Dr Hartmut Krause


Hartmut has more than 20 years’ experience in public and private M&A, corporate and capital markets law and a strong track record in various industries.

Admitted to practise as German Rechtsanwalt, Civil Law Notary and New York Attorney-at-law, he advises on public tender offers, corporate acquisitions and disposals, auction sales, LBOs/MBOs, public-to-private transactions, post-takeover integration, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations, boardroom and other strategic matters. The bulk of his work is cross-border in nature and involves the co-ordination of multi-jurisdictional teams. Over the years, Hartmut established himself as trusted advisor to a number of listed and non-listed German and non-German companies.All relevant independent directories recommend him as a leading individual.

Hartmut co-authors one of the leading commentaries on the German Takeover Act and the leading German handbook on the EU Market Abuse Regulation, has published and lectured widely on topics of corporate and capital markets law, and provided expert testimony in the Finance Committee of the German Federal Parliament. He served as a vice chair of the M&A and Joint Ventures Committee of the International Section of the American Bar Association.


Representative matters

Knorr-Bremse on the attempted EUR 8bn public tender offer for Hella.

ISRA Vision as target company of the EUR 1.1bn public tender offer launched by Atlas Copco and on the integration into the Atlas Copco Group, including the merger squeeze-out of minority shareholders.

DWS on the carve-out and disposal of its digital investment platform to a joint venture between DWS and BlackFin, including the post-closing outsourcing and service relationships between DWS and such joint venture.

A leading European multinational financial institution on the acquisition of the Equity Markets & Commodities (EMC) division of Commerzbank by way of an asset deal (JUVE Deal of the month).

Pro bono

Co-founder of Kids Camp Bilingual Primary School, a German-English bi-lingual primary school in Königstein, Germany.

Co-founder of Cranach Foundation, a charitable foundation under the roof of Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.

Chairman of Cranach Foundation (2018-2019).

Published Work

  • Krause H. (2024) co-author of the leading commentary on the German Takeover Act (Assmann/Pötzsch/Schneider, Wertpapiererwerbs- und Übernahmegesetz), 4th edition, Cologne: Verlag Dr. Otto Schmidt
  • Krause H. (2023) co-author of the leading German handbook on the EU Market Abuse Regulation (Meyer/Rönnau/Veil, Handbuch Marktmissbrauchsrecht), 2nd edition, Munich: Beck
  • Numerous articles in German and international legal periodicals on topics of corporate and capital markets law

Speaking Engagements

  • Numerous appearances as speaker, moderator and panelist inside and outside of Germany.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, American Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, German American Lawyers Association (GALA)
  • Member, German Lawyers' Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein – DAV)
"Probably the best you can get in Germany” says a client.
Ranked as one of Germany’s top senior M&A advisors.
JUVE HANDBOOK (since 2021)



Civil Law Notary in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2017

Admitted as German Rechtsanwalt, 1994

Admitted to the Bar, State of New York, USA, 1996


Doctorate in law, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich (Germany), 1995

Master of Laws (LL.M.), Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas (USA), 1995

Master of Business Administration, University of Hagen, Germany, 1994


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