Dr. Nicholas Kessler LL.M., EMBA


Nicholas Kessler is a member of the International Arbitration Group and the European Corporate Group. His practice focuses on national and international arbitration, M&A, restructuring and corporate law.

Recent transactions in which Dr. Kessler took part include the following.

  • Advising Findos, a German private equity fund in connection with the acquisition of software specialist ABIT GmbH, from the financial service provider GFKL Finance Services.
  • Advising a major European energy producer in a dispute with its general contractor concerning, inter alia, contractual penalties in connection with the erection of a power plant.
  • Representing a major German manufacturer of automotive products in legal proceedings concerning licence fees and damages.
  • Advising a German steel manufacturer in a dispute regarding price adjustments in a long-term delivery agreement with an international steel processing company.
  • Representing a North-American cleaning agent manufacturer in an arbitration against one of the largest German companies in the chemical industry under the Rules of the Chamber of Commerce Germany-Switzerland concerning the validity of a licence agreement and potential violations of IP rights, particularly trademarks.
  • Restructuring the group of companies of a major German producer of kitchen equipment.
  • Representing a French software company in a joint venture transaction in Germany.
  • Stakeholders in Wirth Maschinen and Bohrgerätefabrik GmbH in connection with the sale of shares to Aker Kvaerner.
  • VC Financing of a German TV channel
Nicholas Kessler
Select Publications
  • Behavioral Economics for Lawyers in M&A Practice (Behavioral Economics für Juristen in der M&A-Praxis), in: M&A Review 7-8/2013, p. 309 - 313 (with Sven Greulich)
  • European Company Law - An Overview (Überblick über das Europäische Gesellschaftsrecht), in: Saenger/Aderhold/Lenkaitis/Speckmann, Praxishandbuch Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht, 2nd edition, Nomos Baden-Baden, 2011.
  • Cash Compensation vs. Compensation by Affiliation Contract - The German Federal Court of Justice decided on compensation claims under an affiliation contract after squeeze-out (Barabfindung vs. unternehmensvertraglicher Ausgleich - BGH entscheidet über Ausgleichsansprüche nach Wirksamwerden eines Squeeze-outs), in: Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, Issue 9/2011, p. 5-7.
  • The Private Limited Partnership, in: Heidelberger Musterverträge zu Personengesellschaften, Verlag Recht und Wirtschaft, Frankfurt 2011 (with Siegfried Elsing).
  • The stock corporation in self administration (Die Aktiengesellschaft in der Eigenverwaltung), doctoral thesis, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 2006, ISBN 978-3-428-12142-7.
  • Business valuation by means of real options (Die Unternehmensbewertung mit Realoptionen), in: Dieter Birk/Reinhard Pöllath et al. (publisher), Forum Unternehmenskauf 2006, ISBN 978-3-8329-2505-5.
  • Acting in concert under § 30 para. 2 of the German Takeover Code on the election of the supervisory board (Abgestimmtes Verhalten i.S.d. § 30 Abs. 2 WpÜG bei der Aufsichtsratswahl), in: ZIP 2006, p. 837–842.
  • German
  • English
Admitted In
  • Germany
  • England and Wales

  • Q.L.T.T., College of Law of England and Wales, London, 2010
  • LL.M. - Master of Law, University of Cambridge, 2008
  • Second State Examination, Münster, 2007
  • Dr. jur., summa cum laude, University of Münster, 2005
  • Executive Master of Business Administration, University of Münster, 2005
  • First State Examination, Münster, 2003
  • German Bar
  • Freundeskreis Rechtswissenschaft, University of Münster
  • DIS40 - Deutsche Initiative junger Schiedsrechtler
  • Deutsch-Britische Juristenvereinigung e.V.

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