Dr. Alexander Schröder-Frerkes, LL.M.

Partner


As a partner in our international Corporate Practice Group and a seasoned corporate and M&A lawyer with more than 25 years' experience, I have specific expertise in the energy, financial services, automotive and aviation sectors.

From 2007 to 2014 I was the managing partner of our German offices, head of our international Corporate Practice Group and a member of our Global Management Committee.

Today I advise our international and domestic clients on M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, public takeovers, MBOs, group valuations, restructurings and reorganisations as well as joint ventures. With extensive corporate and M&A expertise, I have advised on various large operations on behalf of our energy and utilities and aviation clients.

In addition to my legal practice, I lecture regularly and am the author of a series of publications. I am also an active member of numerous national and international associations including the International Bar Association and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since 1998, I have been a member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce (NRW Chapter) and have served as its Chairman since 2008. I have also served on the advisory board of Düsseldorf Airport since 2001.

In 2010, I was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit – Bundesverdienstkreuz – by the former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Horst Köhler, for my contribution to the German-American relationship.

Before co-founding the German offices of Bird & Bird, I was a member of the managing board of a leading German law firm, and from 1993 to 1994 worked as a foreign associate in the Chicago office of a major American law firm.

  • Deutsche Asset Management International GmbH: Advising on planned investments in major infrastructure projects.
  • Concepta Projektentwicklung GmbH: Advising on the sale of StadtGalerie (a city shopping centre) in Datteln.
  • Fislage Flexibles GmbH: Advising on the sale of an interest in the company.
  • F.W. Hempel & Co. Erze und Metalle GmbH: Provision of comprehensive corporate law advice in connection with a planned restructuring.
  • Teleperformance Germany S. à r. l. & Co. KG: Provision of comprehensive advice in connection with procedural disputes under corporate law.
  • EMSA GmbH: Advising in the context of the sale of all shares to the French SEB Group (closing).
  • Hempel: Advising in connection with the restructuring of the Hempel group.
  • Bels Business GmbH & Co. KG: Advising on the joint venture in the area of automotive supply.
  • Lenovo: Advising on the acquisition of Medion AG.
  • Lufthansa: Advising on the sale of DHL and Deutsche Post.
Education
  • Legal studies in Cologne, Germany, and Leuven, Belgium
  • Doctoral thesis at the University of Cologne, Germany
  • Post-graduate legal studies: LL.M. in European Law in Leuven, Belgium
Admissions
  • Admitted to the German bar in 1992