Dr Jan Holst

Senior Associate

Jan advises private equity investors, international and domestic companies on cross-border M&A transactions, private equity deals, joint ventures, leveraged buy-outs and reorganisations. 

He also advises clients on all areas of general corporate law.

Jan studied law in Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom with a focus on comparative and European corporate law and worked for various international leading law firms as a research associate and during his legal traineeship in Hamburg and Barcelona. He received a doctorate in corporate/restructuring law from University of Freiburg (summa cum laude).


Representative matters

BC Partners in connection with its acquisition of Tentamus group.

VASS Consultoría de Sistemas (an OEP portfolio company) on its acquisition of Ecenta AG and other companies. 

Partners Group and CVC on the attempted acquisition of CeramTec.

OEP in connection with its acquisition of VASS. 

Published Work

  • Holst, Jan Frederik C., "Die Separierung von Unternehmensteilen in insolvenzrechtlichen Sanierungsverfahren – Ein deutsch-spanischer Rechtsvergleich", Mohr Siebeck, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (dissertation, 2019)



Admitted as German Rechtsanwalt, Germany, 2018


Dr. iur., University of Freiburg, 2019

Second German Law Degree, Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, 2016

First German Law Degree, University of Münster, 2013

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.