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Martin Seyfarth

Partner

Partner-in-Charge, Berlin Office

Seyfarth, Martin

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.

Practice

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 recommends Mr. Seyfarth for his “recognized expertise” in the area of corporate law since its 2009/2010 edition. He is further recommended in the 2009/2010-2014/2015 editions in the area of M&A, the 2009/10-2013/14 editions 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.
  • Mr. Seyfarth was recognized in the 2014-2017 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).

Publications & News

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December 6, 2017

WilmerHale Listed Among the Most Recommended Law Firms in Germany by The Legal 500 Deutschland

The Legal 500 has released its 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Deutschland, Germany's guide to outstanding lawyers, recognizing WilmerHale in seven categories. Moreover, the guide has recommended 11 WilmerHale attorneys within their practice areas.

November 2, 2017

JUVE Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers and Practice Areas in Germany

JUVE, the leading legal publication in Germany, highly recommends WilmerHale in the following practice areas: Antitrust, Arbitration/Mediation, Commercial Litigation and Liability, Compliance Audits and Investigations, Corporate, Energy Law, Information Technology, M&A, and State Aid Law.

July 24, 2017

German Government Amends German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance to Widen Control of Foreign Takeovers of Critical German Companies

On July 12 the German federal government adopted important amendments to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance.

June 22, 2017

The Brexit Negotiations (2): What is the UK's Opening Position

This is our second Alert on the Brexit negotiation, which started on Monday, June 19, 2017. Having outlined the EU's opening position, we now turn to that of the United Kingdom.

June 20, 2017

The Brexit Negotiations (1): What is the EU's Opening Position?

The Brexit negotiations started yesterday. After months of speculation as to what will be their focus, it may be useful to recall the European Union's opening position and the United Kingdom's opening position.

December 6, 2016

The Legal 500 Germany Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2017 Edition

The Legal 500 has released its 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Deutschland, Germany's guide to outstanding lawyers, recognizing WilmerHale in five categories.

November 8, 2016

JUVE Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers and Practice Areas in Germany

The recommendations are selected by JUVE based on interviews with clients, lawyers and academics that assess a respective law firm's legal excellence, strategic direction, service orientation and future potential.

December 4, 2015

The Legal 500 Germany 2016 Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices

The Legal 500 has released its 2016 edition of The Legal 500 Deutschland, Germany's guide to outstanding lawyers, recognizing WilmerHale in eight categories.

November 18, 2015

JUVE Ranks WilmerHale Lawyers and Practice Areas in Germany

JUVE, a prominent legal publication in Germany, highly recommends WilmerHale in several practice areas.

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.

Speaking Engagements

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.