Martin Seyfarth


Partner-in-Charge, Berlin Office

Seyfarth, Martin

Martin Seyfarth is a partner in both the firm's Transactional and Regulatory and Government Affairs Departments. He chairs the German Strategy and Public Policy Practice and co-chairs the German Energy Industry Group. He joined the firm in 1999. He advises national and international companies on transactions, privatizations and large strategic industry and branch projects. Martin Seyfarth has been the managing partner of the Berlin office since 2009.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Seyfarth served as Chief of Staff at the German Federal Ministry of Transport (1993 – 1998), where he was involved in the privatization of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Deutsche Bahn AG.


Martin Seyfarth's corporate practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, privatizations and restructurings. He has handled numerous mergers and acquisitions for clients in regulated industries, particularly in the power and gas sector.

Martin Seyfarth's regulatory and public policy practice focuses on energy, environment and healthcare, where he represents his clients in administrative procedures and commercial negotiations. He also frequently represents clients in strategic matters or legislative procedures before governments and parliaments in Germany and at EU level.

Honors & Awards

  • JUVE Handbook 2008/2009 and 2011-2014 recommend Martin Seyfarth in the areas of corporate, M&A and regulated industries (energy) as well as public policy and praise his “discrete and low-key political advice.”
  • The energy team, co-chaired by Martin Seyfarth, was recognized as the "Energy Law Firm of the Year 2009" by JUVE
  • JUVE Handbook 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 recommended Martin Seyfarth for corporate, M&A and regulated industries (energy law)
  • Mr. Seyfarth was recognized in the 2014 edition of Legal 500 Deutschland in the area of Regulatory – Energy Sector
  • Legal 500 EMEA2011 and 2012 highlighted Martin Seyfarth for corporate and M&A, with clients noting that he is "excellent" and has "solid industry knowledge"
  • Martin Seyfarth was invited as a "Young Leader" of the Atlantik-Brücke, the German partner organization of the American Council on Germany (Wisconsin 1995)

Publications & News


December 16, 2013

Legal 500 Germany 2014 Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practice Areas

The Legal 500 launched its new edition Legal 500 Deutschland, Germany's guide to outstanding lawyers, and recognizes WilmerHale in seven categories.

November 14, 2013

WilmerHale Represents FMS Wertmanagement in Takeover of Portfolio Management from Hypo Real Estate Group

January 25, 2013

Silver Lake Kraftwerk Acquires Majority Stake in Germany’s friedola®Tech

April 10, 2012

WilmerHale Recognized as a Leading Firm in Europe by Legal 500 EMEA

November 2, 2009

WilmerHale’s German Offices Named ‘Firm of the Year’ for Energy Law

January 19, 2006

Legal framework for one-way beverage packaging in Germany

Speech presented at Canstoß '06.

September 5, 2005

Germany Before The Upcoming Federal Elections – Potential Outcome And Consequences

Speech given at the European Regional Executive Team Meeting of BP Europe in Munich

January 1, 2004

Environmental Economics Between Law and Politics

Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden

March 6, 2003

German Legislation: 2003 Bulletin

What's Up Germany?

Recent Highlights

  • Representation of EnBW in several power and gas transactions in Germany, most recently in the sale of GESO AG, Dresden
  • Legal and strategic advice to a global oil and gas company
  • Legal and strategic advice to a holding company (Trade and Tourism Group) in its restructuring
  • Development of a nationwide return and deposit system for non-disposable beverage cans
  • Multi-national negotiations resulting in the (10 bn Euro) foundation 'Remembrance, Responsibility and the Future' for the compensation of former forced labor in Germany

Professional Activities

Martin Seyfarth is a member of the German Christian-Democratic Lawyer's Association and a Young Leader Alumni (Wisconsin 1995) of the Atlantik-Brücke, the German partner organization of the American Council on Germany.