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Rick van Aerssen

Managing partner

Second to none; a doer and maker.

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About Rick van Aerssen

Rick van Aerssen is a partner in our Frankfurt and Dusseldorf offices. He is also Global Managing partner of the firm. His practice focuses on corporate, takeover and securities law advice to listed companies and financial institutions. He is consistently ranked among the leading professionals across his areas of expertise.

Rick speaks German and English.

Recent work

Rick’s experience includes advising:

  • BASF on the business combination of Wintershall and DEA; BorgWarner on its takeover of Akasol; Deutsche Bank on the proposed business combination with Commerzbank, on the disposal of BHF Bank and on the acquisition of Sal. Oppenheim; Midea on the takeover offer for KUKA; London Stock Exchange on the proposed business combination with Deutsche Börse; Vonovia on the proposed takeover of Deutsche Wohnen and the takeovers of Conwert and Buwog; Gagfah SA on the business combination with Deutsche Annington; Deutsche Post on its sale of Postbank to Deutsche Bank; HK-based Matsunichi on the takeover of Gigaset; UniCredito Italiano on its takeover of HypoVereinsbank; PPR on its acquisition of a strategic stake in Puma; Grainger on its takeover of Franconofurt and Taylor Nelson Sofres on its intended takeover of GfK;

  • on the IPOs/proposed IPOs of AMAG, Befesa, Brenntag, Constantia Packaging, Douglas, DWS, European Clean Tech I SE, Evonik, FACC, Grohe, Hapag-Lloyd, the Hamburg ports operator HHLA, Helikos SE, ista, instone, Interhyp, Kabel Deutschland, KION, MTU Aero Engines, Petrotec, Siltronic, Tank & Rast, TeamViewer, TLG Immobilien, TRATON, Wacker Chemie, and Q-Cells;

  • on the (multiple) rights offerings Bilfinger Berger, Colonia Real Estate, Deutsche Lufthansa, Deutsche Wohnen, EnBW, Fresenius, Gagfah, KION, Immoeast, Infineon, K+S, ProSiebenSat.1, SGL Carbon and TUI;

  • accelerated equity placements: BASF/K+S, Bayer, Bayer, BC Partners/Brenntag, CVC/Evonik, Delivery Hero, Deutsche Lufthansa/Amadeus, EnBW/Verbund, Fresenius, GAGFAH, KfW/Deutsche Telekom, KION, KKR/Permira/Pro7, Linde, Oaktree/Deutsche Wohnen, Permira/Freenet, Permira/Hugo Boss, Permira/TeamViewer, Providence/KDG, RWE, Salzgitter/Vallourec, Triton/Befesa, Siemens/Infineon and Vonovia; and
  • (secured) and equity-linked bond transactions for BASF, Delivery Hero, Deutsche Post, HeidelbergCement, EnBW, Fresenius, Jenoptik, K+S, KlöCo, Kabel Deutschland, KUKA, Deutsche Lufthansa, Linde, Merck, MTU Aero Engines, Phoenix Pharmahandel, SAP, SGL Carbon, Siemens, TUI and Zalando.



  • University of Heidelberg, Germany (law and economics; assistant to Professor Peter Hommelhoff)
  • Northwestern University in Chicago, US (LLM)