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Martin Seyfarth

Partner

  • 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.

Experience

  • Representation of EnBW in several power and gas transactions in Germany.
  • 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

Recognition

  • Martin Seyfarth is recommended by Germany’s JUVE Handbook for corporate and regulatory law since the 2009/2010 edition. Peers regard Mr. Seyfarth as “incredibly well-connected”.
  • Distinguished by JUVE Handbook as a highly recommended lawyer in the field of regulatory law. Peers commend his “incredible network” (2019/2020).
  • Listed by JUVE Handbook in the 2009/2010 to 2014/2015 editions as a highly recommended lawyer for M&A.
  • Named by JUVE Handbook as a highly recommended lawyer for the Regulated Industries – Energy Law category from 2009/2010 to 2013/ and again in 2017/2018.
  • Listed by JUVE Handbook consecutively from 2012 / 2013 to 2019 / 2020 as highly recommended for public policy, notably “for his discreet and low-key advice on policy” (2013/2014).
  • Recommended by Legal 500 Germany in 2021 and 2022 for commercial law.
  • Recognized by Germany’s Legal 500 from 2014 to 2018 for the Regulated Industries: Energy category.
  • Recommended by Legal 500 Germany for corporate law/M&A in 2016. Mr. Seyfarth is recognized by clients for his “connections to the German government”.
  • Listed in the EMEA edition of Legal 500 in 2011-2012 for corporate and M&A. Clients praise his “reliable industry knowledge”.
  • Ranked in Handelsblatt Best Lawyers® in Germany List for corporate law since 2020. 

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Credentials

  • 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

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