Expertise and Practice
Dr. Michael Demuth works in the commercial and corporate law practice at the firm. As an attorney specialized in this area, he advises companies and freelancers on commercial law matters. The focus of his work is on advising on mid-sized business successions, e.g., by way of corporate acquisitions, internal family solutions such as foundations and family-owned companies, on the restructuring of companies, and on commercial and corporate litigation. He has experience drafting contracts in both a domestic and international context.
An additional focus of his work is on bank and capital markets law, as well as financing law. He advises financial service providers on bank regulatory law and in the structuring of products for institutional and private customers. He is a good contact for companies and project developers for the structuring of financing solutions ranging from the participation of an investor, to the use of mezzanine financing instruments all the way to classic bank financing.
Michael is a trained mediator and relies on these skills in conflict situations.
Michael read law at Christian Albrechts University in Kiel. After passing the first state law examination, he wrote his doctoral thesis on administrative law under Prof. von Mutius at Lorenz von Stein Institute in Kiel. He then completed his master’s degree with a focus on commercial law and the law of the sea at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
During his legal clerkship, he completed training at the Chamber of Commerce at the Regional Court of Hamburg and at the major law firm of Heuking, Kühn, Lüer, Wojtek. After admission to the bar, he worked in the area of international mergers and acquisitions at Andersen Luther in Hamburg and later at Dr. Weiland und Partner, with a focus on restructuring and restoration-based M&A. Michael later worked for several years at HSH Nordbank AG on the international level, first in corporate and regulatory law in the area of participations, and then in investment banking and structured financial products for institutional customers.