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Martin Scharnke


Martin is Head of Germany Capital Markets.

He has been with the firm since 2004. Martin has broad expertise advising financial institutions, corporates and other financial market participants on all aspects of German and international capital markets transactions. He specialises in advising on securitisation and other structured finance transactions (encompassing both true sale and synthetic structures and a wide variety of asset classes, including auto loans and leases).

His practice also includes the specialised advice on complex bonds, structured products and derivatives matters. Martin has extensive experience advising on the most complex derivatives matters under German and international master agreements. He has also wide experience advising on regulatory matters in these areas.


Representative matters

London-based leading international asset manager M&G Investments on its investment in the first European securitisation of receivables arising under the sale of photovoltaic systems. The transaction won trade journal GlobalCapital’s “Private Securitisation of the Year” award for 2023.
A group of multinational financial institutions on European Investment Bank’s issuance of dematerialised bonds in different blockchains across Europe through legal and operational engineering. The transaction was awarded the Global Digital Finance Award at the IFLR Europe Awards 2023.
Global Loan Agency Services as security trustee on Leoni AG's restructuring transaction pursuant to the German StaRUG.
Invesco in connection with the issuance of the first physically-backed Bitcoin Exchange Traded Notes that are listed for trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and their Programme.

Published Work

  • Martin Scharnke (2012) "The EU Prospectus Reform 2012 and Consequences for Structured Products Prospectuses", Cap Law - Swiss Capital Markets Law, p. 3 et sqq.



Admitted as Referendar, Germany, 2001

Admitted as Rechtsanwalt, Germany, 2004

Admitted as Assessor, Germany, 2004

Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales, 2021


First German Law Degree, 2001

Second German Law Degree, 2004


English, German, Spanish
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.