Dr. Christoph Spiering, LL.M.

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer)
Partner
Practice Group: Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
Practice Group: Energy

Dr Christoph Spiering is corporate partner with Noerr’s Hamburg office. He advises on acquisitions and reorganizations. His clients include international public sector enterprises, in particular energy and water utilities as well as environmental service providers and telecommunications companies. He also specializes in structuring cross-border joint ventures and on advising strategic and private equity investors on transactions in Germany and Central and Eastern Europe.

Expertise

  • Mergers & Acquisitions in Regulated Industries (Energy and Infrastructure, Utilities, Telecommunications, Healthcare)
  • Reorganizations
  • International Joint Ventures

Career

  • Legal studies, Universities of Regensburg, Göttingen and Freiburg
  • Postgraduate studies (LL.M.), University of Edinburgh (corporate, commercial and European law) 
  • With Noerr since 1999
  • Head of Noerr's Warsaw office (investments in Central and Eastern Europe) 2005-2007
  • Admitted to the Berlin Chamber of Lawyers

 

Selected Projects

  • Cemex Group on an international joint venture with Holcim Group (carving-out Cemex Germany West and transferring it to Holcim in exchange for the acquisiition of Holcim's Czech business) (2014/2015)
  • ISS Facility Services on a partnership with Vattenfall including a facility management outsourcing and the acquisition of shares in a public tender procedure (2014/2015)
  • Medical Properties Trust on a joint venture with Waterland Private Equity and the subsequent acquisition of MEDIAN Kliniken Group by such consortium (2014/2015)
  • EDF Group: ongoing advice on corporate development in Germany (acquisition of a gas power station from Alpiq Group; R&D-cooperation with Stadtwerke Leipzig; acquisition of participation in e-mobility startup Ubitricity, diverse subsequent financing rounds)
  • Deutsche Telekom/T-Systems: ongoing advice on midcap investments (acquisition of retargeting service xplosion interactice from Otto Group; diverse telecommunication joint ventures and acquisitions)
  • airberlin Group on a joint venture with Competence Call Center: outsourcing of customer services (2014) and restructuring issues (2015)
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) on a joint venture with Hitachi: merging thermal power station technology businesses (2014)
  • Veolia Group on the sale of a participation in Berliner Wasserbetriebe to Land Berlin (2013)

 

Distinctions

  • Leading expert for Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Best Lawyers in Germany (2016)
  • Among the "most frequently recommended" German lawyers for Corporate law as well as for Mergers & Acquisitions, Kanzleimonitor.de (2015/2016)
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer for M&A, Best Lawyers Germany (2015)
  • Listed as one of the top energy lawyers, Who's Who Legal Germany (2015)
  • "A very clever lawyer able to solve problems rapidly", Legal 500 (2014)
  • Praised as "well organized and highly efficient", Who is Who Legal Germany (2014)
  • "In energy deals, Dr Tibor Fedke and Dr Christoph Spiering proved an unbeatable team", JUVE Award (2013)

Selected Publications

  • Handbuch Joint Venture, editor (with Dr Torsten Fett) and author, Publisher: C.F. Müller, 2nd edition (2015), 1st edition (2010)
  • Corporate reorganisations in the context of pending cartel penalty proceedings (Gesellschaftsrechtliche Gestaltung in Kartellbußgeldverfahren nach der 8. GWB-Novelle - ein Zwischenstand) (with Peter Stauber), in: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht (ZIP) 2015, pp. 2297 et seq.
  • Legal transactions with invisibles? On dogmatic and practical perils when dealing with joint ventures which are in breach with antitrust law (Rechtsgeschäfte mit Unsichtbaren? Zu dogmatischen und praktischen Tücken im Umgang mit kartellrechtswidrigen Joint Ventures) (with Philipp Hacker), in: Rheinische Notar-Zeitschrift (RNotZ), issue 7-8, 2014, pp. 349 et seq.
  • Conditional capital and convertible bonds – minimum par value and calculation principles applying to sec. 193 para. 2 no. 3 of the German Act on Stock Corporations (Bedingtes Kapital und Wandelschuldverschreibungen – Mindestausgabebetrag und Errechnungsgrundlagen im Rahmen des § 193 Abs. 2 Nr. 3 AktG) (with Dr Hartwig Grabbe), in: Die Aktiengesellschaft (AG), issue 2, 2004, pp. 91 et seq.
  • Typical challenges which arise in the context of a capital increase by own capital of the company (Typische Probleme bei der Kapitalerhöhung aus Gesellschaftsmitteln) (with Dr Torsten Fett), in: Neue Zeitschrift für Gesellschaftsrecht (NZG), issue 8, 2002, pp. 358 et seq.