Martin Seyfarth


Martin Seyfarth


  • Partner-in-Charge, Berlin Office

Martin Seyfarth chairs the German Public Policy Practice and co-chairs the German Energy Industry Group. He advises national and international companies on transactions, privatizations and large strategic industry and branch projects. With his extensive experience and knowledge, Mr. Seyfarth has successfully represented clients in a variety of complex deals in the corporate sector. Mr. 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.

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.


  • 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


  • JUVE Handbook recommends Mr. Seyfarth for his “recognized expertise” in the area of corporate law since its 2009/2010 edition and the 2009/2010-2014/2015 editions specifically recommend him in the area of M&A.
  • Further JUVE Handbook 2009/2010-2013/2014 and 2017/2018 editions recommend Mr. Seyfarth for his “high level of expertise” in the regulated industries (energy sector), and the 2012/2013-2016/2017 editions for his “discrete and low-key political advice” in the area of public policy. The 2018/2019 edition also recommended him in the area of regulatory law.
  • Mr. Seyfarth was recognized in the 2014-2018 editions of Legal 500 Deutschland in the area of regulatory – energy sector. In its 2016 edition, Legal 500 Deutschland recognized Mr. Seyfarth in the area of corporate/M&A. Furthermore, clients highlight his good network to the German federal policy.
  • Legal 500 EMEA 2011 and 2012 highlighted Mr. Seyfarth for corporate and M&A, with clients noting that he is "excellent" and has "solid industry knowledge."
  • Mr. Seyfarth was invited as a "Young Leader" of the Atlantik-Brücke, the German partner organization of the American Council on Germany (Wisconsin 1995).

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  • Education

    • Second State Exam, Düsseldorf, 1993

    • First State Exam, University of Bonn, 1989

  • Admissions

    • Berlin

  • Government Experience

    • German Parliament: Chief of Staff
    • German Parliament: German Federal Ministry of Transport