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 Martin Seyfarth for the area of corporate law, regulatory since the 2009/2010 edition.
  • Martin Seyfarth is continuously recognized by JUVE Handbook as a highly recommended lawyer in the field of regulatory (2019/2020: "incredible network", competitor).
  • JUVE Handbook 2009/2010-2014/2015 recognizes Martin Seyfarth as a highly recommended lawyer for M&A.
  • In its 2009/2010-2013/2014 and 2017/2018 editions, JUVE Handbook recognizes Martin Seyfarth as a highly recommended lawyer for the regulated industries: energy law.
  • JUVE Handbook 2012/2013-2019/2020 praises Martin Seyfarth as highly recommended for public policy, especially "for his discreet and inconspicuous policy advice" (2013/2014).
  • Legal 500 Deutschland 2014-2018 recommends Martin Seyfarth for the regulated industries: energy sector.
  • Legal 500 Deutschland 2016 recommends Martin Seyfarth for corporate law/M&A. He is particularly praised by clients for his networking with German federal politics.
  • Legal 500 EMEA 2011-2012 recommends Martin Seyfarth for Corporate and M&A. Clients praise his "reliable industry knowledge".
  • Martin Seyfarth is recommended by Handelsblatt Best Lawyers® List 2020 and 2021 for the area of corporate law.

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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