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Christian Klöpfer


Christian is a derivatives and structured products lawyer who regularly advises large international financial institutions on their structured notes programmes for internal funding purposes.

Another focus of his practice is debt capital markets transactions including the establishment of EMTN and commercial paper programs, standalone notes issuances and Schuldschein loans.

Christian also advises on complex derivatives transactions under industry standard master agreements for financial derivatives, securities lending and repurchase transactions. He has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating highly structured derivatives documentation as well as in leading the approval procedures relating to public offer structured products programmes with the competent national authorities across Europe. In derivatives, Christian has also been advising clients on transactions on emissions allowance certificates and, more generally, on gaining access to the European Emissions Trading System.

Christian represents major financial institutions, asset managers and large corporate clients.  


Representative matters

A major Swiss bank on the establishment and annual updates of its Pan European Structured Products Programme.

Pro bono

A major English bank on the annual updates of, and issuances under, its English, German and European offering documentation.

Several private equity companies on the financing hedges in connection with international M&A transactions.

A major Asian bank on gaining access to the European Trading System for emissions allowances.

Several major international banks on using cash collateral transactions for regulatory capital purposes.

A consortium of major international banks on the update of their automated joint platform for the generation of key information documents.

A major U.S. bank in connection with its building and automating a platform for the generation of key information documents to be used across Europe.


  • Christian has been recognised as a Best Lawyer for Capital Market Law in Germany



Germany, 2001 (Referendar)

Germany, 2006 (Assessor)

Admitted as German Rechtsanwalt, 2006


First German Law Degree, 2001

LL.M., School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK, 2002

Arabic Language Certificate, University of Alexandria, Egypt, 2003

Second German Law Degree, 2006


English, German
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.