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Dr. Andreas Ripken

Dr. Andreas Ripken

German Attorney at Law since 2013
Associate at SCHIEDERMAIR since 2013

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Law
  • M&A
  • Commercial Law

Practice Summary

Corporate Law

Dr. Andreas Ripken advises in all areas of corporate law. He regularly forms new companies for clients, advises on general corporate law matters (“corporate housekeeping”), company succession issues, restructurings, as well as on crisis situations. In shareholder disputes, Andreas represents his clients both in arbitration and litigation proceedings. He provides legal counsel not only to domestic, mid-size companies and family-operated businesses, but also to groups of companies with a multitude of subsidiaries.  Many of his clients are German subsidiaries (e.g., corporations such as Aktiengesellschaften, GmbH’s, partnerships, etc.) of foreign entities.


Andreas represents either buyers or sellers in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. He advises on all facets of an M&A transaction, including preliminary agreements (Confidentiality Agreements and Letters of Intent), due diligence, preparing and negotiating contracts, as well as on matters that arise during the post-closing integration stage.  In addition to his representation of buyers or sellers in corporate acquisitions, he advises on the reorganization of company structures, joint venture structures, mergers, demergers, and changes of legal form.  As part of this practice, Andreas works closely together with SCHIEDERMAIR’s other practices, in particular the Labor and Employment Law and Tax Law Practices.  

Business and Commercial Law

In addition to his corporate and M&A practice, Andreas advises clients on all issues involving a company’s operational business. For example, he works together with clients on contracts (e.g. sales representative contracts, cash pool agreements, license agreements, etc.), prepares general terms and conditions, or counsels on product liability, banking law, and insolvency matters. He also represents clients in arbitral or court proceedings. His clients include both German companies as well as German subsidiaries of foreign entities.

Industry focus

Automobile, Service, Energy, Trade & Distribution, Manufacturing and Automation Technology, Real Estate, IT, Sport & Entertainment, Transport & Logistics

Representative Client Matters

Andreas counseled and represented clients in the following matters: 

  • Advised Simpson Strong-Tie GmbH, a German subsidiary of Simpson Manufacturing Company, Inc., a US-based publicly-held entity in the construction industry, on the acquisition of various assets from a German competitor
  • Represented an English minority shareholder of a German real estate corporation on a shareholder split-up issue against an English majority shareholder
  • Advised a German corporate health club on several shareholder disputes (involved both arbitration and litigation proceedings)
  • Advised a German group of companies in the freight forwarding business on company succession matters
  • Advised German subsidiaries of an Italian automotive group on the implementation of the Single European Payment Area (SEPA) and on group law related matters
  • Advised a German general partnership of patent lawyers on the conversion into a professional limited liability partnership
  • Advised a German union of retailers in the photo technology business on a cash-pool/credit line arrangement and on various matters concerning a business partner’s bankruptcy
  • Advised the majority shareholder of a German corporation involved in asset management on a shareholder split-up
  • Advised a German family’s holding companies in the energy technology business on the structure of their articles of incorporation
  • Advised a German consulting company on disputes concerning insolvency proceedings
  • Represents a German real estate company in foreclosure proceedings against a shareholder debtor
  • Advises German subsidiaries of a US-based corporation in the manufacturing and automation technology business in an upstream merger
  • Represented a German subsidiary of a French conglomerate in the certification business on the sale of one of its divisions

Publications and Speaking Engagement

  • Hamburg Court Decision Puts Onus on Buyers to Conduct Proper Due Diligence Investigations in M&A Transactions (co-author with Jörg Rehder (Schiedermair)); ABA Section of International Law; International M&A and Joint Ventures Committee Newsletter; October 16, 2015, pp. 12-14
  • Existenzvernichtungshaftung von Scheinauslandsgesellschaftern - zur Anwendung der Existenzvernichtungshaftung auf in- und ausländische Scheinauslandsgesellschaften im Schnittfeld von Kollisionsrecht und Niederlassungsfreiheit (Liability for the Elimination of Existence of Pseudo Foreign Companies - Applicability of so-called Existenzvernichtungshaftung of Domestic and Foreign Pseudo Companies as Intersected between Conflicts of Laws and the Freedom of Establishment), 2012

Education and Career

Andreas has been a German Attorney at Law and an Associate at SCHIEDERMAIR in Frankfurt since 2013. As a Member of the firm’s Corporate Law, M&A, Tax, and Notarial Services Practice, he focuses on corporate law, M&A (including cross-border transactions), as well as on civil and commercial matters.

Prior to joining SCHIEDERMAIR, Andreas completed his post-graduate legal training period (Referendariat) at the Regional Court District of Bremen, Germany from 2011 to 2013, where his work included working for the law firm of VON EINEM & PARTNER in Bremen and at the German Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. Andreas also worked as a research assistant at the German law firm of GLEISS LUTZ in Frankfurt, where he focused also on corporate law and M&A.

Andreas studied law at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany and at the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2012, he received his Doctorate (Dr. jur.) from the Justus-Liebig University where his thesis focused on international corporate law.