Our core areas of practice include Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Venture Capital and Private Equity, Corporate Law, Restructuring, D&O Liability, Banking and Capital Markets and (International) Commercial and Distribution Law. Furthermore, we advise and represent numerous small and medium-sized clients in matters of Labour Law, Intellectual Property and IT Law.


Our lawyers are outstanding in their high degree of expertise and wealth of professional experience. Our clients benefit from the specialisation of our lawyers required for the highest quality of advice and efficiency. Our lawyers do not only provide advice on legal issues but implement practical solutions due to a keen understanding of business.


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  • Legal500 “Leading Law Firm 2015” in Germany for Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • “Business Law Firm of the Year in Germany 2016”, Corporate INTL Magazine Global Award
  • “Corporate Finance Law Firm of the Year in Germany 2016″, Global Law Experts
  • JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms since 2005
  • Thomson Reuters League Table for Legal Advisors, 2015: Rank 18 among the top 50 law firms in Germany (deals up to US$ 50m)
  • Kanzleien in Deutschland 2012
  • Venture Capital Yearbook 2009
  • Der Deutsche Wirtschaftsanwalt 2008
  • Handelsblatt Private Equity Handbuch 2008


    Schadbach Rechtsanwälte is an international law firm based in Frankfurt am Main, specialising in business law with a network spanning the globe. We offer our clients a first class alternative to big law firms by combining top quality advisory services, specialised expertise and a keen understanding of business matters with optimum cost effectiveness, fast and personalised service, and an unmatched degree of independence. Our emphasis is on tailoring advice specifically to the distinct business context of each individual client. In key areas of business law, independent analysts and clients alike count our law firm among the leading in the market. Over the years, our law firm has been regularly recommended by the most distinguished German and international legal directories.


    Schadbach Rechtsanwälte stands for service-oriented, business-savvy and practical legal advice. We are committed to the highest of standards in terms of quality, availability and efficiency. We work very closely with our clients, orienting our approach exclusively on safeguarding and asserting their best interests. For several companies, we serve as an outsourced legal department, providing regular, ongoing legal advice and representation. We stand by these clients to help shape processes, delivering legal advice for projects such as shareholder meetings or corporate financing initiatives, as well as offering continuous legal support and protection in day-to-day business.We understand business, and know through long years of experience that what counts most when resolving legal matters is efficiency and ensuring sustainable business solutions. From the very start of our relationship with a client, we therefore identify problematic areas and find creative contractual solutions to lower both risk and costs. In legal disputes, our focus is on achieving out-of-court settlements – but not at any price. When called for, Schadbach Rechtsanwälte provides top-notch representation for all types of litigation. Our international orientation, solid linguistic expertise and close cooperation with leading law firms around the globe make us the ideal choice for cross-border mandates. Working and drafting contracts in English are integral to our everyday practice.


    For issues beyond our core areas of expertise or geographical profile, our established network guarantees comprehensive and seamless support for our clients. The network is made up of lawyers specialised in other fields of law, as well as tax advisors and certified auditors within Germany and in other European and non-European countries – all of whom share our high standards of quality and our advisory approach. At the same time, we maintain responsibility for resolving the issue and continue to be your central point of contact. Our firm is a member of different international networking organisations of law firms. Selection from the expert pool is completely independent and based exclusively on individual client needs, as well as quality and economic aspects. We are also more than happy to put our clients in touch with our excellent contacts in various industries – especially venture capital and private equity investors.


    We provide highly qualified services in key areas of business law – but we are not a one stop shop for all your legal needs. Nor do we aim to be one of the biggest firms in the market. Our commitment is simple: to be among the best in each of the areas in which we specialise. Our core areas of practice include: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Corporate Law, Restructuring, D&O Liability, Banking and Capital Markets and (International) Commercial and Distribution Law. Please, take a moment to get acquainted with our full range of legal services.

    Providing legal advice on all legal aspects of partnerships and corporations constitutes one of the main pillars of our work. Our national and international clients have great confidence in our outstanding legal expertise and our creativity finding practical structures and expedient solutions to their most urgent needs and objectives from company formation to company liquidation. Key services in this area include:

    • Selection of legal form and formation of companies
    • Drafting articles of association and other agreements under corporate law
    • All types of corporate actions, including capital increases from authorised and contingent capital, capital decreases and combinations
    • Transition consulting for company succession
    • Planning and execution of shareholder meetings and annual general meetings
    • Comprehensive ongoing or project-based management counseling – esp. relating to D&O liability
    • Advice for company restructuring, incl. debt-to-equity swaps
    • Drafting of consortium and partnership agreements, as well as joint venture contracts
    • Expert opinions on complex issues of corporate law
    • Company group law
    • Shareholder and board dispute resolution
    • Structuring of GmbH, AG, OHG, KG, GmbH & Co. KG, GmbH & Still, PartG, UG and GbR agreements, as well as (atypical) silent partnerships, partial acquisitions and trusts
    We are known as a leader among German law firms in the market for small and mid-cap M&A transactions. The extensive experience of our practice groups, and the large number of successful transactions handled by our teams, make Schadbach Rechtsanwälte the ideal firm to support you with company acquisitions, divestitures or mergers, especially in the small and mid-sized company segment. At the same time, we offer access to an interdisciplinary and international network of lawyers and other professionals with the size and skill necessary to tackle large and complex transactions professionally and efficiently. Our services extend to all facets of the M&A process, from transactions involving strategic or financial investors, to leveraged buy-outs or restructuring-related transactions.

    • Due Diligence
    • Share deals and asset deals
    • (Leveraged) Management Buy-out
    • Management Buy-in
    • Auctions and dual track transactions
    • Carve-outs and spin-offs
    • Succession planning and family strategies
    • Transferring restructuring
    • Company divestitures
    • Company transformations
    • Contract negotiations and post-merger support
    • Cartel/Anti-trust consulting for M&A transactions
    • M&A-Litigation
    • Project management and legal team management for international transactions
    Both early stage financing for venture capital investors and buy-out transactions in the area of private equity are among our core competencies. Although most of our work in this field is on the investor side, we maintain a 360° view by supporting start-ups and other entrepreneurial initiatives. We also provide advice and legal support for all subsequent rounds of financing, as well as exits (e.g. trade sales and secondaries) or portfolio workouts. Our hands-on approach as well as our lean and effective teams ensure swift and cost-effective results.

    • Equity participation and shareholder agreements
    • Investor syndication agreements
    • Contract drafting and negotiation
    • Early stage, bridge and turnaround financing
    • Management buy-outs (MBO) / Management buy-ins (MBI)
    We have extensive experience in advising companies in all aspects of corporate financing. From equity financing, to hybrid financial instruments to borrowed funds – we assist with structuring and draft the necessary transaction documentation. Our services include:

    • Advice on issuance of shares and subscription rights
    • Advice for financing of subordinate capital contractually through participation rights, subordinated debt, participation loans, typical and atypical silent partnerships or shareholder loans
    • Equity and mezzanine financing
    • Support for bond issuance
    • Acquisition financing and leveraged buy-out transactions
    • Restructuring and refinancing of existing loans
    • Project financing
    • Structured company financing
    • Loans and collateral agreements, syndications
    • Company group financing (e.g. cash pooling)
    • Debt to equity swaps
    Banking and capital markets law is another of our core competencies. We offer outstanding know-how when it comes to the financial industry, as well as long years of experience with representation and advisory support for banks, financial services institutions and capital market-oriented companies. We focus our advice and services consistently on reducing the regulatory burden for our clients. Our offering covers the entire spectrum of banking and capital markets law, in particular:

    • Establishment of banks and financial services institutions, as well as representative and branches
    • Advice on regulatory approval, reporting and disclosure obligations – in particular avoidance strategies
    • Outsourcing agreements for banking and financial services
    • Avoidance of licensing obligations under the German Banking Act (KWG)
    • Money laundering prevention
    • Banking contracts and (electronic) payments contracts, especially for online payment processing, credit card payments, direct debits and debit cards
    • Advice on issuance of shares and subscription rights
    • Advice on financing of subordinate capital contractually through participation rights, subordinated debt, participation loans, typical and atypical silent partnerships or shareholder loans
    • Bond issuance
    • Acquisition financing
    • Project financing
    • Structured company financing
    • Drafting of loan and collateral agreements
    • Advice for public offerings and private placements of financial instruments
    • Advice on share purchase offers and takeover bids
    • Legal due diligence and, if required and not avoidable, prospectus drafting
    • Consultation on requirements under the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG) relating to insider trading law, ad-hoc publication rules, rules of conduct, transparency and organisation obligations
    • German Investment Code (KAGB) relating to licensing requirements, rules of conduct and organisation obligations, marketing and distribution rules
    • Legal representation for banking contract disputes
    • Legal representation for loan and collateral disputes
    • Legal representation for disputes relating to asset management and custody, as well as investment liability issues
    We support companies in situations of crisis and refinancing, and offer proactive support for necessary restructuring and reorganisation measures, as well as providing comprehensive non-administrative insolvency advice. In addition, we work with creditors to safeguard their interests and help secure their lien rights before or during the insolvency proceedings. Among our other competencies are:

    • Mergers, demergers, conversions
    • Debt-to-equity swaps
    • Refinancing negotiations and settlement negotiations with creditors
    • Insolvency avoidance strategies
    • Transferring restructuring
    • Minimisation of D&O liability risk for management and supervisory board members
    • Insolvency rescission
    You are looking for the optimum channel to market your products and services? We provide support for expansion and internationalisation of your trade and distribution organisation, and advise you on the selection and structuring of the ideal model. Your ideas will be efficiently integrated into legally sound contractual frameworks, with the most favourable possible conditions for you. Key services in this area include:

    • Drafting, examination und negotiation of (international) trade agreements, especially goods and/or services exchange agreements and cooperation agreements
    • Advice on distribution systems, especially distributor systems, commercial representations and mass distribution chains
    • Drafting and examination of General Terms and Conditions for procurement, sale, services and other (sector-specific) areas, also according to the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)
    • Legal support for web presences
    • Franchise and license agreements
    • Legal advice on payment guarantees for cross-border delivery of goods (especially letters of credit)
    • Legal consultation relating to specific legal requirements on certain goods and/or services
    • Strategic optimisation of the legal framework for market entry and development
    • Strategic consulting for impending litigation and legal representation for all in and out-of-court commercial disputes, e.g. before state courts or arbitration tribunals
    • Assessment, initiation and execution of mandatory approval and licensing procedures under commercial law and/or product-specific guidelines, especially distribution cartel law
    Managing and operating business without computer technology would be unthinkable in today's world. And, computers are now inextricably tied to the internet. To be on the safe side with electronic data processing and using the computer online and offline, we provide advice and support in the following areas:

    • Drafting and examination of all IT-related contacts (e.g. relating to purchase, use, maintenance or technical support for hardware and software, data bases, apps and online presences)
    • Legal advice on issues of electronic communication and cloud computing
    • Legal advice for naming, branding and fair competition rules relating to the registration and use of domain names
    • Legal advice for the creation and ongoing presence of websites and social media profiles
    • Support during the conception and structuring of ordering and shipping processes for products or services offered online
    • Drafting of General Terms and Conditions for Internet-based B2B and B2C transactions
    Our services in the area of labour and employment law include both long-term support for clients and project-specific consultation in the context of corporate transactions or restructuring. We offer comprehensive support, from the due diligence stage to employment law aspects of asset deals. In addition to our expertise in the overall corporate context, we also offer consultation on issues specific to management and board members.

    • Contracts for managing directors and board members
    • Labour and employment due diligence
    • Employment law aspects of corporate transactions
    • Termination agreements
    • Employee participation schemes (e.g. stock option plan)
    In business, contracts form the basis of success for corporate strategy and business development. They are a valuable asset to your company, as your contractual situation reflects your commitment, your success and your position in the market. It is therefore essential that your contractual framework provides your company legal security and clarity. We generate additional value by strengthening your economic position, anticipating and eliminating in advance any potential sources of dispute. We provide advisory support and representation relating to all aspects of contract drafting, including:

    • Consultation, negotiation and drafting of contracts
    • Examination of existing contracts
    • Exercise of contractually agreed rights
    • Legal analysis and assessment of contracts and individual contract provisions
    • Selection of the “right” contract type
    • Legal advice relating to different contract characteristics
    • Guidance on legally mandated content in various contract types
    • Termination and/or transferral of existing contracts or individual contract provisions
    • Optimisation of the existing contractual framework


    Kai Schadbach, LL.M.
    Kai Schadbach, LL.M.

    Curriculum Vitae

    Studied Law and Management at the Universities of Kiel, Paderborn, Surrey (GB), Den Haag (NL) and Cleveland (USA). Master of Laws (LL.M. with honors) from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (USA), followed by a position as Teaching Assistant. Adjunct Professor of Contract Law at Gießen-Friedberg University of Applied Sciences. Instructorships in Corporate Finance at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, at EBS University of Business and Law and at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, as well as instructing legal specialisation courses in Corporate Law for Arber Seminare and the continuing legal education section of the Bar Association of the State of Hesse in the areas of corporate law, venture capital/private equity and mergers & acquisitions.

    Attorney-at-law since 1997 at
    • Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP (USA)
    • Flick Gocke Schaumburg, Rechtsanwälte, Bonn
    • Andersen Luther Rechtsanwalts-GmbH, Düsseldorf
    • ACG AG , Wiesbaden (General Counsel/CLO)
    Awards (selection):
    • 2014: Legal500 – listed among the Top-16 German lawyers in the areas of Private Equity and Venture Capital
    • 2008 to 2015: JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms – recommended in the areas of Private Equity and Venture Capital
    • 2011: WirtschaftsWoche Guide to M&A and Corporate Finance – ranked among the 50 “Leading minds in M&A and Corporate Finance”
    • 2010: WirtschaftsWoche – listed among the 50 best lawyers for stock corporation law in Germany
    • 2009: Handelsblatt – listed among the 50 best Private Equity lawyers in Germany
    Numerous publications on topics of (international) commercial and corporate law. Kai Schadbach is a member of various leading organisations, incl. Deutsches Aktieninstitut, the Association for Corporate Growth, the German-American Lawyers‘ Association (DAJV), Wissenschaftlichen Vereinigung für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht, (VGR), the International Bar Association and die Familienunternehmer – ASU e.V. He is also member of several supervisory boards of German stock corporations.
    Micha Alexander Stingl, LL.M. (Aberdeen)
    Micha Alexander Stingl, LL.M. (Aberdeen)

    Curriculum Vitae

    Studied Law at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and the University of Aberdeen. Legal traineeship at the Court of Appeals in Karlsruhe. Since 2006, attorney-at-law at renowned national and international law firms.
    Dr. Thomas Florian Kremer
    Dr. Thomas Florian Kremer

    Curriculum Vitae

    Studied Law at the University of Mannheim, and completed post-graduate program at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main (2001). Doctoral degree (Dr. jur.) awarded by University of Mannheim. Legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court in Zweibrücken, followed by work as attorney-at-law for renowned law firms since 2005.
    Boris Schuba
    Boris Schuba


    Studied Law at the University of Münster and the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Charkow (Dipl.-Jur. with honors), as well as Economics at PGASA, Dnepropetrowsk, Ukraine (Dipl.-Oek. with honors). Postgraduate degree from Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University. Advocate (Ukraine) since 2007 and attorney-at-law since 2006 at

    • CMS Hasche Sigle Rechtsanwälte, Frankfurt
    • Baker & McKenzie LLP, Frankfurt
    • Schulte Riesenkampff Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Frankfurt
    Languages: German, English, Russian, Ukrainian

    Additional attorneys and associates
    The firm also employs eight additional lawyers as Associates, and hosts one legal trainee and two research assistants.


    We render our legal services on the basis of a fee agreement. It is time-based and oriented on the necessary or desired amount of attention to the issue, as well as the economic value generated for the client. Our hourly fee scale offers clients a high degree of transparency over fees and costs. In this way, clients profit from the cost-efficient working practices of our highly experienced lawyers. In contrast, we consider the conventional pricing based on the German Lawyers’ Compensation Act (RVG) to be neither transparent nor value-oriented from a client’s point of view. Statutorily assured fees mean a lawyer is not encouraged to provide performance-based and dedicated service. Only in the context of court disputes are we prevented from charging less than the fees prescribed in the RVG.


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