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Jörg Rehder

Jörg Rehder

German Attorney at Law since 2007
Solicitor of England and Wales since 2004
Attorney at Law in Maryland and Minnesota since 1990 and 1995, respectively
Partner at SCHIEDERMAIR since 2013

Practice Areas

  • Cross-border M&A, Corporate Law, Foreign Investment in Germany and the United States, Commercial Law, Data Privacy, and Employment Law
  • More than 20 years of experience in advising and representing corporate clients on cross-border corporate and commercial activities

Practice Summary

M&A and Corporate Law

Jörg Rehder represents buyers or sellers in cross-border acquisitions and divestitures. These transactions are typically in the EUR 5.0 million to EUR 150 million range. He has proven that he can “get the job done” and negotiates and prepares agreements in both English and German. The bulk of his
clients come from the industrial and services sectors. Jörg covers all facets of an M&A transaction from the initial confidentiality agreement to the post-closing integration stage. For in-bound transactions into Germany, employment law often plays a significant role (e.g., TUPE matters). Jörg’s sub-specialty in employment law gives him a distinct advantage in handling such matters. As the need arises, he also works closely together with tax, anti-trust, real estate, IP, and environmental lawyers.

Business and Commercial Law; Data Privacy

Jörg routinely advises corporate clients on “day-to-day” legal matters, such as on distribution or sales representative matters, general terms and conditions, asset purchase agreements for individual assets as well as on other corporate matters (e.g., manufacturing, licensing, and transfer technology agreements). It is also in this part of his practice that data privacy may play a role, whether regarding the transfer of personal data from the European Union to the United States or ensuring that clients observe data privacy laws when engaged in commercial transactions.

Employment Law

Jörg’s sub-specialty is employment law. This practice involves everything from advising on and drafting employment agreements, works agreements, works council issues, severance agreements as well as immigration matters. Data privacy is also one facet of his employment law practice.

Industry focus

Pharmaceuticals, Construction, Paper, Biotechnology, Computers, Media & Entertainment, Service, Food, Manufacturing and Automation Technology

Representative Client Matters

Jörg has represented clients on the following M&A and corporate matters:

  • Served as local German counsel to a US private equity fund that sold a US portfolio company holding two German subsidiaries
  • Represented a Pennsylvania-based private equity firm in the acquisition of a German privately-held manufacturing company
  • Represented the shareholder of a German manufacturing company (with a US subsidiary) and a Swiss company on the sale of shares to a German private equity fund
  • Represented a California-based corporation on the acquisition of a Swiss corporation, with subsidiaries in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, and Austria (coordinated and worked closely together with local counsel in each jurisdiction outside of Germany)
  • Represented the German subsidiary of a US-based corporation to transfer assets to a buyer in Finland
  • Represented the German subsidiary of Cardinal Health, Inc. on the acquisition of a German start-up company in the healthcare industry
  • Advised a German company on US anti-dumping matters, and related employment and data privacy matters, before the US Department of Commerce (worked closely together with local counsel in the United States)
  • Advised Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. (a subsidiary of Simpson Manufacturing, Inc., a US-based publicly-held entity in the construction industry) on three separate acquisitions of German privately-held entities (one of which had production facilities in Ireland)
  • Advised EMME S.A. (France) on the acquisition of BMS Modern Games Handelsagentur GmbH (a German privately-held entity in the entertainment industry)
  • Advised a German entity on a greenfield investment in Wisconsin and again in Arkansas

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Selected Publications

  • Hamburg Court Decision Puts Onus on Buyers to Conduct Proper Due Diligence Investigations in M&A Transactions (co-author with Dr. Andreas Ripken (Schiedermair)); ABA Section of International Law; International M&A and Joint Ventures Committee Newsletter; October 16, 2015, pp. 12-14
  • Managing Corruption Risk in Mergers and Acquisitions: Why Pay Good Money for Someone Else‘s Problem? (co-author with Derek Devgun (Medtronic, Inc.)); ZDAR-Zeitschrift für Deutsches und Amerikanisches Recht; Quarter 3, 2014. pp. 105-108
  • Germany Strengthens Its Data Protection Act and Introduces Data Breach Notification Requirement (co-author with Mauricio Paez (Jones Day); World Data Protection Report v.16 No. 1) January, 2010; republished in German-American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV) Newsletter in German (Quarter 2, 2010)
  • Business Visas for the United States (2009 Yearbook of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany)
  • Germany Chapter of “Enforcement of Money Judgments”, edited by Lawrence W. Newman, published by Juris Publishing (updated annually), co-author with Dr. Jens Lösekrug (Schiedermair)
  • Der Einfluss des Exon-Florio und ähnlicher Gesetze auf Beteiligungen ausländischer Firmen an Telekommunikationsunternehmen in den USA (The Impact of Exon-Florio and Similar Statutes on Acquisitions of Telecommunications Entities by Foreign Entities in the United States) DAJV-Newsletter Quarter 2, 2005
  • The Legal Transfer of Employment-Related Data to Outside the European Union: Is It Even Still Possible? (co-author with Erika Collins (Paul Hastings); The International Lawyer published by the American Bar Association – 2005 pp. 129-160)

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Data Protection in the Areas of Life Sciences (American Bar Association Europe Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark; June 11, 2018)
  • Watch out! Whistleblowers are Everywhere! (American Bar Association 2017 Fall Meeting in Miami, Florida; October 26, 2017)
  • You Want to Rely on my What? Reliance Letters and Release Letter in M&A Transactions (American Bar Association 2017 Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.; April 27, 2017)
  • Die Tochtergesellschaft in den USA und Kanada, erfolgreich gründen – professionell führen – effektiv steuern (Subsidiaries in the United States and Canada, successful formation – professional management – tax efficient) (Intensive seminar by Management Circle, Frankfurt, Germany, October 10-12, 2016)
  • The Predominant Role of the U.S. Legal Culture in the European M&A and Commercial World. A Jolly Good Development? (AIJA International Association of Young Lawyers, 53rd Congress, London; September 2, 2015)
  • The United States – Politics and Work Life: Visa Categories, Employment and Tax Law, Transfer of Personnel (Bildungswerk der Baden-Württembergischen Wirtschaft e. V. in Steinheim/Murr, Germany; November 17-18, 2014 and April 29, 2015)
  • Advising Clients on Labor and Employment Issues in Germany, Mexico, and Canada (Colorado Business Law Institute in Denver, Colorado; October 29-30, 2014)
  • OK, We Have to Observe the FCPA . . . But That's It, Isn't It? (American Bar Association 2014 Fall Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina; October 21-25, 2014)
  • Wachstumsphasen in den USA Richtig Nutzen (Growth Phases in the USA – How to Use Them Correctly) (sponsored by Coface and FAZ-Institut; Mainz, Germany; May 8, 2014)
  • FCPA and Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry: Managing Corruption Risk in a Transactional Setting (sponsored by American Conference Institute; New York; May 14-15, 2013)
  • Preliminary Transaction Agreements in a Foreign Country: Not as Sexy as Miami Vice, But Just as Dangerous! (American Bar Association 2012 Fall Meeting in Miami, Florida; October 16-20, 2012)
  • Proprietary Information and Employee Restrictions: Trade and Business Secrets (sponsored by Colorado Bar Association - Annual Presentation in Colorado since 2011)
  • US Employment Law (Annual full-day seminar sponsored by Management Circle in Frankfurt, Germany since 2010)
  • Distributors and Sales Representatives in the European Union (Center for International Legal Studies in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; February, 2006)
  • Mass Layoffs in Germany (Colorado Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Denver, Colorado; June, 2005)
  • Schutz vor Fremdbestimmung? Der Einfluss des Exon-Florio und ähnlicher Gesetze auf Beteiligungen ausländischer Firmen an Telekommunikationsunternehmen in den USA (Protection Against Heteronomy? The Impact of Exon-Florio and Similar Statutes on Acquisitions of Telecommunications Entities by Foreign Entities in the United States) (DAJV-Fachgruppentagung in Frankfurt, Germany; April 16, 2005)
  • Transfer of Data from the European Union to the United States (European Employment Lawyers Association Conference in Vienna, Austria; June, 2003)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Co-Chair, Europe Committee of Section of International Law of American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (International Law Section; Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Germany
  • Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen-Vereinigung (German-American Lawyers‘ Association)
  • DACH (Europäische Anwaltsvereinigung - European Lawyers‘ Association)
  • Former Member of the National Legal Committee of the United States National Ski Patrol

Education and Career

Jörg has been a German Attorney at Law since 2007 and a Partner 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 cross-border M&A (primarily inbound and outbound between Germany and the United States and inbound investments from other countries into Germany), as well as on commercial matters (distribution agreements, sales representative agreements, technology transfer agreements, licensing agreements, packaging agreements).

Jörg is admitted to the Maryland (since 1990) and Minnesota (since 1995) Bars. He is one of a handful of US-trained lawyers that is fully licensed as a German Attorney at Law (Rechtsanwalt).

Before joining SCHIEDERMAIR, Jörg practiced at the Frankfurt office of JONES DAY (from 2001 to 2013) concentrating on M&A, commercial, data privacy, and employment matters. Prior to that, he practiced in the Minneapolis, Minnesota and Frankfurt offices of FAEGRE & BENSON LLP (from 1995 to 2001), also concentrating on M&A, corporate, and US securities law. Jörg began his legal career at the German law firm of GLEISS, LUTZ (from 1992 to 1995) in Stuttgart and Berlin, focusing on corporate law and foreign investment into Germany.

Since 2011, Jörg has been a Lecturer at the University of Osnabrück (Germany) teaching “Contract Drafting” as well as “US Business Associations”. He has also served as a Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (Germany) teaching a course in “Mergers & Acquisitions”. Jörg also regularly speaks at seminars on corporate and employment matters.

Jörg earned his Juris Doctor (JD) as well as his Master of Arts (MA - International Economics) at the University of Denver in 1988 and 1989, respectively. He earned his undergraduate degree (BA – Economics) at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1984. He also completed a program in International Studies at the McGeorge School of Law (Salzburg, Austria) from 1991 to 1992.

Professional Recognition

Jörg was recognized as a “Leader in the Field” by Chambers Global for Corporate Law and M&A for both US law and German law in the years 2012 and 2013 and as a “Foreign Expert” by Chambers Global for 2014. According to JUVE German Commercial Law Firms of 2014, Jörg brings “international transaction experience” to the table.