in financial institutions as project manager in the area of Digital Finance and Digitisation Projects, Small Business Finance, Housing, and Impact Finance Projects.

Firm Overview:

LFS is an advisory and management firm based in Berlin, Germany. The company has been operating previously as LFS Financial Systems GmbH, and changed its name to LFS Advisory GmbH in 2018.

We specialise in banking and financial sector projects in developing countries. Our particular focus is on micro, small, and medium enterprise finance. Starting in 1998 as a consulting firm, LFS is today also a manager and investor in MSME finance. We are proud to have brought together a team that combines a variety of professional, academic, and regional backgrounds, but shares a commitment to excellence and integrity.

Christoph Schmitz-Schunken

Christoph Schmitz-Schunken is our exclusively recommended Full Service Law expert in Germany on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Christoph directly using the contact details listed above.

Christoph is a lawyer as well as a certified tax adviser. His clients commission him on the one hand as General Counsel with wide expertise and on the other hand as an experienced corporate and tax lawyer to accompany them in their national and international challenges.

Firm Overview:

Getting started in Europe can be a windy road with all kind of barriers and unexpected costs. Since 2001, DHK has helped international businesses and individuals achieve their goals in an efficient and practical manner.

Today, we are a leading law firm with offices in the triangular area of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, with lawyers that practice in more than 20 areas of law.

Our clients range from individuals to multi-national corporations. To meet the needs of this diverse client base, our attorneys dedicate themselves to understanding the unique issues facing each of our clients. As a full-service firm with multiple practice groups, we can address virtually any legal challenge.

Our extensive relationships, a network we have established throughout Europe, continue to be an advantage to our clients. Since 2017 DHK is a member of LEGUS – International Network Of Law Firms. LEGUS is an international network of high quality law firms organised to provide client referrals in specific substantive and/or geographic areas and to provide education on effective law firm and law practice management techniques and strategies for enhanced client services. Member firms reside in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, with more than 70 firms in over 35 countries.

Antonius Herbers

Antonius Herbers is our exclusively recommended Assurance Services expert in Germany on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Antonius directly using the contact details listed above.

Antonius is the Office Managing Partner within Audit & Assurance at BDO’s Lübeck office.

BDO is an international network of public accounting, tax and advisory firms which perform professional services under the name of BDO. For the year ended 30 September 2021 BDO announced a total combined fee income of more than US$ 11 billion, representing a year on year growth of 10.8% . BDO public accounting, tax and advisory firms provide professional services in 164 countries, with 95,414 people working out of 1,713 offices worldwide.

This is the very essence of BDO, because people’s dreams matter to us.

Our motivation is to help people get to where they want to be – whether that’s our colleagues, our clients or in the communities we are part of.

BDO has a clearly stated purpose – our WHY – which makes BDO unique. It puts into words why BDO exists and is our global organisation’s fundamental reason for being, what defines us.

As BDO continues to grow in reach, headcount and revenue, our WHY shapes how we work with our clients, support our colleagues and help our communities succeed. It helps us make better decisions for ourselves and for all our stake­holders, individually and as a global organisation.

What can you do to bring our WHY to life?

  • Be proud of our WHY ! It’s why BDO exists and it defines how we are different
  • Think about how you can demonstrate our WHY in how you behave
  • Look around you: celebrate and support your colleagues in living the WHY
  • Be willing to commit time to getting involved in your firm’s WHY activities

Purpose-driven organisations do better. They are more ambitious, they attract and retain the right talent, they inspire innovation and are able to make faster decisions. Crucially, they are more trusted. Why? Because they know exactly why they do what they do, and who they are doing it for.

Stephan Eilers

Stephan Eilers is our exclusively recommended Tax Law expert in Germany on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Stephan directly using the contact details listed above.

Stephan is one of the leading tax structuring lawyers in Germany. He is also managing partner of the firm and a member of our international tax group.

Stephan provides practical solutions to his clients and ensures that these solutions are accepted by tax authorities – in tax audits, for example.

Stephan Eilers specialises in all tax issues of mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and similar capital markets transactions, and also advises on double taxation treaty issues, with an emphasis on the United Kingdom, United States and China.

Firm Overview:

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world’s leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates.

Our 2800+ lawyers deliver results worldwide through our own offices and alongside leading national firms. Our commitment and business know-how mean our clients rely on us when it matters most.

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world.

We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.

Daniel Papst

Daniel Papst is our exclusively recommended Patent Monetisation Services expert in Germany on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Daniel directly using the contact details listed above.

Daniel is managing director and co-owner of Papst Licensing GmbH & Co KG, an international licensing and patent monetisation firm located in Germany. Mr Papst contributes to the experience and successful track record of Papst Licensing, which has concluded over 170 licences. In addition to managing actions against patent infringers and negotiating licences, he analyses products, technologies and markets and oversees an international network of attorneys, patent lawyers, technical consultants and market analysts. Mr Papst supervises the drafting of patents and licence agreements, the monitoring of licence contracts and the handling of notification and debt collection activities in the event of underpayment of royalties.

The Papst name has been closely associated with the protection and licensing of intellectual property for more than 80 years. The engineer Hermann Papst (1902-1981), Mr Papst’s grandfather, was a prolific inventor associated with more than 400 patents. The electric motor and cooling fan company that he started, Papst-Motoren, created a portfolio of more than 600 patents and patent applications by 1992. Papst Licensing was established in 1992 by Georg Papst, Mr Papst’s deceased father. In 1993 the patent licensing firm acquired the entire patent portfolio of Papst-Motoren and actively sought to turn infringement of the company’s patents in Asia, the United States and Europe into patent licences. Today, Papst Licensing makes it possible for small and medium-sized businesses to participate in international licensing activities.

Daniel, a licensed patent attorney, earned a Dipl Ing in electrical engineering and information technology from the University of Karlsruhe, with a focus on electric drives and power electronics. After graduation, he gained experience as an intern at Chicago IP law firm Welsh & Katz. Mr Papst also served at IP law firm Reinhard Skuhra Weise in Munich, working for more than three years primarily on patent matters in the semiconductor, electronics and automotive fields. He joined Papst Licensing operatively in 2005 and became one of its managing directors in 2009.