Björn Paulsen

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer)
Practice Group: Mergers & Acquisitions
Practice Group: Private Equity

Björn Paulsen is mainly advising on German and Russian corporate and commercial law. He advises on the establishment and implementation of joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions (including distressed M&A) and the structuring of international transactions. As head of Noerr´s Russia Desk Björn´s practice further comprises advice to listed and midsized companies regarding investment projects (inter alia, greenfield and brownfield investments, conclusion and negotiation of investment contracts, contract manufacturing agreements, technology license agreements, large scale supply agreements and distribution agreements) in the Russian Federation. Clients benefit from his more than 20 years experience and in dept-knowledge of the Russian market.


  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Commercial agreements
  • Foreign direct investments
  • Corporate law


  • Legal studies at the Universities of Hamburg and Zürich (Switzerland)
  • Director of legal and business affairs of a midsized media group
  • Working with a major international law firm in its offices in Moscow (Russia) and Barcelona (Spain)
  • German Embassy in Moscow (Russia)
  • At Noerr since 2002
  • Admitted to the Berlin Chamber of Lawyers


  • Leaders in their field for corporate/M&A in Russia and Germany, Chambers Global (2012 – 2020)
  • Recommended for corporate/M&A in Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA (2014, 2015, 2017 – 2021)
  • Leading M&A expert in Russia, Who’s Who Legal (2012 – 2021)
  • One of the best experts in corporate law in Russia, Best Lawyers (2017 – 2022)
  • Leaders in their Field for Restructuring/Insolvency in Russia, Chambers Global (2012 – 2015)
  • One of the top 20 Corporate lawyers in Russia, Kommersant (2017 – 2019)
  • “The firm has particular expertise in the M&A and corporate area, with managing partner Björn Paulsen boasting a particularly ‘stellar reputation’ for his work. Recently, he ‘brilliantly led’ the team advising Siemens on its joint venture with Russian Machines Corporation […]. Clients especially value his ‘sound judgement, efficiency and deep knowledge of the Russia market’”, Who’s Who Legal Russia Special
  • “Clients benefit from Björn Paulsen’s extensive experience in cross-border M&A transactions involving Russia and Germany, as well as in corporate law issues”, Chambers Global (2018)


  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Association of European Lawyers

Selected Publications

  • Interview, in: Arbitrazhnaya Praktika journal, 12/2014
  • New Civil Code amendments signed into law (with Olga Mokhonko, Hannes Lubitzsch), in: International Law Office, 06/2013
  • M&A in Russia (with Evgeny Maslennikov) in: The Mergers & Acquisitions Review, 6th edition, 2012, p. 545 ff.
  • Partners in Tiers – structuring of joint ventures with Russian partners (with Carsten Heinz), in: Finance, CFO Summit Special 10/2010, p. 36 f.